|Ice Hockey Spotlight:
Phantoms Edge Lock Monsters 2-1
Sunday, February 15, 2004
By Al Cohen
P.J. Stock's penalty shot goal with 4:47 left in the second period was the difference this afternoon at the Tsongas Arena as the Philadelphia Phantoms edged the Lowell Lock Monsters, 2-1.
Rookie defenseman Randy Jones also scored and Neil Little stopped 27-of-28 shots for Philadelphia, which ended a three-game losing streak. The Phantoms also completed a two-game sweep of the Lock Monsters following a 6-2 triumph at home on Nov. 21.
Damian Surma tallied the lone goal and Patrick DesRochers finished with 22 saves as Lowell lost its third game in a row. The Lock Monsters dressed just 16 skaters today.
Philadelphia outshot Lowell, 13-8, in the first period, but it was the Lock Monsters who jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Surma netted his third goal on a backhander 3:26 into the game, with Brad Fast and Jim Henkel notching assists on the play.
The Phantoms did not even the score until the 11:21 mark of the second stanza. On the power play, Peter White took a feed from Mike Peluso and centered a pass to Jones, who easily scored his sixth goal from the backdoor.
Philadelphia continued the pressure and came up empty on a breakaway by Mark Murphy, but Stock had another moments later and was taken down by Lowell defenseman Brennan Evans, leading to Philadelphia's second penalty shot of the season. Stock converted the attempt at the 15:13 mark to net his third goal of the season and give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
The Phantoms are now 4-for-12 all-time in penalty shots, with three of the successful tries occurring on the road.
The third period featured no scoring or penalties as Philadelphia improved to 5-1-0-2 all-time vs. Lowell.
Philadelphia returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:05 p.m., when it hosts the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Phantoms then entertain the Hershey Bears on Friday at 7:05 p.m. before playing at Hershey on Saturday night.
Phantoms Notes: James Laux and Freddy Meyer did not travel due to injury, while Mike Siklenka and Craig Berube were healthy scratches ... Earlier in the day, Boyd Kane was reassigned from the Flyers ... Philadelphia entered the game as the AHL's most penalized team (29.29 PIM per game), but committed just four minor penalties ... The Phantoms are 7-2-0-1 this year when playing the third game in as many days.
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