Albany, NY-Jon Kalinski
scored in the 7th round of the shootout and red-hot
Michael Ryan scored two goals in regulation and
once in the shootout as the Phantoms ran the AHL's
longest win streak to four with a 3-2 win at the
Albany Devils Wednesday night. Along with winning
their last four in a row, Adirondack has gone 7-2
in their last nine games dating back to December
17th with their win against Hershey.
Adirondack trailed 3-1 in the 4th round of the shootout
and were on the brink of taking the loss when Eric
Wellwood and Ben Holmstrom scored back-to-back do-or-die
goals on Albany goalie Jeff Frazee to keep the game
alive and force extra rounds. It was the second
time in a row the comeback Phantoms and rebounded
from a two goal deficit although this one was in
the shootout while the last one was when they trailed
2-0 in regulation at Rochester on Sunday.
Michael Ryan was the Star of the Game in his return
to Albany where he was a standout and an All-Star
for the River Rats in 2008-09 when he scored 25
goals and 42 points in just 40 games.
Reigning Reebok/AHL Goalie of the Week Brian Stewart
recorded the victory again for his fourth in a row.
It was also the team's (as well as his) third shootout
win in their four game win streak. Prior to last
Friday, the Phantoms were the only team to NOT have
played in a shootout this year. Since then they
have won shootout on Friday vs. Springfield, Sunday
at Rochester and now Wednesday at Albany. The Phantoms
are one of only three AHL teams unbeaten in shootouts
this year along with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3-0)
and San Antonio (4-0).
Michael Swift scored both goals for the Albany Devils
giving them the lead both times. The Phantoms never
held the lead in regulation.
Michael Ryan picked up the rebound of an Eric Wellwood
backhand wrap-around attempt and rifled it off the
top of the cage late in the 2nd period to tie the
game at 1-1 as he extended his goal-scoring streak
to three games.
Swift gave the Devils the 2-1 lead in the opening
minute of the 3rd period taking advantage of a steal
in the Phantoms zone. Exactly for minutes later
Michael Ryan would strike again this time taking
the wrap-around himself. Logan Stephenson kept the
Devils from getting the puck out and Michael Ryan
got Jeff Frazee to slightly commit to his right
allowing Ryan to speed up to the crease and jam
it in on his left-skate side for the 2-2 tie.
Ryan has 7 goals this year including 6 with the
Phantoms. Ryan began his season with Springfield
on a Player Tryout Agreement where he scored one
goal in six games before joining Adirondack. It
was the second straight game in which Ryan has excelled
in a building he used to call home. On Sunday he
scored the game-tying goal with eight minutes left
at Rochester where he had previously played for
Adirondack leads the Time Warner Cable Cup Series
3 games to 2. The Phantoms and Devils will play
Round 6 of the 12 game season series February 20th
at Albany. The win pulled the 11-25-2 Phantoms to
within 5 points of the 7th place Devils in the East
Albany outshot the Phantoms 28-23. The Devils were
0-for-4 on the power play while Adirondack went
Notes: Goalie Michael Leighton joined the Phantoms
after clearing waivers on his send down from the
Philadelphia Flyers. He did not dress for the game.
Goalie Johan Backlund returned to the team and dressed
for the first time since his injury at Hershey on
November 28. Backlund did not play in the game.
Scratches for the game included Leighton, Joonas
Lehtivuori, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Stefan Legein and
Adirondack now embarks on the longest road-trip
in the history of professional hockey in Glens Falls
as they will travel roughly 3,000 miles to the west
to play the Abbotsford Heat this weekend. The team
will fly out of Montreal Thursday evening.
Friday, January 7, 10:00pm - Adirondack at Abbotsford
Saturday, January 8, 10:00pm - Adirondack Phantoms
at Abbotsford Heat
Friday, January 14, 7:30pm - Hershey Bears at Adirondack
Saturday, January 15, 7:00pm - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms
Friday, January 14 - $1 Hot Dogs
Saturday, January 15 - Phlex Retirement Party. Unifirst
Youth Backpacks for first 1,000 kids age 14 and
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Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO) at Albany Devils 2 -
Status: Final SO
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 0 1 1 0 - 3
Albany 0 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Wiseman Alb (hooking),
4:54; Ryan Adk (holding), 5:03; Marshall Adk (holding),
2nd Period-1, Albany, Gionta 5 (Wiseman, Swift),
7:43. 2, Adirondack, Ryan 6 (Wellwood, Kalinski),
14:56. Penalties-Wellwood Adk (tripping), 16:52.
3rd Period-3, Albany, Gionta 6 (Swift, Wiseman),
0:55. 4, Adirondack, Ryan 7 (Stephenson), 4:55.
Penalties-Wiseman Alb (tripping), 1:30; Urbom Alb
(tripping), 10:21; Moore Adk (interference), 12:49.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Adirondack 4 (Ryan G, Moore NG, Pither
NG, Wellwood G, Holmstrom G, Syvret NG, Kalinski
G), Albany 3 (Swift NG, Wiseman G, Anderson G, Henrique
G, Vasyunov NG, Davis NG, McIntyre NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-6-7-2-1-23. Albany 8-10-7-3-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Albany
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Stewart 4-5-0 (28 shots-26 saves).
Albany, Frazee 9-10-3 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Marcus Vinnerborg (45), Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Jim Briggs (83).