Phantoms completed their opening stretch of games
in which they played four of their first five
on the road and came up short at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins in a 6-3 final Friday night. Rob Bordson
scored his team-leading third goal of the season
late in the contest and young prospect Nick Cousins
scored the first goal of his professional career.
But it was not enough to overcome the Penguins'
attack as the hosts in Wilkes-Barre improved to
Bruno Gervais also scored his second of the season
for the Phantoms which are his first two goals
in the AHL since February, 2006 when he played
for Bridgeport. In-between, Gervais has played
over 400 NHL games mostly with the Islanders.
Gervais' goal a little over two minutes into the
game went top-shelf to the far post from the top
of the right circle on a perfect shot.
Ben Holmstrom surpassed Kevin Marshall for the
all-time games played record with the Adirondack
Phantoms. For Holmstrom it was his 186th game
wearing the Phantoms logo.
Brian Gibbons had two terrific assists on goals
by Jason Megna and also added a goal for himself
to lead the scoring. Veteran Jeff Deslauriers
picked up his fourth straight victory for the
Cal Heeter started for Adirondack and allowed
five goals in the first two periods before Yann
Danis came on for relief duty in the third period.
Heeter certainly wasn't to blame for the result
though. In fact, Heeter made several terrific
stops in the first period to keep Adirondack close
at a 2-1 deficit despite being outshot in the
Cousins first goal of his pro career closed the
deficit to 4-2 in the second period and came following
a nice dig of the puck in the corner by Brandon
Alderson and Petr Straka. The assist from behind
the net for Straka was his team-leading fifth
point of the season. Cousins had 27 goals and
76 assists last year in Sault Ste. Marie of the
OHL as one of the league's top scorers. The third-round
pick of the Flyers in 2011 is considered a top
prospect in the system. the goal he scored in
the away setback is certainly anticipated to be
the first of many for him.
Adirondack moves to 1-3-1 with the loss and now
will try to use the home-ice advantage to get
back on the winning track. The Phantoms play Home
Game #2 on Saturday at 7:00 against another unbeaten.
The Springfield Falcons carry a 4-0-0 record in
the Glens Falls Civic Center for the game. Saturday's
contest begins a stretch in which the Phantoms
will play five of their next six in Glens Falls.
Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Fans are invited to attend the post-game party
in the Golia Ice Lounge in Heritage Hall. It's
for fans 21 and over and will feature music from
a live DJ as well as drink specials.
Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 6 - Status: Final
Friday, October 18, 2013 - Mohegan Sun Arena at
Adirondack 1 1 1 - 3
W-B/Scranton 2 3 1 - 6
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Megna 2 (Gibbons),
1:08. 2, Adirondack, Gervais 2 (Cousins, Bordson),
2:37. 3, W-B/Scranton, Kuhnhackl 1 (Uher, Ebbett),
4:52. Penalties-Delisle Adk (fighting), 1:45;
Payerl Wbs (fighting), 1:45; served by Letourneau-Leblond
Wbs (bench minor - too many men), 9:08; Holmstrom
Adk (slashing), 10:04; Mikkelson Wbs (cross-checking),
2nd Period-4, W-B/Scranton, Payerl 1 (Samuelsson,
Despres), 5:14. 5, W-B/Scranton, Megna 3 (Gibbons,
Mikkelson), 9:14 (SH). 6, Adirondack, Cousins
1 (Straka, Alderson), 10:27. 7, W-B/Scranton,
Uher 2 (Drazenovic, Kostopoulos), 14:28. Penalties-Bordson
Adk (roughing), 1:49; Thompson Wbs (boarding,
roughing), 1:49; Manning Adk (slashing), 2:46;
Despres Wbs (interference), 8:15; Manning Adk
(misconduct - continuing altercation), 9:14; Noebels
Adk (roughing), 9:14; Gibbons Wbs (slashing),
9:14; Harrington Wbs (misconduct - continuing
altercation), 9:14; Delisle Adk (roughing, roughing),
14:54; FitzGerald Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct,
fighting), 14:54; Farnham Wbs (roughing), 14:54;
Letourneau-Leblond Wbs (unsportsmanlike conduct,
fighting), 14:54; Brown Adk (slashing), 16:12.
3rd Period-8, W-B/Scranton, Gibbons 2 (Thompson,
Ebbett), 10:08 (PP). 9, Adirondack, Bordson 3
(Gervais, Noebels), 18:06. Penalties-Uher Wbs
(roughing), 4:04; Alt Adk (double minor - high-sticking),
9:42; Kostopoulos Wbs (holding), 18:44.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-4-14-25. W-B/Scranton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 5; W-B/Scranton
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 0-2-0 (29 shots-24
saves); Danis 1-1-1 (7 shots-6 saves). W-B/Scranton,
Deslauriers 4-0-0 (25 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Fred Leblanc (30).
Linesmen-Bob Fyrer (72), Matt McNulty (26).
Saturday, October 19 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms
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. Night