One Phantoms player in particular must REALLY
like playing against the Norfolk Admirals! Tye
McGinn connected for two more goals against the
Norfolk Admirals to lead the Phantoms to a 3-1
victory Friday night in the team's return to the
ice from the All-Star Break.
The rookie winger from Fergus, Ontario has seven
goals this season, five of which have come in
only four games against Norfolk. Matt Ford scored
in his Adirondack debut for the team's other goal
and almost scored another on a penalty shot.
Michael Leighton was stellar in net with 27 saves
on 28 shots for the win.
It was a good victory for the Phantoms to bounce
back and get on the winning track following the
four day All-Star Break. The Phantoms stay just
three points out of the eight spot in the Eastern
Conference for one of the coveted Calder Cup playoff
positions with a record of 22-21-2 for 46 points.
The Phantoms are now 15-8-1 on home-ice for the
most home wins of any AHL team this year and the
second points. Adirondack improved to 2-1-1 against
the high-flying and high-scoring Norfolk Admirals
who fell to 26-17-3 with the loss.
Tye McGinn now has two multi-goal games in his
pro career, both against the Admirals. He also
scored a pair of tallies in a December 2nd victory
in southeast Virginia.
Matt Ford looked impressive in his first game
with his new team. He came over to the Flyers
organization in a game the day before for Kevin
Marshall. Despite getting little sleep after packing
his things and driving up to the Country, he played
well on his line with Denis Hamel and Ben Holmstrom
and scored his 11th goal fo the season overall,
the first ten of which came with the Hershey Bears.
Adirondack outshot their opponents for the 11th
time in their last 12 games. The team played as
a solid unit on the back-end and got in the lanes
of many Admirals shot attempts to frustrate the
second-highest scoring team in the AHL.
The scoring started past the midway part in the
first period when Jason Akeson would hang onto
the puck crossing over the left-circle. He then
flipped the puck over to an open Tye McGinn in
the high slot who would blast home his one-timer
glove-hand side on Jaroslav Janus in the Norfolk
net to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead after one.
In the opening seconds of the second period, Denis
Hamel would dig a puck away in the corner of the
Phantoms zone and tip it along the board to Ben
Holmstrom who would find a racing Matt Ford up
the left-wing. Ford shot it off of Janus on a
two-on-one and the puck deflected high in the
air and over the goalie's shoulder. As everyone
when barging in for the free puck, the goal would
just cross the goal-line just as the players collided
en masse into the net knocking it free. Referee
Chris Brown signaled that the puck had indeed
gone in before the cage was dislodged thus pushing
Adirondack to a 2-0 lead just 20 seconds into
the middle frame.
Carter Ashton would receive the culmination of
a pretty series of passes by Norfolk and slam
home his 18th of the year midway through the second
period to cut the lead to 2-1.
With less than three minutes remaining in the
period, the Phantoms would string together some
impressive passing of their own during a good
looking shift in the Admirals end. Garrett Roe
got to it on the end-boards and found Akeson in
the right circle who quickly got it to McGinn
in front for his second goal of the game.
Akeson's two assists increased his team-leading
point total to 35 including 25 helpers. Akeson
led the Ontario Hockey League in assists last
year with 84 and in points with 108 while with
the Kitchener Rangers and is displaying equally
impressive play-making abilities at the professional
level in his rookie season with the Phantoms.
A couple minutes later, Matt Ford got racing on
a breakaway and was hauled down from behind. He
just missed by inches on his penalty-shot opportunity
as he blasted the puck past the blocker of Janus.
Norfolk increased the pressure and urgency in
the third period but the Phantoms defense were
able to stand tall and preserve the win. Michael
Leighton made one of his show-stopping saves early
in the third when he slid to his right and while
on his left-hip would kick up his right leg on
a close-range shot by Ondrej Palat. The old-school
style acrobatic save kept Norfolk from gaining
momentum and closing the gap to just one goal.
The game was the first of three to be played between
the two teams over a nine day stretch. Adirondack
travels to Norfolk Scope Arena on February 10
and 11 for back-to-back games against the Admirals.
The Phantoms outshot the Admirals 34-28. Michael
Leighton improved to 15-16-1 with the victory.
Both teams were 0-for-1 on the power-play in a
mostly penalty-free game.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Garrett Klotz,
Luke Pither and Matt Walker.
Adirondack concludes their weekend homestand with
one of their biggest games of the year Saturday
night. The Phantoms host the Providence Bruins
on Jimmer Fredette Bobblehead Night with the hot
item to be given away to the first 3,000 fans
in attendance. A large crowd, possibly a sell-out,
is expected for the contest. Please plan ahead
and make arrangements to arrive early to account
for the larger turnout. A line is expected to
form well in advance of the doors opening to the
arena. For tickets and information, please call
the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
The Saturday night game will be Adirondack's last
home game in two weeks.
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 - Providence Bruins
at Adirondack Phantoms. Jimmer Fredette Bobbleheads
(first 3,000 fans)
Monday, February 6, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's. Player Guests Dan Jancevski
and Matt Walker. Airs live on 101.7
Friday, February 10, 7:30 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, February 11, 7:15 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Norfolk Admirals
Tuesday, February 14, 7::00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Toronto Marlies
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Norfolk Admirals 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 -
Friday, February 3, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Norfolk 0 1 0 - 1
Adirondack 1 2 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 6 (Akeson, Roe),
12:27. Penalties-Conacher Nor (cross-checking,
roughing), 17:48; Testwuide Adk (roughing), 17:48.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Ford 11 (Holmstrom,
Hamel), 0:20. 3, Norfolk, Ashton 18 (Johnson,
Conacher), 9:58. 4, Adirondack, McGinn 7 (Akeson,
Roe), 17:42. Penalties-Testwuide Adk (interference),
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 8-9-11-28. Adirondack 14-12-8-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 1; Adirondack
0 / 1.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 8-8-2 (34 shots-31 saves).
Adirondack, Leighton 15-16-0 (28 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Mike Emanatian (69).