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October 23, 2011





What a way to end a road trip! The Phantoms were perfect on the penalty kill and got splendidly stalwart goaltending from Jason Bacashihua in a 3-1 victory at the Rochester Americans on Sunday night.

The victory clinched a winning road trip for the Phantoms, who went 3-2-0 in their five-game swing as well as 2-1-0 on the three-in-three weekend. With a record of 5-2-0, Adirondack is tied with the Connecticut Whale for first place in the Northeast Division with 10 points. The Phantoms begin a stretch where they will play 5-of-6 games at home when they host the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday.

In addition to killing all eight Rochester power plays, Adirondack got a shorthanded goal from Harry Zolnierczyk, which was the game-winning goal. Eric Wellwood and Zac Rinaldo also scored for the Phantoms, while Marc-Andrew Bourdon, Oskars Bartulis and Dan Jancevski contributed assists. For Jancevski, his assist was his 199th in the AHL.

Backstopping the Phantoms' solid Sunday effort was Jason Bacashihua. Making several cat-like saves and finishing with 33 stops overall, Bacashihua got his first win in a Phantoms uniform. A veteran of 10 professional seasons, Bacashihua's win was the 131st of his professional career.

"He (Bacashihua) did a good job staying square to the puck and was in good position all night. Our defense was good, too, and eliminated the secondary shots by cutting down on rebounds," said Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson.

Key for Adirondack was the team's penalty kill. Rochester had eight man advantages including an extended 5-on-3 early in the second period but the Phantoms rose to the occasion time and time again.

"We made some adjustments from last night. We got in their shooting lanes all night and took away their time and space. We had some guys step up individually, too. Dan Jancevski, especially. He (Jancevski) was great tonight," remarked Paterson following his team's hard-fought 3-1 victory.
It took less than two minutes for Eric Wellwood to score the game's first goal and give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. Dan Jancevski started the scoring sequence with a long outlet pass from Adirondack's defensive zone onto the stick of Wellwood, who fired through MacIntyre's legs from the right-wing circle while on a 2-on-1 with Jason Akeson.

Less than a minute later, the Americans pulled even when Marcus Foligno deflected a hard point shot from Brayden McNabb past Bacashihua. For the son of former longtime NHL player Mike Foligno and the brother of current Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno, the goal was his third of the season.

Tied 1-1, the two teams traded chances on the power play throughout the first period. However, it was during a Rochester power play when Adirondack regained its advantage. After intercepting a pass at his own blue line, Harry Zolnierczyk used his blazing speed to leave a pair of Rochester defensemen in the dust, and then his silky-smoothe hands to beat MacIntyre for a 2-1 lead. At 16:33 of the first period, Zolnierczyk's strike was the Phantoms' first shorthanded goal of the season.

Following Zolnierczyk's go-ahead goal, the Americans had six more power-play chances on the evening, including 1:24 of 5-on-3 time in the second period. However, Bacashihua had an answer for every chance against him while several Phantoms defensemen chipped in with blocked shots.

The Phantoms got an insurance marker when Zac Rinaldo ripped home his first goal of the season with three minutes left in the third period, as Adirondack went on to win, 3-1. Adirondack had gained possession for a stretch in the Rochester zone. After Oskars Bartulis kept it in at the point he found Garrett Roe in the corner who swiftly moved the puck to Rinaldo in the left circle to snap home the back-breaking tally.

For Rinaldo, his first goal with the Phantoms on Sunday completes an interesting week for the 21-year-old. He arrived to Adirondack from an early-season stay with the Philadelphia Flyers and proceeded to have multiple strong scoring chances including a breakaway on Friday and a disallowed goal on Saturday night.

The Americans finished Sunday's game with a 34-16 shots advantage; however, it was the Phantoms with the all-important 3-1 goals advantage.

Adirondack was 0-of-4 on the power play but scored a shorthanded goal, Rochester was 0-for-8 on the man advantage.

Drew MacIntyre allowed three goals on 16 shots and was the losing goalie for the Americans, who got their only goal from Marcus Foligno. With three-straight losses, Rochester fell to 3-3-2 and sits one point back of the Toronto Marlies for first place in the Western Conference's North Division.

This was the first of four games between the cross-conference foes. Rochester travels to Glens Falls for a game on December 10. Adirondack's next, and last, trip to Blue Cross Arena will be on February 24.

Adirondack plays a three-game homestand over four days coming up against some of the toughest competition in the Eastern Conference. The Phantoms host Norfolk on Wednesday, Connecticut on Friday in a Northeast Division first-place showdown, and then conference leading Hershey on Saturday.

The Phantoms' scratches were Garrett Klotz, Eric Wellwood, Oskars Bartulis and Jon Kalinski.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 24- 7:00 p.m. - "Phantoms Power Hour" LIVE from McGinney's Tavern, 193 Glen Street. Special guests #11 Shane Harper and #16 Tye McGinn.

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00- Phantoms vs. Norfolk at the GFCC. $1 hot dogs.

Friday, October 28, 7:00 - Phantoms vs. Connecticut. Sean Avery playing on the Connecticut Whale now. $2 draft Bud Light and Labatt Blue through first intermission.

Saturday, October 29, 7:00 - Phantoms vs. Hershey at the GFCC. Kids Halloween Costume Parade. Postgame open-skate with the Phantoms players presented by Glens Falls Hospital.

Sunday, October 30, 1:30-4:00 - Cruise with the Phantoms presented by the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation. All Phantoms players appearing! Hor d'oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets $25 for adults, $15 for kids: Available at GFCC Box Office and Achenbach Jewelers.

Get great savings and have fun with your friends, family or co-workers by bringing your group of 15 or more fans to enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting Phantoms hockey. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355 and check the team's website at phantomshockey.com.

Catch all the action of Phantoms hockey all season long on the team's flagship station, Classic Hits Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Bob Rotruck has the broadcast coverage 30 minutes prior to game-time with Countdown to Faceoff.

Reaching 4,000 Twitter followers during Sunday's game, the Adirondack Phantoms are now over 10,000 members strong on their social media networks. Be sure to follow us on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey

Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Rochester Americans 1 - Status: Final
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - Blue Cross Arena

Adirondack 2 0 1 - 3
Rochester 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Wellwood 2 (Jancevski, Bourdon), 1:47. 2, Rochester, Foligno 3 (McNabb, Stuart), 2:10. 3, Adirondack, Zolnierczyk 3 16:33 (SH). Penalties-Whitmore Rch (hooking), 3:27; Finley Rch (hooking), 7:32; Pither Adk (high-sticking), 9:49; McGinn Adk (hooking), 15:47.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Roe Adk (hooking), 0:45; Marshall Adk (tripping), 1:21; Rinaldo Adk (hooking), 5:07; Finley Rch (slashing), 8:04; Holmstrom Adk (hooking), 14:39; Morrisonn Rch (holding), 14:54; Zolnierczyk Adk (delay of game), 19:03.

3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Rinaldo 1 (Bartulis), 16:53. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (holding), 3:15.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 5-7-4-16. Rochester 9-11-14-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Rochester 0 / 8.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 1-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves). Rochester, MacIntyre 1-2-1 (16 shots-13 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Dan Murphy (21), Fraser McIntyre (94).










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