Jason Akeson scored a goal and an assist and then
added another score in the shootout for the victorious
Phantoms on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic City.
Adirondack pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Albany
Devils for their second consecutive win.
Danny Syvret scored the shootout clinching goal
for the third time this season when he buried
his fifth-round attempt to finish off the Devils.
Marcel Noebels scored for the third time in the
last four games. And Cal Heeter as well as the
Phantoms defense made several great stops in the
opening minute of overtime to provide the opportunity
for the win.
Adirondack has won four of their last six games
including three in overtime or shootout. Their
last six games have all been decided by one goal.
The Phantoms improved to 6-2 when going past regulation
(overtime or shootout) including 2-1 in overtime
decisions and 4-1 in shootouts. Albany has struggled
in such games with a league-worst 0-8 record in
shootouts plus 0-1 in overtimes. This was the
first game of the rivalry this year to go past
The game was one of four "home" games
for the Albany Devils down in Atlantic City. But
historic Boardwalk Walk really was turned more
into "Phantoms Country" with a solid
majority of the 5,135 cheering for Adirondack
and wearing Phantoms and Flyers orange.
The game also marks the official midway point
for the season with Adirondack sporting a 15-17-2
record after 38 games of the 2012-13 season. But
"Phantoms2.0", as the players have started
to refer to themselves in the post-lockout era,
has started to come on strong pulling out exciting
wins with hard play and teamwork.
It was a nice way to conclude a busy and tiring
three-game weekend in which the Phantoms played
in three different cities in less than 72 hours.
Adirondack is now midway through their stretch
of six games in nine days that includes four match-ups
with their Time Warner Cable Cup rivals to the
Akeson started the scoring in the first period
in an unintended way. On the rush he attempt to
feed a pass to Tye McGinn cutting up the middle
but the dish was deflected by an Albany defenseman
and inadvertently into their own net. Akeson's
fifth goal of the season gave the Phantoms a 1-0
Phil DeSimone got Albany on the board on the power
play as he teed up a drive from the right circle
and power a goal past Cal Heeter. The score was
tied at 1-1. But the Phantoms penalty kill was
very much the reason why they were able to grind
out this win. Adirondack held Albany to 1-for-7
on the man advantage while limiting the Devils
to only a handful of shots. Adirondack even killed
off 1:30 of 5-on-3 early in the third while the
score was tied at 1-1.
With 7:21 remaining, Akeson had a hand again for
a Phantoms goal as he walked the left-wing goal-line
and drew goalie Keith Kinkaid out to him on the
short side. At that opportunity, Akeson smartly
slipped the puck across the crease for Noebels
on the back-door to slam home his third goal in
his last four games.
Albany would bounce back to tie the game with
just 2:21 on a fluky looking goal by defenseman
Jay Leach in the corner. His sharp-angle drive
along the end-line appeared to deflect off a skate
of perhaps Cal Heeter's leg and somehow squirm
into the goal.
The beginning of overtime was a flurry of shots
for the Devils in the opening minute but somehow
Heeter was able to scramble and knock them away.
Danny Syvret had a key block and clear in the
rush as well.
Later in the overtime, Harry Zolnierczyk used
his blazing speed to rush up the right-wing with
a chance to give the Phantoms an exciting win
with his self-made breakaway but Kinkaid was able
to knock aside the shot and keep the game going.
Akeson opened the shootout with a forehand goal
tucked around Kinkaid's left-skate. Tye McGinn
scored a pretty goal moving around Kinkaid's right-skate
in the third round. And then Syvret's blast from
the slot in the fifth round clinched the victory
with a 3-1 advantage in the shootout when Albany
had only one shooter remaining.
Brandon Manning returned to the lineup for the
Phantoms after missing the end of Friday's game
and all of Saturday's game with sickness. Healthy
scratches for the Phantoms included Blake Kessel
and Matt Mangene. Injury scratches included Erik
Gustafsson, Matt Konan, Garrett Roe and Ben Holmstrom.
The captain of the Phantoms caught up with his
teammates for this game. Holmstrom is staying
in Voorhees, NJ while he is rehabbing from his
knee surgery and took the opportunity of the team
playing nearby to come over to Atlantic City and
cheer on the team.
The Phantoms conclude their three-game road-swing
on Wednesday night at the Connecticut Whale. They
return home Friday for Pink in the Rink Night
presented by Glens Falls Hospital with jersey-auction
proceeds to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center.
The Friday game against Albany also features special
fundraising tickets for only $15 with $5 from
each ticket sold also going to the C.R. Wood Cancer
Center. Call the Phantoms to request your special
Pink in the Rink fundraising tickets at 518-480-3355.
Thanks to our Phantoms fans who submitted pics
of the game to us via twitter:
Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO) at Albany Devils 2
- Status: Final SO
Sunday, January 20, 2013 - Boardwalk Hall
Adirondack 1 0 1 0 - 3
Albany 0 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Akeson 5 (Manning),
18:05 (PP). Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (hooking),
2:38; FitzGerald Adk (delay of game), 9:33; Lilja
Adk (delay of game), 13:52; Hrabarenka Alb (hooking),
15:46; McKelvie Alb (holding), 16:35.
2nd Period-2, Albany, DeSimone 3 (Anderson, Pesonen),
14:45 (PP). Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (slashing),
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Noebels 3 (Akeson,
Lilja), 12:29. 4, Albany, Leach 2 (Zalewski),
17:39. Penalties-Manning Adk (hooking), 3:01;
Zolnierczyk Adk (tripping), 3:32; Brown Adk (delay
of game), 5:41; Gelinas Alb (slashing), 9:19;
Manning Adk (holding the stick), 12:09; Whitney
Alb (cross-checking), 12:09; Lauridsen Adk (roughing),
16:57; Sestito Alb (roughing), 16:57.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Adirondack 3 (Akeson G, Noebels NG,
McGinn G, Ford NG, Syvret G), Albany 1 (Sislo
NG, DeSimone NG, Anderson G, Zalewski NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 12-10-7-1-1-31. Albany
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 3; Albany
1 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 7-11-1 (27 shots-25
saves). Albany, Kinkaid 12-8-4 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Chris Cozzan (18), Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Matt McNulty (26), Luke Murray (92).
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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