Spacek paces Phantoms over weekend games
DICKIESON INSTRUCTED. Tim Dickieson gets instruction on his playing during the big game on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Bracebridge Memorial Arena Phantoms against Mattawa with a 10-3 win for Phantoms. (Photo by Bev McMullen)
January 16, 2013
BRACEBRIDGE - Riding the hot hand of Michal Spacek last Saturday night, the Bracebridge Phantoms kept pace with the league’s top two seeds and look to have a strong hold on the third playoff spot as the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL) streaks through its final month of regular season action.
The 20-year-old defenceman from the Czech Republic now has a whopping 51 points in 30 games played this season, including 20 goals; three of them coming early Jan. 12 on home ice against the Mattawa Voyageurs.
The Saturday night tilt saw the Voyageurs take two early leads in what would be a 10-3 blowout for the home team. Mattawa scored first when given an early first-period power play, but Spacek gave his club the knot by the end of the opening frame.
Just 16 seconds into the second, Mattawa reclaimed their lead, then pushed up by two about two minutes later. But Spacek picked up the next two goals to tie things up at three midway through the second period and the Phantoms never looked back, adding two more in the second and peppering five more markers through the third for the 10-3 final. Along with Spacek, Phantom Shawn Watson put up two goals and two assists while Jachym Suchanek added two goals and an assist to help pace the offence.
Playing in Rama Jan. 13, the Aces didn’t fare much better against the visiting Phantoms who shutout their fellow expansion, first-year GMHL team in a 5-0 romp.
By merit of the two victories, the Phantoms retained the third seed overall and sit with a 22-7-0-2 record through 31 games, four points ahead of the South Muskoka Shield in fourth and seven back of the second-place Temiscaming Titans.
The Phantoms will host Bobcaygeon with an 8 p.m. start Jan. 19 for their next game, followed by a crucial road game Jan. 20 to face the as-of-yet unbeaten Bradford Rattlers for a 7:30 p.m. start.
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