In a battle of the American Hockey League’s best and worst teams, not even the return of Adirondack Phantoms goalie Michael Leighton could derail the machine known as the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.
Things certainly looked good early for the Phantoms when Eric Wellwood put the road team up 1-0. For Wellwood the goal was his sixth on the year. Though late in the first Dustin Jeffery beat Leighton to square things at 1-1.
Leighton making his first start in a Phantoms uniform since the 2006-07 season when the franchise was based in Philadelphia, made 26 saves on the night.
However in the third the Penguins tacked on two more goals to go up 3-1. A late power-play tally by Ben Holmstrom (his fifth) wasn’t enough for the Phantoms to overcome the Penguins firepower, as they went down 3-2.
With the win the Penguins become the league’s first team to 20 wins. While the loss for the Phantoms drops their record to 3-19-2-0 (8 points). The Phantoms next contest is Sunday in Atlantic City against the rival Albany Devils.