Two OTs Checkers Top Phantoms In Game Two

Game 2 of the North Division 1st round playoff series between the Phantoms and Checkers did not disappoint. Goals, penalty shots, penalties, more goals, overtime, another overtime. Playoff Hockey Baby.  In the end, the Phantoms fell 5-4. The series is now tied 1 game apiece. Game three is Friday night in Charlotte.

In a game that had everything the Phantoms found themselves on the losing end tonight. Lucas Carlsson of the Checkers ended it with 1:12 remaining in the second overtime period. The series is now tied at 1 apiece with game three Friday night in Charlotte.

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The Game

Justin Sourdif got things going early for the Checkers as he beat Ersson at the 4:44 mark of the 1st period to give the Checkers an early 1-0 lead. It would go from bad to worse for the Phantoms as Callie Sjalin would make it 2-0 Checkers at the 6:06 mark. Here come the Phantoms with one of those pesky late-period goals. Artem Anisimov (1) would get the late tally at 19:17 to cut the Checkers lead 2-1. That would be your score heading into intermission.   

In the second the play would be back and forth through most of the period. The Checkers thought they had pushed their lead to 3-1 with Sourdif’s second of the night on the penalty shot but upon further review, the goal was disallowed. So, heading into the second intermission the score remained 2-1 Checkers.

In the third things would start to heat up. The Phantoms Olle Lycksell (1), one of the players that shinned late in the season for the Flyers tied things up at the:40 mark. The Checkers would strike back Cory Conacher would make it 3-2 Charlotte at the 6:46 mark. The former Flyer Connor Bunnaman would put the Checkers up by 2 4-2 at 9:24. just over 3 minutes later Olle Lycksell (2) would score his second of the night for the Phantoms cutting into Charlottes lead 4-3 at 12:03. A minute and a half later Elliot Desnoyers (1) another of the Flyers hopefuls would tie things up at 4-4 at 13:36.

The Finish

From there until the end of regulation both goal tenders would stand on their heads as they fought to keep the game tied. The Game would end, and we are heading into overtime. In the first overtime, it was the goalies specifically Errson who shined. Errson faced 11 shots in that frame and turned away them all. The Phantoms managed 8 shots as well. The second overtime was a carbon copy of the first. Both teams were feeling each other out. The teams were very careful not to spring the other on an odd-man rush going back the other way. The Phantoms would manage 9 shots to the Checkers’ 6 shots in that overtime. But at the 18:48 mark, Lucas Carlsson would get the game-winner for the Checkers 5-4.

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Errson would finish the night with 47 shots faced and 43 saves.  

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.