Prospects Come Through: At least for one night
With all the expectations being placed on the Phantoms this season, opening night was rather refreshing to witness. Players that were expected to produce this season, came through if only for one night.
Michael Leighton looked like the elite AHL goalie he has become, even after a rough start, making 24 saves
Brayden Schenn showed why is considered a top prospect and even some experts Rookie of the Year candidate before the season started. Schenn finished the night with with two assists and plus-2 rating.
Mike Testwuide showed his continued growth, scoring a goal, getting a helper, and playing both of the ice.
Oskars Bartulis showed why the Flyers had given him a three year NHL deal a few years back. Bartulis scored a goal, assisted on another, and was the best defenseman on the ice.
Rookie Garrett Roe chipped in with two assists while playing on a line with Denis Hamel and Testwuide.
Jason Akeson played on the top line with Eric Wellwood and Harry Zolnierczyk, that created many scoring chances.
Defenseman Kevin Marshall scored and later proclaimed that he was "on pace for 76." during the jersey auction.
Overall this team looked very solid on opening night. Thanks to the great AHL schedule, this was the Phantoms only game of the week. The Phantoms play three games in three nights starting this evening. Hopefully, the momentum from opening night carries over to this weekend.