Just seconds into their first home game of the season, the Bracebridge Phantoms knew they were in for a tough fight.
Taking on the Powassan Eagles at Bracebridge Memorial Arena on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Phantoms emerged with a narrow victory at night’s end.
The victory was hard-fought, however, with the Eagles setting the pace of the game almost immediately after the puck dropped.
“They came out early, I think they scored six seconds into the game, they came out strong but we fired right back with a quick goal and we took control as the game went on,” said Phantoms owner Tim Dickieson.
The Phantoms’ response came at the 28-second mark from centre Lester Brown, setting the pace for the Phantoms’ eventual victory.
“We managed to hang on and win 7-5,” said Dickieson.
The Phantoms’ win came just after the Eagles had proven their might against another favoured team the night before.
“We were expecting a tough game against them, from what we incurred they were a fast-skating team, they beat Temiscaming the night before 4-3,” he said. “As everybody knows in the league, Temiscaming is a good team.”
Saturday’s game was also marked by aggressive exchanges from both sides. On a number of occasions, players came to blows with each other on the ice, and both sides racked up a number of penalty minutes.
“On Saturday it was kind of an even-steven, when they took one of us we took one of them, it was kind of one of those games,” he said. “It wasn’t necessarily that we were the aggressors, it was just the fact of a lot of times they could have just got the penalty and we ended up getting one too.”
Though he said he was “disappointed” with the Phantoms’ discipline in terms of penalties, Dickieson said the players will be reviewing game tapes to further refine their game.
“I think we have a highly talented team and I think the key to our success will be being disciplined on the ice in regards to unnecessary penalties,” said Dickieson.
“I think we have the talent to compete with anybody in the league, and the difference is going to be discipline, of not taking the penalties that may put in us in a position to lose the game.”
The game opened with a ceremonial puck drop by James Dunn, an 11-year-old amputee from Wallacetown, Ontario. Donations for the War Amps were also gathered at the game.
Having beaten the Eagles, the Phantoms are resting until they take on the Temiscaming Titans this Saturday at Bracebridge Memorial Arena at 8 p.m.