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Syvret Game-Winner in 500th Game
January 11, 2013

Danny Syvret capped a wild and exciting night of hockey in Binghamton by scoring the game-winner in the 5th round of the shootout for a 3-2 victory at the Senators Friday night. It was the perfect way for the 27-year-old veteran to conclude his 500th career game as a pro.

"I was a little nervous," Syvret said. "I was lucky that our goaltender played well in the shootout so I had a chance to shoot to win instead of trying to shoot to further prolong the shootout.

It was Syvret's second shootout game-winner of the year. He came through in the clutch in the 7th round back on December 21st at Syracuse.

"This time being the fifth guy was more scripted so I knew before we started shooting that I was the fifth guy," Syvret said. "You're just hoping that your guys go out and score and you don't really have the pressure. And then Benoit was their last shooter to go and Heeter made the save and I knew I had a chance to win."

Cal Heeter was spectacular in his second victory in a row with 44 saves on 46 shots including perhaps his best of the night at the very end of overtime robbing Patrick Wiercoch on the back-door. He then went a perfect 5-for-5 in the shootout.

"Heeter played well," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said. "I thought he made some big stops when the score was 0-0. That's a critical you want to make you're getting is the first one and he gave us a chance to the first one. We did and we end up getting the points."

Cal Heeter was ready for the game and made big saves right from the start. "Tonight was one of those nights where I was just on and it felt good," Heeter said.

Heeter even foreshadowed Syvret's big moment at the end! "I feel real good. He's a great player for us. I talked to him right before overtime and I said 'Let's get this other point. Let's get this one right now.' And we weren't able to get it in overtime but for him to come through as the last shooter and get the game-winning goal in the shootout...that was pretty cool I thought. He's got some good moves for a D-Man! I'll give it to him. I won't give any of his moves away but he's got some good ones."

Adirondack improved to 3-1 in shootouts this year and 5-2 in games decided after regulation (overtime and shootouts combined) as they knocked off one of the best teams in the league. The Senators have the 2nd best record in the AHL now at 22-8-4 while the Phantoms improved to 15-17-2.

The Phantoms were without several of their star players who were called up to Philadelphia earlier in the week after the NHL lockout had ended. But Binghamton had not lost any of their top guns yet as their parent club Ottawa was waiting a little longer to make their roster moves and bring their AHL'ers up north.

Matt Ford (2nd) and Brandon Manning (5th) scored in the second period for Adirondack as the Phantoms took a 2-0 lead at one point. Rob Bordson almost won the game in overtime on the deflection of a Cullen Eddy shot but the tip rang off the cross-bar and rebounded out.

It was an exciting contest and great goaltenders' duel that had a little bit of everything and ultimately resulted in a nice win on the road for Adirondack's new-look lineup featuring several players who had barely played with the Phantoms this year and had spent most of the season with Trenton in the ECHL.

"It was a very good win for us and you look at the player transactions that have happened just a couple days ago and we've taken some pretty talented players out of the lineup," Murray said. "I was real proud of the guys the way they rallied tonight. The new players stepped in and logged big minutes and did important things for our hockey club. It was a solid effort, a team effort, and everyone was playing hard for each other."

The second period was something of a track-meet with both teams running and gunning back and forth. Adirondack outshot Binghamton 18-16 in that crazy middle frame.

20-year-old Marcel Noebels took a dish from Rob Bordson and then spun around in the right circle with the team still pushing in transition and neatly found Matthew Ford in the high slot who blasted home his drive for his second goal of the season. The top shelf drive came from one of the players the Phantoms will be counting on even more now with the absences of high-offense guys like Schenn, Couturier, Wellwood, McGinn and Rinaldo. Ford had 29 goals last year including 19 of them in just 31 games after he arrived to the Phantoms from the Hershey Bears. But Ford has been slower to get the scoring going this season. For Noebels, the spinning assist was his first career AHL point in three games after being called up from Trenton last week.

Brandon Manning made it 2-0 with another goal showcasing his ability to drive to the net. His shot from the left-wing went through the goalie Ben Bishop and Manning got to it on the other side and was able to flip it upstairs while fading away for his 5th of the season to give Adirondack a 2-0 lead.

Patrick Wiercoch scored on a blast from center-point a few minutes later for a power play goal to get Binghamton on the board after Heeter had already made several remarkable saves.

And Mark Borowiecki converted from the left-circle on a 2-on-1 rush taking the shot himself with under 2 minutes left in the 2nd period to even the score at 2-2.

In the 3rd period, it was all Senators for the most part. They out-shot Adirondack 15-5 and kept the pressure on but Heeter was tall to the challenge and made one fine save after another. On one lengthy stretch in the third period, Heeter was without his stick on a penalty kill and then Marcel Noebels came out of the penalty box and gave him his stick. Heeter made a couple of kick stops and Noebels tried to squeeze the puck along the boards with his skates while he was stick-less. Somehow, Adirondack made it through the barrage and kept the game tied.

Then the exciting overtime with Bordson hitting the crossbar and Heeter robbing Wiercoch. And onto the shootout where Heeter was perfect and Syvret got the Phantoms the win.

"To finish the whole thing off with a shootout and Danny Syvret finishing it as the 10th shooter. It was great for him and great for team to get the two points," Murray said.

Photo Gallery - Danny Syvret scores shootout winner in his 500th game.

Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO) at Binghamton Senators 2 - Status: Final SO
Friday, January 11, 2013 - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

Adirondack 0 2 0 0 - 3
Binghamton 0 2 0 0 - 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Dziurzynski Bng (roughing), 7:43; Manning Adk (double minor - high-sticking), 18:11.

2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Ford 2 (Noebels, Bordson), 4:19. 2, Adirondack, Manning 5 (Ford, Bordson), 10:33. 3, Binghamton, Wiercioch 10 (Benoit), 13:03 (PP). 4, Binghamton, Borowiecki 2 (Dziurzynski, Stone), 18:40. Penalties-Gryba Bng (roughing), 4:49; Manning Adk (hooking), 12:33.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Testwuide Adk (cross-checking, fighting), 5:59; Dziurzynski Bng (fighting), 5:59.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Dziurzynski Bng (high-sticking), 0:59.

Shootout - Adirondack 1 (Roe NG, Ford NG, Akeson NG, Bordson NG, Syvret G), Binghamton 0 (Silfverberg NG, Hoffman NG, Schneider NG, Prince NG, Benoit NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-18-5-1-1-33. Binghamton 13-16-15-2-0-46.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Binghamton 1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 6-10-1 (46 shots-44 saves). Binghamton, Bishop 8-3-2 (32 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Bob Fyrer (72), Jud Ritter (34).


Saturday, January 12 (7:05) - Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Monday, January 14 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. Guest: Zack FitzGerald!

Friday, January 18 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. Presented by Glens Falls Plastic Surgery.

Saturday, January 19 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Worcester Sharks

Sunday, January 20 (4:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils (at Atlantic City, NJ)

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