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PHANTOMS RALLY LATE TO EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 3
 

 

 

 

January 2, 2010

 

 

 

 

Rochester, NY- Trailing 2-0 with nine minutes left in the third period and running on fumes in their fifth game in six days, things were looking unpromising for the Adirondack Phantoms. But Denis Hamel and Michael Ryan struck for back-to-back goals one minute apart and the Phantoms went on to win in the shootout in a 3-2 thriller Sunday evening in Rochester.

The exciting comeback victory extended Adirondack's win streak to three as the Phantoms improved to 4-2 under the helm of new Head Coach Joe Paterson. The Phantoms have won four of their last five as well as six of their most recent eight games. Goalie Brian Stewart won again in his third consecutive start with a stellar 32 save performance on 34 shots. He then went onto turn aside four of Rochester five skaters in the shootout to cap the victory.

The Phantoms relied on the lanky rookie goaltender to keep them in the game in the early going. Stewart stopped 13 Rochester drives in the first 12 minutes of the contest and made a total of 16 saves in a scoreless first period. Stewart has made 93 saves on 98 shots in his last four games including three wins for a .948 saves percentage.

It looked as though the Phantoms would strike first in the game when they had Rochester goalie Jacob Markstrom scrambling in the middle of the 2nd period. Danny Syvret's shot from the point was blocked down and Hamel backhanded the rebound hard off the post on the close call. Just moments later the Americans would fire it down ice to Jeff LoVecchio who would capitalize on his breakaway opportunity staking the home team to a 1-0 lead.

Kendall McArdle extended the Rochester advantage to 2-0 in the middle of the third jamming one in while he was falling in the slot.

An exhausted Phantoms team playing their fifth game in six days pushed with everything they had left for the comeback. Michael Ryan carried the puck out from behind the Amerks goal and Rochester's Michael Caruso took a holding penalty to stop him from jamming it in. On the subsequent power play, Denis Hamel would blast home a one-time slapshot from the right-wing wall after a give across from Danny Syvret. Hamel's 12th of the year and 302nd of his career at 12:44 of the third would get the Phantoms on the board.

Exactly one minute later, Ben Holmstrom would nicely take Eric Wellwood's feed from behind the goal and dish to the cutting Ryan who swooped from right to left across the crease to get around Markstrom and rifle home his second goal of the weekend and fifth of the season. The resurgent Phantoms had tied the game at 2-2 with 7:16 to go after they had trailed 2-0 just a little over a minute earlier.

Both teams had their chances through the rest of the third and into overtime including a couple of open net opportunities on the Phantoms end that appeared to be thwarted by hustling Phantoms D.

Michal Repik scored in the second round of the shootout to give the Americans the early 1-0 lead but Greg Moore an Luke Pither scored back to back in the second and third rounds to put Adirondack up 2-1 and Brian Stewart would go on to stop the rest of the Rochester shooters in order including Kendall McArdle in the fifth round to finish it off.

Now it's time for a well deserved day off for the Phantoms players who concluded their busiest portion of this season's schedule with a flourish.

Notes: Scratches for the game included Marc-Andre Bourdon, Stefan Legein, Shane Harper, J.P. Testwuide, and Johan Backlund. Greg Moore scored in the shootout but his four game goal scoring streak officially came to a close. The win at Rochester begins a stretch of four straight road games for the Phantoms. Adirondack is 2-0 in shootouts this year with both victories coming this weekend.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, January 5, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
Friday, January 7, 10:00pm - Adirondack at Abbotsford Heat
Saturday, January 8, 10:00pm - Adirondack Phantoms at Abbotsford Heat
Friday, January 14, 7:30pm - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms

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 (SO) at Rochester Americans 2 - Status: Final SO
Sunday, January 2, 2011 - Blue Cross Arena

Adirondack 0 0 2 0 - 3
Rochester 0 1 1 0 - 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Lehtivuori Adk (holding the stick), 9:51; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 14:26; LoVecchio Rch (fighting), 14:26; Wilson Rch (holding the stick), 20:00.

2nd Period-1, Rochester, LoVecchio 4 (Timmins, Wilson), 9:47. Penalties-Thomas Rch (tripping), 2:45.

3rd Period-2, Rochester, McArdle 9 (Taylor, Duco), 9:45. 3, Adirondack, Hamel 12 (Pither, Syvret), 11:44 (PP). 4, Adirondack, Ryan 5 (Wellwood, Holmstrom), 12:44. Penalties-Timmins Rch (tripping), 2:14; Bordson Adk (hooking), 5:21; Caruso Rch (holding), 10:46; Moore Adk (high-sticking), 15:21.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout - Adirondack 2 (Ryan NG, Moore G, Pither G, Wellwood NG), Rochester 1 (Jenks NG, Repik G, Battaglia NG, Thomas NG, McArdle NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-11-8-4-1-32. Rochester 16-11-4-3-0-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 4; Rochester 0 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Stewart 3-5-0 (34 shots-32 saves). Rochester, Markstrom 11-14-1 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-2,731
Referees-Tim Mayer (19).
Linesmen-Derek Sylvester (76), Peter Feola (33).


 

 

 

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