A tough-luck deflection with 16.2 seconds remaining
was a welcome break for the Connecticut Whale
as they escaped on their home ice with a 3-2 victory
on Wednesday night over the Adirondack Phantoms.
Pavel Valentenko blasted one from center-point
after a faceoff win and it appeared to bounce
off an Adirondack defenseman between the circles
tying up forward Andre Deveaux. The redirected
puck snuck in past goalie Jason Bacashihua for
The Phantoms just missed on their opportunity
to close to within two points of the division
leaders heading into the holiday break. The Whale
led for a total of only three minutes in the entire
60 minutes of play but stole the win at the end
with the late goal.
Mike Testwuide scored for the second game in a
row just four minutes into the game to give the
Phantoms the initial lead. Andrew Rowe had cleanly
intercepted a clearing try at the Connecticut
line and flipped it over to Tyler Brown who dished
the puck into open space to meet Testwuide stationed
behind the D. Testwuide walked in on Chad Johnson
and moved the puck from his forehand to backhand
to stuff it around the goalie's right skate for
the game's first score. Testwuide now has three
goals this year after scoring in back-to-back
games. He led all Phantoms rookies in goals last
season with 18.
Andre Deveaux snapped a backhander over the right
shoulder of Bacashihua late in the first period
to equalize at 1-1.
And Jeff Prough picked up a long rebound off the
end-boards on the left of the cage and was able
to shoot it behind the scrambling Bacashihua for
a power play goal in the second period as Connecticut
to take a 2-1 lead.
The lead lasted just over two minutes before Jason
Akeson would burn past the Whale defense and then
drop for the trailing Tye McGinn to slam into
a mostly open net his fifth goal of the season.
The 2-2 tie would remain for most of the rest
of the contest. Adirondack was given a power play
opportunity with 8:30 remaining but was unable
to capitalize. Connecticut had a power play chance
of their own with 2:30 left but Adirondack killed
that one off.
But shortly after killing the Whale's man advantage,
Connecticut would get a faceoff in the Adirondack
zone with 19 seconds left to set up the game-winner
by Valentenko with only 16.2 showing on the clock.
The Phantoms record moves to 15-12-2 with the
result. Connecticut improves to 17-8-4. Adirondack
is 1-2 against the Whale this year with only one
more matchup remaining in the season series, in
March back in Hartford.
Kevin Marshall played for Adirondack for the first
time in almost a month following his ten game
stretch with Philadelphia. The also game featured
the Adirondack Phantoms debut of 28-year-old Jean
Bourbeau. The PTO call-up from Elmira of the ECHL
laid out a handful of nice hits in the game. He
played with Bridgeport in the AHL last season.
All the players get a few days off for the holidays
to spend time with friends and families. Most
of the team will be leaving town for the stretch
and then will be returning for their next practice
on Monday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Adirondack returns to action next Wednesday, December
28 against the Binghamton Senators at the GFCC
on Pucks and Paws Night. That game is the first
of a four-game homestand including games on December
30, December 31 and January 4.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Garrett Klotz,
Brandon Manning, Eric Wellwood, Oskars Bartulis
and Johan Backlund.
Wednesday, December 28, 7:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. Pucks and Paws! Bring your leashed
pet to the game. $1 hot dogs.
Friday, December 30, 7:00 - Portland Pirates at
Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials through first
Saturday, December 31, 7:00 - Albany Devils at
Phantoms. Big New Year's Eve game! Time Warner
Cable Cup Rivalry game.
Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. $1 hot dogs.
Friday, January 6, 7:00 - Outdoor Classic! Hershey
Bears vs. Adirondack Phantoms at Citizens Bank
Park in Philadelphia.
Catch all the action of Phantoms hockey all season
long on the team's flagship station, Classic Hits
Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Broadcast coverage
begins 30 minutes prior to game-time with Countdown
Be sure to follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey
and on facebook.com/adkhockey
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Connecticut Whale 3 -
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - XL Center Veterans
Adirondack 1 1 0 - 2
Connecticut 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Testwuide 3 (Brown,
Rowe), 4:07. 2, Connecticut, Deveaux 7 (Newbury,
Bell), 16:19. Penalties-Prough Ct (tripping),
11:48; Eddy Adk (boarding), 14:16.
2nd Period-3, Connecticut, Prough 1 (Valentenko,
Bell), 8:28 (PP). 4, Adirondack, McGinn 5 (Akeson,
Roe), 10:52. Penalties-Jancevski Adk (tripping),
3rd Period-5, Connecticut, Valentenko 3 (Bell,
Newbury), 19:43. Penalties-Bouchard Ct (hooking),
11:27; Brown Adk (hooking), 16:38.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-11-7-29. Connecticut
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Connecticut
1 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 4-3-1 (27 shots-24
saves). Connecticut, Johnson 10-4-3 (29 shots-27
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Jon McIsaac (39).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Derek Wahl (46).