|Alex Lyon made his pro debut tonight. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey|
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms looked like they were in trouble again for the second straight night, but in the third period they turned up the heat and started to take over the game - overcoming two third period deficits on their way to managing a point in the standings.
It was almost like the flick of a switch early in the third period, and there it was - dominating offensive pressure and top notch scoring chances. If not for quite a few hit posts that went "post-out instead of post-in" as Phantoms forward Greg Carey referred to them, the outcome of the game could have been very different.
Still, it's only the third game of the season. There are a ton of new players learning to gel together as a team and learning new systems and new tendencies from their teammates. I'm going to go back and edit in some telling quotes from head coach Scott Gordon in tonight's post game recap later, but I'll paraphrase him below.
Basically, Gordon said that the talent and the offensive ability is there on this roster. It's just a matter of putting it all together on the ice and coming to the rink ready to work and out-work the opponent. Playing the game "the right way" will allow this team as currently constructed to have success.
Here it is. Your Phantoms post-game extra. I'll try to tie everything together to give a greater understanding of what's going on with the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL affiliate and their top prospects playing at the pro-level.
If you missed it, here's tonight's recap of the action.