ways, it felt like old-school hockey all over
again on 25th Season Jersey Night at the Glens
Falls Civic Center. A wild flurry of goals late
in the second period and plenty of rough stuff
in front of a big crowd of 4,618 ended with the
visiting Albany Devils prevails 5-3 over the Adirondack
Phantoms on Saturday night at the Glens Falls
The Albany Devils exploded for three goals in
the final three minutes of the second period to
extend a tight 2-1 advantage all the way up to
5-2. Albany evened the Northway Rivalry series
at two games apiece. Both teams have stolen wins
in their opponents' home buildings so far. The
Phantoms won't have to wait long for their chance
for revenge. Game 5 of the 12-Game season series
takes place next Friday at Times Union Center
Brandon Manning, Matt Mangene and Bruno Gervais
all found the back of the net for the Phantoms.
Five different goal scorers for Albany were led
by Tim Sestito with one goal and two assists.
Joe Whitney started the scoring for the Devils
and added an assist.
The Phantoms were wearing sharp looking jerseys
with a retro-classic feel featuring the team's
commemorative logo designed specifically for the
25th season of the AHL in Glens Falls. The game-worn
jerseys were offered to the fans via a postgame
auction. Glens Falls is one of only 10 active
markets with 25 or more years in the American
Hockey League joining the likes of teams such
as Hershey, Rochester, Providence and Springfield.
Fans were lined up early and starting filling
the arena even before pregame warm-ups. The annual
youth Jersey Night presented by Glens Falls Hospital
was obviously a big hit yet again. The fans had
grabbed their allotment of jerseys for the first
1,000 kids in attendance approximately 35 minutes
after the doors had opened at 6:00.
In the game, Adirondack had a chance for a late
comeback even down by three goals. Albany took
back-to-back penalties to provide the Phantoms
with a long 5-on-3 opportunity with 8:00 left
in the game. Adirondack could have benefited with
a quick strike at that point to have the most
5-on-4 time possible in their efforts to score
consecutive goals. The Phantoms did eventually
score on the 5-on-3 on a Bruno Gervais drive to
narrow the margin but it ended up taking a little
too long for them to be able to reap the full
advantage of the situation with only 10 seconds
left for their subsequent 5-on-4.
As opposed to the setback the previous night against
Binghamton, Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said
there are better positives to build on from this
game and there was a lot done right.
"The attitude, the emotion--everything was
good on the bench.," Murray said. "I
think we lost a lot of board battles. That was
probably the one thing that sticks out that we
got to get better at and we know that that's the
kind of game they play; a real strong game in
the offensive zone, the D zone and along the boards.
And we got to win more than our share of the pucks
and they just came up with more than what we did
Veteran center Kris Newbury indicated it simply
comes down to playing the way they know they need
to play. "Right now it's just frustration.
Newbury said. "I think our conditioning's
fine. We work hard in practice. We're not executing
in games. We've got to find a way to be better
As for that wild flurry of scoring late in the
second period, Brandon Manning pulled the Phantoms
to within 2-1 on a long drive from the left point
with 5:10 to go in the second. Then two teams
would combine to score four goals in less than
a two minute stretch in a crazy back-and-forth
Reid Boucher's poke in the crease on the power
play just after a 5-on-3 had expired made it 3-1
for the Devils with 2:25 left in the second period.
And Stefan Matteau tacked on another with 1:42
remaining in the frame.
But Matt Mangene got one of them for the Phantoms
just 28 seconds later deflecting a Bruno Gervais
drive into the net for his second of the year
and just like that it was 4-2. The Devils didn't
wait long to re-take the three-goal margin. Just
34 seconds after Mangene's goal would be another
power play tally, this time from Tim Sestito on
a give from Joe Whitney with just 40 seconds left
in the period.
Gervais' goal in the third period made it 5-3
and gave the Phantoms life. They rejuvenated group
had a couple rushes at Devils' goalie Scott Wedgewood
looking to close it to a one-goal game again but
in the end would not be able to rally.
The Phantoms ended a recent power play drought
with a 1-for-5 night on the man-advantage. Albany
went 2-for-6 against the top penalty kill in the
league. The Phantoms entered the game at 90.1%
but surrendered two power-play goals in a game
for the first time since all the way back on October
14 when Albany scored a couple against the Phantoms
in just the fourth game of the season.
Cal Heeter took the decision for Adirondack allowing
the five goals in two periods. Yann Danis worked
a shutout third-period in relief. The Devils outshot
the Phantoms 31-27.
The Phantoms return to action at the Glens Falls
Civic Center on Wednesday night hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins on "Thanksgiving Eve" with
$1 Hot Dogs for the fans throughout the game.
Adirondack travels to Albany next Friday and then
returns home next Saturday against the Syracuse
The Phantoms host their Orange and Black Friday
Sale next week beginning at 6:00 AM. The earlier
you arrive, the more you save! Great deals on
tickets and merchandise throughout the morning.
Albany Devils 5 at Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Albany 1 4 0 - 5
Adirondack 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Albany, Whitney 8 (Matteau, Sestito),
7:42. Penalties-Sestito Alb (hooking), 1:38; Sislo
Alb (slashing), 9:38; Lauridsen Adk (cross-checking),
9:38; McPherson Alb (interference), 11:38; Gervais
Adk (holding), 14:51; McPherson Alb (tripping),
2nd Period-2, Albany, Hoeffel 3 (Pesonen), 6:54.
3, Adirondack, Manning 2 (Gervais), 14:50. 4,
Albany, Boucher 8 (Zajac, Merrill), 17:35 (PP).
5, Albany, Matteau 3 (Sestito), 18:18. 6, Adirondack,
Mangene 2 (Gervais, Alderson), 18:46. 7, Albany,
Sestito 4 (Whitney), 19:20 (PP). Penalties-Manning
Adk (interference), 15:23; Gervais Adk (interference),
16:07; VandeVelde Adk (holding the stick), 19:04.
3rd Period-8, Adirondack, Gervais 3 (Bordson,
Holmstrom), 13:14 (PP). Penalties-Mathers Adk
(roughing), 2:54; Akeson Adk (boarding), 3:57;
McKelvie Alb (roughing, roughing), 7:32; Manning
Adk (roughing, roughing, misconduct - abuse of
officials), 7:32; Helgeson Alb (roughing, roughing),
11:16; Pesonen Alb (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 11:16; Sestito Alb (cross-checking),
11:16; Lauridsen Adk (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 11:16; Newbury Adk (roughing, roughing),
11:16; Pelley Alb (cross-checking), 11:24; Akeson
Adk (goaltender interference), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Albany 9-14-8-31. Adirondack 9-10-8-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 2 / 6; Adirondack
1 / 5.
Goalies-Albany, Wedgewood 4-4-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
Adirondack, Heeter 4-5-0 (23 shots-18 saves);
Danis 3-3-2 (8 shots-8 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Jud Ritter (34).
Tuesday, November 26 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from Recovery Sports
Rookie Week! Special Player Guests: Nick Cousins
and Petr Straka.
Wednesday, November 27 (7:00) -Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms
Thanksgiving Eve Game. Blades for Grades for area
schools. $1 Hot Dogs.
Friday, November 29 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Saturday, November 30 (7:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms
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.