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Flanagan, Mathers Notch 1st Pro Goals
March 30, 2013

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 4 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Bridgeport 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 1 3 0 - 4

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Flanagan 1 (Sim, Syvret), 1:37. Penalties-DeFazio Bri (fighting), 0:23; Eddy Adk (fighting), 0:23; Kabanov Bri (hooking), 7:49; Manning Adk (holding), 16:21.

2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Mathers 1 (Wahl, Laliberte), 13:24. 3, Adirondack, Sim 10 (Flanagan, Dimmen), 14:38. 4, Adirondack, Noebels 11 (Laliberte, Manning), 19:05 (PP). Penalties-McIver Bri (boarding), 1:24; Riley Bri (high-sticking), 5:30; Konan Adk (tripping), 7:17; McIver Bri (fighting), 9:46; FitzGerald Adk (roughing, fighting), 9:46; served by Laliberte Adk (bench minor - too many men), 15:37; Donovan Bri (tripping), 18:21.

3rd Period-5, Bridgeport, DeFazio 10 (Donovan, Campbell), 2:20 (PP). Penalties-Konan Adk (interference), 0:49; Flanagan Adk (hooking), 3:53; Backman Bri (hooking), 9:40; Sundstrom Bri (tripping), 10:59; Diamond Bri (fighting), 14:24; Manning Adk (fighting), 14:24.

Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 12-6-13-31. Adirondack 6-13-8-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 1 / 6; Adirondack 1 / 6.
Goalies-Bridgeport, DiPietro 5-5-0 (19 shots-15 saves); Reiter 0-5-2 (8 shots-8 saves). Adirondack, Boucher 5-5-1 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Trent Knorr (44).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).



Friday, April 5 (7:00) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms

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