The Adirondack Phantoms opened a big stretch of
road-games in which they will play seven of eight
as well as nine of their next 11 away from home.
Heading to Norfolk, Virginia, the defense and
goaltending stepped up to the task limiting the
high-flying Norfolk Admirals to only one goal
in the first 58 minutes of the game. But the Adirondack
offense was unable to break Dustin Tokarski despite
several close calls and took a 2-0 loss on Friday
night at Scope Arena.
Philip-Michael Devos would be the only shooter
to beat either team's goaltenders as Michael Leighton
and Tokarski in a classic goaltenders' duel when
he lit the lamp early in the second period. Pierre-Cedric
Lebrie scored an empty-netter with 1:22 remaining
to seal the win.
Norfolk outshot Adirondack on the night 28-17
for one of the few times in the past several weeks
in which the Phantoms have been outshot. Adirondack
had outshot their opponents in 13 of their last
14 games going into the contest but on this night,
the Norfolk defenders were able to deflect enough
shots. And the Adirondack forwards found themselves
seemingly snake-bit on a couple of big opportunities
where they missed the net.
Mike Testwuide had a rebound try from close range
in which he backhanded a puck on its edge just
over the cross-bar. Tye McGinn couldn't quite
find the handle on a cross-ice feed on one of
Adirondack's odd-man rushes. Eric Wellwood had
a couple of close-calls. And so it went for Adirondack
in a tough loss against a good Norfolk Admirals
Devos scored early in the second period to give
the Admirals the initial 1-0 lead on a cross-ice
feed by Cory Conacher. Michael Leighton would
make several terrific saves on some Admirals drives
and also benefited from a couple of Norfolk shots
that got past him that found the iron and stayed
It was the second straight goaltenders duel for
Leighton in Norfolk where he used to star for
the Phantoms from 2001-05. His last game here
was December 3 and he was the one who carried
a 1-0 lead for most of the game, but Norfolk was
able to rally late for a hard-fought 2-1 win in
Referee Jeff Smith let the teams decide the outcome.
While tempers were flaring and a few shoving matches
developed, Smith only called one penalty against
each side and they were offsetting minors early
in the third. Neither team was given a power play
opportunity in the contest.
Garrett Klotz returned to action for the first
time in almost two months and dealt out some of
the best hits of the night and started doing so
right him his first shift. Harry Zolnierczyk also
returned to the lineup for the Phantoms after
being loaned from the Philadelphia Flyers earlier
in the week. "Harry Z" has played in
14 games with Adirondack and 36 games with Philadelphia
this year but six of his nine total goals have
scored with the Phantoms.
Brad Phillips was called up from Trenton (ECHL)
to serve as the backup goalie to Leighton while
Jason Bacashihua remained with the Philadelphia
Flyers as Ilya Brysgalov recovers from the flu.
Adirondack is now 2-2-1 against Norfolk this year.
And their last game in southeast Virginia will
take place on Saturday night at Scope Arena at
7:!5. This three game road-trip concludes with
a Tuesday night Valentine's encounter at the Toronto
Marlies and then Adirondack's next home game is
Friday night against Manchester in a key Eastern
Conference matchup on a $2 draft-beer special
night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Tuesday, February 14, 7::00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Toronto Marlies
Friday, February 17, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials.
Adirondack Red Wings legend Glenn Markosky to
drop ceremonial first puck.
Saturday, February 18, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Monday, February 20, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's. Player guests TBA.
Sunday, February 26, 3:00 - Syracuse Crunch at
Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms Poster Giveaway
for first 3,000 fans courtesy of Glens Falls Printing.
Post-Game Autograph Session with the Phantoms
players. Sunday Family 3-Pack ($39 for 3 tickets,
3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large popcorn and 1 program).
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Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Norfolk Admirals 2 -
Friday, February 10, 2012 - Norfolk Scope
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Norfolk 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Devos 4 (Conacher, Oberg),
3:35. Penalties-No Penalties
3rd Period-2, Norfolk, Labrie 9 (Conacher, Kostka),
18:38 (EN). Penalties-Akeson Adk (delay of game),
6:23; Conacher Nor (delay of game), 6:23.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 4-9-4-17. Norfolk 11-10-7-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 0; Norfolk
0 / 0.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 15-19-0 (27 shots-26
saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 21-11-0 (17 shots-17
Referees-Jeff Smith (49).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Tom George (61).