For the second consecutive home game, the Adirondack
Phantoms overcame a third period deficit to post
a thrilling come-from-behind win. This time it
was Denis Hamel with the game-winner with 6:22
remaining as Adirondack triumphed over rival Albany
3-2 to clinch the Time Warner Cable Cup for the
second season in a row. Matt Ford had just tied
it a few minutes earlier on a fine shot pinballing
off the far post for his 16th goal in only 26
games with Adirondack.
Down 2-1 entering the third period, the Phantoms
kept their cool while the Devils appeared to be
losing theirs. That as well as three big power
play goals made the difference for Adirondack
on the night in front of 4,120 fans again generating
some deafening noise inside the Civic Center.
The Phantoms appear to be making a habit of exciting
comebacks like this, particularly at home. In
Adirondack's previous home game last Friday, the
Phantoms overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period
to post a 4-3 overtime thriller over Syracuse.
This win over Albany may have only been a comeback
from one-goal deficit instead of two, but it was
just as enthralling nonetheless.
These types of games have not been uncommon in
the Adirondack vs. Albany rivalry. The Phantoms
lead the season series 6-3. But of their six wins,
five have been by one goal including three that
have come in overtime. This one didn't take an
extra period though as the Phantoms were able
to hang on for the regulation W.
With the critical victory, Adirondack pulls to
within three points of Manchester for a playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference after the Monarchs
lost in overtime to Connecticut 2-1. The Phantoms
are also just five points behind seventh place
Syracuse who lost in regulation at Bridgeport
3-1.That was some great help the Phantoms received
from their Northeast Division friends over in
Bridgeport and Hartford.
Adirondack has just five games remaining in the
regular season in which to makeup the deficit
on either Manchester or Syracuse to grab a Calder
Cup postseason berth but the Phantoms also have
a game-in-hand on both of the teams they are attempting
to chase down.
The punches were flying and the big hits were
getting dealt on all ends of the ice for much
of the night in the chippy game dripping with
playoff intensity throughout. Albany had difficult
staying out of the penalty box and gave Adirondack
seven power play while the Phantoms only helped
the Devils gain the man-advantage two times.
Cullen Eddy gave the Phantoms the initial lead
in the first period as he drove to the net on
the power play and pushed in the rebound of a
Brandon Manning drive from center-point. It was
Eddy's second goal of the season.
Steve Zalewski tied the score just three minutes
later with a chip over the right shoulder of Michael
Leighton on a centering feed from Mattias Tedenby.
The 1-1 deadlock would be broken in the second
period on a Kory Nagy goal from the right circle
that appeared to bank in off the back leg of Leighton.
Vladmir Zharkov almost gave the Devils a 3-1 lead
when he raced free on a breakaway but his drive
past Leighton rang off the post and rebounded
Albany led 2-1 heading into the third period but
Adirondack was able to find their stride once
again in the close 20 minutes.
Matt Ford briefly juggled the cross-ice feed by
Erik Gustafsson and Jason Akeson on the power
play but once he found the handle he let fly a
perfectly placed drive over the left shoulder
of Keith Kinkaid to bank it off the far post and
tie the score at 2-2 with 12:54 remaining.
Ford equaled his career-high of 26 goals initially
accomplished last year with the Lake Erie Monsters.
He has 16 goals in 26 games since joining the
Phantoms on February 3 in a trade with the Capitals
organization for Kevin Marshall. He had 10 goals
in 39 games for Hershey prior to joining the Phantoms.
It was Ford's feed across the slot to Hamel with
6:22 remaining that proved to be the game-winner.
Denis Hamel had accepted a long stretch-pass and
had a half-step on a couple of Albany D-men for
a breakaway but his shot was blasted off the left
shoulder of Kinkaid and caromed into the corner.
Ben Holmstrom smartly dug it away and quickly
got it to Ford at the base of the right-circle
who was able to feed it across to Hamel with the
chip over the right skate of Kinkaid for the big
Hamel's 23rd goal of the season is his 338th career
goal, 11th all-time in AHL history.
More punches and hitting ensued as Phantoms players
took exception to some of the Devils physicality
while the Albany skaters reciprocated the animosity.
Goalie Keith Kinkaid got a shove in at Matt Ford
and took a roughing penalty with less than five
minutes remaining triggering one of the many group
altercations on the night.
Dan Kelly dropped the gloves a couple of times
with different Adirondack combatants. Tye McGinn
landed a number of solid punches against Kelly
as they squared away. Mike Testwuide and Dan Kelly
went after each other after the final buzzer had
sounded and Adirondack had won the game.
Albany almost tied the score with 32 seconds left
with their pulled goalie for an extra-attacker.
Eric Gelinas let rip his big slapper from the
left-point but he hit it off the base of the far
post behind Leighton's left skate and out.
Matt Mangene made his pro debut for the Phantoms
and looked solid on a line with Mike Testwuide
and Rob Bordson in a night which included a number
of close-call scoring chances for the newcomer
from the University of Maine.
Tye McGinn returned to the lineup for the first
time in a couple of weeks after missing five games
with injury. Oskars Bartulis also returned from
injury having been on the shelf for almost two
Adirondack improved to 35-32-4 for 74 points this
season and also ran their home record to 22-12-1
rating s one of the best home-ice advantages in
The Phantoms are 62-48-12 in the past season and
a half (122 games) since December 17, 2010. On
home-ice, Adirondack has gone an amazing 29-12-1
since March 16 of last year and are 39-18-6 at
home since December 17, 2010.
Albany outshot Adirondack 34-32. The Phantoms
were 3-for-7 on the power play to equal the most
man-advantage tallies they've had on the season.
Albany was only 0-for-2.
The Phantoms have five games left in the regular
season with games-in-hand on Syracuse and Manchester
for a playoff-spot. It's playoff fever in Glens
Adirondack travels to Albany to close out the
Northway rivalry for a 7:00 game on Saturday night.
The Phantoms return home on Easter Sunday to tangle
with Rochester at 5:00 in another big home-game
with more valuable standings points on the line.
While the Phantoms are aiming for a big win on
Saturday at Albany, fans can also do some more
scoreboard watching and hope for other results
to go in Adirondack's favor as well.
Syracuse is on the road at Hershey in what is
sure to be a touch battle for the Crunch. Manchester
has no game on Saturday. Three other teams to
continue to entertain playoff aspirations are
also in action as Providence at Bridgeport, Portland
hosts Worcester, and Springfield is at St. John's.
Eastern Conference Playoff Focus (8th Place Qualifies)
7. Syracuse (78 pts)
8. Manchester (77 pts)
9. Portland (75 pts)
10. Adirondack (74 pts)
11. Providence (73 pts)
12. Springfield (72 pts)
13. Albany (71 pts)
Saturday, April 7, (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, April 8 (5:00) - Rochester Americans
at Adirondack Phantoms . Sunday Family 3-Pack
Monday, April 9 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE
at McGinny's. Player guests, Rob Bordson and Derek
Mathers. Come join us for the fun or listen live
Friday, April 13 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Springfield Falcons
Saturday, April 14 (4:30) - Adirondack Hockey
Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony honoring
Dave Casey, Murray Eaves, Pete Mahovlich and Dave
Strader. Tickets for the dinner and banquet are
$35 per person or a table of 10 for $250. Reservations
can be made to Anne Porreca at (518) 791-4248
Saturday, April 14 (7:00) - Worcester Sharks at
Adirondack Phantoms. Fan Appreciation Night with
dozens of prizes. Phantoms T-Shirts courtesy of
Sunday, April 15 (5:00) - Norfolk Admirals at
Adirondack Phantoms. Last game of the regular
season! Sunday Family 3-Pack Specials.
I'm In! We need 1,756 season ticket holders for
next season to conclusively prove the viability
of Glens Falls as a great hockey market. The league
and other teams are watching! Currently, we have
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It's a great start. Keep it up, fans! To join
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Albany Devils 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Status:
Friday, April 6, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 1 1 0 - 2
Adirondack 1 0 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Eddy 2 (Rowe, Manning),
7:03 (PP). 2, Albany, Zalewski 18 (Tedenby, Taormina),
10:47. Penalties-Tedenby Alb (slashing), 1:25;
Leach Alb (elbowing), 5:20; Urbom Alb (slashing),
2nd Period-3, Albany, Nagy 4 (Berube, Leach),
5:42. Penalties-Sestito Alb (kneeing), 0:34; Lauridsen
Adk (slashing), 3:09; Berube Alb (slashing), 9:38;
Holmstrom Adk (hooking), 12:55.
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Ford 26 (Akeson, Gustafsson),
7:06 (PP). 5, Adirondack, Hamel 23 (Ford, Holmstrom),
13:38 (PP). Penalties-Corrente Alb (tripping),
6:13; Kelly Alb (fighting), 8:13; McGinn Adk (fighting),
8:13; Perkovich Alb (tripping), 12:39; Kinkaid
Alb (roughing), 15:36; Mills Alb (roughing, misconduct),
15:36; Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 15:36; Sestito
Alb (boarding), 19:58; Kelly Alb (fighting), 20:00;
Testwuide Adk (fighting), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Albany 13-11-10-34. Adirondack 9-12-11-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 2; Adirondack
3 / 9.
Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 17-19-3 (32 shots-29 saves).
Adirondack, Leighton 26-24-1 (34 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Chris Ciamaga (24), Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Mike Emanatian (69).