The Adirondack Phantoms offense was rolling on
Friday night at Syracuse and were able to blast
away for four goals. But the host Crunch were
able to rally late with a three-goal surge in
the third period to pull out a 6-4 come-from-behind
win over Adirondack.
Phantoms had been shut out in their last two games
including by Syracuse goalie Kristers Gudlevskis
the last time they faced him last Sunday in Glens
Falls. But the attack was clicking for Adirondack
in this one as they raced out to a 2-0 lead in
the first period and a 3-1 advantage in the second.
Jason Akeson tallied his team-leading 21st goal
of the year and added an assist. Nick Cousins
(9th), Marcel Noebels (3rd) and Ben Holmstrom
(12th) also lit the lamp past Gudlevskis.
But Syracuse made the most of their opportunities
and were able to score five of the last six overall
goals of the night for the win. Cedric Paquette
led the Crunch with a couple goals. Max Parent's
chip on a 2-on-2 rush quickly into the Phantoms'
zone proved to be the game-winner about midway
through the third. Talented Jonathan Marchessault
added a breakaway goal a few minutes later to
close the scoring.
It was the second high-scoring and wild-comeback
game for the Phantoms and Crunch in their two
Syracuse encounters. On March 1st at Syracuse,
the Phantoms trailed 4-1 with just 12 minutes
remaining in the third period but staged a furious
rally to forge a 4-4 tie before eventually falling
in overtime 5-4.
In this one, it was Adirondack who led for the
majority of the night before Syracuse would turn
up the pressure and stage their own comeback efforts.
Adirondack rookie Nick Cousins opened the scoring
9:31 into the game depositing the rebound of a
Cullen Eddy drive with a nifty and patient move
to his backhand from the left of the cage opening
up his opportunity to stuff in the puck on the
short-side of Gudlevskis. A few minutes later,
Marcel Noebels accepted a perfect Jason Akeson
give from the slot to the left-circle and the
young German snapped his third of the year off
the far-iron and into the net. Adirondack enjoyed
a 2-0 lead at the first break.
Walker scored for the Crunch about eight minutes
into the second period with a terrific chip in
the slot of a Jonathan Marchessault feed from
the left-wing. Walker deflected it practically
behind him to knock the puck high and to the glove-side
of Phantoms' goalie Cal Heeter thus putting Syracuse
on the board.
The Phantoms responded almost exactly four minutes
later on a Jason Akeson intercept and partial
breakaway. Derek Whitmore's pressure on the left-wing
boards forced a bad breakout pass for the Crunch
and Akeson was able to put on the brakes and respond
quickly for the intercept and then five-hole conversion
through Gudlevskis. Akeson's 21st of the year
gave Adirondack a two-goal lead again at 3-1.
Back-to-back goals by Cedric Paquette pulled
the Crunch to even in the closing minutes of the
second period. Paquette scored on the power-play
from Jon Disalvatore with 5:14 remaining in the
second period. The cross-ice feed for the back-door
slam was technically 5-on-4 but really was a 5-on-3
goal with a Phantom barely having stepped foot
out of the box when the goal was scored.
Paquette struck again just 70 seconds later when
a loft into the Phantoms zone bounced awkwardly
off Adirondack defenseman Maxim Lamarche's body
and inadvertently onto the stick of the charging
Paquette who wasted no time cranking up his blast
from the left circle. With that goal, Syracuse
had tied the game at 3-3 heading into the second
The Phantoms took advantage of their carry-over
power-play time to begin the third and Ben Holmstrom
from the right-corner of the crease pushed through
the rebound of a Steven Delisle shot. Just 59
seconds into the third, the Phantoms were looking
good again with a 4-3 lead.
But Syracuse would continue pressing to score
the last three of the game. Dalton Smith benefited
from Marchessault's wrap-around try after a steal
behind the Phantoms goal. Cal Heeter pulled the
splits and kicked his left leg well across the
crease to deny Marchessault the shot but that
merely set up the unguarded Smith on the other
side for the easy back-door slam to tie the game
Syracuse fired the puck up ice for the eventual
game-winning goal at 9:16 with Max Parent chipping
the precision give into the slot by Yanni Gourde
from the right circle. The quick moving 2-on-2
rush would give the Crunch a 5-4 lead. Brett Connolly's
long stretch-pass connected with Marchessault
who was ruled barely onsides for the breakaway
goal with 5:57 remaining to close the scoring.
Akeson with a goal and assist in this game now
has 59 points on the season moving him to within
three of the team's single-season record held
by Jon Matsumoto who had 62 points in 2009-10.
Akeson was returning to the lineup after missing
his first game of the season on Wednesday due
to the flu. Kevin Goumas made his pro debut in
the game. The 22-year-old native of Long Island
joined the Phantoms earlier in the week following
the conclusion of his collegiate career at the
University of New Hampshire.
Syracuse out-shot the Phantoms 31-25. Adirondack
was 1-for-3 on the power play while Syracuse finished
Adirondack has one more game against Syracuse
this year when the Phantoms return to the Onondoga
War Memorial on Wednesday, April 16.
The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic Center
on Sautrday night hosting the Springfield Falcons
who they just played on Wednesday in Western Mass.
Hundreds of prizes will be given away including
game-worn Phantoms jerseys, jersey replicas, other
Phantoms merchandise, Phantoms prize-packs, and
much much more. Just 10 games remain in the regular
season including only six home games for the Adirondack
Phantoms. Saturday's game is the beginning of
a four-game homestand as well; Adirondack will
be at home for all three games next weekend on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Another good crowd is expected for the Fan Appreciation
Night contest on Saturday. Contact the Phantoms
to purchase your tickets in advance at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms 4 at Syracuse Crunch
6 - Status: Final
Friday, March 28, 2014 - Onondaga County War Memorial
Adirondack 2 1 1 - 4
Syracuse 0 3 3 - 6
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Cousins 9 (Eddy, Manning),
9:31. 2, Adirondack, Noebels 3 (Akeson, Lamarche),
17:43. Penalties-FitzGerald Adk (boarding), 15:01;
Witkowski Syr (roughing), 15:01; Namestnikov Syr
2nd Period-3, Syracuse, Walker 5 (Marchessault,
Gourde), 7:49 (PP). 4, Adirondack, Akeson 21 11:54.
5, Syracuse, Paquette 17 (DiSalvatore, Connolly),
14:46 (PP). 6, Syracuse, Paquette 18 (Sustr, Cote),
15:56. Penalties-Goumas Adk (slashing), 6:28;
Eddy Adk (tripping), 12:45; Manning Adk (closing
hand on puck), 14:13; Witkowski Syr (interference),
3rd Period-7, Adirondack, Holmstrom 12 (Delisle,
Noebels), 0:59 (PP). 8, Syracuse, Smith 6 (Marchessault,
Langelier-Parent), 3:35. 9, Syracuse, Langelier-Parent
2 (Gourde, Witkowski), 9:16. 10, Syracuse, Marchessault
16 (Connolly, Witkowski), 14:03. Penalties-Paquette
Syr (delay of game), 16:32; served by Whitmore
Adk (bench minor - too many men), 17:36; Eddy
Adk (roughing), 19:48; Angelidis Syr (roughing),
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-2-14-25. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 3; Syracuse
2 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 15-24-0 (31 shots-25
saves). Syracuse, Gudlevskis 16-10-3 (25 shots-21
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen-Tim Kotyra (53), Chris Woodworth (17).
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.