Glens Falls, NY-The
Adirondack Phantoms made it three points out of
four in their opening weekend of play at home with
an overtime loss to the Albany Devils 4-3 at the
Glens Falls Civic Center.
Albany got their first win of the season in the
Time Warner Cable Cup Series but Adirondack still
leads the battle with 3 points to Albany"s
two. The winner of the twelve game season series
between the two teams wins the Time Warner Cable
At first, it looked promising for the Phantoms
to make it a four point sweep on the home weekend.
Adirondack raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening
4:29 of the game on quick goals back-to-back-to-back
by Eric Wellwood, Andrew Rowe and Joonas Lehtivuori.
It was Brad Mills lighting the lamp in overtime
for the Devils to complete their comeback after
Albany scored two in the second and one in the third.
Wellwood jammed it home on the power play with
good second effort on Devils starting goalie Mike
McKenna for his second of the season. Luke Pither
and Marc-Andre Bourdon assisted on the play. Wellwood
is a 20 year old rookie from the Windsor Spitfires
of the OHL who scored 31 goals and 68 points last
year. He is the younger brother of NHL'er Kyle Wellwood
formerly of Toronto and Vancouver.
Less than one minute later another rookie would
light the lamp as Andrew Rowe would fire in a feed
nicely dug away by Greg Moore. Rowe comes to the
Flyers organization from the Michigan State Spartans
where he scored 17 goals and 28 points last season.
Then at 4:29 into the first Joonas Lehtivuori's
shot from the right point found the back of the
net to stretch the lead to 3-0. The native of Finland
had 5 goals and 23 points with the Phantoms last
Devils goalie Mike McKenna made way for Jeff Frazee
who held the Phantoms scoreless for the rest of
Albany scored a power play goal 40 seconds in the
second period to get on the board on a Mattias Tedenby
tally. Harry Young's slapshot from center point
at 13:04 deflected off a Phantoms defenseman and
went over the left shoulder of Johan Backlund for
a top shelf goal to close the gap to 3-2. And Albany
knotted things up just 17 seconds into the third
on a Nathan Perkovich goal.
Brad Mills took a centering feed from Vladimir
Zharkov in OT for the game-winner after the Phantoms
just missed on numerous chances in an exciting,
fast-paced and intense third period featuring fine
saves on both ends by Frazee and Backlund.
The Devils outshot the Phantoms 46-24. Both teams
went 1-for-4 on the power play.
Zac Rinaldo and Logan Stephenson were the scratches
for the game.
The Phantoms record remains even at 2-2-1 and they
are unbeaten in regulation at home with a mark of
1-0-1. The Devils improve to a record of 2-1-0 with
their lone loss having come to the hands of the
Phantoms last Saturday in a 5-3 decision at Albany.
The Phantoms conclude their three in three weekend
Sunday evening at 5:00 at the Rochester Americans
in their first game against the Western Conference.
Head Coach Greg Gilbert had previously announced
that lanky Northern Michigan University rookie Brian
Stewart would get the starting nod in goal for the
Phantoms game on Sunday.
Adirondack's next home game is Friday, October
22 against the Charlotte Checkers, the former Albany
River Rats, on dollar hot dog night.
The Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry will continue
with game three of the 12 game series on December
5th at the Times Union Center in Albany. The Devils
next appearance in Glens Falls will be January 1st.
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Albany Devils 4 (OT) at Adirondack Phantoms 3 -
Status: Final OT
Saturday, October 16, 2010 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 0 2 1 1 - 4
Adirondack 3 0 0 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Wellwood 2 (Bourdon,
Pither), 2:08 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Rowe 1 (Clackson,
Moore), 3:17. 3, Adirondack, Lehtivuori 1 (Laliberte,
Wellwood), 4:29. Penalties-Palmieri Alb (interference),
1:42; Maroon Adk (interference), 7:05; Moore Adk
(delay of game), 7:10; Laliberte Adk (double minor
- high-sticking), 17:06; McIntyre Alb (goaltender
2nd Period-4, Albany, Tedenby 1 (Eckford, Swift),
0:40 (PP). 5, Albany, Young 1 (Zharkov), 13:04.
Penalties-Eckford Alb (delay of game), 15:15.
3rd Period-6, Albany, Perkovich 1 (Tedenby, Swift),
0:17. Penalties-Letourneau-Leblond Alb (interference),
OT Period-7, Albany, Mills 1 (Zharkov), 1:38. Penalties-No
Shots on Goal-Albany 15-14-14-3-46. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 1 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Albany, McKenna 1-0-0 (6 shots-3 saves);
Frazee 1-1-0 (18 shots-18 saves). Adirondack, Backlund
2-3-0 (46 shots-42 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Jim Harper (59).
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