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October 26, 2011





Denis Hamel scored a spectacular, highlight-reel goal to tie the game with 27 seconds left in the third period for the Phantoms. Adirondack lost in the shootout 5-4 earning a standings point to move all alone into first place in the Northeast Division and into a first place time in the Eastern Conference.

For the veteran Hamel, his regulation-time goal was the 322nd of his standout career, which is just three behind Adirondack Red Wing legend Glenn Merkosky for 12th place in AHL history.

With goalie Jason Bacashihua pulled for an extra-attacker, Hamel moved up the left-wing and shook away from a Norfolk defender grabbing at his stick. Adirondack's leading scorer then made a highlight-reel two-handed chop on a mid-air line-drive from the side of the crease for the exciting equalizer. Harry Zolnierczyk's slapper from the point found Hamel on the short-side as he was stationed to the side of Admirals goalie Jaroslav Janus.

With seven goals and three assists, Hamel leads the Phantoms in goals and points, and he sits one behind Syrcause's Kyle Palmieri for the AHL's lead in goals. Hamel led the Phantoms with 25 goals and 50 points last season.

Hamel's goal secured one standings points for the Phantoms, who took over sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division. With a record of 5-2-1 (11 points), Adirondack has a one-point edge on the Connecticut Whale, who visit the Glens Falls Civic Center for a first-place showdown on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

The result ends Adirondack's nine-game home winning streak dating back to last year. But with the standings point, the Phantoms extend their unbeaten-in-regulation streak to 11 with a mark of 9-0-2. In Adirondack's last 19 home games they have only one regulation loss (13-1-5) dating back to mid-February.

Adirondack also received goals from Eric Wellwood, Tom Sestito and Tye McGinn, whose goal was the first of his professional career. With 37 saves, Jason Bacashihua took the shootout loss for the Phantoms to move his record to 1-1-1.

Denis Hamel gave the Phantoms a 1-0 advantage in the shootout's third round but Norfolk rallied with goals of their own in the third and fourth rounds from Cory Conacher and James Wright for the second standings point.

Norfolk's top offensive player was former Pittsburgh Penguin and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Michel Ouellet, who scored two goals and was the game's first star. Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Admirals. Jaroslav Janus secured the win by making 24 saves, while he stopped 4-of-5 Phantoms in the shootout.

The Admirals' win improved their record to 5-2-1, which ties them with Adirondack, Hershey and St. John's for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Eric Wellwood scored the game's first goal and gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. The AHL's leader in rookie assists, Garrett Roe, carried the puck through the neutral zone and sent a cross-ice pace to Wellwood, who skated down the left-wing side and fired over Janus' glove hand while on a semi-breakaway. Roe's assist was his team-best seventh of the season.

The Phantoms' lead lasted six minutes until Michel Ouellet scored for the first time on the night, by stuffing in the rebound of a shot by Mark Barberio. With three assists in the game, Barberio extended his lead in scoring amongst AHL defensemen (1g, 9a).

Adirondack regained its one-goal lead in the first period's final minute, when Tom Sestito tallied on the power play. The goal came when the powerful Sestito won a battle for a rebound of an Erik Gustafsson slapper just outside the crease, and turned and roofed the puck into the upper portion of the net. Gustafsson and Jason Akeson received assists.

The AHL's rookie leader in goals and points, Carter Ashton, knotted the score for the Admirals at 2-2 in the second period. Ashton's goal was his seventh goal and 11th point of the season, and came on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right-wing circle which hit Bacashihua and trickled just over the goal line.

Tye McGinn scored his first-professional goal, with four minutes left in the second period, to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead. Assisted by Luke Pither and Tyler Brown, McGinn's marker came when the big rookie forward kicked a pass from his skate to his stick, and shot through Janus' legs from point-blank range in the slot. McGinn comes to the Phantoms from Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he racked up 31 goals a season ago. He is the younger sibling of Jamie McGinn of the San Jose Sharks.

Norfolk battled back from a one-goal deficit for the third time, when a minute into the third period, rookie Tyler Johnson sent a long-range shot which took an odd bounce that found its way through Bacashihua's legs.

The Admirals went ahead for the first time when Michel Ouellet scored for the second time in the game, over Bacashihua's shoulder and just under the crossbar, with 1:19 left in the third period.

However, it took Adirondack just 52 seconds with the pulled goalie to come back with Hamel's tying tally.

Harry Zolnierczyk, Tom Sestito, Garrett Roe and Jason Akeson were stopped by Jaroslav Janus in the shootout. Jason Bacashihua stopped Michel Ouellet and Mark Baberio.

The Phantoms were 1-of-8 on the power play. The Admirals were 1-of-4.

Norfolk outshot Adirondack by a clip of 41-28.

The game was the beginning of a tough three-game homestand against some of the best competition in the Eastern Conference. Following the divisional first-place showdown with Connecticut on Friday, the Phantoms host the Hershey Bears on Saturday in a potential dual for top honors in the conference.

This was the first of eight meetings this season between Adirondack and the Admirals. The Phantoms will visit Norfolk for a two game series in early December. The Admirals do not return to Glens Falls until February.

The Phantoms' scratches were Shane Harper, Oliver Lauridsen, Garrett Klotz and Jon Kalinski.

Upcoming Events

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.

Monday, October 31, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from McGinny's Tavern in Glens Falls (193 Glen Street). Player guests: #13 Garrett Roe, #24 Harry Zolnierczyk.

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Norfolk Admirals 5 (SO) at Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Status: Final SO
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Norfolk 1 1 2 0 - 5
Adirondack 2 1 1 0 - 4

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Wellwood 3 (Roe), 10:28. 2, Norfolk, Ouellet 3 (Barberio, Labrie), 14:36. 3, Adirondack, Sestito 4 (Gustafsson, Akeson), 19:33 (PP). Penalties-Fornataro Nor (hooking), 7:57; Wyman Nor (holding), 9:42; Holmstrom Adk (illegal stick), 9:42; Dimmen Nor (slashing, roughing), 12:07; Zolnierczyk Adk (roughing), 12:07; Gudas Nor (interference), 18:44; Smith Nor (high-sticking), 19:48; Roe Adk (holding the stick), 19:52.

2nd Period-4, Norfolk, Ashton 7 (Conacher, Barberio), 8:11. 5, Adirondack, McGinn 1 (Pither, Brown), 15:43. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (slashing), 19:56.

3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Johnson 4 (Dimmen, Barberio), 1:01 (PP). 7, Norfolk, Ouellet 4 (Smith, Gudas), 18:41. 8, Adirondack, Hamel 7 (Zolnierczyk), 19:32. Penalties-Wright Nor (hooking), 2:57; Picard Nor (fighting), 5:25; Rinaldo Adk (charging, fighting), 5:25; Conacher Nor (slashing), 9:11; Brown Adk (tripping), 12:01; Fornataro Nor (hooking), 13:10.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Dimmen Nor (high-sticking), 3:46.

Shootout - Norfolk 2 (Ouellet NG, Barberio NG, Conacher G, Wright G), Adirondack 1 (Akeson NG, Roe NG, Hamel G, Sestito NG, Zolnierczyk NG).
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 14-15-9-3-1-42. Adirondack 11-11-6-0-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; Adirondack 1 / 8.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 3-0-1 (28 shots-24 saves). Adirondack, Bacashihua 1-1-1 (41 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Frank Murphy (29).







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