The long off-season
officially came to a close and hockey returned
to the North Country with a raucous and fast-paced
debut back in Glens Falls. Brayden Schenn capped
off a big win with back-to-back goals as the Adirondack
Phantoms thrilled a jam-packed Civic Center crowd
with a 6-3 victory over the Portland Pirates on
Opening Night presented by Nemer Ford.
A sellout turnout of 4,801 cranked it up for
the first game of the season and saw Adirondack
overcome a 3-2 deficit and blast away for 47 shots
for the win. It is the second consecutive Opening
Night in which the Phantoms won by a 6-3 score.
Adirondack won by the same margin on October 8,
2011 over the Connecticut Whale. Brayden Schenn
scored in both of those openers.
In both of those games, the Phantoms overcame
second-period deficits. Last year against Connecticut,
the Phantoms trailed 3-1 in the second period
and rallied to score the game's last five in a
row. This year's Opening Night saw Adirondack
down 3-2 and then the Phantoms scored four straight.
Other goals were scored by Sean Couturier, Harry
Zolnierczyk, Garrett Roe and Tye McGinn. Couturier's
goal was the first power-play goal of his career
after scoring 12 goals last season for Philadelphia
in the NHL. Schenn's goal late in the third to
seal the victory was the first shorthanded tally
of his professional career.
Tye McGinn broke a 3-3 tie early in the third
period on a fine centering feed from the right-wing
corner by captain Ben Holmstrom for the game-winner.
Scott Munroe was stellar in net with 30 saves
on 33 shots in his first game for the Phantoms
since 2008-09 when the team was still the Philadelphia
Special teams was a big key in this one. Sean
Couturier capitalized with a nice 5-on-3 goal
on a scramble in front to tie the score at 3-3
at 13:51 in the second. And the Phantoms had to
kill a lengthy 5-on-3 Portland advantage at the
end of the second period and beginning of the
third just to maintain the 3-3 deadlock.
The penalty-kill not only came up big in that
spot but they held the Pirates to 0-for-5 in the
game while adding their own shorthanded goal on
a fantastic move by Schenn late in the third.
The Phantoms went 2-for-8 on the man-advantage
with Tye McGinn's game-winner also coming on the
Portland received goals from Ethan Werek, Oliver
Ekman-Larsson and Andy Miele.
Schenn's shorty was a great move deking around
a Pirates defenseman in the left circle, cutting
to the slot, and sliding it around the moving
Portlan goalie, Chad Johnson, and slipping it
into the back of the net. It came as Adirondack
was clinging to a 4-3 lead with 6:00 left in the
third and Portland was ready to pounce on their
power play chance to tie the game. But it was
Schenn who turned that on its ear with the back-breaking
goal to seal the victory.
Then he further put the game on ice with 51 seconds
left with his perfect wrister from the left-point
into the far-side of the empty-net for his second
of the game.
Harry Zolnierczyk scored the team's first goal
of the season, tying the game at 1-1 at the time,
as he slid around in the slot and flipped a backhanded
past Johnson as he was sliding down to the ice.
Zac Rinaldo had the tough-luck miss of the night.
Early in the second period he celebrated on a
shot from the left side of the goal after following
up for his own rebound. He and the Phantoms believed
he had pinged one in. After a 10-minute delay
for the first video-review in Adirondack Phantoms
history, referee Chris Brown eventually concluded
that the video was inconclusive and could not
credit the goal. Video-replay is brand new to
the entire AHL for 2012-13.
The team wore retro-throwback Adirodnack Red
Wings jerseys for the game which were auctioned
to the large crowd after the game and the handsome
uniforms fetched some impressive price-tags from
the crowd as the bidding really got up there.
Adirondack hits the road for their first away
game of the season Sunday afternoon at 3:00. Broadcast
coverage of the game commences at 2:30 with the
Pepsi Countdown to Faceoff on the Phantoms Hockey
Network presented by Curtis Lumber and on the
flagship station, Q101.7. All games can be heard
on the internet and on most smart-phones on ustream
at ustream.tv/channel/phantomsradio .
Sunday's game is the first of four consecutive
away contests for the Phantoms who return home
in two weeks for a game on Saturday, October 27
against the Rochester Americans. A Halloween Costume
Parade with the kids will be featured between
periods. Call the Phantoms for tickets to exciting
and family-friendly entertainment with the Adirondack
Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Portland Pirates 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 6 -
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Portland 2 1 0 - 3
Adirondack 2 1 3 - 6
1st Period-1, Portland, Werek 1 (Lane), 10:15.
2, Adirondack, Zolnierczyk 1 (Bordson), 18:24.
3, Portland, Ekman-Larsson 1 (Miele), 19:09. 4,
Adirondack, Roe 1 (Holmstrom, McGinn), 19:41.
Penalties-Summers Por (holding the stick), 4:13;
Werek Por (slashing), 8:08; Syvret Adk (tripping),
13:01; Shinnimin Por (interference), 20:00.
2nd Period-5, Portland, Miele 1 1:14. 6, Adirondack,
Couturier 1 (Syvret, Schenn), 13:51 (PP). Penalties-Couturier
Adk (tripping), 0:30; Summers Por (high-sticking),
10:51; Hextall Por (slashing), 12:01; Ekman-Larsson
Por (slashing), 13:10; Bourdon Adk (closing hand
on puck), 18:37; Syvret Adk (delay of game), 18:59.
3rd Period-7, Adirondack, McGinn 1 (Holmstrom,
Roe), 4:19 (PP). 8, Adirondack, Schenn 1 (Couturier),
14:44 (SH). 9, Adirondack, Schenn 2 19:09 (EN).
Penalties-Louis Por (cross-checking), 1:50; Szwarz
Por (delay of game), 3:13; Ford Adk (slashing),
14:04; Hextall Por (slashing), 14:44.
Shots on Goal-Portland 12-15-6-33. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 0 / 5; Adirondack
2 / 8.
Goalies-Portland, Johnson 0-1-0 (47 shots-42 saves).
Adirondack, Munroe 1-0-0 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
Pick up your Phantoms schedule posters! They're
available now at the Adirondack Phantoms offices
located downstairs inside the Glens Falls Civic
Center. Also look for them around town. Pick up
an extra and post it on the door or window of
your area store or business. Help spread the word...Hockey
Season is Coming!!
Get great savings with the Phantoms when you purchase
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I'm In! We need 1,756 season ticket holders for
this season to help prove the viability of Glens
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Keep it up, fans! To join the "I'm In"
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