Andrew Rowe kept his recent scoring surge going
as he broke a 1-1 tie with a backhander on a penalty-shot
with just 9:45 remaining to lead the Phantoms
to a crucial 3-1 road victory at the Providence
Bruins on Friday night.
Mike Testwuide (9th) and Erik Gustafsson (1st)
also scored for Adirondack while Michael Leighton
earned #1 Star of the Game honors with a 30-save
performance in the Phantoms' cage.
Rowe has been the hottest of the Phantoms' scorers
of late. With two goals last Sunday and one more
in this game, the second-year pro out of Michigan
State has doubled his season goal total to six
in just the past two games.
Adirondack extended their win-streak to three
games and the Phantoms now have points in six
of their last eight games as well as wins in five
of their last seven. Perhaps more importantly,
the Phantoms appear to have solved their previous
road-woes as they have now triumphed in three
of their last four away games.
The win pushes the Phantoms back over the .500
mark again at 27-26-3.
The Phantoms shaved another point off their distance
from the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference standings in the increasingly
tightening and exciting race. Albany won to move
past idle Manchester in the 7th and 8th race.
The Phantoms now trail 8th place Manchester by
four points for the last spot. Adirondack is in
a virtual five-way tie with other hopeful playoff
contenders in the extremely tight race. Worcester,
Portland, Springfield and Providence all have
58 points while the Phantoms are not at 57 points
but also with games-in-hand on most of the teams
they are chasing.
Adirondack still has 20 games remaining in the
regular season while many of the teams one or
more points ahead of them only have 18 or 19 games
Mike Testwuide returned to the lineup for his
first game back in three weeks, and lit the lamp
late in the first period on a seemingly innocent
wrister from the right-wing wall that eluded Bruins
goalie Adam Courchaine on the far post side. The
Providence netminder had just been called up from
Alaska of the ECHL as both of the Providence regular
goalies were out with injury in a situation eerily
familiar to Phantoms fans from just a few days
The Phantoms carried a 1-0 lead into the first
intermission on the timely Testwuide tally and
the resulting victory improves the team's record
to 17-2-1 when leading after one.
Early in the second period, a turnover in the
Adirondack zone would set up Calle Ridderwall
for a steal and tying goal rifled blocker-side
on Michael Leighton.
Providence had the better of the chances for much
of the second and third periods including a shot
off the post from the point by Colby Cohen in
the second and another pipe-shot in the third.
Providence had a great opportunity early in the
third period when Rob Bordson of the Phantoms
was called for a double-minor for high sticking.
But the Adirondack penalty-kill crew came up big
again and kept the game even.
A stretch pass midway through the third hit Andrew
Rowe on the tape as he rushed in and split the
Bruins' defenders. A slash from behind prevented
him from getting the shot off. But Rowe would
move the puck over to his backhand and stuff it
past the left skate of the Providence goalie on
his penalty shot to give the Phantoms the lead.
Adirondack is now 2-for-4 on penalty shots on
the year. Ben Holmstrom also scored on a third
period penalty shot at Syracuse in December. Both
Phantoms penalty-shot goals this year have held
up as game-winners.
With Providence trying to push forward late, Adirondack
was able to cruise into the zone and drop the
puck to Gustafsson at the center-point who snapped
on his drive past the stick of Courscahine for
the clincher with 1:35 remaining. It was Gustafsson's
first goal of the year for the Phantoms but his
second goal overall this season. He had scored
his first career NHL goal just a couple weeks
earlier with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The clincher with still 95 seconds remaining allowed
the Phantoms to breathe a bit easier the rest
of the way to the final horn as the win was now
comfortably in their hands.
The Phantoms were outshot in the third period
13-5 but scored on two of their shots while Leighton
made a number of fine saves on his end as the
more experienced goalie earned the victory ahead
of the Providence newcomer.
Ben Holmstrom missed the game with an injury.
Mike Testwuide and Eric Wellwood both returned
to the lineup after missing the past couple weeks.
Testwuide was out with injury while Wellwood was
up with the Philadelphia Flyers where he played
in four games including scoring his first NHL
goal against Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago. Garrett
Roe and Michael Leighton were also both welcome
returns to the lineup after missing some time
battling the flu-bug that has invaded the team.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Blake Kessel,
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Garrett Klotz, Luke Pither,
Ben Holmstrom and Oskars Bartulis.
Adirondack and Providence finished the season
series even at one game each, with both teams
winning on the opposing teams' home-ice.
The Phantoms conclude a long stretch of playing
nine of 11 games on the road when they face-off
against Albany on Saturday night at 5:00 at the
Times Union Center. It's important game in the
standings for both teams as well as a tie-breaking
game in the Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry series.
Right now, the Devils and Phantoms are even at
three games each with still four games remaining
between the Northway rivals. But Albany holds
the advantage currently on total points 8-6.
Adirondack returns home on Sunday afternoon for
the first of three straight at the Glens Falls
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Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Providence Bruins 1 -
Friday, March 2, 2012 - Dunkin' Donuts Center
Adirondack 1 0 2 - 3
Providence 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Testwuide 9 (Roe),
15:40. Penalties-Eddy Adk (boarding), 7:14; Whitfield
Pro (tripping), 13:18.
2nd Period-2, Providence, Ridderwall 8 (Camper,
Hamill), 4:05. Penalties-Warsofsky Pro (holding),
17:16; Ford Adk (roughing), 18:14; Hamel Adk (roughing),
18:14; McIver Pro (roughing), 18:14; McKelvie
Pro (roughing), 18:14.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Rowe 6 8:55 (TXT_PS).
4, Adirondack, Gustafsson 1 (McGinn, Akeson),
18:34. Penalties-Bordson Adk (double minor - high-sticking),
0:56; Wellwood Adk (hooking), 12:07.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-9-5-23. Providence
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Providence
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 18-20-0 (31 shots-30
saves). Providence, Courchaine 0-1-0 (23 shots-20
Referees-Tim Mayer (19), Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Todd Whittemore (70), Brian MacDonald