Scott Munroe made several dazzling saves in preserving
a one-goal margin for the duration of the third
period and the Adirondack Phantoms were able to
hang on for their second consecutive victory 2-1.
The victory over the Norfolk Admirals on Black
Friday at the Glens Falls Civic Center gives Adirondack
back-to-back wins with one more game to go in
their Thanksgiving Feast Holiday Weekend of Hockey.
It didn't look like it was going to be such a
nail-biter for much of the second period. After
Sean Couturier and Rob Bordson scored back to
back goals 49 seconds apart, Adirondack would
keep Norfolk pinned back in their end for lengthy
stretches. Close calls, big saves by Norfolk goalie
Frederik Andersen, and a couple of tough bounces
prevent the Phantoms from building in their lead.
They outshot Norfolk in that dominating second
period 19-5 but it was Norfolk's fifth shot that
got them back into the game when Peter Holland
capitalized on the power play with just 31 seconds
left to give Norfolk some hope.
But none of that would matter thanks to Munroe
who won on home-ice for the third time in a row
with probably his best performance of the bunch
as he made many of his most challenging saves
in the third period. Munroe's fifth win of the
season and 69th in the Phantoms organization pulls
him to within two of Antero Nittymaki for second
place all-time in franchise history. Neil Little
had the most career wins with 177.
The Phantoms improved to 8-8-0 overall and also
4-2-0. They also scored the first goal for the
third time in the last four games bringing forth
rapid improvement in the quick-start department.
Norfolk fell to 7-9-0 overall as the defending
Calder Cup champions lost their fourth straight.
This isn't your typical defending-champions situation
though as Norfolk lost their entire roster after
an affiliation switch from Tampa Bay to Anaheim
last summer. Norfolk's team this year is comprised
of players who were on last year's Syracuse Crnuch
squad including former Phantoms Patrick Maroon
who drew the attention of the Section N Hecklers
and the rest of the crowd all night long.
Head coach Terry Murray likes the opportunity
at home for his team to get on a roll. "Carrying
over is really important. You have to get on a
stretch of games where you're playing consistently
well," Murray said. "To develop individual
confidence, to develop team confidence. The players
talk about it, they're aware of it."
After a scoreless first period with some big hits
but not as much in the way of big scoring chances,
Adirondack would turn up the heat and blast away
on the Admirals throughout the second period.
Sean Couturier scored on the power play for the
second game in a row. He blasted a cross-ice feed
by Erik Gustafsson early in the second period
when it was 4-on-3 for his fifth of the year.
The goal looked eerily similar to one scored by
Brayden Schenn on Wednesday night with the pass
coming across from Jason Akeson.
49 seconds later would be third-year pro Rob Bordson
burning the organization that dealt him to the
Flyers in November, 2010 as part of the trade
for Patrick Maroon. The Duluth, Minnesota native
made a nice fake in the right circle to convince
everyone in the building he was ready to fire
away. But instead, he stopped short and dangled
with the puck over to the slot for a better opening
to roof his first goal of the season past Andersen
and make it 2-0.
Following that, it was bombs away for the Phantoms.
So many close calls including Ben Holmstrom on
a slow-rolling rebound hitting the post quickly
followed by Brayden Schenn just missing an open
opportunity when his backhander didn't quite hit
the puck squarely and instead lifted it high.
Several other close calls and long stretches of
possession in the Norfolk zone made the game feel
like it was a blowout. But the game was still
tight at 2-0 as Norfolk barely hung on over and
"The second period is an important time in
the game," Murray said, "Because the
way the benches are set up, it's a long line change
and if you're playing hard and can spend a lot
of time in their end you can take advantage of
Then the late opening in the period on a Tye McGinn
penalty gave the Admirals their chance and 2009
first-rounder Peter Holland scored his ninth of
the year with just 31 seconds to go in the frame
to quickly turn the tables on the momentum-scale
and give Norfolk a big boost back to the locker
The Phantoms had dominated with a 19-5 shot disparity
in the period but were just clinging to a one
Munroe made his big stops primarily in the opening
minutes of the third when Norfolk got their surge.
They outshot the Phantoms 12-5 in the final period
but Adirondack was able to hang on, block a few
other big shots, push away loose pucks on scrambles
in front, and grind out a nice win.
Both teams went 1-for-4 on the power play. Adirondack
is now 8-1 in games in which they score a power
play goal. The Phantoms outshot Norfolk 31-26
and are now 5-3 in games in which they outshoot
the opposition. most important is the scoring-first
stat; Adirondack is 3-1 when they score the first
The Phantoms look to make it three-for-three on
Saturday night against Hershey at 7:00.
It is Men's Cancer Awareness Night with special
mustache jerseys, a post-game jersey auction,
and a pre-game youth jersey giveaway for the first
1,000 kids in attendance.
Here's a preview of our great jerseys presented
by the Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union for
the Men's Cancer Awareness Night game this Saturday.
Norfolk Admirals 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 -
Friday, November 23, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Norfolk 0 1 0 - 1
Adirondack 0 2 0 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Parent Nor (holding),
4:46; Zolnierczyk Adk (holding), 13:43; Mitchell
Nor (fighting), 16:59; Schenn Adk (fighting),
16:59; Couturier Adk (cross-checking), 17:47;
Smith-Pelly Nor (roughing), 20:00; Zolnierczyk
Adk (roughing), 20:00.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Couturier 5 (Gustafsson,
Akeson), 1:23 (PP). 2, Adirondack, Bordson 1 (Syvret,
Gustafsson), 2:12. 3, Norfolk, Holland 9 (Smith-Pelly,
Maroon), 19:29 (PP). Penalties-Maroon Nor (interference),
0:05; Clark Nor (fighting), 7:40; McGinn Adk (fighting),
7:40; Palmieri Nor (goaltender interference),
9:43; Holland Nor (boarding), 11:52; McGinn Adk
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bodie Nor (roughing),
5:49; Smith-Pelly Nor (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 5:49; Lauridsen Adk (roughing), 5:49;
Rinaldo Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct),
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 9-5-12-26. Adirondack 7-19-5-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Andersen 4-4-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
Adirondack, Munroe 5-4-0 (26 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).
Saturday, November 24 (7:00) - Hershey Bears
at Adirondack Phantoms - Men's Cancer Awareness
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!
Monday, November 26 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE on Q101.7 with special guests Mike Testwuide
and Jeff Dimmen.
Wednesday, November 28 (7:00) - St. John's IceCaps
at Adirondack Phantoms. $1 Hot Dogs
Friday, November 30 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators
at Adirondack Phantoms $2 Draft Beer Special.
Flyers Ice Girls presented by North Country Snow
Saturday, December 1 (7:00) - Albany Devils at
Adirondack Phantoms. Post-Game Skate with the
Phantoms presented by Glens Falls Hospital. Flyers
Ice Girls presented by North Country Snow Removal.
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