night had a little bit of everything...in the
game AND in the stands! Adirondack and Rochester
battled in an intense and entertaining game with
the Americans eventually pulling it out in the
shootout for a 5-4 victory. The standings-point
with the shootout loss was the sixth in a row
at home for the Phantoms who are now 4-0-2 at
the Glens Falls Civic Center since March 8.
And in the stands, hundreds of fans received gifts
and prizes courtesy of the Phantoms, Flyers, and
our Corporate Partners on Fan Appreciation Night
as the merchandise and gift-certificates were
flying fast and furious all around the building.
Jon Sim scored two goals and an assist and then
added another goal in the shootout in one of the
his top games of the year. The 35-year-old veteran
has been paired on a line with a couple of youngsters
in Marcel Noebels and Kyle Flanagan with the latter
having recently joined the team just a couple
weeks ago. But the trio have quickly gotten clicking.
"Since that line has been put together, we've
been doing good thing," Sim said. "We've
been cycling. We've been hard on the puck. We
keep doing all the same things and it's working."
Garrett Roe (11th) and Marcel Noebels (12th) lit
the lamp for the other tallies for the Phantoms.
Roe has goals in back-to-back games this weekend
and now has racked up six goals in his 11 games.
Noebels isn't far behind in the hot-streak department
with five goals in his last nine games. The 21-year-old
rookie from Germany has 21 total goals this season
including the nine he had with Trenton in the
ECHL to begin the season.
"There were a lot of good things that the
Phantoms players did here tonight," said
head coach Terry Murray. "I liked our energy,
our emotion, our compete. We got a lot of play
in the offensive zone, a lot of shots. We scored
enough goals to win the game. When you score four
in regulation time, you should win."
And that had been true for Adirondack most of
the time this season. The Phantoms are now 16-1-2
in games in which they score four or more goals.
But this would be one of the three out of the
19 in which the Phantoms would not get the W despite
having the offense they wanted.
Adirondack dominated in the shot-department, especially
in the second period by a 17-6 margin. The Phantoms
had the first nine shots on goal in the middle
frame but found themselves still stuck in a 1-1
deadlock. Then Rochester's first shot of the period,
coming over eight minutes in, would sneak around
from the blue-line and get tipped in by Frederick
Roy for a 2-1 Rochester lead.
Somehow the Phantoms were trailing even though
they were clearly playing the better game and
getting the vastly superior scoring opportunities.
"You have to just stay with it," Sim
said. "You know you're getting good opportunities
and keep doing the same things you're doing and
don't get frustrated. you know, I stayed with
it, and eventually we got one and then two and
then Noebels got another one. We got a greasy
one from Roe and we did a lot of good things out
The Americans tacked on another a few minutes
later on Drew Schiestel's drive from the left-circle
going across Brian Boucher to make it 3-1. Coach
Terry Murray removed Boucher in favor of Cal Heeter.
And less than a minute later, Sim sped up the
right-wing and smartly dropped to trailer Noebels
who snapped his shot over the glove of Rochester
goalie David Leggio to get the Phantoms back in
the game at 3-2 before the second break.
Mark Mancari notched an accidental goal early
in the third period on his attempt to center from
the left-wing. His pass was blocked by Danny Syvret's
stick but took an unlucky bounce and snuck through
Heeter making it 4-2 even though Adirondack continued
with the huge shot advantage and had the majority
of the play in the Rochester zone.
Jon Sim in the high-slot quickly got it back just
57 seconds later for the Phantoms with his rifle
from the slot. And Garrett Roe deflected a Blake
Kessel slapper with about eight minutes left to
even the score.
Both teams had chances down the stretch. Nick
Bailen out of RPI was playing in just his second
pro game for Rochester and almost won the game
in the overtime as his center-point slapshot rang
off the crossbar.
Sim would score the only shootout goal for Adirondack
while Rochester drove in a pair past Heeter. The
Americans are the top team in the AHL in shootouts
and improved to 8-1 with the win.
American Hockey League President and CEO David
Andrews was in attendance at the game. He visited
with mayor Jack Diamond and other city officials
and received a tour of the Glens Falls Civic Center
to personally see all of the improvements to the
facility. Andrews reiterated that he hopes Glens
Falls can secure a permanent tenant to remain
in the AHL and values the market and the fan-base
which the North Country provides their professional
Adirondack's three-in-three weekend concludes
Sunday at 5:00 in Bridgeport, Conn. against the
Sound Tigers, AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders.
The Phantoms return home for three games next
weekend including Dan Miner Bobblehead Night on
Saturday featuring a post-game concert. Call the
Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Rochester Americans 5 (SO) at Adirondack Phantoms
4 - Status: Final SO
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
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!!!
Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and Sunday
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