The Great Dane chose a fine time to notch his
first goal of the season. Joining the rush from
his defensive position early in the third-period,
6'6" Denmark native Oliver Lauridsen rifled
a tie-breaking goal short-side on Curtis McElhinney
to give Adirondack a 2-1 victory over visiting
Springfield on Friday night.
The Phantoms triumphed over the top team in the
league with a hard-fought effort as well as some
tremendous goaltending by Michael Leighton. A
late blocked shot by Andreas Lilja with mere seconds
remaining during a scramble in front helped too.
Marcel Noebels scored his 7th of the year in
the first period for Adirondack while Andrew Jourdrey's
power-play goal just a couple minutes later would
tie it at 1-1.
Leighton's first victory of the season in his
second game with Adirondack was the 171st victory
of his AHL career, 16th most all-time. And he
beat fellow veteran goalie Curtis McElhinney who
has already established a Springfield hockey record
with eight shutouts this year in leading the Falcons
to the top position out of 30 teams in the AHL.
Tied 1-1 in the third period, Tyler Brown accepted
a chip along the right-wing wall by Eric Wellwood
and started a rush into the Falcons zone. His
give to Ian Slater in the high slot who smartly
dished across expediently to Lauridsen on the
weak-side for the opening. And "Ollie"
"I don't know, I don't score many of 'em
so I don't know what to say. It's just one that
squeaked in," Lauridsen said. "It's
a good feeling."
"We've had a lot of trouble scoring goals
this year and we have to all contribute any way
we can," he continued. "If that means
the D-Men jumping up into the rush whenever there's
a chance then so be it. On the play I just saw
we had a chance of getting an odd-man rush and
jumped in there and took a pass. A lucky shot."
While the second-year pro out of St. Cloud State
was more humble about his big goal, head coach
Terry Murray gave appropriate credit to the big
blueliner's timely offensive strike.
"We want our weak-side D especially to get
up to the offensive blue-line and you get a read
and see what happens," Murray said. "Slater
makes a good read and he finds him. And Oliver
can shoot the puck. One thing that he can do very
well, he's got a hard and heavy shot whether it's
a wrist-shot or a slap-shot. He scored a very
important goal and it was a very nice goal. He
was taking a look from the top of the circle and
he knew where he wanted to put it and he put a
heavy shot on it and it went in. Nice for him."
This game was for the Europeans. Both goal-scorers
for Adirondack in this game hail from the other
side of the pond. Marcel Noebels is from Germany
and Oliver Lauridsen is from Denmark.
The game was a nice bounce-back and revenge game
for the Phantoms against the very same Springfield
team who handed Adirondack their worst loss of
the season just one week prior back at their arena.
The win was Leighton's first since April 14,
2012 against the Worcester Sharks. He had only
played in one game with Philadelphia this year
before suffering an injury in practice and then
being sent to the Phantoms last week to work back
into game-shape. He certainly looked to be 100%
game-shape and ready in this one with a number
of really nice saves.
Harry Zolnierczyk played his first game with
the Phantoms in about a month and looked very
good in his return to the team. His speed generated
a couple of opportunities including a near-breakaway
t the end of the second period that was thwarted
when McElhinney anticipated and just barely won
the race for the free puck bouncing well away
from the goal.
Zolnierczyk also showed he wasn't going to back
down from his physicality in his first game returning
from a four-game suspension for a hit on Mike
Lundin of Ottawa last week. His very first shift
he dealt a hard and thunderous check into Jonathon
Audy-Marchessault along the glass at the zamboni-door
between the benches.
Newcomer Mitch Wahl, acquired two weeks ago in
a trade for Mike Testwuide, earned his first point
with Adirondack when he assisted on Marcel Noebels'
goal in the first period. Wahl on the left-wing
boards on the power play found Matthew Ford behind
the goal-line who nicely found Noebels with the
opening in the right circle for the tally.
Adirondack improves to 22-30-4 with the victory.
The Falcons fall to 34-15-7 with the loss in their
first visit to Glens Falls this season. Springfield
will return to the North County on April 12th
and again on April 20th in the Phantoms' last
home game of the season.
The Phantoms out-shot Springfield 34-32. The
Phantoms went 1-for-4 on the power play. Springfield
Adirondack concludes their homestand Saturday
night at 7:00 against the Connecticut Whale, AHL
affiliate of the New York Rangers on Phantoms
T-Shirt Night for the first 2,500 fans. It is
Adirondack's last home-game for two weeks. The
Phantoms will depart for a seven-game road-trip
through six different cities on a grand AHL tour
following Saturday's game. Call the Phantoms for
tickets at 518-480-3355.
Listen to Audio-Replay Highlights Here:
Terry Murray - Post-Game, March 8, 2013
Oliver Lauridsen - Post-Game March 8, 2013
Springfield Falcons 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
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