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Phantoms Comeback Falls Short





November 11, 2011





Denis Hamel scored his 324th career goal and the Phantoms mounted a late comeback attempt, but the Crunch held on for a 3-2 win. An enthusiastic and wild crowd of 4,036 rocked the Glens Falls Civic Center on Veterans Appreciation Night in which all the veterans in attendance received free admission.

Hamel's goal, scored with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third period, narrowed the Syracuse lead to 3-1 and came on the deflection of a slap shot taken by Jason Akeson. The goal extended his team lead to nine goals this season and moved him to within one tally of Adirondack Red Wing legend Glenn Merkosky for 12th place on the AHL's all-time goal scoring list.

Hamel's goal was part of a 2-of-6 night on the power play for the Phantoms, who got another man-advantage goal, from Ben Holmstrom, who backhanded the rebound of a Tom Sestito shot with 12 seconds remaining in the third period. Adirondack now has power-play strikes in 10 of its 12 games. Overall, the Phantoms are 16-of-73 (22.0%) on the power play.

Despite the Phantoms' spirited comeback effort; J.F. Jacques, Patrick Maroon and Kyle Palmieri scored to give the Crunch a three-goal advantage which Adirondack was never able to erase.

"It sounds simple, but we started (in the third period) getting more traffic and more pucks to the net," said Joe Paterson. "We started getting traffic in front of the goal and got a deflection. That goal (Hamel's goal) gave us some life and made us believe we could make the comeback."

The Phantoms got to within one goal and had a glorious scoring chance to dramatically pull even in the game's final seconds, but Tarkki made a key save at point-blank range to preserve the Crunch's 3-2 win.

Despite the loss, the Phantoms remain one of the league's best home teams since the midway point of last season. Adirondack is 14-3-5 in its last 22 home games.

The Phantoms remain in second place in the Northeast Division standings with a 7-4-1 (15 pts) record. The Connecticut Whale, who had Friday night off and have 17 points, lead the division.

Michael Leighton made 25 saves on 28 shots and saw his record fall to 6-3-0.

Iiro Tarkki backstopped the Crunch's win by making 26 saves on 28 shots. Tarkki is 3-2-1 this season after spending the last six seasons in his native Finland's top professional league, SM-liiga.

The Crunch improved to 6-3-3 (15 pts) and are now tied with the Phantoms in the Eastern Conference Standings.

J.F. Jacques put the Crunch in front, 1-0, by opening the night's scoring 17:32 into the first period. Jacques' goal was scored on a deflection, with the 6-foot-3, 230-pound former Edmonton Oiler getting a piece of a point shot taken by former Philadelphia Phantom Nate Guenin.

Another former Phantom, Patrick Maroon, scored a power-play goal at 15:03 of the second period to give the Crunch a 2-0 lead. Maroon, who had 39 goals and 67 assist for the Phantoms from 2007-2010, now leads Syracuse with 15 points (6g, 9a) this season.

Kyle Palmieri, the Crunch's leading goal scorer, upped Syracuse's lead to 3-0 by squeezing a side-angle shot between Leighton's leg and the left goalpost 2:49 into the third period. Palmieri has four goals in two games in the season series.

Although Hamel and Holmstrom shrunk Syracuse's three-goal lead and gave the Phantoms a chance for a late tie; Adirondack never was able to come all the way back.

The Phantoms look to get back in the win columnn when they host the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

The shots in Friday's game were tied at 28-28.

The Phantoms were 2-of-6 on the power play. The Crunch were 1-of-3.

Adirondack dominated the season series over Syracuse last year by winning seven out of eight games, but the beginning of the inner-state rivalry this year has been a different story.Having dropped the first two meetings with Syracuse this year, the Phantoms will look for revenge in their next encounter next Saturday night in Syracuse. Adirondack and Syracuse meet a total of eight more times this season. The all-time series is now tied at eight wins apiece.

Adirondack's scratches were Blake Kessel and Shane Harper. After missing the last two games to injury, Mike Testwuide returned to the lineup and engaged J.F. Jacques in a second-period fight. The game featured thee total fights, with Tye McGinn also dropping the gloves with Troy Bodie and Tom Sestito squaring off with Patrick Maroon.

The extremely popular SuperFan Cameron Hughes fired up the crowd and kept them revved up all evening long with his dances and t-shirt giveaways. The SuperFan will be back for the homestand finale Saturday night at 7:00 against the Toronto Marlies.

Saturday's festivities begin at 3:00 with the third annual Guns and Hoses game with the area police and fire representatives taking on the NYPD team with proceeds to benefit the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance.

The game with Toronto is Adirondack's last at home for two weeks. The team embarks on a four-game road trip beginning Tuesday night in Portland.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 12, 3:00 - Third Annual Guns and Hoses game pitting area police and fire representatives against the NYPD hockey team. Proceeds from this charity game will go to benefit the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance.

Saturday, November 12, 7:00 - Toronto Marlies at Phantoms. Youth Jersey Giveaway night for first 1,000 kids (age 14 and younger) courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital.

Monday, November 14 - No Phantoms Power Hour show this week. The team will be traveling.
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 - Phantoms at Portland Pirates.

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.

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Syracuse Crunch 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Status:(Final)
Friday, November 11, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Syracuse 1 1 1 - 3
Adirondack 0 0 2 - 2

1st Period-1, Syracuse, Jacques 4 (Guenin, Smith), 17:32. Penalties-Bodie Syr (fighting), 2:31; Jacques Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:31; McGinn Adk (boarding, fighting), 2:31; Maroon Syr (fighting), 9:08; Sestito Adk (fighting), 9:08; Bodie Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing), 18:14; Pither Adk (holding), 18:14; Sestito Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing), 18:14.

2nd Period-2, Syracuse, Maroon 6 (Sexton, Palmieri), 15:03 (PP). Penalties-Cumiskey Syr (cross-checking), 5:59; Sexton Syr (hooking), 9:53; served by Brown Adk (bench minor - too many men), 14:07; Jacques Syr (fighting), 17:16; Testwuide Adk (fighting), 17:16; Mitchell Syr (holding), 18:53.

3rd Period-3, Syracuse, Palmieri 9 (Guenin, Maroon), 2:49. 4, Adirondack, Hamel 9 (Akeson, Wellwood), 9:44 (PP). 5, Adirondack, Holmstrom 1 (Sestito), 19:07 (PP). Penalties-Clark Syr (boarding), 10:55; Bourdon Adk (holding), 15:20; Sexton Syr (slashing), 19:21.

Shots on Goal-Syracuse 11-8-9-28. Adirondack 5-11-12-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 1 / 3; Adirondack 2 / 5.
Goalies-Syracuse, Tarkki 2-2-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Adirondack, Leighton 6-2-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Luke Galvin (2).





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