from some friendly bounces while Adirondack found
a difficult time finding more than their early
assistance and the Senators won a Friday night
contest over the Phantoms 3-1 at the Broome County
Veterans Memorial Arena.
At first, it looked like a night in which the
bounces were going to go Adirondack's way. Ben
Holmstrom's long dump-in from the red-line on
the right-wing boards caught Binghamton goalie
Mike McKenna off-guard and snuck in just three
minutes into the game staking the visitors to
the initial 1-0 advantage.
David Dziurzynksi got it back for the Seantors
midway through the first period sniping one from
the left circle over Leighton's left shoulder
and off the underside of the top of the net.
After that, another goaltenders' duel, typical
of Phantoms contests recently, would develop.
With Michael Leighton and Mike McKenna both on
top of their games. The 1-1 deadlock would persist
until the final period.
Rob Klinkhammer drove to the Phantoms' net on
a feed by reigning league MVP Corey Locke and
fired it off Leighton's shoulder. The puck went
upwards off Leighton's shoulder and landed behind
him and just past the goal-line before defenseman
Oliver Lauridsen could get there to dig it away.
The early third-period tally giving the Senators
a 2-1 lead would prove to be the game-winner.
Adirondack had some chances throughout the night
including a shot by Jason Akeson in the first
period that appeared to hit off the post after
perhaps deflecting off McKenna's leg. Ben Holmstrom
would slam one off the post as well in the closing
minutes of the contest.
Rookie defenseman Brandon Manning, who had just
be cleared to join the team a couple weeks earlier,
blasted away with several big slapshots from the
right point. During one second period sequence,
he had three shots on just one shift while Adirondack
had the Senators defenders pinned in their zone.
But none of the blasts were able to break through
and the Chilliwack Bruins (WHL) product is still
seeking his first professional goal.
Binghamton defenseman Eric Gryba fired a slapshot
from the right point with 2:33 remaining that
was deflected en route by Stephane de Costa to
hop one past Leighton for some late Senators breathing
room in the 3-1 final.
McKenna was superb on the night while also receiving
a little assistance from the posts behind him
at a couple of opportune time. The former Albany
Devils and Norfolk Admirals goalie turned away
33 of 34 Phantoms drives for the win.
The game was virtually penalty free. with the
vast majority of the action taking place five-on-five.
Adirondack was 0-for-1 on the power play and Binghamton
Binghamton ended a four game losing streak with
the decision as they became the last team in the
AHL to record their 10th win of the year. The
defending AHL champions have been besieged by
injuries as well as call-ups.
The game was the opener of a three-in-three stretch
for the Phantoms which will see the team travel
to Syracuse for a Saturday night contest and then
conclude the weekend with a Sunday afternoon home
game against Binghamton again.
The Phantoms fell to 14-10-2 overall and 6-7-1
on the road.
Adirondack held steady in second place in the
Northeast Division as all three teams chasing
them in the standings also lost their games on
Friday. But the Phantoms lost ground on first
place Connecticut who won on Friday. Adirondack
now trails the Connecticut Whale by five points
in the divisional race but Adirondack also holds
a game-on-hand advantage. Adirondack travels to
Hartford, Conn. for a game with the first place
Whale next Wednesday.
The Phantoms were without Tom Sestito who was
called up to the Philadelphia Flyers earlier in
the week. Sestito is expected to make his Flyers
debut on Saturday afternoon against the Boston
Bruins. Last year, he played in nine NHL games
with the Columbus Blue Jackets scoring two goals.
Veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja joined the Phantoms
on a conditioning assignment as he recovers from
a recent lower-body injury. Lilja wore number
29 and was paired with rookie defenseman Brandon
Manning for much of the evening. The 36-year-old
from Sweden has played in 20 games with Philadelphia
this year. He played with the Detroit Red Wings
from 2005-10 and also has played with Los Angeles
and Florida since 2000 for a total of 550 games
on his NHL career.
The game was the 994th in the professional career
of Denis Hamel who is slated to achieve the 1,000
game milestone on New Year's Eve against the Albany
Scratches for the Phantoms included Johan Backlund,
Eric Wellwood and Oskars Bartulis.
Saturday, December 17, 7:30 - Phantoms at Syracuse
Sunday, December 18, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. Sunday Family 3-Pack for only $39.
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Monday, December 19, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's. Player guests Jon Kalinski
and Andy Thomas and also Tim McManus from the
Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 - Phantoms at Connecticut
Wednesday, December 28, 7:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. Pups and Pucks! Bring your pet to
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Binghamton Senators 3
- Status: Final
Friday, December 16, 2011 - Broome County Veterans
Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1
Binghamton 1 0 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Holmstrom 7 (Kessel),
3:19. 2, Binghamton, Dziurzynski 2 (Bartlett),
10:05. Penalties-Jancevski Adk (high-sticking),
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
3rd Period-3, Binghamton, Klinkhammer 5 (Locke,
Svendsen), 2:29. 4, Binghamton, Da Costa 2 (Gryba,
Dziurzynski), 17:27. Penalties-Dziurzynski Bng
(tripping), 3:26; Testwuide Adk (hooking), 13:48.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-13-11-34. Binghamton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 1; Binghamton
0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 11-9-0 (30 shots-27
saves). Binghamton, McKenna 4-7-0 (34 shots-33
Referees-Ryan Fraser (14).
Linesmen-Derek Sylvester (76), Andy Petrus (26).