Glens Falls, NY- The
Phantoms could not have come any closer to a dramatic
comeback. Luke Pither's breakaway attempt with just
8 seconds remaining was knocked away off the right
skate of Portland goalie Jhonas Enroth and the Pirates
were able to hang on for a dramatic 2-1 victory
Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Pither had scored in the 2nd period to give the
Phantoms a 1-0 lead. Time was winding down on the
Phantoms who had come close to tying the score on
multiple occasions. But the best chance came almost
as time expired. Danny Syvret made a great diving
poke to knock away Derek Whitmore's chance for an
empty netter and the Phantoms found Pither rushing
in behind the Pirates D as the GFCC contingent rose
to their feet. Pither moved in and got off a good
shot but Enroth was just able to react with his
right leg to make the terrific save and preserve
the win for Portland.
The loss prevented the Phantoms from winning back
to back games for the first time this season.
Michael Leighton played a stellar game in net for
the Phantoms in his Adirondack home debut. The Flyers
goalie on conditioning assignment with the Phantoms
made several highlight reel saves through the first
two periods as Adirondack carried a 1-0 lead into
the second intermission. It was anticipated that
this 4th game of Leighton's conditioning stint would
be his last with Adirondack.
Mike Testwuide had picked up a loose puck at center
and found Pither up the right wing. The 21 year
old rookie blasted a top shelf wire to the far post
for his 4th goal of the season to give the Phantoms
a 1-0 lead and also bring a barrage of Teddy Bears.
The Phantoms first annual Teddy Bear Toss night
was a success as hundreds of stuffed animals were
thrown onto the ice after the Phantoms first goal
of the evening. All of the bears were collected
and will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Paul Byron grabbed a puck in the crease and was
able to drive it past Leighton just 21 seconds into
the 3rd period for a power play goal to tie the
game at 1-1.
Adirondack looked terrific on a power play at 6:25
into the 3rd and had Enroth and the rest of the
Pirates scrambling. Danny Syvret made several impressive
diving efforts to keep the puck in the zone and
prevent Portland from clearing or getting to change
players. But Adirondack's power play efforts came
up empty and the Pirates raced away with an odd-man
rush as Drew Schiestel returned from the penalty
box. Schiestel carried the puck across to the left-wing
circle and passed it to the slot where Derek Whitmore
was able to chip home a one-timer at 8:35 into the
third for a 2-1 Portland lead.
The Phantoms benefited from a double-minor for
high sticking with just 6:41 into the game but were
unable to score on their four straight minutes of
power play time.
Portland outshot the Phantoms 30-29 in the game.
The Pirates for 1-for-5 on the power play while
the Phantoms were 0-for-5.
The Phantoms return to action Sunday afternoon
at 3:00 in Hartford against the Connecticut Whale.
It is also the first of a two game home-and-home
series between the Phantoms and the Whale.
Upcoming Phantoms Home Games and Promotions:
Wednesday, December 15 vs. Connecticut Whale: Check
it Out Night (ticket discount with your library
Friday, December 17 vs. Hershey Bears: Dollar Dog
Saturday, December 18 vs. Abbotsford Heat: Papa
John's T-Shirt Giveaway (first 2500 fans)
Free Tickets from the Salvation Army and the Phantoms!
Join us for our great charity drives with the Salvation
Army. Bring a non-perishable food item for our Holiday
Food Drive or bring a new packaged toy for our Angel
Bear Toy Drive and receive a free ticket to the
game on Wednesday, December 15 or Friday, December
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These were extremely popular last year. Get 4 tickets
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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
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Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers
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Portland Pirates 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 1 - Status:
Saturday, December 11, 2010 - Glens Falls Civic
Portland 0 0 2 - 2
Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Tropp Por (fighting),
0:04; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 0:04; Roloff Por (holding),
5:54; Marshall Adk (tripping), 12:32; Schiestel
Por (slashing), 18:22.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Pither 4 (Testwuide),
12:58. Penalties-Wellwood Adk (tripping), 7:57;
Jancevski Adk (holding), 18:34.
3rd Period-2, Portland, Byron 8 0:21 (PP). 3, Portland,
Whitmore 8 (Schiestel, Biega), 8:35. Penalties-Syvret
Adk (slashing), 3:45; Schiestel Por (high-sticking),
6:25; Gustafsson Adk (delay of game), 8:47; Gongalsky
Por (double minor - high-sticking), 13:19.
Shots on Goal-Portland 10-12-8-30. Adirondack 12-6-11-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 1 / 5; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Portland, Enroth 8-6-1 (29 shots-28 saves).
Adirondack, Leighton 1-3-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Robert St. Lawrence (10), Frank Murphy