It was a sneak-peak into the future of the Adirondack
Phantoms and some of the additions likely to be
on the team next season. Newcomers Kyle Flanagan
and Derek Mathers both notched their first professional
goals as Adirondack disposed of the Bridgeport
Sound Tigers 4-1 on Saturday night in Glens Falls.
The Phantoms have won their last four straight
home games as they improved to 3-1-1 against the
Sound Tigers this year. Adirondack knocked out
veteran goalie Rick DiPietro in the process.
Rookie Marcel Noebels (11th) and veteran Jon
Sim (4th with ADK) also scored in the win. For
Sim, the goal came against his former team. He
had played with Bridgeport and their parent-club,
the New York Islanders, a couple seasons ago.
Noebels recorded his fourth goal in his last
six games. The young prospect from Germany now
has 20 total goals this season including the nine
he scored with Trenton in the ECHL in the first-half
of the season.
But it was Flanagan and Mathers who perhaps drew
the most attention as the newest kids on the block
scored the first two goals on the night with puck-saving
moments on their historic professional firsts.
Kyle Flanagan is a Hobey Baker Finalist out of
St. Lawrence University whose goal comes in his
fourth career game. He picked up the rebound of
a Danny Syvret slapshot and was ready on the right-wing
side of the crease to deposit the game's opening
tally past DiPietro.
"He's a player with a high IQ," Phantoms
head coach Terry Murray said of Flanagan. "You
can see the hockey-sense, the desire to want to
have the puck and be creative. He was not only
finishing on some plays with that line but I thought
he showed composure and he looked real good. He's
making the adjustment (to the pro game). There's
always some kinks to be worked out but in the
offensive part of things he seems to be taking
off where he left off in his college career."
Adirondack was still clinging to a 1-0 lead midway
through the game. And Zack FitzGerald was there
to provide a big spark. His fight with Nathan
McIver of Bridgeport fired up the crowd and energized
the team toa three-goal burst in the final seven
minutes of the second period as the Phantoms mostly
put the game away.
Derek Mathers joined Adirondack late last year
at the conclusion of his Major Juniors season
and played in nine games for the Phantoms. This
was his fourth game of this year as the 19-year-old
again joined the team at the conclusion of the
Peterborough Petes campaign in the OHL. A rebound
off DiPietro would similarly be waiting for him
on the right side of the crease that he was able
to tap in making the score 2-0 in the second period.
For the newcomers like Flanagan and Mathers,
the big jump from college or Major Juniors up
to the American Hockey League could potentially
be an intimidating and big leap. After all, they
played primarily against players younger than
them the past coupe of season and are now in a
spot where they are playing with and against established
veterans, some with boat-loads of NHL experience.
But the newest players with Adirondack have been
able to figure out the ropes of the higher level
thanks to the approach of the established players
on the team.
"The veterans are really good at bringing
us rookies in and making us feel comfortable,"
Mathers said. "It's not a tough adjustment
really, you just kind of go out there and play
your game and it's been working out."
Sim's goal came on an impressive assist by Flanagan
who nicely flung it into the middle perfectly
onto the stick of the 35-year-old veteran for
the chip-in deflection. Sim has scored 10 total
goals this season including his six with San Antonio
in the first-half of the year. The tally a little
over a minute after Mathers had scored stretched
Adirondack's lead to 3-0.
In the last minute of the period, a hustling
David Laliberte would be DiPietro to a puck behind
the Sound Tigers' net and quickly centered in
front for Noebels who was able to score into the
open net while the Bridgeport goalie helplessly
watched from the other side of the twine.
That would be all for DiPietro who was replaced
in the crease by Kenny Reiter in the third period.
Reiter kept the Phantoms off the board in the
final 20 minutes but the home team already had
more than enough for the victory.
Bridgeport scored on a back-door tip by Brandon
DeFazio early in the third period to make it 4-1.
And they had a bevy of quality chances on Brian
Boucher throughout the night. But "Boosh"
would turn away 30 of the 31 shots tossed his
way for the win.
Bridgeport outshot the Phantoms 31-29. Both teams
were 1-for-6 on the power play.
The Saratoga Blue Streaks high school hockey
team was honored before the game after winning
the state championship in Utica on March 10.
The Phantoms have the next couple of days off
to celebrate the Easter holiday. They practice
again on Tuesday and then will return to game
action next weekend with home games Friday and
Saturday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Rochester.
Saturday night's game is Fan Appreciation Night
presented by Stored Tech with hundreds of prizes
awarded to fans in attendance. Plus, it's the
return of Super-Fan Cameron Hughes, presented
by Tackett Chiropractic.
Derek Mathers Post-Game, Mar 30, 2013
Kyle Flanagan, Post-Game Mar 30, 2013
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
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