Adirondack completed a perfect three-for-three
holiday weekend at home with another solid defensive
effort as they turned away the Hershey Bears 3-1
on Saturday night. Scott Munroe picked up the
victory for the third game in a row as the Phantoms
moved past the .500 mark for the first time since
opening night by improving to 9-8-0.
Tye McGinn, Tyler Brown and Sean Couturier all
scored in the win. For Couturier, who sealed the
game with an empty-netter with a few seconds remaining,
it was a goal in his third straight game all of
which came on the homestand.
Terry Murray knew a concerted group effort would
be necessary for this one as the Phantoms were
playing their third game in four nights including
back-to-back while Hershey was fresher after having
the night off Friday. "You need everyone
contributing significant minutes in significant
ways," Murray said. "I thought the line
with Roe, Brown and Testwuide tonight did a big
job. They were physical. They were intense on
the puck and ended up scoring a huge goal as a
result of their hard work."
Another key to the game was the Phantoms defense
and the penalty kill. Adirondack put themselves
in tough positions a couple of times with their
penalties. But the shorthanded crew would grind
their way through each and every Bears' advantage
and hold Hershey to 0-for-7 on the night. And,
of course, Munroe kept making the big saves every
time the Phantoms needed him to.
For Munroe, it was his third straight game allowing
just one goal as the Phantoms have won by scores
of 5-1, 2-1 and 3-1 on the homestand taking care
of Bridgeport, Norfolk and Hershey in order. Munroe
has 72 saves on 75 shots in this homestand. And
going back to his 26-save shutout of Albany on
November 3, Munroe now has 98 saves on 101 shots
for a sparkling .970 saves percentage and 0.75
goals against average in his last four home games
Schenn is also now just 39 saves away from 4,000
for his terrific AHL career that has spanned the
Phantoms, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins, and now back with the Phantoms in Adirondack.
One of the few new players to the Adirondack
Phantoms, Scott Munroe is actually the eldest
player on the roster at 30 years old. And he also
has experience in a Phantoms jersey long before
most of his teammates even arrived in the AHL.
He began his career with the Philadelphia Phantoms
in 2006 and now has 70 victories in a Phantoms
jersey, third all-time in franchise history just
one behind Antero Nittymaki for second place.
Neil Little has the most ever with 177.
The game also featured the first ever Mustache
Jerseys in the American Hockey League presented
by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union and the
unique and fun look proved to be a huge success
among the fans and players alike. Part of the
proceeds of the post-game jersey auction went
to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens
Kids also received great looking Phantoms Youth
Jerseys courtesy of the Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation
Team. So orange was a more popular color than
usual in the stands as 1,000 kids were all wearing
their brand new Adirondack shirts.
Zach Hamill began the scoring 6:30 into the game
with his shot from the right-wing boards finding
part of the post behind Munroe and sneaking in
to give Hershey a 1-0 lead.
The Phantoms equalized late in the first period
with Tye McGinn and Brayden Schenn weaving their
way into the zone. It was a give-and-go but when
Schenn got it back he decided one more pass was
the best option and when he slid it across from
the right side of the slot he found a wide open
McGinn cutting in from the left circle with an
easy one-timer into the open net past the flailing
Hershey goalie Dany Sabourin.
For the third straight home game, the Adirondack
Phantoms just kept coming and coming and dominating
for the middle period. Once again, for long stretches
they had the opposition pinned in their own end
and had great puck possession. The lone goal of
the period came on the rebound of a Danny Syvret
shot from center-point that was gobbled up by
Tyler Brown off the left leg-pad of Sabourin for
his first of the year. Garrett Roe also assisted
on the goal.
"The D-men I thought were very involved,"
Murray said. "It was a great play by Danny
(Syvret) to block the blue-line and get a simple
wrist-shot through to the net. Rebound is laying
there and Brownie is doing the right thing. Hard
off the boards and looking for something loose.
And he finds it. Good play."
The Phantoms might have been back a little on
their heels in the third period as they tried
to protect the one goal lead as they only acquired
three more shots on goal for the rest of the way
after blasting away for 15 shots in the second
period. But the penalty kill and Munroe's big
stops got them through the closing seconds when
Sean Couturier would eventually seal the night
with an empty-net tally for his sixth goal of
the season and his third in as many nights.
Schenn had a pair of assists to raise his point
total to 22, first in the Eastern Conference and
third in the AHL.
Hershey took their fourth straight loss to fall
The game marked the return of a couple of long-time
former Adirondack Phantoms in Kevin Marshall and
Matt Clackson who both skate for the Bears now.
Another former Phantoms, Jonathon Kalinski, is
also on Hershey's team but misses this game with
injury. For both MArshall and Clackson it was
their first game back in Glens Falls since they
played for the Phantoms.
The game actually just marks the midway point
of Adirondack's longest homestand of the season.
Coming up, the Phantoms do it all over again with
three more home games. And just like this past
week, the games are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
against three different opponents.
Terry Murray Post-Game November 24, 2012
Hershey Bears 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Status:
Saturday, November 24, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
Hershey 1 0 0 - 1
Adirondack 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Hershey, Hamill 5 (Syner, Sabourin),
6:30. 2, Adirondack, McGinn 5 (Schenn), 16:48.
Penalties-Bordson Adk (slashing), 1:51; served
by Clackson Her (bench minor - too many men),
7:11; Gustafsson Adk (holding), 10:19; Berry Her
(closing hand on puck), 13:46.
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Brown 1 (Syvret, Roe),
14:03. Penalties-Clackson Her (cross-checking),
1:22; Brown Adk (slashing), 9:20; Rinaldo Adk
Shots on Goal-Hershey 9-7-8-24. Adirondack 12-15-3-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 7; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Hershey, Sabourin 2-4-0 (29 shots-27 saves).
Adirondack, Munroe 6-4-0 (24 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Chris Ciamaga (24), Ryan Hersey (8).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Frank Murphy (29).
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
Friday, November 30 (7:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms $2
Draft Beer Special. Flyers Ice Girls presented
by North Country Snow Removal.
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
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