Last season, the Phantoms
dominated the Crunch by winning 7-of-of-8 games
in their season series. After Syracuse opened
the teams' 2011-12 series with two straight wins,
Adirondack got back to its winning ways against
its intra-state rival by winning 5-2 on Saturday
"We play them (the Crunch) so many times.
It's good to mentally break that bubble after
they won the first two against us. I thought it
was a solid, 60-minute effort for our team and
a real clean game for us," said Phantoms
Head Coach Joe Paterson.
The Phantoms' victory was fueled by the team's
biggest offensive explosion since October 26 with
a season-high 42 shots. Jon Kalinski, Ben Holmstrom,
Eric Wellwood, Jason Akeson and Blake Kessel all
found the net. The team's most veteran defenseman,
Dan Jancevski, also played a key role by recording
two assists. Jancevski's pair of helpers were
the 200th and 201st in his 11-year professional
career and earned him #2 Star of the Game honors
while Wellwood, with the game-winner in the second
period, was the game's #1 Star.
"We put a lot of pucks to the net and were
rewarded with five goals. It's nice to see this
team get rewarded with some 5-on-5 goals after
a lot of hard practice time," added Paterson.
Jason Bacashihua backstopped the win by making
25 saves on 27 shots. Since losing his Phantoms
debut at Syracuse on October 15, Bacashihua has
gone 3-0-1 in four starts, and now has a 2.63
goals-against average and .921 save percentage
for the season.
"He (Bacashihua) played well again tonight.
He played well against Toronto last week and he's
been moving well side-to-side and stopping a lot
of pucks for us," said Paterson.
Adirondack's win improves its record to 9-5-1
(19 pts) and pulls the Phantoms to within one
point of the Springfield Falcons and Albany Devils
for first place in the Northeast Division. The
Phantoms also improve to 5-3-0 on the road and
will play the third leg of a four-game road trip
on Sunday afternoon in Bridgeport at 3:00 p.m.
"It's another big game for us tomorrow. Our
division is very close and these are all four-point
games, so it's another big one for us tomorrow,"
The Crunch fell to 7-6-3 by losing for the third
time in their last four games. Syracuse is in
fourth place in the Eastern Conference's very
competitive East Division.
Kyle Palmieri and former Phantom Patrick Maroon
were the Crunch's goal scorers. Palmieri, a former
first-round draft choice of the Anaheim Ducks,
now has five goals in three games against the
Phantoms. Maroon, who has also scored in each
game in the series, has three goals against Adirondack.
After beating the Phantoms with a 36-save performance
on October 15, Jeff Deslauriers allowed five goals
on 42 shots and was the losing goalie.
The Phantoms never trailed on Saturday and took
a 1-0 lead on a Jon Kalinski goal at 6:31 of the
opening period. Dan Jancevski started the play
by carrying the puck down the left-wing boards
and behind the net, and passing the puck right
onto Kalinski's tape. Kalinski then faked in one
direction and slid the puck in the other, fooling
Deslauriers and getting his second goal of the
Patrick Maroon finished off a wrap-around and
tied the game six minutes later, after receiving
a crisp pass from Nick Bonino deep in Adirondack's
Ben Holmstrom restored the Phantoms one-goal advantage
by beating Deslauriers with a monster slap shot
from the top of the left-wing circle, just over
four minutes into the second period. Assists went
to Mike Testwuide and Marc-Andre Bourdon.
Kyle Palmieri erased the Phantoms' second one-goal
lead of the game, just past the midway point of
the second period. Defenseman Mathieu Carle got
the primary assist by creeping in with the puck
from the right point and sending a cross-ice pass
which Palmieri slapped in from just to the left
of Adirondack's cage. Two-time AHL All-Star defenseman
Bryan Rodney also assisted.
The Phantoms took their third one-goal edge and
got the eventual game-winning goal when Eric Wellwood
scored a shorthanded goal two minutes after Palmieri
tied the game. Denis Hamel got the primary assist
after breaking free of a Syracuse defenseman on
the left-wing boards and creating a 2-on-1, on
which Wellwood received the puck just inside the
right faceoff dot before scoring past Deslauriers.
Jason Akeson upped the Phantoms' lead to 4-2 by
depositing a juicy rebound of a Dan Jancevski
point shot with eight minutes left in the third
period. For Akeson, a 21-year-old rookie who led
the Ontario Hockey League in scoring as a member
of the Kitchener Rangers last season, the goal
gives him six points (2g, 4a) on his career-high
four-game point streak.
Blake Kessel finished the night's scoring by rifling
a shot past Deslauriers from the left faceoff
dot, with four minutes left in the third period.
For Kessel, a rookie out of the University of
New Hampshire, the goal was the first of his professional
The Phantoms outshot the Crunch 42-27. The Phantoms
were 0-of-5 on the power play, but scored a shorthanded
goal. Syracuse was 0-of-4 on the power play.
Adirondack's scratches were Kevin Marshall and
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Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Syracuse Crunch 2 -
Saturday, November 19, 2011 - Onondaga County
War Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 1 2 2 - 5
Syracuse 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Kalinski 2 (Jancevski,
Wellwood), 6:31. 2, Syracuse, Maroon 8 (Bonino),
12:36. Penalties-Harper Adk (interference), 1:59;
Lauridsen Adk (roughing), 9:42; Walker Adk (misconduct
- continuing altercation), 9:42; Bodie Syr (misconduct
- continuing altercation), 9:42; Jacques Syr (roughing),
9:42; Smith Syr (roughing), 9:42; Sestito Adk
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:27; Jacques Syr
(double minor - high-sticking), 20:00.
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Holmstrom 3 (Testwuide,
Bourdon), 4:07. 4, Syracuse, Palmieri 10 (Clark,
Rodney), 10:42. 5, Adirondack, Wellwood 5 (Hamel,
Bartulis), 12:22 (SH). Penalties-Holmstrom Adk
(delay of game), 11:29.
3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Akeson 3 (Sestito,
Jancevski), 11:40. 7, Adirondack, Kessel 1 (Roe,
Bartulis), 15:53. Penalties-Bell Syr (tripping),
5:01; Jancevski Adk (interference), 13:00; Bonino
Syr (tripping), 13:52.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 12-18-12-42. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 5; Syracuse
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 3-1-1 (27 shots-25
saves). Syracuse, Drouin-Deslauriers 3-4-0 (42
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Fraser McIntyre (94), John Murphy (71).