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Phantoms Push Bears to the Limit

 

 

 

 

October 24, 2010

 

 

 

 

Hershey, PA-The Adirondack Phantoms raced out to a 2-0 lead at the two-time defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears but the Hershey Bears' comeback efforts resulted in a 4-2 decision for the home team in an intense and exciting battle at Giant Center Sunday night.

Rookie goaltender Brian Stewart out of Northern Michigan University may have taken the loss in the contest but his play was nothing short of stellar with several dazzling saves among his 30 on the evening.

Andrew Gordon led the way for the Bears with a pair of goals including the game-winner in the third. Patrick Maroon and Jon Kalinski tallied the goals for the Phantoms.

Adirondack got the early jump on the Bears to begin the game and kept the pressure on. Patrick Maroon deflected a slapshot from Erik Gustafsson on the power play to stake the Phantoms to a 1-0 lead. It was Maroon's team-leading 5th goal of the season. The St. Louis native had 11 goals for all of last season and has reached almost half of that total in just the first 9 games of 2010-11.

A few minutes later in the first, with a delayed penalty in effect, the Phantoms got the puck out in front to Jon Kalinski between the circles who snapped home his second tally of the season to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead.

Hershey got one of them back a couple minutes later on the power play as Andrew Gordon jammed a puck underneath the diving body of Oskars Bartulis and into the goal to make it 2-1.

The Bears tied the score late in the second period on Andrew Joudrey's top-shelf goal over the right shoulder of Stewart. That goal followed a series of spectacular and acrobatic saves by the lanky Stewart who had kept his team in front for a significant stretch.

That set the stage for more excitement in the 3rd period. The Phantoms scrambled and dove and fought their way through a crucial penalty kill to begin the 3rd period to keep the game knotted at 2-2. Ben Holmstrom blocked a shot that shattered his stick and then raced out and dove to block another shot to the body while he was still stickless. Bartulis had a key block on Hershey's PP as well.

Adirondack appeared to gain some momentum after Hershey's power play rush failed to bring the go-ahead goal. The Phantoms had their chances at Hershey goalie Braden Holtby but the Bears defenders were able to block away the drives while a couple others were whistled just wide.

Hershey capitalized on their third power play of the period and fourth of the game as Andrew Gordon would chip one home at the top of the blue after Kyle Greentree and Keith Aucoin connected from right to left across the zone to get everyone moving. The winning goal came with 6:11 remaining and was Gordon's second of the game and sixth of the season.

As the Phantoms were pressuring forward and pinching up D to frantically try to get the tying goal, Ashton Rome would race back with Bryan Willsie on a give-and-go and Rome would slide it around the outstretched glove of the diving Stewart for the insurance.

Hershey leads the season series 2 games to 0. Adirondack was the only team to post a winning record against the Bears last year going 4-3-1.

Hershey outshot Adirondack 34-29. The Bears were 2-for-4 on the power play while the Phantoms went 1-for-4.

The Bears and Phantoms will play each other 8 times in 2010-11. The next game between the two teams is November 27 back at Giant Center in Hershey. The Bears make their first appearance in Glens Falls 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 and photos!

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 2 at Hershey Bears 4 - Status: Unofficial Final
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - Giant Center

Adirondack 2 0 0 - 2
Hershey 1 1 2 - 4

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Maroon 5 (Lehtivuori, Gustafsson), 4:43 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Kalinski 2 (Maroon, Testwuide), 9:14. 3, Hershey, Gordon 5 (Aucoin, Nycholat), 11:26 (PP). Penalties-Fahey Her (tripping), 3:46; Klotz Adk (fighting), 6:43; McNeill Her (fighting), 6:43; Marshall Adk (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:35; Pinizzotto Her (roughing), 10:35; Greentree Her (tripping), 18:26.

2nd Period-4, Hershey, Joudrey 1 (Kane, Rome), 18:56. Penalties-Wellwood Adk (slashing), 6:07; Fahey Her (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:07; Bruess Her (elbowing), 9:40; Legein Adk (roughing), 19:53.

3rd Period-5, Hershey, Gordon 6 (Aucoin, Greentree), 13:49 (PP). 6, Hershey, Rome 3 (Willsie), 17:20. Penalties-Testwuide Adk (interference), 10:51; Rinaldo Adk (hooking), 13:31.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-12-6-29. Hershey 9-11-14-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 4; Hershey 2 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Stewart 0-1-0 (34 shots-30 saves). Hershey, Holtby 3-0-1 (29 shots-27 saves).
A-7,081
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Bob Fyrer (72), Leo Boylan (97).

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