rallied late to make the Portland Pirates sweat
at the end but ultimately the Phantoms would fall
on the road 6-3 on Wednesday night in game 2 of
their 7-game road-swing. The stretch of away games
is Adirondack's longest of the season.
It was Adirondack's first regulation loss in about
a week-and-a-half as the team's three-game point
streak came to an end.
Matt Mangene scored in his return to the Pine
Tree State where he starred for the University
of Maine Black Bears just last year. And Mitch
Wahl knocked in his first goal as a Phantom while
Jason Akeson tallied his team-leading 13th goal
of the year.
Portland built a 5-1 lead in the third-period
but a boarding penalty on Brendan Shinnimin gave
Adirondack an exciting opportunity late in the
game in the form of a five-minute major power-play.
On five-minute majors, the power play continues
even after the advantaged team scores a goal.
And the Phantoms took advantage quickly with back-to-back
goals by Mitch Wahl and Jason Akeson to cut the
lead down to 5-3 with just under 5:00 remaining.
The Phantoms still had over three minutes remaining
on their extended power play but then the Pirates
penalty-kill stepped up and were able to kill
off the rest. Garrett Roe blasted one off the
iron that could have cut the deficit and Adirondack
had other narrow misses as well. It was an exciting
late-rush for Adirondack to try to pull off another
near-miracle comeback to potentially best their
Saturday night heroics but this time the deficit
proved to be too great.
Portland's Chad Johnson secured the victory while
six different Pirates lit the lamp past Scott
Munroe in the Adirondack net.
Jordan Szwarz scored shorthanded in the first
period and rookie Chris Brown's power goal for
his 23rd taly of the season made it 2-0. Shortly
after, Phantoms head coach Terry Murray used his
time-out to rally the team.
Adirondack turned it around from their slow start
after that and Mangene buried his opportunity
on the back-door for his fourth of the season
to cut Portland's lead to 2-1 at the break.
Rob Bordson had a point-blank opportunity on top
of Chad Johnson on a quick steal in the corner
but the former Connecticut Whale goalie made a
spectacular left-leg kick-save to deny the potential
equalizer on perhaps his top stop of the night.
Eric Wellwood raced away on a long shorthanded
breakaway and beat Johnson glove-side but pinged
the shot off the outside of the post and away.
David Rundblad's eight of the year late in the
second period came on a long power-play wrister
from the point that was snapped over Munroe's
left shoulder to give Portland a 3-1 lead after
Alexandre Bolduc found himself in the clear on
a breakawya and was denied by Munroe but in the
process was hauled down and awarded a penalty
shot. It was the third penalty Adirondack took
on a Portland breakaway but the first that would
be deemed worthy of a penalty shot. Munroe denied
the AHL veteran Bolduc off the pads to keep the
game at 3-1.
But Bolduc would do it again just three minutes
later and this time would impressively split through
the Phantoms D and rush straight on Munroe with
another breakaway this time to be converted for
his 22nd goal of the year. And just a minute later,
Jordan Schwarz wriggled free from Mitch Wahl's
back-check and Andy Miele converted with a big
one-timer from the left-circle on the Schwarz
pass to make it 5-1.
Adirondack closed it to 5-3 on their late power-play
goals by Wahl and Akeson. But Brett Hextell, the
son of former Flyers goalie Ron Hextell, would
seal the victory with his far-post drive from
the right circle with 57 seconds left for the
Akeson's goal was his fifth in just the last three
games as he ties Brayden Schenn for the team-lead
in goals with 13. Akeson and Gustafsson both have
91 career points with the Adirondack Phantoms
as the two are in a race to see who can become
the first in team history to reach the 100 point
milestone. Denis Hamel is the current all-time
Adirondack Phantoms point-leader with 96 over
the previous two seasons.
Tye McGinn returned to the Adirondack lineup for
his time since January 20 and recorded two assists.
He played in 16 games with Philadelphia in the
NHL before suffering an eye injury in a fight
on February 25. McGinn played with a full cage
to protect his broken orbital bone.
Erik Gustafsson returned to the Adirondack lineup
for the first time since February 15. He played
in 11 games with the Flyers in his latest call-up.
Portland out-shot the Phantoms 32-29. There were
a total of five special teams goals out of the
nine combined. Adirondack went 2-for-7 on the
power play while Portland was 2-for-4 plus a shorthanded
Scratches for the Phantoms included David Laliberte,
Zack FitzGerald, Cullen Eddy and Jeff Dimmen.
Adirondack's longest road-trip of the season continues
on Friday night at the Binghamton Senators. The
Phantoms' next home game is Sunday, March 24 at
3:00 in the season-series finale against the Portland
Pirates. It will be Dax's Kids Club Day featuring
a post-game open-skate with the players presented
by Glens Falls Hospital. Call the Phantoms to
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Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Portland Pirates 6 -
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Cumberland County
Adirondack 1 0 2 - 3
Portland 2 1 3 - 6
1st Period-1, Portland, Szwarz 9 (Rundblad),
7:04 (SH). 2, Portland, Brown 23 (Brodeur, Bolduc),
11:39 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Mangene 4 (Wahl, McGinn),
17:30. Penalties-served by McGinn Adk (bench minor
- too many men), 2:45; Werek Por (delay of game),
5:16; Manning Adk (hooking), 10:12.
2nd Period-4, Portland, Rundblad 8 (Miele, Conner),
15:54 (PP). Penalties-Shinnimin Por (elbowing),
4:48; Valabik Por (interference), 8:14; Lauridsen
Adk (hooking), 10:36; Gormley Por (hooking), 11:58;
Lauridsen Adk (cross-checking), 15:08.
3rd Period-5, Portland, Bolduc 22 (Brown), 7:20.
6, Portland, Miele 12 (Szwarz, Werek), 8:19. 7,
Adirondack, Wahl 2 (Manning, Sim), 12:56 (PP).
8, Adirondack, Akeson 13 (Syvret, McGinn), 13:54
(PP). 9, Portland, Hextall 7 (Brophey, Brodeur),
19:03. Penalties-Shinnimin Por (major - boarding,
misconduct), 12:11; Valabik Por (misconduct),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-12-10-29. Portland
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 2 / 7; Portland
2 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Munroe 12-15-0 (32 shots-26
saves). Portland, Johnson 16-12-1 (29 shots-26
Referees-Tim Mayer (19), Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Landon Bathe (80), Jeremy Lovett (78).
Friday, March 15 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Sunday, March 17 (5:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears
Tuesday, March 19 (7:15) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Wednesday, March 20 (7:15) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, March 23 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Connecticut Whale
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