The Adirodnack Phantoms lit it up for five goals
for the second night in a row and finished a perfect
weekend homestand with a 5-3 victory over the
Manchester Monarchs in front of almost 4,000 at
the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night.
Five different shooters found the back of the
net for Adirondack who also had eight different
players account for their ten goals on the entire
weekend. The extremely balanced scoring attack
was led by Denis Hamel who was the only Phantom
with multiple goals across both games.
Shane Harper (6th), Denis Hamel (14th), Kevin
Marshall (2nd), Eric Wellwood (7th) and Ben Holmstrom
(11th) all contributed to the scoring attack.
Michael Leighton made 25 saves on 28 shots to
improve to 14-12-0.
Adirondack closed the gap on division leading
Connecticut to a mere two points as the Whale
lost their Saturday night game at Norfolk 4-2.
The Phantoms have an opportunity to move into
a first place tie in the Northeast Division with
their upcoming Monday afternoon game at the Albany
The Phantoms got out of the gates quickly with
Shane Harper picking up a rebound and slamming
in the first of the night just one minute into
the game to give Adirondack a 1-0 lead.
Manchester would bounce back with a tying goal
at 4:33 from Brandon Kouzn (10th) and then a go-ahead
goal at 10:20 from Jordan Nolan (7th) from a sharp
angle that appeared to bounce off Leighton's shoulder
as it was sent towards the net from along the
But Adirondack would get moving again on Monarchs
goalie Martin Jones. Denis Hamel picked up a long
rebound of his own saved slapshot on the power
play and find enough daylight on the short-side
to snap one through from the left circle for his
third of the weekend to tie the score at 2-2.
Still in the first period, and less than two minutes
later, Kevin Marshall would shoot from center-point
a puck that appeared to bounce off a tied-up defenseman
and past Jones. It was Marshall's second goal
of the year and his first since opening night.
He benefited from a screen by Tye McGinn who was
bodying up in the slot to pave the way for the
Tom Sestito assisted on the back-to-back goals
as Adirondack held a 3-2 advantage at the first
intermission. Andy Bohmbach assisted on the Marshall
goal for his first point as a Phantom while playing
some of his best hockey since joining the team.
The second-year pro out of the University of Wisconsin
led all ECHL rookies in scoring last year as a
member of the Toledo Walleye while in the Chicago
Adirondack outshot Manchester 16-10 in the first
period and seemed to mostly control the action
but they still only had the one goal lead to show
for it. That would quickly change in a dominating
second period performance in which the Phantoms
would outshoot the visitors 13-6 and extend their
lead to 5-2.
Eric Wellwood got a quick step on a couple of
defenders as he split through the Monarchs, raced
in towards Martin Jones, and elevated a perfect
backhander upstairs for his 7th goal of the year
on one of the more impressive Phantoms goals of
the season. Matt Walker rifled the stretch-pass
to him for a fine assist and Adirondack led 4-2
about seven minutes into the middle period. Wellwood
almost converted on another similar breakaway
opportunity later in the game.
Adirondack was firing away at all angles on Jones
later in the second period on a sustained attack
in the Manchester zone. After a number of close-calls,
the puck came back out to Ben Holmstrom at the
top of the right circle who shot through traffic
and registered his 11th goal of the season. The
puck appeared to glance off a Monarchs defenseman
somewhat similar to the goal that Marshal recorded
in the first period. At first, the goal was awarded
to Mike Testwuide who was attempting to deflect
it in the slot. But upon review, the scoring was
changed to credit the tally to the Phantoms captain
Manchester tried to make it a game again in the
third as they outshot the Phantoms 10-2 while
also removing their goalie Martin Jones in favor
of Jeff Zatkoff. A power-play one-timer from the
right point by Thomas Hickey with 6:26 to go pulled
the Monarchs to within a couple but 5-3 would
go on to be the final score. Adirondack had a
couple of close-ish opportunities for empty-net
goals in the closing minute but fell short of
equaling their season-high of six goals which
they reached on October 8 and again on October
14 in their first two games of the season.
Still, Adirondack scored five goals in a game
for the first time since December 2 at Norfolk,
and they happened to do it twice.
The Phantoms are quickly making things very exciting
in both the division and conference standings.
Adirondack is in the eighth and last playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference on the strength of their
five wins in their last seven games. They are
one point behind seventh place Worcester and now
are just two points back of sixth place Manchester.
In the Northeast Division, the Phantoms are two
points behind Connecticut for first place, but
also with two games in hand. The Phantoms have
an opportunity to move into first in the division
for the first time since October with their upcoming
game on Monday. That game will mark the midway
point of the season for the Phantoms as it will
be their 38th game of the 76-game regular season
Adirondack has won five of their last six home
games and improved to 13-6-1 at home overall this
year. The Phantoms are 17-6-1 when they score
the first goal. The early tone-setters make a
big difference for the North Country skaters who
only have three of their 20 victories this year
when allowing the opposition to strike first.
The Phantoms improved to 14-1-1 when leading after
two periods. Joe Paterson's continued focus on
raising the total shot-count has paid dividends.
Adirondack has outshot their opponents in five
Phantoms fans not only enjoyed the back-to-back
wins but also got into the summer theme at the
arena over Fun in the Sun weekend with a number
of fun competitions and promotions arranged throughout.
After the game on Saturday, the Phantoms players
returned to the ice at individual stations all
along the boards on Post-Game Picture night with
the team. Hundreds of fans lined up to have their
pictures taken with the victorious players.
Adirondack will travel to Manchester for the first
time this season on Wednesday, January 25. The
Monarchs lone return engagement to Glens Falls
will be on February 19.
Scratches for the game included Andrew Rowe, Luke
Pither and Blake Kessel as well as Garrett Klotz
and Oskars Bartulis. Returning to the lineup after
serving one game suspensions on Friday were Tom
Sestito and Oliver Lauridsen.
Adirondack travels to Albany on Monday for a 2:00pm
start on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
They then return for back-to-back home games next
weekend against Albany and Bridgeport on Friday
and Saturday including $2 draft-beer specials
on Friday and Pink in the Rink to benefit the
C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital
Monday, January 16, 2:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Friday, January 20, 7:00 - Albany Devils at Adirondack
Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials
Saturday, January 21, 7:00 - Bridgeport Sound
Tigers vs. Adirondack Phantoms. Pink in the Rink
with special pink jerseys presented by C.R. Wood
Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
Sunday, January 22, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Binghamton Senators
Monday, January 23, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE at McGinny's on Glen Street and on Q101.7.
Special guests, Mike Testwuide and Tom Sestito.
Also with Tim McManus of the Post-Star.
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Manchester Monarchs 3 at Adirondack Phantoms
5 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 14, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Manchester 2 0 1 - 3
Adirondack 3 2 0 - 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Harper 6 (Manning,
Kalinski), 1:00. 2, Manchester, Kozun 10 (Czarnik,
King), 4:33. 3, Manchester, Nolan 7 (Cliche),
10:20. 4, Adirondack, Hamel 14 (Sestito), 14:45
(PP). 5, Adirondack, Marshall 2 (Bohmbach, Sestito),
16:18. Penalties-Watt Mch (fighting), 2:06; Manning
Adk (fighting), 2:06; Kozun Mch (hooking), 4:41;
King Mch (tripping), 13:11; Jancevski Adk (cross-checking),
2nd Period-6, Adirondack, Wellwood 8 (Walker),
7:01. 7, Adirondack, Holmstrom 11 (Testwuide,
Marshall), 17:36. Penalties-Testwuide Adk (holding),
7:40; Nolan Mch (high-sticking), 18:03; Testwuide
Adk (interference), 19:26.
3rd Period-8, Manchester, Hickey 2 (Deslauriers,
Czarnik), 13:34 (PP). Penalties-Nolan Mch (holding),
2:43; Sestito Adk (hooking), 12:53; Nolan Mch
(roughing), 17:40; Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 17:40.
Shots on Goal-Manchester 10-6-10-26. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 1 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Manchester, Jones 11-11-1 (29 shots-24
saves); Zatkoff 10-6-1 (2 shots-2 saves). Adirondack,
Leighton 14-12-0 (26 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (39).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Frank Murphy (29).