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
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
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
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
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
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
Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Connecticut Whale 2 -
Saturday, March 23, 2013 - XL Center Veterans
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),
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
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-15-9-35. Connecticut
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
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
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