Cal Heeter put forth a tremendous 25-save effort
to open Adirondack's five-game road-trip and the
Phantoms prevailed 2-1 at Rochester Friday evening.
The victory for the rookie out of Ohio State represents
the first time the Phantoms have won back-to-back
games. And they have both come via magnificent
goaltender performances with Scott Munroe's 4-0
shutout win against the Albany Devils last Saturday
beginning the win streak.
Danny Syvret's power play blast in the second
period tied the score at 1-1. And Garrett Roe's
tumbler squeezed through Americans goalie David
Leggio for the game-winner in the third to knock
off the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.
Adirondack improved to 5-5-0 with the victory.
And the Americans fell to 6-4-1. The Phantoms
avenged their loss on their home ice suffered
to the hands of the Amerks two weeks ago on October
But the story of the game were the near-misses
and big saves for both goalies all game long in
the exciting back-and-forth contest featuring
two explosive offenses. Both teams were slightly
less explosive than they normally would be though
with one NHL player sitting this out for each
side. Sean Couturier for the Phantoms was under
the weather and thus was a scratch for this game.
And Rochester's Cody Hodgson was out with a hand
Adirondack was especially reliant on Heeter in
the first period. His 11 saves in the opening
frame kept the duel 0-0 through 20 minutes despite
several close call for the Americans.
The Phantoms stormed back to earn the better of
the play for much of the second and into the third
as well. Rochester had their chances and Luke
Adam with Marcus Foligno had some near misses
on give-and-go rushes into the Adirondack zone.
And some juicy rebounds were cranked back at Heeter
from close range a number of times but Heeter
was always square to the puck and the big grade-A
range slappers kept bouncing away.
Heeter also made a couple of important saves of
the more acrobatic variety. He was frequently
tested by a Rocheter team that entered action
as the second-highest scoring team in the league
at 3.9 goals per game.
But they only mustered one tally in this one as
Heeter secured his second all-time professional
victory. And even that goal almost was not. T.J.
Brennan's power play slapshot from the right point
early in the second period was initially stopped
on the pads of Heeter. But the big blast had enough
on it to just barely squeeze though and dribble
just a couple inches across the goal-line. The
slowly moving puck was almost saved from behind
Heeter before crossing but by the time it was
cleared out it was too late, the puck had crossed
and Rochester had the early 1-0 lead.
Tye McGinn helped create Adirondack's first of
the night even though he wasn't on the ice when
the power play goal was scored. His pressure in
the Rochester zone forced a couple of turnovers
and eventually led to a cross-check from Matt
MacKenzie for a Phantoms power play. And it only
took a few seconds after a dump-in for Matthew
Ford to intercept a puck in the corner, rattle
it around to Marc-Andre Bourdon on the left point,
and then give it across for Syvret's big one-timer
to beat Leggio clean.
With the score tied 1-1, play got a bit nasty
in the third period as Maxime Legault of Rochester
dealt a big hit against Cullen Eddy in the corner
of the Adirondack zone to spark a fight between
Oliver Lauridsen of the Phantoms and Nick Tarnasky
of the Americans. The fighting majors evened out
and shortly after play resumed at 5-on-5, it would
be Garrett Roe sending on a shot from the right
wing wall aimed for the post. The puck somehow
tumbled underneath the right should of Leggio
and snuck in under his armpit to then bounce into
the goal for the eventual game-winner.
After Roe gave the Phantoms the lead with his
second of the year, Adirondack had to hold off
a number of rushes from Rochester. But it would
be the Phantoms who would come closest to scoring
at the end. Tye McGinn hit the post from the left-wing
wall with seconds remaining while the goalie was
out. And two other shots from out in front by
Schenn and McGinn were blocked by scrambling Rochester
defenders who were forced into goaltenders' duties
in the waning moments.
Adirondack returns to Rochester for the final
time this season on December 7. Rochester's lone
remaining visit to Glens Falls is not until April
Scratches for the Phantoms included Sean Couturier,
Mike Testwuide, Zack FitzGerald, Jeff Dimmen and
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Rochester Americans 1
- Status: Final
Friday, November 9, 2012 - Blue Cross Arena
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
Rochester 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bourdon Adk
(fighting), 12:54; Adam Rch (slashing), 12:54;
Foligno Rch (fighting), 12:54.
2nd Period-1, Rochester, Brennan 5 (Rankin, Flynn),
2:40 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Syvret 1 (Bourdon, Ford),
9:02 (PP). Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (hooking), 1:16;
MacKenzie Rch (cross-checking), 8:30; Mancari
Rch (holding the stick), 16:54.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Roe 2 (Syvret), 7:49.
Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (fighting), 7:37; Tarnasky
Rch (fighting), 7:37.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-10-16-33. Rochester
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 3; Rochester
1 / 1.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 2-3-0 (26 shots-25
saves). Rochester, Leggio 6-4-0 (33 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Mike Hamilton (79), Joe DeMizio (3).
Saturday, November 10 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
Monday, November 12 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour live on Q101.7 with Rob Bordson
and Garrett Roe.
Wednesday, November 14 (10:00 am)
- Adirondack Phantoms at Manchester
Friday, November 16 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Saturday, November 17 (7:30) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
BIG THANKSGIVING HOMESTAND!
Wednesday, November 21 (7:00) -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
- $1 Hot Dogs!
Friday, November 23 (7:00) -
Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms - Annual
Black Friday Game. $2 Draft Beer Specials
Saturday, November 24 (7:00) -
Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms - Men's Cancer
Includes Phantoms Youth Jersey Giveaway presented
by Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation Team. Phantoms
Mustache Jerseys and post-game auction presented
by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union with portion
of proceeds to benefit C.R. Wood Cancer Center
at Glens Falls Hospital.
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