It certainly wasn't the Phantoms' day. The host
Providence Bruins went 4-for-5 on the power play
and received a four-goal night from rookie talent
Seth Griffith as they ran away from the visiting
Adirondack Phantoms 9-3 on Sunday evening. Another
rookie talent, Russian Alexander Khokhlachev,
finished with a five-point evening on four assists
as well as a goal.
Adirondack received tallies from Tyler Brown (2nd),
Derek Mathers (1st) and Steven Delisle (1st).
But Delisle could hardly offer a typical exuberant
celebration normally expected from a player blasting
home his first career AHL goal. The mood was still
subdued when his power-play drive with five minutes
remaining merely closed a 9-2 deficit down to
9-3. It was simply a game where things were not
going the right way for the Phantoms in the early
going and then seemed to snowball from there as
they ran up against one of the higher powered
offenses in the league who were ready to take
advantage of every little opportunity afforded
The large and enthusiastic crowd of 8,481 at the
Dunkin Donuts Center enjoyed a four-goal scoring
surge in the second period as Providence built
their lead to 6-1 and then roared even more when
the Bruins struck three more times in the opening
five minutes of the third period to lead 9-1 at
one point before Adirondack would grab a couple
of them back before the game's end.
Rookie goalie Carsen Chubak began the game for
the Phantoms for his third start this season but
was removed after Providence extended their lead
to 4-1 in the second period. Chubak had a memorable
night in his previous game against the Providence
Bruins but was not able to summon the same magic
again in this one. On December 28, Chubak had
made his first career AHL start and in front of
a deafening crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center
turned aside 38 of 39 Bruins shots en route to
a 3-1 win, the first of his AHL career. He wasn't
able to make it past the midway point in his second
crack against the Bruins, however. But the goalie
switch to Yann Danis would not stop the Bruins'
firepower either as they would continue to blast
away and put in five more after that.
The Phantoms had just taken over the league-lead
on the penalty-kill with their 87.6% mark pushing
them past Springfield by almost a full one-percent.
But Adirondack's stay atop the P.K. chart will
now be a rather abbreviated one after allowing
the Bruins to go 4-for-5 to drop them out of that
position as quickly as they had just secured it.
It is the most power-play goals allowed in a single
game for the Phantoms this year.
The Bruins only led 2-0 at the first intermission
and Adirondack got right back into the game with
Tyler Brown's wrister from the left circle going
far-side on Providence goalie Malcolm Subban in
the opening minutes of the second period. The
second goal of the season from Brown had made
it 2-1. But a few minutes later came Providence
goals at 7:03 and 9:22 by Jared Knight on a 2-on-1
and then Seth Griffith on the power-play that
would stretch the lead to 4-1 and knock Chubak
out of the game.
Unfortunately, Yann Danis would fare no better
in thwarting the Bruins' attack as he surrendered
consecutive goals to the Bruins 61 seconds apart
in the final minutes of the second period to make
it 6-1 at the next break.
The Tyler Randell goal with 2:02 remaining in
the second came straight off a face-off win in
the Adirondack zone to begin a power-play and
he smartly deflected a shot from the left-point
by David Warsofsky to beat Danis to the far post
on what might may have been a designed play.
It was one of several goals that were scored in
which the goalie didn't have much of a chance.
Providence benefited from a couple odd-man rushes,
back-door plays on the man-advantage, and other
set-ups on their quick passing and attack in the
Providence benefited from a 5-on-3 opportunity
to begin the third period and scored two more
off of that quickly. Seth Griffith's fourth of
the game and 17th of the year came 37 seconds
into the frame burying his one-timer from the
left circle on the two-man advantage. Continuing
on the next power play, David Warsofsky found
the back of the net past a screened Danis with
a drive from the top of the left ring.
Then Alexander Khokhlachev completed his big five-point
game with his 18th of the year off an odd-man
rush right off a glove-save by Malcolm Subban
on the other side. Providence led 9-1 less than
five minutes into the third period.
Knowing the result was decided, the Phantoms still
didn't give up in the final 15 minutes of the
game even if they were just playing for pride
and were out of reach of obtaining a W.
Mark Alt's drive from center-point on the power
play was nicely tipped in the slot by Derek Mathers
for his first goal of the season and second of
his pro career. And with five minutes remaining,
Steven Delisle belatedly secured his first career
AHL goal with a drive from the top of the right
circle to provide for the 9-3 final score.
Seth Griffith becomes the first player ever to
score four goals against the Adirondack Phantoms
and is the fourth all-time to do it against the
Phantoms franchise. David Clarkson was the last
to score four goals in a game against the Phantoms.
The older brother of current Phantoms Doug Clarkson
accomplished the feat for the Lowell Devils against
the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2007.
The Phantoms were without Tye McGinn and Oliver
Lauridsen who both sustained unspecified injuries
in Saturday night's game against Springfield.
The nine goals allowed equals the most ever in
the 18-year history of the Phantoms franchise
which began as the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1996.
The Philaelphia Phantoms lost at the Hershey Bears
by a 9-0 score on Novebmer 29, 2008.
The six-goal difference is also the second-largest
margin of defeat for the Phantoms franchise with
the record still standing at seven in a 7-0 loss
to the Binghamton Senators on November 26, 2009.
The game was the sixth time ever the Phantoms
franchise had lost by a margin of six or more
with the most recent occurrance having taken place
on December 26, 2010 in a 7-1 loss at Binghamton.
The Phantoms look to put this result behind them
when they continue their stretch of five consecutive
away games next weekend playing in three different
cities in three days. Adirondack travels on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday to Hartford, Hershey and Bridgeport.
The Phantoms have eight home games remaining this
season including two more coming up in a couple
of weekends on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday,
March 23 at 5:00. March 22 is Firefighters Appreciation
Night with an early charity game featuring the
firefighters' team from Boston. March 23 is Sunday
Family Fun Day including a postgame skate after
the game with the Phantoms players. Call the Phantoms
for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Providence Bruins
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - Dunkin' Donuts Center
Adirondack 0 1 2 - 3
Providence 2 4 3 - 9
1st Period-1, Providence, Griffith 14 (Khokhlachev,
Parlett), 7:36. 2, Providence, Randell 3 (Knight,
Flick), 16:39. Penalties-Flick Pro (tripping),
0:16; FitzGerald Adk (fighting), 6:28; Randell
Pro (fighting), 6:28; Knight Pro (goaltender interference),
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Brown 2 (Newbury),
2:06. 4, Providence, Knight 4 (Khokhlachev, Randell),
7:03. 5, Providence, Griffith 15 (Khokhlachev,
Spooner), 9:22 (PP). 6, Providence, Griffith 16
(Khokhlachev, Lavin), 16:57. 7, Providence, Randell
4 (Warsofsky, Lindblad), 17:58 (PP). Penalties-Manning
Adk (hooking), 8:33; Gervais Adk (hooking), 11:54;
Cross Pro (interference), 14:37; Alderson Adk
(slashing), 17:54; Manning Adk (goaltender interference),
18:57; Eddy Adk (goaltender interference), 19:39.
3rd Period-8, Providence, Griffith 17 (Lindblad,
Randell), 0:37 (PP). 9, Providence, Warsofsky
5 (Trotman), 1:35 (PP). 10, Providence, Khokhlachev
18 (Griffith, Moore), 4:51. 11, Adirondack, Mathers
1 (Alt, FitzGerald), 7:22. 12, Adirondack, Delisle
1 (Bordson, Noebels), 15:10 (PP). Penalties-Cunningham
Pro (tripping), 11:47; Robins Pro (tripping),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 5-15-13-33. Providence
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 5; Providence
4 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Chubak 1-2-0 (20 shots-16
saves); Danis 8-10-3 (21 shots-16 saves). Providence,
Subban 12-7-4 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Todd Whittemore (70), Jack Millea (23).
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.