Cal Heeter turned aside 27 Falcons shots and Adirondack
picked up their second victory in a row as the
Phantoms scared away the visiting Springfield
Falcons on Halloween Costume Night in Glens Falls.
Kris Newbury (1st) and Chris VandeVelde (2nd)
scored for Adirondack who had to hang on at the
end in a wild finish that featured a 6-on-4 Falcons'
Power Play and extra attacker for the final 53
seconds. Patrick McNeil blasted a long slapshot
off the left-post with 34 seconds remaining as
Springfield was just an inch away from tying the
Springfield's speedy pursuit of the puck in the
Phantoms zone generated some chances for the Falcons
but the last line of defense was solid as a rock
all night long for Adirondack.
"Heeter was the guy there tonight that made
some big stops to keep us in the game and give
us an opportunity," Phantoms head coach Terry
Adirondack's goals both came on the power play
as the Phantoms got out of their recent drought
of man-advantage tallies.
"The power play works whenever you get pucks
to the net on a more consistent basis," Murray
said. "It's very hard to score goals that
are going to be highlight reel goals on the power
play....So tonight, more of the ugly goals. You
know, get the puck to the net, go to the net,
looking for second and third chances."
After a scoreless opening 35 minutes of the game
with Cal Heeter and Jeremy Smith matching each
other save-for-save, Kris Newbury broke through
with a little lady-luck. His attempt at a shot-pass
on the power play looking for a connection on
the back-door appeared to instead deflect off
the stick of Springfield's Andrew Joudrey and
into their own goal for the first score of the
night. Brandon Manning received the assist on
The first career Phantoms goal for Newbury was
the 143rd of his AHL career in his 602nd game
in the league. It was also his 149th professional
Chris VandeVelde snapped out of his snake-bit
stretch to get into the goal column with a key
power-play goal at 12:24 of the third period.
His initial drive was knocked down but he stayed
with the rebound and was able to slip it through
Jeremy Smith from the left side of the crease
for his second of the season. The University of
North Dakota product briefly played for Springfield
at the beginning of his professional career and
then spent the past three season with Oklahoma
City. Matt Konan and Mark Alt assisted on the
"It was kind of a broken play," VandeVelde
said. "Konan got the puck to me and I just
kind of put a move on the defenseman. I got my
shot off and I got my rebound. I have no idea
how it went in. It just kind of squeaked in which
is a good feeling."
The Falcons' goal scored by Lukas Sedlak less
than a minute after VandeVelde had made it 2-0
came with less than 7:00 remaining in the game,
The Falcons broke up Heeter's bid for his first
career professional shutout on a goal that came
after a breakaway push by Sean Collins was denied
by Heeter. A pile of bodies crashed into the cage,
knocking Heeter backwards and pushing the goal
off the pegs as the puck was going in. The play
was initially called a goal by the officials and
the decision was upheld via video review.
Adirondack's first home victory of the season
featured a Halloween Costume Parade on the ice
between the first and second periods with dozens
of kids and adults taking part in the fun. The
Phantoms Wives were in the front lobby with face-painting
and candy as well with charitable donations for
the face-painting going to benefi the Salvation
Adirondack outshot the Falcons 30-28. The Phantoms
were 2-for-5 on the power play while holding Springfield
to 0-for-6 including the big 6-on-4 power-play
stop at the end of the game.
The Phantoms three-game homestand in four days
continues Friday and Saturday nights against the
Binghamton Senators and Albany Devils.
Friday night's game is Military Appreciation Night
honoring our veterans and active military. Commemorative
pucks will be on sale at the merchandise stand
with proceeds to benefit onbehalf.org and Operation
Adopt a Soldier. Saturday is Postgame photos on
the ice with the Phantoms players on AYHA Night.
The first 500 kids age 12 and younger will receive
a free kids' meal to Olive Garden.
Adirondack is 1-0-1 against Springfield this year
and the Northeast Division rivals will meet six
more times including next Friday in the Phantoms'
debut appearance at the Mass Mutual Center in
Springfield. The Falcons do not return to Glens
Falls until March.
After this Saturday's home game, the Phantoms
do not return for another home game for almost
three weeks on November 22.
Springfield Falcons 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Status: Final
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Springfield 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Newbury Adk
(cross-checking), 3:24; Noebels Adk (high-sticking),
12:16; Weber Spr (high-sticking), 18:14.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Newbury 1 (Manning),
15:03 (PP). Penalties-Newbury Adk (hooking), 2:11;
served by Flanagan Adk (bench minor - too many
men), 9:13; Goloubef Spr (hooking), 14:35; Joudrey
Spr (hooking), 16:55.
3rd Period-2, Adirondack, VandeVelde 2 (Konan,
Alt), 12:24 (PP). 3, Springfield, Sedlak 3 (Marchessault,
Collins), 13:11. Penalties-Boyce Spr (delay of
game), 1:04; Eddy Adk (holding), 4:41; Goloubef
Spr (hooking), 11:28; Gervais Adk (slashing),
Shots on Goal-Springfield 9-10-9-28. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 0 / 6; Adirondack
2 / 5.
Goalies-Springfield, Smith 3-1-1 (30 shots-28
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 2-2-0 (28 shots-27
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Tom Chmielewski (43).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
Friday, November 1(7:00) - Binghamton
Senators at Adirondack Phantoms
Military Appreciation Night. Commemorative Pucks
on Sale. Benefits onbehalf.org and Operation Adopt
Saturday, November 2 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Postgame Photos with Phantoms on the ice - AYHA
Night - First 500 12-under Free Olive Garden kids
Friday, November 8 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Springfield Falcons
Saturday, November 9 (5:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, November 10 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
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.