Glens Falls, NY-The Adirondack
Phantoms capped off an exciting weekend homestand
Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 victory over the Binghamton
Senators in front of 3,206 fans at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. Five different Phantoms scored goals
in the balanced attack and Michael Leighton turned
aside 25 of 27 Senators shots for the win.
Adirondack picked up at least one point for the
9th time in their last 10 games (5-1-4) as they
snapped Binghamton's 11 game point streak. The
Senators carried a 9-0-2 mark to the GFCC before
the game. The Phantoms' win comes on the heels
of Saturday night's exciting 2-1 shootout victory
over the Worcester Sharks.
Logan Stephenson sparked the attack with a goal
and a spirited fight on his way to being named
#2 Star of the Game. His first period tally on
the power play came on a long snapshot from center
point that snuck past Sens goalie Garrett Zemlak.
Later in the game, Stephenson dropped the gloves
with Binghamton's Jason Bailey. The big Adirondack
defenseman looked like he was in trouble early
when Bailey landed several punches in a row. But
Stephenson came back with a flurry of punches
of the end connecting squarely with Bailey on
Zac Rinaldo scored his third goal of the season
and first since October early in the second period
when he re-directed a Danny Syvret feed from the
left point. Rinaldo had created the scoring opportunity
by helping win the puck away with an aggressive
forecheck in the corner.
The Phantoms held the 2-0 lead into the second
intermission but Binghamton would come storming
back early in the third with two goals in the
first six minutes tying the game at 2-2.
Roman Wick finished off a 2-on-1 rush in the
opening minute for his 13th of the year and Ryan
Keller would score his 24th of the season five
minutes later on the power play deflecting home
Derek Smith's centering feed.
The 2-2 deadlock would only last 35 seconds however
as Ben Holmstrom would take advantage of an open
lane from the left-wing straight to the net. Holmstrom
drove around Zemlak to stuff the puck in past
his left leg. The 4-on-4 tally proved to be the
eventual game-winner. Holmstrom's 10th of the
year for the 3-2 lead was assisted by Michael
Ryan and Erik Gustafsson.
Michael Leighton made several fine saves to preserve
the one goal lead while the Phantoms had several
scoring chances of their own denied by scrambling
Binghamton defense. Michael Ryan rifled one off
the left post on one of several close calls.
With 1:30 remaining, Mike Testwuide would pick
up a rebound of a Michael Ryan shot and backhand
lift the puck over the diving goalie Zemlak to
give the Phantoms some breathing room at 4-2.
It was Testwuide's 8th of the year and 6th in
last 11 games.
Denis Hamel drilled one from the left-wing side
of the blueline into the open net with only 2.2
seconds left to cap the thrilling win with his
team-leading 18th goal of the season.
Adirondack improved to 2-3-1 against the Senators
this season with all five points against them
coming on home ice. Since December 17, Adirondack
is now 16-8-7 and 14-8-7 under Head Coach Joe
Adirondack is on a two game win streak and has
points in nine of their last ten (5-1-4). Binghamton
outshot Adirondack 27-24. Both teams were 1-for-3
on the power play.
The Sens return to the Glens Falls Civic Center
on Wednesday, March 16. The teams will close out
the eight game season series on April 9 in Binghamton.
The Phantoms have a week off between games before
returning to action next Saturday at 5pm at the
Albany Devils. That is the first of three consecutive
games for Adirondack against Albany. The Phantoms'
next home game is next Sunday at 3pm hosting the
Devils. The two teams are tied at three games
apiece midway through the 12 game season battle
for the Time Warner Cable Cup.
Phantoms Notes: Erik Gustafsson rejoined the
Phantoms after making his NHL debut the previous
night with the Philadelphia Flyers. Gustafsson
played over 16 minutes in Philadelphia's loss
at Ottawa and logged 4 PIM's. Scratches for the
game included Marc-Andre Bourdon, Matt Walker
and Stefan Legein.
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
Saturday, March 5, 5:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils - Time Warner Cable Series (Series
tied at 3-3)
Sunday, March 6, 3:00 p.m. - Albany Devils at
Adirondack Phantoms - Family Fun Pack ($39), 3
tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 popcorn, 1 program
- Continuation of the Time Warner Cable Cup Series
- Post-Game Skate with the Players
Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. - Albany Devils at
Adirondack Phantoms -$2 Pizza Slices - Time Warner
Cable Cup continues...
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Binghamton Senators 2 at Adirondack Phantoms
5 - Status: Unofficial Final
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic