Hundreds of stuffed animals and toys to be donated
to the Salvation Army went flying through the
air on Teddy Bear Toss Night. And the Adirondack
Phantoms threw some punches in a number of bouts
with the Syracuse Crunch to show that they weren't
about to go down without a fight. But in the end,
the Syracuse Crunch prevailed 3-0 at the Glens
Falls Civic Center on Friday night.
The Phantoms had their chances but a number of
big saves by Riku Helenius for the Crunch held
the home team in check while other Crunch players
dove and scrambled and made several key blocks
in important moments. Helenius picked up his second
shutout of the season
Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn, Zac Rinaldo and Matt
Konan were among the Adirondack players who dropped
the gloves and got in fights with various members
of the opposing team in the chippy game. For Akeson,
who found himself getting jumped after a collision
at center, it was the first fight of his professional
career. For Rinaldo it was his first fighting
major of the season.
Adirondack went 0-for-7 on the power play in something
of a reverse of the previous week's match-up in
which the Phantoms held the Crunch to 0-for-10
on the power play when Adirondack pulled out a
dramatic 4-3 shootout victory.
"The power plays I wish we would have been
able to take advantage of" Phantoms head
coach Terry Murray said. "We just didn't
break the puck out the right way and the dump-ins
we didn't allow us to recover. We ended up standing
still at the blue-line when the puck was rimmed."
At the first promotional timeout of the third
period, Dan Miner announcer over the P.A. system
that it was time to throw the bears. And the fans
obliged with a storm of stuffed animals during
the popular annual promotion. Once again, Dax
(ever the comedian) threw himself onto the ice
as part of the festivities.
Alex Killorn scored on a great individual effort
swerving around Brandon Manning. And Richard Panik
rushed up the left-wing after a Phantoms turnover
for a shorthanded breakaway goal to give Syracuse
a 2-0 lead at the second intermission.
"As the game went along in the second period
our energy got lower," Murray said. "After
the second goal in really dropped of big-time.
And then the frustration set in. And now it becomes
a situation where you bring the referee into it
and blaming him for situations when he's just
doing his job. That's something that these young
guys have to take away from this game. That you
have to have discipline. There's going to be a
lot of adversity in your career. And you're never
going to get even with the officiating."
Adirondack battled their way through a 3-on-5
penalty kill in the third period to keep the game
close. But Radko Gudas flew up the right wing
and blasted a far-post shot past Scott Munroe
shortly after that to conclude the scoring.
Adirondack had some close calls on a third-period
power play to bring on the raining teddy bears
but Helenius made more big saves. Earlier in the
game, Zac Rinaldo had a breakaway try, Shane Harper
had a point-blank chance, and Matt Ford had a
big one-timer between the circles. Those were
a handful of the quality chances the Phantoms
were generating in the first period especially
when Adirondack carried the play, had some power
plays, and almost took the initial lead on a number
But the Crunch survived Adirondack's attack in
the first period and then turned it on in the
second taking advantage of their chances the other
Syracuse increased their hold on first place in
the Eastern Conference improving to 16-6-3. Adirondack's
record stands at 10-13-1.
The Phantoms will take on the Crunch for the third
straight weekend when they travel to Syracuse
next Friday night. Adirondack is 2-3-0 against
the team that won the league championship last
Adirondack continues their homestand Saturday
night against the Manchester Monrachs and then
on Wednesday night against the St. John's IceCaps
on Pucks and Paws Night in which fans can bring
their four-legged friends to the game.
Saturday, December 15 (7:00) -
Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms. Boy
Scouts Night. Pregame Pasta Buffet ($12)
Monday, December 17 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. "Best
Of" show featuring some of the weirdest questions
and player responses so far. Plus, Michael Cignoli
of the Saratogian and Phantoms broadcast Bob Rotruck
recap the weekend's action.
Wednesday, December 19 (7:00) -
St. John's IceCaps at Adirondack Phantoms. Pucks
and Paws. Bring your dog to the game! Also $1
Friday, December 21 (7:30) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Saturday, December 22 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
December 23-26 - Holiday
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