Glens Falls, NY-Michael
Ryan racked up the team's third hat trick in the
last four games as Adirondack clinched the Time
Warner Cable Cup over the Albany Devils in the last
home game of the year. 3,795 at the Civic Center
rose to their feet for a deafening send-off as the
final seconds ticked away in the Phantoms' 4-1 triumph.
Adirondack outscored their opponents by an amazing
22-6 over a four game homestand that could not have
been drawn up any better in advance.
The Time Warner Cable Cup series finished even
at six games apiece but Adirondack won the coveted
piece of hardware based on points in the series
14-13 which was presented to Phantoms Captain Dan
Jancevski in a post-game ceremony as most of the
crowd stayed to cheer and celebrate.
It was a bittersweet moment for the Phantoms and
their fans who wish there could be more home games
to cheer for their tremendous play. But excitement
and enthusiasm for the future remains a motivator.
Michael Ryan was the third Phantom of the week
to record a hat trick in what has suddenly become
a regular occurrence for the team. It took the team
nearly two full seasons to score their first ever
home ice hat trick when Mike Testwuide accomplished
the feat Friday in a 9-5 win vs. Albany. Denis Hamel
had the three goal performance Monday night in a
6-0 win over Rochester. And now it was Michael Ryan's
turn for the hats to be tossed to the ice in salute
to his performance.
Ryan was overshadowed on the two previous hat trick
nights but had two goals of his own in each of those
games. The 30 year old from Boston has now scored
seven goals in the four games of the homestand.
Adirondack has won seven straight home games to
finish with a flourish on the Civic Center portion
of the schedule. The Phantoms finished 19-15-6 on
home ice this year including 10-1-1 in their last
12 home games of the season.
The Phantoms passed the Devils in the East Division
standings by one point and now trail Syracuse by
a point for the next spot up the ladder.
Andy Thomas gave the Devils the lead midway through
the first period on a shot that glanced off Johan
Backlund's left leg-pad into the net for just his
second goal of the year.
Michael Ryan's first goal came during a 5-on-3
power play early in the 2nd period on a perfectly
placed shot from the right circle over Mike McKenna's
Ryan broke the 1-1 tie early in the 2nd period
as Holmstrom muscled through the slot and kept the
puck in the zone. Ryan cut to the backdoor where
the puck arrived on his stick for the tap-in and
the 2-1 lead.
Ryan picked up an Erik Gustafsson slapshot rebound
in the right side of the crease with 2:26 remaining
in the game for the hat trick and a 3-1 lead.
That moved Ryan into a tie for the team lead in
goals with Denis Hamel with 25 apiece with just
three games remaining in the regular season.
Rob Bordson rushed across the line and fired it
dead-center for an empty-net tally with 1:23 remaining
for his 8th of the year to close the scoring.
Adirondack outshot Albany on the night 33-20. The
Phantoms went 1-for-9 on the power play while the
Devils were just 0-for-2 although one of their power
plays in the first period was a five minute major
which the Phantoms did a commendable job of killing.
Earlier in the first period, Zac Rinaldo blasted
Albany's Darcy Zajac on a hit and the two promptly
dropped the gloves. Rinaldo took a game misconduct
as he also took over the AHL lead in total penalty
minutes on the year now with 341.
The game featured a Phantoms team poster giveaway
courtesy of Glens Falls Printing. And many fans
won great giveaway items including autographed Phantoms
jerseys and certificates to many Phantoms sponsors
and area businesses.
Thanks to you fans all season long! You have been
terrific through the tough first half and into the
great second half. Our team in Glens Falls wouldn't
be possible without your support. You have been
especially tremendous through this amazing stretch
of home games to close the season. The players can't
help but notice the noise and passion and they feed
off your energy. It's been a lot of fun all season
long and we look forward to seeing you back at the
Civic Center beginning next October for more great
Phantoms wins in our exciting future.
Adirondack finishes the season the same way they
began it; with a three game road trip. The Phantoms
will play three straight likely playoff-bound teams
on the swing. The trip begins Friday night at Manchester,
NH against the Monarchs and then heads down to Binghamton
on Saturday against the Senators. The last game
of the year is Sunday at 3:00 against the AHL leading
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins whom the Phantoms
have defeated three consecutive times.
Phantoms notes: Scratches for the Phantoms included
Stefan Legein, Luke PIther and Mike Matczak as well
as Matt Walker, Oliver Lauridsen, Tom Sestito and
Lots of roster moves preceded the game. Goalie
Michael Leighton cleared re-entry waivers and was
recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Phantoms
added Yale standout Ryan Rondeau to serve as Backlund's
backup goalie for the remainder of the year. Marc-Andre
Bourdon returned to the Phantoms after helping Greenville
to a Game 1 victory in their playoff series at Elmira.
Bourdon may get back to Greenville for ECHL playoff
action in the future. Garrett Klotz was added the
Phantoms after playing most of this season with
Bloomington (Ill.) of the CHL. Klotz was seeing
his first action with the Phantoms since
Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Saturday, April 9, 7:05 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms
at Binghamton Senators
Sunday, April 10, 3:05 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms
at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
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 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Status:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 1 0 0 - 1
Adirondack 0 1 3 - 4
1st Period-1, Albany, Thomas 2 (Anderson, Henrique),
9:49. Penalties-Zajac Alb (roughing, fighting),
3:08; Rinaldo Adk (interference, fighting, match
- attempt/deliberate injury), 3:08; Mills Alb (boarding),
10:25; Letourneau-Leblond Alb (interference), 16:37.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Ryan 23 (Read, Gustafsson),
4:48 (PP). Penalties-Hoeffel Alb (hooking), 3:21;
Thomas Alb (cross-checking), 4:04; Davison Alb (interference),
5:55; Klotz Adk (cross-checking), 8:39; McKenna
Alb (delay of game - restricted area), 13:11; Perkovich
Alb (roughing, boarding), 15:56; Bourdon Adk (roughing),
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Ryan 24 (Jancevski, Holmstrom),
3:14. 4, Adirondack, Ryan 25 (Gustafsson, Testwuide),
17:34. 5, Adirondack, Read 5 (Hamel), 18:37 (EN).
Penalties-Letourneau-Leblond Alb (cross-checking),
9:48; Davison Alb (roughing), 19:11; Murray Alb
(elbowing, fighting), 19:11; Bourdon Adk (roughing),
19:11; Kalinski Adk (fighting), 19:11.
Shots on Goal-Albany 8-5-7-20. Adirondack 8-13-11-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 2; Adirondack
1 / 9.
Goalies-Albany, McKenna 14-20-1 (31 shots-28 saves).
Adirondack, Backlund 9-17-3 (20 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).