In front of almost 15,000 fans at Bell Centre in
Montreal, the Adirondack Phantoms had their seven
game point streak come to a close in a 4-1 loss
at the Hamilton Bulldogs. It was Adirondack's first
regulation loss in three weeks dating all the way
back to February 4.
Danny Syvret (9th) scored the lone goal for the
Phantoms. It was the third goal in the last two
games for the Adirondack defenseman. The Phantoms
had several other terrific scoring opportunities
but were denied every time but Hamilton goaltender
Curtis Sanford. The game concludes the season series
between the two teams with Adirondack finishing
the season 1-2-1 against Hamilton.
Hamilton's new acquisition from the Chicago Wolves,
Nigel Dawes, put the Bulldogs on the board in the
first period with his 28th goal of the year and
first for Hamilton.
Adirondack came back with several fine opportunities
including a couple of close range shots by Denis
Hamel. Eric Wellwood had a breakaway turned aside
by Sanford and in the process was hooked by Frederic
St. Denis. But Wellwood's penalty shot attempt late
in the first period was turned away off the blocker
Eric Wellwood would spin in the right wing corner
and fire a nice feed across to Danny Syvret atop
the left-wing circle early in the second period.
Syvret hesitated and then snapped his shot off the
underside of the netting to the far-post side to
even the game at 1-1.
Andrew Conboy dug to the puck away in the corner
and got it out in front for J.T. Wyman midway through
the 2nd who snapped home his 13th of the year blocker
side on Backlund to push the Bulldogs back out in
front at 2-1.
Late in the second period the Phantoms would buzz
with several close-range chances on Sanford. A shot
that was blocked down was spinning in the blue paint
for Logan Stephenson crashing the net. As he got
there to chip it in, Sanford extended his right
leg and kicked it away just off his skate for one
of his best saves of the evening.
Aaron Palushaj scored early in the 3rd period on
the power play to extend the lead to 3-1 and then
sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with 30
Earlier in the game, Matt Clackson dropped the
gloves with Hamilton's Jimmy Bonneau in an energetic
bout late in the first period that saw both combatants
land several solid blows. It was one of the most
entertaining fights of the season for the Phantoms
and put a charge into the large Montreal Canadiens
fan-base cheering on the Bulldogs. Clackson led
in the fight early connecting several times in a
row before Bonneau worked his right free and was
able to come back with some punches at the end.
One of the best Phantoms on the ice might have
been Ben Holmstrom who made some fine passes and
nicely dug away several pucks in battles along the
Before the game, defenseman Erik Gustafsson was
recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers and is expected
to make his NHL debut Saturday night in Ottawa when
the Flyers take on the Senators.
Earlier in the week, Matt Walker was sent back
to Philadelphia due to a lower body injury. Andrew
Rowe was loaned to Greenville (SC) of the ECHL for
some extra playing time and more minutes on the
ice this weekend. And Stefan Legein was returned
from his loan to Greenville and played his first
game back with the Phantoms.
Phantoms Notes: Official scratches for the game
included Marc-Andre Bourdon and Matt Walker. Gustafsson
was removed from the Phantoms roster before the
game and therefore was technically not a "scratch."
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Hamilton Bulldogs 4 - Status:
In Progress (0:00 remaining in 3rd)
Friday, February 25, 2011 - Bell Centre
Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
Hamilton 1 1 2 - 4
1st Period-1, Hamilton, Dawes 28 (Engqvist, Carle),
7:01. Penalties-Wyman Ham (roughing), 4:48; Clackson
Adk (fighting), 9:50; Bonneau Ham (fighting), 9:50;
Dumont Ham (roughing), 9:50; Holmstrom Adk (interference),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Syvret 9 (Wellwood, Moore),
5:01. 3, Hamilton, Wyman 13 (Conboy, Masse), 9:30.
Penalties-Stephenson Adk (hooking), 0:37.
3rd Period-4, Hamilton, Palushaj 11 (Boyd, Fortier),
5:45 (PP). 5, Hamilton, Palushaj 12 (Fortier), 19:30
(PP EN). Penalties-Testwuide Adk (hooking), 3:47;
Jancevski Adk (hooking), 7:08; Kalinski Adk (roughing),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 6-9-6-21. Hamilton 8-8-13-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Hamilton
2 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 7-13-3 (28 shots-25
saves). Hamilton, Sanford 21-13-2 (21 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Kevin Ferguson (31), Ryan Lachine (83).