and Alt 1st Pro Points in Phantoms Debuts
April 12, 2013
a glimpse into the future on Friday night with
several newcomers getting their first Glens Falls
ice-time. Scott Laughton and Mark Alt both recorded
their first career professional points in solid
Phantoms debuts. But the Springfield Falcons broke
a late 2-2 tie on a goal by Spencer Machacek as
the Northeast Division champions took a 3-2 decision
that ended Adirondack's six-game home-ice point
Matt Konan's second goal of the season on a perfectly
placed top-shelf snipe from center-point had tied
the score with 7:44 remaining and the Phantoms
had momentum after the late equalizer. But Machacek
came out of the penalty box along with Brandon
Manning of Adirondack at the completion of some
4-on-4 hockey and was able to knock in a rebound
of a Brian Boucher stick-save for the game-winner.
Jason Akeson had scored earlier in the game on
the power play for his team-leading 17th goal
of the season, 11 of which have come on the man-advantage.
Much of the focus of the game was on Adirondack's
new-look lineup and young talents, some of whom
were making their professional or Phantoms debuts.
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season,
it was a good opportunity to give some serious
ice-time to the newcomers and the future of the
#17 Scott Laughton was playing his first AHL
game. #4 Mark Alt on defense was making his professional
debut. And #25 Nick Cousins was playing in Glens
Falls for the first time in just his third professional
game. The youngsters were out there with other
recent newcomers Brandon Alderson, Kyle Flanagan
and Derek Mathers. It was an interesting look
into the future for the Phantoms as it can be
expected that some, or most, of those prospects
may very well be part of the Opening Night lineup
Laughton centered the Phantoms top-line with
Tye McGinn and Jason Akeson. The first-round pick
last year (#20 overall) from the Oshawa Generals
of the Ontario Hockey League arrived into Glens
Falls late Thursday, took morning skate on Friday,
and was into the game and logging top minute by
"It was pretty exciting coming here and
getting that opportunity with such little time
left and them giving me confidence," the
18-year-old Laughton said. "I felt pretty
good out there and just tried to play my game.
Pretty long day yesterday but it was all worth
it coming in today."
His faceoff win on the power play led to Akeson's
goal for his first pro point. Laughton had zero
points with the Flyers in five games before being
sent back to Major Juniors for the rest of the
season. Laughton also had a steal that he turned
into a shorthanded breakaway and very nearly scored
on three different shots on that burst into the
Mark Alt comes to the Phantoms from the University
of Minnesota. He had a little more time to get
acclimated in the North Country having arrived
on Monday and suiting up for his first practice
on Tuesday in preparation for his professional
"It felt good. Obviously there's a lot of
talent out there for me to work with," Alt
said. "So I just try to move the puck around
and give the guys some chances. There were definitely
some nerves. It's a different game. I had to adapt.
But it's nice having (37-year-old veteran) Lilja
as a D-partner. I went under his wing there for
that game and that was nice. He's got a lot of
advice and I'm just trying to listen to him and
see what he has to say. He was helping me out
throughout the game in making the right decisions
and coming up with plays."
Second-year pro out of RPI, Allen York, was the
winning goaltender for Springfield. Adirondack
outshot the Falcons 28-23. The Phantoms were 1-for-6
on the power play while Springfield went 1-for-3.
Before the game, Zack FitzGerald received an
ovation as the IOA/American Specialty Phantoms
Man of the Year for 2012-13.
Saturday vs. the Connecticut Whale 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.
Mark Alt - Apr 13 2013
Scott Laughton - Apr 13, 2013
Pic: Zack FitzGerald recognized pregame for his
Man of the Year honor with Phantoms Executive
Vice President Chris Porreca.
Springfield Falcons 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Status: Final
Friday, April 12, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Shots on Goal-Springfield 3-11-9-23. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 1 / 2; Adirondack
1 / 6.
Goalies-Springfield, York 11-6-0 (29 shots-27
saves). Adirondack, Boucher 5-7-1 (23 shots-20
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
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!!!
Monday, April 15 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 With Brandon Alderson
and Nick Cousins.
Friday, April 19 (7:00) -
Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft
Saturday, April 20 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms. Scoville
Jewelers Gemstone Giveaway (first 500 fans) including
$25 gift-cards. One grand-prize package $1,000
value including large Phantoms Orange Gemstone.
Plus, Super-Fan Cameron Hughes, presented by Tackett
Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and
Sunday Family 3-Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355
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