Boucher looked every bit the talented, veteran
goalie in his first AHL game in over three season
as he turned aside 28 Worcester Sharks' drives
to lead the Phantoms to a 2-1 road victory Saturday
night. Cullen Eddy (1st) and Tye McGinn (11th)
scored in Adirondack's triumph at the DCU Center.
But it was the 36-year-old veteran Boucher who
stole the show. A couple of his best saves came
as Adirondack was clinging to a one-goal lead
and trying to grind their way to the finish line.
In the second period playing 4-on-4, Worcester
picked one off at center and turned it into a
3-on-1 back in the Phantoms zone. Daniil Tarasov
from the right circle gave it to the middle but
quickly got it back again only to be robbed on
the quick glove of Boucher sliding to his left.
Then with 2:23 remaining in the third period,
John McCarthy deked his way around a Phantoms
defenseman and moved in all alone on Boucher on
a clean mini-breakaway. McCarthy got off a good
shot to the left-wing post but Boucher flashed
out his right leg-pad for the best save of the
night to preserve the victory.
It was Boucher's first game and first win in
the AHL since October 18, 2009 when he won for
Adirondack at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Interestingly,
Jon Matsumoto scored one of the Adirondack goals
in that game. And Boucher ended up denying Jon
Matsumoto, now one of the top scorers for the
Sharks, a couple of times in this one.
Boucher began his professional career with the
Philadelphia Phantoms in 1997-98 winning a Calder
Cup and appearing in the AHL All-Star Game. He
also was with the team for their regular season
games to Glens Falls to play against the Adirondack
The NHL veteran of seven different teams was
picked up by the Flyers organization in a trade
with Carolina last week as an insurance policy
for Ilya Brysgalov and Michael Leighton in case
of injury with the big club. And Boucher recovering
from off-season injury appeared to find his groove
extremely quickly in the game and then was strongest
in the third period when the Sharks were surging
Cullen Eddy scored his first goal of the season
early in the game when his drive from the right
point eluded Worcester goalie Alex Stalock.
Brodie Reid was all alone in front of Boucher
later in the period was able to tie the score
with ninth of the season and only goal of the
night surrendered by the Phantoms.
Tye McGinn scored what proved to be the game-winner
midway through the second period on the rebound
of a Danny Syvret power play shot. It was McGinn'
second goal of the weekend shortly after being
sent back to the AHL from Philadelphia's NHL training
camp and also his 11th of the season which is
tops among active Adirondack Phantoms. He trails
Brayden Schenn's total of 13 for the official
Worcester outshot the Phantoms 29-24. Adirondack
was 1-for-7 on the power play while the Sharks
Several fights developed on big hits deal out
by Sharks players. Ian Slater and Zack FitzGerald
went up to big, tough guy Matt Pelech in separate
bouts. And Cullen Eddy dropped them with Bracken
Kearns shortly he had been on the receiving end
of one of the big hits by Pelech.
Brandon Manning missed the game with an illness.
Harry Zolnierczyk assumed alternate captain duties
with Danny Syvret in Manning's absence. Mike Testwuide
was a healthy scratch and other scratches included
Garrett Roe, Matt Konan, Erik Gustafsson and Ben
The Phantoms wind up their 3-in-3 weekend stretch
with a 4:00 engagement Sunday afternoon at the
Albany Devils. Adirondack's next home game is
Friday night against Albany on Pink in the Rink
Night presented by Glens Falls Hospital with jersey-auction
proceeds to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center.
Special Pink in the Rink fundraising tickets for
$15 with $5 to go the cause are available by calling
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Worcester Sharks 1 -
Saturday, January 19, 2013 - DCU Center
Adirondack 1 1 0 - 2
Worcester 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Eddy 1 (Zolnierczyk,
Bordson), 2:40. 2, Worcester, Reid 9 (Tarasov,
Pelech), 13:39. Penalties-Slater Adk (fighting),
8:23; Pelech Wor (fighting), 8:23; Eddy Adk (fighting),
10:11; Kearns Wor (fighting), 10:11; FitzGerald
Adk (holding), 11:01; Bordson Adk (high-sticking),
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, McGinn 11 (Ford, Syvret),
11:23 (PP). Penalties-Tennyson Wor (holding),
1:54; FitzGerald Adk (fighting), 5:12; Pelech
Wor (fighting), 5:12; Kearns Wor (interference),
5:43; Grant Wor (slashing), 6:47; Matsumoto Wor
(slashing), 10:04; Zolnierczyk Adk (tripping),
17:57; Tennyson Wor (roughing), 17:57.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Pelech Wor (holding),
1:28; Livingston Wor (holding), 3:00; Tennyson
Wor (interference), 9:33.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-11-4-22. Worcester
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 7; Worcester
0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Boucher 1-0-0 (29 shots-28
saves). Worcester, Stalock 12-9-2 (22 shots-20
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Bob Paquette (18).
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.
Wednesday, January 23 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Connecticut Whale
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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