received goals from five different scorers and
completed a sweep of the East Division front-running
Binghamton Senators with a 5-3 triumph on Wednesday
night in Glens Falls.
The Phantoms sixth win in their last seven moves
them into sole possession of the 8th place position
in the Eastern Conference ahead of idle St. John's.
Adirondack is 11-4-0 over the last 15 games and
now sports a record on 19-10-0 in their last 29
games dating back to October 26.
Petr Straka (6th), Kris Newbury (11th), Tye McGinn
(7th), Jason Akeson (12th) and Ben Holmstrom (7th)
all lit the lamp for the Phantoms who equaled
their season-high for goals in a game first accomplished
on December 20 in a 5-4 win at Norfolk. Yann Danis
turned away 30 shots in recording his second consecutive
victory over the Senators. Danis was returning
from a leg injury that had kept him on the shelf
for six weeks (since November 29). Danis racked
up 33 saves on Saturday night in a 4-1 victory
at Binghamton in the opener of this two-game set.
"It feels good (to be back)" Danis
said. "It's been awhile. I was excited to
be back on the ice and obviously getting two wins.
And getting the feeling that I'm being a part
of the team and am helping the team. It feels
Adirondack's penalty kill got the job done again.
Battling against the top power play in the Eastern
Conference, the Phantoms held Binghamton to 0-for-6
in this one and went perfect through all 14 power
plays afforded the Senators in the consecutive
The Phantoms were blasting off to a roaring start
in the first period with 18 shots on Andrew Hammond
and a 2-0 lead on goals by Straka and Newbury.
Adirondack established a new season-high for most
shots in the first period with their constant
barrage on the Senators rookie goalie. Petr Straka
dangled and dashed around a Binghamton blueliner
and was able to split the D to create his own
breakaway. The 21-year-old rookie from the Czech
Republic converted on his backhander with the
impressive individual effort to put the Phantoms
on the board first.
Straka appeared as though he was threatening
some similar creative moves towards the net as
he went wide to his left around a defenseman but
he then pulled up and left a perfect drop for
Kris Newbury to rocket his 11th of the year from
the left dot on a goal somewhat similar to his
tally at Binghamton four nights prior. Rob Bordson
hit the post on his breakaway on Hammond and the
Phantoms had other near-misses to stretching their
lead to 3-0.
Adirondack improved to 15-1-1 in games in which
they score the first goal. Things were looking
great for the home team after the first 20 minutes
but Binghamton was ready for their surge in the
"The start was really good," head coach
Terry Murray said. "I really liked our start.
We did a lot of things right with good possession
plays and entries. We had some tremendous scoring
chances. We didn't stick with it and that's the
problem. And that's why we needed it early to
survive the thing at the end of the day because
we got away from everything that was working for
Corey Cowick sped past the Phantoms defense to
create his own mini-breakaway and converted on
Yann Danis 7:25 into the second period as Binghamton
would cut Adirondack's two-goal margin down to
one for the first of three different times on
Tye McGinn got it back on the power play taking
advantage of a Newbury slapshot that handcuffed
Hammond bouncing hard off his chest and leaving
him helpless to block the backhander from the
right of the crease that McGinn would flip top-shelf.
McGinn was returning to the Phantoms immediately
after his weekend call-up to Philadelphia where
he played in both Flyers games on Saturday and
Sunday. McGinn now has his own goal-scoring streak
having lit the lamp in his last two games played
for Adirondack on January 4 and then again in
this win 11 days later.
The Phantoms went on another power play late
in the period with an opportunity to stretch their
3-1 advantage but instead found themselves overextended
allowing Wacey Hamilton to score just his second
of the season with a shorthanded goal from the
right circle taking the shot himself on a 2-on-1.
Leading 3-2 at the end of two periods, Adirondack
had surrendered their early momentum to the Senators.
But shortly after another penalty-kill, the Phantoms
would receive their own man advantage opportunity
early in the third in which Ben Holmstrom would
nicely backhand dish across from the left circle
to an open Jason Akeson in the slot who was able
to wrist home his team-leading 12th of the season.
Adirondack again had the two-goal advantage at
4-2 with their second power-play goal coming at
4:29 into the third.
Akeson is surging on a seven-game point-streak
in which he has scored six goals and four assists.
It looked as though 4-2 was going to be the final
before both teams would trade goals in the closing
seconds. Corey Cowick received credit for the
deflection of a Chris Wideman shot from center-point
with the goalie pulled and Binghamton was still
alive at 4-3 with just 23 seconds remaining.
Ben Holmstrom finished the night with a long
toss all the way from his own blue-line that bounced
its way right into the empty-net with just four
seconds left for the 5-3 final.
Three different times when Adirondack had their
lead cut into and Binghamton was within one, the
Phantoms offense was able to respond with a fairly
"It helps," Danis said. "Whenever
you know you're going to get the goal support
it helps. You're not too worried about giving
up a goal. You're just focused on the next shot
and whatever happens, happens. You know your team's
there and they got your back and they can get
goals for you. It's definitely a big advantage."
Shots in the game were even at 34-34. The Phantoms
were 2-for-4 on the power play while the B-Sens
finished 0-for-6. Adirondack won the season series
over Binghamton 4 games to 2. The two New York
rivals will not meet again in the regular season.
The Phantoms continue their homestand on Friday
night against the Hartford Wolf Pack with pregame
draft beer specials from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Saturday
night the Phantoms host the Albany Devils on Dax's
Big Birthday Bash featuring many of Dax's mascot
friends. Some of the mascots scheduled to appear
to celebrate with Dax include Devil Dawg (Albany
Devils), Sonar (Hartford Wolf Pack), Tux (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins) and Finz (Worcester sharks) plus many
more!! Call the Phantoms for tickets in advance
to save: 518-480-3355.
Binghamton Senators 3 at Adirondack Phantoms
5 - Status: Final
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic
Binghamton 0 2 1 - 3
Adirondack 2 1 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Straka 6 (Matczak),
12:42. 2, Adirondack, Newbury 11 (Straka, Delisle),
18:25. Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (tripping), 6:10.
2nd Period-3, Binghamton, Cowick 5 (Claesson,
Borowiecki), 7:35. 4, Adirondack, McGinn 7 (Newbury,
Gervais), 9:37 (PP). 5, Binghamton, Hamilton 2
(Cowick, Sdao), 17:49 (SH). Penalties-Mangene
Adk (interference), 2:15; Noebels Adk (tripping),
4:40; Dziurzynski Bng (tripping), 8:20; Claesson
Bng (hooking), 16:10; Wideman Bng (fighting),
20:00; Mangene Adk (fighting), 20:00.
3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Akeson 12 (Holmstrom,
McGinn), 4:29 (PP). 7, Binghamton, Cowick 6 (Wideman,
Hoffman), 19:37. 8, Adirondack, Holmstrom 7 (Bordson),
19:54 (EN). Penalties-Newbury Adk (cross-checking),
1:45; Prince Bng (hooking), 2:53; Newbury Adk
(roughing), 7:39; Hoffman Bng (tripping), 8:39;
Newbury Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:06.
Shots on Goal-Binghamton 11-12-11-34. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 6; Adirondack
2 / 4.
Goalies-Binghamton, Hammond 9-7-3 (33 shots-29
saves). Adirondack, Danis 6-3-2 (34 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Ryan Hersey (8).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).
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.
Monday, January 20 (3:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Springfield Falcons
Tuesday, January 21 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from Recovery Sports
With Special Guests: Yann Danis and Bruno Gervais!!
Saturday, January 25 (2:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Albany Devils
Sunday, January 26 (3:00) - Hartford
Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Pink in the Rink presented by Glens Falls Hospital.
Postgame Jersey Auction.
Special $25 packages available: Ticket, Pink the
Rink T-Shirt, Entry into Exclusive Jersey Raffle.
Charity Proceeds to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer
Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
Friday, January 31 (7:00) - Hershey
Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
Pack the House Night presented by John Ray &
Special $7 Tickets now available while supplies
left. Hurry...Only 500 of these are available!
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.