Denis Hamel tacked on two more goals to continue
his move up the all-time AHL scoring charts but
the Albany Devils rallied from an early deficit
to take Round 1 of the Time Warner Cable Cup series
The Phantoms led 2-1 early in the second period
but Albany scored three consecutive second-period
goals and went on to beat the Phantoms. Albany got
it done with special teams by lighting it up on
the power-play attack at a 4-for-5 clip.
The Phantoms got two goals from Denis Hamel, which
were the 320th and 321st in The Hammer's brilliant
15-year career. Hamel's goals tied him with Bruce
Cline (1955-68) for 13th on the AHL's all-time goal-scoring
list, while the native of Lachute, Quebec is now
within four goals of former Adirondack Red Wing
great Glenn Merkosky for 12th place.
Eric Gelinas' first pair of professional goals spearheaded
the comeback for Albany, which also got goals from
Mike Sislo, Peter Harrold and Matt Anderson. The
Devils' power-play unit also played a major role,
Michael Leighton took his first loss of the season
despite making 25 saves. With a 4-1-0 record, Leighton
remains tied with Leland Irving of the Abbotsford
Heat for the league's lead in goalie wins.
The Phantoms remain in first place in the Northeast
Division with a record of 4-2-0 for eight points.
They are tied with the Connecticut Whale who are
3-1-1. The Devils' win improved their record to
Albany goalie Jeff Frazee won for the first time
this season (1-3-0) as a result of stopping 28 of
Ben Holmstrom rifled a long headman feed to Denis
Hamel, who raced up the right wing and got off a
backhand shot that squeezed between Frazee and the
left post. His tally at 6:42 of the first period.whose
first goal of the night and 320th-career score came
Mike Sislo answered for Albany just over four minutes
later by scoring his second goal of the season.
A tenecaious forecheck by Stephane Veilleux earned
the Devils possesion of the puck and after Veilleux
kicked it over to Matt Anderson, Sislo was left
open in front of the net to one-time a centering
feed past Leighton.
Hamel struck for the second time on the night when
be smacked a quick shot from the top of the right
circle that beat Frazee at 3:14 of the second period.
Hamel's team-best sixth of the season was part of
a 1-of-5 night on the power play for the Phantoms,
who entered Saturday with more power-play goals
than any other AHL team (9). Although he didn't
receive a point on the goal, Mike Testwuide played
a key role by screening Frazee and causing havoc
in front of Albany's net.
"Our power play was good again tonight. We're
moving the puck well, sharing it and creating traffic
in front of the net. When you can do that, good
things happen," commented Phantoms head coach
Joe Paterson on his team's early success on the
The Phantoms' second lead lasted three minutes,
as Eric Gelinas dug a puck out of a crowd in front
of the net during an Albany power play and scored
his first professional goal to tie the game at 2-2.
A tough break went against the Phantoms shortly
thereafter when Zac Rinaldo's blast from the slot,
which appeared to give the Phantoms the lead at
3-2, was waved off by referee Gino Binda. The decision
was that an Adirondack player had made incidental
contact with Albany goalie Jeff Frazee thus denying
Rinaldo his first goal of the season.
Gaining momentum from the fortuitous call on the
disallowed Phantoms goal, the Devils took their
first lead when former Los Angeles King Peter Harrold
scored a power-play goal just seconds later.
Albany went up ahead 4-2 when Gelinas scored Albany's
third power-play goal of the game about three minutes
Matt Anderson scored the Devils' forth power-play
goal in the final minutes to extend the lead to
The Phantoms are the reigning Time Warner Cable
Cup Champs after clinching the cup on the last home
game of the regular season but the Devils struck
for the early advantage in this year's rivalry.
Having won two of the last four games on the road,
the Phantoms look to clinch a winning road trip
when they finish their five-game away swing at the
Rochester Americans on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m.
The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic Center
on Wednesday night when they host the Norfolk Admirals.
The shots in Saturday's game were 30-26 in favor
of Albany. The Phantoms were 1-of-5 on the power
play and the Devils were 4-of-5.
Albany and Adirondack will continue their Time Warner
Cable Cup rivalry on Black Friday after Thanksgiving
when the Devils make their first trip to Glens Falls.
The Phantoms' next visit to Times Union Center is
Adirondack's scratches were Garrett Klotz, Eric
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Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Albany Devils 5 - Status:
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 1 1 0 - 2
Albany 1 3 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Hamel 5 (Holmstrom),
6:42. 2, Albany, Sislo 2 (Anderson, Veilleux), 11:06.
Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (hooking), 2:50; Veilleux
Alb (high-sticking), 14:07; Gionta Alb (cross-checking),
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Hamel 6 (Gustafsson,
Akeson), 3:14 (PP). 4, Albany, Gelinas 1 (Anderson,
Veilleux), 6:39 (PP). 5, Albany, Harrold 1 (Whitney,
Corrente), 10:46 (PP). 6, Albany, Gelinas 2 (Veilleux,
Taormina), 13:43 (PP). Penalties-Harrold Alb (delay
of game), 2:13; Testwuide Adk (boarding), 5:46;
Kelly Alb (hooking), 7:30; Lauridsen Adk (delay
of game), 10:06; Roe Adk (hooking), 13:10.
3rd Period-7, Albany, Anderson 3 (Gelinas, Sislo),
17:09 (PP). Penalties-Gustafsson Adk (cross-checking),
15:29; Stoesz Alb (boarding), 17:28.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-9-7-27. Albany 12-13-5-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 5; Albany
4 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 4-1-0 (30 shots-25
saves). Albany, Frazee 1-3-0 (27 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Mike Emanatian (69).