Albany, NY-The rivalry
is back! And Adirondack dealt their foes from Albany
the first blow.
UMass-Lowell product Ben Holmstrom scored the game-winning
goal against the team formerly known as the Lowell
Devils as the Phantoms picked up their first win
of the season in a 5-3 victory at Albany Saturday
The Phantoms turned it on in the 3rd period with
three goals in breaking a 2-2 tie to spoil the first
ever game of the Albany Devils in game 1 out of
12 in the local rivalry. Stefan Legein, Jon Kalinski,
Patrick Maroon (2), Holmstrom and Zac Rinaldo all
scored for Adirondack.
The game was played in front of over 5,000 fans
at the Times Union Center many of whom came down
south sporting their orange, white and black to
show their support and cheer for the visiting Phantoms.
Trailing 1-0 after one period a rejuvinated Phantoms
squad came out flying to begin the second and took
the lead with goals less than a minute apart. Stefan
Legein snapped one off the right shoulder of Albany
goalie Jeff Frazee from the left-wing dot for a
power play goal to the game at 1-1. Legein is the
team's top returning goal scorer from a season ago
notching 24 lamp-lighters in 2009-10.
Less than a minute later, Jon Kalinski deflected
the drive of blueliner Erik Gustaffson from the
point and banked it off the base of the post and
across to the other pipe before deflecting backwards
into the net for the Phantoms first lead of the
Albany tied the game at 2-2 late in the 2nd period
with a breakaway goal by their captain, Stephen
Tied at 2-2 early in the 3rd period, Mike Testwuide
showed his playmaking ability by carrying the puck
through center and then wide to the left-wing away
from the defender before cleanly dropping in the
slot for the charging Patrick Maroon. It was Maroon's
2nd goal of the season and the second time he has
benefitted from a Mike Testwuide assist.
Albany tied the score again less than a minute
later when David McIntyre would flip it in through
multiple bodies crashing the net.
That set the stage for Holmstrom's big moment.
David Laliberte shot it from the high slot and after
Frazee briefly juggled the puck Holmstrom appeared
the whack it in mid-air from the left-wing side
of the crease for his 4th career professional goal
at 11:52 into the 3rd period.
Late in the 3rd the Phantoms would seal the victory
as Zac Rinaldo would steal the puck at center ice
and drive up the left wing to get a shot on Frazee.
After Frazee knocked down the rebound tries of Greg
Moore and Stefan Legein it came back out to Rinaldo
on the left-wing side of the crease who was able
to score his professional goal at 18:31 of the 3rd.
The team retrieved the souvenir and saved in on
the bench for the 20-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario.
Adirondack's penalty kill excelled in the game
holding the Devils to 0-for-7 on the man-advantage.
The Phantoms went 1-for-6.
The Phantoms turned the tables in the 2nd and 3rd
periods by outshooting Albany 29-15 over those final
40 minutes of the game. Adirondack outshot Albany
31-29 in total on the night. Johan Backlund had
another solid game in net with 26 saves on 29 shots
in recording the win.
The game featured brothers Mike and J.P. Testwuide
playing together as teammates for the first time
in five years. They had not been on the same team
since their USHL days together in Waterloo, Iowa.
And they also were teammates before that more locally
in high school at Northwood near Lake Placid.
Adirondack concludes their season-opening three
game road swing Tuesday night at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Adirondack's first home games of the 2010-11 regular
season, presented by Bud Light, will be Friday,
October 15th and Saturday, October 16th. The Opening
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Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Albany Devils 3 - Status:
Saturday, October 9, 2010 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 0 2 3 - 5
Albany 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Albany, McIntyre 1 (Gionta, Sestito),
10:19. Penalties-Bourdon Adk (fighting), 3:44; Wiseman
Alb (fighting), 3:44; Rinaldo Adk (holding), 6:32;
Testwuide Adk (cross-checking), 7:05; Kalinski Adk
(hooking), 11:41; Sestito Alb (hooking), 15:10;
Palmieri Alb (interference), 17:55.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Legein 1 (Lehtivuori,
Kalinski), 2:15 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Kalinski 1
(Laliberte, Gustafsson), 3:02. 4, Albany, Gionta
1 (Magnan), 16:38. Penalties-Davison Alb (tripping),
0:44; Pither Adk (holding), 4:26; Magnan Alb (holding),
5:40; Davis Alb (slashing), 10:24; Bourdon Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 13:09; Rinaldo Adk (tripping, fighting),
13:09; Kelly Alb (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct),
13:09; Sestito Alb (fighting), 13:09; Stephenson
Adk (roughing), 14:31; Lehtivuori Adk (holding),
17:43; Palmieri Alb (hooking), 19:11; Mills Alb
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Maroon 2 (Testwuide,
Bourdon), 7:09. 6, Albany, McIntyre 2 (Sestito,
Vasyunov), 7:44. 7, Adirondack, Holmstrom 1 (Laliberte),
11:52. 8, Adirondack, Rinaldo 1 (Legein, Moore),
18:31. Penalties-Laliberte Adk (holding), 0:51;
Testwuide Adk (fighting), 5:57; Corrente Alb (fighting),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 2-11-18-31. Albany 14-6-9-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 7; Albany
0 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 1-1-0 (29 shots-26
saves). Albany, Frazee 0-1-0 (31 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Mike Emanatian (69).
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