Akeson came through in the clutch and continued
his trend of burning the Connecticut Whale. This
time, it was an overtime game-winner from the
high-slot in a 4-3 thriller on Saturday night
at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Akeson's second
goal of the game was also his team-leading 19th
of the season capping an entertaining evening
involving one of the most entertaining games of
18-year-old prospect Scott Laughton scored his
first professional goal in his second game with
the Phantoms. And Rob Bordson notched his 10th
of the year and dished out two assists as well.
Dan Miner Bobbleheads for the first 2,500 fans
in attendance brought the fans out early. And
Christian rock band The Wrecking kept some of
them late with the post-game concert. And in-between
the fans were treated to a wild and exciting hockey
game in which Adirondack improved to 4-1-1 against
the affiliate of the New York Rangers.
For entertainment value, this one perhaps rivaled
Connecticut's last visit to the Glens Falls Civic
Center on March 9 in which Adirondack came back
from a late 3-1 deficit and Akeson's game-winner
with 2:48 remaining capped his first career hat-trick.
The Whale are undoubtedly impressed and also
likely somewhat annoyed at the talents of Jason
Akeson as they have witnessed seven of his total
19 goals scored this year.
"I kind of laid it there for (Syvret) and
he made a great play and touched it right back
to me ," Akeson said of his overtime winner.
"There guys were all confused and I had a
lot of time and walked in and put it home."
Scott Laughton's pick off in the neutral-zone
set him up for a blast from the right circle for
a shorthanded goal marking the 18-year-old's first
as a pro. It was his second with the Phantoms
and seventh all-time professionally having also
played in five games in the NHL with Philadelphia
in January before heading back to Major Juniors.
"I (stole) a pass and I just tried to get
the puck on net and shot it and I think it hit
the D-Man's stick and it changed direction on
the goalie and I got a little bit lucky,"
Laughton has been able to make an immediate impact
on the Phantoms' scene in his first two games
with his new team and linemates. He's not unfamiliar
with Tye McGinn though having been in Philadelphia
with him in January for a little bit. And back
on his Major Juniors team he was with another
"We were together for two games," Laughton
said of Philadelphia time with Tye McGinn. "I
played with his younger brother (Brock) and we're
the same age. I've known him for quite awhile
and it was kind of nice to play together up there
and it's nice to play with him down here too."
Earlier in the period, Zack FitzGerald and Dylan
Mcilrath provided one of the best heavyweight
bouts of the year with both big bruisers landing
several solid shots. The fight continued after
the officials tried to intercede in the altercation
providing additional 10-minute misconducts as
well as the five-minute fighting majors. For "Fitzy",
the fight marked his 1,500th career penalty minute
in professional hockey.
Rob Bordson similarly took advantage of a Whale
turnover early in the second period and powered
a blast through Whale netminder Cameron Talbot
to push the Phantoms' lead to 2-0.
Then it was Connecticut's turn to surge as they
would score the next three straight to take the
lead. It started wth back-to-back goals about
30 seconds apart with a fight between Derek Mathers
and Stu Bickel of the Whale in-between.
Rookie Marek Hrivik scored past Heeter to get
Connecticut on the board. After the fight but
only 30 seconds later in game-time, Benn Ferriero
appeared to bank one from behind the goal in the
corner off the shoulder or upper-back of Cal Heeter
and pinballed it into the cage to tie the score
Brandon Mashinter deflected a point-shot later
in the period giving Connecticut a 3-2 lead.
But Adirondack would speed forward for another
shortie with Rob Bordson tracking down a Jason
Akeson chip into the corner and firing a quick
centering pass that appeared to perhaps bounce
off Talbot and then definitely deflected off Akeson's
leg and into the goal to tie the score at 3-3.
Both teams had other big tries throughout the
entertaining second period. Connecticut hit the
post twice. Adirondack thought they had scored
another goal on a shot by Brandon Manning that
the Phantoms believed may have gone through the
net. The officials looked at that one on video-review
but deemed it to be no goal.
The score stayed 3-3 throughout more exciting
back-and-forth and physical hockey in the third
period. Adirondack had a 4-on-3 power play midway
through the third period and then were given another
gift with four minutes remaining when the Whale
were tagged for too many men. But the Phantoms
were unable to convert.
Scott Laughton had a chance to win it in overtime
but was denied on a fine glove-save by Cameron
Talbot. Heeter made a couple big stops too.
Then Rob Bordson and Jason Akeson got moving
into the zone with Bordson getting in front to
try to screen Talbot. Akeson and Syvret moved
around and did a little give-and-go with Akeson
eventually taking it to the high slot to snap
home the game-winner glove-side on Talbot and
spark the big Saturday celebration.
Adirondack has points in seven of their last
eight homes games (5-1-2) as they improved to
two games over .500 at home (17-15-3) with only
three Glens Falls tilts remaining. With one more
victory, the Phantoms will clinch a home-ice winning
record for the 2012-13 season. Adirondack will
try to get that victory Sunday at 3:00 when they
host the Binghamton Senators.
It was the third overtime victory of the season
for the Phantoms, two of which have come against
Connecticut in Glens Falls. Sean Couturier blasted
a winner against the Whale in an extra-period
on January 5 in the last Phantoms' game he played
before the end of the NHL lockout. Brandon Manning
had an overtime winner on the road at Syracuse
on October 28, 2012.
It was Akeson's second career overtime-winner.
His first came in March of last season against
the Syracuse Crunch.
The Phantoms conclude their three-in-three weekend
at home on Sunday at 3:00 against the Binghamton
Senators with the wacky World Record Attempt for
longest conga-line on skates to take place after
the game with the fans. Anyone bringing their
skates to participate in the post-game conga line
will receive a free ticket to the Phantoms game
next Friday night against the Hershey Bears. Call
the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Scott Laughton - Apr 13 2013
Jason Akeson - Apr 13, 2013
Terry Murray - Apr 14, 2013
Connecticut Whale 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 4 (OT)
- Status: Final OT
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
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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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value including large Phantoms Orange Gemstone.
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