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WHALE EDGE PHANTOMS 4-2 IN BATTLE OF NORTHEAST DIVISION TOP TEAMS

 

 

 

 

October 28, 2011

 

 

 

 



Friday night's game at the Glens Falls Civic Center featured a hard-fought battle between the Northeast Division's two best teams. The Phantoms got goals from Eric Wellwood and Harry Zolnierczyk and mounted a late comeback attempt but were unable to come all the way back as the Whale won, 4-2.

For the Phantoms, it was their first regulation loss at home in their last 12 games ending a streak in which they had gone 9-0-2 dating back to last season. it was just their second regulation loss at the Glens Falls Civic Center in their last 20 home games, dating back to last February. Adirondack is 13-2-5 in that stretch and 2-1-1 at home this season. While the Phantoms fall to 5-3-1 overall in the 2011-12 season, they're still second in the Northeast Division with 11 points trailing Connecticut by one.

Adirondack's goals were scored by Eric Wellwood and Harry Zolnierczyk. Wellwood, a second-year pro whose older brother Kyle Wellwood plays for the Winnipeg Jets, is now on the first three-game goal-scoring streak of his professional career. For Zolnierczyk, his goal was his fourth of the season, which ties him with Brayden Schenn for second place on the team. Denis Hamel leads Adirondack with seven goals.

Michael Leighton made 27 saves and assisted on Wellwood's second-period goal.

Tonight's victor, the Whale, used their 4-2 win to pass the Phantoms in the Northeast Division standings. Connecticut is now 5-1-2, having gone unbeaten in regulation since its Opening Night loss to the Phantoms, 6-3, at the Glens Falls Civic Center on October 8.

With two goals for Connecticut, Jordan Owens was the game's first star, while John Mitchell's second-period goal was the game-winner.

Playing in his long-awaited first game of the season with the Whale, Sean Avery scored an empty-net goal in the final minute to cap the night's scoring and then exchanged a flurry of punches with Marc-Andre Bourdon after notching the game-clincher.

After giving up six goals in his only prior game against the Phantoms, Cam Talbot made 27 saves on 29 shots and was the winning goalie.

The Phantoms and Whale have each won once in the four-game season series, with both remaining games scheduled to be played in Hartford. The first of Adirondack's two remaining games in Connecticut will be on December 21.

The game started with the teams playing on even footing until midway through the first period, when a slashing penalty by Connecticut's Carl Hagelin set the stage for the game's first two goals. First, Jordan Owens gave the Whale a 1-0 lead by depositing a cross-ice feed from Kelsey Tessier, during a shorthanded 2-on-1 break for Connecticut.

The Phantoms stormed back during the same power play and tied the score when Eric Wellwood came streaking down the right-wing boards and zipped a wrist shot past Talbot from the top of the circle.

John Mitchell restored the Whale's one-goal lead when he tallied his second goal of the season, by picking the upper corner of the net with a wrist shot, 46 seconds into the second period.

Connecticut maintained its 2-1 lead until four minutes remained in the second period, when Owens scored his second goal of the game. With assists to Pavel Valentenko and Scott Tanski, Owens scored his goal with a 60-foot slap shot after creeping in from the blue line below the radar of the Phantoms' defense.

With under two minutes to play, Harry Zolnierczyk scored the Phantoms' second power-play goal and cut Connecticut's lead to 3-2.

By going 2-of-8 on the power play in the game, the Phantoms are 14-of-61 on the season, with at least one power-play goal in 8-of-9 games.

Connecticut was 0-of-2 on the power play, but scored a shorthanded goal.

The shots were 31-29 in favor of the Whale.

Adirondack wraps up their three-game homestand Saturday night at 7:00 against the Hershey Bears. The game will feature a Kids Halloween Costume Parade on Ice as well as a post-game open-skate with Phantoms players courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital.

The Phantoms scratches were Garrett Klotz and Jon Kalinski. Adirondack was also without Zac Rinaldo and Erik Gustafsson who were both recalled by Philadelphia on Thursday.


Upcoming Events

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.

Friday, November 5, 7:00 - Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

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 in Rochester, 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



Connecticut Whale 4 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Status: Final
Friday, October 28, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Connecticut 1 2 1 - 4
Adirondack 1 0 1 - 2

1st Period-1, Connecticut, Owens 1 (Tessier, Bell), 13:09 (SH). 2, Adirondack, Wellwood 4 (Sestito, Leighton), 13:37 (PP). Penalties-Bourdon Adk (slashing), 8:49; Hagelin Ct (slashing), 12:45; Mitchell Ct (tripping), 14:03; Grant Ct (delay of game), 17:10.

2nd Period-3, Connecticut, Mitchell 2 (Zuccarello), 0:46. 4, Connecticut, Owens 2 (Valentenko, Tanski), 16:26. Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (cross-checking), 7:40; Mitchell Ct (roughing), 9:01; Marshall Adk (roughing), 9:01; Valentenko Ct (boarding), 10:20.

3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Zolnierczyk 4 (Hamel, Akeson), 18:11 (PP). 6, Connecticut, Avery 1 (Audy-Marchessault, Bell), 19:27 (EN). Penalties-Deveaux Ct (double minor - high-sticking), 9:26; Mitchell Ct (cross-checking), 16:35; Avery Ct (fighting), 19:27; Bourdon Adk (fighting), 19:27.

Shots on Goal-Connecticut 9-12-10-31. Adirondack 8-11-10-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Connecticut 0 / 2; Adirondack 2 / 7.
Goalies-Connecticut, Talbot 3-1-0 (29 shots-27 saves). Adirondack, Leighton 4-2-0 (30 shots-27 saves).
A-2,910
Referees-Chris Ciamaga (24).
Linesmen-Robert St. Lawrence (10), Mike Emanatian (69).

 

 

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