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Wellwood and Moore Score in Phantoms Loss





December 29, 2010





Glens Falls, NY-In front of 3,570 at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Wednesday night, Eric Wellwood (8th) and Greg Moore (2nd) scored for the Phantoms in a 6-2 loss to Manchester. It was the beginning of a three game homestand for the Phantoms during the holiday week.

It was the first meeting between the Phantoms and Monarchs. Manchester is the Atlantic Division leading AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Trailing 6-0, Eric Wellwood got Adirondack on the board. Wellwood picked up a loose puck in the slot to beat Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones top shelf to make it a 5-goal game. It was Wellwood’s third power play goal of the season. Luke Pither and Andrew Rowe picked up the assists on the Wellwood goal.

In the third period, Greg Moore scored his second goal in the last two games. Denis Hamel feed Moore who then beat Jones glove-side to cut Manchester’s lead to 6-2.

Late in the third period, the Phantoms killed off a Monarch five-on-three to hold it to a 4-goal deficit.

The Monarchs opened the scoring at the 16:13 mark on the power play. After the initial save by Phantoms goaltender Nic Riopel, Dwight King poked home the loose puck to give the Monarchs the 1-0 lead. Only 22 seconds later, Richard Clune scored his first of the night to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead sending a puck off defenseman Dan Jancevski’s skate, past Nic Riopel to score his third goal of the season.

The Monarchs would then go onto score four goals in a 3-minute span in the second period. At the 3:53 mark of the second period, Manchester took a 3-0 lead shorthanded. The Monarchs went in 3-on-1 where Jordan Nolan took a cross-ice pass from Viatcheslav Voynov beating Nic Riopel back door. It was Nolan’s third of the season. Then 58 seconds later, Kolomatis backhanded one past Riopel scoring his second of the season to give the Monarchs a 4-0 lead.

Manchester took a 5-0 lead on John Zeiler’s first goal of the season. After a Phantom turnover in the neutral zone, Zeiler went in on the breakaway beating Riopel top-shelf. The Monarchs struck just 26 seconds later when Richard Clune scored his second of the night and fourth of the year to give the Monarchs a 6-0 lead.

After Manchester’s sixth goal, Brian Stewart replaced Nic Riopel in net. Nic Riopel ended with 16 saves while Stewart in relief was stellar. Stewart stopped 16 shots as well while Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones earned his eleventh victory of the year making 20 saves.

Manchester outshot Adirondack 38-22. The Phantoms finished 1-for-2 on the power play while the Monarchs went 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

Notes: Earlier in the day, the Philadelphia Flyers recalled defenseman Erik Gustafsson from Adirondack. In 33 games with the Phantoms, Gustafsson registered 4 goals and 22 assists. He led all AHL defensemen with 26 points. Tonight’s game marked the return of defenseman J.P. Testwuide to the lineup after he missed six games due to injury. Defenseman Logan Stephenson and Forward Michael Ryan missed their second game in a row with the flu.

Friday afternoon is the traditional New Year's Eve game with a 3:00 start time presented by Nemer Ford. All of the Phantoms players will be appearing in Heritage Hall after the game to meet with the fans, sign autographs and take pictures.

Saturday night at 7:00 is the first game of 2011 as the Phantoms renew their Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry with the Albany Devils.

Phantoms Upcoming Games
Friday, December 31 - Springfield at Adirondack - 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 1 - Albany at Adirondack - 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 2 - Adirondack at Rochester - 5 p.m.

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.

Manchester Monarchs 6 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Status: Unofficial Final
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Manchester 2 4 0 - 6
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2

1st Period-1, Manchester, King 9 (Holloway, Azevedo), 16:13 (PP). 2, Manchester, Clune 3 (Meckler, Zeiler), 16:35. Penalties-Lehtivuori Adk (holding), 14:49.

2nd Period-3, Manchester, Nolan 3 (Voynov, Loktionov), 3:53 (SH). 4, Manchester, Kolomatis 2 (Azevedo, King), 4:51. 5, Manchester, Zeiler 1 (Meckler, Voynov), 6:02. 6, Manchester, Clune 4 (Zeiler), 6:38. 7, Adirondack, Wellwood 8 (Rowe, Pither), 9:20 (PP). Penalties-Clune Mch (fighting), 0:03; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 0:03; Azevedo Mch (interference), 2:27; King Mch (hooking), 7:54.

3rd Period-8, Adirondack, Moore 2 (Hamel), 11:57. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (hooking), 3:03; Nolan Mch (roughing), 6:41; Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 6:41; Hill Mch (fighting), 8:42; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 8:42; Testwuide Adk (interference), 14:08; Kalinski Adk (slashing), 15:05; Marshall Adk (slashing), 15:56.

Shots on Goal-Manchester 15-13-10-38. Adirondack 8-8-6-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 1 / 5; Adirondack 1 / 2.
Goalies-Manchester, Jones 10-2-0 (22 shots-20 saves). Adirondack, Riopel 3-6-0 (22 shots-16 saves); Stewart 0-5-0 (16 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Mike Emanatian (69).




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