The Adirondack Phantoms took to the ice with some
terrific pink jerseys on Pink in the Rink presented
by Glens Falls Hospital and raced out to a 3-1
lead. But the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack pulled
off a third-period rally for a 6-3 win at the
Glens Falls Civic Center on Sunday evening.
Tye McGinn scored twice for the Phantoms (9th
and 10th) and Jason Akeson added his team-leading
15th goal of the season. But rookie Jesper Fast
tallied a pair of goals including the game-winner
with less than five minutes remaining. The Wolf
Pack added a pair of empty-net goals in the final
two minutes of the game to complete the victory.
pink jerseys were part of the team's efforts to
raise awareness and funds for breast cancer issues
and treatment. Area breast cancer survivors were
honored through the day and accompanied the players
during the post-game jersey auction in which partial
proceeds would be donated to the C.R. Wood Cancer
Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
It was a feel-good day for the team as well as
the fans in support of this great cause. Some
of the players got into the theme of "Think
Pink" even more with pink sticks during pregame
warmups and pink laces on their skates. A couple
players even kept their pink sticks DURING the
The Phantoms raced out of the starting gates
with a goal in the first shift when Tye McGinn
dangled around a defenseman in the right-circle
and then shot over the glove of Hartford goalie
Dov Grumet-Morris. Adirondack led 1-0 just 42
seconds into the game.
Later in the period, Jason Akeson would pounce
on a rebound of a Marc-Andre Bourdon shot after
a series of blasts had the Wolf Pack scrambling.
Akeson's 48th career goal with the Adirondack
Phantoms moved him into a tie for the all-time
team lead with Denis Hamel who also had 48 goals
Bourdon now has assists in consecutive days in
his first games back since returning to the lineup
for the first time in 14 months following his
post-concussion symptoms. Later in the day, the
popular defenseman received a nice ovation from
the crowd when he was announced as the Saratoga
Spine Player of the Week for successfully battling
through his injury and making it back to the team.
The Phantoms appeared to be in full control with
a 2-0 lead after one period and then led again
by two when the teams traded goals in the opening
minutes of the second period. But after taking
the 3-1 advantage before the midway point of the
game, the Phantoms would be unable to find the
back of the net again.
"Really good early, and not so good late,"
head coach Terry Murray said. "Too many missed
opportunities in the first half of the game in
offensive situations. And they put a huge push
on to win the game."
Jesper Fast blasted a one-timer from the top
of the left circle in the opening minutes of the
second period as Hartford took advantage of their
carry-over power-play time to make the score 2-1.
Tye McGinn responded from the left circle when
Brandon Manning neatly connected across the ice
from the right point.
Marek Hrivik pulled Hartford to within a goal
again with another power-play strike with less
than two minutes remaining in the second period
shooting the puck barely into the net from the
right-wing end-line after a nice cross-ice pass
from their captain, Aaron Johnson, on the left
The Phantoms led 3-2 heading into the third period
but Kyle Beach benefited from the rebound of a
shot-block by Marc-Andre Bourdon who went down
to impede Michael Haley's drive from the right
circle. The carom bounced perfectly onto Beach's
stick who was able to unload from the slot going
five-hole on a moving Cal Heeter. Hartford tied
the game at 3-3 just five minutes into the third.
turned up the pressure later in the third period
and bombarded Cal Heeter with several shots in
a row to set up their go-ahead goal. Heeter made
back-to-back tremendous saves point-blank with
his left leg and then knocked away another big
drive from the slot by Ryan Bourque. But Adirondack
was not able to clear the zone and finally Jesper
Fast picked up the rebound of another shot and
was able to curl a backhander around Heeter with
4:41 left. Fast's second of the game put Hartford
in the lead for the first time in the game at
"Their tying goal is a blocked shot,"
Murray said. "The same thing on the fourth
that they get, the winning goal. It's a blocked
shot and it comes to their guy driving off the
left defenseman's side. They got a couple bounces
but they worked hard to get them. They took their
game up to a level and we weren't matching it."
The Phantoms had a late power-play opportunity
on a cross-checking penalty by Dylan McIlrath
with 2:52 to go and a little bit into the advantage
pulled goalie Cal Heeter to set up a 6-on-4 attack
to try to attain the equalizer. The Phantoms had
a couple close calls to tying the game on that
power play. Former Hartford Wolf Pack Kris Newbury
shot for a partly open net from the left circle
after Grumet-Morris had gone down but Newbury
missed the net with his shot allowing the puck
to be picked up on the other side and cleared
Danny Syvret, in another return to his former
home arena, launched a long clear from deep in
their own zone which took a fortuitous roll to
curve directly into the empty-net and advance
Hartford's lead to 5-3. Kris Newbury took exception
to Syvret's subsequent celebration of the goal
which was directed at some of the fans behind
the visitors' bench. Newbury shoved and grabbed
Syvret and both players were assessed 10-minute
misconducts. Coincidentally, those two players
had been traded for each other just this past
summer when Danny Syvret was dealt from the Philadelphia
Flyers organization to the New York Rangers in
exchange for Kris Newbury.
McIlrath returned from the box with under a minute
remaining and was on the receiving end of a long
stretch-pass by J.T. Miller for a breakaway at
an entirely open net. His fourth of the year was
Hartford's second empty-netter of the game and
provided for the 6-3 final score.
Shots in the game were even at 29-29 and, in
fact, were even in each period as well. Both teams
had eight shots in the first, nine in the second
and 12 in the third. Hartford was 2-for-2 on the
power play while Adirondack went 0-for-4 to provide
for one of the significant differences in the
end-result. The six goals equals the most allowed
by the Phantoms in a single game this year as
does the four goals allowed in a single period.
Adirondack surrendered two empty-net goals in
the same game for the first time this season.
Adirondack is 2-3-1 against Hartford this season
with four games remaining in the season series.
The game was the opener of a home-and-home series
between the two teams. The Phantoms travel to
Hartford, CT for a Wednesday night engagement.
Adirondack returns home Friday night against the
Hershey Bears on Pack The House Night presented
by John Ray and Sons. Special discount tickets
are available now as the Phantoms and the community
look to show the rest of the league the special
product we have in Glens Falls as we strive for
our third sellout of the season. The ticket price
will be increasing soon so fans should call right
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Hartford Wolf Pack 6 at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic
Hartford 0 2 4 - 6
Adirondack 2 1 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 9 (Holmstrom,
Newbury), 0:42. 2, Adirondack, Akeson 15 (Bourdon,
Straka), 12:12. Penalties-Miller Hfd (fighting),
8:34; Manning Adk (fighting), 8:34; McIlrath Hfd
(roughing), 12:34; Haley Hfd (unsportsmanlike
conduct, misconduct - abuse of officials), 15:28;
Lindberg Hfd (misconduct - unsportsmanlike conduct),
15:28; Vaive Hfd (misconduct - continuing altercation),
18:39; Bourdon Adk (misconduct - continuing altercation),
18:39; Delisle Adk (roughing), 18:39.
2nd Period-3, Hartford, Fast 7 (Miller, Syvret),
0:26 (PP). 4, Adirondack, McGinn 10 (Manning),
8:39. 5, Hartford, Hrivik 5 (Johnson, Hensick),
18:21 (PP). Penalties-Yogan Hfd (tripping), 5:04;
Newbury Adk (tripping), 16:58.
3rd Period-6, Hartford, Beach 5 (Haley, Lindberg),
5:11. 7, Hartford, Fast 8 (Bourque, Miller), 15:19.
8, Hartford, Syvret 4 18:28 (SH EN). 9, Hartford,
McIlrath 4 (Miller), 19:15 (EN). Penalties-McIlrath
Hfd (cross-checking), 17:08; Syvret Hfd (misconduct
- unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:28; Newbury Adk
(misconduct - unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:28.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 8-9-12-29. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 2 / 2; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Hartford, Grumet-Morris 5-10-4 (29 shots-26
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 14-14-0 (27 shots-23
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64)..
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
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Saturday, February 1 (1:00) -
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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.