The Adirondack Phantoms
continued their preseason schedule with an exhibition
game against the Albany Devils in Newark, NJ at
the team's practice facility. The Friday afternoon
game took place adjacent to the New Jersey Devils'
home at the Prudential Center. Albany was able
to capitalize on two short-handed goals and come
away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
Andrew Johnston (Humbolt, SJHL) scored the lone
goal for the Phantoms on a scramble in front of
the Devils' net in the second period. Johnston's
even-strength goal was assisted by defensemen
Blake Kessel and Oliver Lauridsen early in the
second period tying the score at 1-1 at the time.
Johnston comes to the Phantoms from the Humbolt
Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
where he rang up 29 goals and 52 assists for 81
points last year in his over-age season. It's
a big jump from the Junior A SJHL to the AHL but
Johnston has been showing off his ability all
week long during practice and then was able to
do more of the same in game action in his drive
to try to win a spot on the team.
Cal Heeter (Ohio State) went the distance in net
for the Phantoms playing well while allowing two
goals on 26 shots. He looked comfortable in his
professional preseason debut and made a couple
of particularly sparking saves.
"I've been working a lot with goalie coach
Jeff Reese (all summer)," Heeter said. "He's
been teaching me a lot and I've just been trying
to simplify my game, play a little more shallow
with quicker movements and then reacting to the
puck. I really like what he's been teaching me
and I'm buying into it and I think it's starting
to pay off for me."
The Phantoms had seven power plays in the game
but were unable to capitalize on their tries.
In the meanwhile, a couple rushes back the other
way turned into the only Devils' scores of the
afternoon. Scott Parse and Jacob Josefson scored
for Albany in the second and third periods.
With 39 players still in the Adirondack Phantoms'
camp, many players stayed behind for this one.
Some of the noteable scratches for the Phantoms
in this game who instead had a regular practice
back in Voorhees included; Sean Couturier, Marc-Andre
Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning, Danny
Syvret, Jason Akeson and Tyler Brown.
Head coach Terry Murray believes the exhibition
contests are key for evaluating the players on
his new team and determining who will make the
squad for the season opener.
"It's the ideal situation for me to see how
these players are going to react to scenarios
that happen," Murray said. "I'm still
trying to get a few names and faces put together
but no question, the exhibition games are very
The game also had a couple of scraps at different
points. Mike Testwuide dropped the gloves with
Albany's J.S. Berube in the second period. And
new Phantoms tough-guy Zack Fitzgerald squared
off Harry Young.
Coach Murray opted to put three of his fastest
skaters on the same line together. Eric Wellwood,
Brayden Schenn and Shane Harper began to get some
chemistry going on what could be a very tough
line to play against for AHL defenses if they
Schenn had a couple of particularly close calls
in the game. At 0-0 late in the first period,
he raced out with the puck shorthanded but it
bounced on him flying up the left wing before
he could pull the trigger. At the end of the first
period, on the power play, a juicy rebound came
to his stick on the back-door in the left circle
and he blasted his attempt at a mostly open net
too high and then looked away in frustration at
The game was played in front of team officials
only and was not open to the public. Adirondack
will have another closed-session scrimmage Saturday
with details not yet officially announced. That
will be the Phantoms' last preseason game and
will conclude their Voorhees portion of their
The Phantoms lineup included 2 Blake Kessel, 4
Tyler Hostetter, 7 Oliver Lauridsen, 8 Mike Testwuide,
9 Rob Bordson, 10 Brayden Schenn, 11 Shane Harper,
12 Ian Slater, 13 Zack Fitzgerald, 15 Andrew Johnston,
16 Tye McGinn, 22 Eric Wellwood, 24 Harry Zolnierczyk,
29 Marcel Noebels, 37 David Banwell, 42 Jeff Dimmen,
43 Sergei, Sentyurin, 57 Matt Mangene and 35 Cal
The team will begin the Glens Falls portion of
their training camp on Tuesday at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. Practice-time on Tuesday has not
been officially announced. The Phantoms will also
hold practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
at the GFCC in preparation for their season opener
on Saturday, October 13 against the Portland Pirates.
Head Coach Terry Murray
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