The newest Adirondack Phantom scored a pair of
goals in just his third game with the team but
an early deficit would prove to be too much to
overcome on the road as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
hung on for a 5-4 victory. Adirondack trailed
3-0 in the Sunday afternoon contest at Webster
Bank Arena and were able to cut Bridgeport's lead
down to a single goal on three different occasions
thanks partly to Derek Whitmore's two tallies
but, in the end, the Phantoms were unable to climb
all the way back to even.
Nick Cousins (8th) and Brandon Alderson (8th)
also added power-play goals for the Phantoms in
their second-period come-from-behind effort. The
rookie forwards were teammates last year with
the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario
Hockey League. The power-play unit of Cousins,
Alderson, Whitmore and also Kyle Flangan and Mark
Alt accounted for three of the team's goals, all
in the second period. Kyle Flanagan had assists
on all three power-play goals in the second period.
Derek Whitmore's big day for the Phantoms came
in his first ever weekend with the team. Acquired
on a loan from Hershey last Wednesday in a mutual
deal with Kris Newbury heading to the Bears, Whitmore
had arrived on Friday just a couple hours before
the beginning of the team's road-trip opener in
Hartford. It looks like he quickly was able to
become acquainted and familiar with his new teammates
based on his successful play. Whitmore had scored
28 goals two seasons ago with Rochester and 27
goals the year before that with Portland and he
looked every bit the pure goal-scorer for the
Phantoms as well in this Sunday contest.
It was the second straight visit to Bridgeport
where the Phantoms found themselves on the wrong
end of 5-4 final. The two teams have been involved
in some wild and exciting contests this year.
The Sound Tigers received a pair of goals from
Jeremy Langlois, the first of his AHL career,
and also a couple goals from Andrew Clark. It
was Scooter Vaughn who started the scoring almost
eight minutes into the game blasting home a one-timer
in the slot off a centering-pass from behind the
goal on a tip and a steal by Dmitri Antipin and
Chris Langkow. A few minutes later, it was Langlois
converting back-door on the first of three straight
5-on-3's for the Sound Tigers in the opening period.
So Adirondack was forced to battle from behind
in this one partly due to their early penalty
trouble. The Sound Tigers received four power
plays in the first period including three different
5-on-3's that pretty much came consecutively.
It wasn't the good start to the weekend finale
the team had been looking for. But considering
the predicament which they found themselves, the
2-0 deficit actually wasn't as bad as it could
have been and the Phantoms were actually still
in the game having somewhat survived the opening
But an early second-period strike by Andrew Clark
that made it 3-0 put the Phantoms into a hole
that would ultimately be too much for them to
overcome. Clark was point-blank on Phantoms goalie
Yann Danis when he smartly chipped home the hard
centering-pass from the right boards.
The second-period scoring had just gotten started
though as the Webster Bank Arena crowd would be
treated to a total of five goals in the next six
minutes. Two minutes after Clark extended the
lead to 3-0, Brandon Alderson put Adirondack on
the board off of Kyle Flanagan's power-play drive
from the left point had bounced back out off the
left shoulder of winning goalie Kevin Poulin.
Both Alderson and Whitmore were there for the
rebound chance but it was Alderson who was able
to get to it first and deposit his eighth of the
Then less than a minute-and-a-half later, Derek
Whitmore would tally his first as a Phantom with
a nifty deflection of a Mark Alt drive from center-point.
Whitmore popped the low liner almost straight
up for the "bar-down" goal on the power
play and before the midway point of the game the
Phantoms were back in it at 3-2.
Perhaps a slight let-down right after that goal
would allow Bridgeport to strike back right away.
Just 20 seconds after Whitmore's tally, it was
Andrew Clark rushing to the crease again for a
goal strikingly similar to his crease-crashing
chip of a few minutes earlier. And with that,
Bridgeport was back in front 4-2 at the nine-minute
mark of the second period.
The Phantoms made it a perfect 3-for-3 on the
power play to begin the game when they received
another opportunity a couple minutes later. This
time it was a sharp give from the left point by
Kyle Flanagan that connected with Nick Cousins
for the one-timer from the right circle to narrow
the margin again to a single goal at 4-3. Cousins
has scored a goal in each of the last four weekends
in a row after going through a bit of a scoring
drought previous to his recent surge. The 20-year-old
rookie who was a third-round selection of the
Flyers in 2011 now has eight goals this season.
And with that came the end of a wild-flurry of
goals in the second period with a combined total
of five lamp-lighters in just a six minute stretch.
It began with Andrew Clark's first at 5:27 of
the period that made it 3-0 leading to four more
goals in fairly rapid succession and finally ending
with Nick Cousins blast at 11:25 that made the
Things slowed down a bit in the third period.
Jeremy Langlois shot in a one-timer on a give
from behind the goal at the four-minute mark of
the third for a valuable breathing-room strike
giving Bridgeport a 5-3 lead.
Derek Whitmore's second of the game came with
7:10 remaining on a terrific shot rushing up ice
to the left side of the slot and going off the
underside of the top of the cage and straight
down. Rob Bordson up the right-wing boards was
able to connect perfectly with Whitmore for the
goal on a play that was set up equally impressively
by Bruno Gervais winning the puck way back on
the left D spot and then finding Bordson well
down the ice on the right-wing side.
Adirondack was within one again at 5-4 but everyone
was running on fumes in the closing minutes of
the long three-game weekend. The Phantoms were
awarded another power play with six minutes left
and had the pulled goalie for the extra attacker
in the final minute as well but Bridgeport was
able to scramble and block their way along to
keep the visitors from seriously threatening Poulin.
The Sound Tigers pushed the puck back out to center
as the time ran out and Bridgeport was able to
barely claw their way to the finish line and hold
off the Phantoms.
Bridgeport out-shot the Phantoms 33-28 in the
game. Adirondack finished 3-for-5 on the power
play while Bridgeport was 1-for-5. The Phantoms
equaled their season-high for power-play goals
in a game which they have done two other times.
Adirondack has another three-in-three on tap next
weekend but at least two of those games will be
back at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Phantoms
conclude their stretch of five consecutive away
games next Friday night at the Utica Comets.
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 4 at Bridgeport Sound
Tigers 5 - Status: Final
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - Webster Bank Arena
Adirondack 0 3 1 - 4
Bridgeport 2 2 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Bridgeport, Vaughan 6 (Langkow,
Antipin), 7:49. 2, Bridgeport, Langlois 1 (Quine,
Broda), 11:36 (PP). Penalties-Matczak Adk (delay
of game), 9:37; Eddy Adk (tripping), 10:23; Alt
Adk (high-sticking), 11:47; served by Clarkson
Adk (bench minor - unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:47.
2nd Period-3, Bridgeport, Clark 6 (Newton), 5:27.
4, Adirondack, Alderson 8 (Flanagan, Cousins),
7:29 (PP). 5, Adirondack, Whitmore 5 (Alt, Flanagan),
8:52 (PP). 6, Bridgeport, Clark 7 (Langlois, Martin),
9:12. 7, Adirondack, Cousins 8 (Flanagan, Alt),
11:25 (PP). Penalties-Pedan Bri (slashing), 6:12;
Finley Bri (roughing), 8:43; Mangene Bri (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 11:13; served by Clark Bri (bench minor
- too many men), 12:42; Eddy Adk (fighting), 15:25;
Persson Bri (fighting), 15:25; Alt Adk (interference),
3rd Period-8, Bridgeport, Langlois 2 (Newton,
Clark), 4:14. 9, Adirondack, Whitmore 6 (Bordson,
Gervais), 12:50. Penalties-Mathers Adk (fighting),
6:58; Finley Bri (fighting), 6:58; Noebels Adk
(fighting), 9:26; Diamond Bri (fighting), 9:26;
Antipin Bri (tripping), 13:53.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 6-15-7-28. Bridgeport
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 3 / 5; Bridgeport
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 8-11-4 (33 shots-28
saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 1-5-0 (28 shots-24
Referees-Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Luke Galvin (2).
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.