The Adirondack Phantoms blasted away for 34 shots
on goal including 24 in just the third period
and overtime combined but were still unable to
break Nathan Lawson in a 1-0 overtime loss against
the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday night at Copps
Coliseum in Hamilton.
It was the first time the Phantoms have been shutout
this season. Nathan Lawson turned in a 34 save
performance to somehow keep Adirondack out of
Aaron Palushaj returned from Montreal for his
game back with Hamilton and generated the Bulldogs'
best scoring chances all night long including
the game winner with 45 seconds remaining in the
extra period. His blast from the slot beat Leighton
over his glove-hand on a play eerily similar to
a second period drive he had in which Leighton
made one of his best saves of the night. But Palushaj
went top-shelf on Leighton's glove side again
and this time was able to find the mesh just on
the other side of the cross-bar for the only goal
of the night.
Michael Leighton took the overtime loss for Adirondack
despite a terrific 26 save effort. The one standings
point gives Adirondack 28 on the year with a record
of 13-8-2 and moves them into sole possession
of second place in the Northeast Division ahead
of idle Albany. The Phantoms now trail first place
Connecticut by just three points in the divisional
It was the second heartbreaking defeat in a row
for Adirondack who surrendered a late 1-0 lead
at Norfolk on Saturday night in a 2-1 regulation
loss with the game winner coming with just 30
seconds left on the clock in that one.
Adirondack finishes their long three-game road
trip with a mark of 1-1-1 and their overall record
on the road moves to 6-6-1.
During many stretches in the third and the overtime
it appeared as though the Phantoms would escape
from Hamilton with the win. Jon Kalinski, who
had scored the Phantoms overtime winner last Saturday,
had a terrific opportunity again in this OT but
appeared to chip the centering feed high.
After only 10 shots on goal in the first two periods
of the game, the Phantoms offense awoke with a
jolt and blasted away with 20 shots in just the
third period and then another four in the overtime.
Late in the third there was a rebound left just
outside the crease with Tye McGinn bearing down
for a glorious scoring chance with goaltender
Nathan Lawson in front and to the other side.
But defenseman Joe Callahan was there to block
the shot of McGinn to keep the game 0-0.
The game was Adirondack's only game at Hamilton
this year. The Bulldogs will travel to Glens Falls
on January 12.
The Phantoms outshot Hamilton 34-28. The Phantoms
were 0-for-3 on the power play while Hamilton
was 0-for-4. Adirondack's penalty kill maintained
their incredible streak and have now turned away
the last 31 consecutive opposing power play opportunities.
The last power play goal surrendered by Adirondack
was on Thanksgiving, November 24 at Hamilton.
The Phantoms have vaulted up to 5th in the league
on the penalty kill with their continued, recent
Scratches for the game included Eric Wellwood,
Oskars Bartulis and Johan Backlund.
Adirondack returns to home-sweet-home Friday and
Saturday nights against Portland and Rochester.
The Phantoms have a four-game home-ice win streak
and are 7-2-1 at the GFCC this year. Adirondack
is 14-2-1 on home-ice dating back to mid-March
of last season.
The Friday night game features $2 draft-beer specials
through the first intermission. On Saturday, the
first 2,500 fans receive free t-shirts courtesy
of Papa John's and fans get to throw their teddy
bear donations onto the ice after Adirondack scores
their first goal to benefit the Salvation Army
on the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night.
Friday, December 9, 7:00 - Portland Pirates at
Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials through
first intermission; Bud Light and Labatt Blue
Saturday, December 10, 7:00 - Rochester Americans
at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms T-Shirts for
the first 2,500 fans courtesy of Papa John's.
First Goal Teddy Bear Toss to benefit the Salvation
Army and needy children in the North Country.
Monday, December 12, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's Tavern in Glens Falls and
on Q101.7 Special guests, Tom Sestito and Cullen
Sunday, December 118, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. Sunday Family Fun Pack! 3 tickets,
3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn, 1 program...all
for only $39.
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 and game-worn Phantoms hockey
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 0 at Hamilton Bulldogs 1 (OT)
- Status: Final OT
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - Copps Coliseum
Adirondack 0 0 0 0 - 0
Hamilton 0 0 0 1 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Palushaj Ham
(goaltender interference), 5:46; Testwuide Adk
(hooking), 11:39; Leighton Adk (interference),
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Klotz Adk (interference),
14:03; Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 20:00; Sestito
Adk (roughing), 20:00; Henry Ham (roughing), 20:00.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Lawson Ham (interference),
2:38; served by Avtsin Ham (bench minor - too
many men), 13:32.
OT Period-1, Hamilton, Palushaj 2 (Masse, Fast),
4:15. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 6-4-20-4-34. Hamilton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Hamilton
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 10-7-0 (28 shots-27
saves). Hamilton, Lawson 7-7-1 (34 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Paul Reid (62), Ryan Lachine (83).