of the newest Phantoms stood out in Adirondack's
away game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as Ian Slater
got involved in his first AHL fight and Marcel
Noebels scored his first AHL goal. But their efforts
were not enough to push Adirondack over the hump
as they fell on the road 2-1 in their first meeting
of the year against the Penguins.
Slater's bout with Bobby Farnham to open the second
period was an impressive first go-round for the
rookie from Western Michigan University who dealt
several solid blows to his opponent.
Noebels' goal in the middle of the second period
was a nice backhand flip of a rebound of an Oliver
Lauridsen slapshot that tied the score at 1-1
at the time. The 20-year-old from Germany had
scored 11 goals for Trenton of the ECHL earlier
this year including 9 in the month of December.
But this was his first for the Phantoms in just
his fourth AHL game.
The loss ends Adirondack's two-game winning streak
while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to win consecutive
games for the first time in a couple of months
in front of a sellout crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena
at Casey Plaza.
The game lacked the transition and run-and-gun
excitement of the previous night's engagement
at the Binghamton Senators. Adirondack had chances
to even the score in the closing minutes of the
third and even had a 6-on-4 power play for the
last 30 seconds. Brandon Manning had an opening
for a big slapshot from the point during that
advantage but his blast went wide and with that
so went the Phantoms' chances of getting to Pens'
goalie Brad Thiessen who battled his way through
for the win.
Mostly though, Thiessen was not challenged as
much as Adirondack would have liked. The Penguins
defenders dove and sacrifice and scrambled their
way in front of so many different Phantoms attempts
and were able to block many other shots potentially
earmarked for Thiessen's cage.
The game turned out to be a rude homecoming for
Scott Munroe who took the loss against the team
he played for last year.
Paul Thompson opened the scoring seven minutes
into the first period on the rebound of a power-play
shot kicked back out to him. Thompson picked up
the carom on the let-wing side and was able to
slide the second effort to the far post past Scott
Munroe's left skate.
Noebels evened the scored in the second period
to the delight of the many Phantoms and Flyers
fans in attendance in northeastern Pennsylvania
just two hours away from Philadelphia. His goal
came on the right-wing side of the crease after
Oliver Lauridsen's left-point slapper was kicked
down and then pounced on by Noebels.
Harry Zolinerczyk had a couple of great chances
for Adirondack in the second period. One of them
was a set-up for Andrew Johnston in the slot as
Zolnierczyk found the opening from behind the
goal to Johnston right out in front but the one-timer
that resulted glanced off Thiessen's shoulder
A couple minutes later it was Zolnierczyk himself
who had the best chance of the night as he found
himself wide-open and completely in the clear
on a breakaway. He saw an opening and got off
a good shot but Thiessen flashed his glove and
just the last instant to barely get a deflection
of the Zolnierczyk drive off the edge of the mitt
and keep Adirondack out of the net again.
Wilkes-Barre rushed in late in the second period
with numbers and Brian Gibbons had the time to
hold onto the puck for a tick in the right circle
waiting for Brian Dumoulin trailing to hit the
scene who converted with his blast over the glove
of Munroe after perhaps giving a quick look down
to freeze the Adirondack goalie.
That one goal would hold up through the duration
of the third which was an exercise in board-battles
and whistles in a period without much flow. Adirondack
was finally able to turn on the offense and generate
more chances in the closing minutes but ran out
of time trying to come up the tying tally.
Healthy scratches for the Phantoms included Tyler
Hostetter and Zack FitzGerald were healthy scratches
for the Phantoms while injured scratches included
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Ben Holmstrom, Matt Konan
and Erik Gustafsson. Five other players still
on the Adirondack roster were scratched because
they are in Philadelphia awaiting the beginning
of Flyers' Training Camp and they include Brayden
Schenn, Sean Couturier, Tye McGinn, Eric Wellwood
and Zac Rinaldo.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also was without some of
their top players who were on their way to Pittsburgh
training camp including Philadelphia native Eric
Tangredi, Beau Bennett, Robert Bortuzzo and Simon
Adirondack will travel again to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
for the last road visit to the Penguins on February
Adirondack is off for the next week and then returns
to action next Friday at home against Albany presented
by Glens Falls Plastic Surgery. The Phantoms also
have a home game the following Friday on January
25 on Pink in the Rink Night presented by Glens
Falls Hospital with jersey auction proceeds to
benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center. Get your
tickets in advance and save by calling the Phantoms
(pictured: Marcel Noebels)
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 2 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 12, 2013 - Mohegan Sun Arena
at Casey Plaza
Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
W-B/Scranton 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Thompson 11 (Smith,
Dumoulin), 7:11 (PP). Penalties-Harper Adk (tripping),
6:11; Dupuis Wbs (interference), 7:43; Dimmen
Adk (tripping), 11:42; Harper Adk (slashing),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Noebels 1 (Lauridsen,
Bordson), 8:36. 3, W-B/Scranton, Dumoulin 4 (Gibbons,
Uher), 17:42. Penalties-Slater Adk (fighting),
0:01; Farnham Wbs (fighting), 0:01; Peters Wbs
(slashing), 1:51; Holzapfel Wbs (roughing), 5:04;
Harper Adk (cross-checking), 11:06.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bordson Adk
(holding), 11:17; Syvret Adk (hooking), 13:12;
Dupuis Wbs (diving), 13:12; Peters Wbs (holding),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-9-6-23. W-B/Scranton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; W-B/Scranton
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Munroe 9-9-0 (24 shots-22
saves). W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 6-7-1 (23 shots-22
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Scott Adams (20), Matt McNulty (26).
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
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
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