Adirondack built a 4-1 lead at Syracuse early
in the third period and then hung on from there
for an exciting 4-3 victory against the Crunch
Denis Hamel (11th), Andrew Rowe (1st), Garrett
Klotz (2nd) and Ben Holmstrom (8th) all lit the
lamp for the Phantoms while winning goalie Jason
Bacashihua was stellar in his first game since
Thanksgiving turning in a 39 save performance
in the victory.
J.F. Jacques had a hat trick to provide Syracuse
with all of their offense.
Hamel got the Phantoms on the board in the first
period chopping down a puck that was driven at
Crunch goalie Jeff Deslauriers off a face-off
win by Ben Holmstrom. Hamel bounced it in for
his team-leading 11th of the year and also his
historic 326th goal of his AHL career pushing
the 34-year-old past Glenn Merkosky on the league's
all-time scoring list and into a tie for 11th
Adirondack would score them back-to-back a little
over two minutes apart early in the second period.
Andrew Rowe would strike in just his third game
of the season after missing the first two months
with injury. The second year pro out of Michigan
State rifled the shot after Luke Pither blasted
one off the post. Rowe's first attempt was saved
by Deslauriers but Rowe's second crack at it would
go into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Cullen Eddy jumped in quickly to keep the puck
in front of the blue-line and found an open Garrett
Klotz while the Crunch defensemen were a bit scrambly.
Klotz converted for his second of the year to
make it 3-0.
The score would stay 3-0 until the closing seconds
of the middle period when J.F. Jacques would score
on the power play on a cross-ice feed from Peter
Holland with 18.5 seconds left in the frame giving
the Crunch some momentum into the second intermission.
Ben Holmstrom stole the puck at the Syracuse line
early in the third period and raced forward on
a shorthanded breakaway only to be hauled down
from behind by Bryan Rodney. The Phantoms captain
converted on the team's first penalty shot of
the year in what proved to be a pivotal goal for
a 4-1 Phantoms lead. It was Holmstrom's eighth
of the year and also extended his recent goal-scoring
streak to three games.
Ben Holmstrom also engaged former Phantom Patrick
Maroon in a second period fight as the two ex-teammates
squared off and exchanged a few punches.
J.F. Jacques would score a couple more goals four
minutes apart to close the gap to 4-3 with 9:40
left. Syracuse also had a disallowed goal in there
and even hit the post earlier in the period in
their 18 shot attack in the closing 20 minutes.
Leading 4-3 with still nine minutes remaining,
the Phantoms defense would bare down and get several
key blocks while Jason Bacashihua turned in a
number of tremendous saves down the stretch to
get the win.
Adirondack was outshot by Syracuse 42-28. The
Crunch went 1-for-5 on the power play while Adirondack
The Phantoms took a three games to two lead in
the season series against Syracuse after the Crunch
had initially won the first two games. Adirondack
and Syracuse still play each other five more times
this year but will not meet again until February
at the GFCC. Then the Phantoms and Crunch will
face-off four times in a rivalry-filled month
Adirondack's victory improved their record to
15-10-2 on the season and helped them gain a valuable
standings point on first place Connecticut in
the Northeast Division race. The Phantoms now
trail the Whale by four points after Connecticut
lost their Saturday night game in a shootout.
The Phantoms travel to Hartford for a Northeast
Division showdown next Wednesday for the last
game before the holiday break.
The Phantoms conclude their three-in-three weekend
Sunday afternoon against the Binghamton Senators
at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 3:00pm. The
game will feature a post-game open-skate with
the Phantoms players presented by Glens Falls
Scratches for the Phantoms included Eric Wellwood,
Oskars Bartulis, Andreas Lilja and Johan Backlund.
Sunday, December 18, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. Sunday Family 3-Pack for only $39.
3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large popcorn,
1 program. A savings of $26. Add extra fans to
your 3-pack for only $13 per fan! Also a post-game
open-skate with Phantoms players courtesy of Glens
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
the game! Also $1 hot dogs.
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
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Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Bob Rotruck
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game-time with Countdown to Faceoff.
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Adirondack Phantoms 4 at Syracuse Crunch 3 - Status:
Saturday, December 17, 2011 - Onondaga County
War Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 1 2 1 - 4
Syracuse 0 1 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Hamel 11 (Holmstrom),
8:21. Penalties-Kalinski Adk (slashing), 3:14;
Clark Syr (checking to the head), 5:36; Sexton
Syr (interference), 12:14.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Rowe 1 (Pither, Testwuide),
1:52. 3, Adirondack, Klotz 2 (Eddy, Brown), 4:12.
4, Syracuse, Jacques 9 (Holland, Carle), 19:41
(PP). Penalties-Carle Syr (holding the stick),
8:22; served by Akeson Adk (bench minor - too
many men), 11:00; Holmstrom Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct, fighting), 11:00; Maroon Syr (slashing,
fighting), 11:00; Pither Adk (slashing), 19:21.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Holmstrom 8 2:25 (SH
TXT_PS). 6, Syracuse, Jacques 10 (Maroon), 6:31.
7, Syracuse, Jacques 11 (Carle, Maroon), 10:20.
Penalties-Eddy Adk (roughing), 0:27; Testwuide
Adk (tripping), 8:03.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-9-9-27. Syracuse 12-12-18-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Syracuse
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 4-2-1 (42 shots-39
saves). Syracuse, Drouin-Deslauriers 4-6-0 (27
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84), Ryan Hersey (46).
Linesmen-Jeff Walker (28), Tim Kotyra (53).