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Phantoms Push Past Penguins
Philadelphia Brings Home 3-1 Win

Saturday, February 17, 2007

By Brian Smith
Philadelphia Phantoms Correspondent

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Martin Houle turned away 35 of 36 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shots as the Philadelphia Phantoms took a 3-1 win over the Penguins on Saturday night. Niko Dimitrakos, Stefan Ruzicka and Darren Reid all scored for the Phantoms, who extended their power play streak to 10 consecutive games with at least one man-advantage goal.

Dimitrakos started the scoring early in the game, firing home a shot from the slot during a delayed penalty call against the Penguins. The 1-0 lead stood from the 6:15 mark of the first period all the way through the second intermission.

Just 1:19 into the third period, Philadelphia took a 2-0 advantage on the power play. Boyd Kane put a shot on net that Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers stopped, but Ruzicka was there to jam home the rebound to the right side. Then, at the 8:30 mark, the Phantoms made it a 3-0 advantage on a bit of unfortunate luck for Drouin-Deslauriers. Reid fired a shot that hit the goatender's glove, but it popped out and slid over the line.

Wilkes-Barre ended Houle's shutout bid with 5:45 remaining. Tyler Spurgeon deflected a Matt Carkner shot such that it eluded the netminder, making it a 3-1 game and closing out the scoring.

The loss went to Drouin-Deslauiers, who turned away 16 of 19 Phantoms chances. Houle took the win for Philadelphia.

The Phantoms return to the Wachovia Spectrum on Sunday to welcome former head coach and captain John Stevens back to the building for his induction into the Phantoms Hall of Fame prior to the 5:05 start against the Norfolk Admirals. Individual tickets for all Phantoms games, including $8 tickets for children 14 and under anywhere in the building, are on sale now at or by calling 800-298-4200.


Philadelphia Phantoms 3 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1 - Status: Final
Feb 17, 2007 - Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza

1st Period

Scoring - 1. Philadelphia, N. Dimitrakos (14) (R. Potulny, R. Cote) 6:15
Penalties - R. Cote Phi (fighting) 6:20, D. Bonvie Wbs (fighting) 6:20, M. Grenier Phi (fighting) 6:25, W. Brookbank Wbs (fighting) 6:25, R. Stone Wbs (charging) 7:59, R. Potulny Phi (hooking) 11:59, R. Lannon Wbs (tripping) 14:51, F. Cabana Phi (boarding, fighting) 17:49, R. Lannon Wbs (instigating, fighting, misconduct - instigating 47.10) 17:49, R. Potulny Phi (holding) 20:00

2nd Period

Scoring - No Scoring
Penalties - L. Jonsson Phi (holding) 9:41, E. Meloche Phi (slashing) 10:55, R. Potulny Phi (slashing) 10:55, J. Jacques Wbs (slashing) 10:55, R. Stone Wbs (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct) 10:55, N. Guenin Phi (holding) 11:16, T. Grant Phi (fighting) 13:54, M. Carkner Wbs (fighting) 13:54

3rd Period

Scoring - 2. Philadelphia, S. Ruzicka (14) (B. Kane, R. Potulny) 1:19 PP
3. Philadelphia, D. Reid (15) (D. Printz, L. Jonsson) 8:30
4. W-B/Scranton, T. Spurgeon (1) (M. Carkner, J. Filewich) 14:15
Penalties - R. Stone Wbs (charging) 0:47, R. Potulny Phi (roughing, roughing) 4:17, R. Stone Wbs (slashing) 4:17, D. Bonvie Wbs (interference) 6:23, R. Schremp Wbs (interference) 12:51, R. Potulny Phi (tripping) 13:09

PHI Shots: 10 4 5 TOTAL: 19
WBS Shots: 4 14 18 TOTAL: 36

Power Play Conversion
Philadelphia Phantoms 1-5. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 0-7.


Philadelphia Phantoms
Houle 8-13-2 Start: 1st 0:00 Min: 60:00 SV: 35 GA: 1 [W]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Drouin-Deslauriers 15-9-2 Start: 1st 0:00 Min: 57:59 SV: 16 GA: 3 [L]

Start : 7:05 PM
End : 9:35 PM

Attendance : 8365

Referee I: Chris Brown (86)
Referee II:

LINESMAN I: Mike McDevitt (13)
LINESMAN II: Jim Doyle (75)

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