It took the top team in the American Hockey League
five tries to finally defeat the Adirondack Phantoms
in regulation. But the Springfield Falcons finally
did so in a Monday matinee at the MassMutual Center
with a 4-1 decision.
Springfield is 28-8-4 for the top mark in the
AHL but Adirondack had gone 3-0-1 against the
Falcons up until this meeting. The game marked
the official beginning of the second-half of the
season for Adirondack who wrapped up its first
38 games on Saturday night and were opening the
latter 38-game stretch.
Springfield blasted away for a four-goal explosion
in the second period representing the most the
Phantoms have allowed in a single period this
season. Yann Danis was touched for the four goals
although most could not be blamed on him as they
came via a couple odd-man rushes, a breakaway
and a backdoor cross.
Trailing 4-0 in the third period, Adirondack actually
had a chance to mount an unlikely comeback in
the game when Thomas Larkin took a five-minute
boarding major on his hit of Kyle Flanagan. The
window was open for the Phantoms to perhaps get
a couple quick ones and make things interesting
again. A couple of minor penalties later and Adirondack
was looking at a 4-on-3 power play of the "all-you-can-eat"
variety in which the Phantoms would get to stay
on the power play if they continued to score.
The situation called for the unusual move of
pulling the goaltender for an extra attacker even
though there were still 11 minutes remaining in
the game. Cal Heeter had come into the game in
relief of Yann Danis and when he went for the
bench, the Phantoms were on a 5-on-3 and then
even had a 6-on-3 advantage for about 30 seconds.
Adirondack was denied on a couple of saves by
Mike McKenna during their two-man and three-man
advantages. Brandon Alderson was later able to
barely knock one through when the game went back
to 5-on-4 but that would be it for the Phantoms
and the five-minute major only produced the one
goal for their comeback hopes.
J.F. Jacques (5th), Lukas Sedlak (6th), Cody Goloubef
(6th) and Michael Chaput (8th) lit the lamp for
the Falcons. Jacques was backdoor on a cross-ice
pass from Spencer Machacek about seven minutes
into the second period. Sedlak would score on
a rush into the zone about four minutes later.
The last two goals would come in the final three
minutes of the period to give the Falcons their
more comfortable advantage. Goloubef blocked a
slapper and turned it into his own break the other
way taking the shot himself on a 2-on-1 and powering
it through Yann Danis. And Michael Chaput received
a long stretch-pass as he had just emerged out
of the penalty box for a clean breakaway which
he completed with a backhand move against the
organization who had originally drafted him.
The Phantoms are now 3-1-1 against the Falcons
this year as their overall record moved to 20-17-2
and remain two points behind Hershey for the #8
spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Adirondack
and Springfield do not meet again until March.
Adirondack out-shot Springfield 31-21 including
16-5 in the third period. Adirondack was 1-for-5
on the power play while Springfield went 0-for-2.
The Phantoms have lost three straight for the
first time since November. This comes immediately
on the heels of the team having won six out of
seven as well as 11 of their last 15.
The Phantoms return to action on Saturday afternoon
at Albany in a 2:00 matchup at Times Union Center.
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.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Springfield Falcons
4 - Status: Final
Monday, January 20, 2014 - MassMutual Center
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
Springfield 0 4 0 - 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-FitzGerald Adk
(slashing), 8:05; Goloubef Spr (interference),
2nd Period-1, Springfield, Jacques 5 (Machacek,
Parlett), 7:08. 2, Springfield, Sedlak 6 (Jacques,
Marchessault), 11:27. 3, Springfield, Goloubef
6 17:05. 4, Springfield, Chaput 8 (Goloubef, Larkin),
18:53. Penalties-Larkin Spr (hooking), 2:56; FitzGerald
Adk (cross-checking, roughing), 8:17; Larkin Spr
(roughing), 8:17; Holmstrom Adk (hooking), 16:43;
Chaput Spr (diving/embellishment), 16:43.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Alderson 6 (Holmstrom),
11:27 (PP). Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (instigating,
fighting, misconduct - instigating), 8:38; Larkin
Spr (major - boarding, fighting, game misconduct
- boarding), 8:38; Smith Spr (tripping), 9:07.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 4-11-16-31. Springfield
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 5; Springfield
0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 6-4-2 (16 shots-12 saves);
Heeter 13-13-0 (5 shots-5 saves). Springfield,
McKenna 10-3-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Paul Simeon (66).
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.