Glens Falls, NY-A back and forth
Sunday encounter in which the lead was traded
three times ended with Andre Benoit's goal from
the blue-line as Binghamton escaped from Glens
Falls with a 4-3 overtime victory Sunday evening.
Adirondack did extend a point streak to three
games (2-0-1) with the decision and pulled to
within one point of Albany and two points of Syracuse
in the East Division standings.
Mike Testwuide (6th), Michael Ryan (15th) and
Stefan Legein (5th) all scored for the Phantoms
who were opening a four game homestand.
Michael Leighton took the loss for Adirondack
and had his shutout streak of over seven period
snapped early in the second frame. In total, he
kept the opposition from scoring for over 157
consecutive minutes including back to back games
against Hamilton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Phantoms are now 13-7-4 since December 17
and are 11-7-4 under Head Coach Joe Paterson.
They have gone 2-0-1 in their last three games
and 3-1-1 in their most recent five.
Adirondack led 1-0 in the first period. Then Binghamton
would lead 2-1 at the second intermission before
Adirondack would storm back in the third for a
3-2 advantage. Binghamton would score the last
two goals of the game for the 4-3 overtime decision.
Mike Testwuide staked the home team to the initial
lead with his 6th goal of the season and 4th in
his last five games. Ben Holmstrom carried the
puck from the corner up along the wall and was
able to find Testwuide in the slot who converted
on his snapper. Erik Gustafsson also assisted
on the play to move into a tie with Denis Hamel
for the team lead in points with 31.
Binghamton would tie the game on the power play
two minutes into the second with good quick passing
across to Derek Smith in the left circle. The
Sens took a 2-1 lead six minutes into the period
on a 2-on-1 rush with David Duiurzynski finishing
on the backdoor.
The Phantoms would storm back in the third period
with Michael Ryan rushing across the line. After
faking a shot from the high slot he used a burst
of speed to get wide if the Binghamton defenseman
to the left circle while Senators goalie Robin
Lehner was unable to fully follow across. Ryan
capitalized to the score at 2-2.
Adirondack ended a power play drought midway through
the third when Eric Wellwood found Stefan Legein
in the right circle who slammed in his fifth of
the season giving the Phantoms a 3-2 advantage.
The lead only lasted three minutes though as Binghamton
captain Ryan Keller would rush into the Adirondack
zone after a faceoff win on the power play. Keller
shot it off Leighton's left leg and into the goal
to tie the game at 3-3.
Both teams had some good opportunities to retake
the lead in regulation but Lehner and Leighton
made some solid saves. Late in the third Leighton
kicked out his right leg for the save of the game
to keep the score knotted up.
Binghamton had some continued possession in the
Adirondack zone in the 4-on-4 overtime and Andre
Benoit's wrister from the blueline snuck in while
a couple of Senators forwards for screening Leighton's
Adirondack outshot the Senators 29-25. Binghamton's
power play was a difference maker in the game
as they went 2-for-3. Adirondack went 1-for-2.
After the game, all the Phantoms players came
back onto the ice or into Heritage Hall for the
annual season ticket party as they mingled with
hundreds of fans and had a good time. Dozens of
great prizes were raffled off to the fans including
jerseys, autographed sticks and pucks as well
as terrific items from some of our Phantoms sponsors.
Phantoms Notes: Scratches for Adirondack included
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Cullen Eddy, Greg Moore and
Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch
at Adirondack Phantoms - Check it Out Night! Ticket
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at Adirondack Phantoms - $1 Hot Dogs
Saturday, February 19, 7:00 - Charlotte Checkers
at Adirondack Phantoms - Papa John's T-Shirts
(First 2500 Fans)
Sunday, February 20, 4:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
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Binghamton Senators 4 (OT) at Adirondack
Phantoms 3 - Status: Final OT
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic