The Adirondack Phantoms fired away for 38 shots
in another consistent offensive attack but ran
into Anders Nilsson of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
who turned away 37 of those shots in almost single-handedly
guiding the visitors to a 2-1 win. The Glens Falls
Civic Center crowd of 3,675 on Pink in the Rink
Night could sense the potential comeback from
the Phantoms and they certainly came close on
several opportunities. But they just couldn't
get the equalizer and the hottest team in the
AHL came away with their eighth straight win.
Adirondack had their four game home-ice win streak
snapped in the process and the Sound Tigers were
able to catch up to the Phantoms in the standings
with 44 points apiece. Both teams trail first
place Connecticut in the Northeast Division who
failed to win for their ninth straight game with
a 5-4 shootout loss to Norfolk. The Whale with
46 points hold a two point edge over the Phantoms,
Sound Tigers and Albany Devils who also are part
of the three-way tie for the second spot in the
extremely tight and exciting race.
Bridgeport scored both of their goals in the
second period. Rookie Casey Cizikas notched his
10th of the year 2:22 into the middle frame to
break the scoreless deadlock. And Tomas Marcinko
chopped at a puck in mid-air just in front of
Michael Leighton's glove for his fifth of the
season to give the Sound Tigers some breathing
Adirondack kept battling through with drive after
drive on Nilsson and eventually would break him
with nine minutes left when Jon Kalinski would
rifle one off his stick from the right-circle
to get the Phantoms on the board. Kalinski's seventh
of the year gave the surging Phantoms even more
momentum for the closing minutes. Despite several
close-calls though. Nilsson was able to close
out the victory.
The Phantoms were playing with a bit of a changed
lineup that came through at the last minute. Shortly
before game-time, the Flyers announced they were
calling up Ben Holmstrom and Tom Sestito to the
big club to replace a couple of injured Philadelphia
players from their Saturday afternoon tilt with
New Jersey. Holmstrom and Sestito are both eligible
to appear in the lineup for the Flyers Sunday
at 3:00 in their game against the Boston Bruins.
So it wasn't until very late that head coach
Joe Paterson learned of two of his top players
getting rewarded with another opportunity in the
NHL. Holmstrom has played in two NHL games this
year and Sestito has played in three. It meant
that the Phantoms would have to shuffle their
lines around and even put a defenseman, Blake
Kessel, up front as a wing on the team's fourth
The Phantoms played very well with the slightly
make-shift lineup and Nilsson robbed the Phantoms
on a number of good chances. On a different night,
Adirondack could easily have racked up four or
five goals. But in this game, it just wasn't to
be as the Phantoms lost in the close battle.
Adirondack is 21-17-2 overall and now stands
at 14-7-1 at home. The season series was evened
up at two games apiece between the two divisional
rivals. Game five of the scheduled six games between
Adirondack and Bridgeport this season will take
place next Friday when the Sound Tigers return
to the North Country for an encore engagement.
Adirondack outshot the Sound Tigers 38-26. The
Phantoms went 0-for-3 on the power play while
Bridgeport had no power plays on the night. That
wasn't to say the game wasn't physical however.
There was some good checking being laid out from
participants on both sides. Referee Jean Hebert
let the players decide the outcome and allowed
them to get physical.
Scratches for the Phantoms included the aforementioned
Ben Holmstrom and Tom Sestito who were both en
route to Philadelphia, as well as injured Garrett
The Phantoms conclude their three-in-three weekend
with a road game at the Binghamton Senators on
Sunday at 5:00 as Adirondack looks for their first
victory of the year against the crew from the
Southern Tier. The Phantoms then travel to Manchester,
NH on Wednesday night before returning home next
Friday, January 27, again against Bridgeport.
Call the Phantoms for ticket information at 518-480-3355.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2 at Adirondack Phantoms
1 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 21, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Bridgeport 0 2 0 - 2
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Rakhshani Bri
(holding), 14:49; Pither Adk (roughing), 14:49;
Mouillierat Bri (high-sticking), 18:15.
2nd Period-1, Bridgeport, Cizikas 10 (McNeely),
2:22. 2, Bridgeport, Marcinko 5 (Gentile, Haley),
11:28. Penalties-Cizikas Bri (roughing), 15:38;
Gentile Bri (holding), 18:19.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Kalinski 7 (Harper),
11:10. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 12-6-8-26. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 0 / 0; Adirondack
0 / 3.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Nilsson 9-6-1 (38 shots-37
saves). Adirondack, Leighton 14-14-0 (26 shots-24
Referees-Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Kevin Redding (16), Paul Simeon (66).
Sunday, January 22, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Binghamton Senators
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Special guests, Mike Testwuide and Tom Sestito.
Also with Tim McManus of the Post-Star.
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
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Friday, January 27, 7:00 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
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