Brad Thiessen turned aside 20 Phantoms shots on
his way to his fourth shutout of the season as
the reigning AHL Goalie of the Month led the host
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-0 victory
on Saturday night.
Scott Munroe took the loss for the Phantoms against
his former team and teammate. Munroe shared goaltending
duties alongside Thiessen on the Penguins last
year. In this one going up against his old team,
Munroe kept the Phantoms close at 1-0 for the
first 39 minutes of the game and made some big
saves on the penalty kill early in the third holding
the deficit at 2-0 until almost the very end.
Warren Peters led the attack for the Penguins
with a pair of goals and Alex Grant cut his way
in from the blue-line for a key tally at the end
of the second period for his third of the year.
Adirondack had the early jump in this game and
certainly had their chances to take the initial
advantage. A rash of Penguins penalties gave the
visiting Phantoms three power plays in a row including
over a minute of 5-on-3. Marcel Noebels blasted
one in the slot off the post and the puck bounced
across and spun right on the goal-line. But Thiessen
as able to recover and get a whistle and deny
the Phantoms the first goal.
The Phantoms went 0-for-5 on the power play ending
their streak of seven consecutive games scoring
a man-advantage goal. Adirondack stayed in the
game with superb penalty-kill keeping the Penguins
at 0-for-8. But the frequency of penalties continually
hampered the Phantoms' chances of mounting the
The game was another typical tight and low-scoring
battle for the Penguins as part of their regular
modus operandi. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won
8 of their last 9 now as one of the hottest teams
in the AHL. Brad Thiessen is not only the reigning
Goalie of the Month but he also won AHL Goalie
of the Year honors a couple seasons ago establishing
himself as one of the elite netminders in the
league with his frequency of low-scoring victories.
Both teams got physical, testy and scrappy at
numerous points in the fiercely contested battle.
Cullen Eddy and Oliver Lauridsen both dropped
the gloves with different Penguins' partners.
Lauridsen's fight against Zack Sill actually drew
an instigation penalty out of the pesky Penguins
scrapper and gave Adirondack a key power play
opportunity midway through the third and a chance
to get back into the game. But then the Penguins
penalty kill stepped up similar to how Adirondack's
P.K. had done it all game long to help close out
The game was the Phantoms second, and last, visit
to Wilkes-Barre this season. The Phantoms and
Penguins next meet on Friday, February 22 at the
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia where the game
is already an official sell-out.
Adirondack was without a handful of injured players
including Matthew Ford, Garrett Roe and Mike Testwuide
as well as Ben Holmstrom who is out for the season
with a knee injury. Healthy scratches for the
game were Blake Kessel, Zack FitzGerald and Jeff
The Phantoms are back at home next week on Wednesday
and the following Sunday taking on Binghamton
and Syracuse respectively. Wednesday's game features
$1 Hot Dogs. Sunday's game at 3:00 has a Post-Game
Skate with the Players presented by Glens Falls
Hospital. It is also a Sunday Family Fun Pack
Day: $43 for 3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1
large popcorn and 1 program. Call the Phantoms
to order yours at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 3 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 2, 2013 - Mohegan Sun Arena
at Casey Plaza
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
W-B/Scranton 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Peters 6 (Morrow,
Gibbons), 10:53. Penalties-Sill Wbs (elbowing),
0:10; Reese Wbs (interference), 1:23; Peters Wbs
(interference), 5:58; Akeson Adk (interference),
11:44; Sim Adk (slashing), 16:49; Syvret Adk (hooking),
2nd Period-2, W-B/Scranton, Grant 3 (Gibbons,
Farnham), 19:12. Penalties-Zolnierczyk Adk (roughing),
0:33; Kostopoulos Wbs (holding), 2:38; Zolnierczyk
Adk (roughing), 16:17; Kolarik Wbs (roughing),
16:17; Eddy Adk (fighting), 17:45; Payerl Wbs
3rd Period-3, W-B/Scranton, Peters 7 (Kostopoulos,
Samuelsson), 18:29. Penalties-Bordson Adk (holding),
4:27; Bordson Adk (double minor - high-sticking),
6:56; Zolnierczyk Adk (diving), 7:48; Megna Wbs
(hooking), 7:48; Lauridsen Adk (fighting), 10:41;
Sill Wbs (instigating, fighting, misconduct -
instigating), 10:41; Konan Adk (boarding), 15:13.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-9-3-20. W-B/Scranton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 5; W-B/Scranton
0 / 8.
Goalies-Adirondack, Munroe 9-11-0 (32 shots-29
saves). W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 9-8-1 (20 shots-20
Referees-Ryan Fraser (14), Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Scott Pomento (25), Bob Goodman (90).
Wednesday, February 6 (7:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. $1
Friday, February 8 (7:30) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Sunday, February 10 (3:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Sunday
Family Fun Pack - Exceptional Value! Post-Game
Skate with the Phantoms presented by Glens Falls
Monday, February 11 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. With special
guests Jon Sim and David Laliberte.
Thursday, February 14 (All Day) -
Valentine's Day Deliveries by Dax all throughout
Friday, February 15 (7:00) - Albany
Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft Beer Specials.
Saturday, February 16 (7:00) -
Worcester Sharks at Adirondack Phantoms. Dax Bobbleheads
(first 2,500 fans)
Sunday, February 17 (3:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons
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