Hershey, PA-The Hershey
Bears got goalie Braden Holtby back from a month-long
stretch to the Washington Capitals and he thrived
in his return with a hard-earned 28 save shutout
of the Adirondack Phantoms. Hershey won the Saturday
night encounter with Adirondack 4-0 with Holtby
making several fine saves on quality Phantoms drives
to frustrate the visitors.
Adirondack's closest call to breaking the shutout
bid came in the middle of the second period when
Greg Moore rushed up the right wing and blasted
a shot that beat Holtby on his glove-hand side but
rang off the crossbar. The Phantoms had several
fine chances particularly in the third period that
had Holtby sometimes scrambling but the talented
netminder was able to come up with the puck each
Johan Backlund and Nic Riopel split the time in
net for the Phantoms. Backlund left the game in
the 2nd period with an apparent injury to his right
leg. Each goalie surrendered two goals in their
30 minutes of ice time.
A former Philadelphia Phantom excelled in the game
as Boyd Kane scored a pair of goals. Kane won a
Calder Cup with the Phantoms in 2005 and was their
captain dating back to 2004. He is in his second
season with the Hershey Bears. Dmitri Kugrashev
and Andrew Gordon scored the other goals for the
Bears. Gordon is the AHL's leading scorer with 15
goals and 29 points. Hershey are the two-time defending
Calder Cup Champions.
The game marked the return of Eric Wellwood who
had been up with the Philadelphia Flyers this past
week although did not appear in game action. He
was typically teamed up on a line with Denis Hamel
and Ben Holmstrom.
Adirondack concludes their tough stretch of four
games in five nights with a Sunday evening encounter
at the Connecticut Whale at 5pm. The game against
the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers is also
game two of a five game road swing for the Phantoms.
Adirondack's next home is Saturday, December 11
against the Portland Pirates featuring the team's
first annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans get to bring
their teddy bear donations for the Salvation Army
to the game and throw them on the ice after the
Phantoms score their first goal.
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
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
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Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Hershey Bears 4 - Status:
Saturday, November 27, 2010 - Giant Center
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Hershey 1 2 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Hershey, Kane 8 (Pinizzotto), 13:20.
Penalties-Lehtivuori Adk (hooking), 2:42; Bouchard
Her (boarding), 4:42; Clackson Adk (fighting), 7:57;
Wellar Her (fighting), 7:57; Rinaldo Adk (fighting),
10:14; Bruess Her (fighting), 10:14; Syvret Adk
2nd Period-2, Hershey, Gordon 15 (Greentree, Willsie),
9:56 (PP). 3, Hershey, Kugryshev 1 10:17. Penalties-Miskovic
Her (holding), 4:56; Rinaldo Adk (charging), 8:27;
Stephenson Adk (fighting), 10:34; Bruess Her (fighting),
10:34; McNeill Her (interference), 13:47.
3rd Period-4, Hershey, Kane 9 (Pinizzotto, Fahey),
0:32. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (cross-checking), 2:04;
Greentree Her (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:45; Collins
Her (holding), 12:04; Fahey Her (roughing), 17:24;
Syvret Adk (roughing), 18:57; Bruess Her (charging),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-10-11-28. Hershey 9-10-6-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 6; Hershey
1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 3-12-0 (16 shots-14
saves); Riopel 0-3-0 (9 shots-7 saves). Hershey,
Holtby 5-0-1 (28 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Mike McDevitt (13), Tom George (61).