The surging Adirondack Phantoms moved to within
one point of first place Connecticut in the Northeast
Division following a 3-2 victory over the Albany
Devils on Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic
Center. A 20 shot attack in the second period
led to all three Phantoms goals which proved to
be enough as the defense and Jason Bacashihua
limited the number of quality Albany chances back
on their end.
Connecticut dropped an overtime decision to St.
John's 2-1 to earn one standings point and stay
just ahead of the Phantoms in the standings. Connecticut
has dropped eight in a row (0-5-3) while the surging
Phantoms have won three of their last four and
six of their last nine. The Phantoms have won
four straight home games as well as seven of their
last eight games on home-ice.
Tyler Brown (5), Jon Kalinski (6) and Andrew
Rowe (3) all lit the lamp for Adirondack who took
a three games to two lead over the Devils in the
Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry series. Neither
side has won an away game yet against their Northway
The Phantoms improved to 14-6-1 on home-ice as
their overall record moved to 21-16-2 for 44 standings
points, while the Whale now have 45.
Adirondack came out strong in the first period
as they outshot Albany 13-6. But the Devils picked
up a late goal with 1:33 remaining in the period
when Mike Sislo would knock in a loose puck in
the slot. Brandon Manning appeared to have scored
a goal earlier in the period from the left-circle
but his blast into the net was immediately waved
off due to the cage becoming dislodged with bodies
crashing into Jeff Frazee.
The Phantoms picked up the intensity even more
in the second period as they would blast away
in the Devils zone and dominate for most of the
Tyler Brown took a feed from Jason Akeson across
the Devils line and put a sharp-angle shot onto
Jeff Frazee from the left-wing side. Frazee got
a piece of the shot with his stick and then the
puck rolled on its edge just barely crossing the
line to tie the score at 1-1. Brown has scored
four of his five goals this season since the turn
of the New Year.
Seven minutes into the second period, Jon Kalinski
would fire a perfect backhander top-shelf over
Frazee's shoulder to knock the water bottle for
his sixth of the season.
And later in the period, a hot rebound would
come out to Andrew Rowe in the high slot allowing
the second-year pro from Muskegon, Michigan to
notch his third of the year on a powerful slapper
The Phantoms had several other close calls in
the second period in their efforts to establish
some breathing room over the Devils but Frazee
made a number of key saves and some of Adirondack's
shots would miss just high or wide.
The frenetic pace would slow down dramatically
in the third period as Adirondack was preserving
their 3-1 lead. The shots on goal in the final
20 minutes were just 5-3 in favor of Albany. The
shots were just 1-1 as the period was almost to
the midway point. Neither side could get much
of anything to the net as both team's defenses
bottled things up and blocked drives in front
of their respective netminders. Jason Bacashihua
would go on to praise the play of his defense
in front of him for the game and observed that
Albany truly didn't get as many quality chances
in the Phantoms zone, thanks to the efforts of
the Phantoms defense closing the lanes and blocking
Albany pulled their goalie and was awarded a
late power-play allowing them Chad Wiseman to
score a 6-on-4 goal with just 18 seconds remaining
to provide for the 3-2 final.
Jason Bacashihua went the distance for Adirondack
and improved to 7-4-1 with the win.
Oskars Bartulis returned to the lineup for the
Phantoms after missing almost the last two months
with injury. the Phantoms announced they sent
Andy Bohmbach and Cullen Eddy to the ECHL with
Bohmbach headed to Trenton and Eddy off to Greenville.
Adirondack outshot the Devils by a dominant 36-20
margin. The Phantoms went 0-for-3 on the power
play while the Devils were 1-for-2. The two teams
meet again next Saturday, January 28 with a 5:00
game at the Times Union Center in Albany. The
Devils do not invade Glens Falls again until March
The Phantoms improved to 17-3-1 when they score
three or more goals. Adirondack has outshot their
opponents for seven straight games.
Scratches for the game included Oliver Lauridsen,
Garrett Klotz and Tye McGinn.
Adirondack returns to the Glens Falls Civic Center
for a Saturday night game against the surprisingly
red-hot Bridgeport Sound Tigers who have climbed
their way out of the cellar on the strength of
a seven game win streak. Bridgeport now trails
the Phantoms by just two points in the standings.
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.
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
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Albany Devils 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Status:
Friday, January 20, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 1 0 1 - 2
Adirondack 0 3 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Albany, Sislo 7 (Wiseman, Zharkov),
18:27. Penalties-Wiseman Alb (fighting), 7:12;
Manning Adk (fighting), 7:12.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Brown 5 (Akeson), 1:02.
3, Adirondack, Kalinski 6 (Harper), 7:21. 4, Adirondack,
Rowe 3 (Pither, Jancevski), 18:36. Penalties-Rowe
Adk (goaltender interference), 8:02; Sislo Alb
(holding), 9:02; Whitney Alb (hooking), 15:23.
3rd Period-5, Albany, Wiseman 4 (Sestito), 19:42
(PP). Penalties-Berube Alb (high-sticking), 9:46;
Sestito Alb (holding), 11:03; Holmstrom Adk (slashing),
11:03; Zajac Alb (fighting), 19:33; Holmstrom
Adk (instigating, fighting, game misconduct),
Shots on Goal-Albany 6-9-5-20. Adirondack 13-20-3-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 1 / 2; Adirondack
0 / 3.
Goalies-Albany, Frazee 7-9-2 (36 shots-33 saves).
Adirondack, Bacashihua 7-4-1 (20 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Keith Kaval (40).
Linesmen-Robert St. Lawrence (10), Frank Murphy