was unable to get going in the Phantoms Head Coaching
debut of Joe Paterson as they fell at the Binghamton
Senators 7-1 Sunday night at the Broome County Veterans
It was Adirondack's first game in eight days following
their holiday break and they appeared to struggle
to shake the rust off as the team's two game win
streak came to an end. It was also the beginning
of their busiest portion of the schedule this season
as Adirondack will play six games in just an eight
Joe Paterson was officially granted the head coaching
reigns of the Phantoms from John Paddock on Monday,
December 20. But it was the beginning of the team's
holiday break and he had to wait six more days to
officially make his head coaching debut at the bench.
Paterson is a Lake George, NY resident who played
for the Adirondack Red Wings in the early 1980's
and was an assistant coach with the Red Wings in
It was Paterson's first game as a head coach since
2001 when he was with the Louisville Panthers of
Nic Riopel toughed it out going the distance for
the Phantoms allowing all 7 Senators goals. It was
a sharp contrast from his play immediately prior
to the holiday break in which he posted a .970 save
percentage and allowed just one goal in back to
back wins against Hershey and Abbotsford.
The game was a surprising result for the Phantoms
who hoped to carry the momentum of their win streak
across the holiday break. Adirondack was 3-3 in
their previous 6 games and was playing some of their
strongest hockey of the year.
Ben Holmstrom scored the lone goal for the Phantoms.
His 7th of the year came late in the first period
and pulled the team to within 2-1 at the time. Greg
Moore won the puck in the Phantoms zone and started
the rush. After Brust knocked down drives by Moore
and Zac Rinaldo, Holmstrom was able to dive across
the slot and backhand a loose puck while falling
to his belly and get the Phantoms on the board.
Gustaffson picked up his 22nd assist on the play.
The Northern Michigan University leads all AHL rookies
in assists and his 26 points are most among all
Zach Smith led the attack for the Senators with
a pair of goals, both in the first period. He had
a couple good chances for a hat trick including
a shorthanded odd-man rush with 10 seconds to go
when Riopel turned aside his drive.
Bobby Butler scored his league leading 17th goal
of the season for the high-flying Sens who kept
up their offensive success. NHL veteran David Hale,
Colin Greening, Eric Condra and Kaspas Daugavins
also lit the lamp for Binghamton while Barry Brust
got the win in goal with a stellar 36 save performance
on 37 shots.
The Phantoms best line of the night might have
been the hard-working trio of Rob Bordson, Zac Rinaldo
and Ben Holmstrom. Early in the 3rd period, Rinaldo
dealt a crushing hit to the league's top goal scorer,
Bobby Butler. Rinaldo took a charging major for
the blow and a fighting penalty immediately after
to lengthen his lead of all AHL rookies in PIM's
(120) and major penalties (14). Butler was able
to leave the ice on his own.
The Phantoms are not the only team to have been
burned by the resurgent Binghamton squad. The Senators
have scored 5 or more goals in 4 of their last 7
For whatever reason, the Phantoms have not matched
up well with Binghamton this season and their three
worst losses have all come to the hands of the Senators.
The Phantoms have only one more visit to the Southern
Tier of New York this season and that comes in the
last weekend of the season when they come back on
April 9, 2011.
Binghamton has not played in Glens Falls yet this
year so the Phantoms will get an opportunity to
reverse the results back at the Civic Center. The
Senators will make their first visit to the North
Country on January 28.
Adirondack ended up outshooting Binghamton in the
game 37-36 including 16-8 in the 3rd period. The
Phantoms went 0-for-3 on the power play while Binghamton
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Binghamton Senators 7
- Status: Final
Sunday, December 26, 2010 - Broome County Veterans
Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1
Binghamton 4 2 1 - 7
1st Period-1, Binghamton, Smith 6 (Smith, Locke),
5:43 (PP). 2, Binghamton, Hale 2 (Daugavins, Dziurzynski),
11:53. 3, Adirondack, Holmstrom 7 (Rinaldo, Gustafsson),
14:49. 4, Binghamton, Butler 17 (Locke, Greening),
17:30. 5, Binghamton, Smith 7 (Condra, O'Brien),
18:38. Penalties-Bordson Adk (holding), 5:21; Wiercioch
Bng (tripping), 8:21.
2nd Period-6, Binghamton, Greening 10 (Locke, Butler),
10:53. 7, Binghamton, Condra 11 (Dziurzynski), 19:15.
Penalties-Lessard Bng (cross-checking), 4:17.
3rd Period-8, Binghamton, Daugavins 5 (Wiercioch,
Kinrade), 3:46. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (major - charging,
fighting), 3:21; Greening Bng (roughing, fighting),
3:21; Lessard Bng (boarding), 19:34.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-13-16-37. Binghamton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Binghamton
1 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Riopel 2-6-0 (36 shots-29 saves).
Binghamton, Brust 11-10-1 (37 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Andy Petrus (26).