The Adirondack Phantoms traveled down the Northway
for Round 1 of the 12-game Time Warner Cable Cup
rivalry with the Albany Devils and the home team
prevailed in the series opener by a 5-1 score.
The game is also the first of three over the next
three weekends between the two foes. And it was
also the opener of the Phantoms' first three-in-three
weekend of the season in which Adirondack will
play three game in three days.
Zac Rinaldo was perhaps the Phantoms best player
in the game as he dealt several big hits while
also scoring for the second game in a row. Trailing
2-0 in the first period, Rinaldo accepted a long
stretch-pass and got free on a breakaway. He was
denied by Devils goalie Jeff Frazee but he was
awarded a penalty shot for being hooked from behind.
Frazee got a piece of Rinaldo's drive but the
third-year pro put enough muscle on the shot that
it still went through him and into the net to
get the Phantoms on the board.
Adam Henrique was awarded a penalty shot for the
Albany Devils later in the game and he also converted
on his second-period attempt. He was one of five
different goal-scorers for the Devils including
Matt Anderson, Jacon Josefson, Philip DeSimone
and Darcy Zajac.
Phantoms head coach Terry Murray knows his team
is capable of better quality play and looks forward
to the team making the necessary corrections and
"What we need to be better at is the mental
part of the game," Murray said. "To
understand that you play the team game and stay
with the game-plan. We looked for the home-run
play. We're looking for plays to the offensive
blue-line from the deep in our own end. Those
are isolation plays and sometimes they work but
most of the time you end up frustrating yourself.
We have to get back to a team-game, the way we
played last weekend was really good."
Adirondack's record moves to 2-3-0 as they completed
their four-game road-trip. Albany improved to
Cal Heeter played well in the game despite the
deceiving stats-line and was also praised by head
coach Terry Murray. He made several terrific saves
to keep Adirondack within striking distance for
much of the night. The Phantoms were only down
by a 3-1 score well into the third period and
developed some good chances at Frazee in the second
and third to try to narrow the margin but just
weren't able to find the net.
Albany outshot the Phantoms 30-24. The Phantoms
were 0-for-2 on the power play while the Devils
It was a surprisingly clean affair considering
the history of the Phantoms vs. Devils rivalry
series. Albany had no power plays in the game
and Adirondack received only two man-advantages
late in the contest. Zac Rinaldo dealt out some
impressive hits including a huge open-ice slam
on Devils defenseman Adam Larsson. But all of
his checks were clean and there was no significant
nastiness in the game nor any fights.
Adirondack has won the Time Warner Cable Cup in
each of the last two seasons including by a 7-3
count last year. They have 11 more opportunities
to establish themselves against their rivals in
Scratches for the Phantoms included Mike Testwuide,
Zack FitzGerald, Tyler Brown, Cullen Eddy and
The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic Center
for the first time in two weeks for just their
second home game of the season on Saturday night
against the Rochester Americans (4-2-1), AHL affiliate
of the Buffalo Sabres.
Saturday's home game features a Halloween costume
parade on the ice between periods and also a pregame
pasta buffet in Heritage Hall beginning at 5:30.
Game-time is 7:00. The game will also be broadcast
nationwide on NHL Network Radio on Sirius-207
Adirondack concludes their 3-in-3 weekend on Sunday
afternoon with a 3:00 pm game at the Syracuse
Crunch. That game will be televised locally on
Time Warner Cable Sports.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Albany Devils 5 - Status:
Friday, October 26, 2012 - Times Union Center
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 6-11-7-24. Albany 12-11-7-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Albany
0 / 0.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 0-2-0 (30 shots-25
saves). Albany, Frazee 1-1-0 (24 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Ryan Hersey (8).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Derek Wahl (46).
As always, a number of Phantoms fans were cheering
loud and proud inside the Albany Devils' house.
Zac Rinaldo Penalty Shot Goal.
Terry Murray Post-Game
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. Special Guest,
Assistant Coach Riley Cote. This episode will
air from the Glens Falls Civic Center. New live
location for the weekly show coming soon.
Friday, November 2 (7:00) - Syracuse
Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Start of "Movember!"
$2 Draft Beer Specials. All-American Pregame Buffet
Saturday, November 3 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. Team Poster
Giveaway Night presented by Glens Falls Printing
(first 3,000 fans). Pasta Pregame Buffet ($12).
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