Manning rushed into the crease to slam home a
loose puck for his second career overtime winner
and the Adirondack Phantoms prevailed in their
season debut at the Hershey Bears 4-3.
Ben Holmstrom, Tye McGinn and Brandon Alderson
also scored goals for the Adirondack Phantoms
in the come-from-behind effort as they begin the
2013-14 regular season 1-0-0. 32 year old veteran
goalie Yann Danis notched the victory in his Phantoms
Jason Akeson had intercepted a bad pass back in
the Phantoms zone and led a two-on-one rush with
rookie Petr Straka. The backhand attempt by Straka
was denied on a spectacular and scrambling save
by Bears goalie Phillipp Grubauer but Manning
was hustling hard behind the play and was able
to get to the free puck before Grubauer could
gather it in. The assist was the first pro point
for Czech Republic native Straka who joined the
Flyers organization from the Quebec Major Juniors
Trailing 3-2 entering the third period, Brandon
Alderson would score his first career pro goal
on a crucial late power play. The rookie from
the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL benefited
by the quick skating of defenseman Matt Konan
who sped past all three lines to enter the zone
and then draw the defense to him in the slot.
Alderson converted top shelf from the right circle
at 8:25 into the final frame with the equalizer.
Adirondack had raced out a 2-0 lead in the opening
four minutes of the game before Hershey turned
the tables in the second period.
Ben Holmstrom returned to captain the team for
his third season and in his first shift since
December 7, 2012 was able to follow through on
the rebound of a Michael Raffl shot from the right
circle. Holmstrom missed most of last season with
a knee injury and his goal at 1:13 into the game
provided the Phantoms with the initial 1-0 lead.
The set-up was the first career North American
point for native Austrian Michael Raffl.
The Phantoms made it 2-0 shortly thereafter when
Tye McGinn would score similarly on a rebound
of a Nick Cousins shot. Cousins was able to blow
past a Hershey defenseman to set up the opportunity.
Adirondack struggled in the middle period as Hershey
scored three straight to take the lead. Rookie
Nate Schmidt went top-shelf on Danis in the opening
minute of the middle frame to get the Bears on
the board. Michael Latte stripped Jason Akeson
of the puck at center-ice to create a shorthanded
breakaway and was able to convert on Danis to
tie the game at 2-2 at 9:44 of the second period.
And the Bears would score another shorthanded
goal on another Michael Latta steal six minutes
later with his tip and intercept on the right-wing
boards allowing him to find veteran Derek Whitmore
with the quick one-timer that gave Hershey the
But Adirondack would make it work with a pair
of Brandons referring to Brandon Alderson with
the tying goal in the third and Brandon Manning
with the game-winner in overtime.
Zack FitzGerald had the first of what will certainly
be many fights this year for the big tough guy
when he dropped the gloves with Hershey's Joel
Rechlicz just three minutes into the game. Phantoms
rookie Derek Mathers also exchanged punched with
Ben Holmstrom's return to action marked his 182nd
career game with the Adirondack Phantoms tying
him for second most all-time with Jon Kalinski.
His is three away from the all-time record of
185 currently held by Kevin Marshall. If Holmstrom
plays every game he will break the record on Friday,
October 18 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Phantoms outshot the Bears 30-28. Adirondack
was 1-for-3 on the power play and Hershey was
The game was the first of six between the Phantoms
and Bears this season. Hershey travels to Glens
Falls on January 3. The Phantoms do not return
to ChocolateTown until March 15 and then their
final visit to Giant Center will mark the end
of the regular season on April 19.
The Phantoms will now carry their perfect record
for the next full week of practice before returning
to action for their next game on Friday at the
Hartford Wolf Pack. The Phantoms will have their
Opening Night in Glens Falls on Saturday, October
12 against Hartford, AHL affiliates of the New
York Rangers. Tickets for the Opening Night game
are selling well and are going fast. Fans are
encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of
time by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 4 (OT) at Hershey
Bears 3 - Status: Final OT
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Giant Center
Adirondack 2 0 1 1 - 4
Hershey 0 3 0 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Holmstrom 1 (Raffl,
Alderson), 1:13. 2, Adirondack, McGinn 1 (Cousins,
Akeson), 3:48. Penalties-FitzGerald Adk (fighting),
3:10; Rechlicz Her (fighting), 3:10; Lauridsen
Adk (hooking), 5:05; FitzGerald Adk (roughing),
11:00; Mathers Adk (interference, fighting), 14:27;
Rechlicz Her (fighting), 14:27.
2nd Period-3, Hershey, Schmidt 1 (LeBlanc), 0:49.
4, Hershey, Latta 1 9:44 (SH). 5, Hershey, Whitmore
1 (Latta), 14:39 (SH). Penalties-Lauridsen Adk
(boarding), 1:32; Cousins Adk (tripping), 5:02;
Taffe Her (holding the stick), 9:11; Walker Her
3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Alderson 1 (Konan,
Alt), 8:25 (PP). Penalties-Grubauer Her (interference),
OT Period-7, Adirondack, Manning 1 (Straka, Akeson),
3:22. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 13-8-6-3-30. Hershey
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 3; Hershey
0 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 1-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Hershey, Grubauer 0-1-0 (30 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Ryan Fraser (14).
Linesmen-Scott Adams (20), Jud Ritter (34).
Friday, October 11 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, October 12 (7:00) - HARTFORD
WOLF PACK AT ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS
OPENING NIGHT!!! - Magnet Schedule
Giveaway courtesy of Great Meadow Federal Credit
Monday, October 14 (2:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils