Adirondack and Syracuse traded three-goal surges
in a wild back-and-forth affair on Saturday night
in a memorable and entertaining contest. Trailing
4-1 in the third period, the Phantoms roared back
to force overtime including back-to-back goals
51 seconds apart with less than three minutes
remaining by Mark Alt and Tye McGinn. But Syracuse
prevailed in the end on a power-play goal by Richard
Panik to steal the 5-4 overtime decision.
Just 24 hours removed from his exciting game-winner
at Utica with about three minutes left, Tye McGinn
would come through clutch yet again and this time
even later in the contest scoring a dramatic tying
goal with about two minutes remaining.
After the crazy trade of scoring dominance, the
stage has been set for the rematch of the two-game
home-and-home series. The Phantoms and Crunch
will meet again on Sunday at 5:00 at the Glens
Falls Civic Center in what should prove to be
an entertaining encore encounter for the two upstate
Syracuse scored three goals in the second period
to break a 1-1 tie and take a 4-1 lead. With about
five minutes remaining in the period, the Crunch
registered lamplighters back-to-back just 18 seconds
apart by Dana Tyrell and Jon DiSalvitore marking
the quickest consecutive goals surrendered by
the Phantoms this season.
But Adirondack would score three goals of their
own in the third period in their dramatic come-from-behind
effort. The Phantoms looked to have little chance
when they were still down by a three-goal margin
with under 12 minutes remaining. But Kyle Flanagan
sparked the comeback efforts with his power-play
goal from the high slot through Cedric Desjardins
to get Adirondack back into the game.
Mark Alt's drive from the right point deflected
off the blocker of Desjardins and fluttered into
the goal with 2:50 remaining to cut the score
to 4-3. It was Alt's third goal of the season.
And then Bruno Gervais' long pass up the right-wing
connected with Tye McGinn who dangled around a
defenseman and moved into the right circle to
fire a wrister past Desjardins for the equalizer
with 1:59 remaining. McGinn's 17th of the season
comes one day after he had scored a game-winning
goal at Utica with just 2:58 to go as part of
a two-goal game.
But Gervais was tagged for a hooking infraction
in the overtime breaking up an odd-man rush and
after a couple of attempts back-and-forth across
the slot and crease, Richard Panik eventually
converted on a give back by Jon DiSalvitore to
bang home the 4-on-3 game-winner. Dana Tyrell
led the way for the Crunch with a pair of goals
including a first-period breakaway and also a
second-period conversion of a 2-on-1 rush. Both
of his goals were set up smartly by Tanner Richard.
In one of the strangest statements to be made
in the game, Yann Danis played extremely well.
Despite deceiving stats in which he allowed five
goals on 39 shots, Danis was actually quite good
and made a number of point-blank stops on Syracuse
drives to hold the opposing offense in check.
And there was very little Danis could have done
to stop most of the goals that Syracuse did score.
Two of his more memorable saves came in the second
period on point blank drives by Cedric Paquette
and Mike Angeledis. But he also flashed the glove
for a couple of biggies in there as well and made
some other dandies on scrambles going each way.
Nick Cousins scored in the first period on a
power-play blast from the left wing that was off
the stick of Desjardins but too hard for him to
stop clean. Cousins' sixth of the season is also
his second goal in as many weekends having also
tallied last Saturday against Bridgeport.
The loss in overtime is the first of the season
for Adirondack and they are one of the last teams
in the league to have finally taken an OTL. Only
two other teams, Hartford and Lake Erie, have
yet to suffer an overtime defeat this year.
Syracuse outshot Adirondack in the game 39-38.
The Phantoms ended a recent power-play drought
going 2-for-4 on the man-advantage. Syracuse was
held to 1-for-6 but their lone power-play tally
was the game-winner in overtime. The Phantoms
pushed through different 5-on-3 and 4-on-3 disadvantages
through the game. THe Phantoms are 0-1-1 against
Syracuse this year and the two teams will meet
again four more times including Sunday in Glens
The contest was somewhat reminiscent of a contest
at Hartford last season on January 21 in which
the Phantoms trailed 5-1 in the second period
and 5-2 in the third only to storm back to tie
the game. The Phantoms scored a pair of goals
in the last two minutes in that contest to get
the score to 5-5. Just like this comeback-game
in Syracuse, the Phantoms would just fall short
on their efforts to snag the second standings
point losing that Hartford game in overtime as
well on a Brandon Segal breakaway goal.
Adirondack returns home Sunday at 5:00 against
the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday Family FunDay! join
the players for a Postgame Open-Skate (must bring
your own skates to participate). Purchase a Sunday
Family Fun Pack for only $43 to receive 3 tickets,
3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program.
Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 4 at Syracuse Crunch
5 (OT) - Status: Final OT
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Onondaga County War
Adirondack 1 0 3 0 - 4
Syracuse 1 3 0 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Tyrell 8 (Richard), 7:25.
2, Adirondack, Cousins 6 (Flanagan, Holmstrom),
17:28 (PP). Penalties-Mathers Adk (boarding),
8:03; DiSalvatore Syr (roughing), 8:03; Manning
Adk (hooking), 9:17; Landry Syr (hooking), 16:21;
Bordson Adk (fighting), 18:13; Brown Adk (tripping),
18:13; Richard Syr (fighting), 18:13; Lauridsen
Adk (elbowing), 18:47.
2nd Period-3, Syracuse, Paradis 2 (Labrie, Angelidis),
11:29. 4, Syracuse, Tyrell 9 (Richard, Panik),
14:58. 5, Syracuse, DiSalvatore 9 (Connolly, Paquette),
15:16. Penalties-Witkowski Syr (tripping), 1:33;
Alderson Adk (hooking), 9:22; Angelidis Syr (roughing),
3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Flanagan 5 (Alderson,
Alt), 8:43 (PP). 7, Adirondack, Alt 3 (Lauridsen,
Bordson), 17:10. 8, Adirondack, McGinn 17 (Gervais,
Manning), 18:01. Penalties-Rankin Syr (tripping),
7:04; Bordson Adk (tripping), 9:11.
OT Period-9, Syracuse, Panik 3 (DiSalvatore,
Taormina), 1:37 (PP). Penalties-Gervais Adk (hooking),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-14-13-0-36. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 2 / 4; Syracuse
1 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 7-8-3 (37 shots-32 saves).
Syracuse, Desjardins 7-14-2 (36 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Francis Trempe (56).
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, 1 program.
Friday, March 7 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Saturday, March 8 (7:00) - Springfield
Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, March 9 (4:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Providence Bruins
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.