Veteran goaltender Yann Danis returned from injury
for his first start since November 29 and showed
zero signs of any rust. Danis slid from left to
right in turning aside practically everything
he saw from one of the top offenses of the AHL
in leading a 4-1 Phantoms victory at Binghamton
on Saturday night.
The Senators entered the game almost tied for
the top offense, along with the Texas Stars, scoring
3.6 goals per contest. But Danis backed Adirondack's
top-notch penalty-kill to hold the Senators to
0-for-8 on the night while making 33 total saves
on 34 shots.
Jason Akeson scored two goals and one assist
to lead the offense. Kris Newbury and Rob Bordson
The 4-1 final count is deceiving as to how closely
contested this nail-biter was. Adirondack held
just a 2-1 lead up until the final minute of the
game when Jason Akeson sealed the victory with
a long empty-netter from the red-line. Rob Bordson
scored with a backhander on a rebound in the slot
in the closing seconds.
Binghamton had three consecutive power plays
over a six-minute stretch through the third period
but somehow Adirondack's penalty kill came through
as they seemingly have been able to do over and
Kris Newbury opened the scoring just 3:22 into
the game after Jason Akeson sped up the left-wing
wall into the Senators zone. He dropped for the
trailing Newbury who blasted home his 10th of
the year. Adirondack improved to 15-1-1 in games
in which they tally the opening marker. Not too
far away from the net where Newbury scored, a
contingent of Phantoms fans who trekked down to
the Southern Tier on their own Fan Bus trip cheered
with delight on the big slapper from the 31-year-old
Just 5:53 into the game, Bruno Gervais would
rush up to the right circle and beat starting
goalie Nathan Lawson with his drive to the far
side. The puck clanged off the post and bounced
out. Lawson somehow received a lower-body injury
with his movement back-and-forth on the play and
was forced to leave the game. Rookie Andrew Hammond
would be his replacement for the rest of the night.
Akeson would dangle his way around from the left
point and curl last a couple of Binghamton players
with some creative and impressive moves to set
up his snipe from the slot late in the first period.
His terrific individual effort on an unassisted
goal with the late opening-period power play gave
the visiting Phantoms a 2-0 lead at the first
Three different fights highlighted a chippy second
period. Derek Mathers went with David Dziurzynski
and landed the majority of the blows. Steven Delisle
had a quick bout with Mark Borowiecki. And then
Ben Holmstrom was challenged by little defenseman
Chris Wideman and the Phantoms captain would win
that fight too.
Adirondack killed a four-minute double-minor
for high-sticking late in the second period to
protect the two-goal margin but shortly after,
Andre Petersson would speed across the Phantoms
line and go wide of the defense to the high slot
to snap his 11th of the year high-glove on Danis
marking the only time tonight the Phantoms goalie
would be scored upon.
That was part of a stretch of about 25 minutes
from the 10-minute mark of the second period going
until about five minutes remaining in the game
in which Binghamton would out-shoot the Phantoms
by an incredible 21-1 margin. Adirondack had carried
the pace of the play up until the midway point
of the game and were out-shooting the Senators
25-12 at one point. But then Adirondack would
record only one shot for the next 25 minutes while
they were forced to kill a number of Binghamton
Adirondack bore down through the third period
to kill three consecutive power plays of Binghamton.
The Phantoms held the B-Sens to 0-for-8 on the
night. The last of the power play concluded with
Yann Danis' sliding stop to his left to deny leading-scoring
Mike Hoffman's blast from the back-door.
Jason Akeson sealed the win with his empty-net
goal from the red-line with 32 seconds left. And
Rob Bordson added insult to Binghamton's wounds
with a backhand goal with just 17 seconds left
for the 4-1 final.
Binghamton had been one of the hottest teams
in the league having won nine of their past ten
games but the Phantoms won for the second time
in their building and improved to 3-2-0 overall
against the Senators. This game was the opener
of a home-and-home series. Binghamton will seek
revenge on Wednesday night at the Glens Falls
Adirondack responded following an off-night on
Friday in their loss against Wilkes-Barre to record
their fifth win in their last six while improving
to 10-4-0 in their last 14 games and 19-14-2 overall.
Binghamton fell to 13-4-3 at home. Two of their
four home-losses have come to the hands of Adirondack
who finish the season with a 2-1-0 record at the
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Phantoms return 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.
Adirondack Phantoms 4 at Binghamton Senators
1 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Broome County Veterans
Adirondack 2 0 2 - 4
Binghamton 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Newbury 10 (Akeson),
3:22. 2, Adirondack, Akeson 10 18:21 (PP). Penalties-Petersson
Bng (hooking), 3:39; Bordson Adk (goaltender interference),
4:25; Manning Adk (tripping), 11:07; Alderson
Adk (holding), 13:58; O'Brien Bng (interference),
2nd Period-3, Binghamton, Petersson 11 (New,
Claesson), 17:44. Penalties-Gervais Adk (high-sticking),
3:52; Borowiecki Bng (roughing), 3:52; Mathers
Adk (fighting), 8:16; Dziurzynski Bng (fighting),
8:16; Delisle Adk (fighting), 12:05; Borowiecki
Bng (fighting), 12:05; Matczak Adk (double minor
- high-sticking), 13:19; Holmstrom Adk (fighting),
18:52; Wideman Bng (fighting), 18:52.
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Akeson 11 (Manning),
19:28 (EN). 5, Adirondack, Bordson 8 (Mangene,
Straka), 19:43. Penalties-Mangene Adk (hooking),
6:19; Manning Adk (high-sticking), 8:36; Lauridsen
Adk (delay of game), 11:37; Da Costa Bng (slashing),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 13-12-6-31. Binghamton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 3; Binghamton
0 / 8.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 5-3-2 (34 shots-33 saves).
Binghamton, Lawson 14-5-0 (4 shots-3 saves); Hammond
9-6-3 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Chris Woodworth (17).
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.
Special Discounted Tickets Available for a limited
When you order your tickets in advance, you save!
Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355
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.