Glens Falls, NY-Phantoms goaltender Michael Leighton
made 25 saves in a solid performance and the Bears
withstood a late Adirondack flurry to defeat the
Phantoms 3-0 at the Glens Falls Civic Center on
Friday night. It was Leighton’s second start
since returning to the Phantoms on January 4.
The result snapped Adirondack’s point streak
at six games. Hershey avenged their most recent
result in Glens Falls with the win. On their last
trip to the North Country they lost a 3-1 decision
to Adirondack on December 17.
Adirondack outshot Hershey 15-8 in the final
frame but Adirondack was unable to get it by Bears
goaltender Danny Sabourin who made 25 saves to
earn his tenth win of the season and his second
shutout of the year. The Phantoms had their opportunities
including three power plays in the period but
could not get it past the Bears netminder.
The Bears opened the scoring with 35 seconds
remaining in the first period. On the Bears’
third power play of the period, Zach Miskovic
f rom the center point beat Phantoms goaltender
Michael Leighton to give Hershey a 1-0 lead. It
was Miskovic’s sixth goal of the year assisted
by Dmitri Kugryshev and ex-Phantom captain Boyd
Kane. Michael Leighton was stellar in the opening
period though making six of his seven saves on
the power play.
The Bears extended their lead 4:22 into the second
period. Steve Pinizzotto sent a cross-ice pass
to Brian Willsie who put one into an open net
as Leighton was caught to the far side of the
goal. It was Willsie’s thirteenth goal of
the season to give Hershey the 2-0 lead.
Adirondack had their best chances throughout
a frenzied attack in the third period which included
a late 6-on-4 power play with Leighton pulled
for an extra attacker.
Steve Pinizzotto sealed the game for the Bears
as he scored his ninth goal of the season into
an empty net with 15 seconds remaining.
Jon Kalinski created some good opportunities
and also blocked several shots and passes on the
penalty kill for one of the stronger Adirondack
performances on the evening.
Adirondack travels to Hershey next Sunday afternoon
for the final time this season while Hershey does
not return to the Glens Falls Civic Center until
Adirondack finished 0-for 6 on the power play
while Hershey went 1-for-4. The Bears outshot
the Phantoms 28-25.
Notes: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Joonas Lehtivuori,
Andrew Rowe and Stefan Legein were scratches for
the Phantoms. Denis Hamel returned to the lineup
after missing the previous three games. J.P. Testwuide
played wing for the second game in a row. Michael
Ryan’s five-game goal scoring streak was
snapped. Zac Rinaldo accumulated nine penalty
minutes in the game and now has 155 total minutes
on the season to rate third in the AHL and first
among rookies. His 19 majors is tied for the most
in the AHL with Connecticut’s Devin Didomete.
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Hershey Bears 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 0 - Status:
Friday, January 14, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Hershey 1 1 1 - 3
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period-1, Hershey, Miskovic 6 (Kugryshev, Kane),
19:25 (PP). Penalties-Willsie Her (cross-checking),
4:16; Rinaldo Adk (cross-checking), 9:52; Holmstrom
Adk (slashing), 12:35; Rinaldo Adk (holding), 17:43.
2nd Period-2, Hershey, Willsie 13 (Pinizzotto,
Greentree), 4:22. Penalties-Collins Her (holding),
9:19; Wellwood Adk (tripping), 12:53; Greentree
Her (hooking), 16:57.
3rd Period-3, Hershey, Pinizzotto 9 19:45 (EN).
Penalties-served by Kugryshev Her (bench minor -
too many men), 3:08; Lacroix Her (tripping), 7:18;
Miskovic Her (roughing, fighting), 10:25; Marshall
Adk (roughing), 10:25; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 10:25;
Aucoin Her (slashing), 17:36.
Shots on Goal-Hershey 8-12-8-28. Adirondack 2-8-15-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 1 / 4; Adirondack
0 / 6.
Goalies-Hershey, Sabourin 10-9-0 (25 shots-25 saves).
Adirondack, Leighton 1-4-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).