Glens Falls, NY-In a wild comeback victory, Denis Hamel scored a tying goal
with less than two minutes remaining and then added
the game-winner in overtime as the Adirondack Phantoms
fought past the Norfolk Admirals 4-3 on Friday night
at the Glens Falls Civic Center.It was the first
victory with Adirondack for interim Head Coach John
Paddock who assumed the reigns earlier in the week.
It was the 735th career professional win for the
AHL Hall of Famer.
Trailing 3-2 with time winding down the Phantoms
in the 3rd period, Greg Moore rushed into the attacking
zone to spark the power play rush. Moore fed David
Laliberte up the right wing whose shot caromed off
Admirals goalie Cedrick Desjarnais and into the
high slot for Denis Hamel who buried his fourth
of the season with 1:55 remaining.
In overtime, Eric Wellwood would maneuver deftly
through the Admirals defenders along the left-wing
boards eventually drawing a tripping penalty from
Paul Szezechura. After winning the faceoff cleanly,
the Phantoms would work it from left to right with
Stefan Legein giving to Eric Gustafsson on center
point and moving it to the right ring for Denis
Hamel's big top shelf one-timer to win the game.
Hamel joined the Phantoms just two weeks ago and
already has five goals in his first four games.
The 33 year old AHL veteran now has 295 career AHL
It was the Phantoms first overtime victory of the
year in just their second game going to the extra
stanza. The team exploded off the bench to rush
Hamel and congratulate each other on a hard-earned
triumph in front of a crowd of 3414 excited Phantoms
fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
While the veteran gave the Phantoms the late victory,
it was a pair of rookies who would score in the
early going for the Phantoms as Ben Holmstrom scored
his 3rd of the year in the opening frame and Eric
Wellwood tacked on his 5th of the season in the
middle period. It was Wellwood's first goal since
rejoining the team after his week-long stretch with
the Philadelphia Flyers in which he played in three
Norfolk started the scoring in the first period
on the power play when defenseman Mike Vernance
moved in from the point, down around the net and
back-handed it past Johan Backlund to give the Admirals
an early 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later,
on a sensational play by Mike Testwuide to keep
the puck in the offensive zone, was able to pass
it down low to Jonathon Kalinski who took the shot
and the Admiral goaltender, Cedrick Desjardins,
sent the rebound out into the slot
where Ben Holmstrom picked up the rebound his scored
his third goal of the season to tie the game at
While the Admirals were changing, Joonas Lehtivuori
banked the puck off the nearside boards up to a
hustling Eric Wellwood who went in on a breakaway
and roofed it past Desjardins to give the Phantoms
a 2-1 lead. The Admirals answered though on a goal
by Chris Durno, his fourth of the season, that squeaked
through the pads of Johan Backlund to again tie
the game at 2.
Paul Szczechura broke the 2-2 tie with just 5:14
remaining to give the Admirals a 3-2 lead setting
up the Phantoms' late dramatics. Vladimir Mihalik
was called for a slashing minor at 17:25 setting
up the power play that led to Hamel's tying goal
a 18:05. Then Szczechura took the tripping penalty
in overtime that allowed Hamel to provide the game-winner.
The homestand continues for the Phantoms on Saturday,November
13 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
Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games
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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
fans attend AHL games every year.
Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers
prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey!
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Norfolk Admirals 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 4 (OT)
- Status: Final OT
Friday, November 12, 2010 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Norfolk 1 1 1 0 - 3
Adirondack 1 1 1 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Vernace 1 (Szczechura, Milam),
9:44 (PP). 2,Adirondack, Holmstrom 3 (Kalinski,
Testwuide), 13:42. Penalties-Labrie Nor (fighting),
2:35; Clackson Adk (fighting), 2:35; Kalinski Adk
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Wellwood 4 (Lehtivuori),
5:39. 4, Norfolk, Durno 4 (Angelidis, Labrie), 9:11.
Penalties-Labrie Nor (cross-checking), 2:11; Roy
Nor (fighting), 2:11; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 2:11;
Roy Nor (slashing), 9:21; Durno Nor
(cross-checking), 12:02; Fritz Nor (roughing, roughing,
misconduct), 12:02; Rinaldo Adk (roughing), 12:02;
served by Clackson Adk (bench minor - too many men),
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Szczechura 7 (Fornataro,
Roy), 14:46 (PP). 6, Adirondack, Hamel 4 (Laliberte,
Moore), 18:05 (PP).
Penalties-Szczechura Nor (fighting), 3:27; Wright
Nor (roughing), 3:27; Bourdon Adk (fighting), 3:27;
Testwuide Adk (roughing), 3:27; Rowe Adk (boarding),
6:09; Durno Nor (elbowing), 10:37; Holmstrom Adk
(hooking), 13:14; Mihalik Nor (slashing), 17:25.
OT Period-7, Adirondack, Hamel 5 (Legein, Gustafsson),
2:50 (PP). Penalties-Szczechura Nor (tripping),
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 7-8-7-2-24. Adirondack 10-4-5-2-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 2 / 4; Adirondack
2 / 7.
Goalies-Norfolk, Desjardins 4-3-1 (21 shots-17 saves).
Backlund 3-9-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Jim Harper (59).
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