Cal Heeter was scored upon for the first time
in 2014 and the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins halted Adirondack's four-game win-streak
taking a 4-1 decision in Glens Falls on Friday
night. The Phantoms finished their longest homestand
of the season with a 4-1-0 record.
The Penguins broke a 1-1 tie in the second-period
with a pair of consecutive 5-on-3 goals. Adirondack
had their chances on the man-advantage too but
their recently red-hot power-play came to a grinding
halt with an 0-for-6 performance in this one.
The game roared off to a rough-and-tumble start
with a couple of fights, other near-fights, and
lots of big hitting during the play and exchanges
after the whistle. It appeared the top affiliates
of the fierce NHL rivals in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
were carrying the same feelings to the AHL level.
34-year-old captain Tom Kostopolous led the Penguins'
attack with a pair of goals, his team-leading
13th and 14th of the season. Former Phantom speedster
Harry Zolnierczyk sealed the victory with a late
empty-netter for his 12th goal of the season.
And Jeff Deslauriers put forth a 31-save performance
in an impressive win.
Jason Akeson scored his ninth of the season for
Adirondack's lone goal. Cal Heeter was tagged
with the loss for Adirondack.
Trailing 2-1 after the first 5-on-3 goal had
been scored, Rob Bordson raced away with a breakaway
back to the Penguins side but was stoned by Deslauriers.
He had a quick pick up of the rebound and tried
to connect with Ben Holmstrom trailing in the
slot but the Penguins would turn the opportunity
into an odd-man rush back the other way with Brian
Dumoulin converting in the slot on a give by Kostopolous
for a pivotal goal.
"We get a breakaway on a 3-on-5," head
coach Terry Murray said. "I haven't seen
one of those for ten years! And our man (Bordson)
is hacked and whacked going to the net and no
call. I don't get it. Penalties hurt us tonight
and there were situations where we need to have
better composure. But there were a couple looks
there that were pretty good shorthanded."
The 5-on-3 developed after Zack FitzGerald was
called for a double-minor for boarding followed
by Matt Mangene contacting the goalie as he was
going for the rebound of a shorthanded breakaway.
Kostopolous had scored the first goal of the
night in a chippy first period when Nick Drazenovic
stole the puck behind the Phantoms goal and was
able to connect with the Penguins captain all
alone out in front. Kostopolous ended Cal Heeter's
shutout streak at 139 minutes as he pulled the
puck away from the poke-check of Cal Heeter.
Steven Deslisle dropped the gloves early in the
period with Wilkes-Barre/s Reid McNeill in a spirited
bout. And late in the first, Kris Newbury dealt
a number of shots on Harrison Ruopp in their fight.
Jason Akeson blasted a one-timer directly off
a Kris Newbury face-off win at seven minutes into
the second period to even the score at 1-1. It
was Newbury's team-leading ninth goal of the season
and also his 42nd all-time with the Adirondack
Phantoms. Akeson and Holmstrom are tied with 42
goals each in their careers. Both are chasing
Denis Hamel's record of 48 career goals with the
Zack FitzGerald's double-minor for roughing followed
by Matt Mangene's goaltender interference on his
own breakaway set up the back-to-back 5-on-3 goals
for the Penguins who stretched the lead to 3-1.
Once you get down to the Penguins, the hill to
climb in order to recover is perhaps a bit steeper.
"They're the stingiest team in the league,"
Murray said. "They give up the fewest shots
per game of anyboy in the league. We talked about
that. We knew they were going to block. They do
a good job on the checking part of the game."
Adirondack had their chances in the third period
and outshot the Penguins 13-4 in the final frame
but Deslauriers stood tall and made a number of
fine saves. On rush into the zone, defenseman
Mike Matczak found himself with the puck in the
high slot and a direct line at the net. His blast
was perfectly aimed for the high-left corner but
Deslauriers just barely nicked the puck with his
right hand and was able to glance it away.
"We got to bounce back," Phantoms captain
Ben Holmstrom said. "We got to focus on tomorrow.
We got a big game in Binghamton and we got to
bounce back. Just back to our game. We were on
a little bit of a roll there and its one game.
It's going to happen. Things don't go your way.
You're not going to play your best every night.
We just gotta come back and get focused and get
ready to play tomorrow night."
Adirondack falls to 18-14-2 with the loss and
stays one point behind St. John's for the number
8 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Phantoms
are ahead of the IceCaps in win percentage with
two games-in-hand. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the
fourth-place position in the Eastern Conference
improved to 21-11-4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is
2-1-0 against Adirondack this year. The Phantoms
return to northeast Pennsylvania on February 8
for the last game of the season series.
Adirondack outshot the Penguins 32-24. The Phantoms
were 0-for-6 on the power play while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Cal Heeter was honored before the game as the
CCM/AHL Player of the Week and was presented with
his award by Phantoms Executive Vice President
Chris Porreca while receiving a nice ovation.
Stored Tech Night brought a few hundred of their
customers and employees to the game. The official
I.T. provider of the Adirondack Phantoms also
gave away an iPad Mini to one lucky fan in attendance.
North Country Wild Care held a fundraiser in the
lobby and brought a live owl to the game as well
which impressed kids and adults alike.
The Phantoms travel to Binghamton on Saturday
night taking on the Senators for the first away
game of 2014. Adirondack returns for three straight
in Glens Falls on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
against Binghamton, Hartford and Albany. Next
Saturday night is Dax's Big Birthday Bash featuring
all of Dax's awesome Mascot Friends! Call the
Phantoms for tickets in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4 at Adirondack
Phantoms 1 - Status: Final
Friday, January 10, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
W-B/Scranton 1 2 1 - 4
Adirondack 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Kostopoulos 13 (Drazenovic),
13:32. Penalties-Noebels Adk (high-sticking),
0:37; Letourneau-Leblond Wbs (high-sticking),
3:22; McNeill Wbs (fighting), 3:22; Delisle Adk
(fighting), 3:22; Holmstrom Adk (interference),
3:25; served by Torquato Wbs (bench minor - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 8:08; Farnham Wbs (misconduct), 8:08;
Ruopp Wbs (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:08; Thompson
Wbs (delay of game), 13:23; Manning Adk (delay
of game), 13:23; Thompson Wbs (slashing), 15:56;
Ruopp Wbs (fighting), 16:11; Newbury Adk (fighting),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Akeson 9 (Newbury),
6:57. 3, W-B/Scranton, Kostopoulos 14 (Drazenovic,
Mikkelson), 10:20 (PP). 4, W-B/Scranton, Dumoulin
2 (Kostopoulos, Zolnierczyk), 11:12 (PP). Penalties-Letourneau-Leblond
Wbs (cross-checking), 2:49; Mathers Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 2:49; FitzGerald Adk (roughing, roughing),
8:43; Mangene Adk (goaltender interference), 9:47;
Ruopp Wbs (boarding), 13:33.
3rd Period-5, W-B/Scranton, Zolnierczyk 12 (Dumoulin),
19:14 (EN). Penalties-Thompson Wbs (roughing),
6:04; served by Alderson Adk (bench minor - too
many men), 13:14.
Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 9-11-4-24. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 2 / 6; Adirondack
0 / 5.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Deslauriers 15-9-2 (32 shots-31
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 13-11-0 (23 shots-20
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Francis Trempe (56).
Friday, January 10 (7:00) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, January 11 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Wednesday, January 15 (7:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms
$1 Hot Dogs
Friday, January 17 (7:00) - Hartford
Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Pregame Happy Hour, $2 Draft Beer Specials 6:00
- 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 18 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Dax's Big Birthday Bash! With All of Dax's Friends.
Sunday, January 26 (3:00) - Hartford
Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Pink in the Rink presented by Glens Falls Hospital
Sunday Family Fun Pack for $43 = 3 tickets, 3
sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large popcorn, 1 program
Friday, January 31 (7:00) - Hershey
Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
Pack the House Night presented by Curtis Lumber.
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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.