On Star Wars Night at the Glens Falls Civic Center,
the Adirondack Phantoms turned away the Springfield
Falcons 3-1 for a key victory in the ever-tightening
Eastern Conference race.
Michael Leighton came within seven minutes of
his second consecutive shutout and Adirondack
received goals from Rob Bordson (2nd), Brandon
Manning (6th) and Matt Ford (22nd) as they stayed
unbeaten all-time against Springfield at 7-0-0.
Leighton turned aside 24 of 25 Springfield shots
for the win but was broken late in the game by
nick Drazenovic off the underside of the crossbar
for the lone Falcons' tally of the night.
Birthday-boy Oliver Lauridsen appeared to have
scored his fourth of the season while celebrating
his 23rd birthday in the game. But after the game
was over the ruling on the goal was changed to
a tip-in by Rob Bordson on the shot past Paul
Dainton. Bordson's second of the year assisted
by Lauridsen and Shane Harper gave Adirondack
a 1-0 lead that would hold up until the third
period. It was the second game in a row in which
the Phantoms were clinging to a 1-0 advantage
until the final frame.
But this time the Phantoms would stake Leighton
with a bit more breathing room with back-to-back
goals just a couple minutes apart to begin the
Brandon Manning took a nice drop from the corner
by Mike Testwuide and blasted home his sixth of
the season to make it 2-0. Dainton was never able
to see the puck as Ben Holmstrom got in the slot
to screen the rookie goalie's view.
Just a couple minutes later, Dan Jancevski would
feed the puck from the point to Matt Ford in the
slot to rifle home his 22nd overall on the year
and his 12th since joining the Phantoms in early
February when he came over from the Hershey Bears
in a trade for Kevin Marshall.
Springfield never put together many serious challenges
at the Adirondack goal as the defensive unit put
the clams down on Alexandre Giroux and Dane Byers
and the rest of the Falcons' offense.
The win pulls Adirondack one point closer in the
conference race. At 32-21-3 for 67 points, the
Phantoms trail Manchester and Syracuse by four
points for the 7th and 8th spots. Both of those
teams have 71 points. Adirondack has one game-in-hand
on the Monarchs and the Crunch.
The Phantoms are also now just one point behind
Springfield in the jumbled standings and are in
an amazing 5-way tie for 10th place at 67 points
with Albany, Worcester, Portland and Providence.
10 games remain in the regular season for the
Phantoms with every point proving to be vitally
crucial through the stretch run.
The game featured several costumed characters
from the Star Wars series courtesy of the 501st
Garrison unit of upstate NY.
Before the game, a special check presentation
was made to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens
Falls Hospital for over $13,000. Thanks to all
the great fans who helped support the worthy cause
on Pink in the Rink Night in January including
the special tickets sold, Pink in the Rink T-Shirts,
Pink Jersey Auction, and 50/50 raffle.
The Phantoms are now 19-12-1 at home this year
and are 3-0 this season against Springfield. The
Phantoms and Falcons meet one more time in Adirondack's
last away game of the season with big playoff
implications potentially on the line on Friday,
April 13th in western Mass.
Adirondack was without Erik Gustafsson in the
game who was called up earlier in the day and
played that evening with Philadelphia. He was
replaced in the lineup by Cullen Eddy.
Tyler Brown returned to the lineup after missing
Friday's game with injury.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Blake Kessel,
Garrett Klotz, Tye McGinn and Oskars Bartulis.
Adirondack outshot the Falcons 31-25. The Phantoms
went 0-for-4 on the power play while Springfield
Adirondack aims for a perfect three-in-three weekend
on Sunday afternoon against the Binghamton Senators
at 3:00 as they look to pull even closer in the
chase for a post-season birth.
Sunday's game is Mascot Mania to celebrate Dax's
birthday and also includes a post-game open-skate
with the Phantoms players courtesy of Glens Falls
Saturday, March 24, 7:00 - Springfield Falcons
at Adirondack Phantoms. Guns 'N Hoses Charity
Game at 3:00 to benefit NY Special Olympics. Star
Wars Night presented by the Upstate NY 501st Garrison
Unit. Silent Auction for Pink in the Rink Sticks.
Sunday, March 25, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators at
Adirondack Phantoms. Dax's Birthday Party! Mascot
Mania!! Post-game skate with the Phantoms players
presented by Glens Falls Hospital.
Monday, March 26 - No Phantoms Power Hour Show
due to busy game schedule
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Friday. March 30, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack
Phantoms. $2 draft-beer specials.
Saturday, March 31, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Connecticut Whale.
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Springfield Falcons 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Springfield 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 0 1 2 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Garlock Spr
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:58; Giroux Spr (roughing),
17:58; Bourdon Adk (roughing), 17:58; Roe Adk
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:58; Byers Spr (cross-checking),
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Bordson 2 (Lauridsen,
Harper), 6:02. Penalties-MacLeod Spr (high-sticking),
1:11; MacLeod Spr (holding), 12:10; Manning Adk
(diving), 12:10; Amadio Spr (interference), 16:29.
3rd Period-2, Adirondack, Manning 6 (Testwuide),
1:19. 3, Adirondack, Ford 22 (Jancevski, Hamel),
2:50. 4, Springfield, Drazenovic 11 (MacLeod),
13:13. Penalties-Walker Adk (tripping), 4:40;
Bogosian Spr (fighting), 7:57; Ford Adk (fighting),
7:57; served by MacLeod Spr (bench minor - too
many men), 9:15.
Shots on Goal-Springfield 7-9-9-25. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 0 / 1; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Springfield, Dainton 11-10-1 (31 shots-28
saves). Adirondack, Leighton 23-23-0 (25 shots-24
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Steeve Lemay (64).