The Adirondack Phantoms
lost on home-ice for only the second time in their
last seven games as the Binghamton Senators escaped
for the GFCC with a 4-1 victory. Adirondack blasted
away for 40 shots on Binghamton goalie Mike McKenna
but only Mike Testwuide's late third period rebound
drive would get past him.
It was the second time on the weekend that a stellar
effort by McKenna would get the better of the
Phantoms. The former Albany Devils goalie turned
the same trick in Binghamton on Friday night with
33 saves in a 3-1 win down there.
Playing without their captain Ben Holmstrom for
the first time this season, Adirondack called
Andy Bohmbach up from Trenton (ECHL) to replace
him and continued to generate the same quality
scoring chances but appeared to be snake-bit against
the red-hot McKenna who made several fine saves
which included some point-blank scoring opportunities
for the frustrated hosts.
The Phantoms fell to 15-11-2 with the loss and
8-4-1 on home-ice this season. Dating back to
March of last year, the Phantoms are 15-4-1 at
the Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack has only
five regulation losses in their last 29 home games
going 19-5-5 since February of last year.
Corey Cowick scored on a drive from the right-wing
wall to give the Senators a 1-0 lead midway through
the first period. Then Pat Cannone would pick
off a Michael Leighton clear in the corner and
rifle a sharp-angle shot into the open net for
his seventh of the year to give Binghamton the
2-0 advantage after one period.
Adirondack had three power play in the opening
frame which generated some more chances as they
outshot Binghamton 13-9 but McKenna used the shooting
practice to establish his early groove.
The Phantoms still trailed 2-0 into the third
period when they ratcheted things up and peppered
away on McKenna for 9 shots in the first nine
minutes of the period. McKenna kept steering away
everything Adirondack threw at him.
Binghamton took advantage of a third period power
play opportunity with a goal straight off a faceoff
win as former Buffalo Sabre and current Binghamton
captain Mark Parrish would get the tip on Stephane
Da Costa's center-point drive for a valuable goal
extending the lead to 3-0.
Adirondack would again have some chances late
in the third when Binghamton would take back-to-back
penalties. The Phantoms would have 1:15 of 5-on-3
attack with less than five minutes remaining but
even then they weren't able to push anything past
McKenna as the Binghamton defenders would scramble
for a couple key blocks on drives by Denis Hamel
and Garrett Roe among others.
When the play resumed to five-on-five, Adirondack
would finally get on the board as Mike Testwuide
would pounce on a rebound of a Jon Kalinski drive
and stuff behind McKenna his second goal of the
The Phantoms pulled Michael Leighton with 2:30
remaining to try to get even closer but a couple
close-calls would get turned aside and finally
the Senators would seal the win with 30 seconds
remaining on a long empty-netter by rookie Wacey
Adirondack outshot the Senators 40-27. The Phantoms
went 0-for-6 on the power play while the Senators
It was just the second time this season in which
Adirondack has outshot their opponent and taken
a regulation loss out of it. The first time happened
on Friday in Binghamton.
The Phantoms missed an opportunity to gain ground
on the Northeast Division leading Connecticut
Whale who had Sunday off. The Phantoms remain
four point behind Connecticut. Adirondack travels
to Hartford on Wednesday night for a first place
showdown with the Whale.
Binghamton was without reigning league MVP Corey
Locke with injury and skated a man short for the
game. The Senators have been struggling this season
with call-ups and injuries but with their stellar
goaltending have found success against the Phantoms
going 3-0 in the season series.
Adirondack was without their team captain, Ben
Holmstrom, who was called up to Philadelphia earlier
in the day. He joined Tom Sestito who was called
up early last week and other Phantoms call-ups
such as Matt Walker, Kevin Marshall, Marc-Andre
Bourdon, Harry Zolnierczyk, Zac Rinaldo and Brayden
The Phantoms were also without Eric Wellwood and
Oskars Bartulis who have missed a few games with
Adirondack called up center Andy Bohmbach from
Trenton (ECHL) where he has eight goals and 21
points in 21 games with the Titans. It was Bohmbach's
third game with the Phantoms.
The Phantoms next home game is next Wednesday,
December 28 against the Binghamton Senators on
Pucks and Paws night in which fans can bring their
pet to the game. That opens a four-game homestand
to conclude 2011 and carry over into 2012 including
games on Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December
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Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 - Binghamton Senators
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Binghamton Senators 4 at Adirondack Phantoms
1 - Status: Final
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic
Binghamton 2 0 2 - 4
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
1st Period-1, Binghamton, Cowick 2 6:24. 2, Binghamton,
Cannone 7 (Schira), 12:28. Penalties-Cannone Bng
(tripping), 0:28; Parrish Bng (delay of game),
7:40; Klinkhammer Bng (cross-checking), 14:40;
Jancevski Adk (interference), 19:20.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Parrish Bng
(delay of game), 12:53.
3rd Period-3, Binghamton, Parrish 10 (Da Costa,
Hoffman), 11:05 (PP). 4, Adirondack, Testwuide
2 (Bohmbach, Kalinski), 17:00. 5, Binghamton,
Hamilton 2 19:28 (EN). Penalties-Conboy Bng (fighting),
6:15; McGinn Adk (fighting), 6:15; Kalinski Adk
(charging), 11:01; Dziurzynski Bng (interference),
14:09; Gryba Bng (cross-checking), 14:53.
Shots on Goal-Binghamton 9-14-4-27. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 1 / 2; Adirondack
0 / 6.
Goalies-Binghamton, McKenna 5-8-0 (40 shots-39
saves). Adirondack, Leighton 11-10-0 (26 shots-23
Referees-Ryan Hersey (46), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Jim Harper (59).