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Phantoms Rout the Devils 9-5

 

 

 

 

April 1, 2011

 

 

 

 

Glens Falls, NY-Mike Testwuide registered his first career hat trick and Michael Ryan chipped in a couple more as the Phantoms racked up a franchise record nine goals in a 9-5 rout of the Albany Devils Friday night. A six goal second period pushing the Phantoms to a 9-2 lead sparked the crowd of 4,148 into a frenzy on the wild night of action at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Testwuide's third goal of the game was the team's ninth of the night and the Colorado College product celebrated his hat trick by doing his own version of the Lambeau Leap into the end-boards behind the Albany goal. The fans promptly showered Testwuide with a few hats and a LOT of green foam-fingers which were given away before the game.

Along with Testwuide's three goals and Ryan's two were single tallies by Syvret, Read, Eddy and Hamel. Ryan also had three assists to go with his two goals for a five point night. His five points equals Erik Gustafsson for the most in a game for the Phantoms this year.

Testwuide's hat trick was the third of the year for the Phantoms and the first ever Adirondack hat trick at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Michael Ryan's hat trick at Syracuse and Denis Hamel's hat trick at Hamilton were the two others.

Testwuide now has 16 goals on the season after scoring only one goal in the first half of the year. 15 of his goals have come since January in an impressive second half performance.

"We want ten! We want ten!" chanted the crowd in the final minutes of the game as Adirondack went on another power play to try to reach double digits for the first time in franchise history. But it wasn't to be.

Albany goalie Mike McKenna took the loss allowing seven of the nine goals before he was replaced in net by Jeff Frazee. Michael Leighton allowed five goals in the win but actually played very well in net and made several dazzling stops to prevent Albany from entertaining any realistic thought of an improbable comeback.

The game pulls the Phantoms to within a game of the Devils in the Time Warner Cable Cup Series at 6 games to 5. Adirondack would win the Time Warner Cable Cup 14 points to 13 if they win in regulation in their last encounter coming up next Wednesday. if the Phantoms win in overtime or a shootout or if Albany wins then the Devils would win the Cup.

As for the wild Friday night encounter, it looked at first like the two teams were going to pick up with some of the chippyness and intensity and penalties that have been the character of the rivalry the past few encounters. The teams were going at it early and getting after each other with Letourneau-Leblond of Albany and Matt Clackson of Adirondack both taking unsportsmanlike conduct penalties just a couple minutes in. In the second period, Letourneau-Leblond would get a hit on Phantoms goalie Michael Leighton and would drop the gloves with Cullen Eddy. Brett Mills of the Devils and Zac Rinaldo of the Phantoms would also engage in the fisticuffs earlier in the game.

The wild scoring would begin innocently enough in the first period with the Devils actually striking for the initial tallies. Albany raced out to a 2-1 advantage in the first period before the Phantoms would take over with eight in a row. Mike Hoeffel scored his first pro goal for Adirondack but the Phantoms quickly got it back a little over a minute later tying the game at 1-1 as Ben Holmstrom gave it to Testwuide who curled the puck around the goalie Mike McKenna for his first of the night and 14th of the year.

Ryan Ginand tipped a centering feed by Chris Murray to push the Devils in front again at 2-1. But Danny Syvret's slapshot from the left point at 13:40 into the first for his 10th of the year tied the game at 2-2. And Michael Ryan lit up his 19th of the year on the power play exactly one minute later giving Adirondack a 3-2 lead at the first intermission.

Then the Phantoms would put in six through an impressive display in the second period almost making it look at times with their crisp, quick passing around the Albany zone.

Mike Testwuide's second of the game came just 40 seconds in the period on a nice feed to the middle by Michael Ryan to make the score 4-2.

Matt Read took a cross-ice feed from Hamel from the right-wing corner and scored his third goal in just five pro games to make it 5-2 at the 6:02 mark. Just 41 seconds later Harry Zolierczyk's pass to the middle went behind Eric Wellwood but landed on the stick of Cullen Eddy at the top of the right circle who blasted home his third of the year pushing the advantage to 6-2.

Denis Hamel would score a little less than two minutes later for his team leading 22nd of the year on quick passing by Bordson and Read. The play was sparked by an aggressive forecheck by Ben Holmstrom winning the puck in the Devils zone. Hamel and Read connected back-and-forth on several combinations and look like a duo who have played together all year and hardly look like a couple of players who just met for the first time a little over a week ago.

The Phantoms led 7-2 but weren't done lighting it up. Michael Ryan's 20th of the year from Hamel and Gustafsson came at 13:44 to make it 8-2. Mike Testwuide's third of the game and 16th of the year from Ryan and Jancevski pushed the game to 9-2 leaving everyone rubbing their eyes to make sure they were believing what they were seeing.

The game actually could have been a bit different if the Devils caught some breaks. Albany hit the post past Leighton three different times, had a goal disallowed on a high stick, and were robbed on some spectacular stops by the Phantoms goalie that surely would have been tallies against many other netminders.

Albany struck with 14 seconds left in the 2nd period when a Nathan Perkovich deflection of a puck was accidentally punched into the net by Adirondack's Dan Jancevski.

Albany scored twice in the opening six minutes of the third to provide for the 9-5 final. Adam Henrique scored his Devils leading 25th of the year on a penalty shot after Cullen Eddy hooked at him on a breakaway. And Alexander Vasyunov's impressive backhander across Leighton to the upper-far corner for his 8th of the year would be the last goal of the game.

The previous season high for goals in a game for the Phantoms came in a 6-4 victory at Syracuse in January. The nine goals equals an all-time franchise record for the Phantoms done three times by the Philadelphia Phantoms, most recently in a 9-1 triumph over the St. John's Maple Leafs in December, 1999.

Joe Paterson is now 21-14-8 as Head Coach of the Phantoms. Adirondack has won four home games in a row to up their record at the Glens Falls Civic Center over the .500 mark at 15-14-6. The last time Adirondack was over .500 at home was at the beginning of the year when they were 1-0-0 following their October 15 opening night win over Syracuse. The Phantoms are 7-2-2 in their last 11 home games.

There are six games left in the regular season and just three home games remaining for the Adirondack Phantoms who are in their last homestand of the year. The Phantoms host Syracuse on Saturday, Rochester on Monday and then Albany again on Wednesday to decide the Time Warner Cable Cup.

Phantoms Notes: Scratches for the game included Stefan Legein and J.P. Testwuide as well as Matt Walker, Oliver Lauridsen and Logan Stephenson. The crowd of 4,148 was the second largest of the year.

UPCOMING GAMES

Saturday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms - Post-game auction live on the ice for the Phantoms special Time Warner Cable Cup Rivalry jerseys

Monday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. - Rochester Americans at Adirondack Phantoms

Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms - Fan Appreciation Night - Last home game of the year featuring many great giveaways including autographed Phantoms memorabilia.

Phantoms Season Tickets for 2011-12 are on sale now! Full season ticket holders get an Adirondack Phantoms stadium blanket while supplies last and also will be in the Phantoms mug club for $1 sodas and coffees in Heritage Hall all season long.

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 at 518-480-3355.

Albany Devils 5 at Adirondack Phantoms 9 - Status: Final
Friday, April 1, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Albany 2 1 2 - 5
Adirondack 3 6 0 - 9

1st Period-1, Albany, Hoeffel 1 (Vasyunov, Sova), 4:36 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Testwuide 14 (Holmstrom), 5:43. 3, Albany, Ginand 3 (Murray), 11:04 (SH). 4, Adirondack, Syvret 10 (Bourdon, Ryan), 13:40. 5, Adirondack, Ryan 19 (Hamel, Gustafsson), 14:40 (PP). Penalties-Letourneau-Leblond Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:38; Clackson Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:38; Rinaldo Adk (cross-checking), 2:38; Zolnierczyk Adk (goaltender interference), 6:19; Mills Alb (high-sticking), 10:11; Davison Alb (hooking), 14:31; Mills Alb (fighting), 17:05; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 17:05.

2nd Period-6, Adirondack, Testwuide 15 (Ryan, Marshall), 0:40. 7, Adirondack, Read 3 (Hamel, Bordson), 6:02. 8, Adirondack, Eddy 3 (Zolnierczyk, Kalinski), 6:43. 9, Adirondack, Hamel 22 (Read, Bordson), 8:38. 10, Adirondack, Ryan 20 (Hamel, Gustafsson), 13:44 (PP). 11, Adirondack, Testwuide 16 (Jancevski, Ryan), 14:48. 12, Albany, Perkovich 8 (Urbom, Henrique), 19:46 (PP). Penalties-Jancevski Adk (interference), 3:06; Letourneau-Leblond Alb (goaltender interference, fighting), 12:54; Eddy Adk (fighting), 12:54; Leighton Adk (leaving the crease), 12:54; Perkovich Alb (roughing), 14:44; Zolnierczyk Adk (holding), 17:38; Jancevski Adk (cross-checking), 19:31.

3rd Period-13, Albany, Henrique 25 3:40 (TXT_PS). 14, Albany, Vasyunov 8 5:24. Penalties-Read Adk (hooking), 6:43; Marshall Adk (interference), 6:59; McIntyre Alb (interference), 8:49; Letourneau-Leblond Alb (charging), 12:27; Read Adk (interference), 13:33; Letourneau-Leblond Alb (misconduct), 17:15; Zajac Alb (boarding), 17:15; Clackson Adk (misconduct), 17:15.

Shots on Goal-Albany 9-15-14-38. Adirondack 17-13-4-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 2 / 9; Adirondack 2 / 6.
Goalies-Albany, McKenna 14-18-1 (23 shots-17 saves); Frazee 11-14-3 (11 shots-8 saves). Adirondack, Leighton 12-12-3 (38 shots-33 saves).
A-4,148
Referees-Jarrod Ragusin (42).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Rich Patry (52).


 

 

 

 

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