The Norfolk Admirals scored twice in the second
period and tacked on another in the third to salvage
a split of their weekend series with the Adirondack
Phantoms at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals
won the Saturday finale 3-1 to end their four-game
losing streak and send the Phantoms to only their
second loss in their last six games.
Akeson scored in the third period to cut the Admirals'
lead to 2-1 and Adirondack had a huge opportunity
late in the game with a power play and a pulled
goalie for the last two minutes of the contest.
But the Phantoms could not convert on their 6-on-4
opportunity and then veteran Nolan Yonkman's long
clear from deep in the Norfolk zone found the
back of the empty-net to seal the victory.
The game featured three fights in the relatively
chippy rematch. Steven Delisle entered the lineup
for the first time in two months and made the
most of his opportunity. He blasted a big slapper
off the pipe just a couple minutes into the game.
And later in the period dropped the gloves with
John Kurtz and convincingly won his bout with
several solid blows. Nick Cousins also had his
first pro fight going with fellow 5'11" rookie
Charlie Sarault in the third period. Derek Mathers
also engaged in a fight back in the first period
matching up against tough guy Zack Stortini.
Cal Heeter in his eighth consecutive start took
the loss for Adirondack while backup goalie Igor
Bobkov battled through a shaky beginning to record
the win and almost land the shutout.
Norfolk rookie Charlie Sarault scored on the
back-door via a cross-ice pass from Max Frieberg
in the second period to open the scoring for the
Admirals. And 2010 first-round selection Emerson
Etem was aided by a Norfolk intercept and converted
on his breakaway a few minutes later.
The Phantoms struck with 13:41 remaining when
Akeson buried the rebound of a Cullen Eddy slapshot
from the right circle. But the Phantoms weren't
able to seriously threaten in their pivotal 6-on-4
opportunity at the end of the game. Adirondack
was only able to come up with one goal against
big Russian netminder Igor Bobkov just 24 hours
after scoring a season-high five goals against
rookie talent John Gibson.
Kris Newbury reached the 700 Game Milestone for
his pro career as the Phantoms reached the holiday
break at 13-12-2. Norfolk improved their record
Norfolk outshot the Phantoms 35-29. Adirondack
was 0-for-3 on the power play while Norfolk went
The weekend represented Adirondack's lone visit
to Norfolk this season. The Admirals have one
more game in Glens Falls this year but not until
The players officially began their Christmas Break
after the game and then the Phantoms return to
action on Thursday and Friday next week on the
road at Springfield and Albany.
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.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Norfolk Admirals
3 - Status: Unofficial Final
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - Norfolk Scope
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
Norfolk 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Wagner Nor (tripping),
Nor (tripping), 10:10; Delisle Adk (fighting),
13:24; Kurtz Nor
(fighting), 13:24; Mathers Adk (fighting), 16:06;
2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Sarault 5 (Friberg, Wagner),
7:47 (PP). 2,
Norfolk, Etem 5 (Blacker, Rakell), 13:26. Penalties-Newbury
(high-sticking), 2:11; Manning Adk (high-sticking),
2:55; Eddy Adk
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Akeson 6 (Eddy, McGinn),
6:19. 4, Norfolk,
Yonkman 1 19:46 (EN). Penalties-Cousins Adk (fighting),
Holmstrom Adk (charging), 3:10; Sarault Nor (fighting),
Smith-Pelly Nor (interference), 3:12; Newbury
Adk (tripping), 3:54;
FitzGerald Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:52;
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:52; Exelby Nor (high-sticking),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-9-12-29. Norfolk 8-17-10-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Norfolk
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 9-8-0 (32 shots-32
saves). Norfolk, Bobkov
2-2-1 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Trent Knorr (44).
Linesmen-Sean D'Loughy (95), Tom George (61).
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!
Friday, January 3 (7:00) - Hershey
Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
First game of 2014!! Pregame Happy Hour - $2 Beer
Specials 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 4 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Zack FitzGerald Tribute Night! Big Face Fitzy
on a Stick for first 2,500 fans courtesy of Liberty
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.