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5th Try the Charm for the Falcons

January 21, 2014

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), 15:07.

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 6-10-5-21.
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 Grill.
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 & Sons.
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.






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