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
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
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
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
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
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
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Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers
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Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Hershey Bears 4 - Status:
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),
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).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Bob Fyrer (72), Leo Boylan (97).
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