Syracuse, NY-Michael Ryan's empty-net goal with
10.6 seconds to go capped the first hat trick
in Adirondack Phantoms history in a 6-4 victory
at the Syracuse Crunch Saturday night. Ryan scored
his 12th, 13th and 14th goals of the season including
the game-winner breaking a 4-4 tie eight minutes
into the 3rd period in the wild contest.
The Phantoms improved to 5-0 against the Crunch
this year and closed to within three points of
them in the East Division standings.
Mike Testwuide had his first professional multi-goal
game with his 3rd and 4th goals of the year in
the first period. Denis Hamel rounded out the
scoring with his 14th of the year which is now
tied with Ryan for most on the team.
The six goals is the most the Phantoms have scored
in a game this season. They had previously scored
five goals in a game on three different occasions
including twice against Syracuse.
The last Phantom to score a hat trick was Rob
Sirianni in the last regular season home game
for the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Spectrum
on April 10, 2009 in a 5-2 win over the Hershey
The back-and-forth, wild affair saw the Phantoms
race out to early 2-0 and 3-1 leads. But the Crunch
stormed back with three straight goals in the
2nd period to take a 4-3 advantage before the
Phantoms would close out the scoring with the
last three goals of the game.
Mike Testwuide crashed the net a couple of times
in the first period for both of his goals. His
first came when Denis Hamel picked off a clearing
attempt on the blue-line and the rebound of his
shot came out to Testwuide to shoot it in. His
second goal came with Michael Ryan stealing it
away on the right-wing side of the goal-line and
feeding the trailing Testwuide for the finish.
Nick Bonino scored late in the first period to
close the gap to 2-1 at the first break. Johan
Backlund was stellar in net particularly in the
first period with 15 saves against a 16 shot Syracuse
Ryan would give the Phantoms the 3-1 lead about
a minute into the second period after Stefan Legein's
shot from the left circle was knocked down by
starting Crunch goaltender J.P. Levasseur and
tipped across the crease by Jon Kalinski for Ryan
to put it home.
Syracuse would get goals from Deschamps, Sharp
and Sexton to regain control and take a 4-3 lead.
They also had another goal disallowed when Backlund
was interfered with by a Syracuse forward.
Johan Backlund cleared a dump-in to the corner
for Danny Syvret who rifled a long stretch pass
to Denis Hamel on the Syracuse line. Hamel converted
on the breakaway for his 14th to tie the game
at 4-4 at the 2nd intermission.
Ryan's game winning goal eight minutes into the
third period came on a quick shot turning around
from the left-wing wall that deflected off the
stick of Crunch defenseman Mark Mitera and past
relief netminder Time Pielmeier.
Johan Backlund made several fine saves for the
rest of the third to preserve the lead. And got
a little lucky on a close-call for a fluky potential
goal that just missed. Joe DiPenta of Syracuse
banked it in from the red-line with two minutes
left. As Backlund went behind the goal to get
what he thought was a dump-in, the puck took a
funny bounce off the wall and rolled almost right
towards the open net. It missed the far post by
a couple of inches and the Phantoms barely hung
onto their one goal lead.
In the closing seconds, Syrvet played the puck
forward to Michael Ryan who buried the empty-netter
from the left-wing wall on the red line for the
historic first Adirondack Phantoms hat trick.
The Phantoms are 11-6-3 since December 17 and
also sport a record of 9-6-3 under Head Coach
All teams in the AHL have no practices for the
next four days for the All-Star Break.
The AHL All-Star Skills Competition is Sunday
in Hershey, PA and the All-Star Game takes place
Monday night on AHLLive.com and locally on Time
Warner Cable featuring Mike "Doc" Emrick
Notes: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Dan Jancevski, Matt
Clackson, Eric Wellwood were scratches. NHL veteran
defenseman Matt Walker played his first game back
with the Phantoms and got engaged in several post-whistle
skirmishes standing up for his new teammates.
Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves in the first period
with Eric Regan of the Crunch. It was Rinaldo's
league leading 22nd major penalty this season.
Sunday, January 30 (All-Star Break)
Friday, February 4, 7:30 - Syracuse Crunch at
Saturday, February 5, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Hamilton Bulldogs
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Adirondack Phantoms 6 at Syracuse Crunch 4 -
Saturday, January 29, 2011 - Onondaga County War
Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 2 2 2 - 6
Syracuse 1 3 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Testwuide 3 (Hamel),
3:44. 2, Adirondack, Testwuide 4 (Ryan), 16:12.
3, Syracuse, Bonino 5 (Green), 18:01 (PP). Penalties-Kalinski
Adk (hooking), 8:08; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 11:23;
Regan Syr (fighting), 11:23; Palmieri Syr (cross-checking),
13:54; Stephenson Adk (hooking), 17:19; Laliberte
Syr (hooking), 19:47.
2nd Period-4, Adirondack, Ryan 12 (Kalinski,
Legein), 1:08 (PP). 5, Syracuse, Deschamps 9 (Palmieri,
Bonino), 2:40. 6, Syracuse, Sharp 5 (Salters,
Guenin), 5:36. 7, Syracuse, Sexton 9 (Green, Guenin),
12:10. 8, Adirondack, Hamel 14 (Syvret, Backlund),
15:43. Penalties-Kalinski Adk (roughing), 8:17;
Clark Syr (roughing), 16:43; Maroon Syr (misconduct
- unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:43.
3rd Period-9, Adirondack, Ryan 13 (Testwuide,
Walker), 8:13. 10, Adirondack, Ryan 14 (Syvret),
19:49 (EN). Penalties-Clark Syr (hooking), 4:20;
Hamel Adk (hooking), 4:35.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-14-12-33. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 4; Syracuse
1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 6-12-2 (38 shots-34
saves). Syracuse, Levasseur 6-14-3 (11 shots-8
saves); Pielmeier 10-14-1 (21 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Jeff Smith (49).
Linesmen-Brian Lemon (25), Fraser McIntyre (94).