traveled down the Northway for the opener of their
12-game rivalry series against the Albany Devils
and were tagged in the Columbus Day matinee by
a 4-1 final. The victory in the 35th game between
the Adirondack Phantoms and Albany Devils break
a tie in the all-time series and gives the Albany
Devils an 18-17 lead. The Phantoms and Devils
square off 11 more times this year beginning with
Adirondack's first opportunity for revenge on
Saturday, November 2 at the Glens Falls Civic
Trailing 3-0 in the third period, Rob Bordson
scored his second goal of the season on a deflection
of an Oliver Lauridsen drive from the point. And
Adirondack shortly thereafter received a power-play
opportunity with a chance to again make it a one-goal
game. But for the eighth consecutive time on the
day, Albany's penalty kill scrambled their way
through and came through big.
Scott Wedgewood turned aside 24 of 25 Phantoms
shots to earn the Albany victory as the Devils
improved to 2-1-0 overall this season. Tim Sestito
scored two goals for the Devils against his older
brother Tom's former team. Joe Whitney registered
his third on the season and Scott Timmins scored
his second. Yann Danis took the loss for Adirondack.
Special teams made the difference. While the Phantoms'
power play finished 0-for-8 on the power play,
Albany's man-advantage went 2-for-5. Adirondack
may have received the majority of the power play
opportunities but it was Albany who benefited
from penalty-shot decision on a Sestito shorthanded
breakaway with 9.2 seconds remaining in the opening
Sestito had not been hauled down on the contact
and was able to move in virtually in the clear
for his initial breakaway attempt. But the penalty-shot
was granted to the dismay of the Phantoms' bench
who protested the call. Ben Holmstrom received
a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and
then Sestito buried his key penalty shot to give
Albany a 2-0 lead at the first break. The goal
came just three minutes after Joe Whitney's blast
on the power play had opened the scoring.
The Phantoms' opportunities continued but Albany
penalty killers held Adirondack in check. Dan
Kelly and the rest of the Devils blocked and deflected
many Phantoms shots while others were handled
by goalie Wedgewood or missed the target.
"On our side of it, we had our opportunities,"
Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said. "We
had seven power plays by the end of the second
period. Our power play's been pretty good and
we needed it to be good here tonight to get a
goal and get back into a 2-0 game after the penalty
shot. And we didn't do it."
Murray said the team displayed critical changes
on their man-advantage to how they had worked
such situations previously. "The opportunities
were there for us on the power play and we got
away from the execution that we've shown in the
previous games. We tried a little bit of that
home-run play and just got too stagnant with it
and didn't get any movement."
His players seemed to echo that sentiment. "I
think special teams is a big part of the game,"
Rob Bordson said. "They scored two power
play goals and we didn't score any. That's momentum.
Nowadays, special teams usually wins games. If
you win the special teams battle. I think that's
the second game where our P.K. has given up two
goals and that's unacceptable. We gotta be better."
Albany's late second period power-play led to
a back-breaking goal with Reid Boucher's pass
towards the slot bouncing off the leg of Adirondack's
Oliver Lauridsen and conveniently onto the stick
of Scott Timmins on the right-wing end-line who
was able to curl and stuff it in.
The Phantoms climbed back into the game at 8:17
into a slow-paced third period that had seen only
three combined shots on goal at that point. Lauridsen's
liner from the left-point was smartly deflected
by Rob Bordson for Adirondack's first tally. And
the Phantoms were alive and pressuring for another
"It was a little face-off play," Bordson
said. "I kind of got tied up there and Browny...he
did a good job all night helping me. It sometimes
takes the wingers to help win the faceoff. The
puck went back to Oliver and once I saw that I
just went to the net. And Oliver took a nice shot
and it got through, I got stick on it and I think
the goalie was a little unexpected when it got
Jason Akeson was checked by Eric Gelinas up the
right-wing boards for an interference penalty
and a key power play following another big chance
to close the deficit further but Albany was able
to get the kill yet another time.
Tim Sestito converted on a 2-on-1 chipping home
a centering feed from Darcy Zajac to complete
the scoring at 14:17 of the third.
Adirondack's record moves to 1-2-1. The Phantoms
outshot Albany 25-21 marking the fourth straight
game Adirondack has recorded the majority of the
shots on goal. The afternoon contest was the only
Columbus Day game in the American Hockey League.
Ben Holmstrom tied Kevin Marshall's all-time
record by playing in his 185th career game with
the Adirondack Phantoms. Holmstrom is slated to
break the record on Friday night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Terry Murray tried a new lineup for this game.
Doug Clarkson, younger brother of former New Jersey
Devil star David Clarkson (now of Toronto) made
his Adirondack Phantoms and AHL debut wearing
#8. Defenseman Steven Delisle also made his Phantoms
debut and wore jersey #5. Kyle Flanagan played
for the first time this season but had appeared
with the Phantoms in the last month of the regular
season in 2012-13.
Scratches for Adirondack included Zack FitzGerald,
Brandon Alderson, Cullen Eddy and Maxim Lamarche.
Adirondack and Albany meet again for Round 2 of
the 12-Game season series on Saturday, November
2 in Glens Falls. The Phantoms' next sojourn to
the Capitol Region is Saturday, November 9
The Phantoms upcoming games have them traveling
to Wilkes-Barre, PA to play the Penguins on Friday
night and then Adirondack returns home on Saturday
evening hosting the Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate
of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Call the Phantoms
for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Albany Devils
4 - Status: Final
Monday, October 14, 2013 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
Albany 2 1 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Albany, Whitney 3 (Timmins, Gelinas),
16:50 (PP). 2, Albany, Sestito 1 19:50 (SH PS).
Penalties-Whitney Alb (interference), 3:04; Konan
Adk (tripping), 4:48; Kelly Alb (hooking), 8:40;
Burlon Alb (hooking), 13:59; Lauridsen Adk (interference),
16:19; Kelly Alb (closing hand on puck), 19:36;
Holmstrom Adk (misconduct - abuse of officials),
2nd Period-3, Albany, Timmins 2 (Boucher, Whitney),
16:43 (PP). Penalties-Wohlberg Alb (holding the
stick), 6:09; Helgeson Alb (tripping), 10:04;
Lauridsen Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:46;
Janssen Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:46;
Zajac Alb (slashing), 13:46; VandeVelde Adk (hooking),
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Bordson 2 (Lauridsen,
Brown), 8:47. 5, Albany, Sestito 2 (Zajac, McKelvie),
14:17. Penalties-Konan Adk (interference), 2:30;
Gelinas Alb (interference), 10:28; Straka Adk
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-8-7-25. Albany 10-5-6-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 8; Albany
2 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 1-1-1 (21 shots-17 saves).
Albany, Wedgewood 1-0-0 (25 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Nic Leduc (12), T.J. Luxmore (49).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Francis Trempe (56).
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.