The Adirondack Phantoms were unable to withstand
the earlier Norfolk Admirals invasion and the
top team in the league held off a late surge to
preserve a 3-1 victory Friday night inside the
Glens Falls Civic Center. Norfolk picked up their
league leading 40th victory of the season as they
ran their impressive win-streak to 13 straight.
Norfolk is trying to chase down the Philadelphia
Phantoms' AHL record 17-game winning streak set
Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Adirondack outshot
the Admirals 14-4 in the final frame and also
killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 power play to give
themselves the opportunity to comeback. But Norfolk
was able to escape with the win as the Phantoms
simply ran out of time to close the deficit.
The Phantoms remain in the thick of the very tight
Eastern Conference playoff competition and now
trail Worcester for the eighth and last playoff
by four points with 17 games remaining in the
regular season. The Friday affair was the first
of another three-in-three weekend for the Phantoms
which includes a home game Saturday night against
Albany and then an away game Sunday afternoon
at the Worcester Sharks. Adirondack has won two
out of three in each of their last three weekends,
and will need back-to-back wins on Saturday and
Sunday to continue that impressive weekend-success
Denis Hamel scored on the power play in the second
period for his 17th goal of the season to spark
the comeback efforts but it would turn out to
be Adirondack's lone tally on the night.
Jason Bacashihua played well in goal for the Phantoms
in his 24 save effort and made a number of dazzling
stops. Both teams showed their distaste for each
other in a number of small scraps after the whistle
as part of a season-series that has seen its share
of testiness. Nobody would drop the gloves and
draw any fighting majors in the game although
it appeared we came close a few times.
Tyler Johnson scored a pair of goals to lead Norfolk.
The rookie out of Spokane, Washington is one of
a number of talented young prospects on the Tampa
Bay Lightning farm-club.
He benefited from an Admirals steal by line-mate
Richard Panik nine minutes into the game to rifle
in his 21st of the year and give Norfolk the 1-0
Two minutes later, Alexandre Picard would crank
a one-timer on the backdoor over in the right-circle
for a power play goal making the score 2-0.
Three minutes after that, the puck was pushed
from behind the goal back to Johnson in the slot
who blast went in and out of the back of the cage
so quickly that not everyone was aware at first
that it indeed was a goal.
Adirondack was outshot in the first period 14-5
but were able to make some quick corrections on
the Admirals and hold Norfolk to only 13 shots
for the rest of the game.
Denis Hamel's wrister from the right point in
the second period snuck through a screened Jaroslav
Janus for his team-leading 17th goal of the year.
Blake Kessel and Jason Akeson assisted on the
tally. Akeson's helper was his team-leading 34th
of the year and his 44th point which is also tops
on the Phantoms.
Adirondack had a number of close calls and scrambles
and battles in the slot and crease trying to close
the deficit further but Janus held steady an made
the two-goal advantage hold up.
The weekend home games are the Phantoms' first
consecutive games at the GFCC since early February.
Ben Holmstrom returned to the lineup for Adirondack
after missing all three games last weekend with
injury. Adirondack was without defenseman Brandon
Manning who was the latest youngster to make his
NHL debut when he garnered 15 minutes of ice-time
for the Flyers on Thursday night.
Harry Zolnericzyk was also called up by Philadelphia
but he was a late scratch when Jaromir Jagr was
deemed okay to play. Zolnierczyk made the trip
back up north from Philadelphia and arrived in
time to play in the opener of the three-in-three
Scratches for the Phantoms included Luke PIther,
Garrett Klotz, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Oskars Bartulis.
The homestand concludes Saturday night against
the Albany Devils on Faith and Family Night including
a post-game concert with Isaiah 6. The game is
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Norfolk Admirals 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 1 -
Status: In Progress (0:20 remaining in 3rd)
Friday, March 9, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Norfolk 3 0 0 - 3
Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Johnson 21 (Panik), 8:54.
2, Norfolk, Picard 5 (Palat, Smith), 10:31 (PP).
3, Norfolk, Johnson 22 (Panik, Cote), 19:30. Penalties-Picard
Nor (roughing), 1:30; Angelidis Nor (roughing),
4:33; Holmstrom Adk (elbowing), 4:33; Harper Adk
2nd Period-4, Adirondack, Hamel 17 (Kessel, Akeson),
13:19 (PP). Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (hooking),
1:28; Devos Nor (diving), 4:30; Bordson Adk (hooking),
4:30; Gudas Nor (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct),
12:41; Walker Adk (roughing), 12:41.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Oberg Nor (holding),
4:42; Gudas Nor (roughing), 5:42; Ford Adk (slashing),
5:42; Jancevski Adk (roughing, misconduct), 10:55;
Walker Adk (slashing), 11:30.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 14-9-4-27. Adirondack 5-5-14-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 3.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 12-8-2 (24 shots-23 saves).
Adirondack, Bacashihua 8-8-1 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).