Adirondack earned a valuable standings point
in the Eastern Conference playoff race in Wednesday
night's game at Syracuse but missed on their opportunity
to grab 8th place in the standings in another
heart-stopping goaltenders' duel. The Crunch were
barely able to edge the Phantoms in the shootout
2-1 just moments after both teams had almost sealed
the win in overtime in the wild and entertaining
Andrew Rowe scored for Adirondack while former
Phantom Patrick Maroon lit the lamp for Syracuse
followed by Kyle Palmieri scoring the lone goal
for either side in the shootout to ultimately
decide matters. But the chatter following the
game revolved around Adirondack goalie Michael
Leighton who turned in yet another phenomenal
performance in stopping 42 or 43 Crunch shots
including several dazzlers in the third period
With just a few seconds remaining, Ben Holmstrom
and Mike Testwuide cruised into the Syracuse zone
on a 2-on-1 with a chance to win. The Syracuse
defender took Testwuide giving Holmstrom the open
shooting try from the left circle. The Phantoms
captain beat goalie Iiro Tarkki over his glove-hand
but glanced it off the top of the crossbar and
out. With the puck glancing upstairs and away
went Adirondack's best chance to notch the second
point in the contest.
Adirondack is 4-4-1 against Syracuse this year
heading into the conclusion of the Showdown Series
on Friday night back at the Glens Falls Civic
Center. The Phantoms overall stand at 33-31-4
for 70 standings points while Syracuse improved
to 32-27-9 for 73 points.
Syracuse is in a 7th/8th tie with Manchester at
73 points followed closely by a 9th place tie
between Adirondack and Portland who have 70 points
each. The Phantoms can close to within one point
of Syracuse with a regulation win in the big rematch
A wild and back-and-forth second period saw the
Phantoms outshoot the Crunch 16-15 with both goalies
getting tested over and over. Andrew Rowe accepted
a long stretch pass from Cullen Eddy in stride
and roofed the breakaway try over Tarkki's blocker
to knock the water bottle and give the Phantoms
a 1-0 lead. Rowe's goal was his 7th of the year.
That lead lasted for all of 57 seconds. Dan Sexton
threaded in perfectly from the right-wing wall
to Pat Maroon in the left circle to crank home
the one-timer and tie it at 1-1. Maroon has a
career-high 29 goals placing him fourth in the
Then the third period and overtime would see Leighton
stand on his head for more amazing saves which
have become stunningly common-place for the 29-year-old
who helped lead the Philadelphia Flyers to the
Stanley Cup Finals in 2010.
It was a performance good enough to at least earn
the standings point and break out of the 10th
place tie at 69 with Albany and Providence who
are still hanging on in the tight race.
Leighton had been peaking in the past few weeks
and only built on that momentum and success in
this one. In his previous 13 games since March
19, he had gone 9-4-0 with a solid 1.99 goals
against average and an outstanding .939 saves
percentage. BOTH of those stats improved after
this one even though he was pinned with the shootout
Derek Mathers dropped the gloves for the first
time in his pro career in a third period bout
against Josh Brittain. The 18-year-old from the
Peterborough Petes joined the Phantoms on an amateur
tryout contract a week ago. He was third in the
OHL in penalty minutes this season.
Cullen Eddy also scrapped with former Phantoms
Patrick Maroon. Eddy had the edge early but Maroon
came back late to land a number of blows to the
back of Eddy's head although the second-year Phantom
appeared to be unfazed following the altercation
with the bigger Maroon.
Adirondack was without defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon
and goalie Jason Bacashihua who were both called
up to Philadelphia due to injuries on the Flyers.
Goalie Brad Phillips was reassigned to Adirondack
from Trenton of the ECHL to serve as Leighton's
Two new signees on ATO's did not see game-action.
Campbell Elynuik and Nick Cousins were among the
scratches in the game. Other scratches included
Tye McGinn, Garrett Klotz, Luke Pither and Oskars
Syracuse outshot the Phantoms 44-35. The Crunch
were 0-for-4 on the power play while Adirondack
went 0-for-2 in the mostly clean game in which
players from both sides didn't want to take costly
penalties that would allow the other team to break
The Phantoms have a four-game point streak at
3-0-1 and are just three points back of a playoff
spot with only eight games remaining in the regular
season. The Crunch are one of the hottest teams
in the league and have an eight-game point streak
at 7-0-1 and are also 10-1-1 in their last 12
to move into their current playoff positioning.
The two meet again on Friday in Glens Falls in
the only home game of the week for the Phantoms.
Come out and feel the intensity of the playoff
push in the finale of the Adirondack vs. Syracuse
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Friday. March 30, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack
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Saturday, March 31, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Syracuse Crunch 2 (SO)
- Status: Final SO
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - Onondaga County War
Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 0 1 0 0 - 1
Syracuse 0 1 0 0 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Akeson Adk (tripping),
1:42; Bordson Adk (goaltender interference), 7:43;
Holzapfel Syr (tripping), 15:55.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Rowe 7 (Eddy), 8:04.
2, Syracuse, Maroon 29 (Sexton, McGinnis), 9:01.
Penalties-Zolnierczyk Adk (tripping), 1:28; O'Marra
Syr (high-sticking), 9:33; Eddy Adk (fighting),
16:47; Holmstrom Adk (slashing), 16:47; Holland
Syr (slashing), 16:47; Maroon Syr (fighting),
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Mathers Adk
(fighting), 9:36; Brittain Syr (fighting), 9:36;
Hamel Adk (delay of game), 10:08.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Adirondack 0 (Akeson NG, Hamel NG,
Ford NG, Rowe NG, Bordson NG), Syracuse 1 (Holland
NG, Maroon NG, Palmieri G, Caputi NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-16-5-5-0-35. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Syracuse
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 24-23-0 (43 shots-42
saves). Syracuse, Tarkki 19-15-4 (35 shots-34
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Dan Murphy (21), Fraser McIntyre (94).