It was another tremendous performance for goaltender
Cal Heeter as the Adirondack Phantoms extended
their win streak to three straight with a 3-1
victory over the Binghamton Senators on Friday
night in Glens Falls. Heeter has won all three
games in the streak allowing just one goal each
night. After his 37-save gem in this one, Heeter's
totals for the win streak are now 99 saves on
102 shots for a dazzling save percentage of .971.
Tye McGinn scored a pair of goals for Adirondack,
both in the first period. And Kris Newbury added
an empty-netter in the final minute, the team's
first such tally of the season.
But it was the St. Louis native, Cal Heeter who
stole the show...again. Just one day shy of his
25th birthday, Heeter was pressed especially hard
in a wild second period in which Binghamton outshot
the Phantoms 15-6 and kept the opportunities coming
from all angles. Heeter turned aside each one.
Even after defenseman Matt Konan tripped up Binghamton's
Mike Hoffman triggering a big collision into the
goalie, Heeter was able to stand his ground. Heeter
was slow to get up and had to shake out his legs
and hips apparently checking to see if everything
still felt okay. And then he went on to knock
away several quality Senators' chances on the
ensuing penalty kill.
"I was getting to see the first shot and
the guys were always there to clear the rebound,"
Heeter said. "Lots of battling, the team
worked hard, made my job easy. It was a fun period.
I had a good time."
In the third period, a big blast went off Heeter's
helmet for a save and as his helmet was knocked
free and he signaled to the officials for a whistle,
the fans raised the roof with yet another ovation
for the impressive goaltending performance.
Head coach Terry Murray again conveyed the importance
of receiving the quality goaltending when the
team's defense was on its heels. "Well, you
have to have goaltending. It doesn't matter what
level you're at," Murray said. "When
you're in a situation where you've got a lot of
young players in the lineup there's going to be
some breakdowns, some mistakes. And that's part
of the process of figuring all that out as players.
And then you've got to have your goaltender that's
going to be able to clean up some of that stuff.
And the last couple games he's played he's been
good at it."
Tye McGinn lit the lamp less than three minutes
into the game chipping it home from the slot having
received a centering pass from the base of the
right circle by Nick Cousins. Adirondack would
eventually improve to 3-0-1 in games in which
they score the first goal.
With 1:10 to go in the first period, Kris Newbury
dangled a little to set up Tye McGinn knifing
in. McGinn pushed the puck around to his backhand
to beat rookie goalie Andrew Hammond for his second
of the night and while the goal celebration had
barely gotten started, players from both sides
collided and eventually turned shoves into punches.
"Newbury made a nice move," McGinn
said. "I just tried to get control of the
puck. It was up on the edge and I couldn't really
get a hold of it. So really all I had was just
slide it on the ice. And luckily the goalie tried
to get across and opened up his five-hole....My
initial thing was to come across and get it in
somehow and that was the opening so that's what
I tried to do."
In the ensuing altercations immediately after
the goal, Ben Holmstrom dropped the gloves Wacey
Hamilton and then later Kris Newbury went at it
in the corner with Darren Kramer. The crowd was
still roaring for McGinn's second of the night
that gave Adirondack the 2-0 lead and then the
volume went up higher still with the post-goal
For McGinn, it was actually his second multi-goal
game of the season. On October 15 he scored a
pair of goals for the Philadelphia Flyers against
the Vancouver Canucks.
Binghamton broke up Cal Heeter's shutout bid
with about five minutes left on a shorthanded
goal by Buddy Robinson from J.G. Pageau. It was
the second game in a row in which Heeter was denied
in the closing minutes of recording his first
career professional shutout.
But more importantly, it was the third straight
victory for Heeter who has been able to victimize
a frustrated Binghamton twice in the streak. "Definitely
getting those last two against Binghamton last
week and then playing well again on Wednesday
against Springfield makes it easier," Heeter
said. "Once you get into a bit of a rhythm
you can sort of get on a roll. You get your confidence
up and you're playing well and you're getting
into the game. You don't have to go in and feel
it out. You go in and you're ready. So, for me,
I felt really well these last three games and
hopefully we can just keep it going from here."
The Phantoms honored our nation's active and
retired military throughout the game on Military
Appreciation Night joining forces with several
area organizations for a special evening that
was filled with feel-good moments.
The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard presented
our nation's colors in the pregame in a nice tribute
of six men who served our country many years ago
and who continue to represent today. Operation
Adopt a Soldier, onbehalf.org and the Warren County
Veterans Commission were all involved in the night
as well and received funds and donations for their
organizations. Area active and retired military
were granted a ticket discount to the game. And
Dax made the rounds around the area presenting
some free tickets to some local military as well.
The Phantoms aim for their fourth straight win
as they play their last home game for about three
weeks. Saturday Adirondack hosts the Albany Devils
on Postgame Pictures Night. All of the Phantoms
players will be available on the ice for the fans
to meet and take pictures with after the game.
Bring your cameras!
The first 500 kids age 12 and younger will receive
a free kids meal to Olive Garden. And it is also
Adirodnack Youth Hockey Association Night. Call
the Phantoms for tickets in advance at 518-480-3355.
Binghamton Senators 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Status: Final
Friday, November 1, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Binghamton 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 2 0 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 2 (Cousins,
Holmstrom), 2:26. 2, Adirondack, McGinn 3 (Newbury),
18:50. Penalties-Pageau Bng (roughing), 8:15;
Manning Adk (hooking, roughing), 8:15; Mangene
Adk (hooking), 12:15; Kramer Bng (roughing, fighting),
18:50; Wideman Bng (fighting), 18:50; Holmstrom
Adk (fighting), 18:50; Newbury Adk (fighting),
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Konan Adk (tripping),
4:34; Wideman Bng (tripping), 11:20.
3rd Period-3, Binghamton, Robinson 2 (Pageau,
Ceci), 14:42 (SH). 4, Adirondack, Newbury 2 19:15
(EN). Penalties-Borowiecki Bng (roughing), 14:24.
Shots on Goal-Binghamton 15-15-8-38. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 3; Adirondack
0 / 3.
Goalies-Binghamton, Hammond 1-3-0 (22 shots-20
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 3-2-0 (38 shots-37
Referees-David Banfield (77), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Rich Patry (52).
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.