Cabana paces Phamtoms over Norfolk, 5-2

Frederik Cabana recorded two goals and an assist the Philadelphia Phantoms used an offensive onslaught to record their third consecutive preseason victory, 5-2, over the Norfolk Admirals in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia on Saturday night.

The Phantoms opened up the scoring 10 minutes into the first period. During a delayed penalty against Norfolk, Cabana sent a puck across the goalmouth that hit a crashing David Laliberte and went past goaltender Riku Helenius.

Norfolk countered five minutes later on a two-man advantage. Jeff May fed a pass from the slot to Blair Jones, who beat Phantoms goalie Michael Teslak to tie the game.

The Phantoms jumped ahead for good just under five minutes into the second period with a power play goal. Jason DeSantis faked a shot from the point and instead fed Cabana to the right of the net. Cabana in turn snapped a wrist shot high over the glove of Helenius for the 2-1 advantage.

Cabana then added his second goal at 17:17 of the second period on a quick feed from Chris Zarb. Cabana deked the goalie and rose a backhander top shelf to increase the Phantoms lead to 3-1.

Boyd Kane and Chase Watson added third-period goals for the Phantoms.

Norfolk added a goal to the board half way through the period when Matt Auffrey went upstairs on Jeremy Duchesne, which closed out the scoring.

Teslak and Duchesne played 30 minutes each, with Teslak stopping 20 of 21 and Duchesne 14 of 15. The Phantoms managed 18 shots, of which Helenius stopped 13.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 3-1 win over Binghamton on Saturday at the Wachovia Arena, marking the Penguins’ second win over the Senators in as many nights.

Jean-Michel Daoust, Dustin Jeffrey, and Ben Lovejoy tallied goals for the Penguins, and goaltender David Brown stopped 19 of 20 shots he faced over 40 minutes of play.

Shawn Weller netted a power play goal for the Senators’ lone score of the contest.