Cedric Desjardins turned aside 28 Phantoms drives
on a late night of hockey in Glens Falls as the
visiting Syracuse Crunch were barely able to hang
on for a 1-0 victory on Saturday night.
Fans had to wait 50 extra minutes for a slightly
later-than-normal start for the game due to mechanical
issues with the Syracuse bus on their way in.
And played eventually got underway, the crowd
was treated to a wild affair with spectacular
stops made on both ends as both teams battled
and got after it extremely hard. It was an exceedingly
entertaining game with edge-of-your-seat tension
despite the disappointing final result.
Adirondack was awarded a late power play and
then pulled goalie Cal Heeter setting up a 6-on-4
for their opportunity to tie. And Tye McGinn had
a back-door chance with 40 seconds left that was
somehow denied by a scrambling Desjardins with
one of his more remarkable saves of the evening.
Crunch captain Mike Angelidis made two terrific
diving blocks on late slappers as well. The Phantoms
had the chances but Desjardins could not be broken.
It was actually an historic night as well. This
was the first 1-0 final in Glens Falls in the
five-year history of the Adirondack Phantoms.
It was the fourth such game all-time but the previous
three games that finished 1-0 all took place on
the road. It was also the first time ever the
Adirondack Phantoms had lost 1-0 in regulation.
The Adirondack Phantoms are 2-1-1 all-time in
On the Phantoms' side, Cal Heeter was pretty
terrific too. He stopped 22 of 23 Syracuse shots
in a performance that on pretty much any other
night would have been good enough for a victory.
His breakaway save on Cedric Paquette early in
the third period kept the game deadlocked at 0-0.
But Paquette would avenge that denial with the
lone goal of the night picking up the rebound
off a left-leg kick-save by Heeter to stuff home
his sixth of the year with just eight minutes
remaining finally snapping the scoreless deadlock.
Early in the third-period featured a somewhat
extended line-brawl mess in the Phantoms' zone.
The shoving started in the crease and then the
scrum escalated along the end-boards and then
by the time the wrestling and moved back out towards
the circle everybody was grabbing partners and
things were getting more heated by the second.
Ultimately, nobody dropped the gloves with anyone
in the fight and the officials decided to give
mostly two-minute roughing penalties to the majority
of the combatants allowing both sides to continue
primarily with their full squads.
The drama was also high late in the second period
when the Phantoms were charged with three consecutive
minor penalties leading to a Syracuse 4-on-3 and
then eventually a 5-on-3 advantage. Somehow the
Phantoms penalty-kill were able to grind their
way through that win with a couple timely clears
as well as important saves by Heeter.
The game was the first 1-0 contest involving
the Adirondack Phantoms since March 23, 2012 when
Michael Leighton for the Phantoms battled Scott
Munroe who was then of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins (and would join the Phantoms the following
season). Leighton and the Phantoms prevailed in
that one at Wilkes-Barre on a goal by Jason Akeson.
The only other 1-0 loss in the history of the
Adirondack Phantoms was December 6, 2011 when
Adirondack dropped an overtime game at the Hamilton
Bulldogs. Nathan Lawson of Hamilton (now with
Binghamton) was the winning goalie over Michael
Leighton in that one while Aaron Palushaj scored
the winner with just 45 seconds remaining in the
The Phantoms outshot Syracuse 28-23. Both teams
had some impressive penalty kills throughout the
night. Syracuse finished 1-for-6 on the power
play while Adirondack was 0-for-7 which included
all of their near misses in the closing minutes.
It was the first of six meetings between the
Phantoms and Crunch but somewhat unfortunately
(considering the overall excitement level of this
contest) the two teams will not meet again until
This was the beginning of a four-game homestand
for the Phantoms and is the middle of a busy stretch
of eight games in 16 days with seven of those
eight coming at home. The Phantoms are back in
action at the Glens Falls Civic Center this coming
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday against Bridgeport,
Hartford and Utica. The game on Saturday, December
7 is Teddy Bear Toss Night to benefit the Salvation
Army and also Phantoms Poster Night presented
by Glens Falls Printing featuring a team-autograph
session in Heritage Hall after the game. Fans
can save when they purchase their tickets in advance.
For more information, call the Adirondack Phantoms
-- Fans had all arrived by the time the team's
took the ice for the belated pregame warm-ups
at 7:15. The Phantoms and Glens Falls Civic Center
thanked their fans for their patience by offering
beer and concessions specials up until puck-drop
which ended up taking place at 7:50.
-- The game was the second time this season the
Phantoms have been shutout. Their first since
October 25 in a 3-0 loss to Norfolk.
-- Zack FitzGerald returned to the lineup for
the first time since an injury on October 25.
He had a particularly impressive shift in the
second period that featured three solid checks.
-- Yann Danis is sidelined with a lower-body injury
suffered Friday night in the game at the Albany
Devils. It is unknown how long he will be on the
shelf. He is due to visit with the team doctor
-- Rob Bordson played in his 121st consecutive
game with the Adirondack Phantoms continuing the
longest streak in team-history.
-- Ben Holmstrom stayed on 99 career points with
the Adirondack Phantoms and remains poised to
join jason Akeson as only the second player to
reach the 100-point mark with the team. On Friday
night at Albany, Holmstrom became the first to
play in 200 games for the Adirondack Phantoms.
Adirondack Phantoms Record Book
1-0 Final Scores
November 30, 2013 - at Glens Falls (Syracuse
1 - Adirondack 0)
Win - Cedric Desjardins, Loss Goalie - Cal Heeter,
Goal - Cedric Paquette
March 24, 2012 - at Wilkes-Barre (Adirondack
1 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0)
Win - Michael Leighton, Loss - Scott Munroe, Goal
- Jason Akeson
December 6, 2011 - at Hamilton (Hamilton 1 -
Adirondack 0 , OT)
Win - Nathan Lawson, Loss- Michael Leighton, Goal
- Aaron Palushaj
February 12, 2011 - at Wilkes-Barre (Adirondack
1 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0)
Win - Michael Leighton, Loss - Brad Thiessen,
Goal - Erik Gustafsson
Syracuse Crunch 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
0 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 30, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Syracuse 0 0 1 - 1
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Sergeev Syr
(hooking), 2:29; Noebels Adk (holding), 11:00;
Kaunisto Syr (hooking), 13:33.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Langelier-Parent
Syr (holding), 3:50; Langelier-Parent Syr (tripping),
11:07; Holmstrom Adk (interference), 12:03; Langelier-Parent
Syr (fighting), 15:42; Newbury Adk (fighting),
15:42; Paquette Syr (slashing), 15:53; Bordson
Adk (slashing), 15:53; Konan Adk (high-sticking),
16:28; Lauridsen Adk (slashing), 17:16.
3rd Period-1, Syracuse, Paquette 6 (Gauthier,
Connolly), 12:00 (PP). Penalties-Olson Syr (interference),
0:44; Manning Adk (slashing), 1:55; Angelidis
Syr (roughing, roughing), 3:59; Richard Syr (roughing,
misconduct - unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:59; Bordson
Adk (roughing), 3:59; Eddy Adk (roughing), 3:59;
Lauridsen Adk (roughing), 3:59; Manning Adk (misconduct
- unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:59; Gauthier Syr
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:36; Noebels Adk (tripping),
10:51; Paquette Syr (boarding), 18:04.
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 7-8-8-23. Adirondack 8-10-10-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 1 / 6; Adirondack
0 / 7.
Goalies-Syracuse, Desjardins 5-5-1 (28 shots-28
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 5-6-0 (23 shots-22
Referees-Ryan Hersey (8), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Frank Murphy (29).
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.