The Adirondack Phantoms sported special pink
jerseys to benefit breast cancer awareness and
treatment at the C.R. Wood Cancer Cancer at Glens
Falls Hospital as they raised thousands of dollars
in their post-game jersey auction. It was the
seventh meeting of the season between the Phantoms
and Devils for the Time Warner Cable Cup as Albany
prevailed 4-1 on "Pink it the Rink Night"
in front of another near-sellout crowd of 4,633.
Breast cancer survivors were on hand to be acknowledged
with a huge ovation in the first period and to
join alongside the players live afterwards during
the post-game jersey auction on the special night.
It was a one-goal game in the third period when
Adirondack would come their closest to tying the
score but Harry Zolnierczyk's penalty shot opportunity
past Keith Kinkaid bounced off the inside of the
post and just deflected away.
The large crowd boosted the Phantoms and helped
give them a chance for a big comeback.
"We like playing here," Zolnierczyk
said. "It was a great turnout again tonight.
The fans were great. The noise was there. Just
before the penalty shot, it was exciting. We were
right there the whole game. Two shifts kind of
get away from us."
“I liked the first period, both teams played
well moving the puck,” Phantoms head coach
Terry Murray said. “They just kept coming
at us in the second and third (periods) and we
couldn’t handle it. Too many breakdowns
low in our zone.”
Joe Whitney, who scored 2 goals against the Phantoms
last week, scored two more in this one as well.
He gave the Devils the initial lead as he scored
on a one-time pass from Steve Zalewski with 7:24
left in the first period.
Matt Anderson would score for Albany in the second
to extend the lead to 2-0.
Matthew Ford scored for the Phantoms 11:16 into
the second period. Tyler Brown set up Danny Syvret
with a shot that was neatly deflected by Ford
in front of Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid. Ford’s
goal came on the power play marking the fifth
straight game that the Phantoms have scored at
least one on the man-advantage. Adirondack now
has seven power-play goals in their last five
With the score at 2-1 with 13:41 left in the third
period, Harry Zolnierczyk sped through the defense
on a breakaway and was slashed by an Albany player
as his attempt was steered away. Zolnierczyk was
awarded a penalty shot with a second chance to
tie the score, but the shot bounced off the post
behind Kinkaid and away.
"I did exactly what I wanted to do, "Zolnierczyk
said. "I did the move. I had him beat. I
just hit the post. It was kind of unlucky that
it hit the post. It almost felt that was the turning
point there when that didn't happen."
Shortly after that, the Devils would score back-to-back
goals to put the game away.
Joe Whitney scored his second goal of the game
when Steve Zalewski took the puck from behind
the net and got it to up to Whitney who shot it
in right in front of Boucher with 9:14 left in
the third to make the score 3-1.
With 7:00 left in the third the Devils scored
again when Kelly Zajac got a rebound past Boucher
for the 4-1 final.
The result ended a streak of seven consecutive
one-goal games for the Phantoms. It was the fifth
game in eight days for Adirondack and their next
contest, Saturday at 2:00 at Albany, will be the
team's sixth game in nine days leading into the
AHL All-Star Break
A slightly new-look Adirondack lineup hit the
ice featuring the return of David Laliberte with
his first game as a Phantom in over two years.
Laliberte signed an AHL contract with the Phantoms
the day before after beginning the season on the
shelf recovering from his knee injury and then
getting in five games with Trenton.
Erik Gustafsson and Matt Konan both returned
for their first games in several weeks as they
both entered the lineup in the same game for Adirondack.
Brian Boucher in net for the Phantoms was playing
his first game at the Glens Falls Civic Center
since 1999 when the Philadelphia Phantoms played
here against the Adirondack Red Wings.
Veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja left the Phantoms
to rejoin Philadelphia after his four-game stint
with Adirondack. And Mike Testwuide missed the
game with an injury that he sustained on a hit
in Wednesday night's battle at Connecticut.
Phantoms injured captain Ben Holmstrom was back
in the building to support his teammates. He has
been rehabbing from his ACL injury he suffered
on December 8. “Going good," Holmstrom
said. "It’s a process. I'm about five
weeks in but it’s coming along.”
The Phantoms will take on these same Albany Devils
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Albany. The Phantoms
will return home next Friday, February 1 as they
take on the Norfolk Admirals. For tickets, call
the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Albany Devils 4 at Adirondack Phantoms 1 - Status:
Friday, January 25, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 1 1 2 - 4
Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Albany, Whitney 10 (Zalewski, Burlon),
12:36. Penalties-Slater Adk (closing hand on puck),
8:13; Sislo Alb (holding), 16:35.
Shots on Goal-Albany 3-9-2-14. Adirondack 12-9-0-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 2; Adirondack
1 / 3.
Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 12-8-4 (27 shots-26 saves).
Adirondack, Boucher 1-1-0 (30 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).
Saturday, January 26 (2:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Albany Devils
Monday, January 28 (7:00) -
AHL All-Star Game at Providence. Televised nationwide.
In Glens Falls can be seen on Time Warner Cable
Sports (Channel 50 and HD-1803)
Thursday, January 31 -
Players return. End of AHL All-Star Break
Friday, February 1 (7:00) -
Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft
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