Veteran goalie Yann Danis finished a five-point
(out of six) weekend for the Phantoms with his
first ever Glens Falls shutout as Adirondack put
the finishing touches on a strong three-game weekend.
Danis' 19 saves led the way in his 19th career
professional shutout as Adirondack triumphed over
visiting Syracuse 3-0 on Sunday evening.
32 year old Danis has two shutouts this year including
a November 9th win at Albany. This blanking was
his 16th all-time in the American Hockey League
to go along with his three career shutouts in
the NHL. Danis was in net for every minute of
Adirondack's rather busy 3-in-3 weekend.
Tye McGinn continued his recent scoring surge
with his fourth goal of the weekend and 18th of
the year as he moved into a tie for the team-lead
with Jason Akeson in lamplighters. Bruno Gervais
registered his eighth of the season while defenseman
Mike Matczak capped a quality performance with
a lucky bouncer off a Syracuse defenseman for
his first career goal with the Phantoms and third
of his AHL career.
Jason Akeson dished out assists on all three
Adirondack goals to increase his season point-total
to 52. The popular third-year pro has an opportunity
to break the Adirondack Phantoms record for points
in a season of 62 by Jon Matsumoto in 2009-10.
Akeson is already the Adirondack Phantoms all-time
leader in career goals (52), assists (108) and
Adirondack Phantoms had won Friday at Utica 3-2
and then rallied late to force overtime at Syracuse
in a 5-4 loss on Saturday prior to the 3-0 victory
in the rematch on Sunday evening. This one was
a quality win and a strong overall effort to cap
a tiring weekend for the team. The Phantoms pushed
through the fatigue and limited Syracuse to a
relatively low number of scoring chances in what
were the team's seventh through ninth periods
of hockey in less than 48 hours.
"Five points out of six on the weekend,"
head coach Terry Murray said. "I think it
was a good weekend for us. Tonight, I think it
was 60 minutes of pretty solid hockey all the
way through. 200 feet both ways. All the lines,
they did the right things. I thought we started
the game the right way with getting it in deep,
getting on the forecheck when there was a lot
of intensity and hard play along the boards which
is really good to see when you play three in three
For the Lafontaine, Quebec native Danis, the
shutout was especially enjoyable with his two
little children (four and two years old) in the
stands cheering him on. "It's always nice
when they're here," Danis said. "They
enjoy it and they're just starting to learn how
to skate so it will be nice to go out there (for
the postgame player-skate with the fans) and hang
out a little bit with them."
As for the shutout win itself, Danis was happy
to end the weekend on the most positive note of
all. "It feels good to get the win. It's
been a good weekend for us with five points out
of six. We needed that. I think it's good for
our confidence and we have about 20 games left.
Hopefully we can build something here and we'll
see what happens."
Danis was tested early by the Crunch with a flurry
of shots on goal. He made back-to-back kick-saves
on drives from the right-wing wall and then the
rebound from the left circle in the contest's
opening seconds. But Adirondack's defense buckled
down from that point and Syracuse did not register
another official shot on goal for the final 16
minutes of the first period.
Gervais opened the scoring less than two minutes
in the second period. Tye McGinn carried the puck
across the Crunch line on the right-wing and dropped
for the trailing Jason Akeson who tried a shot
from the half-boards. The shot was blocked right
back off a stick of a Syracuse defenseman but
deflected directly to Gervais on the point who
didn't hesitate in rocketing his own offering
which went through goalie Anders Lindback for
the 1-0 lead.
Adirondack cranked up the pressure midway through
the second period and kept Syracuse pinned in
their zone for an extended stretch. The Phantoms
won a race to beat an icing call preventing Syracuse
from getting a change. The Phantoms were blasting
away including a couple shots from Matczak among
others. The Crunch were bending and then Brandon
Manning and Tye McGinn connected to complete their
break. Manning faked a shot and then let it rip
from the center-point for the deflection off the
stick of McGinn to advance the lead to 2-0.
The Crunch benefited from back-to-back power
plays to open the third period but Yann Danis
was not tested too often as the Phantoms penalty
killers scrambled and battled their way along
with several shot-blocks to preserve the 2-0 advantage.
With under seven minutes remaining in the game,
defenseman Mike Matczak pinched up the left-wing
boards and tried to set up McGinn in the slot
for another. Instead, the puck banked off a Crunch
defenseman and deflected past Lindback far-side
for Matczak's first career Phantoms goal. It is
the third AHL goal ever for Matczak who had two
last season with the Abbotsford Heat.
head coach Rob Zettler, a former player of Terry
Murray's 20 years ago with the Philadelphia Flyers,
opted to pull Lindback for an extra-attacker with
three minutes remaining to try to break the shutout.
Chris VandeVelde from the right defensive circle
in the Adirondack zone came tantalizingly close
to scoring a long-range empty-netter but his attempt
all the way down the ice missed the post by just
an inch. The Phantoms closed it out from there
to secure the shutout win for Danis.
Adirondack is 1-1-1 against Syracuse this year
and will meet the Crunch again on Sunday, March
23 in Glens Falls. Shots in the game were 19-19.
The Phantoms were 0-for-3 on the power play while
the Crunch finished 0-for-4.
All of the Phantoms players quickly emerged from
the locker room to join hundreds of fans, most
of them kids, for a Postgame Open-Skate event
with the whole team.
At the second intermission of the game, Adirondack
Phantoms Executive Vice President Chris Porreca
presented a large donation in the form of a $10,468
check to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center of Glens
Falls Hospital. The donation came from the Phantoms
Pink in the Rink Game and Postgame Jersey Auction
from their January 26 contest. Thanks to all the
fans who helped raise this large and generous
donation for breast cancer treatment and services
at Glens Falls Hospital.
The Phantoms travel to New Hampshire next Friday
to play the conference-leading Manchester Monarchs.
Adirondack's next home game is Saturday night
against the Springfield Falcons. Fans can arrive
early to enjoy the $12 All-You-Can-Eat Breakaway
Buffet in Heritage Hall. Purchase your game tickets
in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Syracuse Crunch 0 at Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Status: Final
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Syracuse 0 0 0 - 0
Adirondack 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Rankin Syr (tripping),
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Gervais 8 (Akeson,
McGinn), 1:35. 2, Adirondack, McGinn 18 (Manning,
Akeson), 12:31. Penalties-Matczak Adk (hooking),
4:27; Tyrell Syr (tripping), 8:13; Korobov Syr
(roughing), 14:17; Holmstrom Adk (high-sticking),
14:17; served by Brown Adk (bench minor - too
many men), 15:08.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Matczak 1 (Akeson,
VandeVelde), 13:46. Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (tripping),
3:18; Alt Adk (hooking), 5:49; Paquette Syr (misconduct),
14:37; FitzGerald Adk (misconduct), 14:37; Labrie
Syr (cross-checking), 14:54.
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 4-7-8-19. Adirondack 6-9-4-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 0 / 4; Adirondack
0 / 3.
Goalies-Syracuse, Lindback 1-1-0 (19 shots-16
saves). Adirondack, Danis 8-8-3 (19 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42), Keith Kaval (40).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Frank Murphy (29).
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.