BRACEBRIDGE - The Bracebridge Phantoms failed to gain some ground on the second-seeded Temiscaming Titans this past weekend, but having the Toronto Attack’s number kept the South Muskoka Shield at bay in the standings.
READY TO SHOOT..
The Phantoms get ready to take a shot at the net during the Saturday night game at the Bracebridge arena.
Photo by Bev McMullen
The Phantoms kept hold of the third-place seeding in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL) with a big win over the Toronto Attack, but a loss to Temiscaming kept the standings gap at nine games to overcome.
Playing on the road in Temiscaming Dec. 14, the Phantoms suffered only their fourth regulation time loss of the season in a 6-4 final that saw Phantom netminder Chadd Nelson brush aside 51 shots on net for the game’s first star.
Bracebridge opened the scoring early in the first but saw the Titans respond with two in kind quickly. On the strength of an Alex Boswell goal, the Phantoms drew even at two-all to end the opening period and posted the only score in the second frame to hold a narrow one-point lead going into the third.
Bracebridge mustered an early power-play goal in the third, but constant pressure by the Titans became too much to overcome and a four-goal explosion in the frame led to a 6-4 final in the Titans’ favour.
Following up on the heels of their Dec. 6 GMHL College Showcase Classic Tournament victory over the Toronto Attack, the two clubs met in Bracebridge Dec. 15 with the Phantoms still holding the upper hand. In an 11-1 drubbing of the Attack, Phantom’s netminder Nelson earned the first star again with 37 saves, letting only one get by him in the first period.
Forward Tim Murphy paced his club with three goals and an assist in the winning effort while Joey Verreijen put up four points with a goal and three assists.
The Phantoms will head into their Dec. 21 game at Powassan with an 18-4-0-2 record. That has them in third place in the GMHL standings, two points ahead of the South Muskoka Shield and nine back of Temiscaming in second. After Dec. 21, the Phantoms will take a break for the holidays and will return to action Jan. 4 with another chance at the Titans on Temiscaming ice.