Michael Leighton and Rob Bordson led the way as
the Adirondack Phantoms recent road success continued
with a 4-1 victory at the Worcester Sharks on
Sunday afternoon. Adirondack had previously had
a stretch in which they struggle away from the
confines from the Glens Falls Civic Center but
that seems in the distant past now as the team
has found their away-game stride with four straight
road victories as well as five in their last six.
Bordson racked up three very nice assists and
Leighton turned in an impressive 40-save performance
for the victory. Shane Harper (13th), Matt Ford
(10th), Mike Testwuide (10th) and Tye McGinn (10th)
all scored for Adirondack.
The streaking Phantoms finished off another successful
three-game weekend stretch winning two out of
the three. It it was fourth straight 2-for-3 weekend
The 30th win of the season for the Phantoms pulls
the team to within just one point of the Albany
Devils for the eighth place spot in the Eastern
Conference playoff chase. And Adirondack is just
two points behind seventh place Manchester while
moving into a ninth place tie with Worcester.
Both Albany and Manchester lost their Sunday games
allowing the Phantoms to close the gap with the
valuable two points on the road while giving them
the opportunity to vault into one of the playoff
positions if the winning ways continue with upcoming
games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The Phantoms with 63 points are now in a ninth
place tie with the Worcester Sharks with 15 games
remaining in the regular season. Pretty impressive
for a team that found themselves eight points
out just a few weeks ago.
But going 6-2 in their last eight games as well
as 8-4-1 in their last 13 has allowed Joe Paterson's
club to get right in there in the heart of the
jammed group of teams in a battle seemingly certain
to be contested right up until the end of the
The Phantoms did not show any letdown following
the emotion and intensity of the playoff-atmosphere
4-3 win over Albany in front of the Standing Room
Only crowd the night before. The 4-1 victory at
Worcester however was not an easy one and the
final margin belies the true closeness and competitiveness
of the contest
Adirondack took a 1-0 lead in the first period
when Rob Bordson would loft a puck up high in
the air from the Phantoms' zone perfectly arcing
it right over the shoulder of Shane Harper cutting
in past the Sharks' defense. Harper was able to
bat the puck in mid-air and then control it after
a couple of bounces to eventually put it home
on a breakaway for his 13th goal of the season.
Harper had two goals on the weekend and now has
four goals in the last five games going back to
last Saturday when he had a two-goal game at Albany.
The Phantoms extended the lead to 2-0 in the opening
minute of the middle period when Bordson jumped
on a giveaway in the Worcester zone and curled
to the right-circle slamming a shot off the pads
on goalie Harri Satari. The long rebound in the
high slot was scooped up by Ford who deposited
his low wrister past the left-skate of Satari
for his 10th with the Phantoms in 16 games since
joining the club in early February.
Ford came over from the Hershey Bears in a trade
for Kevin Marshall and already had 10 goals on
the season with his former club. The 27-year-old
from West Hills, California has matched that output
in a much quicker stretch with Adirondack.
After the Phantoms made it 2-0, Worcester would
charge into the Adirondack zone time-and-time
again getting shot after shot on Michael Leighton.
The veteran goalie from Petrolia, Ont. made several
fine stops among his 21 total saves in the second
period which ended with a right-leg pad save on
a Brandon Mashinter breakaway to keep the Phantoms
in front by two.
Worcester would finally get on the board in the
middle of the third period off a face-off win
that they quickly worked out to Jack Combs in
the slot for his 13th goal of the season.
But just two minutes later Adirondack would get
that goal back with Rob Bordson's slapper from
the left-point finding the stick of Testwuide
in front of the net for a deflection upstairs
for his 10th goal of the season.
Tye McGinn blasted a drive from behind the Worcester
line for an empty-net goal with 45 seconds remaining
for his 10th of the season to seal the victory.
Leighton's 21st win of the year came on a fine
40-save effort. Rob Bordson earned #2 Star of
the Game honors with his three primary assists,
all of differing styles.
The game was the first of the year between the
Phantoms and Sharks. The lone rematch comes in
the second to last game of the regular season
on Saturday, April 14 at the Glens Falls Civic
Center in a game that could have significant playoff
implications for both squads.
The game was a relatively clean contest with very
few penalties called. Adirondack went 0-for-2
on the power play while Worcester was 0-for-1.
The Sharks outshot the Phantoms 41-35 as both
Leighton and Sateri saw plenty of rubber throughout
Adirondack was without Harry Zolnierczyk who was
recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers following
Saturday night's game. Andrew Rowe, Marc-Andre
Bourdon and Oskars Bartulis were the other scratches
for the Phantoms.
Adirondack returns home on Wednesday night to
take on the Syracuse Crunch on a $1 hot dog night
as the team has a fun time celebrating National
Potato Chip Day including a potato chip giveaway
courtesy of Fitzgerald's.
The Phantoms then travel to Hershey and Syracuse
for more back-to-back road games next Friday and
Saturday as they will look to extend their four-game
road winning streak even further.
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Adirondack Phantoms 4 at Worcester Sharks 1 -
Sunday, March 11, 2012 - DCU Center
Adirondack 1 1 2 - 4
Worcester 0 0 1 - 1
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Harper 13 (Bordson,
Leighton), 14:22. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Ford 20 (Bordson),
0:57. Penalties-Doherty Wor (hooking), 4:49; Walker
Adk (holding), 14:50; served by Combs Wor (bench
minor - too many men), 16:48.
3rd Period-3, Worcester, Combs 13 (Moon, Reid),
10:24. 4, Adirondack, Testwuide 10 (Bordson, Holmstrom),
12:39. 5, Adirondack, McGinn 10 (Ford, Walker),
19:15 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-15-11-36. Worcester
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Worcester
0 / 1.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 21-21-0 (41 shots-40
saves). Worcester, Sateri 11-12-0 (35 shots-32
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Bob Paquette (18), Jack Millea (23).