The Adirondack Phantoms blasted away for 46 shots
but Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid was able to turn
away 44 of them as the Devils hung on for a 3-2
win at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday
night. It was Albany's first victory in Glens
Falls in almost two seasons ending an eight-game
losing streak for them in the North Country.
Adirondack carried the play for much of the game.
But the second-year pro out of Union College earned
#1 Star of the Game honors as Kinkaid made a number
of acrobatic and impressive stops in holding off
the Phantoms attack.
And different bounces on both ends made a key
difference. One Albany goal on a potentially kicked
puck and another one on an unlucky deflection
off the top of Cal Heeter's stick. While Adirondack
had bounces the other way going against them on
juicy rebound opportunities and cross-ice feeds.
And so it goes. Albany escaped with the victory
despite the Phantoms playing quite well throughout.
"We put a lot of pucks to the net and had
a lot of great looks," said Phantoms head
coach Terry Murray. "Their goalie made a
couple of ten-bell saves in the first period.
Really outstanding saves."
The Phantoms finished their longest homestand
of the season with a 3-3 record and moved to 9-11-0
overall. The Devils ended a four-game winless
streak to improve to 5-8-5.
"What we're trying to do is become a good,
young hockey club and that's going to take some
time," Murray said. "Our longest win
streak is three games and now we've lost three.
You have to find a point where you are emotionally
in the right keel. You don't want to get too high
about wins and you can't get too down when you
lose three like we just have."
Coach Murray has emphasized a focus on the future,
win or lose, and to put the past results behind.
And he reiterated that message again. "We'll
come back Monday to practice and get back to work
and focus on the detailed part of the game and
get ready for next weekend."
Erik Gustafsson and Tye McGinn scored the Adirondack
goals, both on the power play. But it was the
missed opportunities and close calls as well as
the dazzling Kinkaid saves that were noticed due
to the end result.
"I felt we had our looks. We had our play
in the offensive zone to give us a chance,"
Murray said. "We're just not scoring right
It was the second night in a row that the Adirondack
offense had cranked out 40+ shots in a losing
effort. The Phantoms had 48 shots on Friday against
Binghamton in a 7-4 defeat.
Albany received goals from Joe Whitney, Jacob
Josefson and Mattias Tedenby. The first of Albany's
goals to give them the initial lead came with
time winding down in the first period and Bobby
Butler stealing it in the corner and then Whitney
scoring on the rebound on what appeared to be
The Phantoms held the advantage for the majority
of that opening frame but found themselves down
by a goal at the first break.
And then just 30 seconds into the second period,
Albany would strike again. Jacob Josefson was
on the back-door of a rush and from almost behind
the goal reached back in front to deflect in Harri
Pesonen's centering pass to give Albany the surprising
The Phantoms roared back with a power-play goal
a few minutes later on a big Erik Gustafsson slapshot
given over to him by Danny Syvret. It was Gustafsson's
third goal of the year.
The second period went back and forth with both
teams cranking out shots at Keith Kinkaid and
Cal Heeter. Albany had 17 shots in the second
period to Adirondack's 16 but both netminders
were stable and each allowed just the one early
goal in the period and then went on to stop the
A weird deflection on a wrap-around would prove
to be the game-winner. Early in the third period,
Mattias Tedenby shimmied his way from a check
and carried the puck out in front for a wrap-around
try. He pushed it through the blue and Heeter's
stick laid down inadvertently deflected it backwards
off almost the knob to give Albany the fortunate
bouncer and 3-1 lead.
Adirondack received a weird bouncer of their own
late in the third with a power play and pulled
goalie for a 6-on-4 attack. Gustafsson's big slapshot
was deflected wide by Kinkaid but McGinn quickly
got to it on the end-boards and he pushed it back
out in front and somehow bounced it in for his
sixth goal of the season. But Adirondack was not
able to get the equalizer in the last 1:15 of
Murray says that the highs and lows of this homestand
come with the territory for any team and that
it's an especially important aspect to learn.
"Especially for the young guys because you
don't know how to deal with the frustration. You
just battle through with hard work and intensity
and stick with it. And at the end of the day you
become a better player and a better team when
you do get through to the other side."
Adirondack was without Zac Rinaldo who had a lower
body injury and Marc-Andre Bourdon who was feeling
under the weather before the game.
Fans enjoyed the entertainment of the Flyers Ice
Girls for both games this weekend presented by
North Country Snow and Ice Management. And the
game also featured an open-skate with the Phantoms
players courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital with
fans getting the chance to mingle and get autographs
from their favorite players during the post-game
The Phantoms have almost a full week between games
before playing three more in three days next weekend.
Adirondack travel to Rochester next Friday night.
And then the Phantoms will return home Saturday
against Syracuse on Phantoms T-Shirt giveaway
night. Next Sunday afternoon the Phantoms will
travel to the Providence Bruins for a 4:05 contest.
Terry Murray Post-Game, Dec 1, 2012
Albany Devils 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Status:
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
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
Monday, December 11 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. With player
guests Erik Gustafsson and Oliver Lauridsen.
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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