turned them away from every possible direction
one could think of. And the Adirondack Phantoms
pulled out an intense 4-3 shootout victory at
the Syracuse Crunch Friday night for their second
win in a row.
Jason Akeson scored his first two goals of the
season and Harry Zolinerczyk scored his eighth
of the year as Adirondack opened a 3-0 lead in
the first period. And four different Phantoms
scored in a seven-round shootout. But stealing
the show was rookie goalie Cal Heeter. The St.
Louis native out of Ohio State turned aside 40
shots including some from right on top of him.
He denied reigning MVP Cory Conacher moving right
across the crease with 2:30 left in regulation
with a dazzling glove save to keep the game tied.
And flashed his glove or pads in just the right
place on close-range shots throughout the night.
It was the third straight weekend for the Phantoms
and the Crunch to play each other and Adirondack
won two out of those three this month as they
improved to 3-3-0 against the team that won the
Calder Cup last year operating as the Norfolk
Admirals. All three of Adirondack's wins over
the Crunch have been in overtime or shootout.
The Phantoms have only one other overtime game
that has NOT come against the Crunch (December
9 at Providence).
In the shootout, four out of seven Phantoms would
score as Adirondack would improve to 2-0 in shootouts
this year, both against Syracuse. Garrett Roe
(first round), Brayden Schenn (third round), Jason
Akeson (fourth round) and Danny Syvret (game-winner
in seventh round) all scored on Tokarski with
various moves. Akeson's was perhaps the most impressive
as he wound up with his stick held up high to
get Tokarski to think the slapper was coming before
just slipping it in low after he got the goalie
As head coach Terry Murray has preached all season
long, a good start can make all the difference.
With all the late drama and back-and-forth in
the third period and overtime of this game, it
indeed did turn out to be the fast start at the
beginning that would ultimately get the Phantoms
Harry Zolnierczyk slammed home a cross-ice feed
from Garrett Roe on a two-on-one just 1:11 into
the game for the Phantoms quickest goal of the
And Jason Akeson would strike just over a minute
later at 2:30 as he walked the goal-line on the
power play, faked a give across, and then shot
it himself top-shelf on the short-side flipping
the puck over the glove of goalie Dustin Tokarski.
Later in the period, Oliver Lauridsen would fire
the puck up to Brayden Schenn who adeptly poked
it away from a near-intercept by Syracuse. Schenn
that cruised in with Akeson on a two-on-one. The
diving defenseman Evan Oberg sprawled out to cover
all of the space across but Schenn just held onto
the puck longer and then saw just a little opening
between Oberg's skate and Tokarski's stick to
fire it to an open Akeson in the slot for the
Schenn's pretty assist was his second helper of
the game and his team-leading 29th point of the
season. And at 3-0, Adirondack had opened their
widest first-period advantage of the 2012-13 season.
Then came the counter-attack. Syracuse wasn't
going to lay down in this one and they peppered
away on Heeter and the Phantoms in a 21-shot barrage
in the second period while the Phantoms only mustered
five drives on net.
Richard Panik scored a few minutes into the middle
frame to get the Crunch on the board. And Alex
Killorn was all alone in front while a gassed
Phantoms defense was trying to hang on and he
slammed in a Matt Taormina give from the right-wing
corner right on top of Heeter to make it 3-2.
Killorn is a rookie out of Harvard who now is
on a five-game goal streak for the Crunch.
In between those goals came dazzling stop after
stop by Heeter in a second period that certainly
could have seen more than two goals converted
by the Crunch.
Back-to-back penalties cost the Phantoms the lead
in the third period. After a number of spectacular
stops by Heeter, a couple of big clears by the
penalty-kill while they were two-men down, and
a couple of near misses by the Crunch, Tyler Johnson
would finally capitalize. His 5-on-3 goal for
his 17th tally of the season even the score at
Syracuse had more chances with an opportunity
to win. Including Heeter's tremendous glove save
on Conacher with 2:30 remaining. But Adirondack
was able to hang on and get the game to overtime.
In the extra-period...more close calls. P.C. Labrie
dangled his way into the middle and shot one through
the legs of Heeter. But somehow the goalie got
enough of it to deflect it just barely wide past
the post behind his right skate while he scrambled
around trying to find the puck. Moments later,
J.T. Brown out in front would beat Heeter as well
but his shot rang off the post behind Heeter's
glove and bounced across and stayed out.
Adirondack received a power-play of their own
at the end of the overtime to get the heat off
of Heeter (as it were). But Tokarski robbed a
couple of big Phantoms chances including Brandon
Manning stepping up with a blast and Sean Couturier
walking in with just three seconds remaining.
And the game would go onto the shootout.
Danny Syvret looked like he slipped the puck in
five-hole in the seventh round. And then Cal Heeter
denied a snake-bit Cory Conacher to clinch the
victory and trigger the happy Phantoms celebration
in the 'Cuse.
Syracuse outshot the Phantoms 43-23 in the game
but visiting Adirondack walked out of there with
the extra standings point. It was another extraordinarily
exciting game between the Crunch and the Phantoms
who have had a season-series packed with emotion
and intensity in their rivalry so far this year.
Zac Rinaldo returned to the lineup after missing
Wednesday's game with flu symptoms.
Scratches for Adirondack included Marc-Andre Bourdon,
Mike Testwuide, Shane Harper, Ben Holmstrom and
The Phantoms conclude their quick weekend road
trip Saturday night at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
All the players depart following that to spend
the holidays with family and friends as part of
the AHL Holiday Break. The Phantoms return home
upon their return from the break. Adirondack hosts
the Providence Bruins next Friday night and will
also have their traditional New Year's Eve home
game on Monday, December 31 at 3:00pm against
Bridgeport featuring Tuxedo Jerseys presented
by Scoville Jewelers with part of the proceeds
of the post-game jersey auction to benefit the
WAIT House of Glens Falls (Welcoming Adolescents
Get your tickets in advance and save. Call the
Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 4 (SO) at Syracuse Crunch
3 - Status: Final SO
Friday, December 21, 2012 - Onondaga County War
Memorial at Oncenter
Adirondack 3 0 0 0 - 4
Syracuse 0 2 1 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Zolnierczyk 8 (Roe,
Rinaldo), 1:11. 2, Adirondack, Akeson 1 (Schenn,
Couturier), 2:30 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Akeson 2
(Schenn, Lauridsen), 15:33. Penalties-Aulie Syr
(delay of game), 1:38; Dimmen Adk (fighting),
8:13; Gudas Syr (fighting), 8:13; Gudas Syr (holding),
2nd Period-4, Syracuse, Panik 13 (Palat, Johnson),
5:48 (PP). 5, Syracuse, Killorn 9 (Taormina, Connolly),
14:09. Penalties-Manning Adk (cross-checking),
5:01; Zolnierczyk Adk (hooking), 8:40; Panik Syr
3rd Period-6, Syracuse, Johnson 17 (Barberio,
Connolly), 8:24 (PP). Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (tripping),
1:16; Konan Adk (slashing), 6:38; Couturier Adk
(delay of game), 6:52; Roe Adk (tripping), 17:48.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cote Syr (slashing),
Shootout - Adirondack 4 (Roe G, Couturier NG,
Schenn G, Akeson G, Ford NG, Wellwood NG, Syvret
G), Syracuse 3 (Taormina G, Johnson NG, Palat
G, Barberio NG, Panik G, Connolly NG, Conacher
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-5-4-4-1-24. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 4; Syracuse
2 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 4-8-0 (43 shots-40
saves). Syracuse, Tokarski 10-4-3 (23 shots-20
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Peter Feola (33), Derek Sylvester (76).
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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