4,800 fans crammed into the Glens Falls Civic
Center for another big Saturday night tilt for
the team's second official sellout of the season.
But the visiting Albany Devils avenged a 4-0 shutout
loss from two weeks earlier to prevail 4-1 on
Adirondack's home-ice. Albany evened the Northway
Rivalry series at 4-4 this season and also tied
it up all-time now at 21-21.
fans arrived early for Dax's Big Birthday Bash
featuring 10 mascots total whooping it up in the
stands and on the ice and having a good time.
The Adirondack Phantoms enjoyed their second sellout
of the season as they exceeded the 4,794 seating-capacity
of the Glens Falls Civic Center. The game was
the 11th Glens Falls sellout all-time for the
Adirondack Phantoms. The team's first sellout
of the year came on Opening Night on October 12
with a packed house turnout of 5,031.
Adirondack's losses this weekend mark the first
time for the team to lose consecutive games since
November 30 and December 4.
Cal Heeter had shutout the Devils just two weeks
earlier on his way to CCM/AHL Player of the Week
honors. But Albany rudely responded in this contest
by scoring four goals against Heeter in the first
31 minutes and knocking him out of the game prematurely.
Yann Danis responded in relief with 29 minutes
of shutout hockey to keep the Devils at bay.
The game was off to an auspicious start with a
fluky goal in the opening six minutes. Devils'
captain Rod Pelley sneakily banked the puck off
Heeter's leg from behind the cage to register
his eighth of the year as Albany drew first blood.
Albany held a 2-1 lead at the midway point of
the game but tallied back-to-back goals just 40
seconds apart from Artem Demkov and Tim Sestito
to widen their margin to 4-1.
"In the second period we started breaking
down because of our own decisions with the puck,"
head coach Terry Murray said. "We had a lot
of passes that were not completed. The puck is
loose, it comes out to the neutral zone, they
counter-attack, they're getting it back at us
again. We're playing that half-ice game and they
took it to us."
Ben Holmstrom scored for the Adirondack Phantoms
late in the first period with a power-play goal
on a hot-shot puck bouncing all over in the Albany
zone. Kris Newbury had shot a rebound off the
post after Brandon Manning perhaps caught part
of goalie Keith Kinkaid's mask with his initial
drive. Holmstrom was able to knock home the next
attempt from the slot while Kinkaid was still
scrambling and that tied the game at 1-1.
Another helpful bounce just 65 seconds later would
allow the Devils to retake the advantage. Mattias
Tedenby's centering pass from the right-wing wall
appeared to be intercepted by Nick Cousins in
the slot but the puck somehow made it through
his stick and over to Kelly Zajac on the backdoor
who was able to bury his opportunity before Heeter
would be able to respond.
Two more goals just 40 seconds apart by Demkov
and then Sestito on an odd-man rush following
a neutral-zone steal would finish the scoring.
"We got away from our game," said Phantoms
captain Ben Holmstrom. "We started out good
in the first period. Then we started turning pucks
over and stuff. And that's when they start coming
the other way at us. We didn't get pucks in behind
them and we just let the game get away from us."
The fans were treated to three fights after that
as the Phantoms looked for any potential spark
to trigger a comeback. Brandon Manning dropped
the gloves with Chris McKelvie a couple minutes
after Albany's last goal. A few minutes later
it would be Kris Newbury throwing some big punches
on Stefan Matteau. Then fan-favorite Zack FitzGerald
went at it with Raman Hrabarenka with 55 seconds
left in the game to put a capper on the night.
Adirondack was without Petr Straka who was serving
the first of a two-game suspension stemming from
his match penalty on Friday night against Hartford.
Straka will also sit out Adirondack's next game
on Monday afternoon at Springfield.
were a couple other big games on the night as
well. The Mites team beat the Dax-Fronted Mascot
Team in an intermission hockey game. By the end
of the quick match, a fair amount of disorganization
was apparent within the mascot ranks involving
a number of checks with each other. Sonar of the
Hartford Wolf Pack blasted Mojo of the Amsterdam
Mohawks and then had a nice hit on birthday-boy
Dax to conclude the hilarity.
In Game #2, it was Gangham Style Time for Musical
Chairs with all the mascots. It came down to Dax
and Devil Dawg of the Albany Devils of the last
two. Dax prevailed and received a raucous ovation
for his mighty triumph. Mojo of the Amsterdam
Mohawks was the first one eliminated but that
worked out for the best as he could then be seen
displaying his incredible Gangham Style moves
for the duration of the game.
The game marked the official midway point of the
season for the Phantoms who have now played 38
games in 2013-14 and have 38 remaining.
Adirondack fell to 20-16-2 with just their sixth
loss in their last 17 games. The Phantoms stayed
one point behind St. John's for the #9 spot in
the Eastern Conference standings. Albany holds
the fourth-place position as they improved to
Albany out-shot the Phantoms 26-22. Albany was
0-for-3 on the power play while Adirondack improved
to 1-for-4. Rob Bordson played in his 199th games
for the Adirondack Phantoms and will become the
second ever player to play in 200 Adirondack Phantoms
games this Monday joining Ben Holmstrom.
Jason Akeson's scoring streak ended. He ha an
eight-game point-streak as well as a four-game
goal-streak entering the night but he was unable
to register in this one.
The Phantoms travel to Springfield on Monday afternoon
and then to Albany for a rematch next Saturday
afternoon. Adirondack's next home game is Sunday,
January 26 at 3:00 PM against the Hartford Wolf
Pack on Pink in the Rink presented by Glens Falls
Hospital supporting the fight against breast cancer.
Friday, January 31 is Pack The House Night presented
by John Ray & Sons with special discount tickets
available. Let's jam the GFCC again everyone and
notch yet another sellout! Call the Phantoms for
tickets at 518-480-3355.
Phantoms GFCC Sellouts (11) (4,794 or
5,411 10/3/09 vs. Worcester Sharks
5,309 1/23/10 vs. Albany River Rats
5,163 3/10/12 vs. Albany Devils
5,148 11/27/09 vs. Hershey Bears
5,031 10/12/13 vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
4,968 4/10/10 vs. Albany River Rats
4,923 2/4/12 vs. Providence Bruins
4,912 10/17/09 vs. Albany River Rats
4,906 3/5/10 vs. Rochester Americans
4,801 10/13/11 vs. Portland Pirates
4,800 1/18/14 vs. Albany Devils
Albany Devils 4 at Adirondack Phantoms
January 18, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 2 2 0 - 4
Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Albany, Pelley 8 (Kelly, Kinkaid),
6:45. 2, Adirondack, Holmstrom 8 (McGinn, Newbury),
15:47 (PP). 3, Albany, Zajac 6 (Tedenby, Burlon),
16:52. Penalties-Whitney Alb (tripping), 6:59;
McKelvie Alb (roughing), 15:15.
2nd Period-4, Albany, Demkov 6 (Kelly), 9:32.
5, Albany, Sestito 7 (McKelvie, Pesonen), 10:12.
Penalties-Flanagan Adk (slashing), 4:44; McKelvie
Alb (fighting), 12:40; Manning Adk (instigating,
fighting, misconduct - instigating), 12:40; Matteau
Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 16:27;
Newbury Adk (fighting), 16:27.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Pesonen Alb
(boarding), 12:28; Hrabarenka Alb (fighting),
19:05; FitzGerald Adk (fighting), 19:05.
Shots on Goal-Albany 7-11-8-26. Adirondack 12-6-4-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 2; Adirondack
1 / 4.
Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 16-7-1 (22 shots-21 saves).
Adirondack, Heeter 13-13-0 (14 shots-10 saves);
Danis 6-3-2 (12 shots-12 saves).
Referees-Kendrick Nicholson (76), Keith Kaval
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Francis Trempe (56).
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic
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.