Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Phantoms to be without key personnel for tilt in Philadelphia

Fallout from the massive line brawl between the Portland Pirates and Adirondack Phantoms last weekend will catch up with the Flyers' primary affiliate when they arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday night.

The club will be without goaltender Cal Heeter and five other players for at least one game for their roles in the fracas, which took place during the final seconds of the third period in last Sunday's 2-0 loss at Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Kris Newbury drew the longest ban of the bunch, at four games. Heeter, who was pulled for an extra skater in the late stages, was clipped three games for jumping off the bench to engage fellow netminder Louis Domingue.

Fan favorite Zack FitzGerald received the most penalty minutes of any single player with 40, thanks to double majors (cross-checking, fighting), plus a regular misconduct, game misconduct for the cross-check and yet another gamer for unsportsmanlike conduct. He'll be gone for two games. Newbury was next in line with 27 PIM, while Heeter was given 25.

Ben Holmstrom and Tye McGinn were each suspended for one game, Friday's tilt at home against Albany, but will be available on Saturday when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers arrive on South Broad Street.

Kyle Hagel was the lone Pirate to be hit with a ban, and he'll be required to sit out two contests.

View an abbreviated clip of the battles below:

The teams combined for 329 penalty minutes, with the Phantoms "winning" that stat count thanks to 33 infractions and 194 PIM. 

Once boasting one of the stingiest defenses in the entire league, Terry Murray's club enters play this weekend having lost 11 of its last 13 games to fall into fourth place in the Northeast Division with a 22-25-3 record. One of those victories was a 4-1 decision against the Hershey Bears on Feb. 1 in the team's first game skated on the Flyers' home ice.

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