A crazy night of wide-open offense and spectacular
goaltending would break a few records during a
wild Valentine's Night game at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. The visiting Portland Pirates withstood
the 55-shot attack of the Adirondack Phantoms
to pull out a 3-2 win in a shootout. Adirondack
earned a standings point with their first shootout
loss since October but they certainly deserved
Jason Akeson finally broke through Mark Visentin
with 3:39 left on Adirondack's 52nd shot of the
game (out of 55 total) when he scored directly
off a faceoff win to tie the score at 2-2 ultimately
earning Adirondack the standings point.
Mark Visentin for Portland and Yann Danis for
Adirondack made one showstopping save after another
on their way to a combined total of 95 saves in
the game. The Adirondack Phantoms established
a new team-record with their 55 shots in the game
breaking the old mark of 53 shots against the
Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 27, 2012. The
all-time Phantoms franchise record for shots in
a game held up though; The Philadelphia Phantoms
had cranked out 60 shots on January 6, 1999 against
the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.
The 100 combined shots on goal is an all-time
record for the Phantoms franchise breaking the
old mark of 98 shots set on March 24, 1998 when
the Philadelphia Phantoms and Hamilton Bulldogs
had 49 apiece.
Looking back at some of those old marks of the
1990s that were challenged or broken in this contest
brings to mind the old-school feel of the throwback-style
Visentin's 53 saves in a spectacular effort almost
single-handedly stealing the win for the Pirates
was the most saves by an AHL goalie in over four
years. Alexander Salak of Rochester was the last
goalie to produce a 53-save effort doing so against
Binghamton on February 6, 2010.
"A lot of shots and a lot of work for the
goaltenders," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray
said. "There was a lot of good play in the
offensive zone. We had very good scoring opportunities.
Give their goalie (Visentin) some credit. He made
some very big stops for them. I like the way we
stuck with it in the third period. I thought our
second period we really got away from it and they
had some power plays and we lost some composure.
I thought we reloaded and recovered and things
got better in the third again."
And did they ever. The Phantoms out-shot the
Pirates 21-6 in their dominating third-period
performance and it was something of a head-scratcher
how Visentin was able to prevent the Adirondack
from snagging the win.
The offensive tone was set early in the game
when Adirondack blasted away on Visentin for 10
shots in just the first five minutes on their
way to an 18-shot total in the opening period.
Visentin held strong and stopped everything thrown
his way allowing Portland to surge back and eventually
score the game's first goal in the closing seconds
of that period. Chris Brown's rebound on an extended
power-play scramble in front of Yann Danis gave
the Pirates the 1-0 advantage at the first break.
The Phantoms evened the score less than two minutes
into the second period with their own power-play
goal when Ben Holmstrom chopped downward the right-point
drive of Kris Newbury. Holmstrom's 10th of the
year at 1:25 into the second tied the score at
The power-play goal was part a five-minute major
stemming from a boarding penalty and game misconduct
to Mathieu Brodeur of the Pirates. Tyler Brown
for the Phantoms left the game immediately after
the hit and did not return. The Phantoms briefly
had a 5-on-3 during their extended power-play
but that soon-after became a 4-on-3 when another
penalty was called. Adirondack was not able to
take the lead out of that and the Pirates were
able to escape with only one goal allowed in the
long Phantoms' advantage.
Adirondack nearly took the lead with a shorthanded
push a few minutes later but shortly after Visentin
denied Brandon Manning's wrap-around attempt,
the Pirates would speed back into the Phantoms'
zone and young talent Tobias Rieder would chip
home a drive as he was crashing towards the net.
Portland held their 2-1 lead through drive after
drive of the Phantoms. Visentin scrambled and
dove his way from one side to the other to deny
the Phantoms over and over. Included among his
stops were a handful of somewhat remarkable efforts
from the first-round pick of the Coyotes of a
couple years ago out of Niagara of the OHL. Not
to be outdone, Yann Danis made several tremendous
saves as well in the spectacular goaltenders'
On perhaps a designed play, Kris Newbury won
a clean faceoff straight to Jason Akeson who scored
on a one-timer past the right-skate of Visentin
to tie the game at 2-2. Akeson's team-leading
18th goal of the season as part of a two-point
night extended his point-streak to nine games.
He holds the longest active point-streak in the
AHL currently with five goals and eight assists
in his stellar scoring surge.
The Phantoms kept up the pressur ein the closing
minutes of the third and had a few more chances
to take the lead. With 1:02 remaining, former
Philadelphia Phantom threw an elbow at Jason Akeson
trying to get past him for a loose puck and the
interference penalty put Adirondack back on the
power play with a chance for the win. The man-advantage
carried over into the overtime but the Phantoms
were unable to finish the night successfully.
After that, it was Yann Danis making some more
tremendous stops as Portland outshot Adirondack
8-1 in the extra period. Portland appeared to
have pushed the puck into the goal on a scramble
in the crease in the closing seconds but Andy
Miele's late effort came after the buzzer had
After the spectacular goaltending in the 65 minutes
of game-play, the skaters would finally find their
stride in the shootout with three Portland Pirates
out of five lighting the lamp on Danis including
a fourth-round Lucas Lessio lamplighters that
wold hold up as the game-winner. Adirondack's
Petr Straka and Kris Newbury struck in the second
and third rounds of the shootout. But Brandon
Alderson in the fourth round and Tye McGinn in
the fifth round were unable to push one past Visentin
who was able to hold on for the win.
Portland's 45 shots represented the highest total
Adirondack has allowed in 2013-14. The previous
season-high was a 39-shot effort by Providence
on December 28. Yann Danis' 42-save night was
the most for a Phantoms' goalie since March 20,
2013 when Scott Munroe turned aside 45 out of
48 shots at Norfolk.
Adirondack finished 1-for-7 on the power play
while Portland was 2-for-6. Portland's power-play
goal late in the first period ended Adirondack's
penalty-kill streak at 21. The Phantoms record
moved to 22-23-3 with the shootout loss while
the Pirates improved to 18-21-9.
The Phantoms had lots of Valentine's Fun at the
game as well. Fans played the Newlywed Game on
the ice during the second intermission with in-house
emcee Jason hosting the silliness. Dax was set
up for a semi-intimate evening for two at center-ice
until he saw that his companion was wearing a
Portland Pirates T-Shirt. He bailed on her and
nicely went for the girl in the Phantoms jersey
Before the game, the fans gave a nice ovation
for AHL Hall of Fame inductees Bill Dineen (not
in attendance) and John Slaney who were announced
by Dan Miner on the public-address system. Dineen
was the much beloved coach of the Adirondack Red
Wings in the 1980s. John Slaney was a former Philadelphia
Phantoms standout defenseman from 2001-07 (and
captain from 2005-07) who is now an assistant
coach for the Portland Pirates.
The exciting game coming on the other side of
the AHL All-Star Break during which no teams were
allowed to hold any practices was the first meeting
of the year between the Phantoms and the Pirates.
The two teams will quickly put an end to the season
series when they meet again in just a couple days
in Lewiston, Maine on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates
will have a distinct advantage in that Sunday
game as they benefit from the schedule with a
day off Saturday.
The Phantoms play the middle-game of their three-in-three
weekend on Saturday evening at the Albany Devils
with a 5:00 start at Times Union Center. Adirondack
is 3-2-0 at Albany this year but the Devils hold
a 5-4 edge in the season series. The 10th out
of 12 total games in the Northway rivalry this
season will be Adirondack's sixth, and last, visit
to the Capital District in 2013-14.
The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic
Center next Friday night against the Albany Devils.
Adirondack will wear special Olympic Themed Red,
White and Blue jerseys on almost exactly the 34th
anniversary of the Lake Placid Miracle on Ice
game. The awesome looking stars-and-stripes uniforms
will be worn for one game only and then fans will
have the opportunity to own their piece of history
during the postgame jersey auction. Call the Phantoms
for more information and to order your tickets
in advance at 518-480-3355.
Portland Pirates 3 (SO) at Adirondack
Phantoms 2 - Status: Final SO
Friday, February 14, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic
Portland 1 1 0 0 - 3
Adirondack 0 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Portland, Brown 12 (Todd, Gormley),
19:42 (PP). Penalties-Hagel Por (roughing, fighting),
2:43; Lauridsen Adk (fighting), 2:43; Manning
Adk (cross-checking), 10:03; Cousins Adk (goaltender
interference), 15:15; Brown Por (roughing), 15:51.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Holmstrom 10 (Newbury,
Akeson), 1:23 (PP). 3, Portland, Rieder 16 (Brown,
Miele), 8:24 (PP). Penalties-Brodeur Por (major
- boarding, game misconduct), 0:29; Summers Por
(tripping), 3:24; Jones Por (roughing), 3:36;
McGinn Adk (roughing, roughing), 3:36; Bordson
Adk (roughing), 7:24; McGinn Adk (tripping), 14:13;
Holmstrom Adk (kneeing), 15:17; Yip Por (interference),
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Akeson 18 (Newbury),
16:21. Penalties-Murphy Por (cross-checking),
0:37; served by Newbury Adk (bench minor - too
many men), 6:22; Jones Por (interference), 19:02.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Portland 3 (Werek NG, Kennedy G, Miele
G, Lessio G, Hextall NG), Adirondack 2 (Akeson
NG, Straka G, Newbury G, Alderson NG, McGinn NG).
Shots on Goal-Portland 13-17-6-8-1-45. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 2 / 6; Adirondack
1 / 7.
Goalies-Portland, Visentin 12-15-4 (55 shots-53
saves). Adirondack, Danis 6-5-3 (44 shots-42 saves).
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Francis Trempe (56).
Saturday, February 15 (5:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Albany Devils
Sunday, February 16 (4:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Portland Pirates
Tuesday, February 18 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour radio show LIVE at Recovery
Sports Grill on Q101.7. Phantoms player guests
to be announced.
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
Saturday, February 22 (7:00) -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms.
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.