Backed by 2,500 Big-Face Fitzy Heads, the Adirondack
Phantoms won their fourth straight with another
Cal Heeter shutout. Kris Newbury scored two goals
and one assist as Adirondack breezed past the
Albany Devils 4-0 in front of a large Fitzy Fan-Base
on Zack FitzGerald Tribute Night.
Heeter turned in yet another perfecto, his second
in a row and his fourth of the season. His 33-save
effort against the Devils came 24 hours after
a 29-save performance in a 1-0 overtime victory
against the Hershey Bears. Heeter is now tied
with Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid for the league-lead
in shutouts with four apiece. But it wasn't Kinkaid
in net for the visiting Devils in this one. Adirondack
scored all four of their markers against Scott
Wedgewood to stay perfect during their longest
homestand of the season at 4-0 with one game remaining
But the big night also belonged to Adirondack's
Man of the Year last season, Zack FitzGerald.
The immensely popular tough-guy has been a valuable
representative of the team and is always excited
to interact with the fans and kids cheering him
on. He was especially pleased and honored to have
his own special night although perhaps also felt
a little strange with 2,500 faces of himself staring
back at him from the stands. His parents flew
in from Minnesota for the special night and "Fitzy"
also dropped the ceremonial first puck to begin
the evening which was sponsored by Liberty Graphics.
“It was cool to see a bunch of heads boppin’
around. I’m sure my teammates will be having
nightmares about them later” FitzGerald
Adirondack solidified their hold on eighth-place
(the postseason cutoff) in the Eastern Conference
while improving to 9-3-0 in their last 12 games
since December 6. And since October 26, the Phantoms
have an impressive record of 17-9-0 in their last
26 games. No question about it. The Phantoms are
playing some darn good hockey and are defeating
some good competition along the way, including
the Albany Devils. It was only the second regulation-loss
in the last 16 games for Albany.
has now taken over the league-lead in save percentage
with a gaudy .932 mark and is just a hair away
from the lead in goals-against average at 2.03
barely falling shy of Keith Kinkaid's current
While Cal Heeter was turning away everything
the Devils threw at him (and they had numerous
close chances), Adirondack's offense came alive
and notched three goals in the second period including
back-to-back goals just 90 seconds apart late
in the frame to essentially put the game away.
Certainly the second-year pro goalie out of Ohio
State has been catching everyone's attention.
Head coach Terry Murray has thrust Heeter into
an everyday role while Yann Danis has been on
the shelf with injury.
"He’s been moving his game along here
in the last month I think," Murray said.
"You know, we had a long break at Christmas.
We came back and played three in a row. He played
two very good games, even the game we lost in
Albany last week; he’s the one player that
had a pretty good night. So his game is moving,
and it’s good to see. He puts a lot into
it and it’s good to see him rewarded."
The Phantoms put forth a more solid offensive
effort than the night before when they pulled
off their 1-0 overtime win over Hershey. The main
contributor was the veteran Kris Newbury who had
a three-point evening.
"We seemed to hold onto the puck and make
some good passes when we had chances," Newbury
said. "And obviously when you make good plays,
you get rewarded. I thought tonight we were really
Bruno Gervais started the scoring late in the
first period after Rob Bordson won a puck from
the Albany defense along the end-boards. His centering
feed went through Marcel Noebels crashing the
net but Gervais still had time to rush in and
find the free opportunity in the slot and blast
home the opening tally of the evening.
Both of Kris Newbury's goals perhaps involved
a little lady-luck. On his first goal, he appeared
to be attempting to fire a hard centering pass
to Tye McGinn in the middle, but the puck deflected
off an Albany's defenseman's stick and moved perfectly
past Wedgewood's glove-side who had no chance
while he was sliding the other way to guard the
Akeson's assist on that Newbury goal was the 100th
of his professional career. Akeson has 92 assists
with the Adirondack Phantoms and also had eight
assists last year with Trenton in the ECHL. Akeson's
135 career points in the AHL are the most in Adirondack
Later in the period, a Newbury faceoff in the
Devils zone would squirt high in the air over
his head and he momentarily was unable to find
it. But the puck landed almost perfectly onto
his stick allowing him to pull off the quick shot.
He was ready to score his ninth of the year and
stretch the advantage to 3-0.
"I heard the linesman say it was up in the
air," Newbury said. "So I kind of just
picked a side and obviously I picked the right
one where it landed. And when I did get it, I
just wanted to shoot it as quick as I can and
catch the goalie off-guard there. So the linesman
might get the assist on that one."
90 seconds later, Newbury tried a similar centering
pass that had previously worked as a deflected
goal for himself. This time, the pass would make
it through and Tye McGinn rushing into the slot
was there for a perfect chip over the left shoulder
of Wedgewood for the 4-0 lead. Akeson had started
the play up along the right-wing boards with a
nice pass up ice to Newbury busting across the
line just as Akeson was being checked into the
It was just a matter of running down the close
after that. And waiting to see if Heeter would
secure another shutout. He did. And the crowd
roared their approval. Heeter's fourth shutout
puts him one away from equaling Michael Leighton's
Adirondack Phantoms record of five shutouts in
a single season in 2010-11.
Heeter turned away all 62 shots he faced this
weekend in slightly over 120 minutes of play (including
51 seconds of overtime on Friday) and his shutout
streak currently stands at 126 minutes at 13 seconds
going back to the last goal he allowed late in
the third period on New Year's Eve against the
Heeter has now allowed two goals or fewer in
six consecutive games with 175 saves on 181 shots
in that stretch for a phenomenal .967 save percentage.
He has started 13 of the last 14 games for the
Phantoms since an injury on November 29 to Yann
The Phantoms now have almost a week off between
games. Adirondack returns to action next Friday,
January 10 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The Phantoms play their first road game of 2014
on Satruday, January 11 at the Binghamton Senators
but will return to the Glens Falls Civic Center
for another homestand, three straight, from January
15-18. Call the Phantoms for tickets in advance
to save: 518-480-3355.
Albany Devils 0 at Adirondack Phantoms
4 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 4, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic
Albany 0 0 0 - 0
Adirondack 1 3 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Gervais 6 (Bordson),
18:57. Penalties-Young Alb (fighting), 6:25; Lauridsen
Adk (fighting), 6:25; Delisle Adk (interference),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Newbury 8 (Akeson,
McGinn), 1:21. 3, Adirondack, Newbury 9 14:55
(PP). 4, Adirondack, McGinn 6 (Newbury, Akeson),
16:25. Penalties-Delisle Adk (boarding), 2:58;
Kelly Alb (roughing), 13:02.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-McPherson Alb
(holding), 1:28; Wedgewood Alb (tripping), 4:48;
FitzGerald Adk (high-sticking), 11:29.
Shots on Goal-Albany 9-13-11-33. Adirondack 9-13-13-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 3; Adirondack
1 / 3.
Goalies-Albany, Wedgewood 6-6-1 (35 shots-31 saves).
Adirondack, Heeter 13-10-0 (33 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Kendrick Nicholson (76), Jarrod Ragusin
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Francis Trempe (56).
Tuesday, January 7(7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour LIVE From Recovery Sports Grill
Special Player Guests: Cal Heeter and Carsen Chubak
Friday, Janaury 10 (7:00) -
at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, January 11 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Wednesday, January 15 (7:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms
Friday, January 17 (7:00) -
Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, January 18 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Dax's Big Birthday Bash. Wth Mascot-Mania!!
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.