Perhaps it was the special green jerseys on St.
Patrick's Day that made the difference. Adirondack
dominated play in the first period and appeared
on the verge of taking the early lead at Hershey,
but somehow the host Bears survived and turned
things around following a time-out. Hershey went
on from there to defeat the visiting Phantoms
5-2 on Sunday evening at Giant Center.
Veteran Jeff Taffe led the Hershey attack with
two goals and two assists while young goaltending
talent Phillip Grubauer turned in a 36-save effort
to lead the Bears. Grubauer had a 40-save shutout
against the Phantoms in this building three weeks
ago for the first of his AHL career and his hex
against the Phantoms continued for the first 44
minutes of this game as well.
Marcel Noebels scored his eighth of the season
against his fellow countryman and former youth
German National Teammate in Grubauer. And Garrett
Roe added his seventh of the year in the closing
moments of the game. Roe has scored goals in back-to-back
games. Brian Boucher took the loss for Adirondack
but certainly could not be pinned with the blame
on the majority of the goals.
The game was the fourth out of seven in the team's
longest road-trip of the season which continues
Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Norfolk before
concluding on Saturday at Connecticut.
Adirondack kept the puck in the Hershey zone for
about 90% of the play in the first period it seemed.
They were dominating on the attack and the Bears
struggled to even get the puck past their own
blue-line as the Phantoms rolled their fore-checkers
over and over.
Grubauer made several nice saves including a pair
of consecutive stops point-blank on Jason Akeson
right on top of him following a cross-ice feed
by Roe. Hershey head coach Mark French used his
team's timeout when Adirondack was completely
in charge and out-shooting the Bears 12-1. That
proved to be a sharp decision as the Bears would
right the ship shortly after the bench-huddle.
Hershey somehow escaped from the first period
and even ended up with the lead when Peter LeBlanc
would strike on the reboun of a Jeff Taffe shot
for his seventh of the year. Bears 1 - Phantoms
0 at the end of one despite Adirondack so clearly
having the better of the play for almost the entirety
of the opening 20 minutes.
The Bears would carry momentum into the opening
minutes of the second period as well and would
thrive with more open ice. Hershey scored 4-on-4
with a pair of former Philadelphia Phantoms stars
teamming up. Boyd Kane won the puck in the corner
and found an open Ryan Potulny on the top of the
crease to chip in his 13th of the year to make
Just barely over a minute later, Hershey would
score a 4-on-3 power-play goal with another of
their veterans lighting the lamp. Jeff Taffe's
17th of the year came on a quick cross-ice feed
by Casey Wellman.
Wellman himself would score a fluky goal early
in the third period when his power-play shot from
the top of the left circle would deflect off the
skate of Phantoms defenseman Andreas Lilja and
in past Boucher to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Marcel Noebels would get the Phantoms on the board
just 20 seconds later to make it 4-1 on a scramble
in front with assists going to Jason Akeson and
Jeff Taffe would score his second of the game
and 18th of the year to complete a four-point
night with just over seven minutes remaining in
the game. He was joined by Dmitri Orlov speeding
out of the box and they successfully converted
on their 2-on-1 give-and-go to extend the advantage
The shots in the third period at that point were
10-2 yet Hershey had somehow scored on both of
Garrett Roe jumped across and snuck one in short-side
on Grubauer with 1:55 left for his seventh of
the year to close out the scoring.
Adirondack out-shot the Bears 38-24 including
a dominant 17-4 in the third period. The Phantoms
had their power-play streak snapped going 0-for-4
on the man-advantage. Hershey was 2-for-5.
Scratches for the Phantoms included David Laliberte,
Cullen Eddy and Jeff Dimmen.
Jason Akeson had a pair of assists in the game
to take over the Race to 100. Akeson has 92 career
points with the Adirondack Phantoms while Erik
Gustafsson has 91. One of those two can become
the first ever to reach 100 points with the Adirondack
Phantoms. Currently, the all-time points leader
in Adirondack Phantoms history is Denis Hamel
Appropriately for St. Patrick's Day, Zack FitzGerald
reached the 400 milestone for professional games
in his career.
Adirondack's longest road-trip of the season continues
Tuesday at 7:15 at the Norfolk Admirals and the
Phantoms will again play there Wednesday night
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 purchase your Sunday Family 3-Packs
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Hershey Bears 5 - Status:
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Giant Center
Adirondack 0 0 2 - 2
Hershey 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Hershey, LeBlanc 7 (Taffe, Stafford),
19:14. Penalties-Potulny Her (interference), 6:32;
Taffe Her (tripping), 16:40.
2nd Period-2, Hershey, Potulny 13 (Kane), 3:24.
3, Hershey, Taffe 17 (Wellman, Orlov), 4:32 (PP).
Penalties-FitzGerald Adk (roughing), 2:58; Pope
Her (roughing), 2:58; Konan Adk (roughing), 3:40;
Syvret Adk (slashing), 5:36; Lilja Adk (tripping),
3rd Period-4, Hershey, Wellman 13 (Taffe, DiSalvatore),
4:06 (PP). 5, Adirondack, Noebels 8 (Roe, Akeson),
4:26. 6, Hershey, Taffe 18 (Orlov, DiSalvatore),
12:49. 7, Adirondack, Roe 7 (Akeson, Lilja), 18:05.
Penalties-Carman Her (boarding), 0:52; Wahl Adk
(tripping), 3:41; Kane Her (interference), 7:47;
Orlov Her (holding the stick), 10:43; Lilja Adk
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 14-7-17-38. Hershey
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 5; Hershey
2 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Boucher 3-5-1 (24 shots-19
saves). Hershey, Grubauer 10-5-1 (38 shots-36
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49).
Linesmen-Luke Murray (92), Matt McNulty (26).
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
Sunday, March 24 (3:00) -
Portland Pirates at Adirondack Phantoms. Finally
back at home!! Dax's Kids Club Game. Post-Game
Skate with the Phantoms presented by Glens Falls
Hospital. Sunday Family 3-Packs
Friday, March 29 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Saturday, March 30 (7:00) -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms.
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by Glens Falls Printing
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