Late Comeback and Marathon 15-Round Shootout Win
April 14, 2013
(Mark Alt scores game-winner in the 15th round
of shootout. Pic courtesy of Andy Camp)
Nobody was really sure if the Adirondack Phantoms
could top the excitement level of Saturday night's
overtime win. But somehow, and in a very unlikely
way, that's exactly what they did on Sunday afternoon
against the Binghamton Senators.
Garrett Roe swung home the tying goal with just
0.3 seconds remaining and that was only the start
of the wildness. Then the Phantoms and Senators
would go back and forth trading goals and saves
through a marathon and edge-of-your-seat 15-round
shootout with Adirondack finally prevailing on
rookie Mark Alt's blast.
The crazy game established a new Phantoms' franchise
record for longest shootout and fell just short
of equaling the league record. Utah vs. Cleveland
in 2004 went 16-rounds. All of this near-record
stuff in a wacky game is somewhat appropriate
considering it was the same day the Phantoms franchise
hoped to break a different kind of wacky world
record for longest conga line on-ice.
What was a tremendous goaltenders' battle through
the first 65 minutes between Brian Boucher of
Adirondack and Marc Cheverie of Binghamton with
a 1-1 tie turned into an improbably goal-fest
in the 15-round shootout with the Phantoms eventually
It almost never made it that far though. Adirondack
was in desperation mode in the last remaining
seconds of the game before Garrett Roe was able
to stuff one home on the right-side of the crease
just barely before the clock reached all zeros.
A shot by Brandon Manning made it through to the
crease where Roe reached in from behind and to
the side of the goal to get the dramatic game-tying
Roe had been knocked down behind the goal with
just a few seconds left but was able to scramble
to his feet with enough time left to seize his
"Yeah, I just got up and I was behind the
net," Roe said. "The shot came, I saw
it sitting there, I didn't even know if time was
up yet. You know, hadn't heard the horn yet. I
just tried to put it home before time ran out.
Thankfully I did."
After scoring the goal, Roe's next priority was
to make sure it actually counted!
"I looked up right when I put it in to see
if there was any time left. If it read zero then
it has to go to replay and replay wasn't working.
And I saw point-three and I was kind of relieved
But at that point, the fun was just beginning.
Following a scoreless overtime it would be onto
Adirondack shot last in each round and on several
occasions were forced to either convert or would
lose the game. The Phantoms trailed 3-1 in the
fourth round and while Brian Boucher made back-to-back
saves to keep the game going, Marcel Noebels and
Kyle Flanagan would convert consecutively to push
the shootout on to extras...and more extras....and
Rob Bordson scored in the sixth when Adirondack
needed another clutch goal to stay alive. And
Tye McGinn in the ninth and Brandon Alderson in
the 11th did the same.
Finally, with both teams running out of shooters
before needing to go to repeats, head coach Terry
Murray called on rookie Mark Alt to finish it
in the 15th round and his blast high-glove on
Cheverie would win the game.
Alt was perhaps the least likely of all Adirondack
skaters to score a game-winner of any kind be
it in regulation or in the shootout. The stay-at-home
defenseman was playing in just his third career
pro game (all this weekend) and had zero goals
all season at the University of Minnesota. It
turned into a fun and exciting way to end his
first professional weekend of hockey for the son
of 12-year NFL lineman John Alt of the Kansas
"A defensive defensman usually doesn't get
the call for the shootout but I got it today so
I was pretty happy that I scored," Alt said.
"It was my first shootout. We don't do them
in college. It was actually something I picked
up from one of my teammates. I rarely even try
and rarely do it in practice. But I came down,
it worked, I just put it over his shoulder. It
was a long one and was really exciting, especially
to get the game-winner."
"It was a great shot," Phantoms head
coach Terry Murray said. "A right-handed
shooter against a left-handed catcher...you go
high-glove side and that's a nice shot. It was
great for him. We haven't had any shootouts with
him in practice. It's winding down to the last
three guys on the bench; Lilja, Eddy and Alt.
So that's what we had left and he took advantage
"That's the most (rounds) I've ever seen,"
Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said. "It
was an exciting game . It was great for the fans.
And great for the young guys. There's a lot of
smiles on their faces in there after getting a
couple points again in back-to-back games and
also against top teams in the league and are very
hard on us to play that pace. We're starting to
learn how to play at a high level."
Before all the wild drama of the tying goal with
0.3 seconds and the 15-round shootout, the game
was an intense and exciting goaltenders' duel.
Brian Boucher was playing one of his finest games
of the year with several terrific stops. And Marc
Cheverie was solid in net for the B-Sens as well
in a game which featured a spectacular diving
stop with full extension to his right to somehow
snag a Danny Syvret attempt on a rebound on what
was one of the best saves of the year.
Pat Cannone's shot in the slot went off the glove
of Boucher, deflected high in the air, and just
landed in the back of the net tumbling end-over-end
as Binghamton took a 1-0 lead early in the third
Binghamton had appeared to have potentially scored
a goal back in the first period on a crazy scramble
with a lot of the contact in the crease. But the
officials and goal-judge did not rule it a goal
and the video-replay system was not working to
confirm whether it had gone in.
The late goal by Roe was actually not a Phantoms'
record for latest goal scored in a game. Danny
Syvret scored an incredible game-winning goal
with just 0.1 seconds remaining on December 13,
2009 in a 3-2 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
That same season, Syvret also had a game-winner
with just 1.6 seconds left in overtime.
In case you're wondering, the longest NHL shootout
was also 15 rounds. In 2005, the New York Rangers
beat the Washington Capitals with Marek Malik's
winner against Olaf Kolzig. The ECHL has had two
shootouts last 21 rounds including one earlier
this year with Evansville defeating Florida.
The longest shootout in Adirondack Phantoms'
history had previously been a 12-rounder in December
of last season in which Tyler Brown knocked home
the game-winner against the Portland Pirates.
The Phantoms have points in eight of their last
nine home games going 5-1-2 over the stretch.
Their home-ice record overall this season improved
to 17-14-3 with just two home games remaining
thus clinching a winning home-record for 2012-13.
After the game, over 100 participants joined
Dax and the Phantoms' staff down on the ice for
a really long conga-line. It may not have broken
the official record of 259 set by Exeter, NH a
couple years ago, but it does go down as the longest
ever Glens Falls Civic Center conga line! All
of the participants in the fun and wacky post-game
event received free tickets for the Phantoms'
game next Friday against Hershey.
Garrett Roe - Apr 14, 2013
Mark Alt - Apr 14, 2013
Terry Murray - Apr 14, 2013
Binghamton Senators 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
2 (SO) - Status: Final SO
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Shootout - Binghamton 6 (Da Costa G, Gazley G,
Schneider NG, Cannone G, Jessiman NG, Downing
G, Robinson NG, Stone NG, Prince G, Cowick NG,
Wideman G, Dziurzynski NG, Hamilton NG, Lebda
NG, New NG), Adirondack 7 (Roe G, Akeson NG, Laughton
NG, Noebels G, Flanagan G, Bordson G, Syvret NG,
Sim NG, McGinn G, Cousins NG, Alderson G, Manning
NG, Konan NG, Mathers NG, Alt G).
Shots on Goal-Binghamton 10-13-10-2-0-35. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 6; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Binghamton, Cheverie 4-5-1 (28 shots-27
saves). Adirondack, Boucher 6-7-1 (35 shots-34
Referees-Jean Hebert (43), Jeff Smith (49).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
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