The Adirondack Phantoms traveled to Albany for
a chance to move into first-place in the division
and staged a tremendous comeback effort after
an early deficit. In the end, Adirondack was not
able to overcome the gap and fell to the Devils
5-3 in the Monday afternoon game.
The Phantoms would score three straight times
in the second half of the game and appeared to
have fired a fourth into the back of the net.
But Albany's three quick goals in a 2:09 spurt
early in the second period ended up making the
difference in the contest.
Jason Akeson (10th), Garrett Roe (5th) and Eric
Wellwood (9th) all had goals in the furious come-from-behind
push. Tom Sestito appeared to have shot home a
power-play goal that would have made the score
5-4 but the officials deemed it to not be a goal.
Michael Leighton allowed four goals in taking
the loss. Jason Bacashihua came on in relief of
Leighton and quickly allowed a goal after only
having been in the game for one minute, but he
quickly settled in and held the Devils scoreless
for the rest of the night thus allowing the Phantoms
their chance to pull out the win.
A strong turnout of Adirondack fans came down
the Northway to cheer for the orange-clad visitors
but the afternoon did not start out the way they
had envisioned as Albany struck for a pair of
goals in the first period. A power-play goal by
Nathan Perkovich, between the circles and off
the stick of Leighton, early in the frame followed
later on by a top-shelf short-handed blast from
the right-wing by Matt Anderson allowed the home
team to enjoy a 2-0 advantage at the first break.
Albany would score three times in a 2:09 spurt
early in the second period to more than double
that lead. Jacob Josefson, just assigned to Albany
from New Jersey, found the mark at 5:02 on a rebound.
Tim Sestito, the older brother of Adirondack's
Tom Sestito, had also just returned to Albany
from the NHL and would score his second of the
year in this league at 5:56. After Leighton made
way for Bacashihua, the Devils raced out on a
3-on-1 rush and Brad Mills was able to get enough
mustard on his backhander to get through the still
warming-up Phantoms goalie and make it 5-0 at
Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson called timeout
to get everyone back on track and from that point
Adirondack would dominate. They would allow no
further Devils goals and gave themselves the opportunity
to pull off a great win. That effort would fall
short in the end but the Phantoms showed their
mettle throughout the second half of the game.
Shortly after Jeff Frazee had made a couple of
terrific saves in the Albany end, Garrett Roe
would cleanly win a faceoff over to Jason Akeson
who blasted his 10th goal of the year from the
right-wing half-wall between Frazee's skates to
get the Phantoms on the board at 11:45 into the
second. The rookie from Orleans,Ontario leads
the Phantoms in scoring with 29 points and is
third on the team in goals with 10.
In the third period, Garrett Roe would corral
a rebound of a Jason Akeson slapshot and take
care of business for his fifth of the year at:3:31
moving the Phantoms one closer.
With Albany on the power play a few minutes later,
Eric Wellwood would use his quick hands to chip
the puck away at the center-line from one of the
Devils forwards. As Ben Holmstrom tracked down
the loose opportunity on the left-wing goal, Wellwood
sprinted for the net. Holmstrom's centering give
hit Wellwood perfectly on the tape who was able
to move the puck to his backhand and slide it
around Frazee's left skate.
The exciting tally at 8:07 made the score 5-3
and suddenly the Devils were not feeling as comfortable
Adirondack killed off a 5-on-3 Albany power play
to stay in the game. And then would get a power
play of their own with a little over 5:00 remaining.
It appeared Tom Sestito had scored from the left-wing
when the puck seemed to bounce out of the back
of the net. But the officials deemed it to be
no goal and play continued. The Phantoms were
dangerously close to making it a one goal game
with still four minutes remaining.
Albany was finally able to hold off the furious
comeback effort and preserve the hard-earned victory.
Cullen Eddy got into a fight with Darcy Zajac
of the Devils in the second period.
Adirondack's Tom Sestito laid out his older brother
Tim Sestito of Albany with a big open-ice check
right in the middle of the ice late in the game.
Tom may be the younger of the two but he's also
signficantly bigger than his older bro. Tom is
6'5" while Tim checks in at only 5'11".
The collision of the two Sestito's drew a rise
from the Devils and Phantoms fans alike.
Adirondack outshot the Devils in the third period
10-6 and in the game 35-26. It was the sixth straight
game in which the Phantoms have outshot their
The Phantoms were 1-for-4 on the power play while
the Devils were 1-for-5. Both teams registered
a shorthanded goal.
Phantoms scratches for the game included Blake
Kessel, Andrew Rowe, Garrett Klotz, Luke Pither
and Oskars Bartulis.
The Albany victory evens the Time Warner Cable
Cup Rivalry series at two games apiece with Albany
leading overall in points 6-4. A quick turnaround
has the Northway Rivals meeting again four days
later in game of the 10-game season series when
the Devils invade Glens Falls this Friday night.
The Phantoms next visit to the Times Union Center
will be on Saturday, January 28.
The game marks the midway point of the season
for Adirondack who have played 38 of their 76-game
regular season schedule. The Phantoms stand at
20-16-2 for 42 points good for the 8th and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
A Phantoms win would have moved Adirondack into
a first-place tie with Connecticut in the Northeast
Division with the Phantoms technically being ahead
of the Whale based on games-in-hand as well as
regulation wins. Instead, the Devils victory forged
a three-way tie for second in the division involving
the Adirondack, Albany and Bridgeport in a logjam
at 42 points, all trailing Connecticut by two.
The Phantoms are actually the top team among the
three at 42 points based on overall wins and games-in-hand.
Adirondack returns home for a pair of games this
weekend against Albany and Bridgeport back to
back. The Devils are now on a six game point streak
(3-0-3) and the Sound Tigers are on an amazing
seven game win streak as they have quickly vaulted
out of the Eastern Conference cellar.
The back-to-back home games this weekend include
$2 draft-beer specials on Friday and Pink in the
Rink to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at
Glens Falls Hospital on Saturday.
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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Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Albany Devils 5 - Status:
Monday, January 16, 2012 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 0 1 2 - 3
Albany 2 3 0 - 5
1st Period-1, Albany, Perkovich 6 (Sislo, Gelinas),
4:09 (PP). 2, Albany, Anderson 7 (Harrold), 16:06
(SH). Penalties-Harper Adk (boarding), 2:38; Sestito
Adk (interference), 13:35; Josefson Alb (tripping),
2nd Period-3, Albany, Josefson 1 (Zharkov, Sislo),
5:02. 4, Albany, Sestito 3 (Perkovich), 5:56.
5, Albany, Mills 2 (Palmieri, Wiseman), 7:11.
6, Adirondack, Akeson 10 (Roe), 11:45. Penalties-Eddy
Adk (fighting), 12:23; Zajac Alb (fighting), 12:23;
Urbom Alb (hooking), 14:55; Holmstrom Adk (tripping),
3rd Period-7, Adirondack, Roe 5 (Manning, Akeson),
3:31 (PP). 8, Adirondack, Wellwood 9 (Holmstrom),
8:07 (SH). Penalties-Whitney Alb (tripping), 2:04;
Kalinski Adk (hooking), 7:42; Holmstrom Adk (slashing),
8:54; Marshall Adk (fighting), 12:01; Sestito
Alb (fighting), 12:01; Gelinas Alb (boarding),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 12-13-10-35. Albany
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 4; Albany
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 14-13-0 (17 shots-13
saves); Bacashihua 6-4-1 (9 shots-8 saves). Albany,
Frazee 7-8-2 (35 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Francis Charron (46), T.J. Luxmore (47).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).