Turkey-Day on the road was unkind to the Phantoms.
Despite Tom Sestito playing one of his best games
of the year and scoring two goals, the Senators
used four straight goals to get a 5-2 win over
the Phantoms in their traditional Thanksgiving
night contest. The Senators used three quick goals
in the opening nine minutes of the second period
to take a 5-1 advantage and were able to hold
off the Phantoms attack from there in preserving
After the Senators jumped out to a 1-0 lead four
minutes into the game, Sestito's first goal knotted
the score midway through the first period. Sestito's
goal came off a 2-on-1 with Shane Harper, with
Harper setting up Sestito after shaking free of
a Binghamton defenseman at the blue line and catching
Mike McKenna off guard with a quick, cross-ice
Sestito's second goal came on the power play,
with less than a minute to play in the third period.
Brayden Schenn and Denis Hamel assisted.
Schenn's assist gives him four goals and five
assists over five games with the Phantoms this
season. Schenn hadn't played for Adirondack since
October 16 and was held completely out of action
since October 26, after suffering a broken foot
while playing for the Philadelphia Flyers against
the Montreal Canadiens. Schenn's last game at
the GFCC was on October 14 in which the talented
20-year-old scored a hat trick against Bridgeport.
For Hamel, his assist was the 300th of his career.
Although the Phantoms dug themselves out of an
early 1-0 hole, Nikita Filatov scored a backbreaking
goal to restore the Senators' lead with 13 seconds
left in the first period. Binghamton scored three
more times by the second period's midway point,
putting the Phantoms behind by four goals.
After Binghamton took a 5-1 lead, Johan Backlund
came on in relief of Jason Bacashihua, stopping
all 15 shots he faced in his season debut. Bacashihua
was the goalie of decision, taking his first loss
in over a month after going 3-0-1 over his four
most recent starts.
The Phantoms' late-game improvements weren't enough,
though. Adirondack fell to 9-7-1. The Phantoms
return to the Glens Falls Civic Center to host
Springfield and Albany on Friday and Saturday.
Adirondack is 15-3-5 in its last 23 home games,
dating back to last February.
The Senators improved to 7-10-2, getting their
second straight win after breaking an eight-game
losing streak last Friday.
Former U.S. Olympian Mark Parrish led Binghamton's
offense by scoring two goals. Nikita Filatov (1g,
1a) and Derek Grant (1g, 1a) also had multiple-point
games, with Andre Petterson scoring the Senators'
Mike McKenna was the winning goalie for the Senators,
stopping 37-of-39 shots.
Following Filatov's late first-period goal which
gave the Senators the momentum they needed to
take the contest, Andre Petersson enhanced Binghamton's
lead to 3-1, less than two minutes into the second
Mark Parrish scored the game's next two goals,
one on the power play and one shorthanded, pushing
the Senators' lead to 5-1. Parrish's power-play
goal came following a major slashing penalty and
game misconduct to Kevin Marshall, which left
the Phantoms playing with just five defenseman
for most of Thursday's game. Thursday's game was
Marshall's first since he played 14:11 in his
NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday
The shots on Thursday were 40-39 in favor of the
Adirondack was 1-of-2 on the power play. Binghamton
was 1-of-4 and scored a shorthanded goal.
The Phantoms' scratches were Cullen Eddy, Luke
Pither, Eric Wellwood and Michael Leighton.
It was the first of eight meetings on the year
between Adirondack and the Senators. The Phantoms
return to Binghamton on December 16. The Senators
first appearance at the Glens Falls Civic Center
is Sunday, December 18. With the win, the Senators
take a 10-games-to-9 lead in the Adirondack vs.
Binghamton all-time series.
Adirondack returns home for back-to-back Northeast
Divisional clashes with the Springfield Falcons
and Albany Devils on Friday and Saturday. Friday's
game features $2 draft-beer specials through the
first intermission on 80s Night. Friday morning
is also the first Phantoms Orange-and-Black Friday
sale beginning at 6:00am with great savings on
tickets and merchandise. On Saturday, the Phantoms
will give away youth knit-caps to the first 1,000
kids (age 14 and under) courtesy of UniFirst.
Friday, November 25, 6:00 a.m. - First Orange-and-Black
Friday Sale at GFCC. Great savings on tickets
and merchandise. The earlier you arrive, the more
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 Phantoms. $1 Hot Dogs. Free tickets with lightly
used coat donation to Phantoms office this week.
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
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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Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Binghamton Senators 5
- Status: Final
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - Broome County Veterans
Adirondack 1 0 1 - 2
Binghamton 2 3 0 - 5
1st Period-1, Binghamton, Grant 3 (Filatov, Parrish),
4:15. 2, Adirondack, Sestito 5 (Harper), 12:06.
3, Binghamton, Filatov 7 (Grant), 19:47. Penalties-Jancevski
Adk (high-sticking), 13:11.
2nd Period-4, Binghamton, Petersson 4 (Cannone),
1:44. 5, Binghamton, Parrish 7 (Grant, Filatov),
3:00 (PP). 6, Binghamton, Parrish 8 (O'Brien),
8:56 (SH). Penalties-Marshall Adk (major - slashing,
game misconduct - slashing), 2:36; Petersson Bng
(hooking), 4:12; Wiercioch Bng (interference),
3rd Period-7, Adirondack, Sestito 6 (Schenn,
Hamel), 19:04 (PP). Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (roughing),
18:53; Hamilton Bng (kneeing, roughing), 18:53.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-12-18-39. Binghamton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 2; Binghamton
1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 3-2-1 (25 shots-20
saves); Backlund 0-0-0 (15 shots-15 saves). Binghamton,
McKenna 3-5-0 (39 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Ryan Hersey (46).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Chris Allman (11).