Maybe a simple check of the league statistics should have been included in the pre-game preparations of the Bandits last night.
The numbers fairly screamed that avoiding unnecessary penalties was a must if the Bandits hoped to finally get a win against potent Philadelphia.
The Phantoms entered the game with the second-best power play in the American Hockey League, converting 48 of 226 attempts for a .212 success rate. A .200 average is regarded as very good.
Philly increased that percentage by hitting three straight man-advantage situations prior to mid-game, then blew out the Bandits with a barrage in the third period for a 6-2 victory before 2,298 at Baltimore Arena.
After allowing two first-period goals, the Bandits managed to pull even early in the second period then got blitzed by the Phantoms, who scored four unanswered goals.
Philadelphia, second in the Mid-Atlantic Division, has won all five games against the Bandits this season, outscoring them 26-9.
After a fight put them on a power play, the Phantoms' Darren Rumble cashed it in with a 45-foot dart from the high slot at the 14-minute mark of the first period.
It wasn't two minutes later, at 15: 47, when Peter White bagged his 30th goal for the visitors, also with the Bandits skating a man short.
The Bandits got back in the game in the first seven minutes of the second period when Mike Leclerc scored his 18th goal, on a power play, and Trevor Senn notched his fourth on a nice feed from Bobby Wren.
The Bandits couldn't stand prosperity, however, and, 15 seconds after newcomer Lance Brady went off for slashing, Patrik Juhlin put Philadelphia back on top, 3-2, with his 19th score at 9: 10. Brady was off for holding when Philly scored its second goal, too.
NOTES: Wren ran his point-scoring streak to nine games when he picked up his 17th assist on the goal that tied the game at 2 just before mid-game. D Bobby Marshall missed his first game of the season because of a death in his family. LW Leclerc is the only Bandit to dress for all 55 contests. Roster additions D Brady and D Kevin Knopp are the 42nd and 43rd players to wear Bandits uniforms this season. The AHL record is 62 by the New Haven Nighthawks a decade ago.
Philadelphia 2 1 3 -- 6
Bandits 0 2 0 -- 2
Pub Date: 2/14/97