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With Ilya Bryzgalov posting less than pleasing statistics this year while playing for CSKA of the KHL, the Flyers have goaltending issues even during a time where no players are even allowed to wear a Flyers logo. The Phantoms don’t have either issue.

Scott Munroe (University of Alabama-Huntsville) has taken sole possession of the starting goaltending position and has done a stellar job of doing so. In his second stint with the Phantoms, Munroe has posted a 3-2 record in 5 games with a .923 save percentage, 2.62 GAA, and 1 shutout. Rookie backup Cal Heeter (Ohio State) surprised many by beating out Niko Hovinen for the second goaltending spot, but has since struggled – 3.21 GAA and 8.75 SV% in 5 games.

Syracuse Crunch player Garrett Roe looks for an opening in the Adirondack defense in their game at the War Memorial.
(Dennis Nett, The Post-Standard)

As expected, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier continue to lead the team in scoring – 4G, 7A, 10GP and 2G, 8A, 9GP, respectively. Scoring seems to be a struggle, though, for the Phantoms as they have only scored a combined 25 goals in 10 games. Many of the team’s players have negative numbers in their plus/minus columns, with a team total of -36. Scott Munroe can only be hot for so long.

Notable players with NHL experience, such as Harry Zolnierczyk (3G 0A), Eric Wellwood (0G 1A), and Marc-Andre Bourdon (1A, -3 plus/minus) will need to advance their game and chip in offensively if the Phantoms hope to improve.

With a 5-5 record and the third seed in the Northeast division just 10 games into the season, the Phantoms aren’t too worried. They’ll need to make improvements, and they will. They took the ice  last night in Albany against the Devils losing 2-1 and their next game is Wednesday in Manchester, New Hampshire against the Kings’ affiliate, the Monarchs.

John Feldman

John Feldman

Avid Flyers fan, former hockey player, and current drinker. I'm 27 years old and I still act like I'm 12. I've chosen to watch regular season Flyers games over work, girlfriends, special family occasions, and proper hygiene. And when the playoffs start...well I'm sure you can imagine. It's no wonder I'm still single, unemployed, and living with my parents. But until something comes along and changes my opinion about the Flyers (nothing ever will), I'm totally cool with it. By the way, I wrote a book. It has absolutely nothing to do with hockey. (I don't know how to hyperlink it. I'm not too smart.)
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