Another near-sellout crowd filled the Glens Falls
Civic Center and cranked up the noise-level yet
again as they enjoyed Fan Appreciation Night with
the Adirondack Phantoms. A back-and-forth and
hard-fought game by both teams was eventually
taken by the vi
Kevin Goumas scores his first professional goal.
Photo courtesy Andy Camp siting Springfield Falcons
4-3 in a shootout. Adirondack stood toe-to-toe
with the division leaders and one of the top teams
in the league and thrilled the large turnout of
4,680 in the exciting battle.
2-0 late in the second period, the Phantoms would
score three consecutive goals late in the second
and early in the third bringing the big house
to a roar. Brandon Manning started the comeback
followed by Mark Alt and then newcomer Kevin Goumas
consecutively just 34 seconds apart in the third.
For Goumas, in his second professional game and
Glens Falls debut, it was his first career professional
goal. The 22-year-old speedster from the University
of New Hampshire was zipping around all over the
zone creating opportunities. He also would score
in the second round of the shootout on his way
to earning #2 Star of the Game honors. If Adirondack
had hung on for the win, undoubtedly he would
have been tabbed as the #1 Star of the Game.
The night also marked the North American professional
debut for 19-year-old Robert Hagg from Sweden
who came perilously close to scoring the game-winner
early in the overtime period.
With the Phantoms overcoming the 2-0 deficit to
take a 3-2 lead on this special night celebrating
American League hockey in Glens Falls, it just
felt like all the pieces were coming into place
for a perfect evening to thank the crowd on this
big evening in which "thank you's" were
being shared all around. But Dana Tyrell scored
between the circles midway through the third period
to equalize at 3-3 and then Springfield eventually
prevailed in six rounds in the shootout on a game-winner
from Cody Bass after the Phantoms had led after
four rounds on goals by Kevin Goumas and Derek
Fans arrived to the arena to find a gigantic "THANKS!"
spelled out on the seats across from the main-entrance
in huge letters. It was quite the sight to behold.
And that was just the beginning of the festivities
of the evening which included hundreds of prizes
given away throughout the game. And while the
Phantoms were taking the opportunity on Fan Appreciation
Night to thank their loyal fans, it was again
the fans who were a big story as they continue
to impress with another large and enthusiastic
turnout showing yet again how tremendous the support
in the North Country remains for the AHL.
Phantoms received top-notch efforts up and down
the lineup as they battled hard with the Falcons
for more than 65 minutes on Saturday. It was a
complete effort by both teams from the onset,
and that stayed true throughout the entire contest.
The first period, though scoreless, was not bereft
of chances. The Phantoms just ran into some incredible
goaltending and some bad luck. Adirondack ripped
nine shots on net in the first 12 minutes, peppering
goalie Mike McKenna from quality scoring areas.
McKenna was up to the task, however, and he made
several acrobatic saves early on in the period.
One drive actually made it past him, but lost
its steam as it trickled through the blue, and
was eventually swept aside before crossing the
But as good as McKenna’s start to the
game was, Cal Heeter’s was just as good,
if not better. Heeter was subjected to all types
of Falcons chances throughout the first, including
odd-man rushes, strange re-directs, and close
battles in front of the net. He stopped all 12
shots that came his way to send the game into
the second period as a scoreless draw.
Springfield’s persistence paid off, however,
as they finally cracked Heeter 11 minutes into
the second. Carter Camper swung around behind
the Adirondack net, and waited patiently as Craig
moved out in front of the crease. Camper centered
to Craig, who chipped it in behind Heeter to give
the Falcons the lead.
They extended that lead to 2-1 a little more than
four minutes later. Boyce started a 2-on-1 rush
for the Falcons, and held the puck the whole way,
finishing with his 14th of the season, assisted
by Jake Hansen.
But McKenna, despite his share of circus-type
saves, proved to be mortal just like Heeter, and
the Phantoms came roaring back with three unanswered
goals during a dominant stretch in the second
and third periods.
With 3:45 left in the second, Brandon Manning
unleashed a heavy slap shot on McKenna, which
blazed right past his shoulder and in, pulling
the Phantoms within one. The goal was Manning’s
seventh of the season, with Jason Akeson and Kyle
Flanagan collecting assists.
Phantoms then tied the game six minutes into the
third. Defenseman Mark Alt rushed up the right
side and swung wide on Carter Camper, before bearing
in on net. Alt fired the puck low on McKenna and
was able to beat him five-hole with his fourth
goal of the year.
The two goals put the Phantoms on a surge in which
they dominated the play for the next minute, culminating
in their third consecutive goal. This time, it
was rookie Kevin Goumas who earned the tally.
Goumas took a feed from Ben Holmstrom and netted
his first-ever professional hockey goal, and it
was a big one as it gave Adirondack the 3-2 lead.
Springfield, however, would not back down. Three
minutes later, Tyrell scored his 14th to even
the game up at three with just about nine minutes
The incredibly evenly matched game stayed tied
for the remainder of regulation, at which point
the Falcons led in shots 31-30. The overtime was
the same story, as both teams traded punches but
Just nine games remain in the regular season including
only five at home. Three of those home games will
come consecutively next weekend when Adirondack
hosts Norfolk, Bridgeport and Albany back-to-back-to-back
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call the Phantoms
for tickets in advance to save or Sunday Family
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Springfield Falcons 4 (SO) at Adirondack
Phantoms 3 - Status: Final SO
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Springfield 0 2 1 0 - 4
Adirondack 0 1 2 0 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Boyce Spr (hooking),
2nd Period-1, Springfield, Craig 17 (Joudrey,
Camper), 9:09 (PP). 2, Springfield, Boyce 14 (Hansen),
13:22. 3, Adirondack, Manning 7 (Akeson, Flanagan),
16:15. Penalties-St. Denis Spr (tripping), 3:51;
Alt Adk (hooking),5:18; Eddy Adk (interference),
8:10; Collins Spr (hooking), 14:00.
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Alt 4 6:36. 5, Adirondack,
Goumas 1 (Holmstrom, Delisle), 7:10. 6, Springfield,
Tyrell 14 (Hansen, Boyce), 10:58. Penalties-Dano
Spr (closing hand on puck), 11:17; Delisle Adk
(interference), 15:20; Alderson Adk (high-sticking),
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Springfield 3 (Dano NG, Joudrey G,
Camper NG, Collins NG, Goloubef G, Bass G), Adirondack
2 (Flanagan NG, Goumas G, Akeson NG, Whitmore
G, Cousins NG, Noebels NG).
Shots on Goal-Springfield 12-10-9-4-1-36. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 1 / 4; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Springfield, McKenna 21-8-1 (32 shots-29
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 15-24-1 (35 shots-32
Referees-Tom Chmielewski (43).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Francis Trempe (56).
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.