The Adirondack Phantoms thrived in their exciting
opportunity to perform in an NHL venue and defeated
the Hershey Bears 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Tye McGinn
returned to Philly where he has proven to be quite
popular in his quick stays with the Flyers over
the past couple of years. In his first game back,
McGinn earned #1 Star of the Game honors with
a three-point day on one goal and two assists.
was dancing. The kids were having a great time.
The players were afforded the opportunity to play
in an NHL arena. And the Phantoms pulled out a
nice bounce-back victory. All told, it was a pretty
good Saturday for the Phantoms. And 16,116 were
on-hand at Wells Fargo Center for the big day.
That included over 80 fans who rode down on a
pair of Phantoms fan-buses from Glens Falls as
well as several other fans who traveled to the
game on their own. That's a lot of travel from
some tremendously loyal fans in the North Country.
Phantoms season-ticket holders who redeemed their
flex-ticket for this one were given the VIP treatment.
The gang had their own luxury suite where they
enjoyed the Phantoms win in fine-style.
Tyler Brown, Ben Holmstrom and Jason Akeson scored
the other goals for the Phantoms in the impressive
win as they bounced back from a 5-3 setback to
the Bears just 18 hours earlier in Glens Falls.
Akeson's goal in the third period sniping it
far-side, high-glove from the left circle was
his 49th with the team breaking the all-time Adirondack
Phantoms record of 48 goals held by Denis Hamel.
The crowd in Philadelphia was informed of the
accomplishment right away after the goal was scored
and Akeson received a nice ovation from the thousands
of Phantoms fans in the building.
The Adirondack Phantoms are now 3-2-0 all-time
in Philadelphia including 2-2-0 at Wells Fargo
Center and 1-0-0 in their outdoor game at Citizens
Bank Park. In fact, this game was the first Philadelphia
encounter between the Phantoms and Bears since
that magical night of January 6, 2012 when Shane
Harper scored the overtime winner in front of
an AHL record-crowd of 45,653.
Both teams were playing after an overnight bus-ride
from Glens Falls following Friday night's game
and then had a quick turnaround to get it cranked
up for the 1:00 PM start on Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Brown opened the scoring early in the day
with his perfect blast rushing into the left circle
beating Phillip Grubauer hugh glove. Kyle Flanagan
had won a faceoff in his own zone and Marc-Andre
Bourdon was able to chip the puck to the racing
Brown who took care of the rest for his first
goal of the season. It was just Brown's second
game back since returning from a shoulder injury
sustained over a month ago.
McGinn chipped one through at the top of the crease
on a nice pass across from the right-wing wall
by Kris Newbury. And the Phantoms had a 2-0 lead
at the seven-minute mark of the game.
The rest of the period primarily belonged to
the Hershey Bears who out-shot the Phantoms 13-6
in the opening 20 minutes and challenged Cal Heeter
with a number of promising opportunities. Matt
Watkins found the puck after Ryan Potulny nudged
it forward a couple of inches. Dane Byers started
the play with a steal in the corner to set up
Watkins backhander past Heeter. The only goal
Heeter allowed on 29 shots faced would pull Hershey
to within a goal at the first break.
Both teams went scoreless in the second period
but that's not to say there weren't chances. Hershey
had four straight power plays to begin the second
but the Adirondack penalty-kill found their stride
once again and killed them all away.
Ben Holmstrom knocked through a rebound of a
Tye McGinn shot early in the third for his ninth
of the year. Holmstrom chipped the puck five-hole
on Grubauer at 5:29 into the final period to push
Adirondack's lead to 3-1. Jason Akeson finished
the scoring with his record-setting goal at 8:35
into the final period for the 4-1 final.
The Phantoms improved to 22-20-2 and pulled to
within six points of eighth-place Hershey in the
Eastern Conference playoff race. Hershey fell
to 23-15-6. The Phantoms are 3-1-0 against Hershey
this year and will see the Bears two more times
down at Giant Center including a season-finale
matchup on April 19 that could potentially have
interesting playoff implications.
The game was the 182nd all-time meeting between
the Phantoms and the Bears since 1996. The Phantoms
are 86-86-10 all-time against Hershey. The Phantoms
previously called Philadelphia home when they
played at the Spectrum for 13 seasons from 1996-2009.
Now the Adirondack Phantoms are in their fifth
season playing in Glens Falls, NY.
The Phantoms have three away games coming up
this week traveling to Hartford, Wilkes-Barre
and Bridgeport on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Adirondack's next home game is a Valentine's Day
encounter with the Hershey Bears on Friday, February
14. Call the Phantoms for tickets in advance to
Bears 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 4
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Wells Fargo Center
Hershey 1 0 0 - 1
Adirondack 2 0 2 - 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Brown 1 (Bourdon, Flanagan),
2:56. 2, Adirondack, McGinn 12 (Newbury, Akeson),
7:00. 3, Hershey, Watkins 6 (Potulny, Byers),
17:53. Penalties-Bordson Adk (hooking), 11:17;
Gervais Adk (slashing), 19:32.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cousins Adk
(holding), 2:56; Newbury Adk (tripping, unsportsmanlike
conduct), 4:41; Schilling Her (holding), 8:49;
Stoa Her (tripping, roughing), 14:47; Newbury
Adk (roughing), 14:47.
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Holmstrom 9 (McGinn,
Newbury), 5:29. 5, Adirondack, Akeson 16 (McGinn,
Lauridsen), 8:35. Penalties-Deschamps Her (tripping),
5:12; Adk (tripping), 5:12; Whitmore Her (fighting),
16:34; Lauridsen Adk (fighting), 16:34; Segal
Her (tripping), 18:40.
Shots on Goal-Hershey 14-6-10-30. Adirondack
6-8-17-31. Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0
/ 6; Adirondack 0 / 4. Goalies-Hershey, Grubauer
6-5-1 (31 shots-27 saves). Adirondack, Heeter
15-15-0 (30 shots-29 saves).
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
Friday, February 14 (7:00) -
Portland Pirates at Adirondack Phantoms
Valentine's Day with the Phantoms!!
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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.