This was not your average
AHL preseason game. An Adirondack Phantoms lineup
featuring NHL players like Sean Couturier, Brayden
Schenn, Zac Rinaldo, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Erik
Gustafsson took to the ice in Voorhees, NJ against
the Albany Devils on Tuesday afternoon. Albany
got the early jump in the game and were able to
hold off a late Phantoms rally in a 5-3 decision.
Adirondack's offense had plenty of jump and generated
the vast majority of the scoring opportunities
as they out-shot the Devils 48-23. The Phantoms
also had the puck in the Albany zone for the majority
of the game. But the Devils made the most of their
shooting tries and had a couple perfect ones picking
The Phantoms scored one goal in each period. Danny
Syvret blasted a powerful slapshot in the first.
Matt Ford deflected a Brandon Manning slapper
in the second. And Tye McGinn scored in the third
period on an assist by Sean Couturier. Manning
had assists on all three goals while Couturier
The Phantoms also had a lot of power-play opportunities.
Nine of them in total including three different
5-on-3's. Adirondack finished 2-for-9 on the power
play but had some near-misses in their efforts
to close the score. Albany was just 1-for-2 on
"It's new systems for a lot of the guys in
this room," said Phantoms right-wing Matt
Ford who had 19 goals in 31 games for Adirondack
last year after being acquired from Hershey in
a trade. "I think there's a learning curve
to it and we're just trying to get better everyday.
We definitely had plenty of chances out there.
I thought we kept it simple. The idea was to shoot
the puck. We only got two goals on the power play
but I thought we could have had a few more."
Niko Hovinen went the distance in goal for the
Adirondack Phantoms making 18 saves on 23 shots
in his American debut.
"I think he was probably a little jittery.
Coming in his first game in North America. Seeing
different kinds of shots," said Phantoms
head coach Terry Murray. "Next time he plays
he's going to be a lot better. You get the first
one under your belt. A pro has got to learn to
move on and come back the next day and be ready
to work at it again and be better."
Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood split the time
evenly in net for the Devils. Albany was led by
Mike Sislo and David Wohlberg who had two goals
There was also good physicality and intensity
as one would expect from the Adirondack vs. Albany
rivalry. Less than two minutes in, big Phantoms
defenseman Oliver Lauridsen got in a scrap with
Darcy Zajac. Zac Rinaldo threw his body around
a bit as well. And Tyler Brown delivered the biggest
hit of the day when he caught an Albany Devils
in wide-open ice drawing perhaps the biggest roar
from the Phantoms-partisan contingent.
It was the first American Hockey League game at
the bench for head coach Terry Murray since 1990
when he was at the helm for the Baltimore Skipjacks.
It was also the first time skating in a Phantoms
uniform for 19 year old Sean Couturier who had
12 goals as an NHL rookie in Philadelphia last
A jammed crowd of approximately 400 packed into
the small rink at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate
Zone in Voorhees, NJ for the free exhibition game.
It was standing-room only up to five or six deep
around the glass and every seat was taken as the
fans created a fun and noisy atmosphere in the
building.The majority of the fans were decked
out in their Phantoms or Flyers gear and were
clearly hungry for hockey.
Training camp continues in Voorhees on Wednesday
morning with another practice. The team will depart
Voorhees on Sunday and then resume training camp
in Glens Falls next Tuesday, October 9 in preparation
for their season opener on Saturday, October 13
against the Portland Pirates at the Glens Falls
Albany Devils 5 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Status:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - Flyers Skate Zone
Albany 3 2 0 - 5
Adirondack 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Albany, Hrabarenka 1 (Pesonen),
2:10 (PP). 2, Albany, Wohlberg 1 (Pesonen, Hrabarenka),
4:07. 3, Albany, Sislo 2 (DeSimone, Hoeffel),
7:41. 4, Adirondack, Syvret 1 (Manning, Brown),
14:35 (PP). Penalties-Zajac Alb (fighting), 1:32;
Lauridsen Adk (checking to the head, fighting),
1:32; Pesonen Alb (charging), 10:28; Young Alb
(roughing), 13:18; Urbom Alb (delay of game),
14:13; McKelvie Alb (closing hand on puck), 16:33;
Urbom Alb (roughing), 19:14; Rinaldo Adk (elbowing),
2nd Period-5, Albany, Sislo 3 (Burlon), 1:04.
6, Adirondack, Ford 1 (Manning, Couturier), 13:16.
7, Albany, Wohlberg 2 (Burlon), 17:44 (SH). Penalties-Bourdon
Adk (hooking), 9:53; Wohlberg Alb (interference),
15:33; Zajac Alb (boarding), 15:55.
3rd Period-8, Adirondack, McGinn 1 (Couturier,
Manning), 15:06 (PP). Penalties-DeSimone Alb (hooking),
0:11; Leach Alb (slashing), 3:29; McKelvie Alb
(closing hand on puck), 13:19.
Shots on Goal-Albany 3-2-0-5. Adirondack 1-1-1-3.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 1 / 2; Adirondack
2 / 9.
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Rich Patry (52), Luke Murray (92).