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1st Career Shutout as Heeter Stays Hot

November 8, 2013

Somehow Cal Heeter did it even better than before. After turning aside 98 out of 101 shots in three consecutive wins last week for a .971 save percentage, the second-year goalie was perfect on Friday night with 26 saves for his first career shutout. Adirondack's fifth straight win came in a 3-0 final at the Springfield Falcons. The game is the opener of a three-in-three weekend for the Phantoms taking the team to three different cities in three days. It was a good way to get it started.

In his last two starts, Heeter came within seven minutes and then within five minutes of securing his elusive first shutout but was spoiled late each time. But on this night the whole team would help finish it off for the full 60 minutes. It wasn't easy for the Ohio State University product. Springfield found the iron a couple different times. And a few big, scrambling saves for Heeter at the key times somehow kept the frustrated Springfield Falcons squad out of the net.

Chris VandeVelde (4th), Tye McGinn (3rd) and Matt Mangene (1st) scored the goals to propel the Phantoms to another win. Adirondack improved to 6-4-2 while Springfield falls to 7-3-1. Of Springfield's three regulation losses this year, two have come against the Phantoms within the last nine days.

It was the first shutout for the Phantoms in almost exactly one year. Scott Munroe had a 26-save shutout on November 3, 2012 against the Albany Devils in a 4-0 win in Glens Falls. Heeter becomes the sixth ever Phantoms goalie to record a shutout joining Scott Munroe, Michael Leighton, Nic Riopel, Jeremy Duchesne and Johan Backlund.

Now with a remarkable 124 saves on 127 shots, Heeter has an amazing .976 saves percentage in his last four games. The Adirondack penalty-kill has been equally remarkable. After holding Springfield to 0-for-4 on the power play, the Phantoms have now killed the last 21 in a row and also 29 of their last 30. Adirondack pushed past the 89% mark for the season on the P.K.

The Phantoms won the game despite a season-low 19 shots on goal. But when your defense and goaltending is able to prevent the other team from scoring entirely, you don't require a lot of offense. Still, the Phantoms were able to put three past Falcons' goalie Mike McKenna.

Chris VandeVelde opened the scoring about midway through the first period. Marcel Noebels dug the puck away along the boards in the neutral zone and pushed it across to Jason Akeson who entered the zone with VandeVelde. Akeson's give to VandeVelde provided a wide opportunity in the right circle. VandeVelde stopped on a dime and picked his spot and went top shelf for his fourth of the year and his third in his last four games.

Tye McGinn raced off the bench in the second period when a gassed Phantoms team had been pinned in their own zone and was trying to get some relief after an icing call. Mangene got the puck out to allow McGinn to come in with fresh legs. He raced across to receive a pass up along the boards from Mark Alt. McGinn raced past a defenseman and buried his try to the far-post for his third of the year with the Phantoms and his sixth of the season overall including the three goals he has scored in the NHL with Philadelphia as well.

In the third period, Kyle Flanagan won a center faceoff after a puck had been sent out of play. Matt Mangene on the right wing saw the opportunity to race around and past a defenseman and turn it into a breakaway which he converted on McKenna for the final score of the night.

The clock quickly wound down after that and the team was soon-after able to all go out to Heeter and congratulate the 25-year-old on his first career professional shutout.

The five-game win streak is the longest in the history of the Adirondack Phantoms. The Philadelphia Phantoms had a six-game win streak in March, 2009.

The Phantoms head to Albany on Saturday for a 5:00 start at the Times Union Center. Adirondack will play at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday at 3:00 to complete their difficult stretch of three games in under 48 hours.

Adirondack is currently in their longest stretch between home games, 20 days. The Phantoms next play at home on November 22 on Scoville Diamond Dig Night and November 23 on Youth Jersey Night presented by Glens Falls Hospital. Fans can bring a bag of canned goods to either game that weekend to receive a free ticket for the upcoming game on Wednesday, November 27. Call the Phantoms for tickets and further information at 518-480-3355.

Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Springfield Falcons 0 - Status: Final
Friday, November 8, 2013 - MassMutual Center

Adirondack 1 1 1 - 3
Springfield 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period-1, Adirondack, VandeVelde 4 (Akeson, Noebels), 11:31. Penalties-Sedlak Spr (tripping), 2:53; Manning Adk (cross-checking), 6:59; Parlett Spr (checking to the head), 14:21.

2nd Period-2, Adirondack, McGinn 3 (Alt), 10:37. Penalties-McGinn Adk (high-sticking), 3:51; Manning Adk (roughing), 6:12; Aleardi Spr (high-sticking, roughing), 6:12; Noebels Adk (tripping), 13:18; Bordson Adk (slashing), 20:00.

3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Mangene 1 (Flanagan), 13:33. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (fighting), 19:48; Boyce Spr (fighting), 19:48.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-6-5-19. Springfield 9-10-7-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Springfield 0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 4-2-0 (26 shots-26 saves). Springfield, McKenna 3-2-0 (19 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Rich Patry (52).


Friday, November 8 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Saturday, November 9 (5:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils

Sunday, November 10 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Tuesday, November 12 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from Recovery Sports Grill airs on Q101.7 With special player guests Jason Akeson and TBD.

Friday, November 15 (7:05) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Friday, November 22 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms
Scoville Jewelers Diamond Dig. Chance to win a $1,000 Diamond!
Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive - Bag of Canned Goods = Free Ticket to Future Game

Saturday, November 23 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Youth Jersey Night presented by Glens Falls Hospital (1st 1,000 kids age 14-under)
25th Season in AHL Jerseys. Postgame Auction.
Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive - Bag of Canned Goods = Free Ticket to Future Game


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.






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