Eventually the perseverance paid off. The Adirondack
Phantoms capitalized on two late power plays at
the end of regulation and beginning of overtime
for an exciting, come-from-behind 4-3 victory
at the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday.
Trailing 3-2 for the duration of the third period,
the Phantoms got their best chance with time running
out and found themselves with a rare 6-on-3 advantage
stemming from a pair of Syracuse penalties while
Adirondack removed their goalie for an extra-attacker.
With all the extra room to move the puck, Brayden
Schenn thrived and he blasted the equalizer from
the right circle with 1:02 remaining to set the
stage for overtime.
Still with a 5-on-3 advantage, it didn't take
long for Brandon Manning to score the game-winner
just 14 seconds into the extra period from outside
the right ring not far from the spot where Schenn
had tied it just a couple minutes earlier.
Tye McGinn scored a pair of goals for Adirondack
in the second period, the third multi-goal game
of his career. And Schenn had points on all the
Phantoms' tallies with one goal and three assists.
The wild victory to conclude the Phantoms' three-in-three
weekend improved their season record to 3-4-0.
Syracuse fell to 4-1-2 with the heartbreaking
Rookie goaltender Cal Heeter recorded his first
win as a pro with a 32-save performance that included
a number of gems particularly in the second period.
Adirondack really had a lot going against them
heading in. The Phantoms were playing on the road
and it was their third game in three days. But
for host Syracuse, it was only their second game
in two days. The Crunch did not play on Friday
night. Normally when teams play "three-in-three"
it is an equal situation for both teams. But the
Crunch had the advantage of the extra-rest.
Additionally, the Syracuse team is essentially
the former Norfolk Admirals team who won the Calder
Cup last season and ended the regular season with
a professional hockey record 28-game win streak.
But the Phantoms prevailed against the talented
Crunch team with their most complete effort of
Again the Phantoms found themselves battling the
opposition as well as the penalty box. At the
end of the game though, it turned out that a couple
of Syracuse penalties made the difference. Similar
to the night before against Rochester, 5-on-5
hockey was in short supply. Syracuse went 2-for-7
on the power play while Adirondack finished 2-for-10.
NHL'er Brett Connolly capitalized after a steal
by last year's AHL MVP, Cory Conacher, and Syracuse
enjoyed a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Tye McGinn scored a pair of goal in the first
nine minutes of the second period to put the visiting
Phantoms in front. His first came moments after
Schenn rocketed a blast off the post. McGinn was
there for the rebound of a Sean Couturier shot
His second came as Matt Mangene led Schenn into
the zone on a 2-on-1. McGinn connected on the
perfect give across to give the Phantoms the lead.
All three of McGinn's multi-goal games have come
against the Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate and
essentially this team. He had two last year when
they were the Norfolk Admirals and now he has
one more against head coach Jon Cooper's crew.
Penalties cost Adirondack the lead later in the
second period as Alex Killorn scored a pair of
goals 30 seconds apart to make it 3-2 in favor
of the Crunch. The go-ahead goal came on the power
play after a few previous penalty kills by the
Phantoms. His blast from the high-slot would be
enough for Syracuse until the closing dramatic
A number of scuffles broke out at different times
and while nobody dropped the gloves or took fighting
majors, the game began to take a decidedly nasty
tone. Danny Syvret was body-slammed onto the back
of his head by Richard Panik of the Crunch with
2:05 remaining in the third but was okay and able
to serve his minor for interference that precipitated
Panik took a double-minor and then a few seconds
later J.T. Wyman inadvertently flipped the puck
over the glass from the defensive-zone to give
Adirondack a two-man advantage with 1:48 remaining.
Goalie Cal Heeter race for the bench with 1:32
to go and then Schenn fired home his 6-on-3 rocket
with 1:02 left to tie the game. It was Schenn's
fourth of the season.
It was still 5-on-3 into the overtime when Manning
set off the big Phantoms celebration to a stunned
and silenced contingent at the War Memorial at
Oncenter in Syracuse.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Oliver Lauridsen,
Tyler Brown, Matthew Ford, Garrett Roe and Jeff
It was the first of eight games this year between
the two New York state rivals and they won't have
to wait long for match-up number two. The Crunch
arrive to the Glens Falls Civic Center this Friday
night hungry for redemption.
That is the opener of a back-to-back weekend at
home for the Phantoms which concludes on Saturday
against the Albany Devils on Phantoms Poster Night
presented by Glens Falls Printing and Team Autograph
Night after the game featuring all the players.
Get your tickets in advance and save. Call the
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Adirondack Phantoms 4 (OT) at Syracuse Crunch
3 - Status: Unofficial Final
Sunday, October 28, 2012 - Onondaga County War
Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 0 2 1 1 - 4
Syracuse 1 2 0 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Connolly 3 (Conacher),
8:21 (PP). Penalties-Connolly Syr (hooking), 5:06;
Bourdon Adk (hooking), 6:44; Korobov Syr (hooking),
9:29; Connolly Syr (interference), 14:55; Bordson
Adk (high-sticking), 17:18; Panik Syr (closing
hand on puck), 19:03.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, McGinn 2 (Syvret, Schenn),
1:07. 3, Adirondack, McGinn 3 (Schenn, Mangene),
8:45. 4, Syracuse, Killorn 1 (Palat), 13:31. 5,
Syracuse, Killorn 2 (Taormina), 14:01 (PP). Penalties-FitzGerald
Adk (hooking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:01;
Connolly Syr (cross-checking), 12:04; Wellwood
Adk (tripping), 12:09; Syvret Adk (tripping),
13:53; Gudas Syr (roughing), 17:18.
3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Schenn 4 (Couturier,
Gustafsson), 18:58 (PP). Penalties-Palat Syr (tripping),
2:12; Syvret Adk (slashing), 3:41; Conacher Syr
(roughing), 7:52; Couturier Adk (interference),
13:00; Connolly Syr (cross-checking), 13:00; Syvret
Adk (interference), 17:55; Panik Syr (roughing,
holding), 17:55; Wyman Syr (delay of game), 18:12;
served by Gauthier Syr (bench minor - too many
OT Period-7, Adirondack, Manning 2 (Schenn, Couturier),
0:14 (PP). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-4-15-1-29. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 2 / 10; Syracuse
2 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 0-2-0 (35 shots-32
saves). Syracuse, Helenius 1-0-0 (29 shots-25
Referees-Tom Chmielewski (65).
Linesmen-Fraser McIntyre (94), Brian Lemon (25).
Monday, October 29 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour on Q101.7 with special guest, assistant
coach Riley Cote. First show of the season pre-recorded.
New LIVE location for our weekly show to be announced
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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