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December 12, 2010





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, CT.

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 Mats Zuccarello.

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 1-for-2.

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 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 sock 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.

Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Connecticut Whale 4 - Status: Final
Sunday, December 12, 2010 - XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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 9-9-9-27.
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).




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