When it was all over, the box-score told the story
of a strange and penalty-filled night of hockey
at the Glens Falls Civic Center as the Adirondack
Phantoms returned for the first time in two weeks
in just their second home game of the season.
94 combined penalty minutes including 56 against
the Phantoms. 16 total power plays including 10
for the visiting Rochester Americans. Special
teams did indeed make the difference as Rochester
eventually prevailed 6-2.
The fans certainly got their money's worth in
terms of entertainment though. A number of skirmishes,
a ton of shots, lots of big saves, and a somewhat
wild night of hockey in the North Country.
Harry Zolnierczyk and Mike Testwuide scored the
goals for the Phantoms. Testwuide's came in his
first game of the season after missing the previous
five contests with an injury.
Rich Schofield put home a pair of goals for the
victors and earned number 1 star of the game honors.
Rochester outshot the Phantoms 51-30 as David
Leggio was able to get the win but Phantoms goalie
Scott Munroe made the majority of stops on the
night, a total of 45 on the 50 shots that he was
in net to face.
With one penalty after another including some
five-minute majors and also some four-minute double-minors,
it became difficult to calculate the total number
of power plays in the game. Many of the man-advantages
were abbreviated opportunities, some as quick
as 15 seconds.
Rick Schofield's goal in the first period pushed
the Amerks out to a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
The second period was when the craziness began
to boil over. Harry Zolnierczyk took a Sean Couturier
head-man and beat their goalie Leggio in a race
for the puck. After Zolnierczyk dashed around
the poke-check, he found himself in front of a
wide-open net for the easy score and his second
goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
Rochester quickly responded with the first of
their power power play goals on the night as Kevin
Porter was there to bury the rebound of a Luke
Adam shot and make it 2-1.
Schofield converted again eight minutes into the
second stretching the lead to 3-1 and then Evan
Rankin tipped a power-play drive by Marcus Foligno
to add on another.
Nick Tarnasky blasted a Phantoms defenseman late
in the period and took a five-minute boarding
major and then dropped the gloves with Adirondack's
Tye McGinn in a good fight with both combatants
swinging and connecting with their rights. But
McGinn also was assessed an instigating minor
to even things out at first and when Marc-Andre
Bourdon got called for a slash and then an unsportsmanlike
conduct for disputing the call for a double-minor,
that pretty much spelled the end for a potential
key power-play opportunity for the Phantoms in
their hopes to rally at that time.
Mike Testwuide buried the rebound of a Zac Rinaldo
shot five minutes into the third to make the score
4-2 and then Adirondack came dangerously close
to making it a one-goal game when Sean Couturier
shot one off the base of the post behind Foligno
and then Danny Syvret followed just a minute later
with a power drive off the crossbar. Two posts
in about a minute but no goals for the effort
and it was still 4-2.
The Phantoms had another chance with less than
four minutes remaining when they were still down
by only two goals when Rochester took another
penalty and the Phantoms embarked on their sixth
power play while also pulling goalie Munroe to
make it a 6-on-4 attack. But Nick Craword grabbed
a hold of the puck behind his goal and launched
it the length of the nice and right into the empty-net
to seal the game with their fifth score of the
Nick Tarnasky scored on a backhander cutting into
the net off a faceoff win with about a minute
left for an additional goal after the result had
pretty much been decided.
Adirondack will get their chance to avenge the
Rochester loss in a couple of weeks as the Phantoms
will ravel to Blue Cross Arena on Friday, November
9th for a rematch.
Tough-guy Zack FitzGerald suited up for the first
Phantoms game of his career. The former Albany
River Rat and Hamilton Bulldog got involved in
a third-period skirmish and took his first penalties
of the season including a 10-minute misconduct
in the altercation.
Scratches for the game included Oliver Lauridsen,
Eric Wellwood, Garrett Roe, Jeff Dimmen and Matt
The Phantoms conclude their first three-in-three
weekend of the season Sunday afternoon at 3:00
against the high-flying Syracuse Crunch. Because
of an NHL affiliation switch, the Crunch are essentially
the Norfolk Admirals from a season ago who won
28 straight games and the Calder Cup championship.
Adirondack returns to the GFCC for their first
back-to-back home stretch of the season next weekend
with a pair of big games on Friday, November 2
and Saturday, November 3. Rival teams Syracuse
and Albany provide the opposition that weekend
which will conclude with Phantoms Team Poster
Night on Saturday presented by Glens Falls Printing
PLUS an autograph session after the game with
the entire Phantoms team appearing to sign your
posters and jerseys!
Get your tickets in advance and save. Call the
Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Phantoms Recap 10/27/12
Rochester Americans 6 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Status: Final
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Shots on Goal-Rochester 15-18-18-51. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 2 / 10; Adirondack
0 / 6.
Goalies-Rochester, Leggio 5-3-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Adirondack, Munroe 2-2-0 (50 shots-45 saves).
Referees-Tom Chmielewski (65).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Jim Harper (59).
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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