|Brandon "Man-Dog" Manning appropriately
gave the Phantoms the early lead on Pucks and
Paws Night in a 3-2 victory over the St. John's
IceCaps at the Glens Falls Civic Center. |
Eric Wellwood had an impressive game and notched
his second goal of the year. And Brayden Schenn
would score the game-winner in the third period
for his team-leading 12th of the season.
Several four-legged friends were in attendance
on the annual Pucks and Paws promotion to watch
the Phantoms race out to a powerful start and
almost put the game away early with their 18-shot
opening-period effort on St. John's goalie Eddie
Part of that early spark also came from Zack FitzGerald
who got involved in an early fight with St. John's
tough-guy Ryan Schnell with both heavyweights
blasting away with significant shots at each other.
It was less than a minute after that bout that
Adirondack would officially draw first blood.
For this contest, if you were healthy then you
played. The Phantoms were without Shane Harper
and Zac Rinaldo who both missed the game with
flu-like symptoms and joined the ranks of other
injured players on the sidelines.
Adirondack opened the scoring in the first period
on the power play as Sean Couturier would retrieve
his own blocked shot and slip the puck over to
Danny Syvret to find Manning open in the left-circle.
"Man-Dog" hung onto the puck for a tick
and then wristed his third of the season past
Pasquale to give the Phantoms the 1-0 lead at
the first intermission.
But it was almost much more than that as Adirondack
had an impressive barrage of opportunities and
continued pressure in the St. John's zone. The
Eddie Pasquale Show and his terrific saves were
the only thing preventing the Phantoms from building
on that lead in the opening 20 minutes.
"We want to emphasize our first period and
the way we come out and play," Manning said.
"I think it made a big difference for us
tonight. We were able to be up all night besides
some points where we were tied. Our confidence
has been fragile this year. It helps when you're
able to do that.
Spencer Machacek notched his seventh of the season
for the IceCaps early in the second period when
he slammed home a one-timer on a power-play cross-ice
But Adirondack quickly regained the lead with
Jeff Dimmen finding an open Sean Couturier up
the right-wing who nicely dished to the middle
for Eric Wellwood's perfect shot over the glove
of Pasquale. Wellwood's second of the year gave
the Phantoms a 2-1 lead and it was just one of
several quality chances he would generate in the
"I was happy to see that with Wellwood because
I thought the last game the other night was his
best of the year," Phantoms head coach Terry
Murray said. "Tonight he got off to a good
start again on the line with Couts. He's handling
the puck, moving his feet, carrying the puck and
that's something that was missing in the early
part of the season. But to finally be able to
score a really nice goal, a pretty goal, in a
strong play at the net....I was happy for him.
It was well-deserved."
Eric's older brother, Kyle Wellwood, was a standout
for St. John's when they were the Maple Leafs
in 2004-05 during the last NHL lockout.
Zach Redmond tied the score at 2-2 late in the
second period on a shot appearing to come from
behind the goal-line off the back of Adirondack
goalie Scott Munroe.
The 2-2 tie continued into the third period but
Brayden Schenn found a free puck and raced up
the left-wing to snap home his 12th goal of the
season for the eventual game-winner.
"They didn't make a huge push all night.
Maybe the last five minutes and that happens when
you're up a goal," Manning said. "You
know, it could be the turning point for us. We've
played so many close games, so many one-goal games.
And these are the ones we need to win."
Sean Couturier scored into the empty-net in the
closing moments of the game but the buzzer sounded
just an instant before his shot crossed the goal-line
so Adirondack would have to settle for a 3-2 victory
instead of a 4-2 final.
The Phantoms out-shot the IceCaps 34-25. Adirondack
went 1-for-6 on the power play while St. John's
Adirondack closes out play before the holiday
break with a quick weekend road-trip to Syracuse
on Friday night and then to Bridgeport on Saturday.
The players then get a few days off to spend with
family and friends over the AHL Holiday Break.
The Phantoms return home on Friday, December 28
against the Providence Bruins and then have the
traditional New Year's Eve game on Monday, December
31 at 3:00 against Bridgeport featuring specialty
Orange Tuxedo jerseys that will be available to
the fans via post-game live auction.
St. John's IceCaps 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 3
- Status: Final
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Glens Falls Civic
St. John's 0 2 0 - 2
Adirondack 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Manning 3 (Syvret,
Couturier), 6:25 (PP). Penalties-Lauridsen Adk
(slashing), 2:10; Schnell Stj (fighting), 4:24;
FitzGerald Adk (fighting), 4:24; Meech Stj (interference),
5:17; Schnell Stj (high-sticking), 11:20; Gagnon
Stj (slashing), 17:09.
2nd Period-2, St. John's, Machacek 7 (Meech,
Mouillierat), 7:18 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Wellwood
2 (Dimmen, Couturier), 10:56. 4, St. John's, Redmond
8 (Jaffray, Mouillierat), 16:21. Penalties-Roe
Adk (hooking), 5:35; Ford Adk (slashing), 7:18;
Mouillierat Stj (hooking), 14:07.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Schenn 12 5:16. Penalties-Jaffray
Stj (slashing), 9:11; Konan Adk (holding), 12:17;
Mouillierat Stj (high-sticking), 13:54.
Shots on Goal-St. John's 9-10-6-25. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-St. John's 1 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 6.
Goalies-St. John's, Pasquale 7-9-1 (34 shots-31
saves). Adirondack, Munroe 8-7-0 (25 shots-23
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Geoff Miller (28).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
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
Break for the Team
Friday, December 28 (7:00) -
Providence Bruins at Adirondack Phantoms. Only
Glens Falls appearance for the "Baby Bruins."
$2 Draft Beer Specials.
Saturday, December 29 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Portland Pirates (at Lewiston,
Monday, December 31 (3:00) -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms.
Traditional New Year's Eve Game in Glens Falls.
Specialty Orange Tuxedo Jerseys. Post-Game Jersey
Auction with the players live after the game.
Happy New Year!!
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