Syracuse, NY-Behind a three-goal first period and
a hat trick by Kyle Palmieri, the Crunch handed
the Phantoms their first loss of the season, 6-2,
on Saturday night in Syracuse.
Denis Hamel’s second-period goal was a bright
spot for Adirondack, with the power-play tally coming
as the 317th AHL goal in his career. By reaching
317 AHL goals, Hamel passed current Washington Capitals
head coach and former Adirondack Red Wing Bruce
Boudreau for sole possession of 15th place in AHL
history. Meanwhile, Hamel is now just eight scores
behind former Adirondack Red Wing Glenn Merkosky
for 13th all-time, with Fred Thurier (319 goals)
and Bruce Cline (321 goals) also within his sights.
Hamel’s goal came as part of a 1-of-5 effort
on the power play for the Phantoms, who have scored
on the man advantage in each of their first three
games. Overall, Adirondack is 5-of-17 (29%) when
up a man.
Brayden Schenn also continued his fine early-season
play on Saturday. Entering the night near the league’s
lead in points, Schenn scored his fourth goal in
the last two games in the third period, and now
has six points (4g, 2a) in three games this season.
With an assist on Schenn’s third-period goal,
Eric Wellwood got his fourth assist of the weekend,
while Erik Gustafsson got his second assist in as
However, the Crunch received a hat trick from
Kyle Palmieri, as well as strikes from Rick Schofield,
Sean Zimmerman and former Phantom Patrick Maroon.
Adirondack dominated the season series last year
over the Crunch seven games to one which included
an impressive 4-0 mark in Syracuse. But the Crunch
served notice that they intend for this Empire State
rivalry to be more competitive this season by taking
the first of the ten games scheduled between the
two games in 2011-12.
Syracuse’s first four goals were scored
past Jason Bacashihua, who took the loss in his
Phantoms regular-season debut. After relieving Bacashihua
in the second period, Michael Leighton made 10 saves
in 35:13 of playing time.
With 36 saves on 38 shots, the winning goalie
for Syracuse was Jeff Deslauriers, who has 20-career
NHL wins with the Edmonton Oilers.
The key to the Crunch’s second straight
(2-0-0) victory was a solid first period. Syracuse’s
game-opening goal came 4:54 into the first period,
and was scored by the team’s leading point
getter from last season and Saturday’s first
star of the game, Kyle Palmieri. Palmieri, a former
first-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, beat
Bacashihua after getting set up by Nick Bonino,
a product of Boston University.
The Crunch upped their lead to 3-0 by scoring
twice in 28 seconds, at 11:01 and 11:29 of the first
period. Rick Schofield and Sean Zimmerman were the
two goal scorers, and each player’s marker
was his first of the season.
In the second period, where the Phantoms entered
the night outscoring their opponents by a 5-2 clip,
Adirondack emerged from the dressing room carrying
the play. At 4:31 of the middle stanza, Denis Hamel
scored the Phantoms’ first goal by jamming
in his own rebound from in close to the Syracuse
goal, while Brayden Schenn and Jason Akeson were
also in the crease jamming at the puck.
However, Palmieri stopped the Phantoms’
momentum by scoring for the second time in the game
16 seconds after Hamel had brought Adirondack to
In the third period, the Crunch went ahead 5-1
when former Phantom Patrick Maroon scored a power-play
goal with his team on a 6-on-4 man-power advantage,
as Deslauriers had vacated his net for an extra
skater due to a delayed penalty call.
Brayden Schenn scored with a hard wrist shot at
12:50 of the third period to bring the Phantoms
to within three goals. However, Palmieri completed
his hat trick just 1:05 later and the Crunch skated
away with a 6-2 victory.
This was the first of ten meetings between the
Phantoms and Crunch this season. Syracuse invades
the Glens Falls Civic Center for the first time
on Friday, November 11. Adirondack returns for their
next visit to Syracuse on Saturday, November 18.
While the Phantoms drop to 2-1-0, they remain
just one of two teams in the Northeast Division
(Springfield) with multiple wins this season. Adirondack
looks for more when they visit the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Scratches in the game for Adirondack included:
Oliver Lauridsen, Andy Bohmbach, Shane Harper, Garrett
Klotz, Cullen Eddy, Jon Kalinski and Johan Backlund.
The game was the opener of a five-game road-trip
for the Phantoms. Next weekend, Adirondack plays
at Portland, Albany and Rochester on consecutive
Adirondack’s next home games are October
26 through 29 when they play three games in four
days in a Halloween Week homestand.
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Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Syracuse Crunch 6 - Status:
Saturday, October 15, 2011 - Onondaga County War
Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
Syracuse 3 1 2 - 6
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Palmieri 2 (Bonino, Rodney),
4:54 (PP). 2, Syracuse, Schofield 1 (Clark), 11:01.
3, Syracuse, Zimmerman 1 (Schofield, Drouin-Deslauriers),
11:29. Penalties-Bartulis Adk (holding), 3:55; Maroon
Syr (slashing), 11:56; Holmstrom Adk (roughing),
12:50; Zimmerman Syr (roughing), 12:50.
2nd Period-4, Adirondack, Hamel 2 3:31 (PP). 5,
Syracuse, Palmieri 3 (Maroon, Bonino), 4:47. Penalties-Clark
Syr (hooking), 2:29; Foster Syr (high-sticking),
8:11; Akeson Adk (tripping), 17:04; Zolnierczyk
Adk (cross-checking), 18:47; Carle Syr (roughing),
18:47; Foster Syr (roughing), 19:51.
3rd Period-6, Syracuse, Maroon 2 (Bonino, Holland),
7:28. 7, Adirondack, Schenn 4 (Wellwood, Gustafsson),
12:50. 8, Syracuse, Palmieri 4 (Maroon, Bonino),
13:55. Penalties-Clark Syr (hooking), 4:12; Bartulis
Adk (slashing), 5:55; Sestito Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 8:50; Sestito Adk (checking to the head,
fighting), 14:21; Syr (fighting), 14:21; Kennedy
Syr (roughing), 14:21.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-4-24-38. Syracuse 21-12-12-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 5; Syracuse
1 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 0-0-0 (23 shots-19
saves); Leighton 2-0-0 (22 shots-20 saves). Syracuse,
Drouin-Deslauriers 1-0-0 (38 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Brian Lemon (25), Fraser McIntyre (94).