goalie Cal Heeter had another great game that
would normally have been plenty to earn a victory
but Adirondack fell by a 1-0 final for the second
game in a row. This time it would be Bridgeport's
Kenny Reiter to put the brakes on the Phantoms
offense with a 34-save shutout win.
Adirondack hoped they might have pulled out a
dramatic tie when the red-light briefly came on
with just three seconds left in regulation but
the referee signaled that the puck had gone off
the post. Both teams stayed for a few minutes
after the final buzzer had sounded while the officials
attempted to consult the video-replay but the
system was malfunctioning and the game was declared
over allowing both teams to belatedly exit the
"There was no video replay. It didn't work,"
Murray said. "The referee has to use his
own judgment and that's the call. He waved it
off immediately on the ice and the video system
is not working tonight so he doesn't get another
Phantoms captain Ben Holmstrom was on the ice
late trying to help jam it in for the potential
equalizer. "6-on-5 there and trying to get
pucks to the net," Holmstrom said. "I
didn't really see it. I was battling down low
and was down on the ice for a second. I heard
it hit the post but obviously it didn't go in.
Just a little bit too late."
Anders Lee scored 12 minutes into the second
period off the rebound of a Ryan Strome shot for
the only tally of the night for either side. Heeter
was terrific and perhaps faced more quality chances
than his counterpart on some intercepts in the
Phantoms zone. Heeter's best stop of the night
perhaps came early in the third period when he
slid to his right to deny the AHL's top rookie
scorer, Ryan Strome, on the backdoor following
a perfect cross-ice feed by Mike Halmo.
That isn't to say Adirondack didn't have their
opportunities against Reiter. The Phantoms turned
the pressure up especially high in the second
period with a 17-shot attack that featured back-to-back
power plays at the end of the frame. But Reiter
made the big saves when the Sound Tigers needed
him to and the Bridgeport penalty-kill came through
with some timely intercepts and clears to interrupt
Adirondack's power-play efforts.
In contrast to the 1-0 loss to Syracuse on Saturday
when head coach Terry Murray felt the Phantoms
played a sound game, he felt things were not as
strong for his team in this contest.
"We had enough opportunities and we're having
a tough time scoring," Murray said. "We
got to dig in and got to get some real ugly ones
I guess to get things turned around so we can
get some confidence with the puck. That's one
of our problems right now is that our best players
are struggling to find the back of the net. They're
over-handling the puck and trying to make plays
that are not there."
For the Phantoms to get back on track, Holmstrom
believes much of it is as simple as not straying
from their own game-plan. "We got to be able
to respond better," Holmstrom said. "We
didn't play our game tonight and we got too be
able to respond after we drop a game. If you lose
one-nothing or you lose ten-nothing it's the same
thing. It's not about how much you win or lose
by. It's about playing our game. We weren't great
but we weren't bad last Saturday. But tonight
we weren't on our game."
After never having played to a 1-0 final in Glens
Falls before, the Adirondack Phantoms have now
had back-to-back 1-0 decisions at the GFCC. Both
games are the first ever 1-0 regulation losses
in the history of the Adirondack Phantoms. It
was the fifth 1-0 final all-time for the Adirondack
Phantoms who are now 2-2-1 in such games.
Adirondack's record stands at 9-10-2 while Bridgeport
improved to 7-10-4. This was the second game out
of eight in the regular season between the Phantoms
and Sound Tigers but they do not meet again until
February. The Sound Tigers do not return to Glens
Falls until April.
Adirondack outshot Bridgeport 34-26. The Phantoms
were 0-for-6 on the power play while holding the
Sound Tigers to 0-for-5.
The Phantoms homestand continues this Friday
and Saturday against the Hartford Wolf Pack and
Utica Comets. Friday night is pregame Happy Hour
from 5:30 to 7:00 with $2 beer specials. Saturday
is the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night to benefit
the Salvation Army of Glens Falls and is also
Phantoms Poster Night presented by Glens Falls
Printing featuring a post-game autograph session
with the whole team in Heritage Hall. Order tickets
in advance to save. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 at Adirondack
Phantoms 0 - Status: Final
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Bridgeport 0 1 0 - 1
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Donovan Bri
(holding), 1:20; VandeVelde Adk (hooking), 1:24;
Cousins Adk (cross-checking), 8:53; Lee Bri (fighting),
13:44; Manning Adk (fighting), 13:44.
2nd Period-1, Bridgeport, Lee 8 (Strome), 12:02.
Penalties-Keenan Bri (hooking), 0:39; Holmstrom
Adk (goaltender interference), 2:42; Alderson
Adk (tripping), 5:06; Jackson Bri (holding the
stick), 9:14; Jackson Bri (tripping), 15:46; Wetmore
Bri (hooking), 17:47.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Halmo Bri (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 4:43; Heeter Adk (slashing), 4:43; Keenan
Bri (slashing), 6:56; Cantin Bri (cross-checking),
7:46; Newbury Adk (slashing), 7:46; Eddy Adk (holding),
Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 12-7-7-26. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 0 / 5; Adirondack
0 / 6.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Reiter 4-4-2 (34 shots-34
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 5-7-0 (26 shots-25
Referees-Tim Mayer (19), Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
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!
Tuesday, December 10 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE at Recovery Sports Grill
Player Guests This Week: Ben Holmstrom and Brandon
When you order your tickets in advance, you save!
Call the Phantoms 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.