Mike McKenna of Binghamton held off a furious
Adirondack blitz in the third period and the Senators
escaped with a 4-3 victory on Sunday evening at
the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Phantoms blasted away for 17 shots in the
third period in their continued push to notch
the tying goal but McKenna made one tremendous
save after another for another victory against
Jason Akeson wheeled at center-point with just
one second remaining in the game and shot it just
a few inches wide of the net past a frozen McKenna
who was screened from the puck and didn't move.
It was the last of the many close-calls for Adirondack
in the final period.
Adirondack looked in good shape to break the McKenna
curse and tally their first win of the year against
Binghamton when they raced out to a 3-1 lead in
the first period. But Binghamton was able to storm
back and the Phantoms were unable to score after
the taking that advantage midway through the first.
It was a gritty effort for a Phantoms team that
was playing with a bit of a make-shift lineup
and some new lines after two key players, Ben
Holmstrom and Tom Sestito, were called up to Philadelphia
prior to the game vs. Bridgeport the night before.
Eric Wellwood was again inserted at center and
Oliver Lauridsen took some turns as a fourth-line
winger. It was also Adirondack's third game in
three days while Binghamton was much fresher following
a day off for them on Saturday.
The Phantoms stand at 21-18-2 for 44 points and
remain in the thick of tight races in the division
and the conference.
Pat Cannone opened the scoring in the game's first
minute when he chipped in a rebound behind Adirondack
goalie Jason Bacashihua for the 1-0 advantage.
But the Phantoms would get rolling after that.
Denis Hamel picked up a loose puck in the crease
and backhanded in his team-leading 15th goal of
the season at 2:22 into the game to tie the score
At 9:30 and 10:12 the Phantoms would score back-to-back
goals just 42 seconds apart in taking a 3-1 lead.
Tyler Brown's shot from the slot was blocked off
a defenseman and came out to Jon Kalinski in the
right circle who rifled in his seventh of the
season. Kalinski scored a goal in all three games
played on the weekend.
Then it was Mike Testwuide who was last to touch
a puck just before it crossed the goal-line after
Brandon Manning's slapper handcuffed McKenna.
Brown had shot the rebound from the right of the
crease but Testwuide was waving his stick in there
too and upon video review, it was determined that
Testwuide was the last to touch it after Brown's
shot went in.
Binghamton rallied at the end of the first with
back-to-back power play goals to tie the score
at 3-3 after the first period. Jim O'Brien received
a feed from Mike Hoffman at 15:34 pulling the
B-Sens to within one.
Then, on the their second straight man-advantage,
Stephane da Costa's pass from the left circle
took an unfortunate deflection off the skate of
Matt Walker and in past the reach of Bacashihua
for a flukey goal that tied the score at 3-3.
Jason Bacashihua held the Senators off through
a consistent attack in the second period. Binghamton
was unable to convert all three of their middle-frame
power plays and Bacashihua made saves on all 16
shots he faced to keep the Phantoms tied at 3-3.
But Binghamton would capitalize on a quick rush
to open the third with carry-over power play time
as Jim O-Brien would score his second of the game
just 17 seconds in.
Adirondack blasted away for 17 shots in the third
and had several close calls but somehow McKenna
was able to do his thing against the Phantoms
The Phantoms were pressuring extremely hard in
the closing minutes of the game but got called
for a penalty in the offensive zone with a couple
minutes remaining providing significant help to
Binghamton as they were just trying to hang on
to the finish. Adirondack pulled Bacashihua for
an extra-attacker while they were short-handed
for a 5-on-5 situation with an empty-net and right
up to the final seconds and last faceoff in the
B-Sens zone were able to blast a couple more shots
towards the net. But the Senators were able to
pull it out in what for them was a hugely successful
home weekend that included victories over Hershey
on Friday and Adirondack on Sunday.
The Phantoms have now lost back-to-back one-goal
heart-breakers in which they very easily could
have earned a different outcome. Adirondack remains
two points behind first place Connecticut in the
tight Northeast Division race and the Phantoms
are in a three-way tie for second which also includes
Albany and Bridgeport.
The Phantoms were outshot for the first time in
eight games, 40-35. Binghamton scored three of
their four goals on the power going 3-for-7 while
Adirondack went 1-for-3.
The Phantoms travel to Manchester, NH on Wednesday
night to face the Monarchs before returning home
next Friday, January 27 against Bridgeport. Call
the Phantoms for ticket information at 518-480-3355.
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Special guests, Mike Testwuide and Andrew Rowe.
Also with Tim McManus of the Post-Star.
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Friday, January 27, 7:00 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials
through the first intermission.
Saturday, January 28, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Monday, January 30, 7:00 - AHL All-Star Classic
in Atlantic City, NJ. Michael Leighton representing
the Phantoms on the Eastern Conference team.
Friday, February 4, 7:00 - Norfolk Admirals at
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at Adirondack Phantoms. Jimmer Fredette Bobbleheads
(first 3,000 fans)
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Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Binghamton Senators
4 - Status: Final
Sunday, January 22, 2012 - Broome County Veterans
Adirondack 3 0 0 - 3
Binghamton 3 0 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Binghamton, Cannone 11 (Dziurzynski,
Henningson), 0:37. 2, Adirondack, Hamel 15 (Bartulis,
Harper), 2:22 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Kalinski 8
(Brown, Testwuide), 9:30. 4, Adirondack, Testwuide
7 (Brown, Manning), 10:12. 5, Binghamton, O'Brien
5 (Hoffman, Locke), 15:34 (PP). 6, Binghamton,
Da Costa 10 (O'Brien, Hoffman), 17:47 (PP). Penalties-Hoffman
Bng (slashing), 1:56; Testwuide Adk (holding),
15:23; Testwuide Adk (interference), 17:27.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Hamel Adk (tripping),
0:32; Roe Adk (interference), 5:07; Cannone Bng
(slashing), 8:08; Bartulis Adk (interference),
3rd Period-7, Binghamton, O'Brien 6 (Hoffman,
Locke), 0:17 (PP). Penalties-Cowick Bng (tripping),
5:19; Brown Adk (delay of game), 11:59; Roe Adk
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-8-17-35. Binghamton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 3; Binghamton
3 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 7-5-1 (40 shots-36
saves). Binghamton, McKenna 11-12-0 (35 shots-32
Referees-Ryan Hersey (46), Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Fraser McIntyre (94).