Renewed! Devils Hold Off Phantoms Comeback
January 18, 2013
a tale of two games for the Adirondack Phantoms
against the Albany Devils on Friday night at the
Glens Falls Civic Center. Trailing 4-2 after two
periods, the Phantoms put on a ferocious comeback
display outshooting their visiting opponents 21-4
but weren't able to come all the way back in a
It appeared for an instant that Adirondack had
actually scored an equalizing goal with just three
seconds left when 37-year-old veteran Andreas
Lilja in his first game with the Phantoms this
year beat Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid. But referee
Geno Binda ruled that he had already blown the
whistle on a dislodged net and waved off the goal.
"I think that goal at the end was a legal
goal even though their goalie knocked the net
off," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said.
"I don't think it really matters if the net's
on the moorings in those situations."
The game was an impressive and exciting start
to a busy slate of games between the two Northway
rivals in their battle for the Time Warner Cable
Cup. Adirondack and Albany face each other four
times over a nine day stretch running through
next Saturday afternoon.
Jason Akeson (4th), Marcel Noebels (2nd) and Tye
McGinn (10th) all scored for Adirondack while
Cal Heeter made several fine stops especially
in the first period in keeping the Phantoms in
front with their early lead.
The difference in the shots on goal was striking.
Albany was dominating in the first two periods
with a 31-9 shot advantage including 15-5 in the
first and then 16-4 in the second. But the Phantoms
rallied in the third to out-shoot the Devils 21-4.
Final shots on goal were 35-30 in favor of the
"It was a bad first and second. The puck
possession, I think they had 31 shots after two
periods and I think 18 of them came off our sticks
with passing, turnovers, and we were just not
managing pucks. They end up just hemming us in
and we couldn't do a thing."
Matt Anderson deflected a Joe Whitney shot 3:22
into the game as Albany struck first.
But the Phantoms quickly responded with back-to-back
goals less than two minutes apart on only three
total shots. Harry Zolnierczyk rushed up the left
wing with time winding down on a power play and
when his shot trickled a little behind Albany
goalie Keith Kinkaid, Jason Akeson was crashing
in to slam it home while also barreling into the
cage. The goal counted and the Phantoms had tied
it at 1-1.
At 10:36 into the first period and less than two
minutes after Akeson's goal, it was Akeson again
this time taking a feed from behind the goal by
Lilja and quickly flipping it out in front for
Noebels to backhand score his second goal of the
season and his second in his last two games. The
20-year-old prospect from Germany had given the
Phantoms the lead at 2-1 at the first intermission.
Cal Heeter kept the Phantoms in front with some
great stops. But Albany finally broke through
in the second on goals by Harri Pesonen to tie
and then back-to-back goals by Joe Whitney to
take a 4-2 lead after two.
Then came the Phantoms' attack and several chances
to pull off the comeback. Matthew Ford was awarded
a penalty shot when Roman Hrabaranka fell on the
puck in the crease preventing a goal. Ford had
stolen the puck from goalie Kinkaid on a bad clearing
attempt. But he was unable to score on the penalty
shot as his drive went off the right leg-pad and
A couple minutes later, Jason Akeson's shot bounced
off Kinkaid to the right-wing goal-line where
Tye McGinn was able to convert on the sharp angle
and close the score to 4-3 with his 10th of the
year. McGinn had just returned to the Phantoms
from Philadelphia Flyers' training camp the day
Rob Bordson and Jason Akeson came close to tying
the score with about three minutes remaining.
Bordson's shot speeding into the zone was kicked
out to Akeson who had a nice rebound opportunity
Lilja had a chance on the back-door with a puck
pushed to the left side of the crease with 50
seconds left but as the veteran defenseman came
charging in to try for the score an Albany stick
was barely able to push the puck over to the corner
and break up the play.
Akeson made a great diving play back in the Phantoms
zone to deny Tim Sestito of Albany of an empty-net
goal with 30 seconds left and that set up the
potential tying goal by Lilja with three seconds
left that was waved off.
Like all teams in the AHL now, Adirondack is moving
players around on different lines and has a different
look to their lineup the past couple of weeks.
In this game, it seemed that the Phantoms had
a tough time fining their chemistry until their
comeback effort in the third.
"We got a lot new people," Murray said.
"You got guys up from the East Coast League
looking to make their mark now. You got guys in
critical situations that they haven't played in
maybe ever...I don't know that....but certainly
not this year. There's a big change going on but
we have three games in three days so we'll have
to make that adjustment quickly."
Adirondack played the last two periods without
alternate captain Brandon Manning who left after
the first intermissions when he came down sick.
Zack FitzGerald switched back to defense from
his forward position.
37-year-old Andreas Lilja played his first game
for Adirondack and almost scored on three different
occasions. He won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in
2008. This was his first game at the Glens Falls
Civic Center but he had been here for a couple
practices earlier in the season. He had also played
one game for the Adirondack Phantoms last year
on a conditioning stint but that was on the road
36-year-old goalie Brian Boucher was a scratch
for the game. Scott Munroe dressed as the backup
Healthy scratches included Shane Harper and Blake
Kessel. Injury scratches included Erik Gustafsson,
Garrett Roe, Matt Konan and Ben Holmstrom.
The Devils outshot Adirondack 35-30. The Phantoms
were 1-for-3 on the power play while Albany was
The Phantoms travel to Worcester to play the Sharks
Saturday at 7:00. Adirondack and Albany will meet
again Sunday at 4:00 in Atlantic City.
Adirondack and Albany meet again two more times
next weekend including the Phantoms' next home
game next Friday on Pink in the Rink Night presented
by Glens Falls Hospital with post-game jersey
auction proceeds going to benefit the C.R. Wood
Get special fundraising tickets for next Friday's
game against Albany for only $15 with $5 from
each ticket sold benefiting the C.R. Wood Cancer
Center. Contact the Phantoms for more information
Albany Devils 4 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Status:
Friday, January 18, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 1 3 0 - 4
Adirondack 2 0 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Albany, Anderson 6 (Whitney, Burlon),
3:22. 2, Adirondack, Akeson 4 (Syvret, Zolnierczyk),
8:55 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Noebels 2 (Lilja, Akeson),
10:36. Penalties-served by Pesonen Alb (bench
minor - too many men), 6:58; Lilja Adk (boarding),
13:05; McKelvie Alb (fighting), 16:03; Eddy Adk
(fighting), 16:03; Lilja Adk (holding), 17:51.
Friday, January 18 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. Presented
by Glens Falls Plastic Surgery. Time Warner Cable
Cup Rivalry Game. $2 Draft Beer Specials
Saturday, January 19 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Worcester Sharks
Sunday, January 20 (4:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils (at Atlantic
Monday, January 21 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 with scheduled
guests Marcel Noebels and Ian Slater.
Friday, January 25 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. Pink in
the Rink Night presented by Glens Falls Hospital
with jersey-auction proceeds to benefit C.R. Wood
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