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Phantoms almost crash and burn, but win 3-2.

The navy team got off to a fast start, but needed a very late powerplay goal to put away the struggling red team.

The parity this season is very good, meaning all teams are bad. So much so these two teams are both .500 and tied for 2nd place, with a chance to steal first or last, next week.

It took just 27 seconds for Melito to put navy up 1-0, and then he wasn't heard from again for a long time. Only 33 seconds after that goal Phil Andrusin scored and it was 2-0 before red had made their first line change.

"It's not the start we wanted," said Steve Hardy. "But it's better that we expected."

Late in the first Mike Cormican had had enough, and blasted one in off the crossbar to get red on the board.

After a scoreless 2nd period, Cormican tied it in the third with another high blast past Ben Minsk.

But with 4:36 to play navy would wake up and and get a powerplay goal from Jim Wilkinson for the game winner.

"It serves Tripp right for being in the box when I scored this goal after he slashed me," said Wilkinson.

"Oh come on," replied Trip. "I barely broke your stick with my slash."

Grasso was minus 2 for the Phantoms in this one.


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