Rookie defenseman Brandon Manning lit up the Manchester
Monarchs with a fight, a goal and an assist for
the rare feat of a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick"
as the Adirondack Phantoms blasted their way to
a 5-1 victory Friday night at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. The game witnessed by 4,086 featured
lots of big hits, three fights, and the 16th Adirondack
home victory of the season which is tied for most
in the AHL.
Adirondack pulled to within six points of 7th/8th
place Worcester and Bridgeport for the last playoff
spots in the Eastern Conference heading into a
key Northeast Division showdown game at the Sound
Tigers down in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday
Along with Manning's goal and fisticuffs, Cullen
Eddy and Oliver Lauridsen both got into spirited
scraps with different Manchester players to continually
fire-up a loud and energized crowd.
Recently acquired Matt Ford paced the offense
with a couple of goals. And Ben Holmstrom dished
out three assists in the game while Harry Zolnierczyk
had a couple in the balanced attack.
Shane Harper and Garrett Roe also both chipped
in, scoring their 7th goals of the year for each.
Almost lost amidst all the scoring and fights
and hitting was another stellar performance on
the Adirondack end by goalie Jason Bacashihua
who turned in a 31-save effort for his eighth
win of the year just three days after his spectacular
performance at Toronto on Valentine's Day in an
Brandon Manning would get the game off to a rockin'
start with a fight less than two minutes in. Later,
with five minutes left in the opening period,
he would rocket home a slapshot on a 5-on-3 power-play
to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead at the first break.
It was the fourth goal of the season for the rookie
blueliner out of Prince George, British Columbia.
Jason Bacashihua would make one of his fine saves
early in the second period and Adirondack quickly
transitioned off of that save into a rush in the
other zone with Ben Holmstrom and Matt Ford. The
drive by Ford was kicked away by Monarchs goalie
Jeff Zatkoff but would take a fortuitous bounce
into the slot as Ford had curled back there. The
27-year-old was able to wheel and shoot it home
for his first of the night, second as a Phantom,
and 12th overall of the season.
Matt Ford came to the Phantoms a couple weeks
prior from the Hershey Bears in a trade for Kevin
Marshall and has added some nice scoring punch
on the right-wing side. He had a career-high 26
goals last season with Lake Erie and had scored
10 goals this year with the Hershey Bears prior
to his acquisition by the Flyers organization.
Brandon Kozun would get racing in for the Monarchs
on a long flip into the zone and would convert
gong wide around Bacashihua for the only goal
the Phantoms would allow on the night.
But shortly thereafter it would be Shane Harper
capitalizing after Zolnierczyk went barging into
the Manchester zone to throw in his body and win
the puck in the corner. Harper's seventh of the
season gave the Phantoms a 3-1 lead at the second
Adirondack entered the game with an impressive
record of 16-1-1 in games in which they lead after
two. And they removed all doubts of whether they
would improve on that record early in the third
as Garrett Roe and Matt Ford would score just
44 seconds apart in the opening three minutes
of the period.
Garrett Roe's was nicely fed from behind the cage
allowing the rookie out of St. Cloud State to
slam in his seventh of the year on the left side
of the slot.
Then it would be Matt Ford accepting a long feed
forward from Denis Hamel that perfectly met him
in the slot. Ford pushed the puck to his backhand
to score around Zatkoff at 2:44 into the final
period for the 5-1 lead which would go onto be
The teams continued their big hitting and testiness
for each other even in the closing minutes with
the game mostly decided. Lauridsen dropped the
gloves with Richard Clune of Manchester in an
impressive fight stemming from an extended battle
for the puck in the corner. Lauridsen got Clune
tangled up in his jersey provoking the Monarchs
agitator to throw it off and earning him a game
misconduct while the crowd was perhaps at their
noisiest and most raucous in a game filled with
Manchester outshot Adirondack 32-31 in the game.
The Phantoms were 1-for-8 on the power play while
the penalty-kill was solid holding the Monarchs
Adirondack improved to 23-24-3 overall this season
and stands at 2-1 against Manchester with just
one game remaining in the season rivalry, Sunday
afternoon in New Hampshire.
Before the game, Adirondack received words that
Erik Gustafsson was returning on loan from the
Philadelphia Flyers, just one day after scoring
his first NHL goal. Gustafsson was not in Glens
Falls in time for the Friday night game but fans
can expect him to be back in the Adirondack lineup
for the first time since early January when the
Phantoms hit the ice Saturday night at Bridgeport.
Andy Thomas and Tyler Hostetter were called up
from Trenton of the ECHL to help fill the roster
for Adirondack. Several Phantoms players were
out for this one with various injuries including
Oskars Bartulis and Blake Kessel as well as Matt
Walker and Mike Testwuide.
Returning to the somewhat revolving lineup (lately)
after missing Tuesday's game were Cullen Eddy,
Matt Ford, Andrew Rowe and Tye McGinn.
Adirondack now hits the road for four straight
including games at Bridgeport and Manchester on
Saturday and Sunday.
Adirondack Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Merkosky
was on-hand to drop the ceremonial first puck
which was received by Denis Hamel. In December,
Hamel passed Merkosky for 12th all-time on the
AHL goal-scoring leaderboard when he notched his
316th career goal.
The South Glens Falls High Marathon Dance crew
were on hand to perform before the game and during
the intermissions. The annual marathon dance that
has been ongoing for decades raises hundreds of
thousands of dollars each year for area residents
in need suffering from cancer and other illnesses.
They hold their marathon dance n early March each
year. They were also there to benefit from the
Phantoms' 50/50 raffle and raise funds and more
awareness for their great cause.
The Phantoms' next home game is next Sunday, February
26 against the Syracuse Crunch. Phantoms team
posters will be given away to the first 3,000
fans courtesy of Glens Falls Printing and a post-game
autograph session will follow the contest. Fans
can take advantage of the great value of the Sunday
Family 3-Pack featuring 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs,
3 sodas, 1 hot dog and 1 program all for only
$39. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355.
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. Jason Bacashihua and Harry
Friday, February 24, 7:30 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Rochester Americans
Saturday, February 25, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Binghamton Senators
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).
The Phantoms Northway 2-Pack is on sale now! Get
2 tickets to each of the the Phantoms' upcoming
rivalry games vs. Albany on March 10 and April
6 PLUS a player autographed stick. The cost of
the whole package is only $65.
Adirondack O'Phantoms T-Shirts are available now!
Get two tickets to any Phantoms game in March
PLUS a St. Patrick's Day themed green t-shirt
with an O'Phantoms logo all for only $30. Call
the Phantoms to order yours at 518-480-3355.
Manchester Monarchs 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 5
- Status: Final
Friday, February 17, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Manchester 0 1 0 - 1
Adirondack 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Manning 4 (Akeson, Holmstrom),
15:51 (PP). Penalties-Hudson Mch (fighting), 1:53;
Manning Adk (fighting), 1:53; Hill Mch (holding),
12:47; Roe Adk (high-sticking), 12:47; Campbell
Mch (slashing), 14:39; Voynov Mch (holding), 15:10;
Campbell Mch (fighting), 16:53; Legein Mch (roughing),
16:53; Eddy Adk (fighting), 16:53; Roe Adk (roughing),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Ford 12 (Holmstrom),
0:48. 3, Manchester, Kozun 14 (Hill), 11:09. 4,
Adirondack, Harper 7 (Roe, Zolnierczyk), 16:00.
Penalties-Harper Adk (slashing), 1:32; Thomas
Adk (cross-checking), 5:19; Holmstrom Adk (roughing),
7:28; Vey Mch (hooking), 8:29; Brown Adk (hooking),
16:23; Clune Mch (roughing), 18:57; Eddy Adk (roughing),
18:57; Hill Mch (hooking), 19:32.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Roe 7 (Zolnierczyk),
2:00. 6, Adirondack, Ford 13 (Holmstrom, Manning),
2:44. Penalties-Eddy Adk (delay of game), 4:18;
Czarnik Mch (holding the stick), 5:57; Campbell
Mch (high-sticking), 6:04; Clune Mch (roughing,
fighting, game misconduct - jersey), 10:38; Lauridsen
Adk (fighting), 10:38; Deslauriers Mch (cross-checking),
17:14; Zolnierczyk Adk (slashing), 17:29.
Shots on Goal-Manchester 8-11-13-32. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 0 / 6; Adirondack
1 / 8.
Goalies-Manchester, Zatkoff 15-11-1 (28 shots-23
saves); Jones 13-13-1 (3 shots-3 saves). Adirondack,
Bacashihua 8-7-1 (32 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Ryan Hersey (46), Chris Cozzan (18).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Steeve Lemay (64).