Denis Hamel's early third period blast took a
circuitous route to the net but eventually found
its way in for an unusual game-winner as Adirondack
came from behind turning away the Hamilton Bulldogs
5-4 on Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
His drive from the left-point was initially saved
by Robert Mayer but the puck went off the goalie's
pads an straight up in the air, then off the top
of the glass behind him, then back forward to
bounce off the top of the Hamilton cage, then
onto the back of Mayer and into the goal. A shocked
and elated Hamel celebrated his second goal of
the evening which would hold up as the game-winner.
"Sometimes in this game you need bounces
like that to get the win," Hamel said after
the game. "This was an important win for
In the Friday the 13th affair, Denis Hamel's
lucky bouncer for the game-winner would be his
13th goal of the year while Michael Leighton came
on in relief for his 13th win of the year. It
was also Adirondack's 13th time notching at least
a standings point on home-ice in 2011-12.
The goal was initially credited to Jon Kalinski
who was in the slot when Hamel's bouncing, hopping
puck made its way back out in front. But post-game
video review confirmed that the goal went in off
the back of the Hamilton goalie and should be
awarded to Hamel.
The topsy-turvy game was one of the most entertaining
of the year as Adirondack initially stormed out
to a 2-0 lead only to watch it evaporate in a
six minute burst by Hamilton in the second period
who led 3-2. The Phantoms trailed 4-3 heading
into the third but the back-to-back goals by Jon
Kalinski and Denis Hamel pushed the Phantoms onto
a third-period comeback victory.
Adirondack has two wins this season in which
they have overcome deficits when trailing after
two, and they have both come in the last eight
days. The Phantoms turned the same trick last
Friday at the Outdoor Classic when they trailed
Hershey 2-1 after two but won the thriller 4-3
With the win, the Phantoms surged past idle Albany
in the division and conference standings. Adirondack
stands at 19-15-2 with just two game remaining
until the official midway point of the season.
The Phantoms have 40 standings points which puts
them in second place in the Northeast Division
again and in eighth place in the conference. Adirondack
received help as well in Norfolk, Va. where the
division leading Connecticut Whale failed for
their fifth straight game to come up with a win
as they took a 3-1 road setback. The Phantoms
now stand just four points back of first place
in the Northeast.
Tyler Brown got the scoring started in the first
period picking up the rebound of a Kevin Marshall
slapshot and slamming it in behind Mayer from
the right-wing side of the crease. The 21-year-old
rookie from Wasaga Beach, Ontario now has four
goals this season, three of which have come in
his last six games.
Adirondack extended their lead to 2-0 early in
the second period when Brandon Manning rifled
a slapshot off the glove of Mayer and into the
net for his first ever goal as a pro. The Prince
George, BC resident led all Western Hockey League
defensemen in goals last year with 21 as captain
of the Chilliwack Bruins. Manning missed the first
couple months of this season to injury and the
game was only his 10th of the year.
Tye McGinn would engage Hamilton tough-guy Zack
Fitzgerald in an entertaining fight with both
combatants landing several solid blows. McGinn
had the early punches on Fitzgerald but the former
Albany River Rat would come back at the end of
the bout with some solid connections of his own.
McGinn stepped into the role while Adirondack
was without a couple of their big bodies in Tom
Sestito and Oliver Lauridsen who were both sitting
one-game suspensions stemming from their altercation
last Friday at Hershey.
The fight appeared to somewhat spark a Bulldogs
surge as they would score three goals in less
than six minutes to surprised the GFCC crowd and
take a 3-2 lead. Louis Leblanc had back-to-back
goals and then Aaron Palushaj would blast one
in past Jason Bacashihua at 11:35 to put the Dogs
Adirondack would come back to tie the score on
Denis Hamel's power-play breakaway goal at16:41
into the second. Blake Kessel hit Hamel on the
Hamilton line with a perfect stretch-pass to send
the team's leading scorer in all alone onto the
Bulldogs cage where he blasted his shot glove
side on Mayer.
Hamilton retook the lead late in the second on
a three-on-one rush. It appeared the Phantoms
had broken up the dangerous scoring opportunity
after Hamilton passed it back and forth and never
got off a shot. But Alex Henry kept the play going
as he carried it behind the Adirondack goal and
found Palushaj on the right-wing side of the crease
with Bacashihua leaning to the wrong side. Palushaj's
second of the night and 11th of the year gave
Hamilton the 4-3 advantage at the second intermission.
Michael Leighton would relieve Bacashihua in
net for the third period and would make 10 saves
allowing zero goals in acquiring his lucky 13th
win of the year.
Adirondack would show their third period abilities
yet again with another comeback as Jon Kalinski's
quick shot on a centering give by Shane Harper
would hit off the stick of Mayer and sneak in
five-hole early in the third period to tie the
score at 4-4. Harper had driven it in from the
right-wing wall and then went around to the left-wing
corner to induce some of the Dogs defenders towards
him. After Kalinski had the puck come to him in
the slot he was able to capitalize due to his
quick release that perhaps Mayer wasn't fully
Hamel would then rifle in his hopping, bouncing
puck on the slapper from the left-point that made
its way back in because of the power behind one
of the most powerful shots in the league. Off
the goalie, end-glass, top-of-the-net, goalie's
back and then in for the quirky game-winner five
minutes into the third.
Adirondack is now 4-0-1 against the Western Conference
and stands at 2-0-1 against the Canadian teams.
The Phantoms outshot Hamilton 37-31. Adirondack
went 2-for-5 on the power play while Hamilton
was 1-for-4. The result ended Hamilton's five
game point-streak and three-game win streak.
Adirondack is 4-1 in their last five home games
and stands at 12-6-1 on home-ice in 2011-12 and
is 19-6-1 on home-ice dating back to March of
last year. The Phantoms are 11-5-2 in one-goal
The Phantoms resume the homestand Saturday night
at the Glens Falls Civic Center hosting the Manchester
Monarchs for the first time.
Saturday, January 14, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
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Post-game Pics with Players on the Ice.
Monday, January 16, 2:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
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Tigers vs. Adirondack Phantoms. Pink in the Rink
with special pink jerseys presented by C.R. Wood
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Special guests, Mike Testwuide and Tom Sestito.
Also with Tim McManus of the Post-Star.
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Hamilton Bulldogs 4 at Adirondack Phantoms 5
- Status: Final
Friday, January 13, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Hamilton 0 4 0 - 4
Adirondack 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Brown 4 (Marshall),
13:29. Penalties-Stejskal Ham (interference),
10:53; Holmstrom Adk (cross-checking), 14:33.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Manning 1 (Roe, Testwuide),
2:04 (PP). 3, Hamilton, Leblanc 6 (Willsie, DeSimone),
6:02. 4, Hamilton, Leblanc 7 (Callahan, DeSimone),
8:33. 5, Hamilton, Palushaj 10 (Engqvist, Stafford),
11:35 (PP). 6, Adirondack, Hamel 12 (Kessel, Akeson),
16:41 (PP). 7, Hamilton, Palushaj 11 (Henry, Engqvist),
19:31. Penalties-served by Palushaj Ham (bench
minor - too many men), 0:40; FitzGerald Ham (fighting),
3:59; McGinn Adk (fighting), 3:59; Marshall Adk
(slashing), 10:35; Leblanc Ham (hooking), 15:12;
Palushaj Ham (interference), 17:17.
3rd Period-8, Adirondack, Kalinski 5 (Harper,
Walker), 1:22. 9, Adirondack, Hamel 13 5:15. Penalties-Masse
Ham (cross-checking), 7:21; Walker Adk (delay
of game), 19:38.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 9-12-10-31. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 1 / 3; Adirondack
2 / 5.
Goalies-Hamilton, Mayer 6-7-1 (37 shots-32 saves).
Adirondack, Bacashihua 6-4-1 (21 shots-17 saves);
Leighton 13-12-0 (10 shots-10 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Frank Murphy (29).