Sometimes deja-vu can be a good thing. Another
big crowd at the GFCC on a Saturday night resulted
in another exciting overtime win for the Adirondack
Phantoms as the team's captain Ben Holmstrom pounced
on a rebound for the 3-2 comeback victory over
the Rochester Americans.
Trailing 2-1 with almost six minutes to go in
regulation, Garrett Roe would score the tying
goal to even things up again. A few minutes later
it would be Michael Leighton with another spectacular
glove-save to keep the score tied. And then Adirondack
would work their Saturday night overtime magic
On November 26, in front of the largest crowd
of the season, Jon Kalinski would earn the Phantoms
their first overtime triumph in over a year in
a 4-3 decision over Albany. This time, the Phantoms
would only have to wait two weeks to acquire their
next extra-session win.
The crowd of 4,232 first rose to their feet midway
through the first period when Denis Hamel connected
with Shane Harper on a 2-on-1 rush giving the
Phantoms the 1-0 lead. Harper's fourth of the
year triggered a storm of teddy bears onto the
ice on the annual First Goal Teddy Bear to benefit
the Salvation Army. Thanks to all our great fans
who brought their teddy bear donations for this
terrific cause and for helping with the fun of
the big, raining teddy bear party.
Rochester would storm back later in the second
and then again in the third on a pair of goals
by Evan Rankin as the Americans took a 2-1 lead
with nine minutes remaining. The first of Rankin's
goals, early in the second period, would come
on the Rochester power play thus putting a halt
to Adirondack's amazing penalty-kill streak at
34 in a row. The Phantoms entered play fourth
in the AHL on the P.K. with an 85.6% success rate.
Trailing 2-1 late in the game, Dan Jancevski would
fake a slapper from the left-point to get his
defender to go down. Jancevski moved around the
sprawled Amerk on the ice and instead of shooting
would connect with Garrett Roe on the short-side
who left his stick-blade open for the chip-in
with 6:06 remaining tying the score at 2-2.
Roe's third goal of the season was also assisted
by Tye McGinn who tracked down a rebound and whipped
it back to Jancevski getting the play going. Roe
is a rookie out of St. Cloud State (Minn.) who
leads the team in assists with 12. But this time
he accepted the nice assist from the experienced
blue-liner to set up his own big goal.
With 2:15 left in the third and Rochester on the
power play, Leighton came up with his biggest
save of the night as he reached way across to
his left on a slapshot aiming for the far post
from Alex Biega from the left-circle. Leighton's
thievery on the Amerks power play set up the extra-period
drama to come.
Jason Akeson got knocked on a high-sticking by
Drew Schiestel with 3:38 remaining in overtime
and, with the double-minor called on the American,
would get to finish the game with the man-advantage
It took only 34 seconds for Ben Holmstrom to seize
the opportunity finding the rebound on the left
side of the crease beating the lunging Drew MacIntyre
for the game-winner.
The goal was Holmstrom's sixth of the season.
The U-Mass Lowell product is in his second full
season with Adirondack. He scored 16 goals in
2010-11 and earned team MVP honors. And was named
the youngest captain in Phantoms' history at the
beginning of this season.
The victory improved the Phantoms to 14-9-2 overall
and 8-3-1 at home. The Phantoms are 15-3-1 on
home-ice since Mid-March of last year and are
19-4-5 in their last 28 home games dating back
to February of last season.
Adirondack stayed three points back of the division
leading Connecticut Whale while extending their
advantage over both third-place Albany and fourth-place
Bridgeport who lost their Saturday night engagements.
Rochester fell to 11-10-4. The Phantoms lead the
season series over the Amerks two games to zero
and won't play Rochester again until February
24 in western New York.
Michael Leighton's 29 save performance earned
him his 11th win of the season.
Rochester outshot the Phantoms 31-28 but Adirondack
held the distinctive shots advantage in overtime
7-0. Rochester was 1-for-4 on the power play while
Adirondack went 1-for-3.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Jason Bacashihua,
Andrew Rowe, Eric Wellwood and Oskars Bartulis.
Adirondack is off for a few days before returning
to action next Friday at Binghamton. The Phantoms'
next home game is next Sunday at 3:00pm hosting
the Binghamton Senators for the first time this
year on a Sunday Family Fun Pack Day.
Over 500 Boy Scouts were in attendance on Boy
Scout Night at the GFCC. Many of the Boy Scouts
stayed after the game for an open-skate and playing
games and watching movies.
2,500 fans received Phantoms t-shirts courtesy
of Papa John's.
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Rochester Americans 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 3
(OT) - Status: Final OT
Saturday, December 10, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic
Rochester 0 1 1 0 - 2
Adirondack 1 0 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Harper 4 (Hamel), 11:13.
Penalties-Kessel Adk (tripping), 11:52; Morrisonn
Rch (interference), 16:21.
2nd Period-2, Rochester, Rankin 3 (Morrisonn,
Varone), 4:48 (PP). Penalties-Hamel Adk (hooking),
3:52; Holmstrom Adk (slashing), 8:29; Rankin Rch
3rd Period-3, Rochester, Rankin 4 (Varone, Foligno),
10:52. 4, Adirondack, Roe 3 (Jancevski, McGinn),
13:06. Penalties-Crawford Rch (holding), 14:38;
Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 14:38; Pither Adk (slashing),
OT Period-5, Adirondack, Holmstrom 6 (Roe, Hamel),
2:06 (PP). Penalties-Schiestel Rch (double minor
- high-sticking), 1:32.
Shots on Goal-Rochester 4-14-13-0-31. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 1 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 3.
Goalies-Rochester, MacIntyre 4-7-1 (28 shots-25
saves). Adirondack, Leighton 11-8-0 (31 shots-29
Referees-Jarrod Ragusin (42).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Robert St. Lawrence