Rookie goalie Cal Heeter turned in one of his
best performances of his career to lead the Adirondack
Phantoms to a 4-2 victory over the Portland Pirates
on Sunday afternoon in Glens Falls. A shorthanded
Phantoms squad was out-shot 42-18 in the game
but Heeter was there to save the day, as well
as several close-range Portland blasts.
Adirondack played the bulk of the game shorthanded
due to injuries to Tyler Brown and Rob Bordson
in the first and second periods. Bordson's injury
looked particularly scary as he was hit in the
head by a slapper from hard-shooting David Rundblad.
Bordson's helmet broke and he received a cut above
the eye but he reported after the game that he
expects he should be fine. Bordson posted on his
twitter account to thank the fans for the well-wishes,
"Thanks for all the love fans! Feeling a
little better now and hoping I'll be back by next
Tyler Brown was hit in the first period and left
with what appeared to be an upper-body injury.
So the Phantoms had to scrap their way along in
this one with only 10 forwards against a high-flying
Pirates team with lots of speed and an aggressive
style of play. Heeter turned in several remarkable
saves for his 10th victory of the season with
Adirondack and his second of the weekend.
"We lose a couple of veteran players and
now I've got a couple of guys (Kyle Flanagan and
Derek Mathers) who are playing their second games
as pros for crying out loud," head coach
Terry Murray said about his team's predicament
which led to the large shot-disparity. "(We)
dug in. We knew they were going to put a big push
on at the start of the second period. Heeter made
some big stops for us. We killed off a big penalty
and weathered the battle."
Murray was especially pleased with how his youthful
team competed against a quality Portland club,
"That's a good hockey club over there, one
of the better teams in the league. They're the
5-seed in the conference. They got size, they
got power, they got experience. They came at us
pretty hard in some situations but I think as
a young group everybody got through pretty well."
It was a nice homecoming for the Phantoms who
had not played a game in Glens Falls in 15 days
while they were on their seven-game road-trip.
Adirondack received goals from Tye McGinn, Jeff
DImmen, Marcel Noebels and Eric Wellwood in the
victory. But it was clear the star of the game
was Cal Heeter who positively stole the show.
Called up from Trenton just this past Thursday,
he was quickly pressed into game action due to
soreness on Brian Boucher's part while Scott Munroe
was out of action with an illness.
"I would say it's definitely a bit easier
when you are facing more shots throughout the
night. It helps you focus and stay in the game
a bit more," Heeter said. "But, you
know, I'll never complain about getting 15 shots
in a whole game."
Heeter added that the offensive surge by the Phantoms
that has put in nine goals in the last two games
helps the whole team including his own mental
approach back in his side of the ice, "It
makes it a lot easier for us. If I or a defensive
partner or anyone makes a mistake and we give
up a goal it makes it a little bit easier knowing
that we have that ability and we're scoring right
now. Our forwards and defensemen go back down
to the other end and scoring a goal for us makes
it a lot easier when we're managing our own zone."
The game got off to a fast start, the fastest
of the season in fact. Tye McGinn scored just
nine seconds into regulation for the fastest goal
in Adirondack Phantoms history and the home team
lead 1-0 before many fans had even settled into
their seats. It was McGinn's 14th goal of the
season to lead the team while Jason Akeson picked
up an assist for his 99th career point with Adirondack
on his way to potentially becoming the first Adirondack
Phantom to reach 100 points.
Portland had a couple quick goals early in the
second period including a scramble in front 25
seconds in for Jordan Martinook. And then Brendan
Shinnimin got free on a breakaway after Portland
goalie Mark Visentin blocked a shot. Shinnimin's
early second-period tally gave the Pirates a 2-1
Adirondack would close out the second period scoring
the next three straight. Jeff Dimmen's fourth
of the year came from the left circle on the power
play assisted by Erik Gustafsson to tie the game.
For Gustafsson, it was his 95th career point with
the Adirondack Phantoms keeping in the running
with Akeson in the Race to 100.
With 4:25 remaining in the second period, Marcel
Noebels would fire in his 10th of the year and
his third in the last four games after Jon Sim
would muscle it out of a tangle-up on the boards.
And Eric Wellwood burst out of the neutral-zone
to convert on a breakaway in the concluding minute
of the second period for his eight goal of the
season giving Adirondack a 4-2 lead.
Heeter had the puck bouncing and pinballing around
all over the place, sometimes directly in front
of him. But made one terrific save after another
in one of the best goaltending performances of
the year for the victory.
Adirondack and Portland concluded the season-series
even at 2-2. The Phantoms have won two straight
and three of their last four. They have also notched
points in six of their last nine games going 5-3-1
in that stretch.
Rookie center Kyle Flanagan from St. Lawrence
University recorded an assist on the Noebels goal
in the second period while making his Glens Falls
Civic Center debut.
Scratches for the Phantoms included Brandon Manning
and Cullen Eddy as well as Zack FitzGerald, Ian
Slater and Matt Mangene.
The Phantoms get a much-deserved respite from
the very busy and hectic game-schedule and a chance
to catch their breath a little bit. Adirondack
travels to Binghamton Friday night to take on
the Senators. The Phantoms' next home game is
Saturday at 7:00 against the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers on Phantoms Power Night for the first 3,000
fans presented by Glens Falls Printing.
Portland Pirates 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 4 -
Sunday, March 24, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Portland 0 2 0 - 2
Adirondack 1 3 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 14 (Syvret,
Akeson), 0:09. Penalties-Werek Por (hooking),
5:15; Rechlicz Por (cross-checking), 12:58; served
by Sim Adk (bench minor - too many men), 15:20.
2nd Period-2, Portland, Martinook 7 (Rundblad,
Johnson), 0:25. 3, Portland, Shinnimin 10 (Gormley),
4:18. 4, Adirondack, Dimmen 4 (Gustafsson, Laliberte),
6:17 (PP). 5, Adirondack, Noebels 10 (Sim, Flanagan),
15:35. 6, Adirondack, Wellwood 8 (Laliberte, Syvret),
19:13. Penalties-Heeter Adk (delay of game), 1:20;
Rundblad Por (boarding), 5:41; Bolduc Por (interference),
6:17; Wellwood Adk (holding), 10:14.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Hextall Por
(roughing), 8:04; Lauridsen Adk (roughing), 8:04;
Syvret Adk (hooking), 11:22.
Shots on Goal-Portland 9-19-14-42. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 0 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Portland, Visentin 12-11-1 (18 shots-14
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 10-13-2 (42 shots-40
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Chris Ciamaga (24).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).
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