Phantoms were denied on try after try in a showstopping
performance by goaltender John Gibson and the
visiting Norfolk Admirals emerged from the Glens
Falls Civic Center with a 3-0 victory on Friday
The 20-year-old rookie from Pittsburgh who led
Team USA to a gold medal in the World Juniors
Championships in January recorded 38 saves on
his way to his first career shutout in just his
sixth professional game. The Phantoms blasted
away for 14 shots in the third period trying to
get on the board and had some gorgeous chances
by Gibson stopped them all...mostly. It appeared
Kris Newbury may have drawn iron off a left-wing
shot early in the third on one of the few times
Adirondack could say they actually beat Gibson.
Chris VandeVelde had a perfect one-timer in the
slot on a give from Kris Newbury in the third
period but Gibson made a tremendous left-leg kick-save
to preserve the shutout. Earlier in the game,
VandeVelde was denied in the second period when
he couldn't elevate over a prone Gibson and shot
the puck into the goalie's arm while on his belly
on the ice. Gibson's best stop in the first period
was perhaps on a long slapshot from center-point
by Bruno Gervais in which Gibson had come out
high in the crease, was going down almost into
the splits, and then lunged up and well over to
his left for a remarkable glove save that foreshadowed
the performance to come.
"We're all alone in front of the net several
times tonight," said Phantoms head coach
Terry Murray. "He makes an unbelievable stop
on VandeVelde in the second period. I don't know
how that didn't go in. We had all kinds of looks.
Grade-A scoring chances. You gotta get the numbers.
The numbers are up there. He (Gibson) was outstanding
tonight BUT on the other side of things we're
the ones that are giving up and losing the game
ourselves. The other team is not coming at us
and doing anything extra-special."
The Phantoms outshot the Admirals 38-27 during
the game and 14-3 in the third period but to no
Peter Holland scored twice for Norfolk and Max
Sauve added another as the Admirals had a 3-0
lead before the midway point of the game that
would be more than enough for Gibson.
"Three goals off three face-offs, that's
what happened," Murray said. "The first
two goals are plays that we gotta defend better
against. The third goal is the same way. They
walk down the middle of the ice off a face-off
win in their own D-zone and that's a goal that
we just can't give up. We had lots of opportunities
but we cannot give up as many opportunities as
we're giving up right now."
Tye McGinn returned to Adirondack and arrived
just a few hours before game-time. from Philadelphia.
Kris Newbury made his Phantoms debut after being
loaned by Philadelphia earlier in the week. For
Newbury, it was his 600th career AHL game.
Zack FitzGerald left the game in the first period
following a fight with Norfolk's Zack Stortini.
The two league-leaders in penalty minutes squared
off at their first opportunity and Stortini's
final swing got FitzGerald square on the nose.
A strange lineup card snafu happened in the first
period of the game. Tyler Brown played three shifts
and had one shot on goal in the first period before
it was realized that his name was not actually
on the signed lineup card that Terry Murray had
turned in. Derek Mathers quickly got dressed and
joined the team on the bench by the end of the
first period after having been notified that his
name was actually on the card instead. No penalty
was issued to the Phantoms for the shifts taken
by the ineligible player. But Brown had to leave
the game due to his omission on the lineup card
and was not allowed to return. Terry Murray took
the blame for that issue and said he made the
card earlier in the day when he was uncertain
as to whether McGinn would be available to play
in the game. And then forgot to change it by game-time.
Yann Danis made 25 saves in the loss. Norfolk
was 0-for-5 on the power play while Adirondack
went 0-for-4. Norfolk improved to 4-1-2 while
the Phantoms fell to 1-4-2.
The game was the first of four this season between
the Phantoms and Admirals. Adirondack will travel
to Norfolk, Virginia for a weekend set right before
Christmas. The Admirals do not return to Glens
Falls until April.
Adirondack concludes their weekend stretch of
games on Saturday night at the Binghamton Senators
The Phantoms and Dax will be at the Boo 2 You
Halloween Block Pary on Glen Street in downtown
Glens Falls from 2-4 PM handing out candy to the
kids AND also giving away free kids tickets for
their home game next Wednesday.
Next week, the Phantoms have three home games
in four days. Adirondack hosts Springfield on
Wednesday night with a Costume Parade On Ice.
All fans dressed in costume are invited to join
the between-periods parade fronted by our fearless
Friday night, Adirondack hosts Binghamton on Military
Saturday the Phantoms host the Albany Devils featuring
a post-game photo session with all the players
on the ice. Bring your cameras! Call the Phantoms
for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Norfolk Admirals 3 at Adirondack Phantoms
0 - Status: Final
Friday, October 25, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Norfolk 1 2 0 - 3
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Holland 2 3:19. Penalties-Stortini
Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 4:56;
FitzGerald Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting),
4:56; Friberg Nor (holding), 8:36; Lauridsen Adk
2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Sauve 1 (Exelby, Holland),
3:20. 3, Norfolk, Holland 3 8:36. Penalties-VandeVelde
Adk (high-sticking), 5:04; Stortini Nor (goaltender
interference), 13:21; Newbury Adk (interference),
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Exelby Nor (roughing,
fighting), 2:35; VandeVelde Adk (fighting), 2:35;
Grant Nor (fighting), 6:25; McGinn Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct, fighting), 6:25; Lauridsen Adk (interference),
8:23; Wagner Nor (cross-checking), 14:56.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 10-14-3-27. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 5; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Gibson 2-1-2 (38 shots-38 saves).
Adirondack, Danis 1-2-2 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Francis Trempe (56), Steeve Lemay (64).
Saturday, October 26 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Tuesday, October 29 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE at Recovery Sports Grill
in Queensbury on Q101.7 with special player-guests
Zack FitzGerald and Tyler Brown.
Wednesday, October 30 (7:00) - Springfield
Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Costume Parade
Friday, November 1(7:00) - Binghamton
Senators at Adirondack Phantoms - Military Appreciation
Saturday, November 2 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms - ADK Youth
Hockey Assoc. Night
25 Terrific Seasons
Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season hosting
an AHL team and in so doing now joins an elite
group of only 12 other cities who can make such
a claim. It's a great hockey tradition with an
old-school feel that began with the Adirondack
Red Wings in 1979 who won four Calder Cups in
their 20-year run at the GFCC. The Adirondack
Phantoms began play in Glens Falls in 2009-2010
and are beginning their fifth season.