Rookie Petr Straka went top-shelf in the sixth-round
of the shootout as the Adirondack Phantoms pulled
off a 3-2 win at the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday
night. Adirondack's third straight win improved
their overall record to 12-10-2. Jason Akeson
(5th) and Ben Holmstrom (5th) both scored in regulation
for the Phantoms.
Cal Heeter had another terrific performance with
37 saves, including a big penalty-shot save in
the third period, as he notched his eighth win
of the season.
Former Phantom Danny Syvret, who had three shootout
winners for Adirondack last year, would be denied
by his former teammate Heeter on a backhand flip
attempt that Syvret had successfully used last
season. Petr Straka rushed back the other way
at the end of the sixth round and blasted his
top-shelf drive off the underside of the netting.
He caught a little bit of iron on it's way in
and out but it was good for the game-winning goal
and the 21-year-old rookie from the Czech Republic
finished the Phantoms' third straight victory.
It almost wasn't to be though. Late in the overtime
Hartford was awarded a 4-on-3 power play. But
the Phantoms have excelled on the penalty kill
this season and were able to dive and scramble
their way to the end of the overtime to give themselves
a chance for the second standings point in the
shootout. Heeter made a big save going across
with the glove to rob J.T. Miller. Ben Holmstrom
an Bruno Gervais had a couple of big blocks and
Rob Bordson a pair of valuable clears to get to
the end of the 65 minutes of exciting hockey.
31-year-old veteran goalie for Hartford Dov Grumet-Morris
arrived earlier in the day via a trade with San
Antonio and was thrown into the fire with his
first start in Hartford since he played for Connecticut
in 2010-11. He performed extremely well also and
matched Heeter big-save for big-save throughout
J.T. Miller scored his sixth of the season for
the Wolf Pack on the backdoor of a power-play
give aross by Danny Kristo as Hartford led 1-0
at the first break.
Jason Akeson put the Phantoms on the board late
in the second period cutting in from the right
circle and somehow shaking his stick free from
a defenseman to put a rebound of a Kris Newbury
shot from the other side.
The third period saw some of the wildest action
of the night with a couple goals, a breakaway,
a penalty shot, and one of the best saves of the
evening all happening in a stretch of less than
Ben Holmstrom found a rebound in the slot of
a Tyler Brown shot and the Phantoms' captain scored
his 41st career goal with Adirondack for a 2-1
lead. Holmstrom is seven behind Denis Hamel's
all-time Adirondack Phantoms record of 48 career
goals but Jason Akeson is close behind with 39
Just 18 seconds later, Shawn O'Donnell was denied
on a tremendous breakaway-save by Heeter and then
was awarded a penalty shot only to get stonewalled
by the Phantoms netminder again.
Right before that was Petr Straka on the right-wing
getting denied by the Hartford goalie, Grumet-Morris,
who barely got a glove on Straka's top-shelf blast.
That would prove to be even more interesting given
that Straka would eventually score the winner
to that same corner in the shootout.
Marek Hrivik scored with a rebound of a point-slapshot
as he curled the puck around while falling in
the left circle.
To overtime and the shootout the game would go.
But both teams had some impressive chances the
rest of the way including the dramatic penalty-kill
for the Phantoms to get to the finish of the overtime.
Adirondack is 2-1-1 against Hartford this year
with still six games remaining in the season series.
Hartford outshot the Phantoms 39-35 in the game.
Adirondack was 0-for-5 on the power play while
Hartford went 1-for-4.
The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic
Center on Saturday night hosting the Eastern Conference
leading Manchester (NH) Monarchs, AHL affiliate
of the Los Angeles Kings. Saturday night's game
features a postgame open skate for the fans with
all of the Phantoms players. Call the Phantoms
for tickets in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Friday, December 13 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, December 14 (7:00) -
Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms
Postgame Open-Skate with all the Phantoms players.
Must bring your own skates to participate
Friday, December 20 (7:30) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, December 21 (7:15) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Thursday, December 26 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Springfield Falcons
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.