Portland, ME-AHL Veteran
Denis Hamel made his debut with his newest team
a memorable one scoring a breakaway goal in the
third but it wasn't enough for the Adirondack Phantoms
who dropped a 5-2 decision at the Portland Pirates
Hamel's goal came in his first game with the Phantoms.
David Laliberte notched the other Adirondack tally
for his second of the season.
The Phantoms outshot the Pirates 30-19 in the game
but couldn?t get the breaks in their attempts to
push several loose pucks past goalie David Leggio.
Portland is the top team in the Atlantic division
at 10-3 and stayed perfect on their home ice improving
Waiting at the Portland blue-line, Hamel accepted
a perfect stretch pass from Marc-Andre Bourdon and
raced in on Leggio beating him to the blocker side.
Hamel is the all-time leading scorer in Binghamton
history and has eight season with 20 or more goals.
The 33 year old from Lachute, Quebec is 4th all-time
in scoring among active AHL players.
The game was a homecoming for Greg Moore who grew
up in nearby Lisbon, Maine and played collegiately
at the University of Maine.
Dennis Persson opened thescoring late in the first
period by rifling a slapper past former teammate
John Backlund. Persson and Backlund had played together
in the Swedish Elite League.
David Laliberte got it back for the Phantoms a
little over a minute later when he deflected the
center-point drive of Eric Gustafsson. The redirect
had just enough on it to roll slowly past the left
leg of the scrambling Leggio and into the goal.
Joonas Lehtivuori also assisted on the goal.
Dennis McCauley scored the lone goal of the 2nd
period after Corey Tropp picked off the puck and
raced up the left-wing to eventually force it across
the crease. McCauley tipped the puck in giving the
Pirates a 2-1 lead after two periods.
The league's leading rookie scorer Luke Adam notched
his 10th goal of the year on a 5-on-3 power play
goal early in the 3rd period and veteran Matt Ellis
slammed home a cross-ice feed on a shorthanded run
a few minutes later stretching the lead to 4-1.
Midway through the third came Hamel?s breakaway
narrowing the gap to 4-2 but the Phantoms could
get no closer.
Taking more chances in the Pirates zone when they
were trailing by two, the Phantoms surrendered the
final goal to NHL veteran Mark Parrish to close
Adirondack outshot the Pirates 30-19. The Phantoms
went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Pirates
were 1-or-7 with their only power play goal coming
when it was 5-on-3.
This was Adirondack's lone appearance in Portland
this year. The Pirates will travel to the Glens
Falls Civic Center on Saturday, December 11.
The Phantoms weekend roadtrip continues Saturday
night at 7 p.m. with the team's second game against
the Binghamton Senators. It will be Denis Hamel's
first game there as a visiting player since 2002
when he played for the Rochester Americans. Hamel
has played primarily with Binghamton since 2003
and is the team?s all-time leading scorer.
Adirondack's next home games are Thursday, November
11 through Saturday, November 13 against Toronto,
Norfolk and Abbotsford.
Thursday, November 11th all veterans and their
families can get tickets for only $5. Fans bringing
a non-perishable food item as part of the team's
Salvation Army Thanksgiving Basket Drive will receive
a free kids ticket. All season ticket holders bringing
a food item receive an entry into an exclusive raffle
for an autographed Phantoms item.
The Friday, November 12th game is Faith and Family
Night with the Phantoms and a large crowd is expected.
The Saturday, November 13th game will feature Phantoms
Mini-Sticks for the first 1,000 kids (age 14 and
younger) courtesy of Hometown Chevrolet and also
the 2nd Annual 9/11 Memorial Guns and Hoses game
with local public safety representatives taking
on the NYPD hockey team at 3pm.
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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than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American
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Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers
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Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Portland Pirates 5 - Status:
Friday, November 5, 2010 - Cumberland County Civic
Adirondack 1 0 1 - 2
Portland 1 1 3 - 5
1st Period-1, Portland, Persson 1 (Parrish, Ellis),
15:47. 2, Adirondack, Laliberte 2 (Gustafsson, Lehtivuori),
17:00 (PP). Penalties-Testwuide Adk (goaltender
interference), 8:01; Laliberte Adk (hooking), 11:31;
Tropp Por (high-sticking), 12:11; Tropp Por (roughing),
16:47; Rinaldo Adk (interference), 18:01.
2nd Period-3, Portland, McCauley 3 (Tropp, Roloff),
6:03. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 9:13; Byron
Por (cross-checking, fighting), 9:13; Legein Adk
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:55.
3rd Period-4, Portland, Adam 10 (Ellis, Mancari),
2:07 (PP). 5, Portland, Ellis 3 (Roloff), 5:17 (SH).
6, Adirondack, Hamel 1 (Bourdon, Gustafsson), 9:33.
7, Portland, Parrish 4 (Crawford, Byron), 11:58.
Penalties-Legein Adk (hooking), 1:19; Testwuide
Adk (delay of game), 1:38; served by Tropp Por (bench
minor - too many men), 3:52; Clackson Adk (cross-checking,
unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:53; Byron Por (interference),
6:53; Gragnani Por (tripping), 15:08; Schiestel
Por (tripping), 19:11.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-13-10-30. Portland 6-5-8-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 6; Portland
1 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 2-8-0 (19 shots-14
saves). Portland, Leggio 6-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Joe Andrews (32).
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