Everything went rightar for the Phantoms on Sunday
as they pushed past the Syracuse Crunch 6-1 at
the Glens Falls Civic Center. It was the largest
margin of victory this year for Adirondack and
came against the team that won the league championship
last year when they operated as the Norfolk Admirals.
David Laliberte (2nd and 3rd)led the way for
Adirondack with a pair of goals. Erik Gustafsson
(4th), Matt Mangene (2nd), Jeff Dimmen (3rd) and
Cullen Eddy (3rd) all cranked up goals of their
own as well. It was a combined effort for the
scoring punch in this one that included goals
from three defensemen among the six total.
"I think that's what has to happen with
our hockey club" Head Coach terry Murray
said. "We gotta get four lines and we hae
to have six D joining the attack whenever it's
possible. We're not a dynamic group here with
having to play just two lines a lot. We can roll
four lines and I think everyone feels confident.
If we can get that kind of production for those
guys it makes it easy for me to get them out there."
But the top star of the game honor went to goalie
Scott Munroe who was less than two minutes away
from a shutout before Tyler Johnson would finally
get the Crunch on the board with a power play
goal. Take nothing away from Munroe though. Without
his spectacular effort it most certainly could
have been a very different game.
Munroe's best stop of the game may have come
in the first period when it was still a very tight
contest. On a rebound that got to the other side,
Munroe somehow dove backwards and lunged across
with his stick to rob Crunch captain Mike Angeledis.
Almost everyone in the building had notched it
as a 1-1 game at the time but somehow Munroe came
up with the spectacular denial.
"The last two games I played have been kind
of quiet and not a lot of shots," Munroe
said after the game with his baby son, Jack, on
his lap. "Tonight was kind of nice to be
honest with you and just get a lot of work and
get into the game and be involved all game. I
think in a way that's kind of what I needed to
get myself comfortable again."
For David Laliberte, he capped off a nice weekend
in which he scored three goals across Adirondack's
two games. The 27-year-old returned to the Phantoms
organization in January 24 after recovering from
a knee injury he suffered in Germany last season.
"It fees great. That was a big win tonight,"
Laliberte said. His diving goal in the second
period to make the score 4-0 knocked the goalie
out of the game and was typical of the type of
goal the Phantoms want to see more of. "Absolutely.
In this game right now it's all pucks coming from
rebounds and you have to go and find pucks. You
have to put some pressure in front of the net
and hide the goalie and get the rebounds done.
A lot of goals are scored like that in the NHL."
Laliberte's three goals this weekend were his
first with the Phantoms since November, 2010 before
he was traded. Coincidentally, his trade sent
him over to play for Syracuse who were the Anaheim
Ducks affiliate at the time.
The game was especially physical and chippy and
a number of scraps developed including Zack FitzGerald
vs. Syracuse's Jared Nightengale in the first
period that drew a roar from the crowd. Andrew
Johnston dropped the gloves in the second period
for his first AHL fight and, in fact, the first
penalty minutes of his career.
Erik Gustafsson started the scoring in the first
period with his slapshot goal from the top of
the left circle for his fourth of the year and
Adirondack led 1-0 at the first intermission.
Then a wild second period developed in which
the Crunch outshot the Phantoms 22-7. But Munroe
was terrific and turned away everything he saw,
and perhaps a couple he might not have seen. It
was the most shots on goal allowed in a period
by Adirondack all season equalling the 22 shots
surrendered to Providence in the second period
on December 10, 2012 on the road.
The Phantoms scored three goals on their seven
shots in that frame as they knocked starting goalie
Riku Helenius from the game.
The University of Maine tandem of Matt Mangene
and Jeff Dimmen would score consecutive goals.
Mangene's coming in the opening minute of the
second period to make it 2-0. And then Dimmen's
big slapper over a scrambling goalie following
a Mangene wrap-around try by Mangene that set
up Dimmen for the line-drive straight at a mostly
On the power play, Danny Syvret's shot would
get through hit the crossbar, bank off the back
of Helenius, and then would be pounced on by a
diving David Laliberte who got their first with
his lunging effort to knock in the team's fourth
of the game.
Eric Wellwood would follow the rebound of his
own shot driving in early in the third and find
a wide-open Cullen Eddy on the right side who
buried his open shooting chance.
And then Jason Akeson made one of the most spectacular
series of moves of his young career as he dangles
and spun wide and around three different Syracuse
defenders on his to way to finding Laliberte on
the back-door for the conversion and the Phantoms
final goal of the night.
Munroe kept making some spectacular saves into
the third period but finally was burned by Tyler
Johnson's 23rd of the year with just 1:22 remaining
to spoil the shutout bid.
The big night was Laliberte's first multi-goal
game at the Glens Falls Civic Center and his second
all-time as a Phantom. He also scored two goals
in a game for Adirondack on March 27, 2010 at
Manchester as part of an 18-goal campaign. It
is his ninth multi-goal game all-time in the AHL
and his eighth with the Phantoms which includes
six of them with the Philadelphia Phantoms in
2008-09 as part of a 28-goal season.
Adirondack has a well-deserved day off Monday
and will return to practice on Tuesday. They host
back-to-back games next weekend at the Glens Falls
Civic Center with the Albany Devils coming to
town Friday night and then the Worcester Sharks
arriving on Dax Bobblehead Night on Saturday.
Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Syracuse Crunch 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 6 - Status:
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Syracuse 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 1 3 2 - 6
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Gustafsson 4 7:02.
Penalties-Dimmen Adk (hooking), 7:28; Wyman Syr
(double minor - high-sticking), 9:33; Nightingale
Syr (fighting), 13:51; FitzGerald Adk (charging,
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Mangene 2 (Sim), 0:37.
3, Adirondack, Dimmen 3 (Mangene, Sim), 10:56.
4, Adirondack, Laliberte 2 (Syvret, Akeson), 12:34
(PP). Penalties-Harper Adk (tripping), 1:05; Syvret
Adk (roughing), 3:59; Gudas Syr (fighting), 7:41;
Eddy Adk (fighting), 7:41; Cote Syr (charging),
8:28; Cote Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:40;
Namestnikov Syr (fighting), 13:38; Johnston Adk
(fighting), 13:38; FitzGerald Adk (slashing),
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Eddy 2 (Wellwood, Lauridsen),
1:30. 6, Adirondack, Laliberte 3 (Akeson, Noebels),
13:21. 7, Syracuse, Johnson 23 (Connolly, Neilson),
18:38 (PP). Penalties-Gudas Syr (slashing), 2:51;
Jacques Syr (roughing), 2:51; FitzGerald Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 2:51; Slater Adk (tripping), 7:40; FitzGerald
Adk (hooking), 17:55.
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 8-22-13-43. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 1 / 7; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Syracuse, Helenius 8-8-0 (14 shots-10
saves); Tokarski 18-8-4 (12 shots-10 saves). Adirondack,
Munroe 10-11-0 (43 shots-42 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
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
Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and
Sunday Family Fun Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355
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