A pair of shorthanded goals for the Albany Devils
made the difference on Friday night at the Glens
Falls Civic Center as the Phantoms fell by a 4-2
final. Kyle Flanagan led the Adirondack attack
with a goal and an assist while Tyler Brown added
two helpers and Matt Mangene scored the team's
Mike Sislo paved the way for Devils with a couple
of goals as Albany took the lead in this year's
Northway Rivalry series 6 games to 5 and in the
all-time series 23-22.
Adirondack was missing several key players during
the game who were serving suspensions of vairous
lengths stemming from last Sunday's brawl at the
Portland Pirates. Forced to sit out for this one
were Ben Holmstrom, Tye McGinn, Kris Newbury,
Zack FitzGerald and Cal Heeter. Holmstrom and
McGinn only have one-game suspensions so both
are eligible to return for Adirondack's upcoming
game on Saturday in Philadelphia in Bridgeport.
Without those key players, the Phantoms struggled
on their many power-play opportunities finishing
The Phantoms wore terrific looking Stars and Stripes
jerseys to commemorate the Olympic Games and the
fans got going with the bidding in the postgame
auction during their chance to own a piece of
history and the one-time game-worn uniforms.
Stefan Matteau dashed around the Phantoms defense
and straight at Yann Danis on a mini-breakaway
to give the Devils the initial lead 8:32 into
the game. The young, speedster was able to convert
on Albany's first shot of the game and Albany
enjoyed a 1-0 advantage at the first intermission
despite a dominant frame by the Phantoms with
a 9-3 shot advantage.
Adirondack struck back quickly to open the second
when Mark Alt's wrister from the right point was
neatly deflected by Kyle Flanagan in the slot
for a five-hole bouncer through winning goalie
The Phantoms continued momentum and looked to
be in good shape to break the tie when Petr Straka
was knocked down on a high stick by Matteau. But
the beginning of Adirondack's four minutes of
power-play time would begin badly when Mike Sislo
would scoop up a bouncing puck and race past Jason
Akeson on the point for a breakaway on Danis.
Sislo's first of the game and 14th of the season
was converted five-hold on Danis at exactly two
minutes into the period to give Albany a huge
The Devils successfully killed the rest of the
Phantoms four minutes which included a scintillating
save by Keith Kinkaid to his left to kick out
a back-door connection attempt between Straka
and Cousins. It was Kinkaid's best save at the
game and even though it happened early in the
second period it was another big life for the
Devils who had scored a pair of goals on just
their first four shots of the game.
Rod Pelley would fly up the right-wing boards
on another shorthanded rush for Albany. This one
was late in the second period and he was joined
by Mike Sislo for a 2-on-1. While Danis was keeping
an eye on Sislo crashing up the middle, Pelley
snuck a backhander top-shelf short-side over Danis'
left shoulder to extended the lead to 3-1 in the
closing minute of the middle frame.
Sislo would score again five minutes into the
third with a drive along the ice from the slot
right off a faceoff win. After Danis was beat
on his left-skate side, head coach Terry Murray
opted to make the move and bring rookie goaltender
Carsen Chubak off the bench in relief who held
the Devils scoreless the rest of the way on the
three shots he faced.
Kyle Flanagan's drive off Kinkaid would be scooped
up by Matt Mangene in the slot who then picked
up another rebound, this time of his own shot
off the pads. Mangene's second backhander snuck
past Kinkaid and brought the Phantoms back into
the game at 4-2 but with only 9:08 remaining.
The hard-charging Phantoms carried the play the
rest of the way but were unable to get closer
despite a 6-on-4 extra-attacker power play for
the final 1:29 of the game.
The Phantoms carried the play for much of the
beginning and the end of the contest. But two
costly mistakes in the middle proved to be too
much for the team to overcome in the limited time
available. Adirondack was 0-for-7 on the power
play while they held the Devils to 0-for-4. But
the Devils banged in two shorthanded goals to
make the difference. Adirondack out-shot the Devils
32-23 in the game.
The Adirondack Phantoms and Albany Devils will
meet just one more time this year when the Devils
return to the Glens Falls Civic Center for their
final trip on April 6.
The Phantoms return to action Saturday night
in Philadelphia against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
at 7:30. Adirondack's next home game is Sunday,
March 2 at 5:00 against Syracuse with a Postgame
Open-Skate with all the players as part of a Sunday
Family Fun Day. Purchase your Sunday Family Fun
Pack for only $43: 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas,
1 large popcorn, 1 program. Call the Phantoms
to order your Sunday Family Fun Day Package at
Albany Devils 4 at Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Status: Final
Friday, February 21, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic
Albany 1 2 1 - 4
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Albany, Matteau 10 (Zajac, Larsson),
8:32. Penalties-Pelley Alb (tripping), 9:34; Bordson
Adk (holding), 17:54.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Flanagan 4 (Alt, Brown),
0:30. 3, Albany, Sislo 14 2:00 (SH). 4, Albany,
Pelley 11 19:18 (SH). Penalties-Matteau Alb (double
minor - high-sticking), 1:38; Sestito Alb (hooking),
7:25; Gelinas Alb (boarding), 9:27; Delisle Adk
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:27; Hoeffel Alb (fighting),
12:52; Manning Adk (roughing, fighting, misconduct
- abuse of officials), 12:52; Gervais Adk (slashing),
13:29; Pesonen Alb (hooking), 16:10; Gelinas Alb
3rd Period-5, Albany, Sislo 15 (Larsson, Pesonen),
5:14. 6, Adirondack, Mangene 3 (Flanagan, Brown),
10:52. Penalties-Bordson Adk (tripping), 2:35;
Urbom Alb (interference), 18:31.
Shots on Goal-Albany 3-11-9-23. Adirondack 9-15-8-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 4; Adirondack
0 / 7.
Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 19-8-2 (32 shots-30 saves).
Adirondack, Danis 6-7-3 (20 shots-16 saves); Chubak
1-0-0 (3 shots-3 saves).
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Brett Iverson (51).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Jim Harper (59).
Saturday, February 22 (7:30) -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. ADK Phantoms. At Philadelphia
Tuesday, February 25 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour Radio Show at Recovery Sports
Grill LIVE on Q101.7. With special player
guests Bruno Gervais and Steven Deslisle.
Friday, February 28 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Utica Comets
Saturday, March 1 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Sunday, March 2 (5:00) - Syracuse Crunch
at Adirondack Phantoms - Sunday Family FunDay
Postgame Open-Skate with the Phantoms players!
Purchase your Sunday Family Fun Pack for only
$43: 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn,
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.