Down but not out,
the Adirondack Phantoms thrived under pressure
and overcame a 2-0 deficit to pull out an exciting
4-3 victory on the road at the St. John's IceCaps
in the finale of the weekend series in Newfoundland.
Adirondack's victory was retribution for a one-goal
loss the night before.
A pair of NHL'ers assigned to the Phantoms to
begin the season scored back-to-back key goals
to provide the win. Zac Rinaldo gave Adirondack
the lead at 3-2 and then Brayden Schenn's sharp-angle
drive from the left-wing corner less than a minute
later made it 4-2.
Brandon Manning and Shane Harper also scored
back-to-back goals earlier in the game. Trailing
2-0 in the second period, they drove home the
Phantoms first goals of the night less than 30
The game was an edge-of-your-seat thrilled with
great chances and diving stops on both ends of
the ice throughout the night. The Phantoms improved
to 2-2-0 with the victory while the IceCaps, the
affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, also had their
record move to 2-2-0.
Scott Munroe made 31 saves on 34 shots for the
win as he improved to 2-1-0.
After the 2-1 setback in Friday's game in which
Adirondack actually hit the post FIVE time, head
coach Terry Murray encouraged his team to not
get frustrated by the bad luck and to keep doing
the right things. The tenacity paid off in the
form of a hard-earned victory Saturday night and
was especially important when the Phantoms found
themselves down 2-0 before successfully pushing
forth with the comeback.
John Albert provided the IceCaps with a 1-0 lead
at 12:54 of the first period right off a faceoff
win as he muscled his way to the net and pushed
a drive through Munroe.
Garrett Roe had a chance to tie the score in
the second period when his shot on the breakaway
hit off the post while he was hauled down. He
was granted a second opportunity via a penalty
shot but was denied on the right leg of St. John's
goalie Eddie Pasquale as the IceCaps kept the
Just a few seconds after Garrett Roe's penalty
shot, Ivan Telegin scored his first professional
goal to give St. John's the 2-0 lead at 8:06 of
the second. The fluky goal from behind the net
appeared to bounce off the paddle or skate of
Munroe and directly into the net.
Adirondack immediately came out with even more
energy after finding themselves in a 2-0 deficit.
While the Phantoms were on the attack in the zone
and St. John's was trying to clear, Shane Harper
was able to draw a cross-checking by Ben Maxwell
for a Phantoms' power play.
Brandon Manning's slapshot from the right point
at 9:22 beat Pasquale to get Adirondack on the
scoreboard. The 22 year old defenseman who serves
as an alternate captain for the Phantoms scored
six goals with Adirondack in his rookie season
and got a late-season shot in the NHL when he
played in four games for the Flyers last March.
It was back-to-back for Adirondack to make it
2-2 as Shane Harper would score his first of the
season just 27 seconds after Manning's tally.
A cross-ice feed from Eric Wellwood almost went
in off St. John's defenseman Derek Meech. Pasquale
made a diving stop on the deflected puck but was
still down when Harper gained possession in the
right circle to bury his opportunity.
The third-year pro, Harper, was making his season
debut after he was a healthy-scratch in the first
three games. The Valencia, CA native scored 13
goals for the Phantoms last year, the most famous
of which was his overtime winner in the Outdoor
Classic in front of over 45,000 fans in Philadelphia.
The 2-2 deadlock would remain well into the third
period with both Munroe for the Phantoms and Pasquale
for the IceCaps making several impressive stops
in an exciting and open contest.
After a back-and-forth series of chances, Oliver
Lauridsen was able to poke away a St. John's chance
and that ultimately resulted in Zac Rinaldo rushing
up the right-wing on a 2-on-1 with Harry Zolnierczyk
flying up the other side. Rinaldo appeared to
give a quick look across but then shot the puck
himself beating Pasquale far-side at 12:06 to
give the Phantoms the lead at 3-2.
Rinaldo played in 66 games with Philadelphia
last season scoring two goals and accumulating
232 penalty minutes. But on the go-ahead tally
he looked like a pure goal-scorer as he buried
a perfect shot.
Less than a minute later, it was another perfect
shot from another NHL'er with the Phantoms. Young
talent Brayden Schenn hustled up the left-wing,
got past defenseman Zack Redmond, and from the
corner took a somewhat unexpected shot that maybe
caught Pasquale off-guard. It was Schenn's third
of the season and his first since a two-goal game
in the season opener.
Schenn has nine goals in just 11 games played
with Adirondack in his career. He scored six goals
in seven games early last season with the Phantoms
before joining the Flyers and lighting up 12 more
goals in 54 games.
St. John's capitalized on a late power play to
pull within one on a Zack Redmond slapper from
center-point past Munroe with 3:58 remaining.
Munroe covered on Alex Burmistrov's shanked one-timer
at the end of the game to secure the win.
Scott Munroe's victory is his 66th with the Phantoms
franchise, third-most all-time and just five behind
Antero Nittymaki for second place.
Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play. St.
John's outshot the Phantoms 34-32. Adirondack
was leading in shots for most of the game but
a St. John's surge at the end of the game when
they trailed by two goals and then by one ultimately
pushed them away in the statistic.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Marc-Andre
Bourdon, Mike Testwuide, Zack Fitzgerald, Tyler
Brown and Matthew Ford.
The team concludes a long week of travel tomorrow
afternoon and evening when they return to Glens
Falls. The Phantoms departed Tuesday evening and
have been on the road since.
Adirondack concludes their series of four straight
road games when they play at the Albany Devils
on Friday night in game 1 of the 12-game Time
Warner Cable Cup rivalry series.
The Phantoms' next home game is Saturday night
against the Rochester Americans, affiliate of
the Buffalo Sabres. A Halloween Costume Parade
on ice will be featured between periods and fans
can enjoy the All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Buffet in
Heritage Hall for only $12. Purchase your game
tickets as well as tickets for the buffet in advance
by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
This weekend was the Phantoms' lone visit to
St. John's. The IceCaps will visit Glens Falls
for the first time ever on Wednesday, November
Adirondack Phantoms 4 at St. John's IceCaps 3
- Status: Final
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Mile One Centre
Adirondack 0 2 2 - 4
St. John's 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, St. John's, Albert 1 (Gregoire),
12:54. Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (tripping), 4:00;
King Stj (holding), 4:13; Rinaldo Adk (hooking),
2nd Period-2, St. John's, Telegin 1 8:06. 3,
Adirondack, Manning 1 (Syvret, Schenn), 9:22 (PP).
4, Adirondack, Harper 1 9:49. Penalties-Maxwell
Stj (cross-checking), 8:20; Meech Stj (hooking),
13:23; served by McGinn Adk (bench minor - too
many men), 15:57; Pasquale Stj (delay of game
- restricted area), 19:28.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Rinaldo 1 (Bordson),
12:06. 6, Adirondack, Schenn 3 (Holmstrom), 12:57.
7, St. John's, Redmond 2 (Burmistrov, O'Neill),
16:02 (PP). Penalties-Gustafsson Adk (interference),
15:47; Zolnierczyk Adk (hooking), 18:45; O'Neill
Stj (diving), 18:45.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 14-10-8-32. St. John's
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 4; St.
John's 1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Munroe 2-1-0 (34 shots-31
saves). St. John's, Pasquale 1-2-0 (32 shots-28
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Jim Vail (5), Joe Maynard (24).
Friday, October 26 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils - Game 1
of Time Warner Cable Cup
Saturday, October 27 (7:00) -
Rochester Americans at Adirondack Phantoms - Halloween
Sunday, October 28 (3:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Monday, October 29 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. Guests to
be announced. This episode will air from the Glens
Falls Civic Center. New live location for the
weekly show coming soon.
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