Raffl excelled in his first opportunity to wear
a Phantoms jersey. The Austrian scored both goals
for Adirondack on the road as the Phantoms dropped
their preseason finale to the Utica Comets 4-2.
Raffl teamed up with fellow European Petr Straka
on the goals. Straka (not related to the former
NHL player o the same) from the Czech republic
recorded both assists.
32 year old veteran goalie Yann Danis played the
entire game for Adirondack. Joe Cannata received
the victory for Utica also going the distance.
The affiliates of the Vancouver Canucks received
a pair of goals from center Alex Friessen who
gave the Utica Comets a 2-0 lead in the first
period that they would never relinquish.
The game, played at teeny Kennedy Arena in Rome
NY with a seating capacity under 1,000, was the
official central New York debut for the AHL's
newest team. The Comets' home arena at the Memorial
Auditorium is undergoing renovations in preparation
for their first home game on October 23. The Comets
are first AHL team for the city of Utica in 20
years since hosting the Utica Devils from 1987-1993.
After an iffy start in the first period, the Phantoms
took charge in the second to narrow a 2-0 deficit
down to 3-2. That 3-2 score would remain almost
until the very end of the game. The Comets scored
an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining for
the 4-2 final.
Friessen received a long stretch pass from the
Comets' zone and split the Phantoms defense to
convert on a breakaway goal 2:29 into the game
for the initial lead. Later in the period he would
corral a point-shot rebound and slide it home
from between the circles.
Raffl put Adirondack on the board just 23 seconds
into the second period after Straka intercepted
the puck in the left-wing corner. He found Raffl
wide-open in front who was able to maneuver around
the goalie to slip the puck past his left skate.
Kurtis Bartiff extended Utica's lead back up to
two goals at 3-1 when he secured the rebound of
his own attempt up the left-wing and turned it
into a wrap-around goal on the other side of Danis.
Three minutes later it would be Straka speeding
up the right-wing for the Phantoms with a shot
off Canata that would be rebound to Raffl in the
left circle who converted on his second goal of
The Phantoms outshot Utica 13-4 in the second
period and went long stretches without allowing
the Comets any sustained entry into the attacking
The 3-2 score remained until the very end when
Colin Stuart's push from the red-line would find
the empty-net for the 4-2 final.
Adirondack outshot the Comets 28-25. The Phantoms
were 0-for-3 on the power play. Utica went 0-for-2.
The Phantoms and Comets will meet four times in
the regular season beginning with a December 7
matchup in Glens Falls.
Adirondack's training camp roster officially remains
at 35 players thus head coach Terry Murray has
plenty of decisions upcoming before he submits
the team's regular season opening roster on Thursday.
The Phantoms begin the regular season next Saturday
at the Hershey Bears. Adirondack's home opener
for the 25th season of the AHL in Glens Falls
takes place in less than two weeks. The Phantoms
will host the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday,
October 12 on Opening Night and Magnet Schedule
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Left: Ben Holmstrom with the pin of a Comets
player. Right: #12 Michael Raffl alongside #24
Left: #24 Petr Straka enters the Utica zone.
Right: Derek Mathers is focused.
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Utica Comets
4 - Status: Final
Sunday, September 29, 2013 - John F. Kennedy Civic
Adirondack 0 2 0 - 2
Utica 2 1 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Utica, Friesen 1 (Elliot), 2:44.
2, Utica, Friesen 2 (Mallet), 11:29. Penalties-Hamill
Uti (slashing), 18:02.
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Raffl 1 0:23. 4, Utica,
Bartliff 1 (Stuart), 10:59. 5, Adirondack, Raffl
2 (Straka), 14:25. Penalties-DeFazio Uti (holding),
5:51; Guimond Uti (delay of game), 14:59.
3rd Period-6, Utica, Stuart 1 (Pelletier), 19:45
(EN). Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (hooking), 4:32;
Raffl Adk (holding), 8:07.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-13-7-28. Utica 10-4-11-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Utica
0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 0-1-0 (21 shots-21 saves).
Utica, Cannata 0-1-0 (26 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Francis Trempe (85), Jim Harper (59).
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
Monday, October 14 (2:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils