The Adirondack Phantoms made their official 2013
debut on the road in Hartford, Connecticut Friday
night and didn't have enough firepower as the
Whale sunk the visitors by a 3-0 final.
Goaltender Cal Heeter turned in the best performance
of the night for the Phantoms despite taking the
loss. Of his 29 saves, he dove and scrambled and
positioned himself for several terrific stops.
Adirondack was still in the game in the third
period with a chance to mount a dramatic comeback
trailing only 2-0. And that was thanks to the
tremendous play of the rookie goalie from Ohio
Adirondack will not have to wait long for their
chance for revenge against the affiliate of the
New York Rangers; The Whale will invade the Glens
Falls Civic Center for the rematch encounter Saturday
Connecticut got on the board early after some
continued and sustained pressure in the Phantoms'
zone in the opening minutes. Brandon Segal pushed
in his 8th of the year on the rebound of a Chris
The Phantoms had back-to-back power plays later
in the first period but Connecticut goalie Cameron
Talbot made some more of his early stops on his
way to a 25-save performance and his first shutout
of the season.
Chad Kolarik lit the lamp on a power-play rush
for his team leading 13th of the season. After
his first shot was rebounded out to the slot and
a group of bodies converged around Heeter, Kolarik
was able to push one slowly towards the net from
the slot that just squeaked through the skates
of defenseman Brandon Manning in the crease while
Heeter was trying to get unglued from the other
The play came moments after Sean Couturier and
Harry Zolinerczyk almost converted on a shorthanded
rush back the other way. But when Connecticut
was able to turn that dice-roll to their advantage
in made a game that was almost tied at 1-1 into
a 2-0 situation instead and was the clear turning
point of the night.
Connecticut also hit the pipe a couple of times
in the second period but the Phantoms were hanging
in there with a chance to mount another dramatic
comeback just like they did in the New Years'
Eve game against Bridgeport.
Early in the third period, Zack FitzGerald attempted
to give his team a spark with a big hit on Connecticut's
Ryan Bourque sending him sprawling backwards.
But "Fitzy" went too far in the officials'
eyes and was tagged with a five-minute charging
major and game misconduct. To make matter worse,
he was never able to get turned around for a proper
fight with Dylan McIlrath who jumped him after
Adirondack killed off the subsequent power play
and were still very much in the game thanks to
Heeter's terrific stops. But finally, Tommy Grant
would help seal things picking up a rebound out
of Heeter's glove on a shot from the blue-line
by Blake Parlett that had come just after a close
scoring call by Parlett on the initial rush.
20-year-old rookie from Germany Marcel Noebels
made his AHL debut in this one and was paired
on a line with Harry Zolnierczyk and Jason Akeson.
The other two recent call-ups for the Phantoms,
Blake Kessel and Ian Slater, were healthy scratches
for the game. Other scratches included Garrett
Roe, Erik Gustafsson and Matt Konan as well as
Marc-Andre Bourdon and Ben Holmstrom.
The game was the first of six in the season series
between the two Northeast Division rivals.
Adirondack hosts Connecticut Saturday at 7:00
on Phantoms Drawstring Backpack Night for the
first 1,000 kids courtesy of UniFirst. For tickets,
call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355. The game is
Adirondack's last at home for a couple of weeks.
The Phantoms will not play at the GFCC again until
Friday, January 18.
Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Connecticut Whale 3 -
Friday, January 4, 2013 - XL Center Veterans Memorial
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Connecticut 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Connecticut, Segal 8 (Newbury,
Kreider), 4:12. Penalties-Grant Ct (hooking),
14:04; Newbury Ct (closing hand on puck), 15:52.
2nd Period-2, Connecticut, Kolarik 13 (Hrivik),
6:28 (PP). Penalties-Brown Adk (slashing), 3:10;
Heeter Adk (delay of game), 4:09; FitzGerald Adk
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:31; Couturier Adk
3rd Period-3, Connecticut, Grant 9 (Parlett),
13:16. Penalties-Newbury Ct (tripping), 0:06;
FitzGerald Adk (major - charging, fighting, game
misconduct - charging), 6:08; McIlrath Ct (instigating,
fighting, misconduct - instigating), 6:08; Rinaldo
Adk (slashing), 16:20.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-9-5-25. Connecticut
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Connecticut
1 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 4-10-1 (33 shots-30
saves). Connecticut, Talbot 12-14-0 (25 shots-25
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Kevin Redding (16).
Friday, January 4 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Connecticut Whale
Saturday, January 5 (7:00) -
Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms
drawstring backpacks for the first 1,000 kids
in attendance presented by UniFirst.
Monday, January 7 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour returns LIVE on Q101.7 This
week we welcome player guest Zack FitzGerald!
Friday, January 11 (7:05) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Saturday, January 12 (7:05) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Friday, January 18 (7:00)
- Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
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