afternoon's tilt in Albany appeared to be headed
for overtime but the Phantoms' leading scorer
said, "Not so fast." Jason Akeson blasted
home the game-winner with just 20.5 seconds remaining
as the Adirondack Phantoms prevailed in come-from-behind
fashion at the Albany Devils on a snowy Saturday
afternoon. Akeson's 14th goal of the season powered
through Albany goalie Scott Wedgewood lifted the
Phantoms to the road-victory at Times Union Center.
Petr Straka worked into the zone and muscled up
against bigger defenseman Seth Helgeson to work
the puck to Rob Bordson on the end-boards who
quickly touched it back to Akeson crashing into
the slot for his big one-timer. Wedgewood had
a good chunk of it but Akeson's drive still made
it through off the goalie's stick for the late
Adirondack improved to 21-17-2 with the victory
and regained the lead in the Northway Rivalry
series 5 games to 4 over the Albany Devils. The
Phantoms are now 3-2-0 at Times Union Center this
year. The Devils fell to 23-13-6 as they dropped
their third straight.
Marc-Andre Bourdon played his first game in 14
months and recorded an assist on Adirondack's
first strike coming off the stick of Tye McGinn
late in the second period. Bourdon's hard centering
pass from the left-point was perfectly placed
for McGinn in the slot to deflect in his eighth
of the season. It was Bourdon's first game as
well as his first point since November 30, 2012.
The fifth-year pro had been sidelined for over
a year with post-concussion symptoms and was rejoining
the lineup for the first time.
Bourdon acknowledged he got off to a somewhat
rough start in his first couple trips on the ice
which included a turnover and then a broken skate
that required him to head back to the locker-room
early in the game. But after his quick reset,
he was able to get back on track.
"It was a lot of mixed emotions," Bourdon
said. "I didn't know what to expect. I've
never missed that long. After the first two shifts
I was like, 'Well, it's going to be a long one.'
Then me and (Delisle), we came back stronger.
He was talking a lot to me and helping me out."
Cal Heeter was the winner for the Phantoms improving
to 14-13-0 with another strong performance turning
away 27 of Albany's 28 drives. Perhaps his top
save came in the second period sliding to his
left to deny Kelly Zajac's one-timer from the
right-circle. But there were a number of additional
solid stops for the second-year pro out of Ohio
State who kept his team in the game and gave the
offense time to find their groove.
struck first with a goal in the closing minute
of the first period with Mike Sislo registering
his 12th of the season knifing into the slot from
the left circle on the power play to beat Heeter
Adirondack would equalize with 1:09 left in the
second period with Bourdon's nicely placed assist
from the left-point finding McGinn's stick.
And then both Heeter and Wedgewood would keep
the game deadlocked until the closing seconds
when Akeson would blast home his game-winner.
Akeson's goal is the 47th of his career with the
Adirondack Phantoms putting him just one away
from the all-time team record 48 goals by Denis
The Phantoms and Devils meet three more times
this season with the next encounter taking place
on February 15 in Adirondack's sixth, and last,
visit to Times Union Center this season.
Adirondack hosts Hartford on Sunday afternoon
at 3:00 for Pink in the Rink presented by Glens
Falls Hospital. The Phantoms will be wearing special
pink jerseys to show their support for their fight
against breast cancer. Partial proceeds from the
postgame jersey auction will go to benefit the
C.R. Wood Cancer Center. It is also a Sunday Family
FunDay with FunDay packages on sale for only $43
including 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, one
popcorn and one program. Call the Phantoms for
information at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Albany Devils
1 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
Albany 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Albany, Sislo 12 (Larsson, Boucher),
19:08 (PP). Penalties-Bordson Adk (roughing),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, McGinn 8 (Bourdon,
Newbury), 18:51. Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (roughing),
4:27; Matteau Alb (roughing), 4:27; Lauridsen
Adk (slashing), 7:19.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Akeson 14 (Straka,
Bordson), 19:39. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (interference),
3:36; Boucher Alb (interference), 3:50; Demkov
Alb (high-sticking), 7:21; Larsson Alb (slashing),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-6-7-22. Albany 12-9-7-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Albany
1 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 14-13-0 (28 shots-27
saves). Albany, Wedgewood 7-7-2 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).
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.
Wednesday, January 29 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
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!
Saturday, February 1 (1:00) -
Hershey Bears vs. Adirondack Phantoms - at Philadelphia
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.