Despite a flurry of early power-play chances
in a penalty-ridden game, the Phantoms were shut
out at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch by a score
of 3-0 Sunday evening at the Glens Falls Civic
Within the first 22 minutes of play, Adirondack
had already been on the man advantage eight times
and also had a penalty shot, but they were unable
to crack the Crunch's penalty kill.
Syracuse played aggressively while down a man,
often stopping the Phantoms at the blue line and
not allowing them to set up. Despite six power
plays in the first period, Adirondack managed
only nine shots on net.
The shots they did get through were handled by
goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, who put forth
an incredible effort in net for the Crunch. The
Latvian net-minder, who saved 55 of 57 shots against
Team Canada in the Olympic Games, was in similar
form against the Phantoms Sunday. He stopped all
31 shots sent his way, including a penalty shot
from Tyler Brown in the first period, and several
odd-man rushes later on. The shutout was his fifth
of the season for Syracuse.
"There was a big handful of missed opportunities,
especially in the second period," said Phantoms
head coach Terry Murray. "I think we probably
could have had five grade-A scoring chances alone
in the second period. It's there, and were not
scoring, and we have to keep pushing away at it."
The Crunch, meanwhile, took advantage of their
power play opportunities, going 2-for-4, and it
made all the difference. Six minutes into the
game, with the Crunch on their first man advantage,
they took the lead for good.
Dmitry Korobov unleashed a heavy shot from the
point that re-directed off the stick of Evan Rankin
and into the net. It was Rankin's 13th goal of
"They've got a really good power play,"
Murray said. "[They] move it very crisp with
a real shot mentality."
The score remained 1-0 for a majority of the game,
but the action was non-stop from the onset. Just
nine seconds into the game, Adirondack's Mark
Alt laid a heavy hit on Phillippe Paradis, starting
what would be a period-and-a-half of physical,
chippy play from both sides.
After nine combined penalties during play in the
first, tempers finally boiled over with the horn
at the end of the period. Punches were thrown
along the boards and a line brawl seemed imminent
when Brandon Manning and Charles Landry dropped
the gloves, but the officials were able to quell
the fracas and send both teams into their respective
Cooler heads did not prevail in the second, however.
Phantoms' forward Zack FitzGerald and Crunch defenseman
Artem Sergeev paired off six minutes into the
second, toping off an opening 26 minutes of play
that featured an incredible 114 penalty minutes.
By the end of the game, there were an even 150
combined penalty minutes-77 for Syracuse and 73
Derek Mathers and Dalton Smith, who squared off
for the third and final fight of the game, led
their respective teams with 17 penalty minutes
"It's a hockey game, that's the way it should
be," Murray said. "It should be hard,
should be heavy should be a compete situation.
That's what you want."
The chippy play did have its consequences though,
especially for the Phantoms, who already are dealing
with some injuries. In the first period, Derek
Whitmore took a slash to the leg from Nikita Nesterov,
and crumpled to the ice in severe pain. After
a few minutes, he was taken off the ice on a stretcher
and did not return.
In the third period, the tempers settled down,
but Syracuse's offense did not. They made an early
third-period push, and scored two goals within
two minutes of each other to cushion the lead
to 3-0. The goals came from Brett Connolly on
the power play (17th) from Paradis and Nesterov,
and Paradis (4th) assisted by Mike Angelidis.
"The second one, I thought we had it, and
it was just kind of a bouncing puck," Murray
said. "I thought we were going to be able
to clear it and it went right to them. The third
one was a great breakout. It just comes off the
man who was in the middle of the ice, off his
stick, and we over skated it and they found a
way to get it into the net."
Despite the three goals allowed, Phantoms' goalie
Cal Heeter played a very sound game for Adirondack.
He allowed just the one goal through the first
45 minutes of play, and saved 18 of 19 in the
first period alone.
I thought Heeter did a good job," Murray
said. He made some very big stops."
It was especially impressive since Heeter did
not even know he would be playing until after
Yann Danis was originally supposed to start in
goal, but suffered an injury while warming up
that left him unable to suit up.
"I didn't see what it was but he hurt something
with his knee and got checked out at the end of
the warm-ups," Murray said. "The doctor
and training staff didn't feel that he was able
It has been a constantly evolving lineup for the
Phantoms ever-shortening bench lately. The injuries
have been mounting. Brandon Manning did return
following his illness so that was some good news.
But Bruno Gervais remained sidelined for this
one as did fellow blueliners Steven Delisle and
Oliver Lauridsen. Then matters seemed to only
get more difficult through this Sunday scenario.
Yann Danis went down during pregame warm-ups,
Derek Whitmore left on a stretcher in the first
period, and Derek Mathers exited the game after
his fight in the second period. Adirondack was
also without Tye McGinn who was called up to the
Philadelphia Flyers just a few hours before game-time.
The Phantoms out-shot the Crunch 31-28. Adirondack
finished 0-for-8 on the power play ending their
hot streak in which they had scored seven power-play
goals in the previous three games. The Crunch
concluded at 1-for-5.
After playing three games in three days, the Phantoms
will have two days off before returning to action
Wednesday evening against the Springfield Falcons.
And then Adirondack travels to Syracuse for a
rematch with the Crunch on Friday. The Adirondack
Phantoms return home again next Saturday, March
29 against the Springfield Falcons on Fan Appreciation
Night with prize-giveaways galore throughout the
game. Just six home games are left for the Adirondack
Phantoms this season! Call the Phantoms for tickets:
Syracuse Crunch 3 at Adirondack Phantoms
0 - Status: Final
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Syracuse 1 0 2 - 3
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Rankin 13 (Korobov, Marchessault),
6:25 (PP). Penalties-Angelidis Syr (roughing),
0:09; Paradis Syr (misconduct), 0:09; Manning
Adk (interference), 4:49; Rankin Syr (double minor
- high-sticking), 9:28; Connolly Syr (slashing),
11:04; Nesterov Syr (slashing), 12:26; Whitmore
Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:26; Heeter Adk
(tripping), 16:52; Paradis Syr (charging), 18:40;
Landry Syr (fighting), 20:00; Paquette Syr (roughing,
misconduct - unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00;
Smith Syr (misconduct - unsportsmanlike conduct),
20:00; Witkowski Syr (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 20:00; Eddy Adk (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
conduct), 20:00; Holmstrom Adk (roughing, misconduct
- unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; Manning Adk
(fighting), 20:00; Mathers Adk (misconduct - unsportsmanlike
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gourde Syr (cross-checking),
0:23; Connolly Syr (slashing), 1:10; Alderson
Adk (cross-checking), 2:42; Sergeev Syr (fighting),
5:54; FitzGerald Adk (fighting), 5:54; Smith Syr
(unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 16:58; Mathers
Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 16:58;
Heeter Adk (interference), 17:33.
3rd Period-2, Syracuse, Connolly 17 (Nesterov,
Paradis), 2:34 (PP). 3, Syracuse, Paradis 4 (Angelidis),
4:24. Penalties-Noebels Adk (high-sticking), 1:18;
Langelier-Parent Syr (hooking), 5:28; FitzGerald
Adk (roughing), 5:28; Cousins Adk (misconduct
- unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:39.
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 19-4-5-28. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 2 / 5; Adirondack
0 / 7.
Goalies-Syracuse, Gudlevskis 14-10-3 (31 shots-31
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 15-22-0 (28 shots-25
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Francis Trempe (56).
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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.