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Phantoms Edged by Pirates in 2-1 Heartstopper





December 11, 2010





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 card)
Friday, December 17 vs. Hershey Bears: Dollar Dog Night
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 17. Help make the holidays merrier for some needy kids and families in the North Country.

Holiday Packs!

These were extremely popular last year. Get 4 tickets good for any game of your choice, a team autographed program, all packaged in a game-worn hockey sack suitable for hanging on your mantel. It's a great value for just $49.

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 rate packages.

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 action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

Portland Pirates 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, December 11, 2010 - Glens Falls Civic Center

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 (29).






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