A 2-2 tie going down to the finish would swing
the way of the Worcester Sharks with a late goal
by Freddie Hamilton for a 3-2 final on Saturday
night in Glens Falls. Adirondack's two-game win
streak came to an end in front of a large and
boisterous crowd of 4,442 on Dax Bobblehead Night.
Hundreds of fans lined up early to ensure they
would receive their coveted bobbleheads creating
an early electric atmosphere inside the building.
The seats were much more filled than usual for
pregame warm-ups helping ramp up the excitement
level leading to game-time. The odd and unusual
adventures of Bobble-Dax were documented throughout
the day on the team's facebook and twitter pages
and it was clear by the large early turnout that
the Dax Bobbleheads were a big hit with the fans.
As for the game itself, the tight contest going
down to the wire appeared to be potentially headed
for extra-hockey before the Sharks pulled out
the late win.
"It felt like it could get to overtime...yeah,"
head coach Terry Murray said. "The shots
are low, at the end of the second period they're
even. There's not a lot going on with great quality
scoring chances at either end. It has a feeling
that it could get to overtime. But it didn't.
They win a face-off and that's how quick the game
Adirondack also had a couple changes to their
roster announced right before game-time. Defenseman
Erik Gustafsson was recalled to the Philadelphia
Flyers earlier in the day after notching a couple
of assists for the Phantoms on Friday. And veteran
D-Man Andreas Lilja was loaned back to Adirondack
and returned to the Phantoms line-up. The 37-year-old
who won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008 played
four games with the Phantoms in January.
The Phantoms built on that initial momentum and
got rolling early with Jon Sim rushing in to steal
a bobbled puck by Worcester goalie Alex Stalock.
Sim and Laliberte got together for a give-and-go
with the NHL veteran blasting home his first goal
as an Adirondack Phantoms. It was Sim's seventh
goal of the season overall with the first six
coming with the San Antonio Rampage before the
35-year-old Nove Scotia native was acquired by
the Flyers organization.
The goal was also Sim's first for the Phantoms
franchise since 2004-05 when he had a combined
45 goals in the regular season and Calder Cup
Championship run for the Philadelphia Phantoms.
David Laliberte's assist extended his point-streak
to four straight games dating back to last Friday
night at Syracuse.
Another former Phantom would strike next but this
time it would go for the Worcester Sharks as Jon
Matsumoto capitalized from the right circle on
a give from behind the goal by Bracken Kearns.
Matsumoto had 30 goals with the Adirondack Phantoms
in 2009-10 and is former teammates of several
current Phantoms including Scott Munroe, Danny
Syvret, David Laliberte and others. With less
than four minutes remaining in the first period,
the score was tied 1-1.
Worcester took the lead two minutes later on some
pretty tic-tac-toe passing in the Phantoms zone
while catching Adirondack off-balance on a shift-change.
John McCarthy converted past Munroe to give Worcester
a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
"The goals that they score, one is a power
play and they come to 200 feet," Murray said.
"The other one is simply a line-change drill,
they come 200 feet. It looked easy when you watch
it. They made a couple of good plays."
Adirondack would rally in the second period with
the tying goal. Eric Wellwood just missed on a
breakaway when his backhander went off the crossbar
and sailed away. But a few minutes later it would
be Garrett Roe to light the lamp for the first
time in over a month on a nice give across by
Jon Sim that followed a quality entry into the
zone by Jason Akeson. Roe returned to action Friday
night after missing the past month with an injury
sustained on January 12 and he provided a nice
burst of energy with his hard-working shifts.
The 2-2 would hold up through most of the third
period. Both teams had some quality chances although
perhaps they were in somewhat shorter supply.
Adirondack had an opportunity eight minutes into
the third period when Worcester goalie Alex Stalock
would flip the puck out of play and take a penalty.
But the Phantoms were unable to score another
power play goal.
Worcester's game-winner came off a clean faceoff
win in the Phantoms zone straight back to the
right-point and the Sharks quickly got it to the
high-slot for Freddie Hamilton's blast over the
shoulder of Munroe and the game-winner right off
the underside of the cross-bar.
"They won the faceoff back to their D-Man.
It wasn't anything we haven't seen through the
game," Murray said. "They win the puck
to the right-D, the winger ends up rolling back
to the boards, and they throw a quick pass to
him and they find the man in the slot. That's
just coverage. That's just a fundamental play."
Adirondack and Worcester finished the season series
tied at one-game each with both teams winning
the opposing home-ice.
The Phantoms conclude their three-in-three weekend
set on Sunday afternoon at the Springfield Falcons
Adirondack's next home game is next Sunday, February
24 at 5:00 against the Binghamton Senators featuring
specialty Dax Jerseys in the game on Dax's Big
Birthday Bash. Call the Phantoms to order Sunder
Family 3-Packs at 518-480-3355.
Worcester Sharks 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 -
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Worcester 2 0 1 - 3
Adirondack 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Sim 7 (Laliberte),
4:47 (PP). 2, Worcester, Matsumoto 11 (Kearns,
Urban), 16:16 (PP). 3, Worcester, McCarthy 8 (Hamilton,
Viedensky), 18:15. Penalties-Matsumoto Wor (hooking),
0:53; Gogol Wor (interference), 4:25; Mangene
Adk (tripping), 9:09; Tarasov Wor (hooking), 9:46;
Manning Adk (slashing), 14:17.
2nd Period-4, Adirondack, Roe 4 (Sim, Akeson),
10:17. Penalties-Petrecki Wor (roughing), 6:16;
Kearns Wor (fighting), 19:24; Eddy Adk (fighting),
3rd Period-5, Worcester, Hamilton 7 (Groulx,
McCarthy), 16:34. Penalties-Stalock Wor (delay
of game), 7:52.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 10-10-13-33. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 2; Adirondack
1 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Stalock 13-10-3 (28 shots-26
saves). Adirondack, Munroe 11-12-0 (33 shots-30
Referees-Tim Mayer (19), Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Glen Cooke (6).
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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