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Syracuse Survives Wild Goaltenders Duel

November 30, 2013

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 1-0 decisions.

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 OT.

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 March.

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 at 518-480-3355.

Phantoms Notes:
-- 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 on Monday.
-- 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 Center

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 saves).
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 through 7:00

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 Printing
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.






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