Another tight contest well into the third period
appeared to have the potential for yet more "free
hockey" in the form of overtime at the Glens
Falls Civic Center for what would have been the
fifth time in the last six home games. Michael
Latte came through late with his first goal with
his new team for a 2-1 Hershey Bears win.
The loss was just the second in regulation in
Adirondack's last 10 home games, both coming on
late third-period tie-breakers.
The game also featured an extremely emotional
moment in the third period as public-address announcer
Dan Miner informed the crowd that the Boston Marathon
bomber had indeed been caught. An impressive standing-ovation
responded to the news and after that was the popular
song for Boston sports fans "Sweet Caroline"
by Neil Diamond. After that was a proud and fun
"U-S-A" chant ringing out in the GFCC
as the fans all relished the chance to celebrate
the law enforcement's success at the end of the
unforgettable and emotional week.
As for the game itself; Hershey's win strengthens
their chances in the final-weekend playoff scramble
as they move into a four-way tie for the last
two spots with Manchester, Norfolk and Connecticut.
Jason Akeson scored his team-leading 20th goal
of the year for Adirondack to give the Phantoms
a 1-0 lead in the first period and usually the
Phantoms are clutch in their follow-through when
they score the first goal of the game. Adirondack
was 20-5-2 when scoring the first goal but this
one would go down as just their sixth regulation
loss of the season in games in which they had
a 1-0 lead.
Tye McGinn had almost scored as well for Adirondack
that would have made it 2-0 but he had kicked
the puck in from the right circle and the officials
quickly disallowed the tally after a conference.
Adirondack also had a pair of pipe-shots in the
game. Jason Akeson and Rob Bordson both sped free
on breakaways, both beat Hershey goalie Philip
Grubauer, but both were denied by the iron.
As for that winner which Hershey tallied in the
last five minutes, head coach Terry Murray had
his own thoughts on a no-call that made the difference.
"Their winning goal is offiside by two feet,
"Murray said. "The kids pour their heart
into the game and they (cost) them with an offside
call that's so clear. I don't get it."
On a few rushes into the zone and also through
center that had potential, Adirondack might have
been guilty of "too many passes" some
of the time.
"I think we get into a situation where we
try to do too many things with the puck as we
get through the middle of the ice instead of getting
it in behind the defense and doing the things
that we've been doing so well in the past seven
or eight games," Murray said. "Get on
the forecheck. Get on the hunt. Get some bodies.
Get pucks to the net. We were playing a three-quarter
ice game for too much of the game here tonight."
Former Philadelphia Phantom Ryan Potulny helped
Hershey get on the board late in the second period
to the game. His right-wing shot was saved by
Heeter but defenseman Cameron Schilling was in
the slot for the rebound as he was able to reach
his stick around Garrett Roe for his seventh of
Hershey had the early edge in the first 12 minutes
or so of the game as they were outshooting Adirondack
8-1. But the Bears had only three more shots in
the next 22 minutes of play while Adirondack was
cranking up the chances including their two post-shots
in the first period and other narrow misses.
Cal Heeter played extremely well in keeping the
Bears in check and made a number of tremendous
saves in the game but was not able to get enough
offensive support for the win.
Hershey outshot Adirondack 26-20. The game was
a relatively clean one with both teams completely
staying out of the penalty box in the second and
third periods. There were only a handful of penalties
called in the first. Hershey was 0-for-2 on the
power play while Adirondack was 0-for-1.
Zack FitzGerald missed the game with a lower-body
injury. Other scratches included Ian Slater, David
Laliberte and Jeff Dimmen.
The Phantoms wrap things up with their last home
game on Saturday at 7:00 against the Northeast
Division champion Springfield Falcons. Super-Fan
Cameron Hughes will be there to get the crowd
going crazy. And Scoville Jewelers will give away
free gemstones to the first 500 fans in attendance
PLUS a $25 gift-card and will also give a prize-package
valued at over $1,000 to one lucky fan. Call the
Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack concludes the regular season at the
Albany Devils on Sunday at 3:00.
Hershey Bears 2 at Adirondack Phantoms 1 - Status:
Friday, April 19, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic Center
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
Sunday, April 21 (3:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils. End of the
Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and
Sunday Family 3-Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355
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