Hershey, PA-The Adirondack
Phantoms dropped the first of their eight scheduled
games with the two-time defending Calder Cup Champion
Hershey Bears with a 5-1 setback Saturday night
at Giant Center in Hershey, PA.
Rookie Andrew Rowe out of Michigan State broke
up Hershey goalie Braden Holtby's bid for a shutout
late in the 3rd with a sharp backhander top-shelf
goal. Holtby looked shaky on a few occasions with
some turnovers in his own end but the Phantoms were
unable to push it past him until late in the game.
Eric Wellwood started out the 3rd period hitting
the post on a feed by Greg Moore. And Ben Holmstrom
raced forward on a breakaway and beat Holtby over
his left shoulder but shot the puck squarely off
the iron for the second post shot of the game.
The strange bounces were not isolated to the Hershey
side. Late in the first period a drive from the
right win by the Bears' Kyle Greentree was saved
by Backlund but bounced off the trailing defenseman
Oskars Bartulis and into the net for Hershey's second
goal of the game.
Bartulis returned to the Phantoms for a conditioning
assignment. Not in the lineup for the Flyers, Bartulis
made the quick 80 mile trip to Hershey to play in
the game for the Phantoms instead. It was his first
game with Adirondack since last November. He had
only played in two of the Flyers' first six games
so far this season. The native of Lativa played
in 53 games patrolling the Philadelphia blue-line
Brian Willsie, Kyle Greentree, Steve Pinizotto
and Ashton Rome with a couple were the goal scorers
for the Bears.
Adirondack won the season series over the Hershey
Bears last year going 4-3-1 against the AHL champs.
Hershey lost only four home games all season in
2009-10, two of which came to the hands of Greg
Zac Rinaldo dealt the hit of the night midway through
the second period when he creamed Hershey's Zach
Miskovic in the corner of the Hershey end sending
him flying a little bit before tumbling to the ice.
Miskovic returned to take a shift a few minutes
Not content with how the game was progressing,
several Phantoms players got into scraps with the
Bears including Matt Clackson who dropped the gloves
with Sheldon Souray. A couple minutes later it was
Zac Rinaldo getting into a fight with Trevor Bruess.
And a few seconds after that Kevin Marshall took
one too many shoves from Ashton Rome and those two
got engaged in a battle as well.
The game was the first of a two game series in
Hershey with the weekend finale coming Sunday at
5 at Giant Center in "Chocolate-Town."
Hershey will make their first appearance at the
Glens Falls Civic Center on December 17.
The Phantoms come back home over Halloween weekend
with some great promotions on tap. The weekend begins
Friday, October 29 against the undefeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins. Look for Phantoms goodies and ticket vouchers
at the team's table on Glen Street during the upcoming
"Boo to You" Halloween block party earlier
in the evening.
On Saturday, October 30 the Phantoms host the Rochester
Americans as the first 1,000 kids age 14 and younger
received Phantoms silly wrist bands courtesy of
Saratoga Spine. There will be a kids costume parade
around the ice in the second intermission. And all
the Phantoms will be appearing during a post-game
open skate so remember to bring your skates and
gloves and your pens and cameras for autographs
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
The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Hershey Bears 5 - Status:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 - Giant Center
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
Hershey 2 1 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Hershey, Willsie 3 (Nycholat, Greentree),
6:01 (PP). 2, Hershey, Greentree 3 (Gordon, Aucoin),
19:18 (PP). Penalties-Greentree Her (cross-checking),
2:34; Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 5:29; Kane Her (delay
of game), 8:37; Bourdon Adk (holding), 16:35; Kalinski
Adk (delay of game), 18:39.
2nd Period-3, Hershey, Rome 1 (Collins, Nycholat),
4:02. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (roughing), 0:09; Maroon
Adk (tripping), 5:47; Rinaldo Adk (elbowing, unsportsmanlike
conduct - disputing decision), 9:47; Clackson Adk
(fighting), 15:13; Souray Her (fighting), 15:13;
Nycholat Her (interference), 15:39; Rinaldo Adk
(fighting), 17:39; Bruess Her (fighting), 17:39;
Marshall Adk (fighting), 17:51; Rome Her (fighting),
17:51; Bartulis Adk (hooking), 19:30.
3rd Period-4, Hershey, Pinizzotto 2 (Collins, Souray),
5:25. 5, Hershey, Rome 2 (Souray), 12:08. 6, Adirondack,
Rowe 2 15:37. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 4-7-7-18. Hershey 15-13-9-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Hershey
2 / 8.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 2-5-0 (37 shots-32
saves). Hershey, Holtby 3-0-1 (18 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Matt MacPherson (94), Scott Pomento (25).
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