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Phantoms Lose 5-2 In Milwaukee

Saturday, February 28, 2004

By Al Cohen
Philadelphia Phantoms Correspondent

Simon Gamache scored twice and Darren Haydar added a goal and two assists as the Milwaukee Admirals posted a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms tonight at the Bradley Center.

Greg Classen and Kirill Safronov each added two assists for Milwaukee, which avenged a 4-3 overtime loss to the Phantoms on Jan. 31. Brian Finley registered 24 saves as the Admirals improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games and 10-1-2 in their last 13 at home.

John Slaney and P.J. Stock each scored and Neil Little stopped 19 shots for Philadelphia, which had four-game unbeaten streaks overall and on the road come to an end. The Phantoms are now 2-1-1 on their season-high seven-game road trip.

The teams felt each other out for the first 15 minutes of the game until Milwaukee scored twice in a span of 94 seconds. Haydar opened the scoring at the 15:43 mark when he deflected in a shot from the side by Classen. Safronov also assisted on Haydar's 14th of the year.

Gamache doubled the lead with 2:43 left in the period when he stuffed in a loose puck over a fallen Little. Classen and Haydar received assists on Gamache's 18th of the season. Milwaukee widened the gap to 3-0 at 7:26 of the second stanza as Brad Tiley and Safronov set up a quick snap shot by Brandon Segal.

Philadelphia finally got on the board at the 13:09 mark of the second during a Milwaukee power play. Playing in his 400th game as a Phantom, Peter White stole the puck in the Admirals zone and centered a pass to Slaney, who drove a slap shot past Finley from between the circles.

The goal was Slaney's 11th of the season and his 500th point as a pro. It was also Philadelphia's sixth shorthanded goal of the year.

But the Admirals struck back on Curtis Murphy's 11th goal with 16 seconds left in the middle period to make it 4-1. Mathieu Darche fed Murphy for the slap shot from the right face-off circle during a 4-on-4 situation.

Gamache recorded his third consecutive two-goal game 1:14 into the third period when Haydar fed him for a breakaway. It was Milwaukee's only shot of the third period.

Stock capped the scoring with his fourth of the year with 4:07 remaining.

Philadelphia continues its season-high seven-game road trip on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in Grand Rapids. The Phantoms will also play in Norfolk on Wednesday and in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next Saturday before their next home game on Sunday, March 7 vs. the Albany River Rats.

Phantoms Notes: Wade Skolney did not travel due to a shoulder injury, while Joey Hope and Nick Deschenes were healthy scratches ... Slaney has a five-game point streak (4G, 2A) ... The Phantoms and Admirals have split six all-time meetings ... Finley won his 10th consecutive start for Milwaukee ... Philadelphia was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill ... Little had a personal four-game win streak snapped.

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