Michael Leighton and Mike McKenna have put on
some incredible shows before. But this one certainly
had to rate as one of the best for both of the
experienced goaltenders. After a combined 94 blasts
at the diving, scrambling, lunging netminders,
the Phantoms eventually persevered with a wild
2-1 shootout victory at the Binghamton Senators
on Saturday night.
Rob Bordson scored late in the first period in
just his second game back with the team, and then
tallied the clincher in the fourth round of the
shootout. Michael Leighton turned in an incredible
41 save performance for the win.
Mike McKenna, who has been the curse of the Phantoms
at times this season, was incredible again. A
50 save effort would not be enough for the win
this time however as Adirondack finally knocked
off the St. Lawrence University product who has
area ties with his engagement to a woman from
Joe Paterson said before the game that he has
told his team to shoot more. And evidently the
players heard him loud and clear. A 52-shot attack
including a seemingly endless 29-shot peppering
in just the first period awaited Mike McKenna
from the inspired Phantoms attack.
The game featured lots of run-and-gun, a virtual
game of shimmy in the overtime with both teams
rushing back and forth with odd-man opportunities,
and some other close calls and missed opportunities
that left the crowd of 4,000+ at the Broome County
Veterans Memorial breathless time-and-time again.
But in the end, it was the incredible saves made
by Leighton and McKenna in a 65-minute show of
"Can You Top That?" that left the fans
rubbing their eyes in disbelief. And the answer
to that question after every near-miraculous stop
seemed to be another resounding Yes.
Adirondack could not have done anything more to
break the game wide open at the start. An amazing
29 shot opening period had McKenna making one
incredible save after another as he kept the Phantoms
out of the net throughout almost the entire 20
minute nonstop puck-barrage.
But Rob Bordson picked up a loose puck on the
left side of the crease and was able to push it
around McKenna who was tangled in a couple of
bodies. The Duluth, Minnesota native's goal with
less than 8 seconds left in the period on the
team's 29th shot gave Adirondack the 1-0 lead.
Bourdson played in 61 games with the Phantoms
last year and scored seven goals after coming
over to Adirondack from Syracuse in a trade with
the Anaheim Ducks organization in November. This
season, Bourdson was the leading scorer with Trenton
of the ECHL with 17 goals but he also played eight
games with Rochester in December on a player tryout
Adirondack scooped him up last week and signed
him to a standard contract and the hard-working
player scored the team's lone goal in regulation
tonight and then the clincher in the shootout.
He also won a vast majority of has faceoffs including
several key draws throughout the night.
The 29 shots in a period are the most in the AHL
this season and also are the most ever for the
Adirondack Phantoms. The last time an AHL team
had more shots in a period was in the 2006-07
season when the Hartford Wolfpack had a 30 shot
effort in January.
The Phantoms also had the previous AHL high this
year for shots in a period with their 25 shot
effort a month ago against Bridgeport.
Adirondack would also blast shots of the post
on at least three different occasions. Shane Harper
rocketed a blast off the iron in the first period,
Tyler Brown did the same in the second period,
and then Harper again in the third on a shot that
may have been deflected en route by Harry Zolnierczyk.
Binghamton would come back to tie the score midway
through the second period. Rob Klinkhammer's drive
from the left circle was kicked out by Leighton,
but Derek Grant was there for the rebound as he
got a half-step in front of his former college
teammate at Michigan State, Andrew Rowe to get
to the opportunity first.
A wild overtime saw lots of dangling and odd-man
rush opportunities on both ends. Derek Grant had
one Binghamton's best chances to win it in the
extra period but he rifled his shot high over
the right shoulder of Leighton and missed the
Adirondack raced out on a long pass to Rob Bordson
up the right wing who perfectly centered to Zolnierczyk
in the slot. But Harry Z's point-blank opportunity
with 15 seconds left in the overtime was blocked
by McKenna for another tremendous save and on
the game went to the shootout where the Phantoms
would pull out the win....with Leighton making
saves on all four he faced of course, including
a couple nice ones.
Adirondack was without Marc-Andre Bourdon and
Garrett Roe who were both out with the flu. Jason
Bacashihua was a scratch from the lineup with
his upper-body injury sustained in practice Friday
morning. Notre Dame product Brad Phillips was
called up from Trenton to serve as Leighton's
backup. Other scratches for the Phantoms included
Blake Kessel, Mike Testwuide and Oskars Bartulis.
Adirondack completed their four-game road-trip
with a 2-2 mark and will finish their three-game
All-New York weekend Sunday at 3:00 against Syracuse.
The first 3,000 fans in attendance receive a Phantoms
receive a team poster presented by Glens Falls
Printing and the entire team will appear in Heritage
Hall for a post-game autograph session.
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
Friday, March 2, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 3, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, March 4, 3:00 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms. Dax's Kids Club
game and post-game open-skate with the Phantoms
players. Sunday Family 3-Pack.
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for any game in March plus a St. Patrick's Day
O'Phantoms logo T-Shirt all for only $30.
The Northway 2-Pack is on sale now. Get 2 tickets
for 2 games between the Phantoms and the Albany
Devils on March 10 and April 6 PLUS a player autograph
stick all for only $65. Call the Phantoms to order
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Adirondack Phantoms 2 (SO) at Binghamton Senators
1 - Status: Final SO
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Broome County Veterans
Adirondack 1 0 0 0 - 2
Binghamton 0 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Bordson 1 (Jancevski,
Harper), 19:52. Penalties-Cannone Bng (slashing),
5:30; Walker Adk (cross-checking), 8:23; Bartlett
Bng (roughing), 8:23; Borowiecki Bng (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 8:23; Lauridsen Adk (cross-checking,
roughing), 16:56; Conboy Bng (roughing), 16:56.
2nd Period-2, Binghamton, Grant 6 (Klinkhammer,
Hamilton), 7:56. Penalties-Borowiecki Bng (high-sticking),
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Locke Bng (high-sticking),
1:50; Jancevski Adk (interference), 18:48.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Adirondack 2 (Akeson NG, Hamel G,
Ford NG, Bordson G), Binghamton 0 (Hoffman NG,
Cannone NG, Downing NG, Petersson NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 29-11-6-5-1-52. Binghamton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Binghamton
0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 17-20-0 (42 shots-41
saves). Binghamton, McKenna 13-16-1 (51 shots-50
Referees-Matt Kirk (66).
Linesmen-Andy Petrus (26), Brian Lemon (25).