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
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
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
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
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
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),
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),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 17-6-7-30. Bridgeport
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
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
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.