The last time rival Hartford journeyed to Glens
Falls, the Wolf Pack failed to register a single
goal against Cal Heeter in a December 6th encounter.
Hartford exacted their revenge in their first
meeting of 2014 with the Phantoms and prevailed
4-2 in a come-from-behind decision on Friday night.
Adirondack held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the first
period but the Wolf Pack rallied to equalize and
then take the lead and after that were able to
scramble and throw bodies in front of their recently
acquired goalie, David LeNeveu, to hang on for
the win. It was LeNeveu's first game for Hartford
in five years as the veteran journeyman goalie
had just signed with the Wolf Pack from the ECHL
earlier in the week.
Jason Akeson (13th) and Kris Newbury (12th) cranked
up power-play goals in the first period for Adirondack's
offense. Ryan Bourque (8th), Darroll Powe (6th),
Andrew Yogan (3rd) an then Jesper Fast (3rd) with
an empty-netter all lit the lamp for Hartford
who ended a six-game losing streak at Adirondack's
expense while acquiring their first win of 2014.
Hartford captain Aaron Johnson notched three assists
on his way to #1 Star of the Game honors.
While the Phantoms led 2-1 at the first intermission,
head coach Terry Murray was not entirely satisfied
with how things were progressing even at that
point and sensed possible trouble developing for
the remaining 40 minutes.
"The first period was the difference,"
Murray said. "It ends up, we score a couple
goals on the power play. They score (too). But
at 5-on-5, they were carrying the edge, the advantage.
They were digging harder along the boards, they’re
recovering pucks, they were on us fast on the
fore-check. We had some turnovers at 5-on-5 that
gave them a lot of momentum and I think it carried
through into the second period."
Jason Akeson blasted a center-point slapper on
the power play past LeNeveu's blocker about six
minutes into the game from Bruno Gervais and Nick
Cousins as the Phantoms drew first blood. Akeson
extended his point-streak to eight games and now
has a four-game goal-streak as well. Akeson has
scored seven goals and five assists for 12 points
in his eight-game point streak.
Ryan Bourque, son of the prominent Hall of Fame
great Ray Bourque, tied the score for Hartford
midway through the first period with his deflection
in the slot of Aaron Johnson's dish from the left
circle on the power play. It was the first 5-on-4
goal surrendered by Adirondack in 2014 (last one
allowed was December 26). The Phantoms entered
the game having given up just two power-play goals
in the last 41 chances but both of those had been
5-on-3 until Bourque broke Adirondack's streak.
Kris Newbury put the Phantoms on top again with
his nicely timed wrister from the right circle
for his sixth goal in his last seven games. It
was Newbury's first goal this season against his
former team. The 31-year-old veteran had spent
the last four seasons playing for Ken Gernander
in Hartford before an off-season trade to the
Flyers organization in exchange for Danny Syvret
who was appearing on Glens Falls Civic Center
ice again, this time of course for the opposition.
The Phantoms led 2-1 after the first period with
a pair of man-advantage tallies and also had 1:47
of carry-over power-play to begin the second to
try to extend the lead. But Hartford killed the
power-play at the start of the second and then
gradually built their own momentum from there.
Jesper Fast snuck past the Phantoms defense on
the breakaway early in the second period and Oliver
Lauridsen was called for a stick infraction on
the play affording a penalty shot to Fast. But
Heeter put a right-leg kick on Fast's snapper
from the slot to keep Adirondack in front.
Just a minute later, former Philadelphia Phantom
and Flyer Darroll Powe would shoot from the slot
in ring a perfectly placed blast off the underside
of the corner of the cage over Heeter's right
shoulder to the tie game at 2-2.
Petr Straka was called for an unusual five-minute
fighting major without a matching five-minute
penalty being given to Hartford. The Wolf Pack
received a five-minute power-play and Straka was
tagged with a match penalty as well for his continuation
of the altercation. Hartford only had three minutes
on that advantage as they took their own two-minute
minor partway through and the Phantoms were able
to kill that off but they would be without Straka
for the rest of the night.
An early third-period goal by Andrew Yogan would
push Hartford into the lead as the big winger
carried the puck out in front from the end-boards
untouched and had time to put a little head-fake
on Heeter to get the goalie to bite towards the
far-side allowing him to flip the shot upstairs
on the short-side from the right circle.
Adirondack had numerous chances in the third
period including a big power-play slap shot from
center-point by Brandon Manning that went off
and through the stick of LeNeveu and straight
behind him...almost. The Wolf Pack goalie got
just enough of it to knock it barely wide as the
crowd gasped at the near-miss. Moments later,
Bruno Gervais rushed into the right circle and
appeared to blast one off the post and out.
Several other quality opportunities never made
it through to the cage due to the frenetic and
scrambling efforts of the Wolf Pack defense. A
late-empty net goal would finish the night for
Hartford as the Phantoms essentially ran out of
time in their comeback efforts while having the
visitors up against the ropes for much of the
"We bounced back in the third," Murray
said. "We had a pretty good third period.
We had lots of offensive zone time but the early
part of the game. I think that was the difference."
The setback was only the second loss in the last
eight games for the Phantoms (6-2-0) and just
their fifth defeat in their last 16 (11-5-0 since
Hartford out-shot the Phantoms 37-28 including
15-8 in the third period as many of Adirondack's
blasts were blocked and deflected by Wolf Pack
defenders. Adirondack was 2-for-5 on the power-play
while Hartford finished 1-for-4. Adirondack slipped
to the #9 spot in the Eastern Conference behind
St. John's who moved back up to #8 via a 4-1 victory
over Manchester. The Phantoms are 25-10-2 while
Hartford picked up to 12-20-5. Adirondack is 2-2-1
against the Wolf Pack this season at the midway
point of the 10 games slated between the Northeast
"I think it was a tough one tonight,"
Akeson said. "It's just one of those things
where we didn't have it. Tonight there were flashes
of good things. But like I said many times before,
that's why this game is so good, we get to come
out tomorrow and prove ourselves again. So it's
one you want to put on the back-burner and look
ahead to tomorrow."
The Phantoms tangle with Northway Rival Albany
on Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center
on Dax's Big Birthday Bash featuring all his best
mascot friends. Mascot VIP Guests to help Dax
celebrate his big night include Sonar (Hartford
Wolf Pack), Devil Dawg (Albany Devils), Tux (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins), Finz (Worcester Sharks) and many more.
Fun for the whole family! Saturday is also Law
Enforcement Night with discount tickets available
for all Law Enforcement to benefit Special Olympics
Pink the Rink presented by Glens Falls Hospital
is Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 against Hartford
with the Phantoms wearing and then auctioning
special pink jerseys in the fight against breast
cancer. January 31 is Pack The House Night presented
by John Ray & Sons with discount tickets available.
Let's show the league what we've got. Let's Pack
The House on Friday, January 31! Call the Phantoms
for tickets in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Hartford Wolf Pack 4 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Status: Final
Friday, January 17, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Hartford 1 1 2 - 4
Adirondack 2 0 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Akeson 13 (Gervais,
Cousins), 5:55 (PP). 2, Hartford, Bourque 8 (Johnson,
Miller), 9:20 (PP). 3, Adirondack, Newbury 12
(Manning, Akeson), 17:37 (PP). Penalties-FitzGerald
Adk (roughing), 2:38; Haley Hfd (slashing), 4:55;
FitzGerald Adk (interference), 8:36; Haley Hfd
(roughing, slashing), 14:46; Bickel Hfd (holding),
2nd Period-4, Hartford, Powe 6 (Johnson, Hensick),
6:02. Penalties-Kantor Hfd (fighting), 3:42; Mathers
Adk (fighting), 3:42; Beach Hfd (roughing), 10:23;
Kantor Hfd (misconduct, game misconduct - abuse
of officials), 10:23; Straka Adk (roughing, match
- fighting), 10:23; Johnson Hfd (tripping), 11:09;
Kristo Hfd (slashing), 17:41; Manning Adk (diving/embellishment),
3rd Period-5, Hartford, Yogan 3 (Johnson, Miller),
1:24. 6, Hartford, Fast 3 (Lindberg), 19:56. Penalties-No
Shots on Goal-Hartford 9-13-15-37. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 1 / 4; Adirondack
2 / 5.
Goalies-Hartford, LeNeveu 1-1-0 (28 shots-26 saves).
Adirondack, Heeter 13-12-0 (37 shots-33 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (77).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
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.