The Phantoms kept on coming and coming at Rochester
goalie David Leggio, but the Clarkson University
product was able to turn away pretty much everything
thrown at him as he preserved a 2-0 victory for
the Rochester Americans on Friday night at Blue
Cross Arena with a 27 save effort.
The large crowd on-hand in western New York had
several gasp moments with Adirondack stealing
the puck in the Rochester zone or racing in for
another breakaway or setting up a big shot. Jason
Akeson blasted one off the post on a big slapper
in the second period and the red-light actually
was lit by a trigger-happy goal-judge. But it
turned out the only time the Phantoms actually
lit the lamp would not count as a goal and the
other Phantoms' drives were not able to produce
It was Rochester's first victory against Adirondack
this season in three tries.
The game was the third of a four-game road-trip
for Adirondack who won last Sunday at Manchester
and were in search of their second away triumph
in a row as well as their third win in their last
four games overall.
Michael Leighton put forth a solid effort on the
Adirondack side with 31 saves on 33 shots including
several acrobatic efforts.
Rochester leading goal-scorer Derek Whitmore would
just barely get a piece of a centering feed in
the slot and chip it through Leighton in the first
period to give the Americans the 1-0 lead in an
exciting and back-and-forth opening frame that
saw both sides generate some tremendous opportunities
as shots were even at 10-10. After Whitmore recorded
his team-leading 23rd of the year, it would be
Adirondack's Harry Zolnierczyk and Shane Harper
both racing forward with breakaways at different
times but neither were able to beat Leggio.
Marcus Foligno would rush up the right-wing and
burn past a couple of Adirondack defenders and
then cut straight towards the net from the wall.
As he muscled the puck through Leighton and celebrated
what he and the crowd thought was a highlight-reel
caliber goal, referee Jarrod Ragusin signaled
that the goal would be disallowed and that Foligno
would be called for his intrusion into the crease
and contact with Leighton on a goaltenders interference
penalty. The 1-0 lead would remain at 1-0.
Early in the second period, crisp and quick passing
set up Dennis Persson who let fly a power-play
slapshot from the left circle that got through
Leighton but had not gone into the goal. As the
puck sat squarely on the goal-line and Leighton
tried to pounce back to cover, it got bumped into
the net by a Phantoms defenseman inadvertently
to give Rochester the 2-0 lead.
Rochester would get some more great chances through
a second period in which they outshot the Phantoms
13-5, but Leighton's big saves and covers kept
Adirondack within striking distance.
It briefly appeared the Phantoms would close the
gap later in the second period when Jason Akeson
would get free up the right-wing on a long outlet
pass by Tye McGinn. Akeson lined up a big slapshot
and beat Leggio but the drive was blasted off
the post and it clanged out for no goal despite
the light being lit on that end.
Matt Walker, returning from injury and playing
in his first game in almost a month, had one of
Adirondack's bigger drives in the third period
but his cannon from the right point was speared
by the glove of Leggio who was barely able to
read it and make the adjustment to his left in
Earlier in that same third period, Andrew Rowe
had stolen one clean in the corner of the Rochester
zone and rifled it out in front for Rob Bordson.
But Bordson on the backdoor with open-net in front
of him could not make the solid contact with the
pass he was looking for and just missed on his
chance to get the Phantoms a goal.
The Phantoms benefited from a brief power play
late in the third and were also able to pull Leighton
to turn it into a 6-on-4 attack. But Leggio continually
would scramble or rely on the defense in front
of him to make the big blocks. He was able to
hang on for his second shutout of the season in
the 27 save performance.
Marc-Andre Bourdon was expected to play his first
game back with the Phantoms since November following
his 39-game callup to Philadelphia but he was
scratched from the lineup with flu symptoms.
Rob Bordson returned to Adirondack after leading
Trenton of the ECHL in scoring in his time there
with 17 goals this year. Bordson played in 61
games with the Phantoms last season scoring seven
goals in his rookie campaign. He also played in
eight games with Rochester in December of this
season on a professional tryout contract. But
this time he is on a standard player contract
again with the Phantoms. The Duluth, Minnesota
native won a number of the faceoffs he took and
was inserted into a few different lines including
a pairing with Andrew Rowe and Garrett Klotz.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Blake Kessel,
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Mike Testwuide, Luke Pither,
and Oskars Bartulis.
The Phantoms are in the midst of a tough of seven
out of eight games on the road and also nine out
of 11. Adirondack has 23 games remaining in the
regular season and stands seven points out for
the eighth and last playoff spot in the Eastern
Adirondack and Rochester will conclude the season
series on Easter Sunday, April 8 at the Glens
Falls Civic Center.
The Phantoms wrap up their four-game road-trip
Saturday night at Binghamton seeking to break
the Mike McKenna curse and then conclude the three-in-three
weekend on Sunday afternoon with a 3:00 encounter
against Syracuse at the Glens Falls Civic Center
featuring a Phantoms Poster Giveaway for the first
3,000 fans and Post-Game Autograph Session with
the players all presented by Glens Falls Printing.
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).
Monday, February 27, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE at McGinny's. Special Guests, Riley Cote
and Harry Zolnierczyk
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Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Rochester Americans
2 - Status: Final
Friday, February 24, 2012 - Blue Cross Arena
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Rochester 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Rochester, Whitmore 23 (Adam, Finley),
11:00. Penalties-Eddy Adk (tripping), 1:07; Foligno
Rch (goaltender interference), 15:52; Zolnierczyk
Adk (hooking), 16:37.
2nd Period-2, Rochester, Persson 3 (Turnbull,
Adam), 1:11 (PP). Penalties-Roe Adk (tripping),
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Ford Adk (hooking),
16:15; McNabb Rch (high-sticking), 17:08.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-5-12-27. Rochester
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Rochester
1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 16-20-0 (33 shots-31
saves). Rochester, Leggio 17-15-1 (27 shots-27
Referees-Jarrod Ragusin (54).
Linesmen-Jeff Walker (28), Fraser McIntyre (94).