For just an instant, it appeared the Phantoms
had pulled off the most miraculous of late-game
comebacks. With just one second remaining, Denis
Hamel spun at the red-line and rocketed an incredible
slapshot straight into the goal to appear to garner
a 3-3 tie against the Providence Bruins. But the
linesman immediately waved-off the miracle goal
on an offside call with a couple of Adirondack
players still across the blue-line in the Bruins'
zone. And the cheering, screaming, hugging and
hysteria at what the fans initially thought was
the most amazing of finishes gradually faded and
turned to frustrated disbelief with the knowledge
that the goal they had just seen would, in fact,
It was an odd finish for a night that saw the
largest crowd in the last two years for the Phantoms.
The night got off to a rockin' start and had an
electric atmosphere long before the game had started...or
the gates had even opened. A couple thousand excited
an jubilant fans lined up around the block at
5:30 to get their Jimmer Fredette bobbleheads
on the special night with the Phantoms honoring
the local hometown hero and basketball star.
4,923 were on hand for a Standing Room Only turnout.
4,806 is the seating capacity at the Glens Falls
Civic Center making this game the seventh all-time
sellout and fifth-largest crowd ever at the GFCC
in Adirondack Phantoms history.
But the Providence Bruins would barely hang on
for the win as they somehow held off the 22-shot
attack of the home team in the third period. Adirondack
outshot the Bruins 42-28 on the night including
an amazing and dominant 22-4 in the third.
Carter Camper would strike for the Bruins in the
first period to stake the visitors to the initial
1-0 lead. The rookie top point-man on the team
picked up a rebound in the slot to deposit home
his 11th of the season as he knocked it in past
Early in the second period, another Bruins strike
from Craig Cunningham would extend the lead to
Brandon Manning would blast in a big one-time
slapper from the right-point for a 5-on-3 power
play goal to get the Phantoms on the board at
2-1. It was the rookie Manning's second goal of
As the crowd got even more involved, Mike Testwuide
would step up and drop the gloves with Bobby Robins
of the Bruins in a good bout in front of the Providence
bench. Testwuide landed a couple of decisive blows
at the end of the fight and then celebrated on
his way to the penalty box by holding his arms
up high and encouraging the crowd to make even
MORE noise for the team. The electrified sellout
contingent responded with a resounding roar.
Moments after Adirondack should have been awarded
a power-play when Providence had too many men
for a few seconds, an inadvertent high stick from
Tyler Brown would give Providence a double power-play.
And Jeff Tardiff would score early on the first
of those back-to-back man advantages to push the
Bruins back in front by a couple and they would
carry a 3-1 lead to the second intermission.
Adirondack adjusted their approach in the third
and went on a relentless attack of the Bruins,
the puck, and the opposing goal throughout the
final 20 minutes in an awesome comeback effort.
Cullen Eddy raced back on one of the rare Providence
counter-attacks and sharply broke up a 3-on-1
rush with an impressive diving poke-check. Then,
after retrieving the loose puck in the corner,
he turned it the other way and fired a shot on
Providence goalie Michael Hutchinson handcuffing
him somewhat. Garrett Roe got in behind Hutchinson's
extended left leg for the rebound and chipped
in a backhander behind the goalie with 7:30 remaining
to cut the score to 3-2.
Adirondack kept coming and coming with several
close calls to tying the game. On one shift, Eric
Wellwood had three shots in a row that all seemed
to have good chances to go in. But Hutchinson
made three straight kick saves, left leg, right
leg, and then left leg again, to deny Wellwood's
With 1:30 remaining and Michael Leighton pulled
with the crowd making more and more noise, Providence
would flip the puck high in the air over everyone's
heads and towards the empty-net. Jason Akeson
somehow raced back out of nowhere and was able
to pull off a full extension dive to just barely
get to the puck an inch from the goal-line and
whap it away before crashing into the post in
a hard collision. The courageous hustle-play kept
the Phantoms alive for another push.
Providence was able to clear the puck back out
to center in the closing seconds setting up the
unusual end-of-game drama when Denis Hamel cannoned
an incredible shot from the red-line that went
in clean on Hutchinson with one second left. The
offside call was unfortunately correct though.
The Phantoms clearly had players who had no chance
to get back to the blue-line in time for the touch-up.
It was a great night for Phantoms fans including
many new fans who may not have been to as many
hockey games before or perhaps were experiencing
live Phantoms hockey for the time ever who were
attracted by the Jimmer bobblehead giveaway. It
was certainly one of the loudest and most raucous
nights of the year that ended up with one of the
most unusual finishes any hockey fan has seen.
The Phantoms record stands at 22-22-2 while the
surging Providence Bruins improved to 6-0-1 in
their last seven and now are 23-21-5 on the season.
It was the first game in two years between the
Phantoms and the Baby Bruins.
Following the game, the Phantoms auctioned off
many of their Pink in the Rink jerseys from the
January 21st game with the proceeds from the auction
going to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at
Glens Falls Hospital. The Ben Holmstrom jersey
fetched $1400 to a lucky winning fan and many
of the other jerseys carried high price-tags with
competitive bidding wars as well. Big congratulations
to all the fans who won some great game-worn Phantoms
Adirondack does not play at home for a couple
of weeks. They head down to Norfolk for a pair
of gams next Friday and Saturday and then travel
to Toronto for a Valentine's Day game the following
Tuesday against the Marlies. It's one of the toughest
stretches of the schedule for the Phantoms coming
up as the Adirondack skaters will play seven of
their next eight on the road. Adirondack's next
home game is Friday, February 17 when they host
the Manchester Monarchs on a $2 draft-beer night
(through the first intermission).
Scratches for the game included Andrew Rowe, Garrett
Klotz and Matt Walker.
List of Adirondack Phantoms sellouts:
5,411 - Oct 3, 2009
5,309 - Jan 23, 2010
5,148 - Nov 27, 2009
4,968 - Apr 10, 2010
4,923 - Feb 4, 2012
4,912 - Oct 17, 2009
4,906 - Mar 5, 2010
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
Friday, February 17, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft-beer specials
through first intermission.
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Providence Bruins 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 -
Saturday, February 4, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Providence 1 2 0 - 3
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Providence, Camper 11 (Ridderwall,
Bartkowski), 13:31. Penalties-MacDonald Pro (holding),
6:03; Holmstrom Adk (high-sticking), 9:40; Cunningham
Pro (diving), 11:42; Testwuide Adk (hooking),
11:42; served by Akeson Adk (bench minor - too
many men), 14:23; Robins Pro (roughing), 17:33;
Manning Adk (roughing), 17:33.
2nd Period-2, Providence, Cunningham 10 (Bartkowski,
Miller), 1:16. 3, Adirondack, Manning 2 (Kessel,
Holmstrom), 8:24 (PP). 4, Providence, Tardif 11
(Camper, Riendeau), 17:46 (PP). Penalties-Cohen
Pro (cross-checking), 6:25; Miller Pro (high-sticking),
7:11; Robins Pro (fighting), 10:38; Testwuide
Adk (instigating, fighting, misconduct - instigating),
11:16; Brown Adk (double minor - high-sticking),
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Roe 6 (Eddy), 12:33.
Shots on Goal-Providence 12-12-4-28. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 1 / 5; Adirondack
1 / 3.
Goalies-Providence, Hutchinson 4-8-0 (42 shots-40
saves). Adirondack, Leighton 15-17-0 (28 shots-25
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Mike Emanatian (69).