Matt Ford continued his quick success since joining
the Phantoms as he notched two more goals leading
Adirondack to a 5-2 victory at the Manchester
Monarchs Sunday afternoon. Suffice to say, the
Monarchs are sick of seeing Ford AND the Phantoms!
Ford had four goals against Manchester in the
Friday and Sunday games as the Phantoms won consecutive
5-1 and 5-2 decisions over the Monarchs in less
than 48 hours.
Ford was acquired by the Flyers organization a
couple of weeks ago in the trade for Kevin Marshall
with the Washington Capitals organization. Ford
came to Adirondack from the Hershey Bears. The
27-year-old Ford now has five goals in his seven
games since joining the Phantoms including two
tallies in an emotional Friday contest shortly
after he had returned to the team from a personal-bereavement
leave following the passing of his father-in-law.
The West Hills, California native had 10 goals
this season with Hershey prior to the trade but
already has tallied five for the Phantoms. He
has proven in previous seasons that he knows how
to score. Ford had a career-high 26 goals last
year with Lake Erie of the AHL where he was teammates
with Adirondack goalie Jason Bacashihua.
Jason Akeson had a career high four points, all
assists, as he set up each of the first four Phantoms
goals. Shane Harper extended his goal-scoring
streak to three games in a row. And the all-rookie
line of Akeson with Tye McGinn and Tyler Brown
would all team up for the first two goals of the
Akeson now has 31 assists to tie for the league
lead among rookies. And the 21-year-old rookie
from Kitchener, Ontario paces the Phantoms with
41 total points. Akeson is comfortable in a league-leading
scoring position. He was tops in the Ontario Hockey
League last year in points (108) and assists (84).
It was the culmination of a busy but successful
week for the Phantoms who played four games in
six days and notched points in three of those
four. Adirondack won two out of three in their
tight three-in-three weekend that had them playing
three games in less than 48 hours with a couple
of bus rides to visiting opponents in-between.
Special teams helped carry the day for Adirondack
as they racked up a season-high three power play
goals, accomplishing the feat for only the second
time this season and the first since October.
And the Phantoms penalty-kill had to come up large
as well and were able to rise to the challenge
and limit the Monarchs to 1-for-7.
Similar to Friday night's game in Glens Falls,
the two teams would drop the gloves a few more
times in some more fights to finish off what they
had started in the intense weekend series. Garrett
Klotz would drop the gloves a couple of times
with Justin Johnson while Cullen Eddy would go
with Marc-Andre Cliche and then later get jumped
by Johnson without a chance to get set.
Michael Leighton would save 31 of 33 shots faced
for the win.
The Phantoms struck first with 5:00 remaining
in the opening period when Tyler Brown would carry
the puck in deep, get it to Akeson, and then find
Tye McGinn in front to notch his eighth of the
Later in the first period, Brandon Manning would
hustle back into the crease after Manchester drew
Leighton out of the crease and passed it out in
front. Manning would make a fine stick save on
the Monarchs shot to keep the Phantoms in front.
The three rookies would again team up for the
second goal, and it would be Tyler Brown to deposit
home the rebound for his 7th of the year.
Late in the second period, Jason Akeson rushed
into the Manchester zone on the power play and
split the defense almost moving in on goalie Jeff
Zatkoff all alone. He was bumped down on his way
in but while still driving in hard but sliding
on his side was able to maintain some control
of the puck and somehow got off a backhanded lifting
it upstairs and off the cross-bar. The rebound
came out to the left-circle where Ford was able
to fire home his first of the day to give the
Phantoms a 3-0 lead.
The Monarchs went on a power play of their own
and Brandon Kozun scored his second goal of the
weekend against the Phantoms to cut the gap to
3-1. Adirondack had to kill off another hard Manchester
power play push at the end of the second period
to get back to the locker room still in front
by the two-goal margin.
Matt Ford would strike again early in the third
period for his second of the game, fourth of the
weekend, and 15th of the season. The fourth assist
of the game for Jason Akeson set up Denis Hamel
whose shot was partly blocked but trickled into
the left-side of the slot where Ford would scoop
it up and slide it past Manchester goalie Jeff
On the next Adirondack power play a minute later,
Manchester would look to take a chance and seized
the opportunity when they rushed out with a 3-on-2
shorthanded break capitalized by Linden Vey to
cut the Phantoms' lead to 4-2.
After that, Manchester came perilously close to
making it a one-goal game include a flurry on
a power-ply in which they blasted back-to-back
shots off the posts just two seconds apart.
Adirondack survived the desperate push of the
Monarchs and would later get more power-play time
of their own. Shane Harper would grab a rebound
of a Harry Zolnierczyk shot in tight and notch
the team's second 5-on-3 goal of the weekend to
provide for the 5-2 final.
The 22-year-old from Valencia, California, Harper
has now scored in three straight games and has
nine of the year. Harper only had one goal in
20 games last year with the Phantoms but he lit
it up in his time in the ECHL with Greenville
(SC) where he scored 23 goals in 45 games.
Defenseman Andy Thomas, up with the team again
from Trenton on another Professional Tryout, received
a great thrill as he got to play in his home state
for the first time in his pro career. The Bow,
New Hampshire native had 30 friends and family
on hand at the arena just a half-hour from his
home to cheer him on.
The Phantoms improved to 24-25-3 and now have
24 games remaining in the regular season as they
make their push for a top eight spot in the Eastern
Conference standings and a Calder Cup Playoff
position in April.
Adirondack finished the season series with a 3-1-0
record against Manchester.
The Phantoms are in the middle of a tough stretch
of nine out of 11 games on the road. Adirondack
has gone 2-2-1 so far in this important part of
the late-season schedule.
Prior to the game, it was announced that Marc-Andre
Bourdon was returning to the Adirondack Phantoms
from the Philadelphia Flyers. Bourdon could not
make it to Manchester in time for the game but
will meet the team in Glens Falls this week. Bourdon
made the most of his first ever NHL callup. The
Flyers brought him up to the NHL in November and
Bourdon stuck with the team for three months and
excelled in his 39 games including scoring his
first two ever NHL goals an acquiring a +1 rating.
After returning to Glens Falls for a few practices
this week, Adirondack will continue their four-game
road trip on Friday and Saturday nights at Rochester
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.
Monday, February 20, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's. With player guests Jason
Bacashihua and Harry Zolnierczyk.
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.
Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Manchester Monarchs 2
- Status: Unofficial Final
Sunday, February 19, 2012 - Verizon Wireless Arena
Adirondack 1 2 2 - 5
Manchester 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 8 (Akeson, Brown),
Penalties-Klotz Adk (fighting), 2:30; Johnson
Mch (fighting), 2:30;
Hickey Mch (holding), 6:43; Klotz Adk (fighting),
12:30; Johnson Mch
(fighting), 12:30; Kaunisto Mch (slashing), 19:02.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Brown 7 (Akeson, McGinn),
Adirondack, Ford 14 (Holmstrom, Akeson), 14:00
(PP). 4, Manchester,
Kozun 15 (Vey, Kolomatis), 17:35 (PP). Penalties-Akeson
(slashing), 0:14; Gustafsson Adk (holding), 8:51;
Eddy Adk (fighting),
10:53; Cliche Mch (fighting), 10:53; Kaunisto
Mch (slashing), 12:53;
Eddy Adk (holding), 17:08; Akeson Adk (high-sticking),
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Ford 15 (Hamel, Akeson),
3:39 (PP). 6,
Manchester, Vey 14 (Kaunisto, Voynov), 4:43 (SH).
Harper 9 (Zolnierczyk, Eddy), 12:59 (PP). Penalties-Kozun
(interference), 1:11; Johnson Mch (roughing, misconduct
- abuse of
officials), 3:19; Johnson Mch (roughing), 3:29;
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:18; Manning Adk (boarding),
Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 9:00; Muzzin Mch (roughing),
Mch (interference), 11:10; Cliche Mch (high-sticking),
Adk (roughing), 15:24.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-8-12-28. Manchester
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 3 / 8; Manchester
1 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 15-19-0 (33 shots-31
Zatkoff 15-11-1 (28 shots-23 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (44), Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Jeremy Lovett (78), Chris Aughe (74).