Some tough breaks, literally, and an unlucky bounce
came back to hurt the Phantoms late in their try
to secure the second standings point against Springfield
With a rare power play in overtime providing the
chance for a dramatic win, Brandon Manning and
Bruno Gervais had back-to-back broken sticks on
big one-timer attempts that ultimately helped
the Falcons scramble through the penalty kill.
Springfield eventually tallied in the sixth round
of the shootout for a 3-2 victory at the Glens
Falls Civic Center.
For the Phantoms, Home Game #2 was theirs for
the taking. Adirondack raced out to a 1-0 lead
in the opening minute of the game and extended
it to 2-0 early in the second period. But Springfield
eventually maintained their position as one of
only two AHL teams with unblemished records (along
with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) to improve to 5-0-0.
Rookie Nick Cousins scored for the second time
in as many games just 47 seconds in via a speedy
entry into the zone with Chris VandeVelde on the
left-wing giving across to Jason Akeson who fed
Cousins for his blast through Mike McKenna from
Cousins is no stranger to scoring after lighting
it up for 27 goals and 76 assists in Major Juniors
last year. But he was a little slow out of the
gate to obtain his first pro goal which he recorded
on Friday. This one made it goals in back-to-back
games for the young prospect.
"When you play with good players like Akeson
and Vandy (VandeVelde), things happen easy,"
Cousins said. "So, you just got to shoot
the puck and hopefully it goes in. I was fortunate
enough to get that puck there in the slot and
I was fortunate enough to bury it too."
And Adirondack made it 2-0 early in the second
period when Rob Bordson would score for the third
straight game notching his team-leading fourth
goal of the year tipping a Brandon Manning slapshot.
Bordson's deflection appeared to flutter over
the shoulder of McKenna and just barely make it
in. The officials conferred and also looked at
the video review and eventually determined no
high stick or any other issue on the play and
the goal stood.
The Phantoms could have delivered a knockout punch
after that and had quite a few chances to do so.
Adirondack was playing well and had a good Springfield
team on their heels.
"There were some tremendous opportunities
where the puck was laying there at a wide open
net," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said.
"The game could've been over at the end of
the second period and it wasn't, but it was a
good game. Good effort. We've got to build on
Broc Little scored his first from a virtually
impossible angle in the closing minutes of the
second period centering one in front from the
end boards in the left-wing corner. The puck bounced
off the back of Yann Danis' skate and into the
net for the fluky goal that provided the visiting
Falcons with the momentum they were looking for.
Wil Weber's slapshot from the point with less
than nine minutes remaining in the third period
snuck past Danis to tie the game. Danis made several
remarkable saves on the night including a couple
of point-blank tries. With 2:30 left, he denied
Alex Aleardi on a rebound opportunity from a couple
feet away with his quick left-leg kick stop. Danis
drew a standing ovation in the second period with
his incredible diving stop across the crease to
somehow rob Jonathon Marchessault's back-door
power-play opportunity at what initially appeared
to be a completely open net.
Earlier in the third period, Nick Cousins stole
an errant pass behind the Springfield net and
connected with a wide-open Chris VandeVelde who
was denied on his potential winner point-blank
by McKenna for one his biggest stops of the night.
The Phantoms' tremendous power-play opportunity
in the overtime was a chance for an exciting finish
at home but instead they came away from it somewhat
snake-bit with two broken sticks and a couple
other near-misses. Basically, it was a matter
of "what could have been" for a team
that played extremely well and likely feels they
deserved a better result.
Cody Goloubef scored in the sixth round of the
shootout for the game-winner for Springfield.
Nick Cousins had scored in the second round for
Adirondack who again had a lead in that late round
and a chance for the big win.
The Phantoms set a season-high for shots on goal
and outshot Springfield in the game 37-32. The
Phantoms were 0-for-3 on the power play while
the Falcons were 0-for-2. The game was the first
of six this year between the Phantoms and Falcons
and Adirondack won't have to wait long for their
opportunity to avenge this shootout setback; The
Falcons return to Glens Falls on Wednesday, October
"Making Strides" raised funds during
game via a front-table in the GFCC lobby to benefit
the American Cancer Society in their fight to
end breast cancer. Rite Aid was down the way providing
flu shots to fans at the game with their own in-house
The game marks the beginning of a solid stretch
of home games for the Phantoms. Adirondack plays
five out of six at home beginning with this one
as well as 12 out of their next 18.
The Adirondack Phantoms return to the Glens Falls
Civic Center Friday night hosting the Norfolk
Admirals. $2 draft-beer specials will be available
before game-time. Call the Phantoms to purchase
your game-tickets in advance at 518-480-3355.
Springfield Falcons 3 (SO) at Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Status:
Unofficial Final SO
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Springfield 0 1 1 0 - 3
Adirondack 1 1 0 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Cousins 2 (VandeVelde,
Penalties-Boyce Spr (roughing), 4:00; VandeVelde
Adk (roughing), 4:00;
Weber Spr (interference), 7:04; Grantham Spr (roughing,
9:44; Holmstrom Adk (fighting), 9:44; FitzGerald
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Bordson 4 (Mangene,
Manning), 4:38. 3,
Springfield, Little 1 (Grantham, St. Denis), 15:39.
Penalties-FitzGerald Adk (high-sticking), 7:14.
3rd Period-4, Springfield, Weber 1 (Collins),
11:10. Penalties-No Penalties
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Weber Spr (boarding),
Shootout - Springfield 2 (Aleardi NG, Little
NG, Marchessault NG,
Collins G, Chaput NG, Goloubef G), Adirondack
1 (Akeson NG, Cousins G,
Bordson NG, Flanagan NG, Holmstrom NG, VandeVelde
Shots on Goal-Springfield 7-10-13-1-1-32. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 0 / 2; Adirondack
0 / 3.
Goalies-Springfield, McKenna 2-0-0 (37 shots-35
Danis 1-1-2 (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Fred Leblanc (30).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Frank Murphy (29)
Friday, October 25 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals
at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, October 26 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Wednesday, October 30 (7:00) - Springfield
Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Costume Parade
Friday, November 1(7:00) - Binghamton Senators
at Adirondack Phantoms - Military Appreciation
Saturday, November 2 (7:00) - Albany Devils at
Adirondack Phantoms - ADK Youth Hockey Assoc.