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Phantoms 4th Straight Win

November 2, 2013

Petr Straka scored the first two goals of his professional career and Chris VandeVelde added another as the Adirondack Phantoms completed a perfect three-for-three homestand with a 3-1 victory over the Albany Devils on Saturday night. Adirondack's fourth straight win improves the team's overall record to 5-4-2 and gives the Phantoms a winning mark for the first time since they began the season 1-0.

Yann Danis turned aside 25 of 26 Albany Devils shots for the win seemingly picking up where Cal Heeter had left off. Both goalies have allowed exactly one goal in each of the four victories as the Phantoms have won by scores of 3-1, 2-1, 3-1 and 3-1 again.

The unsung heroes of the streak are most certainly the boys on the penalty kill. The Phantoms again buckled down every time they faced the disadvantage and have now held their opponents to 1-for-26 over the past four games after turning in a perfect 4-for-4 PK on Saturday.

After the game, hundreds of fans stayed late for postgame photographs with the players in an annual event. And this photo session was particularly enjoyable as the fans were able to take advantage of the opportunity to personally congratulate their favorite players on their success this week. And they also were able to gather around Cal Heeter and sing an impromptu Happy Birthday to him...which Cal gladly conducted.

Saturday was perhaps the best overall game of the season for the Phantoms who led 3-0 after two periods and were dominant in both frames outshooting the Devils 27-13. Albany's chances were minimal although Yann Danis did come up with a big save on a Reid Boucher breakaway in the second period when Adirondack was still clinging to a 1-0 lead.

Petr Straka, a rookie from the Czech Republic who scored 41 goals in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last year, rushed into the zone on a breakout pass from Ben Holmstrom and quickly found he was on a two-on-one with Nick Cousins speeding up the middle. Straka gave it over to Cousins who declined to take his shot and instead slipped it right back to Straka on the right-wing for the easy back-door tap-in. The team saved the puck for Straka who didn't take nearly as long to notch his second career goal.

At 10:52 of the second period, Straka found himself alone in front of the net picking up the reboun of a Mark Alt slapshot that had handcuffed Albany goalie Maxime Clermont. Straka converted to extend the lead to 2-0. Nick Cousins again received an assist on the play.

And in the closing minute of the middle period, Chris VandeVelde would smartly deflect a right-point slapshot from Kris Newbury for his third of the year. The goal came just a couple minutes after Jason Akeson's high-slot blast on a 5-on-3 power play rang off the right post and out. VandeVelde's goal was 5-on-5 and partly resulted from the momentum the Phantoms had gained on the previous power plays.

Mike Hoeffel was able to jam in the rebound of a Tim Sestito wrap around try at 2:55 into the third to get the Devils on the board. Albany forged ahead with 13 total shots in the third period to match their output from the previous two periods combined. But the Devils never seemed to seriously threaten to make it a one-goal game as the Phantoms were able to control the Albany desperation attack down to the final buzzer.

Adirondack outshot the Devils 30-26. The Phantoms were 0-for-5 on the power play while Albany was 0-for-4. The Northway Rivalry series is now even at 1-1. Game #3 out of 12 between the Phantoms and Devils will take place next Saturday evening at Times Union Center in Albany.

It was the last home game for the Phantoms for three weeks. Adirondack does not return for games at the GFCC until November 22-23.

At the second intermission, John Ray and Sons presented a check for over $15,000 to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure. The check was representative of the number of gallons of fuel delivered by the company's pink truck. Now in the fifth year of the program, John Ray and Sons have donated over $70,000 to the cause.

The game was also Adirondack Youth Hockey Association Night featuring dozens of kids from local hockey programs who have been inspired by the excitement generated of Phantoms hockey.

Albany Devils 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Albany 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 1 2 0 - 3

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Straka 1 (Cousins, Holmstrom), 16:23. Penalties-Manning Adk (slashing), 9:21; Eddy Adk (slashing), 12:40; McPherson Alb (boarding, fighting), 19:57; Newbury Adk (instigating, fighting, misconduct - instigating), 19:57.

2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Straka 2 (Alt, Cousins), 10:52. 3, Adirondack, VandeVelde 3 (Newbury, Akeson), 19:10. Penalties-Pesonen Alb (tripping), 0:50; Kelly Alb (hooking), 15:12; Sestito Alb (tripping), 16:21.

3rd Period-4, Albany, Hoeffel 2 (Sestito), 2:55. Penalties-Gervais Adk (holding), 3:47; Boucher Alb (high-sticking), 4:45; Janssen Alb (checking to the head, roughing), 10:12; Mangene Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:12; VandeVelde Adk (high-sticking), 11:06.

Shots on Goal-Albany 6-7-13-26. Adirondack 13-14-3-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 4; Adirondack 0 / 5.
Goalies-Albany, Clermont 0-1-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Adirondack, Danis 2-2-2 (26 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Francis Trempe (56).


Friday, November 8 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Saturday, November 9 (5:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils

Tuesday, November 12 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from Recovery Sports Grill airs on Q101.7 With special player guests Jason Akeson and TBD.

Sunday, November 10 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Friday, November 15 (7:05) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Friday, November 22 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms -
Scoville Jewelers Diamond Dig. Chance to win a $1,000 Diamond!
Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive - Bag of Canned Goods = Free Ticket to Future Game

Saturday, November 23 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms -
Youth Jersey Night presented by Glens Falls Hospital (1st 1,000 kids age 14-under)
25th Season in AHL Jerseys. Postgame Auction.
Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive - Bag of Canned Goods = Free Ticket to Future Game


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.


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