Shane Harper's tying goal with 6:44 remaining
helped Adirondack earn a standings point for their
fifth consecutive home game but Alex Grant of
the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blasted home
the game-winner in overtime in a 3-2 decision
Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Adirondack is 4-0-1 in their last five home games
and now has a point in nine of their last 13 games
overall going 7-4-2 during the stretch in which
they have been playing some of their best hockey
of the year.
Harper's goal on the power play came on a backdoor
feed by newcomer Kyle Flanagan. It was Harper's
first game back with the Phantoms after spending
all of March with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL
where he excelled.
Garrett Roe scored his 10th of the season early
in the second period. And Brian Boucher played
some dazzling hockey between the pipes especially
down the stretch to get Adirondack into the extra-period
and earn the standings point.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a power play at the
end of the third that carried over into the overtime
and Adirondack was able to kill off both ends
of the man-advantage. But the Phantoms were still
pinned in their zone as Jeff Dimmen returned from
the penalty-box and that ultimately led to Alex
Grant's game-winning blast from center-point.
"There's a fatigue factor that becomes a
part of the penalty kill. That's what you always
want to make an important part of your power play
is fatigue," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray
said. "And that's what happened. We couldn't
get it out. We had an opportunity and I think
those situations happen whenever you're out there
The game got off to a slow start with not much
happening. Shots on goal were just 1-0 at almost
the 10-minute mark into the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's
stingy defensive style and physical play made
for a long battle of over 60 minutes.
"There were a lot of heavy minutes out there
tonight," Murray said. "They were two
teams that checked and worked hard and in the
hard areas of the game; along the boards, dot-to-boards.
That's pushing and shoving and that's very demanding
physically. And when you get down to five and
then four defensemen it makes it hard."
Coach Murray was referring to an injury to blue-liner
Brandon Manning that knocked him out of action
in the second period along with a fight by Jeff
Dimmen that kept him out of the game for a few
The game was also an exciting night for 21-year-old
right-wing Brandon Alderson out of the Sault Ste.
Marie Greyhounds who was making his pro debut.
He signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers
on March 1 and was able to join the Phantoms after
his Major Juniors team was eliminated from the
playoffs last week.
"It was kind of weird, I had a little flashback
there before I went out for my first shift kind
of like when I jumped out for my first shift in
juniors," Alderson said. "The same thing,
nerves were running through my head there but
we had a pretty good first shift there. After
that it was little things like systems. I need
to remember it's changed up from my previous team
so all those little small things it takes a little
bit of getting used to."
Roe's goal in the second period came from the
left-circle after a nice steal in the zone by
Jason Akeson who recorded his 31st assist and
46th point of the year.
Jayson Megna tied the game on a deflection of
a slapshot from the point by former Adirondack
Phantoms Joey Mormina a few minutes later.
Adirondack almost took the lead on a rush into
the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone with a couple of
nice chances against Jeff Zatkoff. But the Penguins
quickly sped back the other way and turned it
into a go-ahead goal by Roley Holzapfel.
Shane Harper tied the game at 2-2 with 6:44 left
on a nice feed from the left-wing goal-line by
Kyle Flangan finding his teammate on the backdoor.
Brian Boucher made some of his best saves in the
final three minutes of the third-period including
a couple of scintillating stops from close-range
to keep the Phantoms alive.
But Alex Grent's blast shortly after the conclusion
of the 4-on-3 overtime power-play would squeak
past Boucher's left-skate for the game-winner
and his fourth of the season.
Adirondack outshot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 28-25.
The Phantoms were 1-for-5 on the power-play while
the Penguins were 1-for-4.
Adirondack is back at home Saturday against the
Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the Buffalo
Sabres. Saturday's game is Fan Appreciation Night
presented by Stored Tech with hundreds of prizes
to be given away from the Phantoms, Flyers, and
our corporate partners. The Phantoms are giving
away so many prizes you won't believe it! Call
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 (OT) at Adirondack
Phantoms 2 - Status: Final OT
Friday, April 5, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
W-B/Scranton 0 1 1 1 - 3
Adirondack 0 1 1 0 - 21st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gibbons
Wbs (hooking), 14:24; FitzGerald Adk (high-sticking),
17:09; Bennett Wbs (interference), 17:49.2nd Period-1,
Adirondack, Roe 10 (Akeson, Wellwood), 5:25. 2,
W-B/Scranton, Megna 5 (Mormina, Gibbons), 9:06
(PP). Penalties-Grant Wbs (fighting), 7:07; Mathers
Adk (roughing, fighting), 7:07; Wild Wbs (hooking),
11:32; Farnham Wbs (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting),
16:22; Dimmen Adk (fighting), 16:22; Wild Wbs
(interference), 19:30; Slater Adk (cross-checking),
19:30.3rd Period-3, W-B/Scranton, Holzapfel 19
(Gibbons, Wild), 5:59. 4, Adirondack, Harper 5
(Flanagan, Dimmen), 13:16 (PP). Penalties-MacIntyre
Wbs (misconduct), 3:51; Sill Wbs (fighting), 3:51;
FitzGerald Adk (misconduct), 3:51; Mathers Adk
(fighting), 3:51; Konan Adk (high-sticking), 6:42;
Thompson Wbs (slashing), 11:56; Dimmen Adk (interference),
OT Period-5, W-B/Scranton, Grant 4 (Bennett,
Reese), 1:19. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 4-7-12-2-25. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 1 / 4; Adirondack
1 / 5.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Zatkoff 24-19-0 (29 shots-27
saves). Adirondack, Boucher 5-6-1 (25 shots-22
Referees-Keith Kaval (40).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).
Saturday, April 6 (7:00) -
Rochester Americans at Adirondack Phantoms. Fan
Appreciation Night with Hundreds of great giveaways
and prizes from the Phantoms, Philadelphia Flyers,
and our awesome corporate partners and area businesses
who have generously donated some gift ertificates.
Sunday, April 7 (5:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Monday, April 8 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. Featuring
player guests, rookies Kyle Flanagan and Derek
Friday, April 12 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms. $2
Draft Beer Specials
Saturday, April 13 (7:00) -
Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms. Dan
Miner Bobbleheads (first 2,500 fans). Faith and
Family Night featuring Post-Game Concert with
Christian rock band, The Wrecking!
Sunday, April 14 (3:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. World
Record Night. Be a part of the official World's
Longest Conga-Line On-Ice...No, we're not kidding!!!
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