The Adirondack Phantoms just weren't able to
get their offense rolling on Wednesday night as
they dropped a 3-0 decision at the Springfield
Falcons. Cal Heeter was stellar in net in the
losing effort with 34 saves on 37 shots including
many that came with high-traffic in front.
The Phantoms had some big power-play opportunities
early in the game with back-to-back four-minute
stretches on the man-advantage at the end of the
first period and beginning of the second period
but they were unable to break Jeremy Smith who
would record his first shutout of the season with
a 28-save gem.
Andrew Joudrey, Ryan Craig and Jake Hansen all
scored for the division-leading Springfield Falcons,
affiliates of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Adirondack
will have their chance to avenge this decision
with a Saturday night rematch in Glens Falls on
Fan Appreciation Night.
The Phantoms were without a couple of their top
power-play producers. Tye McGinn is up with the
Philadelphia Flyers and Jason Akeson missed this
one as the latest victim of the flu-bug that has
gone around to a few others on the team. That
perhaps made a difference as well. Akeson had
been the last player to have played every game
this season but his streak ended due to the illness.
Adirondack did receive some good news for their
recently beat-up lineup though. Petr Straka at
forward and Steven Delisle at defense both returned
to action for the first time in a few weeks. Both
players hardly looked like they had missed a day
and both generated some quality scoring chances
for the Phantoms.
The first of the power-play chances for the Phantoms
came late in the first period, when Springfield
center Jake Hansen was whistled for a double-minor
for hooking and boarding after a mix-up with Mark
Alt along the side boards.
The Phantoms had a few scoring chances close to
the net, but were largely shut down on the four-minute
power play by an aggressive Falcons penalty killing
unit. They did not have to wait long to get their
second extended man advantage.
Just 30 seconds into the second period, two minutes
after their first four-minute power play ended,
Joudrey was also called for a double minor after
drawing blood from Nick Cousins with a high stick.
The Phantoms went right back to work.
Adirondack looked much better the second time
around, finding creative ways into the zone and
setting up for prolonged periods of time. They
had several quality shots from in close, but goalie
Jeremy Smith and the Falcons were able to stave
off the attack long enough to kill both penalties.
A fifth and final power play for the Phantoms
early in the third period also proved to be unsuccessful.
The Phantoms had been red-hot on the power play
with 15 conversions in a 10-game stretch but now
find themselves in a mini-slump with an 0-for-13
drought in their past two games.
Springfield did not fare much better on their
power plays, but the one they did score in five
chances proved to be all they would need.
Halfway through the first period, on Springfield's
first power play of the game, they capitalized
and took the lead for good. Carter Camper collected
the puck in the right-wing corner, and whipped
a pass out to the slot right onto the stick of
the streaking Andrew Joudrey. Joudrey was able
to beat goaltender Cal Heeter for his 12th goal
of the season, giving Springfield a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons added another goal in the second period
after gaining some momentum from the aforementioned
kill of Joudrey's double minor.
Immediately after Joudrey came out of the box,
the Falcons surged into the Phantoms end, and
attacked with energy. Cal Heeter made some tremendous
saves, including a robbery of Sean Collins in
front of the net, but the Falcons were eventually
able to squeak one by to extend their lead to
2-0. Joudrey tried a back-hander from just above
the goal line, which eluded Heeter as it skipped
out the other side. Waiting with a wide-open net
was Craig, who pounced on the puck for his 16th
of the season. Both Craig and Joudrey finished
with a goal and assist apiece in the win.
Late in the third period, the Phantoms almost
cut the margin to 2-1 when Steven Delisle's hard
slapper handcuffed Jeremy Smith and was tumbling
in midair right in front of Ben Holmstrom on the
corner of the crease. The captain took a big swing
and the spinning puck but was unable to blast
it into the partly open net. The puck somehow
ended up in the corner and Springfield's two-goal
lead was preserved.
Right on the other side of that it turned into
a two-goal swing when Jake Hansen would blast
in the rebound of a Lukas Sedlak slapshot for
the Falcons. Adirondack was inches away from closing
the margin to 2-1 but instead found themselves
in a 3-0 deficit late in the game and Smith was
able to preserve the shutout from there.
The Phantoms are now 3-3-1 against the Falcons
this season. Springfield out-shot Adirondack 37-28.
Adirondack travels to Syracuse for a Friday night
game and then returns home Saturday for Fan Appreciation
Night against the Falcons with hundreds of great
prizes being given away throughout the evening
as we thank the fans for their wonderful support
of the Adirondack Phantoms for the past five seasons.
Purchase your tickets in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Springfield Falcons
3 - Status: Final
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - MassMutual Center
Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Springfield 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Springfield, Joudrey 12 (Camper,
Craig), 10:24 (PP). Penalties-Matczak Adk (tripping),
3:26; Clarkson Adk (interference), 8:37; Hansen
Spr (hooking, boarding), 14:47.
2nd Period-2, Springfield, Craig 16 (Joudrey,
Tyrell), 5:45. Penalties-Joudrey Spr (double minor
- high-sticking), 0:30; FitzGerald Adk (slashing),
7:26; Manning Adk (delay of game), 19:53.
3rd Period-3, Springfield, Hansen 9 (Sedlak),
16:09. Penalties-Goloubef Spr (holding), 5:36;
Alderson Adk (holding), 16:59.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-13-6-28. Springfield
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 5; Springfield
1 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 15-23-0 (37 shots-34
saves). Springfield, Smith 19-13-3 (28 shots-28
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Chris Low (88), Robert St. Lawrence (10).
Friday, March 28 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Saturday, March 29 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms -
Fan Appreciation Night as we thank you fans for
your wonderful support and give away a CRAZY amount
of great prizes!
Tuesday, April 1 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour Radio Show LIVE from Recovery
Sports Grill with special players guests Kyle
Flanagan and Oliver Lauridsen.
Friday, April 4 (7:00) - Norfolk
Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, April 5 (7:00) - Bridgeport
Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, April 6 (3:00) - Albany
Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
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.