Phantoms split weekend games to open 2013
NO LOVE LOST. Phantoms forward Nemanja Vucurevic gets into a scrap with Rama Aces player Gavin McAughey - a Gravenhurst native - during a stoppage in play on Saturday, Jan. 6. The Phantoms went on to win 7-5. (Photo by Louis Tam)
January 9, 2013
BRACEBRIDGE - The New Year’s rust laid heavy on the Bracebridge Phantoms with their return to action Jan. 4 after a brief holiday lay off but it took only a couple of days to shake that off.
The third-placed Bracebridge Phantoms took on the Temiscaming Titans on the road to open the 2013 portion of their first-ever season with a chance to make some ground as the final full month of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action gets underway before playoffs. Although the Bradford Rattlers still hold a perfect 25-0 record for 50 points overall, the Titans moved into first place, and nine points ahead of the Phantoms with 51 points by nature of the 7-1 victory last Friday night.
It took a while for the scoring to start, but with about five minutes left in the opening period in Temiscaming, the Titans potted two quick goals to take a 2-0 lead into the second, where the pace was not much sharper. The Titans mustered one more for the lone score of the frame before coming out into the third with some fire power. The Titans wasted little time in the third, scoring just 40 seconds in. Bracebridge’s Dimitrije Filipovic scored the Phantoms only goal about four minutes in, but the Titans quickly quashed any thoughts of a comeback with three more for the 7-1 final.
Hosting the Rama Aces Jan. 5, the Phantoms fared far better offensively and posted seven goals while a late push by the defence kept the Aces in check for a 7-5 final.
The first period was a defensive affair with Phantom forward Lukas Sladkovsky the only player able to find twine late in the goings for a 1-0 narrow advantage headed in to the second. Bracebridge went up 2-0 in the first minute of the second before trading goals with Rama as the pace picked up. A powerplay marker by Phantom Michal Spacek with about eight minutes left, followed by a late-period goal by Nemanja Vucurevic resulted in a comfortable 5-2 scored moving into the third period. With two early period goals, the Aces pulled back within one before Bracebridge’s Jachym Suchanek gave his club back a two-point advantage, with about 10 minutes left to play. Rama had one left in the tank but Filipovic drove home the final nail with less than a minute to go for the 7-5 final. Bracebridge goalie Chadd Nelson picked up the game’s first star for swiping aside 49 shots.
Bracebridge hosted the GMHL all-star game Tuesday, Jan. 15 (results too late for presstime), but return to regular season action on home ice Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. against Mattawa before touring down to Rama Jan. 13 for a 7:30 p.m. start.
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