The Adirondack Phantoms culminated play before
the All-Star Break with a wild, back-and-forth
game at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday
afternoon. When all the smoke had cleared, Bridgeport
emerged with a 5-4 win in the high-octane offensive
The Phantoms initially led 1-0 and 2-1 before
Bridgeport overcame a strong Adirondack push that
nearly extended the lead. The Sound Tigers then
rallied for a 3-2 lead. With the score tied 3-3,
the Sound Tigers would score back-to-back goals
just 29 seconds apart in the opening minute of
the third period for the decisive goals. The Phantoms
closed the gap to 5-4 and almost tied the game
a few different times including with just three
seconds remaining, but the Sound Tigers were able
to hang on.
John Persson scored two goals and one assist
for Bridgeport and Ryan Strome also had a three-point
game with one goal and two helpers. Phantoms goals
came from the sticks of Kris Newbury (13th), Tye
McGinn (14th), Oliver Lauridsen (1st) and Petr
Straka (7th). The Adirondack offense provided
plenty of support in this one but it ended up
not being enough in the team's first regulation
loss of the season when scoring four or more goals.
Adirondack's record now stands at 7-1-1 in such
Newbury started the scoring just 23 seconds into
the game with the team's fastest goal of the season.
Petr Straka started the quick transition from
the Phantoms end connecting cross-ice onto the
the tape of Jason Akeson who nicely moved the
puck from the neutral-zone right-wing boards up
to Kris Newbury dashing up the middle into the
Bridgeport end. Newbury converted on his breakaway
going five-hole on Anders Nilsson for the early
Ryan Strome evened the score for the Sound Tigers
with his 11th of the year snapping a perfectly
placed drive high-glove on Cal Heeter to rattle
it around the top of the cage.
Tye McGinn pushed the Phantoms back in front
12:32 into the first period with his 14th of the
season on a deflection of a Bruno Gervais shot
from the right point. McGinn now has seven goals
in his last eight games and has scored 9-4-13
in his last 13 games since January 4. Adirondack
led 2-1 at the first intermission. Chris VandeVelde
also assisted on the play and his check in the
corner while moving the puck back to Gervais was
a key for the score.
The Phantoms were dominating play for the opening
minutes of the second period and had the Sound
Tigers on their heels with a number of extended
possessions and cycles in the Bridgeport zone.
Nilsson was barely hanging on. Adirondack had
a couple of stretches in which the Sound Tigers
could hardly get a hold of the puck at all while
the Phantoms kept blasting away and building and
Jason Akeson broke free on a breakaway shortly
after those long pushes in the zone and was slashed
while being denied by Nilsson. But Akeson was
unable to convert on the team's first penalty
shot attempt in over a year and the 14th all-time
for the Adirondack Phantoms. Nilsson denied Akeson's
drive with the left leg to keep the Phantoms'
lead at 2-1. Adirondack's last penalty shot had
come on January 25, 2013 when Harry Zolnierczyk
missed against Keith Kinkaid at Albany. The Phantoms
last successful penalty-shot goal was October
26, 2012 when Zac Rinaldo scored Jeff Frazee at
Adirondack still had the pressure on the Sound
Tigers and induced another penalty with an opportunity
to go on the power play. But a costly turnover
in the Phantoms zone led to an interception and
a shorthanded goal by Mike Halmo at 8:17 of the
frame tied the score at 2-2. And just two minutes
later, Dallas Jackson's shot from the left-wing
boards would be deflected through Cal Heeter by
John Persson to give the Sound Tigers the first
lead of the game.
The Phantoms were able to storm back with a shorthanded
goal of their own later in the period with Jason
Akeson carrying the puck into the Bridgeport zone
and eventually starting the cycle around to Oliver
Lauridsen whose drive from the left-point snuck
through for his first of the season. Akeson created
a screen in front of Nilsson to help on the score.
Lauridsen's first of the season was also the team's
second shorthanded goal of the year. Both have
been scored in Bridgeport and on the second-period
attacking end of the ice for the visitors. Chris
VandeVelde had converted on his breakaway against
Kenny Reiter on November 10th at Webster Bank
Arena in the team's only other shortie of the
season so far.
A 3-3 tie entering the final period would not
stay that way for long. Matt Donovan would strike
just 28 seconds into the period and then John
Persson's second of the afternoon came a mere
29 seconds after that on an odd-man rush and suddenly
the Phantoms were facing a 5-3 deficit.
Petr Straka was able to redeem one of them back
for the Phantoms with 9:28 remaining with his
backdoor conversion of an Akeson centering-feed
from the right-wing boards. But from there, Bridgeport
was able to cling to their 5-4 lead and hang on
for the win.
The Phantoms enter the All-Star Break with a
record of 22-23-2. Adirondack falls to 0-3-0 against
Bridgeport while the Sound Tigers improve to 20-24-5
overall. Adirondack and Bridgeport will meet five
more times in the regular season with the Phantoms
next opportunity for revenge coming on February
22 in Philadelphia.
The team is off during the upcoming week for
the AHL All-Star Break. Many players will head
home for a couple of days to visit with family
and friends while there are no practices allowed.
The Phantoms return to action for a Valentine's
Day encounter against the Portland Pirates on
Friday, February 14 at 7:00 at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. Adirondack is also at home on Friday,
February 21 featuring Olympic themed jerseys.
The spectacular red, white and blue, stars-and-stripes
uniforms will be auctioned to the fans immediately
after the game. Contact the Phantoms in advance
to save on tickets: 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 4 at Bridgeport Sound
Tigers 5 - Status: Final
Sunday, February 9, 2014 - Webster Bank Arena
Adirondack 2 1 1 - 4
Bridgeport 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Newbury 13 (Akeson,
Straka), 0:23. 2, Bridgeport, Strome 11 5:46.
3, Adirondack, McGinn 14 (VandeVelde, Gervais),
12:32. Penalties-Eddy Adk (tripping), 4:18; Sundstrom
Bri (interference), 5:35; Alt Adk (roughing),
2nd Period-4, Bridgeport, Halmo 17 (Langkow),
8:17 (SH). 5, Bridgeport, Persson 10 (Jackson,
Quine), 10:39. 6, Adirondack, Lauridsen 1 (Alt,
McGinn), 16:04 (SH). Penalties-Diamond Bri (tripping),
7:41; Holmstrom Adk (high-sticking), 14:29; Mangene
Adk (roughing, roughing), 16:48; Manning Adk (misconduct
- continuing altercation), 16:48; Halmo Bri (roughing),
16:48; Lee Bri (misconduct - continuing altercation),
3rd Period-7, Bridgeport, Donovan 4 (Strome,
Persson), 0:28. 8, Bridgeport, Persson 11 (Strome,
Halmo), 0:57. 9, Adirondack, Straka 7 (Akeson,
Manning), 10:32. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-10-11-31. Bridgeport
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Bridgeport
0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 15-18-0 (26 shots-21
saves). Bridgeport, Nilsson 7-14-2 (31 shots-27
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48), Jamie Koharski
Linesmen-Mike Baker (11), Luke Galvin (2).
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
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.