fans jammed into the Glens Falls Civic Center
for the beginning of the 25th AHL season in Glens
Falls. An electric atmosphere and monster noise-level
for much the game was eventually overcome late
by the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack who tallied
a late goal by Brodie Dupont for a 3-2 win.
The Phantoms led 2-1 in the first period on goals
by Mark Alt and Ben Holmstrom. But the Phantoms
couldn't break Hartford goalie Cameron Talbot
despite 35 total shots on goal. J.T. Miller's
second goal of the weekend and fourth goal of
the season opened the scoring for Hartford early
in the game.
But despite the final count, this was a night
for celebration as the Phantoms' rabid fan-base
came through in a big-time way by making the game
an official sellout well before the doors had
even opened. Final attendance for the game was
5,031. The seating capacity and official sellout
mark at the Glens Falls CIvic Center is 4,794.
After that point only Standing Room tickets are
available and Adirondack fans gobbled up over
200 of those as well.
The Phantoms certainly had their chances in this
one. Head coach Terry Murray liked much of what
he saw from his crew despite the final result,
"I thought the effort was good. I had no
problem with the effort," Murray said. "They
scored the first goal but you rally and you play
and you compete and you fight and you do a lot
of good things out there. I thought we kept it
The most frustrating aspect of the finish perhaps
was the deciding goal that went off Heeter's stick
but still snuck through combined with the fact
that Adirondack had one they could have taken
for themselves for the second consecutive night.
"It's a 2-2 game until two minutes left in
the game," Murray said. "And they get
a lucky shot from the blue-line. Those are the
kinds of games you've got to find a way to get
the job done and we let it slip away again tonight."
Still it was a magical night that got off to a
roaring start with a high-paced game and an exciting
and electric atmosphere inside the building. It
was almost 34 years ago to the date that the first
game was played inside the Glens Falls Civic Center.
On October 11, 1979, Jody Gage scored the first
FOUR goals of his career and the Adirondack Red
Wings defeated the Hershey Bears 8-3.
"This is so much fun. Opening Night is great,"
said Phantoms Co-President Rob Brooks. "What
a great way to start the season. I like to walk
around and say Hi to everybody. It's like a family
atmosphere here in Glens Falls. It's such a great
place with a lot of nice people and I enjoy it.
Our mission is to get people in the seats. We
gotta set the stage to let the hockey world know
that Glens Falls needs a team."
Holmstrom got his greasy goal on a loose puck
in the slot for his second of the season just
as a penalty to Michael Haley of Hartford had
expired and with the 2-1 lead at the first break
the huge turnout went wild.
An early second-period tying goal by the Wolf
Pack combined with lots of whistles and penalties
breaking the flow of the game resulted in things
calming down a bit after that. Adirondack had
a key 5-on-3 penalty kill in the third period
and Rob Bordson, Cullen Eddy and Oliver Lauridsen
made some nifty plays to keep the game deadlocked.
Later in the third period, Jason Akeson would
make a save on a puck that had rebounded away
from Phantoms goalie Cal Heeter into a mess of
players. Akeson got a block in the crease and
kicked one away. Heeter would later earn #2 Star
of the game honors despite taking the L in the
contest. And the second-year pro from Ohio State
would return to the ice and applaud to the crowd
as his show of appreciation for the tremendous
support showered on the team tonight.
The game was the 10th sellout in Glens Falls history
for the Phantoms and the fifth time breaking the
5,000 mark. It was the team's largest crowd since
March 10, 2012 when the Phantoms drew 5,163 in
a game against the Albany Devils. Adirondack's
most recent sellout had been on Opening Night
last year with 4,801 on October 13, 2012 against
the Portland Pirates.
Adirondack is now 3-2 in home openers and had
a three season win-streak snapped. It was the
Phantoms first home opener loss since their first
game in Glens Falls on October 3, 2009. Coincidentally,
Adirondack also lost that one via a late goal
in a 3-2 decision. Jamie McGinn, older brother
of Tye McGinn, scored the winning goal with just
12 seconds left for the Worcester Sharks in that
The Phantoms out-shot the Wolf Pack 35-30 in the
game. Adirondack has out-shot their opponents
in all three games they have played now. This
was Adirondack's first game that did not go to
overtime...although it was just 127 seconds away
from doing so before Dupont's goal squeaked through
on Heeter despite the goalie getting a good piece
Adirondack was 1-for-6 on the power play although
they were almost 2-for-6; Holmstrom's goal came
just one second after a penalty had ended. Hartford
was 0-for-5. The Phantoms record moves to 1-1-1
while Hartford improved to 3-0-1. The Phantoms
and Wolf Pack meet eight more times in the regular
season. The Pack next return to Glens Falls on
December 6. The Phantoms next visit to Hartford
will be December 13.
Ben Holmstrom played his 184th came in the AHL
and is now one away from tying Kevin Marshall's
record for most games played in Adirondack Phantoms'
history. Holmstrom is scheduled to tie and then
break that record in the next two away games.
The Phantoms return to action Monday afternoon
with a 2:00pm contest at the Albany Devils at
Times Union Center in the first of 12 meetings
between the Northway Rivals. Adirondack will travel
to Wilkes-Barre, PA to tangle with the Penguins
next Friday night.
The Phantoms' next home game is next Saturday,
October 19 against the defending Northeast Division
champion Springfield Falcons. Adirondack is also
at home on Friday, October 24 taking on the Norfolk
Admirals. Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Hartford Wolf Pack 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Status: Final
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Hartford 1 1 1 - 3
Adirondack 2 0 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Hartford, Miller 4 (Hrivik, Mashinter),
6:12. 2, Adirondack, Alt 1 (Cousins, Straka),
14:35 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Holmstrom 2 (Akeson,
Gervais), 19:07. Penalties-FitzGerald Adk (boarding),
1:16; Manning Adk (hooking), 10:35; Allen Hfd
(holding), 12:56; McIlrath Hfd (fighting), 14:37;
Mathers Adk (fighting), 14:37; Haley Hfd (roughing),
2nd Period-4, Hartford, Hughes 1 (Bourque), 1:12.
Penalties-Haley Hfd (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 10:28; Johnson Hfd (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 10:28; FitzGerald Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct, misconduct - unsportsmanlike conduct),
10:28; Mathers Adk (boarding), 10:28; Manning
Adk (roughing), 11:39; Miller Hfd (slashing),
13:22; McIlrath Hfd (cross-checking), 16:02; Alderson
Adk (interference), 16:02; Kreider Hfd (slashing,
misconduct - abuse of officials), 18:05.
3rd Period-5, Hartford, Dupont 1 (Yogan, Hughes),
17:53. Penalties-Bourque Hfd (slashing), 3:57;
Lauridsen Adk (cross-checking), 7:38; Miller Hfd
Shots on Goal-Hartford 12-12-6-30. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 5; Adirondack
1 / 6.
Goalies-Hartford, Talbot 2-0-1 (35 shots-33 saves).
Adirondack, Heeter 0-1-0 (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Jim Harper (59).
Monday, October 14 (2:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Albany Devils
Friday, October 18 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Saturday, October 19 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms
Friday, October 24 (7:00) -
Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms
25 Terrific Seasons
Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season hosting
an AHL team and in so doing now joins an elite
group of only 12 other cities who can make such
a claim. It's a great hockey tradition with an
old-school feel that began with the Adirondack
Red Wings in 1979 who won four Calder Cups in
their 20-year run at the GFCC. The Adirondack
Phantoms began play in Glens Falls in 2009-2010
and are beginning their fifth season.