got the breaks early and were able to hang on
to the end for a 3-0 victory over the Phantoms
on Saturday night at Giant Center in Choclatetown.
A first-period clear down the ice bounced off
a metal stanchion and found its way into the Adirondack
net. And Jon Sim's push into the Bears' goal for
a potential equalizer was waved away by the referee
on the ruling that he had kicked the puck.
It was a game where Adirondack simply dominated
the play in stretches, particularly in the second
period in which they outshot the Bears 20-5.
Phillip Grubauer recorded his first AHL shutout
with a 40-save game. The 21-year-old prospect
from Germany did allow the one puck to get past
him but the decision on the ice was that the puck
was kicked and video-review confirmed the ruling.
Sim's drive between the legs of Grubauer with
6:20 to go in the second period drew the protests
of the 35-year-old NHL veteran who slammed his
stick against the ice and then against the glass
while screaming No at the referee who made the
Shortly after that key turning point with Hershey
doing everything they could to hold off the hard
Phantoms attack, Hershey would benefit from a
power-play induced by former Phantom Matt Clackson.
And on that power play another former Phantom,
Ryan Potulny, would score his ex-teammate Scott
Munroe and make it 2-0 in favor of the Bears.
So the waved-off goal stung especially hard. But
Hershey had their own lucky bounce early to take
the initial lead in the first place. Phantoms
on the power play and Patrick McNeil clearing
it along the boards all the way down the ice late
in the first period. And then off the metal it
went on the stanchion of the Hershey penalty-box
door very close to the red-line. And from that
crazy bounce it took a straight-line right into
the center of the Phantoms' net and was rifled
down too swiftly for Munroe to recover after he
had left his crease to play a puck that everyone
thought was heading for the corner.
Adirondack charged hard when they were down 1-0
and even when it was 2-0 in the dominant second
period but they somehow found themselves down
One of Grubauer's friends from Germany, Marcel
Noebels of the Phantoms, almost scored earlier
in the game but was denied late. Garrett Roe had
a chance as well all alone going across and in
front of the net but appeared to have it poked
away before he could elevate the backhander. And
the close-calls and near-misses continued as Grubauer
Another former Phantom would also have a goal
waved off. Jon Kalinski of the Bears beat Munroe
top-shelf but a whistle had blown an instant before
the apparent goal early in the game. Kevin Marshall,
Matt Clackson, Boyd Kane and Ryan Potulny are
the five ex-Phantoms all on the Hershey roster.
Ryan Stoa circled out to the right-circle midway
through the third period to score his 9th of the
year beating Munroe top-shelf to close the scoring.
And Hershey was able to secure the shutout for
Grubauer from there.
Hershey went 2-for-7 on the power play while Adirondack
was 0-for-5. The Phantoms outshot the Bears 40-25
in the game. The season series is now even at
1-game each. The Phantoms return to Giant Center
on St. Patrick's Day for the last visit to Hershey.
The Phantoms are back in Glens Falls on Sunday
evening at 5:00 against the Binghamton Senators
on Dax's Big Birthday Bash featuring Dax Jerseys
to be auctioned off after the game and a great
mascot hockey game with Dax's friends. Sunday
Family 3-Packs are available for the game as well
for only $43. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Monday, February 25 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour on Q1017. With special player
guests, Jason Akeson and Matt Mangene.
Friday, March 1 (6:05 and 7:30) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons. Completion
of suspended game followed by full game.
Saturday, March 2 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, March 3 (3:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. Sunday Family
3-Pack for only $43 offers exceptional value!
Time Warner Cable Cup Rivalry Game #10.
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Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
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