Maine Hockey Journal

Phantoms are a Menace in the Shootout

Philadelphia, PA – For the second straight game the shootout became the nemesis of the Portland Pirates as they fell to Philadelphia Phantoms 2-1 in front of 7,041 at the Wachovia Spectrum on Friday night.

Despite the loss in which the Pirates went 2-1-0-2, taking six of a possible 10 points, they can seize more on the positives then negatives, considering prior to this current road trip, the Pirates had lost 11 straight road games.

Both teams skated to a scoreless first period before former UMaine Black Bear Niko Dimitrakos put the Phantoms up 1-0 at 7:28 of the second period. Dimitrakos, standing at the left post sent a one-timer by Pirates’ goaltender Sebastien Caron.

Joe Motzko extended his point-scoring streak to four games as he tied the game for the Pirates just 3:04 into the third period. With Niko Dimitrakos serving two minutes for slashing, Motzko wired a shot from the left point through a cluster of bodies, beating Phantoms’ goaltender Scott Munroe.

Portland would fire 17 shots on the Phantoms netminder, but he would stand tall stopping all but the one goal as the Pirates earned the point as the game went into overtime.

After a scoreless OT, the game headed into a shootout where the Phantoms would secure the extra point with two goals from Ryan Potulny. Joe Motzko and Geoff Peters scored for the Pirates.

Sebastien Caron made 21 saves in the loss, while Scott Munroe stepped up making 33 save on 34 shots for the win.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. PHI – Ryan Potulny (GWG)
2. PHI – Niko Dimitrakos (1G)
3. PHI – Scott Munroe (33SV/34SH)

Shots on Goal:
POR 6-7-17-4-0=34
PHI 7-9-5-1-1=23

Goals by Period:
POR 0-0-1-0-0=1
PHI 0-1-0-0-1=2

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 1-for-7
Philadelphia Phantoms PP – 1-for-4

Scoring Summary:
2. PHI Dimitrakos, (13) (Ellison, Guenin), 7:28 (PP)
3. POR Motzko, (17) , 3:04 (PP)

Penalty Summary:
1 – POR Weinrich, 4:02 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Huskins, 9:45 – Slashing , 2 min
1 – PHI Potulny, 9:45 – Slashing , 2 min
1 – PHI Cote, 12:38 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
2 – PHI Zingoni, 0:24 – High-sticking , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Amadio, 6:06 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Motzko, 11:50 – Roughing , 2 min (PP)
2 – PHI Cote, 15:50 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
3 – PHI Dimitrakos, 2:48 – Slashing , 2 min (PP)
3 – PHI Zingoni, 4:51 – Elbowing , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Wilson, 7:22 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Carter, 10:41 – Roughing , 2 min
3 – PHI Grant, 10:41 – Roughing , 2 min
3 – PHI Dimitrakos, 12:49 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
3 – PHI Grant, 18:50 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Melin, 19:25 – Roughing , 2 min
3 – PHI Baumgartner, 19:25 – Slashing , 2 min

Shootout Summary:
Portland Shootout
Mark Hartigan – No Goal
Joe Motzko – Goal
Clay Wilson – No Goal
Ryan Carter – No Goal
Geoff Peters – Goal
Joe Motzko – No Goal

Total: 2

Philadelphia Shootout
Ryan Potulny – Goal
Stefan Ruzicka – No Goal
Niko Dimitrakos – No Goal
Darren Reid – Goal
John Slaney – No Goal
Ryan Potulny – Goal

Total: 3

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