The Adirondack Phantoms have played the fewest
number of home games of any team in the American
Hockey League. And the long stretch of games on
the road appeared to catch up to the Phantoms
this weekend as they played their 10th away game
out of 14 total.
Adirondack completed their five-game road trip
Saturday evening at Syracuse dropping a 5-2 decision
to the Crunch to finish 2-3-0 on their second
longest away-swing of the season. It was the second
night in a row in which the Phantoms fell by a
5-2 score but this game had some differences from
the previous night at Binghamton.
Syracuse used a three-goal spurt in under three
minutes to take a narrow 2-0 advantage and turn
it into a comfortable 5-0 lead as they sent Phantoms
goalie Cal Heeter out of the game early. Scott
Munroe came on to relieve Heeter and turned aside
all 13 drives he faced as the Phantoms pulled
the margin closer but were unable to get over
East Division leading Syracuse improved to 9-2-2
with the victory while Adirondack fell to 6-8-0.
This year's Syracuse Crunch are the former Norfolk
Admirals who won the Calder Cup last season and
amazed the sporting world with their professional
hockey record 28-game winning streak at the end
of the regular season.
Brayden Schenn's team-leading eighth goal got
the Phantoms on the board on the power play in
the second period. And Erik Gustafsson ripped
a shot off the left-post banking it in to make
it 5-2 in the third period. Adirondack had a number
of other close calls on Syracuse goalie Riku Helenius
but were unable to get any closer.
Five different goal scorers for Syracuse included
Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Cory Conacher, Ondrej Plat,
Richard Panik, and Brett Connolly.
For his part, there was certainly nothing at all
Heeter could have done on two or three of the
Crunch goals when they pushed across three straight
midway through the second period. One came on
a two-on-one rush after he made the initial save.
Another that made it 5-0 came as Panik caught
the puck just out of the reach of Heeter and dropped
it to his own stick on the left-wing side of the
crease for a very creative and impressive goal.
The game had two referees and they were there
to make sure nothing slid by. 17 different power
plays were awarded to the two teams combined.
The American Hockey League usually has one referee
for games but a small percentage of games have
two referees to allow the players and the officials
the opportunity to get used to that format.
"I think this was just the third time this
year we had the two officials out there and it
does make a difference" head coach Terry
Murray said. "I think we get used to the
one and maybe get away with more little stuff.
With two, they see everything and we took some
careless penalties including times when we were
on the power play or in a pretty good situation
or in the offensive zone. That's composure that
you have to have."
Conacher, the reigning league MVP, had a blast
early in the second period on the power play that
had made it 2-0 at the time following a cross-checking
penalty on Danny Syvret. The Phantoms called their
timeout after that one and head coach Terry Murray
used the opportunity to express his displeasure
with the referee who had made the call.
Coach Murray also focused on how the game started.
"It's important to start the game the right
way and show composure. Don't take bad penalties,"
Murray said. "We have to have composure and
be ready (at the start) to match the game-speed
and intensity that they play with."
The game had a number of skirmishes as the Adirondack
vs. Syracuse rivalry continued to heat up. Cullen
Eddy, Brandon Manning and Zack FitzGerald all
dropped the gloves with various Crunch players
and a number of other Phantoms came close to going
toe-to-toe as well.
The game ended Adirondack's impressive streak
of winning every game in which they score a power
play goal. The Phantoms went 1-for-8 on the power
play but by taking the loss are now 6-1 in games
in which they collect a man-advantage tally.
Zack FitzGerald saw action for just the third
time this year and played at left-wing for the
first time this season which is where he played
most of last year with Hamilton. FitzGerald had
played defense in his previous two games.
The Crunch outshot Adirondack 35-26. The Phantoms
were 1-for-8 on the power play while Syracuse
finished 2-for-9. Syracuse took a 2 games to 1
lead in a season series that will see the Crunch
and Phantoms square-off eight times. The Crunch
visit Glens Falls over back-to-back weekends for
games on December 8 and Decmeber 14.
Scratches for the game included Andrew Johnston,
Tye McGinn, Matthew Ford, Jeff Dimmen and Matt
Adirondack returns to the GFCC this Wednesday
night for their first home game in two-and-a-half
weeks when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers,
AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. It is
the first of three home games in four days for
the Phantoms over the big Thanksgiving Weekend
and also opens a stretch of six consecutive games
at the GFCC which is the longest homestand of
the season for Adirondack.
The annual Black Friday game will follow against
the Norfolk Admirals, affiliate of the Anaheim
Ducks. And then Mens' Cancer Awareness Night on
Saturday against the Hershey Bears, affiliated
with the Washington Capitals.
That Saturday game will feature Mustache Jerseys
presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union
with part of the proceeds to benefit the C.R.
Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Phantoms
Youth Jerseys will be given away to the first
1,000 kids in attendance courtesy of Glens Falls
Hospital Rehabilitation Team
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Syracuse Crunch 5 - Status:
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - Onondaga County
War Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
Syracuse 1 4 0 - 5
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Labrie 3 (Conacher, Barberio),
13:09. Penalties-Conacher Syr (holding), 0:28;
Brown Adk (tripping), 3:41; Holmstrom Adk (tripping),
6:39; Johnson Syr (interference), 7:33; Rinaldo
Adk (slashing), 14:55.
2nd Period-2, Syracuse, Conacher 8 (Taormina,
Connolly), 1:32 (PP). 3, Syracuse, Palat 2 (Brown,
Killorn), 8:19. 4, Syracuse, Connolly 5 (Brown),
9:59. 5, Syracuse, Panik 5 (Barberio, Johnson),
11:53 (PP). 6, Adirondack, Schenn 8 (Manning,
Gustafsson), 13:27 (PP). Penalties-Syvret Adk
(cross-checking), 0:51; Eddy Adk (fighting), 1:49;
Labrie Syr (fighting), 1:49; Bourdon Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 2:25; Connolly Syr (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 2:25; Gudas Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct),
2:25; Conacher Syr (high-sticking), 5:35; Manning
Adk (elbowing), 6:01; Bourdon Adk (cross-checking),
6:39; Panik Syr (interference), 6:39; FitzGerald
Adk (fighting), 9:51; Gudas Syr (fighting), 9:51;
Harper Adk (charging), 10:25; Cote Syr (boarding),
12:20; Cote Syr (tripping), 14:04; Harper Adk
(roughing), 19:04; Barberio Syr (roughing), 19:04.
3rd Period-7, Adirondack, Gustafsson 2 (Roe,
Syvret), 10:07. Penalties-Barberio Syr (hooking),
6:51; Zolnierczyk Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct),
13:06; Manning Adk (fighting), 14:52; Panik Syr
(roughing, fighting), 14:52; Rinaldo Adk (charging),
16:41; Labrie Syr (hooking), 18:11.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 5-12-9-26. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 9; Syracuse
2 / 8.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 3-4-0 (22 shots-17
saves); Munroe 3-4-0 (13 shots-13 saves). Syracuse,
Helenius 3-2-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Trent Knorr (44), Chris Cozzan (18).
Linesmen-Brian Lemon (25), Derek Sylvester (76).
Monday, November 19 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 with special
guests Cullen Eddy and Shane Harper
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 Glens Falls Hospital Foundation
- C.R. Wood Cancer Center Capital Campaign.
Great Youth Jerseys to be given away to the first
1,000 kids in attendance (age 14 and younger)
on Saturday, November 24 presented by the Glens
Falls Hospital Rehabilitation Team. Be sure to
get there early!
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