to back penalties in a tied game in the third
led to consecutive goals for St. John's followed
by a furious Phantoms comeback effort that fell
just short. The visiting IceCaps survived for
a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night at the Glens
Falls Civic Center to end Adirondack's three-game
Trailing 3-1, Rob Bordson for Adirondack scored
on the deflection of an Erik Gustafsson shot with
less than five minutes remaining in the third.
And Sean Couturier's drive with a little over
a minute left was barely steered away by St. John's
goalie Eddie Pasquale and perhaps hit off the
post on the team's closest call in the late moments.
However, that one was among several other close
calls for Adirondack. Tyler Brown also had a near
miss from point-blank and there were early breakaways
and great chances early in the game too.
"We had good chances going right back to
the first period," said Adirondack Phantoms
head coach Terry Murray. "The game could
have been over with after one actually. We had
so many good looks. Brown cuts in off the wing
and I think he put it over the net. I've got to
take a look at that one too. The opportunities
were there. We took too many penalties."
The setback ends Adirondack's three-game win streak
as the Phantoms are now 9-9-0 overall. St. John's
with the victory improved to 10-9-1 including
a strong record in their last seven games of 5-2-1.
Marc-Andre Bourdon and Erik Gustafsson both got
tagged for stick infractions in their own end
midway through the third period of an exciting
1-1 goaltenders' duel and St. John's found themselves
with an extended 5-on-3. Paul Postma's blast past
the left skate of Scott Munroe gave St. John's
the lead. And a mere 10 seconds later, Carl Klingburg
would backhand one towards the Adirondack net
that appeared to be deflected on the way and then
just sneak past the right skate of Munroe to the
far post for what would prove to be the game-winner.
It was a frustrating way to go for the Phantoms
in the power-play filled game. Adirondack's strong
penalty kill had been magnificent for the IceCaps'
first five power plays but it was the last two
midway through the third that would make the difference.
In the first period, Zac Rinaldo was assessed
a penalty for elbowing. At first, the penalty
was put up on the board as a two-minute minor.
But the officials conferenced and concluded that
some contact to the head happened on the play
and then assessed a five-minute major and a game
misconduct leaving Adirondack one forward short
for the rest of the night.
Harry Zolnierczyk scored his fifth of the year
on a sharp deflection of a Jason Akeson shot.
His second period goal got the Phantoms on the
board at 1-0 and was the fifth time this season
he has scored Adirondack's first goal of the game,
all at home.
A couple minutes later, Alex Burmistrov's shot
rebounded off Munroe over to Kevin Clark racing
up the right side of the slot who was able to
backhand home the second chance to tie the score
at 1-1 which would go on to be the score all the
way until the middle part of the third.
The Phantoms had the better of the play through
the first half of the game when it was 0-0 and
then 1-0. Harry Zolnierczyk and Shane Harper both
had breakaway opportunities and other glorious
chancces for Brayden Schenn, Jason Akeson and
others were all denied on some very nice saves
by Pasquale on his way to #1 Star of the Game
St. John's would get their surge late in the second
period to even the score and then kept the pressure
coming in the third.
"We got caught in a three-quarter ice game,"
Murray said. "We're trying to get it back
in and they're throwing it at us with a lot of
speed and it ends up in our zone and now fatigue
becomes a part of that shift. It was a good strategy
by them and we got caught playing the game that
they wanted to play."
Adirondack's late rally attempt after they trailed
3-1 had some chances but ended up falling just
The Phantoms outshot the IceCaps 33-26. St. John's
finished 2-for-7 on the power play while Adirondack
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.
Monday, December 3 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 at 7:00 PM
with player guest Danny Syvret
Friday, December 7 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Rochester Americans
Saturday, December 8 (7:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms
T-Shirt Giveaway, first 2,500 fans in attendance.
Pregame Pasta Buffet ($12)
Sunday, December 9 (4:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Providence Bruins
Friday, December 14 (7:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Annual
Teddy Bear Toss Night to benefit the Salvation
Army. Bring your Teddy Bear donation and throw
it on the ice after the Phantoms score their first
goal. It will be raining Teddy Bears inside the
Saturday, December 15 (7:00) -
Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms. Boy
Scouts Night. Pregame Pasta Buffet ($12)
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