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Phantoms Power Past Whale 5-2
March 21, 2013

The Adirondack Phantoms powered their way past the Connecticut Whale 5-2 on Saturday night in Hartford, CT in the conclusion of their seven-game road-trip. Adirondack blasted home a season-high four goals on the power play in the victory including two from Garrett Roe who notched his first career multi-goal game.

Jason Akeson pushed his way to the top as the new all-time Adirondack Phantoms points leader with one goal and two assists. Akeson's three-point night now gives him 98 on his career with the Adirondack Phantoms to vault him past Denis Hamel who was the previous leader with 96. Erik Gustafsson with 94 career Adirondack Phantoms points is still in the running to try to catch Akeson in the Race to 100.

Danny Syvret and Marcel Noebels also scored for Adirondack while Cal Heeter secured his ninth win in his return to the Phantoms from Trenton of the ECHL.

Rookie center Kyle Flanagan of St. Lawrence University made his pro debut and notched his first career point when he assisted on Adirondack's first goal of the night.

The Phantoms finished their longest road-trip of the season with a 3-3-1 mark and now have points in six of their last nine games overall going 5-3-1 in that stretch. In the process, they snapped Connecticut's four-game winning streak and froze the Whale's strengthen their hold on the seven-seed in the Eastern Conference standings. Adirondack is 3-1-1 against the Whale this season.

Ryan Bourque scored his seventh of the year on a blast from the left circle going five-hole on Cal Heeter to give the Whale a 1-0 lead.

Adirondack equalized before the end of the opening period. Flanagan centered for David Laliberte in the slot whose power-play drive was deflected into the net by Noebels for his ninth of the year.

The Phantoms dominated the second period and built a 3-1 lead.

Danny Syvret blasted a right-point slapper off the iron for his sixth of the year. At first glance, the shot appeared to go straight off the left-wing post and out but the Phantoms players immediately appealed to the officials that they believed it had gone in. Indeed, the water-bottle on top of the cage popped up to indicate that the mesh had been touched inside the iron as well. The goal would be quickly confirmed on video-review and Adirondack had a 2-1 lead.

Jason Akeson assisted on the Syvret blast to move into a tie for the all-time points lead in Adirondack Phantoms' history with Denis Hamel at 96 apiece. It would not take long for Akeson to take the lead himself.

Akeson from behind the goal connected with Roe on the base of the left-circle who snapped his shot short-side on losing goalie Jason Missaen to give Adirondack a 3-1 lead.

Connecticut regained momentum before the second intermission on Brandon Segal's breakaway goal with just 4.5 seconds left in the period to cut Adirondack's advantage to 3-2. It was Segal's team-leading 19th of the season.

The Phantoms were quickly able to turn aside any Whale thoughts of a third-period comeback with back-to-back power-play goals in the early minutes of the third period salting the game away.

Tye McGinn had an impressive spin move on the right-wing goal-line to dish the puck through the crease and across to Akeson for a one-timer into the net. Akeson's team-leading 14th goal of the season was also good for his third point of the night and 98th all-time with the Adirondack Phantoms.

McGinn would secure a three-assist night when he dished to Danny Svyvret whose give across to Roe would be hammered home from the right circle making the score 5-2. It was Adirondack's fourth power-play goal of the night in as many tries and Roe's second goal of the game.

Adirondack was awarded a fifth power play opportunity in the last couple minutes of the game but were unable to capitalize thus spoiling their perfect evening on the man-advantage.

The Phantoms out-shot the Whale 35-24. Adirondack was 4-for-5 on the power play while Connecticut was 0-for-4.

Adirondack traveled over 2,200 miles on the bus over the course of their seven-game roadie. Now the Phantoms have nine of their last 12 games of the regular season back in Glens Falls including seven home games in April.

Derek Mathers made his season-debut for Adirondack. The big 19-year-old out of the Peterborough Petes of the OHL joined Adirondack earlier in the week on an amateur tryout contract just like Flanagan. Mathers played in nine games with the Phantoms at the end of last season as well.

Brian Boucher was the backup goalie for Adirondack while Scott Munroe did not travel with the team due to illness. Scratches included Ian Slater, Zack FitzGerald, Cullen Eddy, Brandon Manning and Matt Mangene.

Adirondack plays their first home game in 15 days Sunday afternoon at 3:00 against the Portland Pirates. Fans can join the post-game skate with the players presented by Glens Falls Hospital and can also take advantage of the Sunday Family 3-Pack for only $43 (3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 popcorn, 1 program). Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Connecticut Whale 2 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 23, 2013 - XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Adirondack 1 2 2 - 5
Connecticut 1 1 0 - 2

1st Period-1, Connecticut, Bourque 7 (Palmieri, Pyett), 11:09. 2, Adirondack, Noebels 9 (Laliberte, Flanagan), 17:42 (PP). Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (interference), 7:26; Carroll Ct (interference), 15:49.

2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Syvret 6 (Akeson, Sim), 5:53 (PP). 4, Adirondack, Roe 8 (Akeson, McGinn), 14:27. 5, Connecticut, Segal 19 (Ferriero, Pyett), 19:55. Penalties-Parlett Ct (slashing), 5:47; Wahl Adk (slashing), 8:45.

3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Akeson 14 (McGinn, Roe), 5:55 (PP). 7, Adirondack, Roe 9 (Syvret, McGinn), 7:25 (PP). Penalties-Vernace Ct (interference), 5:45; Parlett Ct (hooking), 6:13; Konan Adk (hooking), 8:05; Sim Adk (interference), 11:44; Niemi Ct (elbowing), 17:36.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-15-9-35. Connecticut 8-6-10-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 4 / 5; Connecticut 0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 9-13-2 (24 shots-22 saves). Connecticut, Missiaen 10-5-2 (35 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Kevin Redding (16), Paul Simeon (66).



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-PacksFriday, March 29 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Saturday, March 30 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms Poster Night for first 3,000 fans presented by Glens Falls Printing

Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and Sunday Family 3-Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355

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