Brandon Manning scored two goals and notched
his second career "Gordie Howe Hat Trick"
as the Phantoms pulled out a wild 5-4 victory
at the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night. It was
also the first multi-goal game in Manning's career.
A Gordie Howe Hat Trick is a fight, a goal and
an assist all in the same game.
Phantoms have won four of their last five and
also pulled to within three points of eighth-place
Norfolk in the Eastern Conference standings with
three games-in-hand. Bruno Gervais blasted the
game-winner midway through the third-period breaking
a 4-4 tie while Rob Bordson and Kris Newbury also
registered goals for Adirondack. Jason Akeson
notched assists on three of the goals.
Adirondack and Norfolk meet again in the finale
of their key weekend series on Saturday at 7:15.
After a 1-1 deadlock in the first period, the
two teams combined for a total of six goals in
the middle frame including two different occasions
when they traded goals with each other just 10
Adirondack improved to 13-11-2 with the win and
moved to an impressive 7-4-1 on the road. The
Phantoms are 12-7-0 since October 26. Norfolk
fell to 13-11-5 with their fourth straight setback.
Cal Heeter got off to a slow start but made some
impressive saves including two tremendous stops
to deny Devante Smith-Pelly in the third period
to secure the win.
Max Friberg opened the scoring with the first
of his two goals on the night when he tallied
on a mid-first period rush into the slot chipping
top-shelf Emerson Etem's centering pass.
Brandon Manning powered a big center-point slapper
past the left-skate of Norfolk rookie goalie John
Gibson to even the score with 5:27 remaining in
the first. Manning would later drop the gloves
with John Kurtz in the second period and then
assist on the Gervais game-winning goal in the
third period to complete his second career Gordie
Howe Hat Trick. 2 Goals for Manning in 5-4 Win
Rob Bordson took a swing at a bouncing puck that
was behind Gibson after a Ben Holmstrom shot and
got enough of it on a little tip to give the Phantoms
the lead at 2-1 at 1:26 of the second period.
Bordson's seventh of the year moves him into a
tie for the team lead with Chris VandeVelde who
is currently with the Philadelphia Flyers.
That lead lasted for five minutes before Emerson
Etem barely pushed a goal across the line on a
scramble in the slot. At first appearance, it
seemed Jason Akeson had made a terrific diving
stop while falling backwards into the net behind
Cal Heeter. But video-review of the play determined
that the puck had indeed crossed the line and
Norfolk was awarded the tying goal to make the
Two minutes later, the teams would trade goals
just nine seconds apart. Zack Stortini muscled
his way out in front and somehow snuck a soft
shot from the right circle through Cal Heeter's
short-side between his left leg and the post.
Manning struck again just moments later with a
blast from the left-wing wall that ended up brely
dribbling through Gibson after he initially got
most of it.
A similar scenario developed in the last 30 seconds
of the period when Jason Akeson's spin-o-rama
in the left circle connected with Newbury in the
slot for a shot bbehind Gibson. And then 10 seconds
after that was a drive by Friberg of Norfolk that
snuck past Heeter to once again tie the game,
this time at 4-4.
Adirondack benefited from a parade of Norfolk
penalties in the third period and had three consecutive
power plays to try to break the deadlock. Bruno
Gervais cranked his big slapper from the top of
the left-circle for a 5-on-3 goal in the middle
of the third period for the 5-4 lead.
Norfolk's pressure intensified for the final
minutes of the game and Heeter made several key
stops including his last save with just four seconds
remaining on a tricky drive from the right-wing.
Norfolk outshot Adirondack 30-27. The Phantoms
were 1-for-6 on the power play while Norfolk finished
The Phantoms aim for the sweep at Norfolk on
Saturday night at 7:15. The players depart for
their Christmas Break after Saturday's game and
then the Phantoms return to action on Thursday
and Friday next week on the road at Springfield
The Phantoms next home games are Saturday, December
28 against the Providence Bruince on Youth T-Shirt
Night and Tuesday, December 31 against the Worcester
Sharks for the traditional New Year's Eve Game
in Glens Falls.
The five goals scored is a season-high for the
Kris Newbury played in his 699th career professional
game and will reach the 700 game milestone on
Saturday night at Norfolk.
Rob Bordson played in his 126th consecutive Phantoms
Jason Akeson's three assists tie Petr Straka for
the most in a game for a Phantoms player this
Cal Heeter made his seventh consecutive start
between the pipes.
The Phantoms have won four of their last five
and are 12-7-0 since October 26.
Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Norfolk Admirals
4 - Status: Final
Friday, December 20, 2013 - Norfolk Scope
Adirondack 1 3 1 - 5
Norfolk 1 3 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Friberg 6 (Etem, Rakell),
9:22. 2, Adirondack, Manning 3 (Akeson, Newbury),
14:33. Penalties-Bordson Adk (double minor - high-sticking),
9:22; FitzGerald Adk (checking to the head, fighting),
16:01; Yonkman Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting),
16:01; Whitney Nor (slashing), 19:05.
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Bordson 7 (Holmstrom),
1:26. 4, Norfolk, Etem 4 (Rakell, Friberg), 6:32.
5, Norfolk, Stortini 3 (Kurtz), 8:12. 6, Adirondack,
Manning 4 8:21. 7, Adirondack, Newbury 6 (Akeson,
McGinn), 19:30. 8, Norfolk, Friberg 7 (Etem, Rakell),
19:40. Penalties-Manning Adk (fighting), 13:34;
Kurtz Nor (fighting), 13:34; Bordson Adk (holding),
14:00; Alderson Adk (boarding), 16:34.
3rd Period-9, Adirondack, Gervais 5 (Manning,
Akeson), 9:44 (PP). Penalties-Cramarossa Nor (tripping),
0:35; McGinn Adk (cross-checking), 2:18; Laganiere
Nor (interference), 5:53; Steckel Nor (charging),
7:38; Exelby Nor (roughing), 9:00; Exelby Nor
(boarding), 19:00; Akeson Adk (hooking), 19:31.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 4-11-12-27. Norfolk
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 6; Norfolk
0 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 9-8-0 (30 shots-26
saves). Norfolk, Gibson 9-8-3 (27 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Trent Knorr (44), Steve Patafie (85).
Linesmen-Sean D'Loughy (95), Tom George (61).
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.