Just 11 days ago, it was Adirondack handing it
to the slumping Manchester Monarchs to the tune
of a 5-3 result at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
In the rematch, now surging Manchester was able
to exact revenge for the previous loss with a
5-1 victory over the Phantoms to even the season
series at one game apiece.
Adirondack trailied only 1-0 through the first
30 minutes of the game and looked good to tie
the score at 1-1. But a quick three-goal outburst
by the Monarchs' offense turned the tables and
broke the game open to send the Phantoms to defeat.
It was not how the Phantoms expected it to be
as the team had just added three potent scorers
to the roster while the Philadelphia Flyers hit
their All-Star Break. Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito
and Harry Zolnierczyk all arrived into Manchester
ready to help crank up the attack but it just
didn't work out that way. For Holmstrom and Sestito,
they returned to the Phantoms after a brief two
game callup to the Flyers on Sunday and Tuesday.
Zolnierczyk's stay with the big club had been
significantly longer. The game would be his first
in a Phantoms jersey since scoring an October
29 game-winner against the Hershey Bears.
The Phantoms just missed on their opportunity
to move into first place in the division. A win
would have vaulted Adirondack into a tie with
Connecticut in points and the Phantoms would have
actually been ahead on the total victories tiebreaker.
But such are the breaks in hockey as Manchester
benefited from some helpful bounces into just
the right places in the Phantoms' zone.
Mike Testwuide scored the long goal for Adirondack.
His 8th of the year came as he scored in his second
consecutive game. Michael Leighton allowed four
of the goals before being relieved by Jason Bacashihua
and took the loss. Earlier in the day, it was
announced that Leighton had been voted by the
fans a the starter for the Eastern Conference
at the AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City on
Monday night. But he went from receiving that
happy news to taking a tough loss at Verizon Wireless
Arena just a few hours later.
Marc-Andre Cliche scored on the back-door on the
power play about six minutes into the game as
Manchester took a 1-0 lead after one period while
the Phantoms outshot the Monarchs 9-7 in the opening
Adirondack had narrowly come close to tying the
score in the second period, particularly on a
power play midway through. But Manchester goalie
Jeff Zatkoff held down the fort, and when Nolan
was released from the box he was met by a long
stretch-pass from the Manchester zone right as
he crossed the Adirondack line. Nolan converted
on his breakaway for his 9th of the year to give
the Monarchs the 2-0 lead it what would prove
to be the turning-point of the game. It was the
first of three goals that Manchester would score
in less than three minutes.
J.D. Watt would lunge across the crease to get
a stick on a puck just beyond the right skate
of Leighton to make it 3-0. And Brandon Kozun
would blast one through Leighton from the right-circle
about a minute later for even more breathing room.
Leighton may have been screen on the play or it
may have been deflected on its way in.
Bacashihua came on for Leighton, and another helpful
bounce for Manchester would push the score to
5-0 early in the third period. Adirondack appeared
to have broken up an odd-man rush but the puck
rolled out to the trailer, Kozun, who beat Bacashihua
to his glove side for his second goal of the night.
Blake Kessel tipped away a puck at center for
the Phantoms and found Ben Holmstrom who rushed
in with a nifty give-and-go with Mike Testwuide
for Adirondack's lone goal of the night. The Phantoms
had some more chances on Zatkoff for the rest
of the third but were unable to capitalize as
Manchester came away with the 5-1 decision.
Adirondack outshot the Monarchs 29-28 and have
now outshot their opponents in eight of their
last nine games. The Phantoms were 0-for-4 on
the power play while Manchester was 2-for-4. Adirondack
and Manchester will meet again on Friday, February
17 at the Glens Falls Civic Center and then, for
the last time, on Sunday, February 19 back in
Adirondack's record is 21-19-2 for 44 standings
points. They fell one point behind the streaking
Bridgeport Sound Tigers who took a shootout loss
to St. John's on Wednesday night. Adirondack remains
just two points back of first place Connecticut.
The Phantoms host Bridgeport on Friday night trying
to pin the first regulation loss of 2012 on the
Sound Tigers. Bridgeport is 8-0-1 since the calendar
Earlier in the week, defenseman Cullen Eddy had
called backup by the Phantoms after a three game
stretch in the ECHL with Greenville (SC), but
the second-year blueliner did not play in the
Scratches for the Phantoms included Andrew Rowe,
Oliver Lauridsen, Garrett Klotz, Luke Pither and
Friday, January 27, 7:00 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft-beer specials
through first intermission.
Saturday, January 28, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Monday, January 30 - No Phantoms Power Hour Show.
Friday, February 3, 7:00 - Norfolk Admirals at
Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beers.
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at Adirondack Phantoms. Jimmer Fredette Bobbleheads
(first 3,000 fans)
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Manchester Monarchs
5 - Status: Final
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - Verizon Wireless
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
Manchester 1 3 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Manchester, Cliche 13 (Azevedo,
Legein), 6:50 (PP). Penalties-Bartulis Adk (holding),
0:22; Jancevski Adk (delay of game), 6:19; Campbell
Mch (holding), 7:24; Manning Adk (fighting), 12:11;
Watt Mch (fighting), 12:11; Clune Mch (roughing),
2nd Period-2, Manchester, Nolan 9 (Campbell,
Muzzin), 11:31. 3, Manchester, Watt 2 (Cliche),
12:40. 4, Manchester, Kozun 11 (Deslauriers, Vey),
13:53 (PP). Penalties-Nolan Mch (roughing), 9:25;
Kessel Adk (holding the stick), 13:02; Muzzin
Mch (hooking), 14:24; Marshall Adk (slashing),
3rd Period-5, Manchester, Kozun 12 (Vey, Mullen),
2:00. 6, Adirondack, Testwuide 8 (Holmstrom, Kessel),
6:26. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-10-10-29. Manchester
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Manchester
2 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 14-15-0 (15 shots-11
saves); Bacashihua 7-5-1 (13 shots-12 saves).
Manchester, Zatkoff 12-8-1 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (39), Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Joe Ross (92), Jeremy Lovett (78).