Rookie center Kyle Flanagan converted in the
ninth-round of a lengthy shootout at Springfield
to propel the Phantoms to a thrilling 3-2 marathon
victory in their return from the Holiday Break.
A pair of Brandons scored earlier for Adirondack
with Brandon Alderson and Brandon Manning staking
the Phantoms to an initial 2-0 lead. Nick Cousins
and Petr Straka each had a pair of assists and
Cal Heeter had another impressive showing between
the pipes in what was his ninth consecutive start.
again took down the top team in the league and
improved to 3-0-1 against the Falcons who have
the AHL's best win percentage. Against the rest
of the AHL (all teams not Adirondack) the Springfield
Falcons are an astonishing 19-2-3. But the Phantoms
have had Springfield's number so far this season.
Adirondack entered the game as the only team in
the league to have defeated the Falcons twice.
And now Adirondack is the only team to have defeated
them three times.
Adirondack won their fifth out of their last
seven to improve to 14-12-2 overall. The Phantoms
have gone 13-8-0 in their last 21 games dating
back to October 26. Springfield extended their
point-streak to eight games (6-0-2) as their overall
record moved to 20-4-4.
It was a gritty, team-effort for the Phantoms
just to put themselves in position to secure the
win. Adirondack had to hold Springfield to 1-for-8
on the power play which included a full two-minutes
of 5-on-3 at the end of the second period that
even briefly turned into a 6-on-3 for a few seconds
when the Phantoms were tagged with yet another
infraction and the delayed penalty was in effect.
Adirondack had to kill a couple more penalties
to begin the third as different skaters courageously
got in front of a couple of big slapshots to help
push Cal Heeter through the various predicaments.
Ben Holmstrom and Nick Cousins both came up hobbling
after diving right on top of monster slapshots
but both would be able to return to the game.
Alderson tallied just 2:05 into the game on the
backdoor on a cross-ice feed from the left-wing
wall by Cousins to open the scoring. Alderson's
first attempt to slam it behind Jeremy Smith somehow
stopped dead on the ice but he had enough time
to reset and then fire forward with a second attempt
and bury his fourth goal of the year. Alderson
and Cousins were linemates and roommates last
year in Major Juniors with the Sault Ste. Marie
Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
Adirondack built on their 1-0 lead midway into
the second period when Brandon Manning ripped
his big slapshot from center-point for his fifth
of the season and his third goal in his last three
A little over a minute later, Springfield would
register on an Andrew Joudrey goal in the slot.
The seven-year veteran picked up the rebound of
a Jonathan Marchessault shot off Heeter's left-leg
and was able to carry it a little to the left-wing
for the opening.
The Phantoms received big-time penalty trouble
at the end of the second period when Rob Bordson
and Bruno Gervais were tagged with tripping and
hooking infractions on the same play allowing
Springfield a full two-minutes of five-on-three
to conclude the frame. Midway through that opportunity,
Ben Holmstrom would get called for yet another
penalty. With three of Adirondack's top penalty
killers all side-by-side-by-side in the sin-bin,
it was up to an improvised lineup on the three-man
to get to the intermission unscathed. Kyle Flanagan
and Tye McGinn both had valuable clears to grind
the clock down and keep the Phantoms in front
by a goal at the second break.
Spencer Machacek scored on a big even-strength
slapper from the left-point with 10 minutes remaining
on a shot that appeared to deflect off a Phantoms'
stick in the slot and then over the right shoulder
Heeter turned aside a breakaway opportunity by
Jake Hansen with 2:40 left to keep the game deadlocked.
And then in overtime, Adirondack would receive
their own opportunities on the man-advantage as
Springfield took consecutive penalties allowing
Adirondack a 5-on-3 chance for 45 seconds. But
Jeremy Smith made the big saves to keep the Falcons
Jason Akeson scored in the first round of the
shootout for the Phantoms but Jonathan Marchessault
got it back in the second round for Springfield.
After that, it was Cal Heeter and Jeremy Smith
making save after save. Very few opportunities
were misses or bad shots. Both goalies appeared
to barely get a glove on a couple of shots. Heeter
also made three nice kick saves on different shooters
to keep the shootout score deadlocked at 1-1 until
the ninth round when Flanagan would convert five-home
on Jeremy Smith for the win.
The rookie out of St. Lawrence University was
a Hobey Baker Finalist last year. It was Flanagan's
first shootout goal in three attempts. The game
was the longest shootout of the season for the
Phantoms but still wasn't terribly close to their
franchise record 15-round marathon last year on
April 14 when Mark Alt scored the game winner.
The Phantoms also won a six-round shootout at
Hartford on December 13 with another rookie, Petr
Straka, notching the winner in that one. Adirondack
improved to 2-2 in shootouts this season while
Springfield fell to 6-3. The Falcons only win
against Adirondack was in a shootout back on October
19 in Glens Falls.
Adirondack is now 8-5-1 on the road and are currently
2-1-0 on their four-game road-trip which concludes
Friday at Albany.
The Phantoms improved to 11-1-1 in games in which
they score the first goal. In all "extra
hockey" games the Phantoms are combined 4-2
which includes a 2-0 record in overtime decisions
and 2-2- in shootouts.
The Phantoms are 8-3-1 when they score a power-play
goal. And Adirondack now has a power-play goal
in eight of their last 12 games.
Springfield outshot Adironadack 31-29. The Phantoms
were 1-for-6 on the power play while the Falcons
were held to 1-for-8.
This was Game 4 out of 8 in the season series
between the two Northeast Division Rivals. Adirondack
will return to Springfield on Martin Luther King,
Jr.Day for an afternoon contest on Monday, January
20. The Falcons next visit to Glens Falls is not
until March 8.
Adirondack continues their three-in-three stretch
Friday night at the Albany Devils. The Phantoms
return home Saturday and Tuesday against the Providence
Bruins and Worcester Sharks. Saturday night is
Phantoms Youth T-Shirt Night presented by UniFirst.
Tuesday is a special 5:00 PM start-time for the
traditional New Year's Eve game at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. Purchase your tickets in advance
to save by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO) at Springfield
Falcons 2 - Status: Final SO
Thursday, December 26, 2013 - MassMutual Center
Adirondack 1 1 0 0 - 3
Springfield 0 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Alderson 4 (Cousins,
Straka), 2:05. Penalties-Joudrey Spr (tripping),
9:06; FitzGerald Adk (roughing, unsportsmanlike
conduct), 12:27; Smith Spr (unsportsmanlike conduct),
12:27; McNeill Spr (hooking), 15:04; Cousins Adk
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Manning 5 (Cousins,
Straka), 11:16 (PP). 3, Springfield, Joudrey 5
(Marchessault, McNeill), 12:33 (PP). Penalties-FitzGerald
Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct - continuing
altercation), 7:57; Craig Spr (double minor -
spearing (attempt)), 8:04; Delisle Adk (slashing),
12:18; Bordson Adk (tripping), 17:57; Gervais
Adk (hooking), 17:57; Holmstrom Adk (slashing),
3rd Period-4, Springfield, Machacek 4 (McNeill,
Joudrey), 10:17. Penalties-Newbury Adk (hooking),
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Craig Spr (holding),
1:55; Joudrey Spr (delay of game), 3:11.
Shootout - Adirondack 2 (Akeson G, Cousins NG,
Straka NG, Newbury NG, McGinn NG, Bordson NG,
Alderson NG, Holmstrom NG, Flanagan G), Springfield
1 (Joudrey NG, Marchessault G, Collins NG, Goloubef
NG, Boyce NG, Parlett NG, St. Denis NG, Machacek
NG, Craig NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 4-10-8-6-1-29. Springfield
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 6; Springfield
1 / 8.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 10-9-0 (31 shots-29
saves). Springfield, Smith 13-3-2 (28 shots-26
Referees-Ryan Hersey (8), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Rich Patry (52).
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.