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Following a trip to the Joe Louis Arena in 2017, the West Michigan Phantoms returned to Detroit on April 7, 2018 to once again play in the home of the Detroit Red Wings. This time, the Practice Rink at Little Caesars Arena would be the site for a Black vs. Yellow game between Phantom teammates and friends. The Saturday evening clash would feature 19 skaters and 2 goaltenders battling it out. "When looking at the events and venues that the Phantoms have been able to play at in recent memory, it is truly exciting and an honor to be able to continue the unique trips and arenas that this team has had the privilege of playing in," said Phantom goaltender Kevin Wootton. "From playing at the Joe Louis Arena, to skating on the practice rink at Little Caesars, we take pride in our accomplishments and honor the great bond we have developed with our Red Wing ticket representative who has given us these opportunities," Wootton added. The group was split into a Black Team and a Yellow Team via a player draft earlier in the week to help keep both sides balanced and it worked, as the competitive game played itself out with Black defeating Yellow 6-4. 'Team Yellow' received goals from Jay Allendoft, Paul Wajgel and two others from players to be determined. 'Team Black' received goals from Chris Laux (4), and Justin Saunders. A commemorative medallion was handed out to every player, referee, photographer after the game which featured a neck ribbon in Black and Yellow representing the colors of the Phantoms, a front 'Duel of the D' logo with the Detroit Skyline on the bottom with the Phantom Hockey logo and Spring 2018 engraved on the front.


Nate Skoboda-Captain

Kyle Clark

Paul Wajgel

Matt Zehr

Mike Shaver

Derek Meinke

Jay Allendorf

Jeremy Gregg

Justin Vantine

Mike Endres-Goaltender


Shawn DeBoer-Captain

Zach Schemmel

Jason Schemmel

Chris Laux

Steve Clark

Matt Clark

Justin Saunders

Andrew Erickson

Chris DeBoer

Walt Reichert

Kevin Wootton-Goaltender


Photographer: Sarah Shaver

Referee: Matt Mead

Referee: Jon Read

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