Jason Akeson scored his team-leading 17th of the
year in a late comeback effort but the host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins were able to hold on for a 3-2 victory
on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Brandon Alderson contributed his seventh of the
season. Cal Heeter took the loss for Adirondack
as a late nod for the starting role after Yann
Danis was reported to have come down with illness
during the afternoon. Danis was initially deemed
to be the team's starter for this game and was
planning on the role still during the team's morning
skate but he possibly caught part of the bug that
has gone around to a few other players on the
Former Phantom and Flyer Harry Zolnierczyk likely
had a greater sense of satisfaction in his #1
Star of the Game performance as he burned his
ex-teammates with a goal and an assist. "Harry
Z" had just been sent back to Wilkes-Barre
from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the day
and arrived only a few hours before game-time.
His wrap-around goal beating Cal Heeter in the
second-period was his 15th of the year for the
Adirondack had a late 6-on-4 power play and extra-attacker
opportunity with a chance to tie. Chris VandeVelde
deflected a nice centering pass from Jason Akeson
towards the net but just missed putting it in
the goal as the Penguins dodged the late bullet.
Adirondack out-shot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 11-3
in the final period but only had the one goal
from Akeson that closed the deficit to one.
Harry Zolnierczyk helped open the scoring in
the first period with his breakaway on Heeter.
The Phantoms goalie made a nice save on his former
teammate but shortly after the stop, Nick Drazenovic
converted from the left-point with his ninth of
the year for a 1-0 Penguins advantage at the first
Derek Mathers dropped the gloves with Pierre-Luc
Letorneau-Leblond in an early-game scrap. Letourneau-Leblond
had played in Glens Falls for the Adirondack Frostbite
in the UHL at the beginning of his pro career
almost a decade ago.
Brandon Alderson made a smart chip-and-run play
to set himself up for his seventh goal of the
season. Picking off the puck in the Adirondack
zone, the rookie winger banked the puck off the
boards around the Penguins left-defenseman and
then rushed up to the Wilkes-Barre side on a 2-on-1.
Alderson took the shot himself from the top of
the right-circle and converted top shelf on Jeff
Deslauriers to tie the score at 1-1 just 1:57
into the second period.
Zolnierczyk put the Penguins back in front 11
minutes later. With the puck on the left of the
cage, he was able to get Heeter to bite on his
fake. Heeter went down and kicked up his left
leg expecting a sharp-angle shot, but Zolnierczyk
held onto the puck and quickly carried it behind
the goal for the wrap-around conversion on the
other side giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead at the
Simon Despres connected on a long stretch-pass
to Mike Carman who split the Phantoms D at the
Adirondack line and then moved the puck from backhand
to forehand for a breakaway goal. His tally midway
through the third period gave the Penguins a 3-1
Jason Akeson quickly responded with six minutes
left in regulation after a puck bounced off various
players of both sides frantically battling in
the slot. Akeson's shot might have deflected off
a Pens' stick and then was somewhat fluttered
into the goal. Those are the bounces that Akeson
has been getting on his latest scoring surge in
which he has been potting goals left and right
from all angles and varying shots. His team-leading
17th of the season is also his 11th goal of his
most recent 16 games (since December 28). Akeson
has scored over a point per game in his last 16
contests with 20 points in that stretch on 11
goals and nine assists.
The Phantoms received the late power-play opportunity
with 1:32 left and pulled Cal Heeter for the extra
attacker but were unable to score the equalizer
The Phantoms play their last game before the
AHL All-Star Break on Sunday afternoon at 3:00
at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Adirondack will
not skate or hold any practices from Monday through
Thursday during the break. They return to the
Glens Falls Civic Center next Friday night for
a Valentine's Day matchup with the Portland Pirates.
Order tickets in advance to save by calling the
Adirondack Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 3 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Mohegan Sun Arena
at Casey Plaza
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
W-B/Scranton 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Drazenovic 9 (Zolnierczyk,
Harrington), 7:14. Penalties-Mathers Adk (unsportsmanlike
conduct, fighting), 2:25; Letourneau-Leblond Wbs
(unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 2:25; Uher
Wbs (slashing), 7:33; Lauridsen Adk (holding),
10:29; Bourdon Adk (closing hand on puck), 15:51;
Mangene Adk (slashing), 17:20; Ebbett Wbs (slashing),
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Alderson 7 1:57. 3,
W-B/Scranton, Zolnierczyk 15 (Drazenovic, D'Agostino),
13:40. Penalties-Manning Adk (hooking), 3:50;
Bordson Adk (roughing), 4:46; Carman Wbs (interference),
8:11; Newbury Adk (cross-checking), 15:22; McNeill
Wbs (tripping), 19:00.
3rd Period-4, W-B/Scranton, Carman 5 (Despres),
9:46. 5, Adirondack, Akeson 17 (Holmstrom, VandeVelde),
13:58. Penalties-McNeill Wbs (interference), 1:03;
Zolnierczyk Wbs (high-sticking), 10:24; Heeter
Adk (delay of game), 11:44; Mangene Adk (roughing),
12:47; Ebbett Wbs (roughing), 12:47; Rowney Wbs
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-6-11-25. W-B/Scranton
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 6; W-B/Scranton
0 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 15-17-0 (26 shots-23
saves). W-B/Scranton, Deslauriers 17-11-2 (25
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Leo Boylan (97), Brian Oliver (74).
Sunday, February 9 (3:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Monday, Feburary 10 - AHL All-Star Break
Thursday, February 13 - All-Star Break Ends
Friday, February 14 (7:00) -
Portland Pirates at Adirondack Phantoms
Valentine's Day with the Phantoms!!
Saturday, February 15 (5:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, February 16 (4:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Portland Pirates
Friday, February 21 (7:00) - Albany Devils at
Adirondack Phantoms. Special Olympic-Theme Jerseys!
Postgame Auction. Own your piece of history as
the Phantoms wear Red, White and Blue
Saturday, February 22 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound
Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms. At Philadelphia
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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.