Hartford, CT-The Adirondack
Phantoms ran into strong goaltending for the second
night in a row as they fell at the Connecticut Whale
3-0 Sunday evening. Cameron Talbot turned aside
all 25 Phantoms' drives for the win. It was the
first meeting of the season between the Phantoms
and the Hartford, CT based AHL affiliate of the
New York Rangers in their opening weekend with their
new team name.
Goalie Nic Riopel was keeping the Phantoms in the
game with a shutout performance through the first
two periods. The scoreless duel was finally snapped
four minutes into the third period on a goal by
Kris Newberry. Evgeni Gratchev and Chad Kolarik
also scored for the Whale.
The Phantoms were not without their chances as they
outshot Connecticut 25-21 in the game including
11-8 in the second period. Talbot was strong and
made several good saves while the defense blocked
many other drives. The Phantoms were a hard-working
group throughout the game and kept doing many of
the little things necessary but were still unable
to capitalize on the opportunities in front of the
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Phantoms
interim Head Coach John Paddock who was a head coach
of the Hartford Wolf Pack a decade ago which included
a Calder Cup Championship here in 2000. It was Paddock's
fifth (as both a coach and player) and last Calder
The game concluded a stretch of four games in five
days for the Phantoms and was also their second
game of a five game road-swing.
Before the game it was announced that goalie Brian
Stewart had been recalled from Greenville (SC) of
the ECHL. Stewart was with his Greenville team on
the road in Wheeling (WV) and caught a flight out
of Pittsburgh earlier in the morning to meet the
team in Hartford.
Goalie Johan Backlund took a lower body injury at
Hershey on Saturday night and is expected to be
out for at least a couple weeks.
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.
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Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Connecticut Whale 3 - Status:
Sunday, November 28, 2010 - XL Center Veterans Memorial
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Connecticut 0 0 3 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Clackson Adk (roughing),
1:54; Rinaldo Adk (holding), 1:54; Dupont Ct (roughing),
1:54; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 13:53; DiDiomete Ct
(fighting), 13:53; Grachev Ct (hooking), 16:33;
Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 18:59; Newbury Ct (roughing),
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Wellwood Adk (tripping),
0:16; Bordson Adk (hooking), 4:19; Williams Ct (slashing),
3rd Period-1, Connecticut, Newbury 2 (Zuccarello,
Kolarik), 4:31. 2, Connecticut, Grachev 2 (Williams,
Bickel), 9:11. 3, Connecticut, Kolarik 9 (Zuccarello,
Newbury), 17:26. Penalties-Zuccarello Ct (tripping),
11:23; Jancevski Adk (tripping), 15:23; Clackson
Adk (roughing, roughing), 18:32; Rinaldo Adk (fighting),
18:32; Nightingale Ct (roughing, fighting, misconduct
- continuing altercation), 18:32; Redden Ct (roughing,
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-11-5-25. Connecticut
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Connecticut
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Riopel 0-4-0 (21 shots-18 saves).
Connecticut, Talbot 2-2-1 (25 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (84).
Linesmen-David Spannaus (8), Brent Colby (7).