The Adirondack Phantoms dominated play in the
third period against the Rochester Americans but
were unable to break goalie David Leggio as they
dropped a 4-2 decision at home on Easter Sunday.
Going for a perfect 3-for-3 weekend, Adirondack
gave maximum effort, played a great game and did
just about everything right in a nonstop offensive
attack. But sometimes the sport of hockey can
be a little funny, and the Phantoms lost in this
contest despite outshooting the visitors 48-28.
Tyler Brown (8th) and Tye McGinn (11th) scored
the goals for Adirondack, both in the second period.
The rookies' tallies both came when the Phantoms
found themselves trailing 1-0 and 2-1. The Phantoms
were unable to take the lead at any point.
Heading into the third in a 2-2 tie, the stage
seemed set for another dramatic third-period victory
which has become a recent trend at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. And Adirondack was ready to accomplish
that yet again with a 10-1 shot advantage deep
into the closing 20 minutes dominating play in
the Rochester zone.
But a fine individual effort by Rochester's Alex
Biega knifing to the high slot and blasting a
shot with less than five minutes left that would
go off of Michael Leighton's stick and into the
goal would unexpectedly break the deadlock on
the side of the ice that saw very little of the
play in the third period.
Adirondack had glorious chances in the final three
minutes of the game to try to equalize and received
a power play which they later turned into 6-on-4
attack. Brandon Manning's slapshot from the point
was redirected in the slot by Tye McGinn and bounced
just wide of the right post, perhaps catching
some of the iron. Even as the red-light inadvertently
went on convincing some of the fans that the game
had been tied, play continued. A few seconds later,
Shane Harper had an open shot from the left ring
but blasted it just over the crossbar past David
Leggio's left shoulder.
One would hardly be able to tell Rochester was
the team that was playing only their second game
of the weekend, not their third. And that they
were the team who had just received four solid
players from the NHL as reinforcements after parent-club
Buffalo's regular season concluded. The way things
were going, it certainly felt like it was a night
in which Adirondack deserved the victory.
The loss was the only setback in an otherwise
successful weekend for the Phantoms that saw them
sweep the Albany Devils, clinch the Time Warner
Cable Cup, and pull to within one point of a playoff
position in the closing days of the 2011-12 regular
season with the opportunity to move into eighth
But the Phantoms will have to wait for another
day to catch the teams directly ahead of them
in the Eastern Conference. And they will be relegated
to scoreboard watching for a couple of their off-days
this week while they root for Manchester to lose
on Tuesday against Worcester and Portland to lose
on Wednesday against Connecticut. Both the Monarchs
and the Pirates are tied for 8th place, just one
point ahead of Adirondack. And the Phantoms are
hoping it remains that way.
Adirondack's record stands at 36-33-4 for 76 points.
Manchester and Portland both have 77. Seventh-place
Syracuse remains at 80.
A wild first period saw the Phantoms outshoot
the Americans 16-10 but both goaltending-ironmen,
Leighton and Leggio, were very much on their games
as they escaped the opening 20 minutes unscathed.
Leighton now leads the AHL in total saves as he
was starting his 8th in a row and also the 17th
of the last 20 Phantoms' games since February
Both teams would score two goals in the second
period however as the high-tempo continued. Phll
Varone had an opening in the left circle on a
long rebound and roofed his goal past the desperation
dive of Leighton to give the Amerks a 1-0 lead.
Adirondack pressured in the Rochester zone and
just as Andrew Rowe had missed on a scoring opportunity,
the second-year pro would get the puck back in
the corner thanks to Jason Akeson. Rowe's quick
centering pass was perfectly placed for a chip
upstairs by Tyler Brown crashing into the slot
to tie the score at 1-1.
Evan Rankin would redirect an Alex Biega slapper
a few minutes after than as Rochester retook the
With 38 seconds left in the second period, Tye
McGinn on the left side of the crease would flip
one over a scrambling Leggio. the puck may have
rolled off Leggio's body before bouncing in as
McGinn nothced his 11th of the season. Oskars
Bartulis had an assist on the play just a few
moments after crushing one off the post from the
right point in a close-call for his first goal
of the season since Opening Night.
The Phantoms kept on coming and appeared to have
the better energy and offensive attack for almost
the entire third period even though they were
playing their third game in three days. But time
and again the Phantoms would just miss on their
drives to get the tie-breaker as Leggio played
an impressive game in net in helping Rochester
eventually steal the win.
After Biega's game-winner with less than five
minutes left and then shortly after Adirondack's
big close-calls in the final couple minutes, it
would be Paul Szuzchura launching the puck from
behind the Americans' blue-line and into the empty-net
to close the scoring.
The regulation loss was just the Phantoms' second
in their last eight games (5-2-1). It also ended
Adirondack's four-game home win-streak. To climb
to within one point of the last playoff spot,
the Phantoms have gone 12-7-1 in their last 20
games since February 25.
Adirondack finished the season-series 2-2 against
Rochester who improved their position in the Western
Conference in a situation almost identical to
that of the Phantoms' in the Eastern Conference.
The Phantoms have three games left in the regular
season with two hugely important games at home
to finish it off. Adirondack remains just one
point back in the playoff race and are hoping
for a little help this week so that difference
remains the same heading into their road game
next Friday night at Springfield.
Oliver Lauridsen missed the game after blocking
a shot off his leg and leaving with an injury
Saturday night at Albany. Other scratches included
Garrett Klotz, Nick Cousins, Luke Pither, Derek
Mathers, Matt Walker and Campbell Elynuik.
Jason Akeson's assist on the Tyler Brown goal
was his 41st of the year to take over the league-lead
among rookies ahead of Cory Conacher of Norfolk.
It was also his 53rd point to lead the team and
place seventh among AHL rookies.
Adirondack went 0-for-6 on the power play, their
first game this weekend in which they did not
register a man-advantage goal. Albany was 0-for-2.
The Phantoms outshot the Amerks 48-28 including
16-5 in the third period. One of Rochester's shots
in the final period was the empty-net goal from
the other side of the ice.
Adirondack is 5-1-1 in their last seven games
since March 24. Since February 25, the Phantoms
are 12-6-1 in their last 19 games which has been
huge in their push up the standings.
The Phantoms have one of the greatest disparities
between home and away success. On home-ice, the
Phantoms are 22-13-1 this year.
The Phantoms are 63-49-12 in the past season and
a half (124 games) since December 17, 2010. On
home-ice, Adirondack has gone an amazing 29-13-1
since March 16 of last year and are 39-19-6 at
home since December 17, 2010.
They return to the Glens Falls Civic Center next
Saturday and Sunday against Worcester and Norfolk.
The Norfolk Admirals, Sunday's opponent, are currently
riding a 25-game win streak; the longest in professional
hockey history and one of the longest in all of
professional sports' history. Norfolk would also
be the most likely first-round opponent for the
Phantoms should they qualify for the playoffs.
Next Saturday's home game against the Worcester
Sharks is Fan Appreciation Night with Phantoms
T-Shirts courtesy of Papa John's and dozens of
great prizes including Phantoms and Flyers jerseys.
Saturday is also Hall of Fame Day in Heritage
Hall honoring this year's inductees; Dave Casey,
Murray Eaves, Pete Mahovlich and Dave Strader.
Reservations for the banquet are $35 or a table
of 10 for $250.
Eastern Conference Playoff Focus (8th Place Qualifies)
7. Syracuse (80 pts)
8. Manchester (77 pts)
8. Portland (77 pts)
10. Adirondack (76 pts)
11. Providence (75 pts)
12. Springfield (74 pts)
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.
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Rochester Americans 4 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Status: Final
Sunday, April 8, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Rochester 0 2 2 - 4
Adirondack 0 2 0 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Finley Rch (cross-checking),
8:53; Adam Rch (slashing), 14:35; Foligno Rch
2nd Period-1, Rochester, Varone 11 (Rankin, Stuart),
1:45. 2, Adirondack, Brown 8 (Rowe, Akeson), 8:32.
3, Rochester, Rankin 14 (Biega, Finley), 13:16.
4, Adirondack, McGinn 11 (Harper, Bartulis), 19:22.
Penalties-Kessel Adk (holding), 10:07.
3rd Period-5, Rochester, Biega 5 15:21. 6, Rochester,
Szczechura 20 (Tropp), 19:15. Penalties-Gongalsky
Rch (holding), 6:48; Roe Adk (holding), 6:48;
Bordson Adk (slashing), 7:48; Voakes Rch (tripping),
11:08; Tropp Rch (roughing), 16:53; Rankin Rch
Shots on Goal-Rochester 10-13-5-28. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 0 / 2; Adirondack
0 / 6.
Goalies-Rochester, Leggio 26-23-2 (48 shots-46
saves). Adirondack, Leighton 27-25-1 (27 shots-24
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84), Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Andy Petrus (26), Jim Harper (59).