Fans and canines alike took in an enjoyable evening
of Adirondack Phantoms hockey at the Glens Falls
Civic Center but Binghamton was able to pull away
late for a 5-2 victory Wednesday night. The Senators
lead was only 2-1 midway through the third but
they withstood several Adirondack scoring chances
to grab the hard-fought victory.
The game was the first ever Pucks and Paws promotion
at the arena and was a tremendous success. Dozens
of dogs joined their owners at the game to put
their paws together and cheer on the Phantoms.
One very well-behaved cat was in attendance as
well! The fun promotion helped draw an impressive
midweek turnout of 3,533 which was also boosted
by many kids taking advantage of the holiday break
at area schools.
As for the game itself, Jason Akeson (8th) and
Ben Holmstrom (9th) scored for Adirondack. Holmstrom
was playing his first game back with the Phantoms
following a brief call-up to the Flyers and extended
his AHL goal-scorinng streak to four games in
Rob Klinkhammer for Binghamton chipped in a late
empty-netter for a hat-trick as he scored all
three of his goals in the third period.
The Senators scored a pair of goals in the first
period to race out to a 2-0 advantage. Reigning
league MVP Corey Locke and rookie Pat Cannone
were able to convert past Michael Leighton. Locke
rushed in with a 2-on-1 and converted on the back-door.
Cannone picked one off at the Phantoms line and
ripped a perfect shot on his breakaway beating
Leighton glove-hand off the metal.
Adirondack excelled in the second period and generated
several great chances on their new nemesis, Mike
McKenna. Jason Akeson got the Phantoms on the
board with a power play goal late in the second
period while Denis Hamel appeared to be drawing
the attention on McKenna down low. Akeson snapped
it on from center-point as the 21-year-old rookie
from Orleans, Ontario notched his eighth of the
The Phantoms outshot the B-Sens 12-8 in the second
period and appeared to have the better of the
play. But McKenna was tremendous yet again against
Adirondack and kept the home-team from equalizing.
The St. Lawrence University product played for
the Albany Devils last year. McKenna is engaged
to a woman from Queensbury and typically has his
own small contingent of fans when he plays in
Adirondack generated several more opportunities
in the third period including a couple wild scrambles
in the blue paint but McKenna was able to find
the handle each time.
Rob Klinhammer scored back-to-back goals with
10 and 8 minutes remaining on odd-mad rushes as
Binghamton took advantage of Adirondack pinching
defensemen forward and taking more chances to
try to grab the tying goal.
Trailing 4-1, Adirondack would not give up the
fight. Ben Holmstrom redirected a Jason Akeson
slapper from center-point with less than two minutes
remaining for the Phantoms' second power play
goal of the evening to cut the gap down to two
The Phantoms pulled Leighton with 1:40 remaining
and again had several close-calls at the Binghamton
net. Finally with 13 seconds remaining, Klinkhammer
would get just enough on a clear to seal the victory
with an empty-net tally.
Adirondack now stands at 15-13-2 for 32 points
and are 8-5-1 on home ice. Binghamton improved
to 13-19-2. The Phantoms won't have to wait long
for a revenge opportunity against their in-state
rivals from the south. Binghamton returns to the
Glens Falls Civic Center next Wednesday, January
4 in the first Phantoms game of 2012.
The Phantoms outshot the Senators 33-30. Adirondack
went 2-for-6 on the power play while holding Binghamton
The game was the 998th in the professional career
of Denis Hamel. He is scheduled to reach the historic
1,000 game milestone on New Year's Eve against
Albany. It was also the 798th AHL game for Dan
Jancevski who will play in his 800th all-time
AHL game that same night.
Eric Wellwood returned from injury for his first
game since November. Ben Holmstrom and Tom Sestito
were also back after their stays with Philadelphia.
And Kevin Marshall played in his second game back
with the Phantoms and his first at home following
a 10-game stretch with the Flyers.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Andrew Rowe,
Luke Pither, Garrett Klotz and Oskars Bartulis
The game was the opener of the team's longest
homestand of the season. The Phantoms host the
Portland Pirates Friday night with draft-beer
specials through the first intermission. Adirondack's
traditional New Year's Eve game is Saturday at
7:00pm against the Albany Devils. And the homestand
concludes next Wednesday against Binghamton again.
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. Bob Rotruck
has the broadcast coverage 30 minutes prior to
game-time with Countdown to Faceoff.. Be sure
to follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey
and on facebook.com/adkhockey
Binghamton Senators 5 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Status: Final
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic
Binghamton 2 0 3 - 5
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Binghamton, Locke 2 (Klinkhammer),
7:39. 2, Binghamton, Cannone 8 15:06. Penalties-Manning
Adk (high-sticking), 5:36; served by Akeson Adk
(bench minor - unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:06;
Borowiecki Bng (holding), 15:26; Klinkhammer Bng
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Akeson 8 (Kessel),
15:04 (PP). Penalties-Leighton Adk (delay of game),
8:11; Da Costa Bng (double minor - high-sticking),
3rd Period-4, Binghamton, Klinkhammer 6 (Locke,
Borowiecki), 9:58. 5, Binghamton, Klinkhammer
7 (Parrish, Da Costa), 11:50. 6, Adirondack, Holmstrom
9 (Akeson, Kessel), 18:05 (PP). 7, Binghamton,
Klinkhammer 8 (Locke), 19:46 (EN). Penalties-Gryba
Bng (high-sticking), 6:11; Kalinski Adk (tripping),
14:33; Ratchuk Bng (cross-checking), 17:13.
Shots on Goal-Binghamton 13-7-10-30. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 4; Adirondack
2 / 6.
Goalies-Binghamton, McKenna 7-9-0 (33 shots-31
saves). Adirondack, Leighton 11-11-0 (29 shots-25
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Chris Ciamaga (24).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Justin Prusak (70).