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Akeson Scores Again as Tigers Prevail
April 7, 2013


Jason Akeson scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season and prospect Nick Cousins made his season-debut for the Phantoms but Adirondack lost on the road to Bridgeport 4-1 on Sunday evening.

David Ulstrom had two goals and one assist to pace the Sound Tigers and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves in the win as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers avenged a setback by the exact same score in Glens Falls eight days ago.

Adirondack's power play, which had been so hot lately, cooled off in the team's third game in three days finishing 0-for-7 despite a number of big shots and close-calls. Entering the Sunday game, Adirondack had scored a power-play goal in six consecutive games which was their longest such streak of the season. They had gone 10-for-26 (38.4%) in those six games but the streak finally came to an end.

Eric Wellwood left the game in the second period with an injury after a skate-slice to the back of his lower right-leg. He was rushed out of the ice from the bench while the puck was still in play leaving a trail of blood on his way to the locker-room door.

Phantoms head coach Terry Murray reported that Wellwood was then transported to an area hospital where he had surgery to repair the initial damage. Wellwood will stay overnight in Bridgeport and is possible to have another surgery Monday.

In fact, Jason Akeson had scored a shorthanded goal on Rick DiPietro while that was going on but it would not count due to the emergency situation deemed by trainer Greg Lowden to get Wellwood to the locker-room as quickly as possible even thought the whistle had not yet blown. When the officials saw what was happening, play was immediately considered halted even though Akeson moved in to score.

Nick Cousins played his first professional game of the season and the second of his career as he suited up wearing #25. He was initially paired on a line with Zack FitzGerald and Derek Mathers. But after the injury to Wellwood forced Terry Murray to juggle his lines, Cousins would be reunited with his Major Juniors line-mate Brandon Alderson on several shifts.

Cousins was a third-round pick of the Flyers in 2011 out of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. This season, his 103 points were third in the Ontario Hockey League and his 76 assists were second.

The game ended Adirondack's three-game point-streak and was just the second regulation loss for the Phantoms in their last seven games (3-2-2). Adirondack takes the season series over Bridgeport with a 3-2-1 record in their division rivalry.

The one goal scored for Adirondack in the game was especially against the norm for the team lately. The Phantoms had scored two or more goals in 17 of their last 18 games. This one would be just the second time in 19 games in which the Phantoms would be held to less than two tallies.

David Ullstrom, recently back from the New York Islanders, would quickly get the Sound Tigers on the board with his strike just 46 seconds into the game. It was the second time this season Adirondack had allowed a goal in the opening minute against Bridgeport. Matt Watkins scored just 27 seconds in the game against Adirondack on December 31.

Bridgeport very nearly extended the lead on Adirondack's first power play of the game but Sean Backman's shorthanded breakaway drive which beat Heeter past his left-skate would ring off the post and kick out. Adirondack trailed only 1-0 at the first intermission.

Cal Heeter made a couple of spectacular saves in the opening minutes of the second period but Bridgeport would finally break through again with Watkins in the right-wing corner finding Ullstrom out in front to flip in his second of the game and eighth of the season.

Bridgeport was outshooting Adirondack 5-0 in the period at that point and head coach Terry Murray used his timeout to get his team back on track. The tactic mostly worked. The Phantoms outshot the Sound Tigers 16-9 for the rest of the second period. And Zack FitzGerald's second fight of the game also helped spark the team.

Jason Akeson received a chip up the right-wing and sprinted forward on a breakaway from the wall. He blasted his 16th goal of the season through DiPietro's short-side to get Adirondack on the board at 2-1. He would later score similarly from the right-wing shorthanded on the goal that was disallowed due to the Wellwood injury.

Brock Nelson rifled a perfectly placed shot over Heeter's right-shoulder off the underside of the crossbar for his 23rd goal of the season making it 3-1 in favor of Bridgeport about five minutes into the third period.

Adirondack trailed by two goals for most of the rest of the game. On a late Bridgeport power-play, Adirondack hoped to tie the score with about 2:30 left when Marcel Noebels and Kyle Flanagan got moving on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush. DiPietro slid across on Noebels pass to the right-circle and he made one of his best saves of the night denying Flanagan's bid.

Ullstrom won the puck along the end-wall in the final minute of the game and center for John Persson who converted on his 17th of the season with 51 seconds remaining to seal the Sound Tigers' victory.

The game was essentially the last "real" away game of the season for the Phantoms. Their only other road game this year is less than an hour away at the Albany Devils on April 21.

Adirondack opens a five-game homestand on Friday night against the Northeast Division Champion Springfield Falcons wit $2 Draft-Beer specials. The Phantoms will play three home games in three days that weekend, the only time this season they will play a three-in-three entirely at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Saturday is Dan Miner Bobblehead Night for the first 2,500 fans featuring a post-game concert. Sunday at 3:00 is World Record Day against the Binghamton Senators as the Phantoms' Fans will attempt to set an actual world record...for longest On-Ice Conga Line On Skates. We need you fans to bring your skates for this one!! Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.

Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 - Status: Final
Sunday, April 7, 2013 - Webster Bank Arena

Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
Bridgeport 1 1 2 - 4

1st Period-1, Bridgeport, Ullstrom 7 (Watkins, Wishart), 0:46. Penalties-FitzGerald Adk (fighting), 12:58; Wishart Bri (fighting), 12:58; Sundstrom Bri (holding), 13:16; Landry Bri (closing hand on puck), 15:28; Kessel Adk (interference), 17:45.

2nd Period-2, Bridgeport, Ullstrom 8 (Watkins, Wishart), 3:02. 3, Adirondack, Akeson 16 (Noebels, Kessel), 7:28. Penalties-Niederreiter Bri (interference), 3:30; McIver Bri (roughing), 5:13; FitzGerald Adk (roughing, fighting), 7:37; McIver Bri (fighting), 7:37; Nelson Bri (slashing), 11:24.

3rd Period-4, Bridgeport, Nelson 23 (Wishart), 4:46. 5, Bridgeport, Persson 17 (Ullstrom, Landry), 19:09. Penalties-DeFazio Bri (hooking), 0:47; served by Mathers Adk (bench minor - too many men), 2:36; Landry Bri (slashing), 14:26; Roe Adk (holding), 16:39.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-16-9-35. Bridgeport 11-14-15-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 7; Bridgeport 0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 10-15-3 (40 shots-36 saves). Bridgeport, DiPietro 8-6-0 (35 shots-34 saves).
A-4,772
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Mike Baker (11), Brent Colby (7).




UPCOMING

Monday, April 8 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. Featuring player guests, rookies Kyle Flanagan and Derek Mathers.

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 Family 3-Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355

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