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Win Streak Ends at Bridgeport

November 10, 2013

That's the way the puck bounces. A day after Adirondack benefited from a couple of tips and deflections, the Phantoms experienced the feeling from the other side as their six-game winning streak came to an end at Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon. The Sound Tigers won 3-2 after initially trailing 2-0.

Still, the Phantoms took four points out of six in their brutal weekend that saw the team hit three different cities in less than 48 hours. The Phantoms six-game winning streak is the longest for the team since March, 2009 when the Philadelphia Phantoms won six in a row. It's the first time the Phantoms have allowed more than one goal in their last seven games. The last time they had allowed more than one goal was October 25.

A shot by Anders Lee about six minutes into the third was punched up into the air by Cal Heeter and then inadvertently swatted backwards into his own net for what would prove to be the game-winner. The exhausted Phantoms' team certainly had their chances to tie it though. Adirondack had five power plays in the third and nine in the game. But Bridgeport was able to kill them all including 48 seconds of 6-on-4 at the end of regulation.

Lee also scored about midway through the second period curling it around Cal Heeter after he cut in from the left-wing corner. The goal was the first of the weekend allowed by the Phantoms and ended the team's shutout streak at 168 minutes going all the way back to early in the third period the previous Saturday against Albany.

Marcel Noebels (1st) and Chris VandeVelde (5th) scored for the Phantoms who took a 2-0 lead before the midway point of the game.

Noebels picked up the rebound of a Cullen Eddy slapshot and buried it past a scrambling goalie, Kenny Reiter, for his first of the year. Noebels did a few excited fist-pumps as he officially broke out of his early-season scoring slump. The young prospect from Germany had a combined 24 goals last season with the Phantoms (13) and in the ECHL with Trenton (11).

Chris VandeVelde thought he had scored a power play goal early in the second period on a tip of a Ben Holmstrom kick in the slot. But the officials consulted on the play and overturned the goal. The AHL rulebook does indeed state that a tip into the goal of a kicked puck is to be disallowed. Head coach Terry Murray jumped to the front of the bench to protest the call.

It would shortly thereafter be justice served for VandeVelde just a couple minutes later when he intercepted a Bridgeport power play pass and raced all the way back at Reiter for a shorthanded breakaway goal. The Phantoms led 2-0 early in the second on their first shortie of the year. VandeVelde's fifth goal of the season is also his fourth goal in his last six games and was his second goal of the weekend.

A few minutes later, the Phantoms were close to extending the lead to 3-0. Petr Straka and Brandon Alderson would both rocket shots off the metal about 30 seconds apart on the same shift. Reiter and Bridgeport were in trouble. But both shots rang out and somehow the Sound Tigers persevered through that pressure to stay within striking distance in the game.

After that it was Islanders' 2011 first-round selection Ryan Strome feeding Lee in the left-wing corner to curl around Heeter and break Adirondack's shutout streak. Early in the third period, it was Riley Wetmore in the slot with a blast off the left iron and into the net to the game at 2-2.

And then in the third came the drive from the left-wing by Lee that Heeter punched into the air with his blocker and glove together. With the puck spinning end over end almost right in front of his eyes, he tried to swat it over to the corner. Instead he appeared to get a little underneath it and then on his second effort accidentally swung it right back into his own net for the fluky goal.

It was a hard way to close the weekend for Cal Heeter who could not have been any better in his previous four games before this one. Heeter was coming off his first career shutout and had allowed just three goals on 128 shots in his last four games.

This game does not fall on Heeter's shoulders though. The Phantoms had one power play chance after another on a Sound Tigers' continual parade to the penalty box. Adirondack generated good chances again and had some big shots. But somehow Reiter stood tall and got through to the finish for his first career AHL win in his 15th game.

Adirondack was a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill to extend their streak to 27 consecutive power plays turned aside. The Phantoms take over sole possession of the top spot in the league on the P.K. at 88.9%. Entering the game, Adirondack was tied for first with Norfolk with both at 88.7% but the Admirals were off today.

A couple dozen fans traveled down from Glens Falls to cheer on their Phantoms on a fan-bus. And other Flyers and Phantoms fans were representing the orange in the house as well.

Adirondack falls barely out of first place with the loss as the Springfield Falcons pass the Phantoms in the Northeast Division standings. Adirondack is 7-5-2. Bridgeport improved to 4-5-2. The Phantoms outshot the Sound Tigers 30-20. But after the Phantoms led in shots 17-7 in the first, Bridgeport would clamp down and limit the Adirondack to only 13 shots for the rest of the game despite all the power plays.

This was the first of six games between Adirondack and Bridgeport this season. The Sound Tigers travel to Glens Falls on December 4. Adirondack doesn't return to Bridgeport until February 9.

The Phantoms are next in action on Friday night at Binghamton. In a strange scheduling quirk, the Friday game will be the team's only one of the weekend. Adirondack has a rare Saturday off next week.

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 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 - Status: Final
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - Webster Bank Arena

Adirondack 1 1 0 - 2
Bridgeport 0 1 2 - 3

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Noebels 1 (Bordson, Eddy), 19:08. Penalties-Strome Bri (tripping), 1:23; Diamond Bri (hooking), 6:44; Mathers Adk (fighting), 12:57; Johnson Bri (fighting), 12:57; Sundstrom Bri (tripping), 16:47.

2nd Period-2, Adirondack, VandeVelde 5 5:11 (SH). 3, Bridgeport, Lee 2 (Strome), 11:39. Penalties-Sundstrom Bri (tripping), 0:33; Eddy Adk (interference), 4:00.

3rd Period-4, Bridgeport, Wetmore 2 (Quine, Diamond), 2:08. 5, Bridgeport, Lee 3 (Quine, Mayfield), 6:34. Penalties-Diamond Bri (goaltender interference), 3:49; Alderson Adk (holding), 3:55; Strome Bri (high-sticking), 7:21; Diamond Bri (high-sticking), 11:36; Jackson Bri (hooking), 13:33; Sim Bri (slashing), 19:12.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 17-6-7-30. Bridgeport 7-5-8-20.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 9; Bridgeport 0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 4-3-0 (20 shots-17 saves). Bridgeport, Reiter 1-3-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Paul Simeon (66), Derek Wahl (46).


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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