Adirondack's power play converted for three goals
in their comeback efforts but for the second night
in a row their late surge was not enough to overcome
an early deficit. The visiting Springfield Falcons
prevailed 5-3 at the Glens Falls Civic Center
on Saturday night.
Nick Cousins, Bruno Gervais and Brandon Manning
all lit the lamp for the Phantoms. For Gervais,
he extended his goal-streak to three straight
games when he blasted home his 10th of the year.
The 20-year-old Cousins has nicely put his scoring
drought in the distant past with goals in three
consecutive weekends. But Springfield's early
lead made the difference as Cody Bass led the
way with a pair of goals and an assist.
It was the second Falcons' goal, a fluke that
hardly ever happens, that hurt the most and opened
the door for Springfield's offensive showing.
Late in the first period, Springfield defenseman
Denny Urban offered a blast off the end-boards.
Instead of careening straight back out, it took
a bounce toward Phantoms goalie Yann Danis, hit
the back of his left-skate, and trickled into
He allowed two more goals in the second period
- one to Paul Thompson and the other to Cody Bass
- and he was eventually replaced by Carsen Chubak
who surrendered one goal on 10 shots for his 26
minutes of work. The loss was hardly one to pin
all on Danis, however. Springfield played a tremendous
The Falcons' offense was persistent and crisp
throughout much of the contest. They were making
their passes, creating odd-man rushes, and throwing
shots on goal from all parts of the ice. At the
time of Danis' exit, he had already faced 24 shots,
and the game was not even at its midway point.
The offensive outburst proved to be too much for
the Phantoms, but they did not back down quietly.
For the second straight game, Adirondack capitalized
on its power play chances, this time scoring three
times out of seven on the man advantage.
The first tally cut the Falcon's lead to 2-1 just
two minutes into the second period. Nick Cousins
picked out a rebound on a point shot and netted
it for his seventh goal of the season. The assists
went to Mark Alt and Ben Holmstrom.
Later in the period, with the Phantoms trailing
4-1, they scored again on the power play. This
time it was on a point shot from the red-hot Bruno
Gervais. Gervais' shot deflected off the skate
of a Falcons player and in, giving the defenseman
his third goal in as many games and 10th on the
The Phantoms had stretches, especially in the
second and third periods, in which they played
quite well. They shut down all of Springfield's
power play opportunities, including a four-minute
man advantage midway through the period and two
earlier Falcons' power plays. They were physical
on the forecheck, generated chances, and could
have easily gotten back into the game if it weren't
for some big saves from goalie Mike McKenna.
The score remained 4-2 throughout the first part
of the third period, but Springfield's Bass added
an insurance goal for the Falcons at 11:28 on
a quick wrister from the right circle.
The Phantoms pressed hard to try to make a dent
in the Falcon's lead, but simply ran out of time.
Brandon Manning scored on a 6-on-4 power play
with a minute left and the goalie pulled, but
it was too little too late. The second place Falcons
were able to ride their early outburst all the
way to a 5-3 victory.
Bass led the way for Springfield with three points
(two goals and an assist) and a plus three rating,
while Darryl Boyce also collected a couple of
assists in the game. McKenna made 26 saves on
The Phantoms had eight separate players with a
point in the game, including five players with
In addition to the offense, the game featured
some chippy play was well. There were a total
of 58 penalty minutes dished out, and three fights,
including one at the end of the game between Tye
McGinn and Trent Vogelhuber.
The Falcons out-shot Adirondack 34-29. The Phantoms
pushed past the Falcons to boast the top penalty-kill
in the AHL by pinning three power-play goals against
Springfield while holding the visitors to 0-for-5.
Adirondack's three power-play goals equals their
most in a single game this season.
Adirondack is 3-2-1 against Springfield this season
with two more games scheduled in the division
rivalry. The Phantoms travel to Western Mass for
a final visit on Wednesday, March 26 and then
the Falcons return the favor that weekend with
a Saturday, March 29 match-up in Glens Falls.
The contest was the Phantoms' last at home for
some time, as they will start a stretch of five
straight road games before returning home on March
22. Adirondack concludes their busy three-in-three
stretch on Sunday to face off against the Providence
Bruins, with puck drop scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
Springfield Falcons 5 at Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Springfield 2 2 1 - 5
Adirondack 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Springfield, Craig 12 (Chaput,
Skille), 13:06. 2, Springfield, Urban 1 (Boyce,
Bass), 16:28. Penalties-Manning Adk (slashing),
3:42; Bass Spr (fighting), 7:06; FitzGerald Adk
(fighting), 7:06; Weber Spr (interference), 10:37;
Craig Spr (fighting), 18:30; Newbury Adk (fighting),
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Cousins 7 (Alt, Holmstrom),
2:06 (PP). 4, Springfield, Thompson 8 (Camper,
Collins), 2:36. 5, Springfield, Bass 4 (Larkin,
Boyce), 11:28. 6, Adirondack, Gervais 10 (Manning,
VandeVelde), 13:13 (PP). Penalties-served by Thompson
Spr (bench minor - too many men), 1:04; Alderson
Adk (holding), 3:02; FitzGerald Adk (double minor
- high-sticking, misconduct), 6:24; Vogelhuber
Spr (holding), 11:44; Madaisky Spr (tripping),
3rd Period-7, Springfield, Bass 5 7:12 (SH).
8, Adirondack, Manning 6 (McGinn, Newbury), 18:49
(PP). Penalties-Craig Spr (tripping), 5:46; Flanagan
Adk (hooking), 14:36; Boyce Spr (double minor
- high-sticking), 17:00; Larkin Spr (cross-checking),
19:51; Newbury Adk (slashing), 19:51; Vogelhuber
Spr (fighting), 20:00; Weber Spr (roughing, misconduct),
20:00; Akeson Adk (roughing, misconduct), 20:00;
McGinn Adk (fighting), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Springfield 15-10-9-34. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 0 / 5; Adirondack
3 / 7.
Goalies-Springfield, McKenna 16-7-1 (29 shots-26
saves). Adirondack, Danis 8-10-3 (24 shots-20
saves); Chubak 1-1-0 (10 shots-9 saves).
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Frank Murphy (29).
Sunday, March 9 (4:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Providence Bruins
Tuesday, March 11 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour Radio Show at Recovery Sports Grill.
With special guests Rob Bordson and Cullen Eddy.
Tuesday, March 18 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour Radio Show at Recovery Sports Grill.
With special guests Kyle Flanagan and Oliver Lauridsen.
Saturday, March 8 (7:00) - Springfield
Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Under
The Woods Foundation Fundraiser to benefit their
summer camp for local children with autism.
Saturday, March 22 (7:00) - Hartford
Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms - Cancer
Free Kids Fundraiser from Kingpin Bowling Alley
Fun Center in South Glens Falls
Sunday, March 23 (5:00) - Syracuse
Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms - Postgame
Skate with the Players! Sunday Family FunDay for
only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas,
1 large popcorn and 1 program
Saturday, March 29 (7:00) - Springfield
Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Community
Recognition Night offering a unique opportunity
to raise awareness and funds for your organization.
Fan Appreciation Night as we thank you fans for
your wonderful support and give away a CRAZY amount
of great prizes!
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.