Adirondack just couldn't buy a break Saturday
night in Hartford, Conn. and dropped a 3-0 decision
to the Whale to close out their weekend. A deflected
puck on what appeared to be an attempted centering
pass went in for a Connecticut goal. In the meanwhile,
Adirondack had a goal waved off by the referee
and blasted another one off the crossbar.
Both of the teams the Phantoms are chasing, Manchester
and Syracuse, won in their Saturday night contests
so Adirondack fell to three points back of 8th
in the Eastern Conference playoff race with six
games remaining in the regular season.
The game at Connecticut was much closer than the
final score made it seem. The Whale tacked on
an empty-netter with just seconds remaining to
provide for the final margin.
Adirondack had their five-game point streak (4-0-1)
come to a close with the loss.
The Phantoms appeared to be getting many of the
better chances in the first period but Connectucit
goalie Cameron Talbot made several fine stops
in his beginning of a 26-save shutout performance.
Adirondack had three power plays in the opening
period and one extended opportunity in the slot
with Harry Zolnierczyk batting the puck and pads
of Talbot repeatedly trying to jam home a score.
But Connecticut survived the flurry and kept the
Phantoms off the board.
Kelsey Tessier picked up a rebound of a long slapshot
that Leighton kicked to the left-wing side of
the crease. His flip into the net for his 11th
of the year gave the Whale a 1-0 lead. It came
just as Andrew Rowe was returning to the ice from
the penalty box thus did not count as a power
The next goal would be officially on the power
play though. Casey Wellman flipped one from the
goal-line on the right-wing side of the net and
it bounced its way off one of the Adirondack players
and in on an unlucky bounce. Connecticut's advantage
was 2-0 on the fortuitous man-advantage tally.
Ben Holmstrom raced wide of former NHL All-Star
defenseman Wade Redden and cut towards the net
from the right-wing goal-line looking to jam in
the puck. He took a shove from the back of Redden
and then went crashing into the goalie Talbot.
While Holmstrom was tangled with Talbot, the puck
rebounded out to Matt Ford in the slot who easily
shot it over the goalie down on the ice to appear
to get Adirondack on the board.
But referee Francis Charron immediately waved
off the goal ruling goaltender interference on
Holmstrom. Head Coach Joe Paterson argued the
decision likely claiming that Redden forced the
situation with the shove on the Phantoms' captain.
But the call stood and Connecticut's lead remained
Adirondack trailed by two goals in the third period
just the night before and were able to rally against
Syracuse for the dramatic victory but would be
not be afforded the opportunity to produce an
encore although not for lack of drives at Talbot.
Early in the third period, Denis Hamel rushed
up the left-wing and cranked his big slapper on
a sharp angle over the right shoulder of Talbot.
The blast rang off the crossbar and to the other
side and out as another unhelpful bounce would
hurt the Phantoms.
The Phantoms would have a couple more close calls
on Talbot including a couple of additional rushes
up the left-wing hoping to reproduce his speedy
goal of the night before that trigged the team's
comeback. But Rowe was never able to get that
attempt. Rob Bordson had a couple of tries as
well. So did Harry Zolnierczyk. But it just wasn't
able to connect for the Phantoms as the Whale
were able to collapse and tip enough Phantoms'
passes to break up their opportunities.
Kelsey Tessier's second goal of the night came
from the center-dot all the way down ice into
the middle of the empty-net with seven seconds
remaining to close out the scoring.
Connectcut outshot the Phantoms 28-26. Adirondack
went 0-for-4 on the power play while the Whale
18-year-old Nick Cousins made his pro debut and
saw a few shifts as a fourth-line center. Cousins
is a third-round pick of the Flyers from 2011
who had 35 goals this season with Sioux Ste. Marie
in the OHL where he will be eligible to return
Scratches for the game included Garrett Klotz,
Garrett Roe, Tye MccGinn, Luke Pither, Matt Walker,
Oskars Bartulis and Campbell Elynuik. Brad Phillips
again served as backup goalie to Michael Leighton
while Jason Bacashihua remains with Philadelphia
due to an injury to Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Phantoms have six days off between games and
then return to action with three games in three
days next weekend including home games on Good
Friday and Easter Sunday. Adirondack's home game
on Friday is against the Albany Devils who trail
the Phantoms by only one point in the Eastern
The Phantoms lead the Time Warner Cable Cup Series
over the Albany Devils 5-3 with just two games
remaining. An Adirondack victory either Friday
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will clinch the Time Warner Cable Cup for the
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Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Connecticut Whale 3 -
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - XL Center Veterans
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Connecticut 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Connecticut, Tessier 11 (Deveaux,
Redden), 13:19. Penalties-Prough Ct (high-sticking),
4:10; Redden Ct (interference), 7:30; Mathers
Adk (roughing), 9:49; Nightingale Ct (roughing),
9:49; Rowe Adk (tripping), 11:16; Newbury Ct (high-sticking),
2nd Period-2, Connecticut, Wellman 22 (Deveaux,
Newbury), 8:49 (PP). Penalties-Moses Ct (hooking),
4:20; Eddy Adk (interference), 8:28.
3rd Period-3, Connecticut, Tessier 12 (Wellman),
19:53 (EN). Penalties-Eddy Adk (holding), 6:31;
Manning Adk (cross-checking), 8:00; Deveaux Ct
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 12-7-7-26. Connecticut
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Connecticut
1 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 25-24-1 (27 shots-25
saves). Connecticut, Talbot 13-13-0 (26 shots-26
Referees-Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Derek Wahl (46), Brent Colby (7).