Jason Akeson sniped home a pair of shorthanded
goals in the third period leading the Phantoms
to victory at the Utica Comets and inking his
name into the Phantoms Record Book yet again.
The leading scorer for the team became the first
ever in the 18-year history of the Phantoms' franchise
to score two shorthanded goals in the same game
while Adirondack escaped from Utica with a 4-3
win. It seemed the only guy who could stop Jason
Akeson in the third period was his own teammate
Tye McGinn who was so excited after the second
of the shorties that the smaller Akeson had to
protect himself in the corner during their celebration
as McGinn landed on top of him!
was a great night for the Phantoms' special teams
who scored two goals on the power play from Ben
Holmstrom and Tye McGinn and then added their
other two goals when they were down a man courtesy
of Akeson's perfect pinpoint precision. Adirondack
had previously been dead-last in the league with
only two shorthanded goals scored all season but
they were able to double that total in just the
third period alone at the sold-out Memorial Auditorum
The Phantoms were out-shot in the third period
by a 21-4 margin, but the Phantoms made the most
of their precious few opportunities and were able
to make good on three of their four blasts at
Joacim Ericksson. (photos courtesy Lindsay A.
Mogle / Utica Comets)
Both of Akeson's shorthanded goals came at key
and exciting times. Adirondack was preserving
a 2-1 lead with over 10 minutes left in the third
but were down two-men for 80 seconds after Rob
Bordson was tagged for an interference penalty
way away from the puck. The Phantoms scrambled,
dove and grinded their way along to kill the first
part of the 5-on-3 and then shortly after a Mark
Alt win in the corner, Akeson was able to race
the other way when the Phantoms were still down
by one man. So right on the other side of killing
Utica's big 5-on-3 chance, it would be Akeson
from the right-circle on a 2-on-1 with Kyle Flanagan
racing up the middle. Akeson took the shot himself
and converted to extended Adirondack's lead to
With just 4:54 left in the game and protecting
a precarious 3-2 lead while Utica was blasting
away on Yann Danis from all angles, the Comets
benefited from another Phantoms' penalty. Akeson
beautifully sniped home the back-breaker from
the left-circle rattling his shot off the far-post
and then the underside of the netting. After his
terrific goal, he had to look out for the over-excited
Tye McGinn who was on top of his teammate in celebration
before Akeson could even figure out what was happening!
Thankfully, Akeson emerged from the over-exuberant
embrace of McGinn apparently unscathed.
also assisted on an earlier goal for a three-point
night. With 56 points this season, Akeson is now
just six points away from the single-season record
for the Adirondack Phantoms of 62 points by Jon
Matsumoto in 2009-10.
The game originally started as a goaltenders'
duel between Joacim Ericksson of Utica and Yann
Danis for the Phantoms. The score was still 0-0
late in the second period when Ben Holmstrom broke
through with just 2:10 remaining in the middle
frame on a give into the middle by Kyle Flanagan.
Adirondack stretched their lead to 2-0 early
in the third period on another power play when
Bruno Gervais checked a man into the boards in
a race up the right-wing wall. His chip over to
a wide-open Tye McGinn gave the big winger all
day to pick his mark on Ericksson. McGinn converted
top-shelf for his 19th of the year to give the
Phantoms a 2-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Brandon DeFazio
scored on the rebound of a Frank Corrado slapper
to pull the Comets to 2-1.
Utica was peppering away on Danis. And then back-to-back
penalties gave the Comets their 5-on-3 opportunity.
It was on the table and right there for the taking
for the home team but it was the Phantoms who
stepped up their play and eventually set up the
first of Akeson's shorthanded snipes.
Adirondack was out-shot 17-2 at one point past
the midway point of the third period, but both
of the Phantoms' shots had been converted for
goals and somehow Adirondack had a 3-1 lead.
Utica veteran defenseman Kent Huskins, a former
Philadelphia Flyer (among other teams) from last
year rushed into the slot to receive a pass from
behind the net and slam home a one-timer in the
low-slot. With just 6:02 remaining, the Phantoms
lead was cut down to 3-2.
Then another power play and another chance for
the Comets but it was Mike Matczak winning the
puck on the penalty-kill on the boards to send
Akeson flying again for his second shortie.
Stuart scored an extra-attacker goal with 29 seconds
remaining to give the Comets a chance. Rob Bordson
for Adirondack almost scored an empty-netter with
10 seconds left but his drive from behind his
own goal just hit off the outside of the post.
Utica out-shot the Phantoms 39-25. The Phantoms
were 2-for-4 on the power play while holding the
Comets to 0-for-6. And Adirondack had the two
shorthanded goals as well. The Phantoms improved
to 3-0-0 against the Comets this season with one
more meeting scheduled between the two teams next
month in Glens Falls.
Andrew Johnston centered the fourth line for the
Phantoms wearing #10 in his first game with the
team since November, 2012. The second-year pro
had been Orlando in the ECHL this season. Kyle
Bushee made his Phantoms debut on the blueline.
The 28-year-old ECHL veteran has played in 390
games in that league as he joins his eighth career
AHL squad. Bushee had been on a professional tryout
with Utica just two weeks ago and played in a
Brandon Manning sat out the game due to illness.
The Phantoms have been bitten by the injury-bug
rather hard of late. Injury scratches in the game
included 3 Marc-Andre Bourdon, 5 Steven Delislie,
6 Matt Konan, 7 Oliver Lauridsen, 24 Petr Straka,
26 Chris VandeVelde.
Phantoms return home on Saturday and Sunday against
the Hartford Wolf Pack and Syracuse Crunch. Saturday
night is Firefighters Appreciation Day featuring
a Charity Game at 1:30 between the MacBoston Local
group of firefighters against the FDNY. The Phantoms
will tangle with the Wolf Pack after that at 7:00.
Then Sunday's game at 5:00 is another Sunday Family
FunDay including a postgame open-skate with the
players. purchase your Sunday Family FunPacks
for only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs,
3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program. Make it
a 4-pack for another $15 to receive another ticket,
hot dog and soda. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 4 at Utica Comets 3 - Status:
Friday, March 21, 2014 - Utica Memorial Auditorium
Adirondack 0 1 3 - 4
Utica 0 0 3 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Akeson Adk (holding),
5:01; Lain Uti (hooking), 7:26; O'Reilly Uti (tripping),
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Holmstrom 11 (Flanagan,
Alt), 17:50 (PP). Penalties-Eddy Adk (hooking),
10:53; Biega Uti (interference), 16:17; Eddy Adk
3rd Period-2, Adirondack, McGinn 19 (Gervais,
Akeson), 3:59 (PP). 3, Utica, DeFazio 13 (Corrado,
Huskins), 5:41. 4, Adirondack, Akeson 19 10:10
(SH). 5, Utica, Huskins 3 (Marshall, Pelletier),
13:58. 6, Adirondack, Akeson 20 (Matczak), 15:56
(SH). 7, Utica, Stuart 16 (Tommernes, Biega),
19:31. Penalties-O'Reilly Uti (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 3:03; Eddy Adk (interference), 7:59;
Bordson Adk (interference), 8:39; Cousins Adk
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-13-4-25. Utica 8-10-21-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 2 / 4; Utica
0 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Danis 9-11-4 (39 shots-36
saves). Utica, Eriksson 20-19-2 (25 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), David Banfield (77).
Linesmen-Andy Petrus (26), Francis Trempe (56).
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.