By Kenny Ayres
Overtimes and shootouts are becoming a recurring
theme. Nick Cousins dangled his way around Bridgeport
goaltender Phillipe Trudeau in the fifth round
of Adirondack's third consecutive shootout for
a nifty backhand game-winner. The Phantoms prevailed
4-3 over the visiting Sound Tigers in the team's
last ever Saturday night game at the Glens Falls
With the shootout tied at one after four rounds,
Nick Cousins made a clever move. After committing
to the blocker-side and inducing Trudeau to bite,
he nonchalantly extended his stick across the
crease, stuffing the puck into the open net for
the goal. Brandon Alderson also scored in the
shootout, and goalie Cal Heeter steered aside
four of the five shots sent his way.
Holmstrom and Josh Holmstrom lining up. “It
was very nice to win in a shootout,” said
head coach Terry Murray. “[And it was a]
pretty nice goal to finish it off.”
It was a fitting end to an overall well-played
game from the Phantoms that featured a lot of
shots, and a lot of action.
This game also featured a fun side-story courtesy
of the Holmstrom family. Josh Holmstrom having
recently joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers was
making his professional debut against big brother,
Ben in what Ben says is the first time they had
ever squared off in an official game. Both Holmstrom
had been captain at UMass-Lowell, with Josh's
career having come to an end just last weekend
in the NCAA Tournament. Ben Holmstrom's 249th
career game in the American Hockey League was
Josh Holmstrom's first.
“It was something pretty unique to be able
to play in his first pro game,” Ben Holmstrom
said. “It was good to see him in his first
one and get his feet wet. I’m happy for
It was all fun and games this time, but Holmstrom
admitted he may not be so nice to his younger
brother the next time around.
“I think there’s always sibling rivalry.
We’re always competing against each other,”
Ben Holmstrom said. “Tonight was mostly
encouragement but I’m sure if we meet a
few more times, it will start to deviate to a
little more chirping but for the first time, I
wasn’t going to try to get in his head and
mess with him much.”
Adirondack and Bridgeport play each other two
more times this season on April 12 in Bridgeport
and on April 18 in the last ever home game for
the Adirondack Phantoms.
As for the exciting game, the Phantoms peppered
Trudeau - who was making just his second professional
start - with 43 shots in regulation and overtime,
with three of them finding the back of the net.
Tyler Brown (3rd), Petr Straka (8th) and Alderson
(9th) all netted goals for the Phantoms in the
win, with each goal either giving Adirondack the
lead, or extending their lead. They never trailed.
Brown’s goal, which came on a beautiful
backhand shot, opened scoring 4:32 into the second
period. Before that, both goaltenders, despite
facing a mass of shots early on, stayed strong.
However, for Trudeau, the Phantoms’ pressure
eventually proved to be too much to handle.
The play started when Rob Bordson squeezed past
a Bridgeport player at the right boards near center
ice, starting a 2-on-1 rush with Brown, who was
streaking down the left side. Bordson slipped
a pass around the skates of the lone Bridgeport
defender, hitting Brown perfectly in stride. Brown
moved right in front of the net, and deked to
the backhand. Tudreau bit on the move, and Brown
had a wide open net to score his third of the
Bridgeport would tie the game with just 1:38 left
in the period on a goal from Scooter Vaughan,
but the score did not stay tied for long.
Adirondack came out in the third with the same
energy they had for most of the second.
It paid off almost immediately.
Just 35 seconds in, the Phantoms were able to
break down the Sound Tigers, and Straka re-took
the lead for Adirondack with his eighth goal of
the season, assisted by Jason Akeson and Kevin
Goumas. That assist gave Akeson 61 points on the
season, and moves him to within one point of Jon
Matsumoto’s record of 62, set in 2009-10.
The Phantoms did not stop there. The continued
to win the one-on-one battles and out-worked the
Sound Tigers in their own end. The chances on
odd-man rushes were replaced with prolonged, systematic
attacks, with several shots fired on Trudeau each
Just about six minutes after Straka’s goal,
the Phantoms extended the lead to 3-1. On the
first faceoff after being awarded a power play,
Robert Hagg unleashed a shot on net, and Alderson
was able to extend his stick and deflect it past
Trudeau and over the line. It was Alderson’s
ninth tally of the season, and for Hagg, his first
Hagg’s effort, along with the contributions
from the other younger players on Saturday was
a huge positive. The younger players on the team
have been providing a spark all season.
“I’ve been happy with the way the
rookies have come along here since the Christmas
break,” Murray said. “I think we’ve
had some good performances from the young guys.
Really good. I like the attitude that they’re
bringing. Not only to the game here today, but
as we go through the practices, there’s
stuff happening on the ice and there’s good
work getting put on off the ice.”
The Sound Tigers got strong offensive efforts
from both Vaughan and Chris Langkow, who combined
to account for almost all of Bridgeport’s
points in the game. Langkow scored the second
goal for Bridgeport as well as the game-tying
goal late in the third. Vaughan got Bridgeport
on the board in the second with his seventh of
the season. Both players also had an assist apiece
in the game.
Two of the Bridgeport goals came on the power
play, and Heeter was subjected to 36 shots, including
14 in a scoreless first period. He also saved
four of the five Bridgeport shootout attempts
en route to his 16th win of the season.
In addition to the win, Saturday’s game
also featured a pre-game ceremony for Zack FitzGerald,
who is the recipient of the 2013-14 Phantoms IOA/American
Specialty AHL Man of the Year Award, for his outstanding
service to the Glens Falls community during the
season. It is the second time he has won the award,
as he also took it home during the 2012-13 season.
FitzGerald will now be one of 30 finalists for
the AHL's 2013-14 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award,
which is given to the overall IOA/American Specialty
AHL Man of the Year.
Adirondack concludes their homestand on Sunday
afternoon at 3:00 against the Albany Devils. The
matchup will be the 46th, and last, game of the
four-season Northway Rivalry. The Albany Devils
hold a slim 23-22 lead over the Adirondack Phantoms
entering the last ever game between the two squads.
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The Adirondack Phantoms have only three home games
remaining including Sunday, April 13 vs. Utica
and Friday, April 18 vs. Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 at Adirondack
Phantoms 4 (SO) - Status: Final SO
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Bridgeport 0 1 2 0 - 3
Adirondack 0 1 2 0 - 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bruton Bri (high-sticking),
10:18; Gallant Bri (fighting, misconduct), 13:05;
Eddy Adk (fighting), 13:05.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Brown 3 (Bordson, Holmstrom),
4:32. 2, Bridgeport, Vaughan 7 (Langkow), 18:22.
Penalties-Graham Bri (high-sticking), 6:27; Langkow
Bri (goaltender interference), 7:03; Pedan Bri
(fighting), 17:38; Holmstrom Adk (fighting), 17:38.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Straka 8 (Akeson, Goumas),
0:35. 4, Adirondack, Alderson 9 (Hägg, Whitmore),
6:31 (PP). 5, Bridgeport, Langkow 4 (Graham),13:35
(PP). 6, Bridgeport, Langkow 5 (Vaughan, Harris),
18:27 (PP). Penalties-Alderson Adk (boarding),
1:38; Pedan Bri (delay of game), 6:25; Bordson
Adk (tripping), 11:37; Pedan Bri (tripping), 14:29;
Johnston Adk (delay of game), 17:46.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Vaughan Bri (holding),
Shootout - Bridgeport 1 (Walters NG, Harris NG,
Crus Rydberg NG, Quine G, Vaughan NG), Adirondack
2 (Akeson NG, Straka NG, Goumas NG, Alderson G,
Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 14-11-10-1-0-36. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 2 / 3; Adirondack
1 / 6.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Trudeau 0-1-1 (43 shots-40
saves). Adirondack, Heeter 16-24-2 (36 shots-33
Referees-David Banfield (77), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Francis Trempe (56).
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Friday, April 11 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Worcester Sharks
Saturday, April 12 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, April 13 (5:00) - Utica Comets
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Friday, April 18 (7:00) - Bridgeport
Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms - Fond Farewell
Last Adirondack Phantoms Home Game
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.