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Phantom Menace

By Wyatt Earp | June 12, 2005

It ain’t the NHL, but it ain’t bad.

On Friday night, the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL) won the Calder Cup Championship by sweeping the Chicago Wolves in four games. The Wolves, who were the odds-on favorite to win the title, were completely dismantled by the purple and black during the series, and especially in Game Four, where the Phantoms won, 5-2. Goaltender Antero Nittymaki (a nice Irish kid, right?) was stellar between the pipes, and was rewarded as MVP of the playoffs. The title, is the second in the team’s eight-year history, and the first since 1998.

In the midst of a devastating NHL lockout (be careful what you wish for, NBA), it’s nice to see that there is finally some good hockey news in this town. Now, if only my spell check would accept “Nittymaki” . . .

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