Hartford, CT-The Adirondack
Phantoms came just inches away from a late, dramatic,
tying goal for the second night in a row and again
were denied in an exciting finish. The Connecticut
Whale hung on for a 4-3 win Sunday evening in Hartford,
With 1:10 to go in the third period, Ben Holmstrom's
shot from the slot would get partially deflected
by a Whale defenseman but still had enough on it
to move towards the goal. The puck slowly moved
through the crease behind the left skate of Connecticut
goalie Cameron Talbot. But the Whale netminder was
able to get a cover up on it almost on the goal-line
while Eric Wellwood and Holmstrom were furiously
trying to poke it in.
The close call comes less than 24 hours after Luke
Pither's breakaway rush with 8 seconds left rang
off the post in a 2-1 loss at home to Portland.
Danny Syvret (4th), Marc-Andre Bourdon (1st) and
Luke Pither (5th) all scored for the AHL affiliate
of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Adirondack came out flying in the first period
and blasted away for 10 shots on goal in the first
10 minutes of the game en route to 15 shots in the
first period. But Talbot was able to turn them all
aside as the teams played to a 0-0 tie after one.
Adirondack led 1-0 and 2-1 in the 2nd period. Syvret
started the scoring with a big slapper from the
top of the right circle for a 5-on-3 power play
goal. Ben Holmstrom and Erik Gustafsson assisted
on the play. For Gustafsson, it was his 18th assist
on the season and his team leading 21st point.
Chad Kolarik knotted the score at 1-1 with a shot
from the high slot on a give up the right wing from
The Phantoms re-took the lead at 12:39 into the
second as Adirondack would rush in to steal the
puck on the forecheck. Rob Bordson and Zac Rinaldo
along with Holmstrom won the puck away and Bourdon
blasted a slapped from the left point that clanged
off the far post behind Talbot and into the goal
for a 2-1 lead. For Bourdon, it was his first goal
of the year.
Jeremy Williams scored his Whale leading 15th goal
of the season on a couple minutes later on a power
play blast from the top of the left circle.
Dale Weise would score a pair of goals in the 3rd
as the Whale would build a 4-2 lead. There was some
dispute on the Whale's 4th goal at 11:38 of the
3rd period as Nic Riopel appeared to argue that
he had the puck covered before it crossed the goal-line.
Weise's goal was an attempt to pass it to Chad Kolarik
in the crease but it deflected off a Phantom in
the slot and trickled in between Rioel's skates.
The two goal advantage only lasted for about 90
seconds as Luke Pither would score for the second
game in a row. Pither gained the line up the middle
and dropped for Denis Hamel who would blast it from
the top of the left circle. The long rebound off
Talbot came right back to Pither who was able to
bury the opportunity on Talbot's right side cutting
the score to 4-3.
Adirondack pulled Nic Riopel with 1:20 remaining
for the extra attacker and shortly thereafter got
the puck to the goal-line but not across on the
Ben Holmstrom shot.
Connecticut leads the season series versus the
Phantoms 2 games to 0. Adirondack will host Connecticut
in the conclusion of the home-and-home series Wednesday
night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Connecticut
Whale are the affiliate of the New York Rangers.
Adirondack outshot the Whale 33-27. The Phantoms
were 1-for-5 on the power play. Connecticut went
Prior to the game, the Phantoms recalled goalie
Brian Stewart from his loan to Greenville, SC of
the ECHL. The move comes after Flyers' goalie Michael
Leighton completed his four game conditioning stint
with Adirondack. Johan Backlund remains on the shelf
with a lower body injury.
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)
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Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Connecticut Whale 4 - Status:
Sunday, December 12, 2010 - XL Center Veterans Memorial
Adirondack 0 2 1 - 3
Connecticut 0 2 2 - 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Newbury Ct (tripping),
0:49; Kolarik Ct (interference), 5:44; Hamel Adk
(hooking), 5:46; Clackson Adk (fighting), 8:25;
Soryal Ct (fighting), 8:25.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Syvret 4 (Holmstrom,
Gustafsson), 6:14 (PP). 2, Connecticut, Kolarik
10 (Zuccarello), 9:14. 3, Adirondack, Bourdon 1
(Holmstrom, Bordson), 12:39. 4, Connecticut, Williams
15 (Zuccarello, Newbury), 15:06 (PP). Penalties-Bickel
Ct (holding), 4:48; Dupont Ct (slashing), 5:48;
Marshall Adk (interference), 14:13; Marshall Adk
(roughing), 16:50; Rinaldo Adk (roughing), 16:50;
Bickel Ct (roughing, roughing), 16:50; Valentenko
Ct (hooking), 17:52.
3rd Period-5, Connecticut, Weise 4 (Kolarik, Tessier),
2:48. 6, Connecticut, Weise 5 (Kolarik, Tessier),
11:36. 7, Adirondack, Pither 5 (Hamel, Walker),
13:06. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 15-10-8-33. Connecticut
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 5; Connecticut
1 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Riopel 0-5-0 (27 shots-23 saves).
Connecticut, Talbot 4-2-1 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Chris Cozzan (18).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Derek Wahl (46).