The Adirondack Phantoms staged an impressive comeback
late in the third period with back-to-back goals
pulling them even with Binghamton, but the Senators
were able to score the game-winner with 1:08 remaining
in a 4-3 victory at the Glens Falls Civic Center
on Wednesday night. Former Albany River Rat Tim
Conboy scored from the center-point after Adirondack
had otherwise dominated the third period outshooting
the B-Sens 16-4. Adirondack outshot Binghamton
in the opening game of 2012 by a dominating 38-23
Garrett Roe and Eric Wellwood had scored goals
less than two minutes apart for the Phantoms who
overcame a 3-1 deficit to pull even while appearing
to take over all momentum in the contest. But
Conboy's goal turned that around an then the Senators
were able to withstand a late Phantoms 6-on-5
charge that became a 6-on-4 when Binghamton took
a late penalty.
Adirondack finished their homestand at 2-2 as
they were beaten by St. Lawrence University product
Mike McKenna. The former Albany Devils and Norfolk
Admirals goalie is engaged to a woman from Queensbury
and always has his own contingent of fans whenever
he plays in Glens Falls.
The Phantoms record moves to 17-14-2 with the
result as they missed on their opportunity to
gain ground on the first place Connecticut Whale
in the Northeast Divisional race. The Phantoms
are 10-6-1 on home-ice this season with half of
those losses coming to the hands of McKenna and
Rob Klinkhammer scored a pair of goals to pace
the Binghamton attack, his 10th and 11th of the
Klinkhammer scored from the right-wing side of
the crease past a diving Jason Bacashihua to give
Binghamton the initial 1-0 advantage midway through
the first period.
Rookie Tyler Brown took advantage of his opportunity
on the Phantoms first-unit power play by scoring
on a rebound from the right side of the crease.
Jason Akeson had taken the shot from center-point
that handcuffed McKenna and Denis Hamel had a
piece of it down low before Brown would jam it
in behind the goalie for his second goal of the
Brown is a 21-year-old rookie out of Plymouth
of the OHL who had 25 goals last year. His previous
goal at the professional level was on October
21 on the road at Portland so this was his first
regulation goal at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Brown had also scored the game-winner in the 12th
round of a marathon shootout on December 30 against
Portland but that does not count as a goal for
him in the statistics.
Corey Cowick redirected a drive from Eric Gryba
on the point and chipped it past the right skate
of Bacashihua early in the next period allowing
the Senators to carry a 2-1 lead into the second
intermission. The Phantoms had a terrific opportunity
to equalize late in the second after consecutive
penalties by the B-Sens gave Adirondack a 5-on-3
power play for 1:41. Adirondack's best chances
in that stretch came from Eric Wellwood in the
right circle who appeared to hit the post on one
cross-ice feed from Ben Holmstrom and missed on
a big swing at a skipping puck later on.
Adirondack had the better of the play for the
vast majority of the third but after looking like
they were in good shape to come up with the tying
goal, they allowed Binghamton to race back on
a 2-on-1 rush and reigning league MVP Corey Locke
found Klinkhammer in the slot to slam home his
second goal of the game. The critical goal with
8:54 remaining gave Binghamton a little breathing
room at 3-1.
The Senators lead would quickly evaporate though
as the Phantoms continued their strength in the
Binghamton end. Garrett Roe blasted a drive from
the left circle five-home on McKenna with 7:34
remaining to make it a one-goal game.
Then Eric Wellwood deflected a Dan Jancevski slapper
from the point and chipped in the tying tally
with 5:57 left.
Binghamton regrouped after calling their timeout
and returned to the ice with better pressure in
the Adirondack zone. After a scramble and a loose
puck in front of the net, Tim Conboy found himself
with a shooting opportunity from center-point
to beat a partly screened Bacashihua for the game-winner.
The Phantoms will travel to Binghamton on January
22. The Senators' final visit to Glens Falls happens
on March 25.
The team departed immediately after the game for
Philadelphia in preparation for their big Outdoor
Classic matchup with the Hershey Bears on Friday
night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The
game is expected to potentially draw 40,000 fans
which would shatter the current AHL attendance
record of 21,673 established at last year's outdoor
game hosted by the Connecticut Whale.
The Phantoms next games at the Glens Falls Civic
Center take place on January 13 and 14 on Fun
in the Sun Weekend.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Garrett Klotz,
Tom Sestito, Tye McGinn, Brandon Manning, Oskars
Bartulis and Johan Backlund.
Upcoming Phantoms Events
Friday, January 6, 7:00 - Outdoor Classic! Hershey
Bears vs. Adirondack Phantoms at Citizens Bank
Park in Philadelphia.
Saturday, January 7, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantom
at Hershey Bears
Monday, January 9, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE at McGinny's Tavern. Player guests Ben Holmstrom
and Eric Wellwood. Also with Tim McManus of the
Friday, January 13, 7:00 - Hamilton Bulldogs at
Adirondack Phantoms. Fun in the Sun Weekend! $2
Saturday, January 14, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
at Adirondack Phantoms. Fun in the Sun Weekend!
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