Phantoms captain Ben Holmstrom raised his hands
to the fans following a late first-period fight
helping lead what may have been one of the most
inspired games of the year in a 3-1 victory over
the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday
night in Glens Falls.
Brandon Manning, Petr Straka and Chris VandeVelde
scored for Adirondack in the Thanksgiving Eve
victory while Yann Danis turned away 27 of 28
Penguins' shots to earn Number 1 Star honors in
an impressive rebound from a frustrating loss
in his last start. The Phantoms improved to 8-8-2
with the win while the Penguins fell to 12-5-2
as they dropped a decision for just the second
time in their last seven.
The Captain dropped the gloves with Bobby Farnham
of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with under a minute remaining
in the first and both combatants swung away wildly
and connected several times. After the two were
separated, Holmstrom whipped off his helmet and
raced off the ice to the locker-room while raising
his hands to a couple of different sections of
fans calling for even more raucous support.
The game was one of dominating stretches for
each side. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton received five
power plays in the first period and the Phantoms
scratched and clawed their way in survival mode
to the end of the frame in a 1-1 tie. Early in
the second, the Penguins led in shots 21-3. But
they would not record another official shot on
goal for the next 30 minutes of game play as the
Phantoms would dominate possession as well as
the shots category with the next 20 shots in a
row in an amazing turnaround.
Brandon Manning scored a few minutes into the
game for his third of the year blasting a power-play
slapshot past Pens' goalie Jeff Deslauriers. Veteran
captain Tom Kostopolous tied the game at 1-1 late
in the first period with a back-door slam on an
extended 5-on-3 advantage.
Jason Akeson had assisted on the Brandon Manning
goal for his 83rd career helper with the Phantoms.
Akeson passes Erik Gustafsson for the all-time
lead in assists with the Adirondack Phantoms.
Akeson is already the all-time points leader for
the Adirondack Phantoms now with 120.
Then the possible turning point in the form of
the Holmstrom fight and his rare display of raw
emotion towards the Glens Falls fans who responded
resoundingly in support of the team's all-time
games leader. Ben Holmstrom will become the first
to reach the 200-Game Milestone with the Adirondack
Phantoms on Friday night in Albany.
The Holmstrom fight was not the only physicality
of the evening. The farm-clubs of the Philadelphia
Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins certainly got after
it in a night befitting their parent teams' famous
"I like it. That's a good hockey game,"
Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said. "Both
teams want to play hard. They play the right way.
We try to play the right way. That's what makes
a great game to watch."
Rob Bordson chipped a slapshot rebound off the
end-boards from the left of the crease over the
Penguins goalie where Petr Straka was able to
swing home his fourth of the year with a mid-air
whap at it while the puck was mid-air just inches
in front of the cage. The goal was initially waved
off as a high-stick violation but the officials
reversed the decision after a quick conference
as the Phantoms took the lead.
The 21-year-old rookie from the Czech Republic
was uncertain whether he would receive the goal
or not. "Actually I wasn't sure," Petr
Straka said. "I waited and waited as long
as I could but at the same time I was skating
away from the puck. So in one moment I just had
to swing it. Luckily I hit it. When the ref said
it was no goal I wasn't sure but at the same time
I thought about it. The puck went straight into
the net and it wasn't too high. They called it
a good goal after the review so probably the rest
of the refs saw it too."
Later in the period, Holmstrom's stick was tied
up on an attempted chip in the slot but Chris
VandeVelde was able to steer the puck into the
net for his sixth of the season to take over the
team-lead in goals.
Nick D'Agostino had a huge opportunity on a cross-ice
feed that had Yann Danis caught on the wrong side.
But D'Agostino's one-time blast from the right-circle
that slammed off the inside of the far post and
somehow stayed out. A shot of the post does not
officially count as a shot "on goal"
and Wilkes-Barre's lengthy drought without forcing
Danis to make a save somehow continued.
The streak finally ended a couple minutes later.
But the domination through those 30 minutes was
impressive. 20-0 in shots from early in the second
period until midway through the third period.
About a 30 minute stretch without an official.
shot on goal. And all of that after the Phantoms
were outshot badly in the first 23 minutes of
the game by a 21-3 margin.
Momentum changes indeed. "Sometimes the
best defensive part of the game is playing in
the other end," Terry Murray said. "I
thought we did a pretty good job of getting pucks
deep and recovering pucks. There were a lot of
foot-races going on. The guys had two hands on
their stick and they competed hard and recovered
them and that's where that defensive play comes
Yann Danis finished the night with a spectacular
glove save with a little over four minutes left
robbing defenseman Scott Harrington on his big
slapshot from the high slot.
A nice-sized Wednesday night turnout braved the
inclement weather to cheer for their Phantoms
on Thanksgiving Eve with several fans taking advantage
of the team's $10 Ticket Special that was announced
earlier in the day. Others in the house received
free tickets for that night's exciting action
due to the Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive and
also the annual Blades for Grades Night awarding
free tickets to hundreds of the area's top students.
The Phantoms held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 1-for-8
on the power play including 1-for-5 in the first
period. Adirondack was 1-for-7. The Penguins outshot
the Phantoms 28-26 after all the smoke had cleared
in the back-and-forth contest. The season series
between the Phantoms and Penguins is now even
at 1-1. Game 3 of the four-game series this year
is January 10, 2014 when the Penguins make their
final visit to Glens Falls.
The Phantoms have their biggest sale of the year
early Friday morning on their annual Orange and
Black Friday Sale with big specials on tickets
and merchandise beginning at 6:00 AM. Tickets
to Saturday's game will be available for only
$7 at the beginning of the big Orange and Black
Adirondack travels to the Albany Devils for a
Friday night game and returns home on Saturday
night hosting the Syracuse Crunch.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1 at Adirondack
Phantoms 3 - Status: Final
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
W-B/Scranton 1 0 0 - 1
Adirondack 1 2 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Manning 3 (Akeson),
5:25 (PP). 2, W-B/Scranton, Kostopoulos 8 (Zolnierczyk,
Gibbons), 17:41 (PP). Penalties-Alderson Adk (holding),
1:13; Samuelsson Wbs (boarding), 5:09; Alt Adk
(slashing), 13:05; Manning Adk (tripping, cross-checking),
15:04; Akeson Adk (interference), 16:30; Farnham
Wbs (fighting), 19:17; Holmstrom Adk (fighting),
19:17; Letourneau-Leblond Wbs (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 19:31; Newbury Adk (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Straka 4 (Bordson,
Manning), 6:57. 4, Adirondack, VandeVelde 6 (Holmstrom,
Eddy), 17:14. Penalties-Stevenson Wbs (tripping),
10:44; Harrington Wbs (boarding), 13:54; Kostopoulos
Wbs (closing hand on puck), 15:17; Manning Adk
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Dumoulin Wbs
(delay of game), 7:39; Gervais Adk (boarding),
10:37; Kostopoulos Wbs (roughing), 12:10; Akeson
Adk (roughing), 12:10; Lauridsen Adk (roughing),
15:50; Gibbons Wbs (cross-checking), 18:22; Letourneau-Leblond
Wbs (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 19:58; Lauridsen Adk (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 19:58; Newbury Adk (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 19:58; Farnham Wbs (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 16-5-7-28. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 1 / 8; Adirondack
1 / 7.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Deslauriers 10-4-2 (26 shots-23
saves). Adirondack, Danis 4-3-2 (28 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22), T.J. Luxmore (49).
Linesmen-Robert St. Lawrence (10), Jim Harper
Orange and Black Friday is Coming
Big sale this Friday morning at 6:00 AM until
12:00 Noon. From 6:00 until 8:00 AM you can purchase
$7 tickets for the game on Saturday night. Plus,
prices will be slashed on select Phantoms merchandise
up to 50% off. The earlier you arrive, the more
you save. But we'll still have great bargains
for you all the way until the end of our sale
at noon. Also receive a 14-Game Flex Pack for
the price of a 10-Pack. We're throwing in four
free tickets. As low as $10 per game when you
take advantage of this tremendous value.
The annual "Orange and Black" Friday
sale is only at the Glens Falls Civic Center box
office. No phone call orders for this sale please.
We'll see you nice and early this Friday!
Friday, November 29 (6:00 AM - 12:00
Noon) - "Orange and Black"
Friday Sale. Huge discounts on tickets and merchandise.
The earlier you arrive, the more you save. $7
tickets for Saturday night and 50% off select
Phantoms merchandise the featured early bargains
at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Friday, November 29 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
Saturday, November 30 (7:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms
Town of Corinth Night. Movember Celebration Conclusion!
Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355
25 Terrific Seasons
Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season
hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins
an elite group of just 9 other active markets
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. In their 20-year
tenure at the Glens Falls Civic Center through
1999, the Red Wings won four Calder Cups. The
Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls
in 2009-10 and are in their fifth season bringing
exciting AHL action to the North Country.
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.