The Adirondack Phantoms hit the road for their
first away game of the season, the first of four
in a row that will take the team up to St. John's
and then back to Albany. This game was at the
Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate of the Columbus
The Phantoms were not able to enjoy the same
offensive success that they had in their home
opener and ran into a snake-bit afternoon of near
misses and a hot goalie. Curtis McElhinney of
the Springfield Falcons posted 31 saves in repeatedly
denying the Phantoms to lead the Springfield Falcons
to a 4-0 decision.
Less than 24 hours after the Phantoms made the
goal-scoring look easy, they were unable to break
the former Calgary and Anaheim net-minder who
had Adirondack's number. Adirondack outshot the
Falcons 31-20 in the game and also outshot Springfield
in every period. But despite some impressive pushes
towards the net with multiple-shot attacks, the
team was just not able to get the goals like they
did in the Opening Night contest.
Andrew Johnston came close to scoring his first
professional goal on a beautiful opportunity in
the third period but he just wasn't able to elevate
his drive from the backdoor high enough and McElhinney
had one of his more fortunate saves of the day
as he tumbled over and came up with the puck.
Erik Gustafsson had a quality try on net as well.
Cal Heeter out of Ohio State took the crease
for his professional debut and made 16 saves in
the game including a couple of dandies. His first
save of his pro career had him lunging way across
to his left on a big slapper from the left point
and he used every inch of his 6-foot-4 frame to
secure the impressive glove stop.
Ryan Johansen scored in the first period to stake
the Falcons to a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Then an apparent blocked shot turned into a goal
for Dalton Prout on a seemingly harmless drive
from the blue-line to begin the second period.
Heeter was unable to stop the puck the moved to
his right perhaps on the tip and somehow found
its way into the net.
Jonathon Audy-Marchessault scored five minutes
later and then Cody Bass fed the puck across the
crease to their captain, Ryan Craig, stationed
on the backdoor who slammed in their last tally
of the game a couple minutes later.
The Phantoms had the early momentum in the game
while the Falcons had a steady parade to the penalty
box. Adirondack was unable to benefit fro four
power play opportunities in the first period including
a pair of five-on-three's. They kept blasting
away on the Springfield net with a couple of near
misses, some other big saves, and a few key blocks
by Springfield penalty killers. The Phantoms finished
the game 0-for-7 on the power play while Springfield
A couple of altercations developed out of some
of the battles in the corners. Marc-Andre Bourdon
mixed it up with Cody Bass. Phantoms captain Ben
Holmstrom engaged with Michael Chaput of Springfield,
who was previously a Flyers prospect and third-round
Harry Zolnierczyk appeared to take an inadvertent
high-stick to the face and did not return to the
The Phantoms fall to 1-1-0 with the decision
while Springfield improves to 2-0-0 for the first
time since 2005-06. The Adirondack Phantoms still
dominate the all-time series over the Falcons
holding a 7-2 advantage.
Scratches for the game included Mike Testwuide,
Shane Harper, Zack Fitzgerald, Jeff Dimmen, and
Adirondack continues their four-game road-swing
next weekend with a pair of games Friday and Saturday
at St. John's, Newfoundland and Labradour to take
on the IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg
Jets in their home-opening weekend. Both games
next week are at 6:00 pm eastern time. St. John's
time-zone is 1.5 hours later than New York.
The team will depart Tuesday evening from Glens
Falls to catch a non-stop flight out of Montreal
on Wednesday morning. The four-game away-trek
concludes on Friday, October 26 at the Albany
Devils in game 1 out of 12 of the Time Warner
Cable Cup rivalry series.
The Phantoms next home game is Saturday, October
27 against the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate
of the Buffalo Sabres. A Halloween Costume Parade
on ice between periods will be featured and fans
can enjoy an all-you-can-eat past buffet before
the game in Heritage Hall for only $12. Call the
Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Springfield Falcons 4
- Status: Final
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - MassMutual Center
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Springfield 1 3 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Springfield, Johansen 1 (Audy-Marchessault,
Atkinson), 15:53. Penalties-Chaput Spr (interference),
5:49; Prout Spr (slashing), 7:05; Lauridsen Adk
(interference), 10:01; Erixon Spr (holding), 10:42;
Bourdon Adk (fighting), 12:08; Bass Spr (fighting),
12:08; Prout Spr (high-sticking), 12:08.
2nd Period-2, Springfield, Prout 1 (Craig, Bass),
0:30. 3, Springfield, Audy-Marchessault 1 (Atkinson,
Savard), 5:44 (PP). 4, Springfield, Craig 2 (Bass),
7:17. Penalties-Manning Adk (interference), 5:35;
Holmstrom Adk (fighting), 10:26; Chaput Spr (fighting),
10:26; Atkinson Spr (holding the stick), 10:53;
Chaput Spr (roughing), 17:42; Manning Adk (roughing),
19:31; Chaput Spr (cross-checking), 19:31.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Holden Spr (slashing),
12:51; Lauridsen Adk (holding the stick), 17:53.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-8-12-31. Springfield
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 7; Springfield
1 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 0-1-0 (20 shots-16
saves). Springfield, McElhinney 2-0-0 (31 shots-31
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41), Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Mike Baker (11), Rich Patry (52).
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