Midway through Friday
night's game, the Adirondack Phantoms looked in
good shape with a 2-1 lead at the Hershey Bears
and an extended 5-on-3 power play giving them
a big opportunity for more. But Hershey was able
to build on the momentum of their successful penalty-kill
capped by a shorthanded goal to tie the score
on their way to a 6-3 win in the finale of the
season series. Hershey and Adirondack finished
tied two games each in the 2011-12 rivalry. Hershey
now leads the all-time series 83-81-8 after 172
games between the Bears and Phantoms going back
The setback ends Adirondack's impressive four-game
road win streak as they head to Syracuse on Saturday
night looking to start another.
The win moves Adirondack one point further back
in the big playoff race. The Phantoms got some
help in the form of an Albany loss at Binghamton.
But Worcester won their game to move into the
7th/8th place tie with the Manchester Monarchs.
Both Worcester and Manchester have 65 points in
the last playoff sports while Adirondack remains
close on their heels with 63 points. Albany, Springfield,
Portland, Syracuse and Providence all remain in
contention in the big scramble as well. Those
seven teams are fighting it out for the last two
spots. 13 games remain in the regular season.
The Phantoms certainly had their chances in this
one. They were given a season-high 11 power plays
in the game as Hershey had trouble staying out
of the box. But sometimes power plays go in waves
and Adirondack just couldn't finish on their big
chances to put the game away after getting a second
Tomas Kundratek blasted home a long rebound early
in the first period as Hershey took a 1-0 lead
into the first intermission.
Adirondack stormed out at the beginning of the
second taking advantage of the parade of Bears
to the sin-bin. Brandon Manning joined the rush
in the left-circle in a 4-on-4 situation and received
a nice cross-slot feed from Matt Ford to tie the
game at 1-1.
Less than three minutes later, it was Denis Hamel
with the nice behind the back dish from the end-boards
to find Matt Ford on the right-wing side of the
crease while goalie Dany Sabourin was leaning
the wrong way just enough for Ford to chip it
in over his shoulder on the short-side.
Ford's 11th of the year in just 18 games since
joining the Phantoms cane against his former team
and was his 21st overall on the season. A few
seconds after Ford had given Adirondack the lead,
he would get into a scrap with the player he was
traded for, Kevin Marshall. Ford is not typically
known for his fighting but he was able to get
the jersey over Marshall's head in the fight at
the red-line in front of both team's benches.
Adirondack had an extended 5-on-3 on a couple
of penalties back-to-back by Hershey with a chance
to build on the 2-1 lead. But Hershey got in the
shooting lanes and Sabourin came up with the big
saves to kill the full two minutes of two-man
Right as one of their players returned, Geoff
Mitchell found a loose-puck in the neutral-zone
and raced out on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush. Mitchell
took the shot himself from the right circle instead
of passing to the league's top point-man, Chris
Bourque. Mitchell's drive hit off the top edge
of Jason Bacashihua's glove and tumbled into the
goal to tie the score at 2-2.
That key shorthanded goal against the former,
popular Hershey Bears netminder of 2009-2010 was
the turning point in the game.
Hershey would get a 5-on-3 of their own later
in the second period and would close out the frame
with three goals in four minutes. Former Philadelphia
Phantom Kyle Greentree chipped home a drive from
Kundratek to give Hershey the 3-2 lead. There
was just one second remaining on Bordson's penalty
when he scored the goal so Hershey got to continue
on the power play at 5-on-4 for another 1:40.
They scored on that one too as Cody Eakin's shot
from the right circle appeared to hit something
on its way in to make it 4-2 in favor of the Bears.
Then some quick passing in the closing seconds
of the second frame would set Mike Carman to drive
home a very good pass from the right-wing wall
on the fast rush. The Hershey goal with 19 seconds
left made it 5-2 Hershey.
Kyle Greentree scored again for Hershey in the
third and Garrett Roe closed the scoring with
a shorthanded breakaway goal in the closing minutes
on a nice, long bank pass by Rob Bordson. Roe's
goal was his 8th of the year.
Adirondack was 1-for-11 on the power play while
Hershey went 3-for-8 with a shorthanded goal.
Four of Hershey's six goals came on the specialty
Adirondack outshot the Bears 34-24 including 14-4
in the third period but it wasn't enough to get
the required number of pucks past Sabourin.
The Phantoms are back in action Saturday night
at the Syracuse Crunch at 7:30. Adirondack is
looking to avenge a 2-1 setback against Syracuse
on Wednesday night when the Crunch rallied from
behind late in the game.
Adirondack's next home games are Saturday, March
24 against Springfield on Star Wars Night followed
by a Sunday, March 25 matchup with Binghamton
on Dax's first birthday celebration. For tickets,
call the Phantoms at (518) 480-3355.
Friday, March 16, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Monday, March 19, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE
from McGinny's. Scheduled players guests Jason
Akeson and Shane Harper.
Friday, March 23, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 24, 7:00 - Springfield Falcons
at Adirondack Phantoms. Star Wars Night with Darth
Vader and Boba Fett! Guns 'N Hoses Charity Game
at 3:00 to benefit NY Special Olympics.
Sunday, March 25, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators at
Adirondack Phantoms. Dax's Birthday Party and
Mascot Mania!! Post-game skate with the Phantoms
players presented by Glens Falls Hospital.
Get great savings with the Phantoms when you bring
your group of 15 friends or co-workers to a game.
Group-rates available as low as $13 per person.
Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355.
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Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Hershey Bears 6 - Status:
Friday, March 16, 2012 - Giant Center
Adirondack 0 2 1 - 3
Hershey 1 4 1 - 6
1st Period-1, Hershey, Kundratek 9 (Syner, Mitchell),
2:50. Penalties-Carman Her (holding), 4:48; Lauridsen
Adk (fighting), 7:55; Rechlicz Her (instigating,
fighting, misconduct - instigating), 7:55; Testwuide
Adk (hooking), 12:55; Carman Her (hooking), 15:46;
Ford Adk (high-sticking), 16:59.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Manning 5 (Ford, Hamel),
4:05. 3, Adirondack, Ford 21 (Hamel, Akeson),
6:30 (PP). 4, Hershey, Mitchell 6 10:06 (SH).
5, Hershey, Greentree 7 (Bourque, Kundratek),
15:56 (PP). 6, Hershey, Eakin 11 (Brouillette,
Kundratek), 16:54 (PP). 7, Hershey, Carman 5 (King,
Kundratek), 19:41. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (slashing),
0:06; Wellar Her (slashing), 0:06; Jancevski Adk
(holding), 3:08; Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 3:35;
Greentree Her (roughing), 3:35; Potulny Her (double
minor - high-sticking), 3:35; Lacroix Her (double
minor - high-sticking), 6:51; Mitchell Her (slashing),
7:56; Ford Adk (roughing, roughing), 13:13; Marshall
Her (roughing, roughing), 13:13; Bordson Adk (roughing),
13:57; McGinn Adk (roughing), 13:57; Brouillette
Her (roughing), 13:57; Roe Adk (cross-checking),
3rd Period-8, Hershey, Greentree 8 (Eakin, McNeill),
11:28 (PP). 9, Adirondack, Roe 8 (Bordson), 17:22
(SH). Penalties-Ford Adk (tripping), 3:30; Carman
Her (tripping), 6:24; Brown Adk (hooking), 10:38;
Syner Her (high-sticking), 12:48; Lacroix Her
(high-sticking), 13:45; Jancevski Adk (hooking),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-11-14-34. Hershey
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 11; Hershey
3 / 8.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 8-9-1 (24 shots-18
saves). Hershey, Sabourin 11-9-4 (34 shots-31
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Mike McDevitt (13), Bob Goodman (90).