Glens Falls, NY- The Adirondack
Phantoms extended their point streak to six games
(3-0-3) but for the second consecutive night were
defeated in the shootout, this time by the Charlotte
Checkers, 3-2 on Saturday night at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. Michael Ryan and Eric Wellwood scored
for the Phantoms in regulation.
Chris Terry gave the Checkers a 1-0 lead on the
power play at 12:22 of the first period. On a
cross-ice feed from Zach Boychuk, Terry one-timed
it just under the crossbar past Phantoms goaltender
Michael Leighton to score his 21st goal of the
The Checkers outshot the Phantoms 9-5 in the opening
The Phantoms would respond after the intermission
break to tie the score at 1-1. Just 44 seconds
into the period, Ben Holmstrom sent a cross-ice
pass through the neutral zone to a streaking Michael
Ryan who beat Checkers goaltender Mike Murphy
five-hole to score his 16th goal of the season.
Adirondack blasted away for much of the second
and third periods but were unable to solve Charlotte
goalie Mike Murphy. The Phantoms were dominating
the play for much of the final two periods but
just couldn't get the lead.
It remained 1-1 until late in the third period
when with 1:59 remaining, Mike Murphy juggled
the puck behind his own net. Eric Wellwood would
pick up the rebound and go to the front of the
net and slide one just across the Checkers goal-line
to give Adirondack the 2-1 lead.
Charlotte with their goaltender pulled, would
tie the game at 2-2 with 28 seconds remaining
as Matthew Pistilli batted one out of mid-air
to score his second goal of the season with an
assist to Chris Terry. The controversial goal
was disputed by the Phantoms who perhaps were
arguing that the puck may have been punched or
hit by a high stick in the scramble in the crease.
A strange moment happened earlier on the play
after Adirondack had shot the puck the length
of the ice as players from both sides appeared
to stop believing that an icing would be called.
It was out of that pause that Charlotte was able
to rush back with numbers on the Phantoms and
eventually convert on the scramble in the crease.
Adirondack outshot Charlotte 36-23 in regulation
and with less than 8 minutes left in the third
period the Checkers had been outshot 12-1 in the
Adirondack went 0-for-3 on the power play while
Charlotte went 1-for-2.
Michael Leighton made 26 saves in regulation and
4 of 7 in the shootout while counterpart Mike
Murphy stopped 37 shots in regulation and 5 of
7 in the shootout to earn his sixteenth win of
The Phantoms finished their four-game homestand
1-0-3 and are now 14-7-6 since December 17 and
12-7-6 under Joe Paterson.
Adirondack concludes their stretch of four games
in five days traveling to Albany for a game at
the Times Union Center against the Devils Sunday
at 4 p.m.
Notes: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Dan Jancevski and Matt
Clackson were the scratches for Adirondack.
Sunday, February 20, 4:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Friday, February 25, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
vs. Hamilton Bulldogs (at Montreal)
Saturday, February 26, 7:00 - Worcester Sharks
at Adirondack Phantoms - Youth Jersey Giveaway
(first 1000 youths) courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital
Sunday, February 27, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Adirondack Phantoms - Family Fun Pack ($39),
3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 popcorn, 1 program
Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games
are on sale now. Discount rates are available
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The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary
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Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming
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Charlotte Checkers 3 (SO) at Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Status: Unofficial Final SO
Saturday, February 19, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic