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
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
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
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
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
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Mike Baker (11), Brent Colby (7).
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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