The AHL's top goalie turned in a 19-save shutout
for the Albany Devils in a 2-0 decision over the
Adirondack Phantoms on Friday night at Times Union
Center. Keith Kinkaid earned his league-leading
fourth shutout of the season although he was actually
outplayed by Adirondack's Cal Heeter who allowed
only one goal in a sterling 31-save performance
that just wasn't enough for the win.
Kinkaid's 10th career shutout in three seasons
is also his second time blanking the Phantoms.
The Union College product also turned in a 30-save
shutout on January 28, 2012. Kinkaid lowered his
goals-against average to a paltry 1.97 to take
over sole possession of the league leadership.
Adirondack had won their previous two visits
to Times Union Center, both in November, but could
not solve Kinkaid in this contest as Albany evened
the Northway Rivalry series this year 3-3 now
at the midway point of the 12-game slate.
On Heeter's side of the ice were several dazzling
stops on Albany shooters including three tremendous
saves just on Harri Pesonen at different times.
Kinkaid was tested on a couple of rushes and made
key kick saves on Phantoms chances but overall
Adirondack was not able to muster as many quality
opportunities against the stingy Devils defense
who successfully protected their slim 1-0 advantage
for pretty much the duration of the contest.
Albany scored 6:10 into the game on a Scott Timmins
drive in the slot following a Joe Whitney dig
in the corner and that would hold up as the lone
goal for either side until the very last moments
of the game when Chris McKelvie would slam an
empty-netter with just 3.8 seconds remaining to
close the contest.
The game marked the third time this year that
Heeter has found himself tagged with a loss despite
giving up just one goal. Heeter and the Phantoms
fell in a pair of 1-0 games in Glens Falls on
November 30 and December 4 against Syracuse and
Bridgeport on nights when "almost perfect"
would not be enough.
"Heeter played a very good game," head
coach Terry Murray said. "He gave us an opportunity
to hang on in the game late into the third period
and right up to the empty-net. The opportunity
was there. He played well. But we gave them a
lot and they had pretty much free reign of our
It was Cal Heeter's 10th consecutive start in
goal for the Phantoms dating back to the November
29 injury of Yann Danis on a collision with a
couple of players in Adirondack's last visit to
Times Union Center.
Adirondack was also able to keep the game close
due to another big performance on the penalty-kill
as they held Albany to 0-for-7 in the game including
0-for-4 in the first period. The grind of the
schedule has become a factor on the Phantoms with
some players battling their way through nagging
injuries while others are missing from the lineup
including Bruno Gervais, Matt Konan, Marcel Noebels
and goalie Yann Danis.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves because
we have some injuries and some key guys out of
the lineup right now," head coach Terry Murray
said. "We got away from things and became
a bunch of individual guys trying to do too much.
You'll never get away with it no matter who you're
playing. We got to pull it back in and be better
Albany outshot the Phantoms 33-19 in the game
as Adirondack equaled a season-low for shots on
goal. Adirondack was 0-for-4 on the power and
the Devils finished 0-for-7. Adirondack's record
drops to 14-13-2 while the Devils improved to
The Northway Rivalry series this season is now
even at 3-3. The Adirondack Phantoms and Albany
Devils are also tied in the all-time series over
the past four seasons now at 20-20. Game #41 of
the rivalry to break the tie will take place on
Saturday, January 4 in Glens Falls.
Defenseman Maxim Lamarche arrived in the morning
following his reassignment to Adirondack from
Elmira of the ECHL and made his AHL debut in place
of Bruno Gervais. Lamarche had played 20 games
with Elmira so far this year. The 21-year-old
rookie is former teammates with Petr Straka in
The Phantoms are 5-3-0 in their last eight games.
Since October 26, Adirondack has gone 13-9-0 in
their last 22 games. Rob Bordson played in his
129th consecutive game for the Adirondack Phantoms
in a streak which dates back to February 24, 2012.
Cullen Eddy played in his 197th game for the Adirondack
Phantoms and is on the verge of joining Ben Holmstrom
as the lone members of the 200-Game Club with
The Phantoms open a five-game homestand, the
longest of the year, beginning Saturday night
against the Providence Bruins on Youth T-Shirt
Night. On Tuesday evening at 5:00 PM, Adirondack
will host the Worcester Sharks in their traditional
New Year's Eve home game. The Phantoms have announced
that all tickets for the Tuesday game are now
available for only $10 each. The sale begins Saturday
morning and continues through game-time on the
Tuesday contest to close out play in 2013. To
purchase your tickets in advance and land the
best seats in the house for only $10, call the
Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Albany Devils
2 - Status: Final
Friday, December 27, 2013 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Albany 1 0 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Albany, Timmins 7 (Whitney, Hrabarenka),
6:10. Penalties-Eddy Adk (boarding), 3:09; Helgeson
Alb (elbowing), 8:16; Delisle Adk (interference),
10:34; Brown Adk (slashing), 12:17; Straka Adk
(hooking), 15:31; Hrabarenka Alb (interference),
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Holmstrom Adk
(slashing), 4:06; Cousins Adk (hooking), 16:47;
Timmins Alb (slashing), 17:14.
3rd Period-2, Albany, McKelvie 6 (Sislo), 19:56
(EN). Penalties-Manning Adk (high-sticking), 4:10;
Hoeffel Alb (slashing), 11:02; Bordson Adk (holding
the stick, misconduct - unsportsmanlike conduct),
13:40; McPherson Alb (hooking), 13:40.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-5-5-19. Albany 11-14-8-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Albany
0 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 10-10-0 (32 shots-31
saves). Albany, Kinkaid 12-4-1 (19 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48), Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Francis Trempe (56).
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.