A quick offensive burst in the first period provided
Adirondack with an early lead that they would
be able to hold onto for the rest of the night
in a 4-2 victory over the Albany Devils. An action
packed first period had the Phantoms and Devils
going back and forth with a total of 5 goals scored,
and Adirondack was able to come out of the period
with a 3-2 which would prove to be enough as Scott
Munroe would turn aside everything he saw from
Andrew Johnston opened up the scoring for the
Phantoms 1:50 into the game. Marcel Noebels was
able to get the rebound of Johnston’s first
shot back to him and Andrew was able to sail it
past Albany goalie Jeff Frazee for his second
goal of the year.
The Devils answered back just 29 seconds later
with a shorthanded goal by Chris McKelvie who
appeared to push Scott Munroe into the net. The
goal was reviewed by the officials and was held
up to tie score at 1-1. The goal came just seconds
after Albany’s Tim Sestito took a roughing
Brandon Manning got the lead back with a power
play goal off the same Sestito penalty that the
Devils scored their shorthanded goal on. Manning’s
sixth goal of the year came 3:38 into the game
with an assist by Erik Gustafsson.
Albany again responded quickly as Harri Pesonen
scored his tenth goal of the season. That goal
came at 6:42 into the game and tied the game at
The Phantoms went up for good when Rob Bordson
scored his seventh goal of the year with assists
by David Laliberte and Erik Gustafsson putting
the Phantoms up 3-2 at 11:13 of the first period.
The quick offensive start with all those goals
gave everyone the idea that maybe this was on
its way to being some wild 7-6 type of game. Things
settled down after that and the goalies made some
big saves. But the quick start with Adirondack
able to come out with that lead was an important
"You have to push. Goals are going to happen,"
head coach Terry Murray said. "You come out
and get a good first goal, they come back and
get a quick shorthanded and tie it up. But we
kept pushing and that's the most important thing.
That you just respond and you just keep playing.
And you end up getting another goal and it was
a little bit of a back and forth there in that
Albany was largely dominant in the second period
and had Adirondack pinned in their zone on a few
occasions with long possessions. The Phantoms
were able to persevere through the rough spots
with several key blocks by defensemen and other
big saves by Munroe.
"They took it to us in the second period
pretty good," Murray said. "We had a
tough time getting out of our end. We turned too
many pucks over. They were changing on the fly
and keeping fresh people coming at us. It was
pretty hectic for us."
Later in the third period, a loose puck squirted
through Scott Munroe and lay in the blue paint
while the Phantoms net-minder was way outside
the crease. But in the big race for the puck,
Rob Bordson was able to crash his way in and steer
the puck back to Munroe for the key whistle and
potentially game-saving play just inches from
"We had a bit of a tough period in the second
there. Scrambly.," Munroe said. "But
we were able to pull it out and we had a good
With the goalie pulled, the Phantoms extended
the lead to 4-2 by scoring an empty net goal with
1:15 left in the third. Shane Harper was able
to intercept a pass but his attempt fell short
as he was hung up by Albany defenders. Eric Wellwood
was then able to get up to the loose puck and
direct it in for his fifth of the year and thirtieth
all-time as a Phantom.
But it all went back to the second period when
Albany was surging. Somehow Adirondack was able
to survive the push and maintain the lead.
"We just kind of contained the situation,"
said alternate captain Brandon Manning who had
one of the first-period goals. "They had
a few shifts where they kept us hemmed in. Anything
we did, Muny was good to settle it down and get
a few face-offs for us. Whereas early in the year
we might panic and start shooting pucks all over
and break-down and give them better scoring chances,
I don't think we gave them any high quality scoring
chances tonight. Just from the outside and the
offensive-zone time if anything."
Scott Munroe had another great game as he racked
up 31 saves and was named the number 1 star in
back-to-back games for the Phantoms while improving
Albany's Mattias Tedenby collided with Scott
Munroe in the third period in a scary collision
in which a Phantoms' defensive skate gashed the
Devils' forward in the face. Tedenby left a lot
of blood on the ice as he was rushed away by the
team's trainer to quickly to the hospital. No
further update was available on his condition.
Ian Slater and Brandon Manning dropped the gloves
simultaneously with Tim Sestito and Darcy Zajac
following Zajac's big hit on Jason Akeson. A bevy
of fighting majors and misconducts were doled
out from the third-period altercation. Prior to
that duel-scrap and an earlier hit that Akeson
dealt on Eric Gelinas of the Devils, the game
was a relatively clean affair with minimal penalties
or nastiness as has become characteristic at times
of the Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry.
The two assists by Erik Gustafsson in the game
now give him a total of 91 points in his Phantoms
career. That total passes Ben Holmstrom, who has
90 points, for second on the Adirondack Phantoms
all-time points list. Gustafsson now trails only
Dennis Hamel with 96 points for the most in Adirondack
Phantoms history. "Gus" also has a chance
to become the first Adirondack Phantom to reach
100 points in a career.
Garrett Roe returned to the lineup for his first
game since taking an injury January 12 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
And he received a lot of minutes and took several
key faceoffs while showing good energy on the
ice after his four-week layoff.
The kids from the South High Marathon Dance were
here to strut their stuff at the second intermission.
The ongoing charitable drive raised close to an
unfathomable $400,000 last year in the traditional
annual event that will be held on March 1-2 this
Also benefiting at the game was a group representing
the First Responders at Sandy Hook Elementary
in Newtown, CT with funds being raised for those
The win marks the second straight for the Phantoms.
Adirondack will be back in action Saturday night
looking to carry on this momentum as they take
on the Worcester Sharks at the Glens Falls Civic
Center at 7:00 pm. Come early to the game as Dax
Bobbleheads will be given away to the first 2,500
fans. For tickets call the Phantoms at (518) 480-3355.
Saturday's game will also feature a Blondes vs.
Brunettes on-ice football game at the intermission
with proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association
of Northeastern New York.
Albany Devils 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Status:
Friday, February 15, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Wellwood 5 (Harper,
Bordson), 18:45 (EN). Penalties-Tedenby Alb (goaltender
interference), 7:47; Anderson Alb (hooking), 10:39;
Sestito Alb (fighting), 14:30; Zajac Alb (fighting,
game misconduct - secondary altercation), 14:30;
Manning Adk (fighting, game misconduct - secondary
altercation), 14:30; Slater Adk (instigating,
fighting, misconduct), 14:30; served by Alb (bench
minor - too many men), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Albany 13-10-10-33. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 3; Adirondack
1 / 5.
Goalies-Albany, Frazee 4-9-4 (30 shots-27 saves).
Adirondack, Munroe 11-11-0 (33 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Trent Knorr (44).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Frank Murphy (29).
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
Monday, February 18 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 with player
guest Scott Munroe.
Friday, February 22 (7:00) -
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Adirondack
Phantoms. At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Saturday, February 23 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears
Sunday, February 24 (5:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. Dax's
Big Birthday Bash and Celebration! Dax Jerseys
with Post-Game Jersey Auction. Dax's Mascot Friends
plus Mascot Hockey. Also: Sunday Family 3-Pack
for only $43 - Exceptional Value!
Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and
Sunday Family Fun Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355
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