This time it was Yann Danis' turn to dazzle. The
veteran goalie steered aside 28 Albany Devils
shots for Adirondack's second shutout win in a
2-0 decision at Times Union Center on Saturday
evening. The Phantoms extended their win streak
to six games.
Less than 24 hours after Cal Heeter notched his
first career shutout at Springfield on Friday,
Danis picked up his 18th career professional shutout
with 28 saves, many of which weren't quite routine.
Included in his career shutout totals are 15 in
the American Hockey League and also three shutouts
in the NHL.
Rob Bordson (5th) and Ben Holmstrom (3rd) scored
late in the first period about four minutes apart
to provide the offense.
It was not exactly the easiest of shutouts for
the 32-year-old who was AHL Goaltender of the
Year (Baz Bastien Memorial Award) two seasons
ago with Oklahoma City. Danis made a sparkling
glove save with 5:45 left in the second period
on a partial breakaway by Harri Pesonen. And with
four minutes remaining, Danis faced a penalty
shot from Chris McKelvie and was able to preserve
the shutout with a right-leg kick stop.
The penalty-shot save was not only exciting to
preserve the shutout streak but, more importantly,
prevented the Devils in their late, comeback efforts.
"No question, that's a critical part of the
game," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said.
"You still have four minutes left. And you
get a save like that to keep it two-nothing, it
was absolutely huge. You gotta look at your goaltender
at the end of the night when it's a shutout. He
did a real good job."
"I was happy to make the same. Obviously,
it was a crucial time in the game," Yann
Danis said of his big penalty-shot save. "I
really wanted to make that save to keep us in
it so I'm glad I was able to make it."
It is the first time since April of 2011 for the
Phantoms to record consecutive shutouts. Michael
Leighton did it back-to-back against Syracuse
and Rochester that time. The Phantoms' shutout
streak now stands at 137 minutes going back to
early in the third period last Saturday in Glens
Falls when Albany's Mike Hoeffel scored in a 3-1
This streak is somewhat special though in that
it is two different goalies recording the consecutive
blankings. Heeter and Danis seem to feed off each
"Right now we're playing some good hockey,"
Danis said. "You know, I'm just trying to
keep up with Heets (Cal Heeter). Obviously he
got the shutout (Friday) night. I'm just trying
to help the team to win and it feels good to win."
Adirondack's penalty kill excelled again and had
to get through over a minute of 6-on-4 at the
end to finish off this blanking. Albany was 0-for-4
on the power play. The Phantoms have successfully
killed 25 consecutive opponent power plays to
inch up towards 90% on the season with a chance
to pass Norfolk for the top penalty kill in the
And indeed, the Phantoms are one of the hottest
teams in the league with a six-game winning streak
that dates back to October 26. Adirondack has
allowed one goal or fewer in each game of the
streak and have surrendered a total of four goals
in the six wins. It is the longest winning streak
for the Phantoms franchise since the Philadelphia
Phantoms won six straight in March, 2009.
When you're on a roll, sometimes it seems things
work out. "It's in the locker room,"
Murray said. "You're feeling good. When the
going gets hard, you're traveling, you've got
three (games) in two-and-a-half days, you find
a way to dig in. And you find a way to get the
job done and that's what we're hoping the case
is tomorrow. The dressing room is close. The bench
is really into it. There's a lot of communication,
a lot of talk, a lot of help on the ice with good
talk. I think when you have communication in the
pro game it goes a long way."
Rob Bordson opened the scoring with a little help
from the Albany defense. Tyler Brown rushed into
the zone up the right wing on a 3-on-2 and connected
with Bordson on the other side. Bordson was trying
to give it back to Marcel Noebels back on the
right of the goal for a strong scoring opportuniuty
but the puck went straight into the net off a
defenseman's stick. Bordson leads the team with
five goals. It was Rob Bordson's 112th consecutive
game with the Phantoms in a streak that dates
back to February 24, 2011 when he rejoined the
About four minutes later, it was another bouncing
puck that found its way through Albany goalie
Scott Wedgewood. Mark Alt's shot went off the
stick of Nick Cousins and then was chopped down
by Ben Holmstrom to bounce through Wedgewood.
The double-deflection worked for Holmstrom's third
of the year.
Adirondack had to battle through a a second-period
surge from Albany in which they caught iron once,
were denied on a breakaway, and had several other
Perhaps the most dramatic moment was with four
minutes left when McKelvie was tripped on a shorthnaded
breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. With Adirondack's
shutout streak on the line, Danis made the big
save. And then made a couple more in the 6-on-4
attack in the final minute.
As always when the Phantoms play their Northway
rivals, a large contingent of Phantoms fans descended
on the Times Union Center to cheer for the Men
in Orange. And the gathering was boosted even
more with the excitement of the team's win-streak.
The Phantoms play their third road game in less
than 48 hours on Sunday at 3:00 when they travel
to Bridgeport, CT to take on the Sound Tigers.
The last seven game win streak for the Phantoms'
franchise was December 5-19, 2008 as the Philadelphia
Phantoms. The last time the Phantoms had a win
streak of eight games or longer was in October
and November 2004 when the team won 17 in a row
early during a season in which the Phantoms would
eventually win the Calder Cup. That 17-game win
streak had been the all-time record in the AHL
until two seasons ago when the Norfolk Admirals
28-gamer broke their mark.
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 2 at Albany Devils
0 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 2 0 0 - 2
Albany 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Bordson 5 (Gervais,
Brown), 13:07. 2, Adirondack, Holmstrom 3 (Cousins,
Alt), 17:27. Penalties-Konan Adk (tripping), 5:10;
Helgeson Alb (tripping), 9:33; Matteau Alb (high-sticking),
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Burlon Alb (slashing),
0:54; Bordson Adk (slashing), 8:23; Olesz Alb
(cross-checking), 12:46; VandeVelde Adk (hooking),
13:30; Pelley Alb (roughing), 15:58.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Burlon Alb (delay
of game), 13:56; VandeVelde Adk (boarding), 18:41.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-8-8-25. Albany 6-11-11-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 6; Albany
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 3-2-2 (28 shots-28 saves).
Albany, Wedgewood 3-4-0 (25 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Jean-Philippe Sylvain (16).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).
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
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.