A marathon shootout
affair that felt like it might never end eventually
did when Tyler Brown stuffed a five-hole push
in the 12th round for a 3-2 victory. Jason Bacashihua
held the Portland Pirates to one goal in 12 rounds
in his stellar performance for his second shootout
win of the year.
Denis Hamel had scored in the second round of
the shootout and both teams would squarely hit
the post twice on their way through the lengthy
post-overtime battle. But Justin Pogge and Jason
Bacashihua simply kept matching each other save-for-save
until Brown finally was able to break the long
Adirondack moved out of a tie in the conference
standings with Portland via the entertaining victory
and improved to 16-13-2 on the season as well
as 2-1 in shootout games.
The game featured much to be excited about for
the Friday night crowd at the Glens Falls Civic
Center including a penalty shot for captain Ben
Holmstrom with just 43 seconds remaining in regulation
with a chance to win it. Holmstrom was denied
on that opportunity, but they simply set the stage
for the drama to come including a terrific penalty
kill effort at the end of the third and into the
overtime to stay alive.
Tyler Brown came off the bench as the 12th Phantom
in the shootout to finally end the evening. The
rookie out of Wasaga Beach, Ontario comes to the
Phantoms from Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League
where he had 25 goals last year. Brown only has
one goal this season with Adirondack, coming against
Portland back on October 21. His shootout winner
does not count as a regular goal on his statistics.
Jason Bacashihua made several dazzling saves in
the shootout going in pretty much every possible
direction. Included in his highlight-reel caliber
performance were a ninth round sliding stop to
his right with his blocker to deny Ethan Werek
and also a fine kick save with his left leg in
the 11th round on Michael Stone. Both saves were
necessary to keep the game going an give Brown
the chance to put it home in the 12th.
At first, it appeared the game was not destined
to go as long as it did as Adirondack raced out
to a 2-0 lead and appeared as though they were
on the verge of extending that advantage even
Mike Testwuide scored for the Phantoms in the
first period pushing a loose puck home on a scramble
in the crease. It was just the kind of goal with
traffic down low that head coach Joe Paterson
had been hoping to see more of from his team.
It was Testwuide's fourth of the year nicely set
up by an assist from Eric Wellwood. After starting
slowly out of the gates, Testwuide has once again
found the hot scoring touch with three goals in
his last four games.
Eric Wellwood extended the Phantoms lead to 2-0
with a power play goal from the right circle early
in the second period. The play was possible after
Erik Gustafsson's nice play keeping the puck in
the zone on the right point. For Wellwood, it
was only his second game back after missing over
a month with an injury. Gustafsson was playing
in his first game with the Phantoms since October
28. He had been with the Flyers but was sidelined
following wrist surgery in November. He was activated
from the injured-reserve earlier in the day and
made it to Glens Falls just a couple hours before
Much of the rest of the second period was spent
in the Portland zone including a couple of shifts
in which Portland looked like they were just barely
hanging on in their efforts to block everything
the Phantoms attackers were blasting at the net.
But the Pirates would finally mount a counter-strike
late in the second and back-to-back penalties
on the Phantoms allowed Ryan Duncan to score a
key 5-on-3 goal late in the second to get the
Pirates on the board.
Portland tied the score six minutes into the third
on Brock Trotter's nice backhand feed from the
right-wing corner with Ethan Werek crashing the
net, knocking into Bacashihua, and pushing the
The game would stay 2-2 for the rest of regulation
and overtime but not without a fair amount of
drama and chances. Portland would have three power
play opportunities for the final 13 minutes of
the third but the Phantoms penalty kill would
scramble and battle and get the job done over
and over to keep the game tied.
Adirondack had a power play opportunity of their
own in the third but the Pirates would withstand
Both teams had some great chances in the overtime
with neither converting bringing the night to
the 12-round marathon conclusion and eventually
the exciting Phantoms win.
The victory ends the season series for the Phantoms
and the Pirates with Adirondack going 2-2 against
Portland. Shots on goal in the game were 28 for
Portland and 27 for Adirondack. The Phantoms were
1-for-3 on the power play while their penalty
kill played a gigantic role in the victory by
limiting the Pirates to 1-for-7 including three
huge kills down the stretch.
Adirondack continues their homestand with their
traditional New Year's Eve game against the Albany
Devils at 7:00pm.
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.
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Portland Pirates 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO)
- Status: Final SO
Friday, December 30, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic
Portland 0 1 1 0 - 2
Adirondack 1 1 0 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Testwuide 4 (Wellwood,
Holmstrom), 13:09. Penalties-Rowe Adk (hooking),
6:07; Gustafsson Adk (holding), 19:48.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Wellwood 6 (Gustafsson),
3:35 (PP). 3, Portland, Duncan 6 (Stone, Oystrick),
18:07 (PP). Penalties-Goncharov Por (charging),
2:09; Arsene Por (fighting), 4:08; Holmstrom Adk
(fighting), 4:08; Watkins Por (tripping), 7:23;
Hoffman Por (boarding), 13:03; Marshall Adk (hooking),
16:30; Eddy Adk (delay of game), 16:54.
3rd Period-4, Portland, Werek 3 (Trotter), 6:37.
Penalties-Rome Por (roughing), 7:46; Eddy Adk
(slashing), 7:46; Holmstrom Adk (hooking), 8:04;
Arsene Por (interference), 11:42; McGinn Adk (hooking),
14:14; McGinn Adk (delay of game), 18:28.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Portland 1 (Duncan NG, Trotter G,
MacLean NG, Eckford NG, Goncharov NG, Oystrick
NG, Hextall NG, Rome NG, Werek NG, Watkins NG,
Stone NG, Ross NG), Adirondack 2 (Akeson NG, Hamel
G, Wellwood NG, Roe NG, Holmstrom NG, Harper NG,
Testwuide NG, McGinn NG, Gustafsson NG, Kalinski
NG, Rowe NG, Brown G).
Shots on Goal-Portland 12-4-10-3-0-29. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 1 / 7; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Portland, Pogge 4-3-3 (27 shots-25 saves).
Adirondack, Bacashihua 5-3-1 (29 shots-27 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (44), Dan Dreger (51).
Linesmen-Rich Patry (52), Brent Colby (7).