|Phantoms unable to muster much of anything against Utica in a bitter defeat. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News|
What makes tonight's loss more frustrating, according to forward Danick Martel and defenseman Mark Alt, was the lack of emotion and sustained effort by the team that resulted in their demise.
It didn't help that starting goaltender Anthony Stolarz was off his game, having not played in over two weeks and barely seeing any practice time during his recent recall to Philadelphia. It also didn't help that the Phantoms lost their leader on defense in Andrew MacDonald just hours before taking the ice for warm ups tonight - recalled by Philadelphia due to an injury to Michael Del Zotto.
What is left for Lehigh Valley is 25 games on the schedule. It's up to the remaining guys in the locker room to look themselves in the mirror and find a way to turn things around in a hurry.
"Absolutely, I think so," Alt said when asked if the Phantoms are still capable of making a run toward the postseason. "We have the talent in here. Tonight we didn't work, but we can work and if we get back to doing that we will be just fine."