AMHERST - After having a rough start to the season, the CIBC Wood Gundy Phantoms showed signs of life during their final games of October.
After being outscored 73-3 in their first four games of the season, they showed improvement in their last five games, being outscored 48-18.
Their last game was a 13-5 loss to the South Shore Wild Sunday at Amherst Stadium.
Despite having a very short bench the Phantoms managed to show they have some offensive skills.
The Wild were up 8-0 midway through the second period when the Phantoms made it an 8-3 game off two goals from Chris Mansbridge and one from Matt Shapleigh. Assisting on the goals were Josh Daley-Gilfoy with two, and Brandon Crocker and Lucas McSheffery with one each.
Daley-Gilfoy added a goal in the third period off a pass from Mansbridge, and in the last Phantom goal of the game Daley-Gilfoy returned the favour by feeding a pass to Mansbridge, which he buried at the back of the net.
The Phantoms have a new coach in Brandon Davis while Chris Dwyer has joined as an assistant coach. The new manager is Robert Lattie.
The Phantoms lost 14-2 to the Jr. Mariners Saturday at the Easter Shore Rec Centre.
Crocker scored an unassisted goal in the first period, and Matt Rose scored an unassisted goal in the third.The Tim Hortons Colts also played the Mariners over the weekend, losing 9-1 Friday at the Oxford Arena.
Jordan Duggan was the lone Colt to beat Chris Banfield in goal. Josiah Bartlett took the loss in goal
to Banfields win. Shots on goal were 41- 19 for the Mariners.
The first place Mariners led 3-0 after the first period, and they had a commanding 7-0 lead after the second period and scored two more goals in the third.
Colts head coach Paul Atkinson said “although the Mariners are strong the Colts simply got off to a poor start.”
“We did not have the same effort as when the last time we met the Mariners, and taking 16 penalties against the top team is only helping their cause,” Atkinson added.
The Colts have a weekend series in New Waterford this weekend.
The Phantoms return to Amherst Stadium Friday at 9 p.m. to face the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners, then on Sunday the will travel to play against the Avon River Rats.