Another Saturday game at the Glens Falls Civic
Center. Another thrilling overtime win to light
up the crowd. The Phantoms last three Saturday
night home games have all provided extra-time
drama with exciting Adirondack wins. This one
on New Year's Eve to close out 2011 saw Mike Testwuide
rifle home a rebound in the slot from an Erik
Gustafsson drive for the 2-1 decision over the
The victory puts a close to a New Year's weekend
filled with plenty of late drama for the Phantoms.
Adirondack's overtime triumph was the follow-up
to a marathon 12-round shootout win over the Portland
Pirates the night before. It was also the second
time the Phantoms have defeated Albany in overtime
in Glens Falls. Jon Kalinski scored a game-winner
against the Devils back on November 26.
The traditional New Year's Eve game in Glens
Falls was witnessed by nearly 4,000 jubilant Adirondack
fans who enjoyed watching their Phantoms take
a two games to one lead over their local rivals
in the 10-game season-long battle for the Time
Warner Cable Cup.
Mike Testwuide now has four goals in his last
five games after starting off the year with only
one goal in his first 27 games, an empty-netter
on opening night on October 8. But the Colorado
College product has found his groove later in
the campaign for the second season in a row. He
had 18 goals last year to lead all Phantoms rookies,
and 16 of those came in the second-half of the
Adirondack closes out the 2011 portion of the
schedule in sole possession of second place again
in the Northeast Division with 34 points sporting
a record of 17-13-2. The Phantoms are six points
behind first place Connecticut and one point ahead
of Albany now also with two games-in-hand.
Jason Bacashihua was stellar again in goal for
the Phantoms and turned aside 28 of 29 Devils
shots to out-duel his goaltending counterpart
Keith Kincaid for the victory. He was less than
five minutes away from recording his first Adirondack
shutout when the desperate late-attack of Albany
would finally get one in with Vladimir Zharkov
crashing the net on a rebound of a slapshot by
Alexander Urbom from the left-point tying the
score at 1-1.
The Phantoms had initially taken the lead midway
through the second period on a power play slap-shot
goal from the left point from Jason Akeson. His
ninth goal of the year came on a nice cross-ice
slide from Erik Gustafsson around the pursuit
of the Devils penalty killers after it was won
away along the end-boards by Testwuide and Eric
Wellwood. Gustafsson and Wellwood received the
assists on the goal. Both of the popular Phantoms
players are in their first week back with the
team after injuries had sidelined them for a few
Bacashihua is becoming synonymous with "extra-time"
when he gets the start at home. The 29-year-old
goalie from Dearborn Heights, Michigan has started
four games this year in Glens Falls, and all four
have gone to overtime or a shootout. Bacashihua
is 3-1 on home-ice including 2-1 in shootouts
and now 1-0 in overtime games.
The game opened with an announcement that veteran
Denis Hamel was playing in his 1,000 career game
as a professional. The 11th all-time leading scorer
in American Hockey League history with 326 goals
has played in 192 games in the NHL and now 808
games in the AHL. He received an impressive standing
ovation from the crowd for his achievement and
his Phantoms teammates also tapped their sticks
on the ice and against the bench-boards in recognition
of one of their leaders.
Dan Jancevski was also announced as only the 12th
defenseman in AHL history to play in his 800th
game. He is the 32nd player all-time to reach
that milestone. Both Jancevski and Hamel are in
their second season with the Adirondack Phantoms.
Adirondack improved to 14-1-1 in games in which
they have led after two periods. The Phantoms
are 10-5-1 on home-ice. The Phantoms are also
an impressive 15-5-1 when they score the first
The Phantoms went 0-for-5 on the power play while
holding the Devils to 1-for-4. Albany out-shot
Adirondack 29-21. Game four of the Time Warner
Cable Cup series will take place on Monday, January
16 with a 2:00 matchup on Martin Luther King Day.
Adirondack concludes their four game homestand
on Wednesday night against the Binghamton Senators
in their first game of 2012 with $1 hot-dog specials
throughout the game.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Tom Sestito,
Garrett Klotz, Oskars Bartulis, Luke Pither, Brandon
Manning and Johan Backlund.
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.
Saturday, January 7, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Hershey Bears
Friday, January 13, 7:00 - Hamilton Bulldogs
Saturday, January 14, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
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Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Bob Rotruck
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Albany Devils 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 (OT)
- Status: Final OT
Saturday, December 31, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic
Albany 0 0 1 0 - 1
Adirondack 0 1 0 1 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gionta Alb (delay
of game), 3:54; Nagy Alb (slashing), 13:37; Mills
Alb (slashing), 16:19.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Akeson 9 (Gustafsson,
Wellwood), 10:31 (PP). Penalties-Hoeffel Alb (hooking),
2:54; Eddy Adk (tripping), 4:13; Marshall Adk
(interference), 6:40; Nagy Alb (hooking), 9:17;
Harper Adk (hooking), 15:45.
3rd Period-2, Albany, Zharkov 6 (Gionta, Urbom),
15:11. Penalties-Marshall Adk (tripping), 6:10.
OT Period-3, Adirondack, Testwuide 5 (Akeson,
Gustafsson), 2:18. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Albany 6-12-9-0-27. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 5.
Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 8-10-0 (22 shots-20 saves).
Adirondack, Bacashihua 6-3-1 (27 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22), Ryan Hersey (46).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Jim Harper (59).