Glens Falls, NY-Five different Adirondack Phantoms
lit the lamp including two players scoring their
first ever in the AHL as Adirondack cruised to
a 5-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators Wednesday
night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Harry Zolnierczyk
scored his first professional goal in just his
fourth game and Cullen Eddy scored his first ever
in the AHL and second as a pro.
It was the Phantoms second win in a row as they
improved to 8-3-5 in their last 16 games. The
Phantoms are 17-10-8 under Head Coach Joe Paterson.
It was the second time in a row the Phantoms have
defeated the Senators by a 5-2 score having also
won by that margin on February 27 at the GFCC.
Michael Ryan (18), Tom Sestito (13) and Ben Holmstrom
(13) were the other scorers for Adirondack as
Michael Leighton made 21 saves for his second
win in a row.
Leighton made 11 saves in the first period to
hold Binghamton in check in a 0-0 deadlock. In
the closing minute, Michael Ryan cruised past
all three lines rushing into the zone and blasted
a shot across Barry Brust for a power play goal
giving Adirondack a 1-0 lead at the first break.
Michael Leighton had given the puck to Ryan to
record his first assist of the season.
Binghamton’s Roman Wick on the power play
tied the score at 1-1 early in the second period
on a cross-ice feed by Corey Locke.
Adirondack regained the lead at 2-1 at the 4:49
mark of the second period. Harry Zolnierczyk scored
his first pro goal as he picked up a rebound from
his own shot in the left wing circle and sent
one past Senators goaltender Barry Brust. The
Zolnierczyk goal was assisted by Rob Bordson and
Less than 2 minutes later, Adirondack extended
their lead to 3-1. On a shot from the right point,
Cullen Eddy scored his first AHL goal putting
it five-hole past Brust. Eddy had scored a goal
in October with Greenville in the ECHL but this
was his first as a Phantom in his 33rd game.
Denis Hamel just missed extending the lead to
4-1 when he crushed one off the post. A couple
minutes later, Roman Wick cut the Adirondack lead
to 3-2 poking it off the stick of a Phantoms defenseman
and into the net. His shorthanded tally was his
second of the game and 16th of the season.
The Phantoms had an opportunity to extend their
lead back to two with the puck knocked out in
front of an open net to Mike Testwuide. A play
that looked like a sure thing for Testwuide's
13th goal of the season was somehow broken up
at the last minute by defenseman Geoff Kinrade's
terrific diving stop in the slot while Sens goalie
Barry Brust was still behind the net.
Adirondack racked up 20 shots in the 2nd period
after mustering only four shots in the first..
It was the most shots in a 2nd period by the Phantoms
this season eclipsing their total of 17 shots
on goal on November 19th at Charlotte.
Adirondack regained a two-goal lead on Tom Sestito’s
second as an Adirondack Phantom and 13th of the
season. After Denis Hamel picked off a Barry Brust
pass, he deked the sprawling goaltender but missed
the open net sending it off the outside of the
post. Tom Sestito picked up the loose puck behind
the net and centered a pass that went off a Senators
defender and into the net for a 4-2 lead.
Ben Holmstrom added an empty net goal from the
right wing wall from deep in the Phantoms zone
to give Adirondack the 5-2 victory. Holmstrom’s
13th goal of the season came unassisted and shorthanded.
Adirondack is 3-3-1 against Binghamton this year
including 3-0-1 in Glens Falls. The two teams
have one more matchup on April 9th in Binghamton.
The first of a three-game road-trip begins on
Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. against the Toronto
Marlies. The road-swing also includes Tuesday
and Wednesday night games down south at the Charlotte
Checkers and Norfolk Admirals.
Adirondack returns home on Friday, March 25 as
they host the Hershey Bears. SuperFan Cameron
Hughes will be back to fire up the crowd so get
ready to make some noise and get some T-shirts.
Phantoms Notes: Forwards Matt Clackson and Luke
Pither along with defensemen Matt Walker and Logan
Stephenson were the Phantoms scratches. Jonathon
Kalinski did not return to the game after the
first period. Rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen
made his pro debut. The 6'6" blue-liner out
of St. Cloud State University was signed to an
Amateur Try-out Contract earlier in the week and
has also signed on for an entry-level contract
with the Flyers system for 2011-12.
Saturday, March 19th, 3:00 p.m. - Adirondack
Phantoms at Toronto Marlies
Tuesday. March 22nd, 7:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms
at Charlotte Checkers
Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:15 p.m. - Adirondack
Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - Hershey Bears at
Adirondack Phantoms - The return of SuperFan Cameron
Hughes firing up the crowd. Make some noise and
get some T-Shirts!
Saturday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms - The return of
SuperFan Cameron Hughes firing up the crowd. Make
some noise and get some T-Shirts! Post-game concert
with Isaiah 6.
Join us at the Glens Falls Civic Center for exciting
Adirondack Phantoms hockey, the top affiliate
of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Discount rates are available for groups of 15
or more. Save off the individual ticket price
by asking the Phantoms about their great group
rate packages and flex-packs.
Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming
Flyers prospects. Get your tickets at the Phantoms
office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online
at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms
Binghamton Senators 2 at Adirondack Phantoms
5 - Status: Final Wednesday, March 16, 2011 -
Glens Falls Civic Center