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November 12, 2011





On a night in which 4,680 loud and exuberant fans packed the Glens Falls Civic Center on Youth Jersey Giveaway Night, the Phantoms got shootout goals from Jason Akeson, Denis Hamel and Oskars Bartulis to get a exciting 2-1 win over the Toronto Marlies in an edge-of-your-seat thriller. The game featured several great chances from both sides in one of the most exciting games of the year.

Following a scoreless five minutes of overtime, the three Phantoms scored consecutive goals in the shootout's first three rounds, while Jason Bacashihua held the fort by stopping 3-of-4 Toronto shooters.

The win never would have happened were it not for Bacashihua's showstopping save on Mike Zigomanis in the closing seconds of regulation as his best stop of the night came to deny the Marlies in their late 3-on-1 rush.

"He (Bacashihua) looked like he's played more a lot more than he has lately. But he's had a lot of good practice time and he's a good pro with a great attitude. It's nice to see him go in there and do well, " said Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson on the performance of Saturday night's winning goaltender.

Prior to the shootout, Bacashihua made 27 saves on 28 shots, and his win was his first at the Glens Falls Civic Center as a Phantom. As a team, Adirondack improved to 15-3-5 in its last 23 home games, dating back to last February. And the home-ice advantage with the largest crowd of the season was apparent in this contest as the fans' noise level matched the repeated close-calls for Adirondack's attack.

The Phantoms upped their record to 8-4-1 (17 pts) with the win and received help on the night in the form of a Connecticut loss at St. John's. Adirondack vaulted into a first-place tie in the division with the Whale and also with the Albany Devils atop the Northeast Division.

Shane Harper, who scored in the second period to erase a 1-0 Toronto lead, was Adirondack's goal scorer in regulation time. Following a series of offensive spurts by the Phantoms, the duo of Harper and Jason Akeson stormed the Marlies zone, resulting in Harper beating Marlies goalie Mark Owuya from just to the left of the Toronto net. Akeson stopped along the right-wing wall to wait for the opening to find Harper on the back-door on the play. It was the eighth assist of the season for the 21-year-old rookie out of Orleans, Ontario. NHL veteran blueliner Matt Walker got his first Phantoms point of the year by recording the secondary assist on the headman feed to Akeson.

"Guys on the bench were pretty pumped to see him (Harper) score. Adding him as a fresh body to the lineup tonight after he missed last night, and him scoring a big goal for us was a huge bonus," remarked Paterson on Shane Harper's second-period goal.

Mark Owuya, who came into the game with a 1.81 goals-against average and .917 save percentage, was the losing goalie for Toronto after faltering in the shootout. Owuya made 33 saves on 34 shots in regulation and overtime.

Mike Zigomanis scored to give the Marlies a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the second period. Zigomanis scored his goal by fielding the carom of a slap shot off the endboards and forcing the puck through Bacashihua, after Toronto defenseman Jesse Blacker mis-fired an initial shot wide of the left goalpost.

Ryan Hamilton scored Toronto's only shootout goal.

Despite the loss, the point the Marlies (6-5-3) got for taking the game into the shootout helped them tie the Rochester Americans for first place in the North Division.

Adirondack's only remaining meeting with the Marlies will come at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on February 14. Saturday night's win gives the Adirondack Phantoms a 3-2 edge in the all-time series.

The shots in Saturday's game were 35 for the Phantoms and 28 for the Marlies.

The Phantoms were 0-of-4 on the power play. The Marlies were 1-of-3.

Adirondack's scratches were Tye McGinn and Luke Pither.

The Phantoms' big win capped off Saturday's festivities, which began at 3:00 with the third-annual Guns and Hoses game. The area's police and fire representatives took on the NYPD team with the proceeds benefitting the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance

The extremely popular SuperFan Cameron Hughes was in attendance for the second straight night, and fired up the crowd and kept them revved up all evening long with his dances and t-shirt giveaways.

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.

Saturday, November 19, 7:00 - Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Sunday, November 20, 3:00 - Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Next Home Games

Friday, November 25, 7:00 - Springfield Falcons at Phantoms. Annual Black Friday game. 80s Night.

Saturday, November 26, 7:00 - Albany Devils at Phantoms. Time Warner Cable Cup Rivalry Game #2. Phantoms Snow Cap Giveaway for first 1,000 kids (age 14 and younger) courtesy of UniFirst.

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.

Recently reaching 4,000 Twitter followers , 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

Toronto Marlies 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 (SO) - Status: Final SO
Saturday, November 12, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Toronto 0 1 0 0 - 1
Adirondack 0 1 0 0 - 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Marshall Adk (delay of game), 3:16; Engel Tor (roughing), 5:49; Finger Tor (roughing), 5:49; Sestito Adk (roughing, roughing), 5:49; Roe Adk (hooking), 7:56; Blacker Tor (holding), 12:20; Wilson Tor (cross-checking), 17:07; Kadri Tor (cross-checking), 19:59; Lauridsen Adk (tripping), 19:59.

2nd Period-1, Toronto, Zigomanis 3 (Blacker, Mikus), 0:59 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Harper 1 (Akeson, Walker), 10:57. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (slashing), 0:15; D'Amigo Tor (holding), 14:46.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Acton Tor (slashing), 7:09; Kadri Tor (roughing), 19:56; Walker Adk (cross-checking), 19:56.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout - Toronto 1 (Kadri NG, Zigomanis NG, Hamilton G, Mikus NG), Adirondack 3 (Akeson G, Hamel G, Bartulis G, Wellwood NG).
Shots on Goal-Toronto 10-8-7-2-0-27. Adirondack 9-14-10-1-1-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Toronto 1 / 3; Adirondack 0 / 4.
Goalies-Toronto, Owuya 1-1-1 (34 shots-33 saves). Adirondack, Bacashihua 2-1-1 (27 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Marty Demers (79).






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