Boosted by an enthusiastic
contingent of fans who traveled down from Glens
Falls, the Adirondack Phantoms rallied for a 2-1
victory Saturday to spoil Binghamton's Fan Appreciation
Night contest. Matt Read nothced the game-winner
with 6:06 remaining to break the late 1-1 tie. Michael
Ryan scored his team leading 26th goal in the contest
while Johan Backlund was impressive with 27 saves
on 28 B-Sens shots.
After the game, Backlund came back out when he
was announced as the #2 star and showed his appreciation
for the Adirondack cheerers in the corner by clapping
his stick into his glove held up high over his head.
Matt Read was the #1 star and also turned to the
Phantoms following stationed at the Adirondack entrance
and saluted the crowd.
Adirondack finished the season with a 4-3-1 record
against Binghamton after starting the season series
with 0-3-0 mark against the East Division rivals.
Matt Read has proven to be quite the impressive
prospect in the Flyers system. He picked up his
6th goal in just 10 games as a pro including his
second late game-winner. Read also broke a late
tie a couple weeks ago in an exciting 3-2 win in
Glens Falls over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Ryan stayed hot with his 8th goal in just the last
six games. Denis Hamel led the team lead in goals
over Ryan 25-22 a few days ago but Ryan has surged
in front with his hat trick on Wednesday followed
by another one in this game.
Much of the game was a goaltender's clinic between
last year's Adirondack MVP, Johan Backlund, and
this year's Binghamton MVP, Barry Brust. Both goalies
made some terrific saves. Brust stopped multiple
breakaway chances for Hamel and Wellwood to keep
his team in front or even.
The victory combined with Albany's shootout loss
pushes the Phantoms two points ahead of Albany in
the East Division standings with just one game remaining.
Adirondack is 5-1 in their last six games and are
also 9-5 in their last 14. The Phantoms are now
25-15-8 under Head Coach Joe Paterson and are 27-15-8
since December 17.
Binghamton struck first early in the 2nd period
on Roman Wick's one-timer from the right circle
on the power play.
After numerous close calls the Phantoms would finally
get one past Brust late in the 2nd period. Kevin
Marshall's slapshot was blocked down by Brust but
found the stick of Michael Ryan on the right side
of the crease who tapped in the game tying tally.
The 1-1 deadlock would remain for much of the third
until the Phantoms aggressiveness of the forecheck
would pay off in the form of the game-winner. Rob
Bordson got to it in the right-wing corner and rifled
it to Read in the slot who shot it five-hole on
Brust with 6:06 remaining.
Backlund came up with a couple big saves late and
the Phantoms defense killed the Senators 6-on-5
attack over the last 80 seconds to preserve the
The season comes to a somewhat bittersweet end
Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
against the league-leading Penguins who are 57-21-1,
115 points. Adirondack has won the last three meetings
against the Penguins to pull to within 3-4 in the
season-series. The Phantoms won their last game
down in Wilkes-Barre in a 1-0 classic between Michael
Leighton and Brad Thiessen on February 12.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Stefan Legein,
Harry Zolnierczyk and Zac Rinaldo as well as Matt
Walker, Oliver Lauridsen, Tom Sestito and Logan
The last jersey auction of the season running on
ebay. Place your bids for your the Phantoms black
game-worn jerseys before Tuesday. A link to the
auction is available in the upper-right corner on
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. Call
(518) 480-3355 or log on at phantomshockey.com
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Binghamton Senators 1
- Status: Final
Saturday, April 9, 2011 - Broome County Veterans
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
Binghamton 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Testwuide Adk
(tripping), 6:29; Borowiecki Bng (kneeing), 9:29;
Testwuide Adk (hooking), 13:47; Matheson Bng (high-sticking),
16:51; Holmstrom Adk (interference), 18:00.
2nd Period-1, Binghamton, Wick 20 (Hoffman, Wiercioch),
4:46 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Ryan 26 (Marshall, Testwuide),
18:19. Penalties-Read Adk (hooking), 4:07; Brust
Bng (interference), 7:18.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Read 6 (Bordson, Gustafsson),
13:54. Penalties-Bordson Adk (high-sticking), 9:26;
Cannone Bng (high-sticking), 14:05.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 12-14-6-32. Binghamton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Binghamton
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 10-18-3 (28 shots-27
saves). Binghamton, Brust 29-19-2 (32 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Andy Thiessen (11).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Chris Woodworth (17).