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Phantoms Rookies Shine in First Win of Season

 

 

 

 

October 9, 2010

 

 

 

 

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 night.

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 young season.

Albany tied the game at 2-2 late in the 2nd period with a breakaway goal by their captain, Stephen Gionta.

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 Penguins.

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 Night game is presented by Potvin & Potvin Family Dentistry and Nemer Ford and the first 5000 fans will receive Phantoms magnet schedules courtesy of Potvin & Potvin Family Dentistry. Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games are on sale now. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Save off the individual ticket price by asking the Phantoms about their great group rate packages.

The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season and is the top development league for the NHL. More than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates and more than 6 million fans attend AHL games every year.

Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey! A variety of ticket packages for all the fast-paced action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Albany Devils 3 - Status: Final
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 (boarding), 19:24.

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), 5:57.

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).

A-5,235

Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Mike Emanatian (69).

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