Hockey is officially back in Glens Falls! Jason
Akeson and Brandon Manning both scored the first
goals for the Phantoms since last April but Adirondack
lost their preseason opener at home to the Albany
Devils by a 3-2 score. Harri Pesonen scored two
goals to lead the way for Albany. Might as well
get the rivalry started early. The Phantoms and
Devils will meet 12 more times during the 2013-14
regular season including six matchups at the Glens
Falls Civic Center.
The Phantoms put together a strong push in the
third period in their attempts to attain the tying
goal but Devils rookie goalie Maxime Clermont
made several strong saves and Adirondack's 13-5
shot advantage in the final frame would not provide
But preseason games are not just about the final
score. Evaluations of players as well as what
is working and what is not are at issue as well.
""I liked our offensive zone play,"
said head coach Terry Murray who is entering his
second season as Adirondack bench-boss. "Even
in the first period, it was good. Maybe not as
great as in the third period but there were some
opportunities there. We need to be a little more
get after it, get on the hunt to recover some
Adirondack's top line consisting of veteran newcomer
Kris Newbury centering for returning wings Tye
McGinn and Jason Akeson had impressive chemistry
for their first game together. And Newbury and
Akeson got together on both Phantoms' goals. In
the first period, their passing back-and-forth
across the zone on the power play got the defense
moving to set up Brandon Manning's big slapshot
pinching in from the right point. And in the third
period, Newbury drew the defense towards him in
the right circle and somehow found a wide-open
and unguared Akeson between the circles with plenty
of room and time to crank a shot off or through
the glove of Clermont.
"Yea I mean I saw it going in , but it was
a nice shot by Newbs," said Akeson who has
been the team's top scorer the past two seasons
and has 107 career points with Adirondack. "He
made a nice play on the forecheck there, and I
got lucky. He let the puck sit there. I kind of
just let it rip and it went it."
Adirondack out-shot Albany 31-21 in the game
including that strong push in the third period.
The end result may not have been a preseason W
but the goal is to set the stage for as many regular
season W's as possible.
"Get pucks to the net. We had great traffic,
and their goalie payed well," Murray said.
"He made some big saves in, you know, at
critical times. So, there's not much I want to
change with the attitude, mentality, presence
in the third period--was really good in the third
period. Next time we play that way, maybe four
five of them go in."
Harri Pesonen scored on a breakaway after a long
stretch-pass in the first period to give Albany
the 1-0 lead. Brandon Manning tied it for the
Phantoms a couple minutes later.
Ben Thompson redirected a shot by Eric Gelinas
in the second period for a 2-1 Devils advantage.
Then it was scramble-time for the Phantoms who
took three straight penalties in a row at the
end of the second period. The Phantoms killed
off all two minutes of 5-on-3 hockey but Pesonen's
one-timer from the top of the right-circle banked
off the inside of the right post and into the
net when it was 5-on-4 early in the third period.
Newbury's forecheck and dangle in the right circle
set up Akeson's goal at 6:24 of the third. And
after that would be quite a few big chances for
the Phantoms trying to tie. Kyle Flanagan's one-timer
from the right circle drew the biggest rise from
the crowd but Clermont got there in time.
Doug Clarkson of the Phantoms dropped the gloves
with Seth Helgeson in the first fight of the year.
Clarkson is the younger brother of former New
Jersey Devil David Clarkson who recently garnered
some attention for his own pugilism with the Toronto
Maple Leafs in their scrap with Buffalo early
in the week.
It was a day for renewed acquaintances inside
the old barn. Some of the season ticket holders
and press-box staff have been attending games
and greeting each other regularly since the beginning
days of the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979. The
first preseason game is that beginning opportunity
to say the first of many hello's to be had all
throughout the year.
Adirondack wraps up their preseason schedule Sunday
afternoon at 4:00 on the road at the Utica Comets
in a game that will be played at Kennedy Ice Arena
in Rome, NY. The Memorial Auditorium in Utica
has continuing renovations as the league's newest
entry prepares for the season. That game can be
heard on the official radio home of the Adirondac
k Phantoms, Q101.7, beginning at 3:40.
In just two weeks it will be Opening Night for
the 25th season of the AHL in Glens Falls. Adirondack
takes on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, October
12 at 7:00. The Phantoms will officially open
the regular season on the road at the Hershey
Bears on Saturday, October 5.
Albany Devils 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Status:
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Albany 1 1 1 - 3
Adirondack 1 0 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Albany, Pesonen 2 (Burlon, Boucher),
Adirondack, Manning 1 (Akeson, Newbury), 9:32
Alb (closing hand on puck), 8:23; Gelinas Alb
2nd Period-3, Albany, Thomson 1 (Gelinas, Merrill),
Penalties-Helgeson Alb (fighting), 3:57; Clarkson
3:57; Alderson Adk (slashing), 10:05; Delisle
Adk (holding), 14:13;
Alt Adk (holding), 17:29; Holmstrom Adk (interference),
Adk (boarding), 18:33.
3rd Period-4, Albany, Pesonen 3 (Burlon), 0:38
(PP). 5, Adirondack,
Akeson 2 (Newbury), 6:24. Penalties-Hrabarenka
conduct), 1:10; Newbury Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct),
Alb (holding), 10:27; Hrabarenka Alb (interference),
Adk (hooking), 18:57.
Shots on Goal-Albany 5-11-5-21. Adirondack 9-9-13-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 1 / 6; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Albany, Clermont 0-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
0-0-0 (21 shots-18 saves).
Opening Night for the first home game of the 2013-14
season is Saturday, October 12 against the Hartford
Wolf Pack. Purchase a special Opening Night Package
for only $40 (plus tax) including two tickets
to Opening Night, two flex tickets valid for any
other home game at the Glens Falls Civic Center,
and a commemorative pint glass celebrating the
25th season of AHL excitement in Glens Falls.
Offer available while supplies last. Call the
Phantoms to reserve your package at 518-480-3355.
Saturday, September 28 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms (Preseason
Sunday, September 29 (4:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Utica Comets (Preseason
- at Rome NY)
Saturday, October 5 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears (First Away
Game of 2013-14)
Friday, October 11 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, October 12 (7:00) OPENING
NIGHT! - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack