What a difference a day makes. Less than 24 hours
after the Phantoms racked up a team-record 55
shots on goal, Adirondack's offense had the clamps
put on them by Albany's stifling D only accumulating
16 shots in a 4-1 loss at Times Union Center on
Things started well for the Adirondack Phantoms
when Chris VandeVelde connected with Kyle Flanagan
on a nice give-and-go a little over two minutes
into the game. VandeVelde's eighth of the season
gave Adirondack an early 1-0 advantage and was
his first goal in a little over two months. VandeVelde
had spent about five weeks with the Philadelphia
Flyers in-between his goals with the Phantoms.
Albany responded a couple minutes later on a
steal at the Phantoms line when Harri Pesonen
found Tim Sestito rushing to the left-circle.
But Yann Danis would stop everything else for
the rest of the period and keep the game tied
at 1-1 despite the Phantoms being out-shot 14-5
in the opening period.
The Devils scored a couple more goals a little
over two minutes apart in the second period with
Rod Pelley capitalizing on an aggressive forecheck
win by his teammates and then Mattias Tedenby
depositing the rebound of a Reece Scarlett point-shot.
The Phantoms kept the game close with some strong
penalty-kill efforts. At the end of the second
period, Adirondack grinded their way through 1:32
of Albany's 5-on-3 undamaged. They did the same
again early in the third when the Devils had another
1:33 of 5-on-3. But the Phantoms offense were
unable to maintain the break-neck pace of the
game before and Albany's defense held the Phantoms
Joe Whitney scored a long empty-netter with two
minutes left to seal the win. The goal was still
charged to Yann Danis even though it was essentially
an empty-netter from the red-line. Danis was going
to the bench and then recognized that Albany had
stolen the puck so he tried to dive back and block
the long drive.
The Phantoms had more shots in the first period
on Friday (18) against Portland than they had
in the entire game on Saturday. The 16 shots in
the game equaled the lowest all-time for the Adirondack
Phantoms which previously happened twice a couple
seasons ago on October 23, 2011 at Rochester and
December 3, 2011 at Norfolk. The Phantoms also
had a 16 shot game the season before that on January
21, 2011 at Philadelphia against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Albany out-shot Adirondack 31-26. The Phantoms
were 0-for-2 on the power play while the Devils
were 0-for-5. Yann Danis was pinned with the loss
despite playing rather well and Scott Wedgewood
picked up the win for the Devils although did
not receive too many serious challenges for the
Adirondack went 3-3-0 at Times Union Center this
season. Albany leads the season series 6 games
to 4. The Phantoms will have a chance for revenge
next Friday night when the Devils make their next
visit to the Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack
will wear special Olympic-themed jerseys for that
game which will be auctioned to the fans after
the game on almost exactly the 34th Anniversary
of the famous Lake Placid Miracle on Ice game.
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Next up for the Adirondack Phantoms is the conclusion
of this three-in-three weekend. The Phantoms travel
through an East-Coast snowstorm overnight for
a Sunday afternoon game at 4:00 against the Portland
Pirates in Lewiston, Maine. The game is a rematch
of Friday's crazy shot-fest in Glens Falls when
the Phantoms racked up a team-record 55 shots
and the two teams combined for a Phantoms franchise-record
100 shots in the wild shootout which Portland
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Albany Devils
4 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Times Union Center
Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1
Albany 1 2 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, VandeVelde 8 (Flanagan,
Alt), 2:06. 2, Albany, Sestito 10 (Pesonen), 4:48.
Penalties-Pelley Alb (holding), 5:12.
2nd Period-3, Albany, Pelley 10 (Wohlberg, Hoeffel),
7:15. 4, Albany, Tedenby 7 (Scarlett), 9:34. Penalties-Helgeson
Alb (delay of game), 13:11; Holmstrom Adk (high-sticking),
14:43; Manning Adk (tripping), 14:50.
3rd Period-5, Albany, Whitney 18 18:02. Penalties-Newbury
Adk (slashing), 0:41; Cousins Adk (tripping),
4:42; Lauridsen Adk (slashing), 5:09.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 5-7-4-16. Albany 14-9-8-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Albany
0 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 6-6-3 (31 shots-27 saves).
Albany, Wedgewood 8-10-3 (16 shots-15 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Fred Hudy (30).
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.
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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.