Rookie forward Derek Mathers scored his second
goal in the last three games to give the visiting
Phantoms an early lead but the Hershey Bears were
able to storm back from there to post a 4-1 victory
on Saturday night at Giant Center.
Nicolas Deschamps registered three assists and
Brandon Segal had a goal and an assist to lead
the Bears. It was the first game for Derek Whitmore
of Adirondack to face his former teammates since
coming over from the Bears in a loan just three
days earlier. It was also Kris Newbury's first
game against the Phantoms since the mutual loan
deals were made.
Cal Heeter returned to the lineup for the first
time in a month. It was the St. Louis native's
first game in goal since his goalie-fight game
on February 16. After that he was suspended for
three games and then was called up to Philadelphia
to serve as Steve Mason's backup for two weeks
(five games total). Heeter was sharp early making
a number of quality stops to keep Adirondack ahead
1-0 including a stone-cold denial of a Ryan Stoa
partial-breakaway a few minutes into the game.
Heeter looked good but there wasn't much that
could be done on the goals that were scored by
the Bears. On one of the goals late in the second
period that was the real back-breaker, it appeared
that Brandon Segal's attempt at a slapshot from
the left circle was missed by a good margin way
in front of the net. But the puck went off the
stick of Michael Latta in the slot near his hands
and perfectly deflected into the goal on the fortunate
bouncer. Latta's stick was relatively high as
he punched that puck past the left shoulder of
Cal Heeter but the referee deemed it to have been
low enough to not require a high sticking whistle.
Derek Mathers opened the scoring about midway
through the first period after he and Marcel Noebels
worked hard to dig the puck away from the left-wing
boards. Kyle Flanagan from deep in the left-wing
corner found Mathers cutting to the slot and connected
with the big rookie for a chip through David Leggio
to give Adirondack the 1-0 lead. The former captain
of the Peterborough Petes of the OHL now has two
goals this season with both having come in the
last three games.
The fourth line of Mathers, Noebels and Flanagan
was particularly effective in the game and worked
hard to create good opportunities in the Hershey
end. Speaking of good energy and quality cycles,
the Phantoms had plenty of those in a second period
in which they carried the bulk of the play and
appeared to have Leggio on the ropes. Adirondack
out-shot Hershey 16-8 in the middle frame but
Leggio held strong while Hershey would storm back
and take advantage of their opportunities.
Before that, it was Brandon Segal's blast from
the slot with just two seconds left in the period
for his 15th of the year converting on a Jeff
Taffe centering pass to tie the score just as
an Adirondack penalty had expired. Segal's late
goal gave the host Bears the momentum entering
the first intermission.
Less than five minutes into the second period
it would be Ryan Stoa finding a puck on the right
leg of Cal Heeter after Nicolas Deschamps had
sped up the left-wing wall and left it on the
doorstep. Stoa's conversion gave the Bears a 2-1
Then it was Adirondack doing well for most of
the second period with many close calls to tying
the score. But that effort would all be washed
out with just under a minute left in the 2nd period
when Latta benefited from his lady-luck deflection
for his 10th of the season.
Hershey concluded the scoring with an impressive
individual effort from Chris Brown in the corner.
Recently acquired in a trade, the former Portland
Pirate spun his way free from the corner and dodged
a couple check attempts to create his scoring
opportunity in the slot which he was able to bury.
The affiliates of the Washington Capitals out-shot
the Phantoms 34-30. The Phantoms were 0-for-4
on the power play while Hershey finished 0-for-3.
Adirondack is now 3-2-0 this season against the
Bears and the Phantoms all-time are 86-87-10 after
the 183rd meeting between the two franchises going
back 18 years to the beginning of the Philadelphia
Phantoms in 1996. The Phantoms and Bears hook-up
one more time in what will be the last ever game
for the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday, April
19 back at Giant Center in Hershey.
The Phantoms conclude their busy travel-weekend
Sunday at 3:00 at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers,
AHl affiliate of the New York Islanders.
Adirondack's next home games are Saturday, March
22 and Sunday March 23 at 5:00. The March 22 game
is Firefighters Appreciation Night and the March
23 game is a Sunday Family FunDay featuring a
postgame skate with the Phantoms players. Call
the Phantoms for tickets and Sunday Family Fun-Packs
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Hershey Bears
4 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Giant Center
Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1
Hershey 1 2 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Mathers 2 (Flanagan,
Noebels), 10:18. 2, Hershey, Segal 15 (Taffe,
LeBlanc), 19:58. Penalties-Walker Her (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 3:58; Alderson Adk (slashing), 10:51;
served by Cousins Adk (bench minor - too many
2nd Period-3, Hershey, Stoa 13 (Deschamps, Wellar),
4:44. 4, Hershey, Latta 10 (Segal, Deschamps),
19:02. Penalties-Wey Her (holding), 9:18; Newbury
Her (double minor - high-sticking), 14:16; Matczak
Adk (hooking), 17:01.
3rd Period-5, Hershey, Brown 16 (Deschamps, Stoa),
6:28. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 6-16-8-30. Hershey 12-8-14-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Hershey
0 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 15-20-0 (34 shots-30
saves). Hershey, Leggio 17-16-3 (30 shots-29 saves).
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49).
Linesmen-Bob Goodman (90), Scott Pomento (25).
Sunday, March 16 (3:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Tuesday, March 18 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour Radio Show LIVEat Recovery
Sports Grill. With special guests Rob Bordson
and Cullen Eddy
Friday, March 21 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Utica Comets
March 22 (7:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack
Phantoms - Firefighters Appreciation
Night. MacBoston vs. FDNY/Hazmat1 Charity Game
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.