FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR WINTER SEASON; SUMMER UP NEXT
The Phantoms will close out the 2020-2021 Winter regular season on Sunday, May 9th against the Soulless Gingers, formerly Merchant Auto. During the lone meeting back on March 14th, the Gingers blasted the Phantoms 7-0. Since that March date, the Phantoms have managed to begin the correction on the season and have posted a 3-2 record since. The Phantoms will enter Sunday's tilt with a 6-7 overall record, while the Gingers will enter with a 6-6-1 record, one point ahead of the Phantoms. Following Sunday's game, the league will enter post-season play which will begin on Sunday, May 16th. The Phantoms will return to WIFC Sunday's for the Summer 2021 season. To date, 13 skaters and a goaltender have inked contracts for the upcoming season, will one player slot still open. The Summer season is expected to start in Mid-June and run into September.
BRENDAN BENDER RETURNS TO THE PHANTOMS ROSTER
The West Michigan Phantoms are excited to announce the return of Brendan Bender to the team effective immediately. Bender, who departed the Phantoms in 2018 to move to Canada, returns after spending the last several years in Sarnia, Ontario. Bender was the 'old-guy' on the Micor Sports League's Seal team during his stay in the Maple Leaf country, but has not seen action since March 10, 2020 when the province of Ontario shut-down recreational leagues as a result of the Covid pandemic. As a member of the Seals, Bender was a stand-out defensemen who played in 17 of the team's 20 regular season games during the 2020 season and amassed 1 goal and 6 assists while on the blueline. Bender goes from the 'old-guy' on the Seals, to one of the younger members of the Phantoms on his return. Bender's arrival back with the Black and Yellow helps secure a more consistent roster for the Phantoms and adds a solid defensemen on the backend. During his first stint with the Phantoms, Bender recorded an all-time production of 15 goals, 12 assists and 74 penalty minutes.
RELIVE THE MERCY HEALTH ARENA GAME
Kids skating the Phantom Flags onto the ice before the game, Dominic Downing scoring a goal in the third period, Black and Gray games skating to a 7-7 tie! All that and more can be found on the event page, including a link to over 850 photos from Glenn Gould taken during the game! To view the page devoted to the Mercy Health Arena game on April 10, 2021, please click HERE.
PHANTOMFEST RETURNS SATURDAY, JULY 24TH
Having had to cancel PhantomFest last year due to Covid19, we are excited to announce that the annual party will return in 2021. This year, we are shifting to a private location to ensure State guidelines and restrictions do not cancel the event this year. While we will provide more information in the coming months, we can announce that the event will be held at Ian/Michelle's house near Grand Haven and that we do have a band lined up as well as a DJ with karaoke. The location is large enough with plenty of room for this party and the house is large enough for everyone to stay the night if needed. Be sure to circle Saturday, July 24th on your calendar and prepare for PhantomFest 2021 from Grand Haven!
SKOBODA: 4 points away from 300.
FABIAN: 11 goals away from 50.
FABIAN: 4 points away from 100.
MZehr: 9 Assists away from 100.
Deboer recorded his 50th Phantom point on 2-28-21 against Chiefs
JULY 24: PhantomFest 2021
RACE NITE @Berlin: TBA
GOLF OUTING: TBA