Entering Sunday, there was no team in the AHL
that the Adirondack Phantoms had as much success
against as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Adirondack
Phantoms had beaten the Sound Tigers six straight
times and twice in a row this season. However,
the Sound Tigers got off the schnide on Sunday
with a 5-3 win at Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport
overcame a 2-1 Phantoms lead in the 3rd period
for the win.
Jason Akeson continued his recent torrid scoring
pace by scoring two goals, extending his career-high
point streak to five straight games (3g, 3a).
Akeson now has 14 points (4g, 10a) for the season
and trails Denis Hamel by one for the team's scoring
"His (Jason Akeson) shooting has gotten
a lot better. He's always been a good passer,
but he's shooting more now. He had the one-timer
off the rush and a big shot on the power play.
He's starting to get more confidence in his shot
and he needs to continue to use it," said
Phantoms Head Coach Joe Paterson.
Mike Testwuide also played a strong game, assisting
on all three of the Phantoms' goals.
"He's (Testwuide) got to be a guy who goes
around the net. He gets a lot of his chances from
the 5-10 foot areas. He gets a lot of rebound
and a lot of pucks hit him. He creates a lot of
screens, too, and he was strong in those areas
down low today," added Paterson.
The Phantoms also got a goal from Oliver Lauridsen,
whose third-period marker was his first goal as
Playing their second game in less than 24 hours,
after a five-hour overnight bus ride from Syracuse,
the Phantoms held a 2-1 lead in the third period.
However, the Sound Tigers erased the Phantoms'
lead, getting goals on Sunday from Jeremy Colliton,
Scott Howes, Dylan Reese and Micheal Haley to
earn the win. Kevin Poulin made 19 saves on 22
shots and was the winning goalie.
Michael Leighton, the goalie who beat Bridgeport
twice earlier this season, made 21 saves and was
the losing goalie. Leighton's season record is
The Phantoms drop to 9-6-1 (19 pts), which ties
them with the Connecticut Whale in the very tight
Northeast Divison standings. The Phantoms and
Whale are both one point behind the Albany Devils,
Springfield Falcons and Bridgeport Sound Tigers
for first place.
Tying for first in the division, the Sound Tigers
improved to 9-7-2, getting in the win column after
a hard-fought loss to the Springfield Falcons
on Saturday night.
Although the game finished with a total of seven
goals, the teams were scoreless through the day's
opening 33 minutes. The Sound Tigers' all-time
leading scorer and team captain, Jeremy Colliton,
broke the stalemate by scoring a power-play goal
at 13:07 of the second period.
The Phantoms roared back four minutes later when
Jason Akeson ripped a wrist shot past Poulin's
right skate, off the left goalpost and into the
net. With a smart play to set up Akeson, Mike
Testwuide got the only assist.
The duo of Jason Akeson and Mike Testwuide again
connected for a goal in the third period, to put
the Phantoms ahead 2-1. Akeson was once again
the finisher, launching a howitzer past Poulin
from just inside the left point, after dipsy-doodling
around a Sound Tigers penalty killer during a
four-minute high-sticking double-minor to Scott
Howes earned retribution by depositing the rebound
of a Tim Wallace shot just under the crossbar,
less than two minutes after the Phantoms took
the lead with him in the penalty box.
A minute later, Harvard University alum. Dylan
Reese beat Leighton with a short-side side shot,
to give the Sound Tigers a lead they would never
Micheal Haley made the score 4-2 by finishing
off a 2-on-1 with Rhett Rakshani, midway through
the third period, for what proved to be the game-winning
Olivier Lauridsen rifled a hard shot from the
left point to beat Poulin with seven minutes left
in the game, drawing the Phantoms to within a
goal in the final minutes.
Although the Phantoms continued to push for the
tie, Tim Wallace sealed a 5-3 Sound Tigers win
by scoring an empty-net goal in the game's final
Sunday's game, perhaps the most intense Phantoms
game of the season, featured four fights and escalated
the growing rivalry of two new division rivals.
Tom Sestito dropped the gloves with the notorious
Trevor Gillies in a true heavyweight battle. Garrett
Klotz and Brett Gallant peppered each other with
bushels of haymakers, with both combatants showing
little regard for defending themselves. Marc-Andre
Bourdon and Tyler McNeely fought late in the second
period, while Olivier Lauridsen and Benn Olson
finished the day's fight card early in the third
"It's two teams in the same division who
both want to make the playoffs and played hard
against each other. There's a lot of physical
play and hitting, and it was a hard battle for
both teams," said Paterson.
The Phantoms and Sound Tigers play three more
times this season; twice in Glens Falls and one
more time in Bridgeport.
The Sound Tigers finished Sunday with a 26-22
Adirondack was 1-of-7 on the power play. Bridgeport
The Phantoms' scratches were Shane Harper and
Monday, November 21, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's
Tavern, 193 Glen Street. Player guests, #18 Tyler
Brown and #38 Jason
Akeson. Ticket and t-shirt giveaways for fans
live at the show. Live
broadcast on Q101.7.
Thursday, November 24, 6:00 - Phantoms at Binghamton
Friday, November 25, 6:00 a.m. - Orange-and-Black
Friday Sale! Great discounts on select game tickets
and merchandise. The earlier you arrive, the more
you save. Runs throughout the day.
Friday, November 25, 7:00 - Springfield Falcons
at Phantoms. Annual Black Friday game. '80s Night.
$2 draft beer specials through first intermission,
Bud Light and Labatt Blue Light.
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.
Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch
at Adirondack Phantoms. $1 Hot Dogs. Free tickets
with lightly used coat donation to Phantoms office
Phantoms Holiday Socks are on sale now. $49 package
for 4 tickets to a premium Phantoms game, an autographed
puck, a program, all in a game-worn Phantoms hockey
sock. $59 for an autographed stick with the 4
premium game tickets, program and game-worn Phantoms
Be sure to follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey
and on facebook.com/adkhockey
Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
5 - Status: Final
Sunday, November 20, 2011 - Webster Bank Arena
Adirondack 0 1 2 - 3
Bridgeport 0 1 4 - 5
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cizikas Bri
(tripping), 1:04; Bourdon Adk (cross-checking),
1:54; Colliton Bri (boarding), 8:04; Wallace Bri
(high-sticking), 11:43; Gallant Bri (roughing),
2nd Period-1, Bridgeport, Colliton 3 (Ness),
13:07 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Akeson 4 (Testwuide,
Kessel), 17:07. Penalties-Sestito Adk (fighting),
9:58; Gillies Bri (fighting), 9:58; Klotz Adk
(fighting), 10:00; Gallant Bri (fighting), 10:00;
Brown Adk (slashing), 11:59; Bourdon Adk (fighting),
14:11; McNeely Bri (fighting), 14:11.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Akeson 5 (Testwuide),
2:48 (PP). 4, Bridgeport, Howes 1 (Wallace, Cizikas),
3:41. 5, Bridgeport, Reese 1 (Rakhshani, Colliton),
7:29. 6, Bridgeport, Haley 1 (Colliton, Rakhshani),
10:27. 7, Adirondack, Lauridsen 1 (Testwuide),
12:29. 8, Bridgeport, Wallace 6 19:13 (EN). Penalties-Lauridsen
Adk (fighting), 0:04; Olson Bri (fighting), 0:04;
Howes Bri (double minor - high-sticking), 0:21;
Rakhshani Bri (holding), 5:15.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 6-9-7-22. Bridgeport
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 7; Bridgeport
1 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 6-5-0 (25 shots-21
saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 4-5-0 (22 shots-19
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Glen Cooke (6), Marty Demers (79).