A terrific Saturday night turnout of 4,602 filled
the Glens Falls Civic Center for the first home
game in two weeks of the Adirondack Phantoms.
The crowd that was within 200 of another Phantoms
sellout were treated to an entertaining first
period featuring four combined goals and seven
total power plays but the visiting Hartford Wolf
Pack were able to pull away in the second period
for a 4-2 win.
Tye McGinn (20th) and Derek Whitmore (7th) scored
on the man advantage for the Phantoms in the wild
first period. But Jesper Fast took advantage of
a couple of ill-timed Adirondack penalties late
in the second to convert back-to-back goals to
break the tie.
Adirondack's normally stellar penalty kill was
touched up three times by the Hartford power play
in this one perhaps partly due to the absence
of some key blueliners. Missing from this game
with various injuries or maladies were Bruno Gervais,
Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen and Steven Delisle.
The growing injury-list and constantly changing
lineup has been a continuing theme for the Phantoms
through the month of March.
- Charity Firefighters Game on Saturday afternoon.
MacBoston Truck 18 group of local firefighters
defeated FDNY 9-5.)
Among the large and noisy crowd at the Glens Falls
Civic Center was the President and CEO of the
American Hockey League, David Andrews. As work
is continuing from Glens Falls to secure a new
team for the North Country, the AHL President
raved about how impressed he was with the continued
"Glens Falls and the Adirondack region is
an unbelievable hockey area and it has been for
30 some odd-years," Andrews said. "This
is a really terrific fan-base for pro hockey.
Hopefully there will be some solution here that
we can keep American League hockey in this marketplace
going forward. It is really a testament to the
great fans you have here and to draw these numbers
for a team that doesn't look like it's going to
make the playoffs and near the end of the run
here. A terrific crowd. It's really nice to see."
Earlier in the day, on Firefighters Appreciation
Night, was the Firefighters Charity Game featuring
the group from MacBoston Truck 18 including many
Saratoga-area players against the FDNY. In front
of a nice crowd in the early afternoon cheering
them on all for a good cause, the MacBoston team
pulled out the victory over the FDNY by a 9-5
score. The Phantoms helped MacBoston raise thousands
of dollars for their group.
(pic - Tye McGinn scores his team-leading 20th
of the year from a sharp angle. Photo courtesy
As for the game, it was actually the Phantoms
who had the early power-play advantage as they
were awarded five opportunities in just the first
period alone. Adirondack converted on two of those
so were doing well. But they also surrendered
a shorthanded goal as well as Hartford power-play
goal so the score after the wild, opening 20 minutes
stood at 2-2.
Adirondack's power play has been red-hot. Seven
goals on the man-advantage in their last three
games including three last Sunday at Bridgeport,
two more on Friday against Utica, and then two
more in this game against Hartford. That's 7-for-16
in their last 180 minutes good for a 43.7% clip.
The addition of Derek Whitmore has been a big
part of the recent power-play surge.
There was not much to be done by goalie Cal Heeter
on the goals the Hartford Wolf Pack scored, primarily
on rebounds. But unfortunately, Heeter lost his
cool a little bit late in the second period when
he speared a Hartford forward right after the
whistle and gave Hartford a double-minor power
play. The Wolf Pack would boost their momentum
into the locker-room scoring the last of their
four goals in the final minute of the second period.
Jesper Fast's second of the game also came at
the tail-end of that four-power-play minute stretch
and suddenly Hartford enjoyed a two-goal advantage
into the second intermission.
Swedish rookie Oscar Lindberg opened the scoring
two-and-a-half minutes into the game picking off
a pass by Jason Akeson and converting on a shorthanded
- Derek Whitmore beats Dov Grumet-Morris for his
GFCC goal as an Adirondack Phantom.)
The Phantoms struck almost at the midway point
of the first period with Derek Whitmore accepting
Brandon Alderson's smart feed into the slot after
a strong headman pass by Nick Cousins. Whitmore
in his Glens Falls Civic Center debut as a Phantoms
scored his third goal with the team and his seventh
overall of the season. The former Hershey Bear
came to Adirondack a couple weeks ago in a mutual
loan-loan deal involving Kris Newbury heading
to the Bears. Whitmore had scored 28 goals and
27 goals two seasons ago and three seasons ago.
But Hartford would strike back just four minutes
later when another rookie, Danny Kristo, would
bury the rebound of a Danny Syvret slapshot for
his team-leading 20th goal of the season. At 13:24
into the first, the Wolf Pack were ahead again
Less than two minutes later, the Phantoms found
themselves with a 5-on-3 chance and they were
able to take full advantage with Kyle Flanagan
finding Tye McGinn on the base of the right-circle
who was able to drive in his 20th of the year
from a very sharp angle behind the skate of Grumet-Morris
who had no chance to rotate over in time. McGinn
and Jason Akeson are now for the team-lead in
goals with 20 apiece and both have a pair of goals
so far this weekend. Akeson received a secondary
assist on McGinn's goal for his 57th point of
the year moving him to within five of the single-season
team record 62 points by Jon Matsumoto in 2009-10.
The 2-2 tie would hold for much of the second
period but young Jesper Fast was true to his name
with a pair of fast goals back-to-back in the
final minutes of the second period. His power-play
strikes at 15:16 and 19:06 of the second broke
the tie and gave Hartford a 4-2 lead they would
enjoy to the end. Adirondack had a couple surges
in the third period and also another power play
as well as a late extra-attacker opportunity but
were unable to close the deficit.
The Phantoms and Wolf Pack concluded the 10-game
divisional season series with Hartford giving
Adirondack fits throughout the rivalry this year.
Hartford outshot the Phantoms 36-21. The Wolf
Pack went 3-for-5 on the power play while the
Phantoms were 2-for-7.
The Phantoms orange-jersey auction concludes
on eBay on Monday evening at 7:00 PM. Get your
bids in now to win a game-worn Adirondack Phantoms
The Phantoms conclude their 3-in-3 weekend on
Sunday evening at 5:00 against the Syracuse Crunch.
It 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.
Hartford Wolf Pack 4 at Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Hartford 2 2 0 - 4
Adirondack 2 0 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Hartford, Lindberg 16 2:24 (SH).
2, Adirondack, Whitmore 7 (Alderson, Cousins),
9:32 (PP). 3, Hartford, Kristo 20 (Syvret, Fast),
13:34 (PP). 4, Adirondack, McGinn 20 (Flanagan,
Akeson), 15:24 (PP). Penalties-Powe Hfd (slashing),
1:55; Jean Hfd (tripping), 5:08; Stamler Hfd (hooking),
7:51; FitzGerald Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct),
10:50; Cousins Adk (tripping), 12:53; Latta Hfd
(high-sticking), 14:12; Hughes Hfd (tripping),
2nd Period-5, Hartford, Fast 14 (Kristo, Miller),
15:16 (PP). 6, Hartford, Fast 15 (Miller, Syvret),
19:06 (PP). Penalties-Jean Hfd (tripping), 8:17;
Mathers Adk (slashing), 14:40; Haley Hfd (roughing),
15:59; Eddy Adk (roughing), 15:59; Heeter Adk
(double minor - spearing (attempt)), 15:59.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Kristo Hfd (holding),
Shots on Goal-Hartford 11-17-8-36. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 3 / 5; Adirondack
2 / 7.
Goalies-Hartford, Grumet-Morris 16-14-5 (21 shots-19
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 15-21-0 (36 shots-32
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49), Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Francis Trempe (56).
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
Monday, March 24 (7:00) - Phantoms
eBay Auction Concludes. Get bidding for
your chance to win a game-worn jersey!
Wednesday, March 26 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Springfield Falcons
Friday, March 28 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
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.