Rookie goalie Carsen Chubak's first career AHL
start could hardly have gone any better. The rookie
goalie from Niagara University turned in a spectacular
38-save performance against the Providence Bruins
in an exciting 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
The Adirondack Phantoms and Chubak were also boosted
by a large and occasionally deafening crowd in
the big win.
came out firing. And had Chubak scrambling and
diving from one side of the net to the other through
a full two-minute 5-on-3 penalty kill in the second
period. But the Niagara University product made
a handful of remarkable saves to propel the Phantoms
through the disadvantage and then was rewarded
for his efforts with multiple standing ovations
by the incredulous fans hanging with every amazing
Kyle Flanagan, Jason Akeson and Brandon Alderson
scored power-play goals for the Phantoms for the
offense. Adirondack's three power-play goals are
the most they have recorded in a single game this
season. The Phantoms pulled out the win with a
make-shift lineup in which three of their top
defensemen were absent. Matt Konan, Bruno Gervais
and Cullen Eddy are all sidelined with injuries.
Enter Steven Delisle, Maxim Lamarche and newcomer
Mike Matczak who was signed earlier in the morning
and arrived to Glens Falls just before game-time
after a six-hour drive from Reading, Pennsylvania
where his ECHL squad, Kalamazoo, was scheduled
to play. But the Phantoms put forth a gritty effort
with their new lineup and Chubak was able to dive
and scramble and sprawl back and forth with some
remarkable stops to save the day.
Craig Cunningham scored in the first period to
give Providence the initial lead but that would
be all the offense for the defending Eastern Conference
The large turnout of 4,466 roared for several
of Chubak's bigger stops and generated some of
the loudest noise heard in the Glens Falls Civic
Center this season. Chubak showed his appreciation
after the game when taking his curtain-call as
the #1 Star by offering a quick ovation to the
fans as a thanks for their help and support on
his magical night.
Chubak has had a frustrating start to his professional
career having seen action in only three games
so far. He played in two ECHL games in October
and then had one relief appearance with Adirondack
a couple weeks ago entering for Cal Heeter midway
through a game on December 14. He has been patiently
waiting for his opportunity since his call-up
to Adirondack on November 30 one day after Yann
Danis was sidelined with an injury. But he has
mostly been watching from the sidelines as Cal
Heeter has made the last 10 starts in a row.
“It obviously went pretty well," Chubak
said of his big day. "First period was tough,
might have taken a little too many penalties but
at the end of the day I’ll take it....(On
the 5-on-3) It was a lot of shots pretty quick
there but you kind of expect that. You just kind
of have to barrel down for two minutes. The boys
really came through and it was a team effort.”
For the team's third game in three days, head
coach Terry Murray was reluctant to start his
top netminder, Cal Heeter, yet again due to concerns
of fatigue which has been heightened by the lack
of practices for the team earlier in the week
during the Holiday Break. So the reigns were turned
over to Chubak and the table was set for a magical
night for him in front of the large home crowd.
Tested early, he denied a couple of Providence
breakaways before the Bruins would eventually
strike on an extended 6-on-5 attack from a delayed
After the Providence goal seven minutes into the
game, Terry Murray used his timeout to address
the team and their defense. And Chubak made some
nice saves in the first that would end up looking
almost routine compared with the acrobatics to
come in the middle period.
Kyle Flanagan appeared to try to snap a pass to
the middle from the left-point on the power play
with Ben Holmstrom in front. Instead, Holmstrom
acted as a screen on Providence goalie Malcolm
Subban and the puck made it's way through all
the traffic for Flanagan's third goal of the season
to tie the score at 1-1.
Adirondack was charged with three straight penalties
later in the period setting up the most dramatic
moments of the night. A few big blocks by Rob
Bordson and Jason Akeson as well as Chubak somehow
propelled the Phantoms through the extended 5-on-3
as well as the 5-on-4 that followed.
“It's where you have to dig and get the
job done," head coach Terry Murray said of
his team's penalty kill and Chubak's performance
specifically. "Your goaltending has to be
good. Chubak I thought in the second period there
on those penalty kills...Man he was very good.
He made some big stops. Not to take anything away
from the guys on the ice in front of him, he’s
your last line so very good.”
After somehow surviving that extended penalty-kill
stretch undamaged, it would be time for Adirondack
to go on the man-advantage again and Jason Akeson
would strike with a big one-timer from the right
circle on a perfect set-up by Brandon Manning
with just 19 seconds left in the second period
that put the Phantoms out in front at 2-1.
Brandon Alderson was hit in the mouth by his own
teammates shot on a third-period power play. He
checked his mouth, determined while the play was
still happening that he was okay to stay in, and
then accepted Mark Alt's give from center-point
which he was able to turn into a backhand goal
from the slot tucked around Subban's right-skate.
Right after celebrating the goal which put the
Phantoms up 3-1, Alderson went to the locker-room
to receive some stitches on his upper-lip on the
The Phantoms were able to cruise from there to
the victory and finished their tricky 3-in-3 stretch
right out of the Holiday Break with a 2-1-0 record.
Providence outshot the Phantoms 39-26. Adirondack
was 3-for-7 on the power play while the Bruins
finished 0-for-4. Adirondack improved to 15-13-2
with the win. The Phantoms are 6-3-0 in their
last nine games and are also 14-9-0 in their last
23 games played since October 26.
Adirondack is now in sole possession of ninth-place
in the Eastern Conference after Syracuse lost.
The Phantoms remained three points back of eighth-place
St. John's (the postseason cutoff) who won their
The contest was the lone Glens Falls appearance
of the year for the Providence Bruins.
The Phantoms are beginning a five-game homestand,
their longest of the season. Adirondack hosts
the Worcester Sharks on New Year's Eve with a
Tuesday game at 5:00 PM. All tickets for Tuesday's
game are available for only $10. Adirondack is
at home the first weekend of 2014 facing Hershey
and Albany back-to-back. Saturday, January 4 is
Big Face Fitzy on a Stick Night presented by Liberty
Graphics paying tribute to tough-guy Zack FitzGerald.
Call the Phantoms for ticket information at 518-480-3355
Providence Bruins 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Status: Unofficial Final
Saturday, December 28, 2013 - Glens Falls Civic
Providence 1 0 0 - 1
Adirondack 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Providence, Cunningham 11 (Camper,
Cross), 7:47. Penalties-Bordson Adk (boarding),
0:09; Robins Pro (hooking), 2:06.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Flanagan 3 (Holmstrom,
Alt), 4:13 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Akeson 7 (Manning,
Newbury), 19:41 (PP). Penalties-Youds Pro (holding),
3:11; Cousins Adk (tripping), 13:36; Holmstrom
Adk (high-sticking), 14:05; Manning Adk (interference),
15:36; Robins Pro (high-sticking), 18:37.
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Alderson 5 (Alt, Flanagan),
12:18 (PP). Penalties-Florek Pro (high-sticking),
5:48; Camara Pro (slashing), 10:45; Camper Pro
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:18; Bordson Adk
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:18; served by Downing
Pro (bench minor - too many men), 18:13; Cherniwchan
Pro (elbowing), 19:17.
Shots on Goal-Providence 12-17-10-39. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 0 / 4; Adirondack
3 / 7.
Goalies-Providence, Subban 4-6-2 (27 shots-24
saves). Adirondack, Chubak 1-0-0 (39 shots-38
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) -
Worcester Sharks at Adirondack Phantoms
All tickets are $10! 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.