the comeback wasn't quite there. A Phantoms team
who overcame a 5-1 deficit a few nights ago in
Connecticut with a ferocious rally tried to summon
similar magic again in Albany but this time were
not able to pull it off.
A record-crowd helped boost the Albany Devils
to a quick start on Saturday afternoon en route
to a 5-2 decision over the Adirondack Phantoms
at the Times Union Center. 10,218 fans saw Adirondack
out-play Albany for the last two periods of the
game in the Phantoms' comeback efforts. But it
was the first period in which Albany raced out
to a 3-0 lead that made the difference in the
Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry game. It was the
largest crowd in Albany Devils' history.
The game was the conclusion of one of the busier
stretches of the season for the Phantoms who played
six games in nine days, four of which were against
the Albany Devils.
Coming up next is a well-deserved, four-day All-Star
break after such a hectic pace. But it is perhaps
not a welcome respite for the Phantoms who have
generally had good success in bouncing back following
tough defeats and say they would be quite eager
to keep on playing if they could.
"These weeks where you just have four days
of no practice takes away from your ability to
build momentum," Phantoms head coach Terry
Murray said. "These young hockey players
need to play hockey, and I'd rather just keep
"We have to take this break and use it to
our advantage to regroup and be ready when we
come back," reiterated Harry Zolnierczyk.
The Devils scored 3 first-period goals and the
Phantoms were unable to come back from that deficit.
A Steve Zalewski deflection of a slap-shot by
Eric Gelinas opened the scoring. Harri Pesonen
converted on a rebound opportunity a few minutes
later, his first of two goals in the game. And
then Bobby Butler was there for a couple backhand
whacks after a Tim Sestito shot rebounded from
Scott Munroe. The former Ottawa Senator, Butler,
eventually jammed in his 16th goal of the season
and Albany had opened a 3-0 advantage by the first
The game was only the second in the month of
January for goalie Scott Munroe and his first
in a couple of weeks.
Erik Gustafsson returned to action this weekend
following a six-week layoff from an injury sustained
when blocking a shot on December 14. Gustafsson
is still getting on the road back to his top form
after the long injury layoff. "The timing
wasn't there and there were a lot of small things
that I didn't do right," Gustafsson said.
"I've just got to be better than that."
Both goals that the Phantoms scored came on the
power play. The Phantoms power play has been especially
strong of late as Adirondack now has a streak
of 6 consecutive games with at least one power
play goal. The Phantoms have now scored 9 power
play goals in that run in 30 opportunities for
a 30% conversion rate.
Marcel Noebels kept his hot streak going with
the first of those power-play goals. He was able
to score his fifth goal in his last seven games
in the second period with 7:49 left with assists
from Jason Akeson and Danny Syvret. Akeson rushed
up the right-wing and fired a perfect centering
pass to Noebels who was able to lunge for it on
the backdoor and smartly chip it in past Keith
Adirondack killed off an early third-period power
play to maintain the 3-1 difference but then Albany
received another power-play and Finland-native
Harri Pesonen was able to jam in his second of
the game for a 4-1 lead.
In addition to his assist, Danny Syvret also
scored a power play goal with 13:30 left in the
game, just a couple minutes after Pesonen had
tallied. Syvret cranked a center-point half-slapper
that closed the game to 4-2. The red-hot Syvret
has now scored 6 points in the last 3 games. On
the season, Syvret has now scored 3 goals and
18 assists. The helper on the Noebels goal earlier
gives him 97 career assists with the Phantoms
With the score at 4-2 late in the game, and the
Phantoms on the power play. Scott Munroe was pulled
for a 6 on 4 advantage. Unfortunately, Kelly Zajac
stormed the empty net with 12.5 seconds left and
caped off the Devils 5-2 victory.
Kory Nagy made his Adirondack debut in the game
wearing number 19 taking on his former team. Nagy
played for the Albany Devils last year and the
year before. He was signed to a PTO from the Trenton
Titans earlier in the week.
Former Phantoms standout David Laliberte was
in the lineup again for his second game back with
the team. Before this weekend, Laliberte's last
game with Adirondack was November 22, 2010 just
before he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks organization
along with Patrick Maroon in exchange for Rob
Bordson and Danny Syvret. Laliberte suffered a
knee injury playing in Canada last year and was
just signed to an AHL contract by Adirondack last
week shortly after his recovery.
The win for the Devils also means that Albany
has clinched the Time Warner Cable Cup from the
Phantoms as they now lead the Phantoms in the
12 game season series; 6 games to 2 and have also
clinched the advantage in tie-breakers. It is
Albany's first win of the Time Warner Cable Cup
since 2009-10 and snaps Adirondack's two-year
reign on the rivalry trophy.
The Phantoms are now off for the all-star break.Adirondack
returns to practice on Thursday to prepare for
their next game on Friday night at home against
Norfolk. Brandon Manning is off to Providence
to represent the Phantoms in Monday night's AHL
Some of the players would prefer to keep on playing
right away if they could. They're ready to get
back at it. For a player like Gustafsson, the
layoff comes at a particularly frustrating time
because he had just returned from his own six
week hiatus due to injury. However, he is hopeful
that the break can be a positive thing for the
team in the end and help the group get back the
quality play they just had last week when they
had a three-game point streak going 2-0-1 on their
"I would like to keep on going and get my
strength back," Gustafsson said. "But
maybe it will be good for the guys to get a mental
break and hopefully we can do better after the
The Phantoms next game on Friday, February 1
will be against the Norfolk Admirals at the Glens
Falls Civic Center starting at 7:00 p.m. For tickets,
call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Albany Devils 5 - Status:
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
Albany 3 0 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Albany, Zalewski 7 (Gelinas, Whitney),
4:02. 2, Albany, Pesonen 8 (Burlon, DeSimone),
10:55. 3, Albany, Butler 16 (Sestito, Gelinas),
14:30. Penalties-Kelly Alb (roughing), 1:14; Manning
Adk (interference), 5:35; Akeson Adk (closing
hand on puck), 12:58; Zolnierczyk Adk (roughing),
13:43; Burlon Alb (roughing), 13:43; Whitney Alb
2nd Period-4, Adirondack, Noebels 5 (Akeson,
Syvret), 12:11 (PP). Penalties-Gelinas Alb (interference),
2:18; Ford Adk (interference), 4:16; Whitney Alb
(high-sticking), 4:43; Leach Alb (interference),
11:49; Noebels Adk (tripping), 19:37.
3rd Period-5, Albany, Pesonen 9 (DeSimone), 4:07
(PP). 6, Adirondack, Syvret 3 (Laliberte, Manning),
6:30 (PP). 7, Albany, Zajac 5 (Sestito), 19:47
(SH EN). Penalties-Zolnierczyk Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 3:54; Burlon Alb (kneeing), 4:30; Urbom
Alb (holding), 12:06; Laliberte Adk (tripping),
16:01; Leach Alb (tripping), 19:27.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 6-10-12-28. Albany 9-5-5-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 2 / 8; Albany
1 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Munroe 9-10-0 (18 shots-14
saves). Albany, Kinkaid 14-8-4 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (77), Ryan Fraser (14).
Linesmen-Derek Wahl (46), Frank Murphy (29).
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
Saturday, February 2 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Wednesday, February 6 (7:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. $1
Sunday, February 10 (3:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Sunday
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