Wolf Pack survived six Adirondack power plays
to push their way through to a 5-2 victory on
Wednesday night at XL Center in Hartford, CT.
Trailing 3-2 early in the third period, the Phantoms
received a golden opportunity after back-to-back
Hartford penalties. But Adirondack was unable
to convert in their 1:20 of 5-on-3 in the key
momentum swing of the evening.
For the second game in a row, Tye McGinn would
score in the opening minute but the early jump
would prove to not be enough. Hartford rookie
Danny Kristo scored two goals and one assist to
pace the Wolf Pack attack. Former Phantom Danny
Syvret scored the first of Hartford's five tallies.
Veteran goalie Dov Grumet-Morris made some rather
impressive saves among his 28 total stops for
the win. Cal Heeter took the tough loss with 24
saves on 29 shots.
Jason Akeson recorded assists on both Phantoms
goals giving him 146 career points moving him
into a three-way tie for 11th all-time in franchise
history with current Hartford D-Man Danny Syvret
and also Colonie, NY native Craig Darby.
Former Wolf Pack Kris Newbury helped open the
scoring by carrying the puck to the left circle
from behind the goal where he found himself all
alone. Instead of shooting, Newbury waited for
McGinn to find an opening. When that happened
Newbury gunned the puck across for the backdoor
tip as McGinn scored his 11th of the season. McGinn
has four goals in his last three games and also
has six goals in his last eight games.
Danny Syvret's blast from center-point late in
the first period rang off the right iron and into
the net on a picture-perfect power-play pipe-strike
that tied the score at 1-1 at the first break.
Ryan Bourque received a pass as he split the
defense on the power-play and moved in all alone
on Heeter on a partial breakaway for a goal in
the opening minute of the second period to push
Hartford in front 2-1. Bourque had four or five
other point-blank or breakaway opportunities on
Heeter but only scored on the one.
Danny Kristo dangled around a Phantoms defenseman
in the right circle to knife in towards Heeter
for a highlight-reel goal midway through the second
period as Hartford extended the lead to 3-1. Kristo's
first of the night was his 15th of the season
to lead Wolf Pack scorers.
Adirondack's Marcel Noebels similarly dragged
the puck impressively around a Hartford blueliner
and while he was hooked down was still able to
get enough on his backhand drive to push a key
goal through Grumet-Morris that barely made it
across the goal-line. It was just Noebels' second
goal of the season but with barely over three
minutes remaining in the second period, the Phantoms
were within a goal again at 3-2 and carried momentum
into the second intermission.
Then the Phantoms had their huge 5-on-3 opportunity
for 80 seconds in the third period. A couple of
Brandon Manning slappers were blocked by Wolf
Pack skaters and Grumet-Morris made a couple of
other decent saves. But his biggest save came
right after the two penalties had expired when
he robbed Tye McGinn from the right circle by
snapping up the glove as he was initially going
down. It was perhaps his best stop of the night
and kept Hartford ahead by their slim one-goal
advantage. Shortly after that big save, the momentum
shift was fully realized when Kristo jammed in
his second of the game and 16th of the season
after T.J. Hensick stole a puck in the corner
following Adirondack's attempts to get the puck
out of the zone.
Oscar Lindberg's blast rushing up to the top
of the right circle would finish the night's scoring
with just under five minutes left for the 5-2
Adirondack finished 0-for-6 on the power play
while Hartford was 2-for-4. The Wolf Pack scored
a pair of power-play goals in back-to-back games
against the normally top-notch Phantoms penalty-kill
in Hartford's wins on Sunday and Wednesday. Adirondack's
record moves to 21-19-2 while Hartford improved
Adirondack will have a chance for revenge when
they return to Hartford next Tuesday, February
4. But before that is a key Showdown Series with
the Hershey Bears on Friday in Glens Falls and
Saturday in Philadelphia. Hershey currently holds
down the eighth-place position in the Eastern
Conference with a six-point margin over Adirondack.
This weekend represents an opportunity for the
Phantoms to narrow that margin to just two points.
Adirondack is already 2-0-0 against the Bears
this season with a pair of overtime wins.
Friday night in Glens Falls is Pack The House
Night with $10 tickets available presented by
UpgradeToComfort.com. The Phantoms are aiming
for their third sellout of the season at the Glens
Falls Civic Center as the community looks to show
the rest of the league yet again the quality of
fan support they have in the area. Call the Phantoms
for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Saturday at 1:00, the Phantoms and Bears will
meet again, but this time at Wells Fargo Center
in Philadelphia. Seats on the Phantoms second
Fan Bus to the game are on sale now via Upstate
Transit but are only available while they last.
Call Upstate Transit to find out more: 518-584-5252.
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Hartford Wolf
Pack 5 - Status: Final
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - XL Center
Adirondack 1 1 0 - 2
Hartford 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 11 (Newbury,
Akeson), 0:47. 2, Hartford, Syvret 5 (Johnson,
Hensick), 16:40 (PP). Penalties-Fast Hfd (hooking),
4:03; Manning Adk (high-sticking), 4:46; Lauridsen
Adk (tripping), 11:28; Fast Hfd (roughing), 13:03;
Manning Adk (slashing), 14:47.
2nd Period-3, Hartford, Bourque 9 (Fast, Hensick),
0:57 (PP). 4, Hartford, Kristo 15 (Powe, Allen),
9:32. 5, Adirondack, Noebels 2 (Akeson), 16:41.
Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (kneeing, fighting), 0:16;
Haley Hfd (fighting), 0:16; Mathers Adk (fighting),
1:35; Nash Hfd (interference, fighting), 1:35;
Allen Hfd (elbowing), 4:11.
3rd Period-6, Hartford, Kristo 16 (Hensick),
6:10. 7, Hartford, Lindberg 10 (Kristo), 14:46.
Penalties-Syvret Hfd (hooking), 2:05; Johnson
Hfd (high-sticking), 2:45; Noebels Adk (tripping),
6:41; Akeson Adk (tripping), 15:50.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-9-11-30. Hartford
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 6; Hartford
2 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 14-15-0 (29 shots-24
saves). Hartford, Grumet-Morris 6-10-4 (30 shots-28
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Jeffrey Ingram (25).
Linesmen-Glen Cooke (6), Luke Galvin (2).
Friday, January 31 (7:00) -
Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
Pack the House Night presented by UpgradeToComfort.com,
Curtis Lumber, and John Ray & Sons.
Special $10 Tickets are still available but only
while they last. Help us Pack The House!!
Saturday, February 1 (1:00) -
Hershey Bears vs. Adirondack Phantoms - At Philadelphia
Tuesday, February 4 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, February 8 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Sunday, February 9 (3:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
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.