Bruno Gervais rocketed a big power-play slapshot
through Keith Kinkaid for an overtime game-winner
as the Phantoms pulled out a thriller at the Albany
Devils by a 4-3 score on Saturday night. The NHL
veteran took a flip across from Jason Akeson who
had a three-point night for the 4-on-3 goal.
Cal Heeter entered in relief of Yann Danis midway
through the first period and put forth a spectacular
32-save effort for the win. Danis was injured
in a collision with a couple of players about
nine minutes into the game.
Matt Konan of Adirondack and Mike Sislo of Albany
were battling each other in a rush to the net
when the pair appeared to collide with Danis.
Head coach Terry Murray said Danis sustained an
unspecified lower-body injury.
"I think the Albany player (Sislo) was going
to the net hard and our defenseman (Konan) was
fronting him doing his job," Murray said.
"And it seemed on a quick view of it, they
both just fell over the goaltender. I don't know
how serious it is. I'll have to get some more
information from the medical staff. But I don't
think he's going to be ready to go (Saturday)."
Petr Straka (5th), Kris Newbury (4th) and Jason
Akeson (3rd) all recorded goals for Adirondack
who won their second consecutive game this week.
It was Adirondack's second overtime victory of
the season and their first since the first game
of the season when Brandon Manning scored at Hershey
on October 5. Both of Adirondack's overtime winning
goals this season have come from defensemen. The
win pushes the Phantoms record back over the .500
mark again at 9-8-2 while the Albany Devils dropped
Gervais' fourth goal of the year on the overtime
power play came in large part due to the heads-up
play of the team's captain. Ben Holmstrom became
the first to play in 200 games for the Adirondack
Phantoms. He didn't appear on the scoresheet for
the winner but might as well have according to
"The big play was Holmstrom driving down
the wing with the puck obviously to draw the penalty,"
Murray said. "It's an aggressive play and
we end up finding a way to get a goal and get
the two points. But bottom line, we dodged a bullet
out of this. Heeter went in and did a pretty good
job. It's always difficult when you go in like
that but he held the fort and did a pretty good
The Phantoms were outshot in the game 38-20 by
a relentless Devils attack who carried the play
for much of the night. But Heeter's relief work
helped pull the visitors through. For the second-year
pro out of Ohio State, it was strangely fortunate
in a way that Danis' injury happened earlier in
the game, when Heeter was still relatively fresh
from warm-ups and had not had much time to get
"Coming off the bench...at least it was
early," Heeter said. "It's not like
I had to come in the third. I came in in the first
so for me, I felt like I was still fairly ready.
I was fighting the puck a little bit all night
but I was able to battle through and we came away
with the win. Got a lot of support from the guys.
Had that goal support to get that win tonight
which we really need to get the win which makes
my job pretty easy."
Adirondack notched three goals on their first
five shots of the game against the normally solid
Devils' goalie Keith Kinkaid who entered play
with a 1.97 goals-against average that ranked
second in the league.
4:39 into the first, Rob Bordson would quickly
push a face-off win into the crease for a breaking
Petr Straka whose chip past Kinkaid gave the Phantoms
a 1-0 lead. The rookie from the Czech Republic
notched his fifth of the season thanks to Bordson's
heads-up face-off win and subsequent assist. Straka
has now scored in consecutive games.
After the collision knocked Danis out of action
11:12 into the first period, the Devils would
strike just one minute later. Harri Pesonen worked
his way free from the boards and would swoop out
to the slot for a backhand wide-wrap that beat
the new goalie, Heeter, past his right skate.
The Phantoms would convert just 64 seconds later
with Jason Akeson from the right-wing corner behind
the end-line finding Kris Newbury out in front
for another chip-in goal. Adirondack led at the
first intemrission despite being outshot 12-4.
Adirondack's third goal was almost right away
to begin the second period. Jason Akeson roofed
his third of the year from the right circle just
13 seconds into the frame for a 3-1 lead withNewbury
and Chris VandeVelde pushing the puck across the
zone from left to right. It was the fastest goal
in a period that Adirondack has registered this
season and one of their fastest all-time. The
record for fastest goal in a period was set in
March of last year when Tye McGinn scored just
nine seconns into a game against the Portland
Then Albany would blast away at Cal Heeter from
every angle and the Phantoms goaltender was somehow
able to steer away most of the Devils' dangerous
drives. Reece Scarlett converted 13:33 into the
second period from center-point when his slapshot
appeared to deflect off a Phantoms penalty-killer
and past Heeter.
Albany appeared to have tied the game a couple
minutes later with Tim Sestito jamming one home
from the left of the crease but the goal was waved
off due to a delayed high-stick after Joe Whitney
had contacted the puck and Adirondack had never
The Phantoms preserved their one-goal lead until
4:34 remaining in regulation when Reid Boucher
would score from the left circle on a 3-on-2 rush.
Holmstrom's streak from the right-wing corner
straight to the net almost ended matters but Kelly
Zajac's hooking penalty helped prevent the Phantoms'
captain from scoring. That penalty set up the
overtime winner by Bruno Gervais.
Albany outshot the Phantoms 38-20. Adirondack
went 1-for-2 on the power play but the one that
they did score was a biggie. Albany finished 1-for-4
on the power play, all in the second period.
Adirondack takes a 3-2 lead in the Northway Rivalry
season series over the Albany Devils and have
now won back-to-back games at the Times Union
Center improving to 2-1 overall in the Capital
District. The Phantoms next return to Albany on
December 27. The Devils do not invade the North
Country again until after the new year on January
The Phantoms are in the midst of their busiest
stretch of home games of this season playing seven
out of eight at home over a 16-day period. Adirondack
now plays their next four in a row in Glens Falls
beginning Saturday night against the defending
Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch. The
Phantoms also host games next week on Wednesday
December 4, Friday December 6 and Saturday December
7 against Bridgeport, Hartford and Utica.
For ticket information, contact the Phantoms
Adirondack Phantoms 4 (OT) at Albany Devils
3 - Status: Final OT
Friday, November 29, 2013 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 2 1 0 1 - 4
Albany 1 1 1 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Straka 5 (Bordson),
4:39. 2, Albany, Pesonen 1 (Matteau), 12:29. 3,
Adirondack, Newbury 4 (Akeson, VandeVelde), 13:33.
Penalties-Matteau Alb (holding), 16:50.
2nd Period-4, Adirondack, Akeson 3 (VandeVelde,
Gervais), 0:13. 5, Albany, Scarlett 2 (Hrabarenka,
Zajac), 13:16 (PP). Penalties-Manning Adk (high-sticking),
3:30; Manning Adk (holding), 7:38; Newbury Adk
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:25; Newbury Adk
3rd Period-6, Albany, Boucher 9 (Sislo, Zajac),
15:26. Penalties-No Penalties
OT Period-7, Adirondack, Gervais 4 (Akeson, Manning),
1:42 (PP). Penalties-Zajac Alb (hooking), 0:27.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 4-7-5-4-20. Albany 12-14-12-0-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 2; Albany
1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 4-3-2 (3 shots-3 saves);
Heeter 5-5-0 (35 shots-32 saves). Albany, Kinkaid
7-3-1 (20 shots-16 saves).
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Frank Murphy (29).
Saturday, November 30 (7:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms
Town of Corinth Night. Movember Celebration Conclusion!
Wednesday, December 4 (7:00) -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
$1 Hot Dogs
Friday, December 6 (7:00) - Hartford
Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Pregame Happy Hour, $2 Beer Specials from 5:30
Saturday, December 7 (7:00) -
Utica Comets at Adirondack Phantoms
Teddy Bear Toss after Phantoms Score First Goal.
Donations to Benefit Salvation Army
Phantoms Poster Night presented by Glens Falls
Team Autograph Night after the game in Heritage
Hall...featuring ALL the Phantoms players!
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.