The milestones keep coming for Jason Akeson. One
game he's breaking the Adirondack Phantoms all-time
goals record previously held by Denis Hamel. The
next game he's the first Adirondack Phantom to
record 100 career assists. His helper on a Tye
McGinn power-play goal would not be enough, however,
as the visiting Phantoms fell on the road to the
Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Akeson becomes the 10th player in Phantoms' history
to reach 100 career assists with the franchise.
That includes 13 seasons of the Philadelphia Phantoms
from 1996-2009 and also five seasons of the Adirondack
Phantoms from 2009-2014.
Adirondack had to improvise a bit with their
lineup for this game and were without "Ironman"
Rob Bordson who missed this contest with an illness.
Bordson's team-record streak of 144 consecutive
games played came to an end as a result. Kyle
Flangan and Derek Mathers were also among the
scratches for this game.
Danny Kristo (17th), Oscar Lindberg (13th), Bretton
Stamler (1st) and former Phantom and Flyer Darroll
Powe (8th) all scored in the Wolf Pack win while
David LeNeveu turned aside 25 of 26 drives between
Kristo tallied just 23 seconds into the game
curling a Heeter rebound around his left-leg into
the goal. It was the quickest goal the Phantoms
have surrendered this season.
Adirondack quickly responded with a power-play
goal less than four minutes into the game when
Jason Akeson's drive was battled for in the crease
by Ben Holmstrom and Tye McGinn. Holmstrom's stick
was blocked by Hartford defenders but McGinn on
the right-side of the crease was able to muscle
his way it and deposit his 13th of the season
as well as his sixth in his last six games. McGinn
also has 12 points in hislast 11 games since January
4 on eight goals and four assists.
The score would stay tied at 1-1 for only about
a minute-and-a-half though as Michael Haley's
feed into the slot would set up Oscar Lindberg
to jam one through in the crease.
Chris VandeVelde almost made the score 2-2 late
in the first period when he raced out of the Phantoms
zone on a shorthanded breakaway. VandeVelde was
completely in the clear and moved the puck to
his backhand but LeNeveu made the left-leg kick
save to keep the Wolf Pack in front.
Cal Heeter made his top save of the night with
just under a minute to go in the first period
with a spectacular left-toe stop on J.T. Miller's
one-timer drive in the high slot.
Defenseman Bretton Stamler capitalized on a long-rebound
between the circles shortly after a face-off win
to score his first of the season about eight minutes
into the second period as Hartford extended their
advantage to 3-1. A couple minutes after that,
head coach Terry Murray opted to use his timeout
to try to get his players reset.
Darroll Powe cranked a blast from the top of
the left-circle over the glove of Heeter with
5:20 left in the second period making the score
4-1. The shot might have deflected off a defenseman's
skate up high perhaps changing the direction of
the drive. Heeter was removed from the game at
that point in favor of Yann Danis who held the
Wolf Pack off the board the rest of the way.
Adirondack had a couple of big power-play opportunities
in the third period in some late efforts to cut
into the margin. Powe received a five-minute elbowing
major and game misconduct with 6:10 remaining
on a massive hit against Petr Straka. The Phantoms'
rookie laid on the ice face-down for a few moments
while Ben Holmstrom dropped the gloves with Powe.
But Straka eventually got to his feet and was
even okay to stay in the game and took a couple
more shifts before the night ended.
So Adirondack received a five-minute major power
play with an opportunity to score multiple goals
but Hartford was able to kill off a couple minutes
of it and then most of the rest of the time was
spent 4-on-4 after former Wolf Pack Kris Newbury
received an elbowing minor.
Hartford out-shot Adirondack 31-25. The Phantoms
were 1-for-7 on the power play while the Wolf
Pack were held to 0-for-4. The Phantoms and Wolf
Pack have played eight times this season and will
meet again for just a couple more in March. The
Phantoms fell to 22-21-2 while the Wolf Pack won
their sixth in their last nine to improve to 17-23-5
in their efforts to climb out of the Eastern Conference
The Phantoms continue their road-swing on Saturday
night at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and
Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers. After that is the AHL All-Star Break from
February 10-13. The Phantoms return to Glens Falls
for a Valentine's Day matchup with the Portland
Pirates on Friday, February 14 at 7:00. Purchase
your tickets in advance to save by calling the
Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Hartford Wolf
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - XL Center
Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1
Hartford 2 2 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Hartford, Kristo 17 (Lindberg,
Nash), 0:23. 2, Adirondack, McGinn 13 (Holmstrom,
Akeson), 3:36 (PP). 3, Hartford, Lindberg 13 (Haley,
Kristo), 5:11. Penalties-Beach Hfd (elbowing),
2:56; Syvret Hfd (closing hand on puck), 7:09;
FitzGerald Adk (elbowing), 11:19.
2nd Period-4, Hartford, Stamler 1 (Miller, Fast),
7:43. 5, Hartford, Powe 8 (Syvret, McIlrath),
14:40 (SH). Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (high-sticking),
0:46; Nash Hfd (hooking), 4:17; Gervais Adk (tripping),
12:33; Allen Hfd (hooking), 12:50; McGinn Adk
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Vaive Hfd (interference),
4:35; Stamler Hfd (delay of game), 11:19; Holmstrom
Adk (fighting), 13:50; Powe Hfd (fighting, major
- elbowing, game misconduct - elbowing), 13:50;
Newbury Adk (boarding), 15:40.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 12-6-7-25. Hartford
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 7; Hartford
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 15-16-0 (17 shots-13
saves); Danis 6-5-2 (14 shots-14 saves). Hartford,
LeNeveu 3-4-0 (25 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22), Ryan Hersey (8).
Linesmen-Paul Simeon (66), Kevin Redding (16).
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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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.