The Adirondack Phantoms
had chance after chance on the road in St. John's
including perhaps three drives that hit the post
and several other close calls. But in the end,
they would fall 2-1 on Friday night in the home
opener for the IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the
Andrew Johnston scored midway through the second
period on a deflection of an Eric Wellwood drive
for his first professional goal. And Scott Munroe
played a tremendous game between the pipes for
the Phantoms who outshot St. John's 33-26. But
the story of this game involved the near-misses.
Danny Syvret beat St. John's goalie Eddie Pasquale
and hit the pipe with big drives from the blue-line
on two different occasions. And Brayden Schenn
backhanded one off the base of the metal just
wide of the left-leg of the St. John's goalie
Eddie Pasquale. For his part, Pasquale was extremely
good for the IceCaps and made a number of key
stops including several in a 15-shot Phantoms
barrage in the second period as he was able to
keep the game deadlocked.
Later, the Phantoms benefited from a power-play
opportunity with less than three minutes to go
that they eventually turned into a 6-on-4 opportunity
with goalie Scott Munroe pulled to the bench.
Another close-call developed with a little over
a minute remaining when Brayden Schenn cut his
way through a couple of defensemen and found Tye
McGinn in front who just missed on his chance
The game began not as strongly for the Phantoms
who fell behind 1-0 on a tip by Max Macenauer.
After that, Adirondack was able to hang on in
their own zone on a couple of St. John's rushes
but head coach Terry Murray decided to use his
one timeout at that early juncture of the game
to thwart IceCaps' momentum and prevent St. John's
from turning it into a multi-goal advantage.
The timeout followed by the first intermission
appeared to make a significant different for the
Phantoms who came out on fire in the second period
and appeared to never look back. They outshot
the IceCaps 15-5 in that frame, hit the post twice,
scored to tie the game at 1-1, and seemed to have
everything going in their favor. All the while
St. John's seemed to be clinging for life and
their sellout crowd of 6,700 was somewhat silenced
and less involved.
The third period was more evenly played with the
Phantoms outshooting the IceCaps 11-9. Back-and-forth
tic-tac-toe passing through the slot would set
up Travis Ramsey with the goal from the right
circle at 9:11 of the third.
The Phantoms killed off an important St. John's
power play with 8:35 left. And then were granted
a huge opportunity at 17:13 when Macenauer was
banished for hooking. Despite a few more good
chances in there, the IceCaps were able to kill
off the different phases of the disadvantage through
the remaining 2:47 of the game. The Phantoms began
with 5-on-4 and then had almost a minute of 6-on-4
followed by the closing 40 seconds at 6-on-5.
Both teams' penalty-kills came up with vital stops
throughout the contest with lots of blocked shots
and tipped passes. Adirondack and St. John's were
both 0-for-5 on the power play.
Phantoms defenseman Cullen Eddy's shoving match
with Spencer Machacek after the whistle late in
the first period quickly developed into a flurry
of punches with Eddy landing several shots throughout
the bout before Machacek battled back at the end.
Both took five-minute fighting majors in the only
scrap of the night.
Adirondack's record now stands at 1-2-0 while
St. John's improved to 2-1-0.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Marc-Andre
Bourdon, Mike Testwuide, Shane Harper, Zack FitzGerald
and Tyler Brown.
A pair of University of Maine products both made
their season debuts and both played well. Winger
Matt Mangene created some good opportunities up
front. He played in five games for Adirondack
at the end of last season as he begun his professional
career. Jeff Dimmen played in his first game with
Adirondack after being a part of a Calder Cup
Championship team in Norfolk a season ago.
The game was the first ever meeting between the
Phantoms and the IceCaps. The Phantoms had not
visited St. John's since 2004 which was a meeting
of the Philadelphia Phantoms vs. the St. John's
The last encounter of Adirondack vs. St. John's
was in 1999 when the AHL rival Red Wings and Leafs
Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote played for
the St. John's Maple Leafs for two months in 2003-04.
Adirondack and St. John's will play the weekend
finale of their two-game series Saturday night
at 6:00 pm Eastern Time (which is 7:30 Newfoundland
Time). This trip is Adirondack's lone visit to
St. John's. The IceCaps' first ever game in Glens
Falls will be on Wednesday, November 28.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at St. John's IceCaps 2
- Status: Final
Friday, October 19, 2012 - Mile One Centre
Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
St. John's 1 0 1 - 2
1st Period-1, St. John's, Macenauer 2 (Redmond,
Arsene), 11:31. Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (hooking),
7:26; Gustafsson Adk (holding), 14:49; Eddy Adk
(fighting), 18:19; Machacek Stj (fighting), 18:19.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Johnston 1 (Wellwood,
Ford), 12:25. Penalties-Chiarot Stj (hooking),
3:08; Burmistrov Stj (cross-checking), 5:56; Clark
Stj (hooking), 13:31; Manning Adk (hooking), 15:49.
3rd Period-3, St. John's, Ramsey 1 (Maxwell,
King), 9:11. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (roughing),
4:01; Macenauer Stj (delay of game - faceoff violation),
9:13; Zolnierczyk Adk (hooking), 11:25; Macenauer
Stj (holding), 17:13.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-15-11-33. St. John's
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 5; St.
John's 0 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Munroe 1-1-0 (26 shots-24
saves). St. John's, Pasquale 1-1-0 (33 shots-32
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Joe Maynard (24), Jim Vail (5).
Saturday, October 20 (6:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at St. John's IceCaps - Broadcast on Q101.7 and
on your computer and smart-phone at ustream.tv/channel/phantomsradio
Friday, October 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils - Game 1 of Time Warner Cable
Saturday, October 27 (7:00) - Rochester Americans
at Adirondack Phantoms - Halloween Costume Parade
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