On a snowy and stormy night in the North Country,
the visiting Manchester Monarchs stormed into
the Glens Falls Civic Center for a 5-3 victory
on Saturday. The first-place team in the Eastern
Conference received a pair of goals from Jordan
Weal to end Adirondack's three-game win streak.
Nick Cousins, Cullen Eddy and Rob Bordson scored
for the Phantoms and rookie goalie Carsen Chubak
impressed in his AHL debut in a relief appearance
with 15 saves on 16 shots but Adirondack's late-game
comeback efforts would not be enough. Petr Straka
had assists on all three goals and Oliver Lauridsen
had two helpers.
The Phantoms fell to 12-11-2 with the loss while
Manchester, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles
Kings, improved their impressive record to 18-5-5.
Cal Heeter took the loss for Adirondack with an
atypical not-great performance for the second-year
pro out of Ohio State. Heeter had been tremendous
in starting the last five straight games while
Yann Danis is sidelined with a leg injury. He
had allowed just five goals in his terrific five-game
run before this contest that appeared to simply
not be his night.
Manchester raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first
period as Adirondack put themselves in penalty
trouble with a succession of infractions. The
Monarchs scored a 5-on-3 goal from Andrew Bodnarchuk
five-and-a-half into the game on a shot that appeared
to deflect off a Phantoms defenseman's body.
The Monarchs were outshooting the Phantoms 12-2
in the first period and head coach Terry Murray
used his timeout early in the game to try to change
things around. But a late first-period goal 5-on-5
by Nick Deslauriers that snuck through the left-arm
of Cal Heeter gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead at
the first break.
"Tonight, obviously was not good enough,"
Murray said. "Right from the very beginning,
our lack of discipline put us in a real (bind)
with all the power plays they had in the first
period...four for them. And then we end up with
a very big kill in the first period where we gave
up that second goal. That goal can not go in.
We can't give that goal up. All the momentum is
on their side. We need time to settle things down
and get our 5-on-5 game going."
The Phantoms were playing better after the timeout
even though they allowed another goal. And Adirondack
came out strong to open the second period with
a number of quality chances on Monarchs' goalie
J.F. Berube. But Petr Straka, Matt Mangene and
others were all to be denied. And shortly thereafter,
Jordan Weal would power home a drive from the
slot after Brandon Kozun dug it away from behind
the Adirondack goal and the Phantoms suddenly
found themselves down 3-0.
Nick Cousins got back in the goal-column a couple
minutes later depositing a backhand on the right
of the cage following the rebound of a slapshot
by Oliver Lauridsen to close the margin to 3-1.
But after Scott Sabourin beat Heeter to make the
score 4-1 before the midway point, Coach Murray
called on Carsen Chubak to finish the game. The
rookie from Niagara University had not played
since October when he saw action in two ECHL games
in Greenville, SC.
"I don't if that's exactly called a debut,"
Chubak said. "It all happened pretty quick
there. Kind of went into the second, just kind
of went from there. Played a lot of hockey in
my career. Just seemed like another game out there.
It's a lot different once you come out on the
Chubak was tested early. A Monarchs forward collided
into them sending both careening away. And Chubak
had to make two quick saves back to back right
at the start. He made a couple other impressive
and rather scrambly saves before Jordan Weal would
fire one through fom the left side eight minutes
into the third to push the lead to 5-1.
Cullen Eddy scored his first of the year for the
Phantoms with eight minutes left on a long slapshot
from center-point and Rob Bordson potted the rebound
of a Ben Holmstrom power-play drive with 22 seconds
remaining for a closer final score in the end.
Adirondack outshot Manchester 35-33 in the game
and also outshot them 33-21 from the midway point
of the first when Terry Murray used his timeout.
The Monarchs had an early 12-2 shot lead. Manchester
was 2-for-6 on the power play while Adirondack
The Phantoms organization cancelled their postgame
open-skate appearance with the players due to
the snowy weather so that more fans will be able
to participate. The team will announce a make-up
date for the promotion in the near future and
the Phantoms thank our fans for their understanding.
The game was Adirondack's last Glens Falls appearance
before the Holiday Break. The team deaprts early
this week for Norfolk, Virginia taking the Admirals
in a weekend set next Friday and Saturday. Norfolk
currently holds down the eighth-place position
in the Eastern Conference standings and are four
points ahead of Adirondack going into the big
The Phantoms return home on Saturday, December
28 against the Providence Bruins on Youth T-Shirt
Night for the first 1,000 kids age 14 and younger
presented by UniFirst and will also host the Worcester
Sharks on Tuesday, December 31 at 5:00 in their
traditional New Year's Eve game that has been
an AHL event in Glens Falls since the beginning
days of the Adirondack Red Wings.
Manchester Monarchs 5 at Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Status: Final
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Manchester 2 2 1 - 5
Adirondack 0 1 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Manchester, Bodnarchuk 5 (Miller,
Shore), 5:29 (PP). 2, Manchester, Deslauriers
10 (Pearson), 18:47. Penalties-Newbury Adk (slashing),
3:32; Mangene Adk (hooking), 5:02; Lauridsen Adk
(tripping), 6:47; Lauridsen Adk (high-sticking),
2nd Period-3, Manchester, Weal 5 (Kozun), 5:23.
4, Adirondack, Cousins 4 (Lauridsen, Straka),
6:48. 5, Manchester, Sabourin 8 (Bodnarchuk, Burt),
8:47. Penalties-Backman Mch (interference), 1:06;
Bishop Mch (high-sticking), 9:39; Deslauriers
Mch (fighting), 19:24; Manning Adk (fighting),
19:24; Andreoff Mch (fighting), 19:45; Holmstrom
Adk (fighting), 19:45.
3rd Period-6, Manchester, Weal 6 (Burt), 8:14
(PP). 7, Adirondack, Eddy 1 (Straka, Lauridsen),
12:04. 8, Adirondack, Bordson 6 (Holmstrom), 19:38
(PP). Penalties-Flanagan Adk (cross-checking),
2:31; Alderson Adk (boarding), 8:02; Sabourin
Mch (high-sticking), 18:15.
Shots on Goal-Manchester 13-7-13-33. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 2 / 6; Adirondack
1 / 3.
Goalies-Manchester, Berube 9-4-2 (35 shots-32
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 8-8-0 (17 shots-13
saves); Chubak 0-0-0 (16 shots-15 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Francis Trempe (56).
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
Friday, December 27 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Albany Devils
Saturday, December 28 (7:00) -
Providence Bruins at Adirondack Phantoms
Youth T-Shirt Night for the first 1,000 kids in
attendance age 14 and younger courtesy of UniFirst
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) -
Worcester Sharks at Adirondack Phantoms
Traditional New Year's Eve Game in Glens Falls!
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.