Glens Falls, NY-The Phantoms ended their play before the holiday break in style
with their first two game win streak of the season.
Backed by Denis Hamel's eleventh goal of the season
and Nic Riopel's 26 saves, the Phantoms turned away
the Abbotsford Heat 2-1 Saturday night at the Glens
Falls Civic Center.
Michael Ryan (3rd) and Denis Hamel (11th) led the
way for the Phantoms who were coming off a 3-1 victory
over the Hershey Bears Friday in one of their best
performances of the year. In this one, the Phantoms
had to hang on while relying on Riopel to make several
key saves. Adirondack's penalty kill excelled as
they held Abbotsford to 1-for-8 on the man advantage.
The back to back wins send the Phantoms into their
holiday break on a positive note. Adirondack does
not return to action until Sunday, December 26 at
the Binghamton Senators.
The Phantoms struck early for the 1-0 lead as they
turned on the Heat in the Abbotsford zone. On Abbotsford's
first power play of the night, Michale Ryan picked
up a Heat turnover in the neutral zone and raced
in for a shot on Heat netminder Leland Irving. After
a rebound try by Hamel was also steered away, Ryan
was able to force a backhander between the legs
of Irving and roll it into the back of the net for
the team's first "true" shorthanded tally
of the year. The Phantoms only other shorthanded
goal was scored by Eric Wellwood into an empty net
with a pulled Syracuse goalie on December 10.
The Phantoms had a 13 shot barrage in the first
period with four power plays but Irving was able
to keep the score at 1-0.
Adirondack's fourth power play would carry over
into the second period and the Phantoms would strike
again. Hamel took a Ben Holmstrom feed in the high
slot and had time to tee up and fire in his 11th
goal of the season and 301st of his career for a
2-0 lead. Hamel has four goals in his last three
It turned out to be the only shot in the second
period for Adirondack who were outshot in the middle
frame by the Heat 10-1. Abbotsford had four power
play in the second period including a pair of 5-on-3's.
They hit a crossbar on one shot but were unable
to push anything past Riopel.
Abbotsford got on the board early in the third
when Matt Keith scored his team leading 12th goal
of the season. It came moments after Denis Hamel
missed on a breakaway with his drive sailing over
the right shoulder of Irving.
The game featured a few scraps and some big hits.
Andrew Rowe got crunched by Bryan Cameron between
the two team's benches in the third period. Cameron
was assessed a game misconduct as well as a five
minute major for boarding. The Phantoms ensuing
power play wouldn't go the distance however as Joonas
Lehtiviouri was called for a hold in his own zone
Adirondack was 1-for-7 on the power play while
Abbotsford went 1-for-8.
The Heat outshot the Phantoms 27-23 on the night.
Phantoms Upcoming Games
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- 5 p.m.
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- 7 p.m.
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Abbotsford Heat 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Status:
Saturday, December 18, 2010 - Glens Falls Civic
Abbotsford 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Ryan 3 (Hamel), 1:51
(SH). Penalties-Bordson Adk (holding), 0:44; Cameron
Abb (high-sticking), 5:19; Meyer Abb (fighting),
11:05; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 11:05; Armstrong
Abb (high-sticking), 13:26; Stone Abb (cross-checking),
16:15; Ryan Adk (holding), 17:00; Piskula Abb (cross-checking),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Hamel 11 (Syvret, Holmstrom),
1:04 (PP). Penalties-Marshall Adk (hooking), 2:55;
Syvret Adk (roughing), 4:17; Harper Adk (holding),
6:58; Marshall Adk (delay of game), 8:40; Cunning
Abb (slashing), 9:46.
3rd Period-3, Abbotsford, Keith 12 (Stone), 4:27
(PP). Penalties-Testwuide Adk (boarding), 2:35;
Cameron Abb (major - charging, game misconduct -
charging), 5:37; Lehtivuori Adk (holding), 8:05;
Meyers Abb (boarding), 12:21; Holmstrom Adk (cross-checking),
Shots on Goal-Abbotsford 6-10-11-27. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Abbotsford 1 / 8; Adirondack
1 / 7.
Goalies-Abbotsford, Irving 15-10-1 (23 shots-21
saves). Adirondack, Riopel 2-5-0 (27 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Tim Mayer (19).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Frank Murphy (29).