Jason Akeson brought the noise with his second
career hat trick and back-up goalie Carsen Chubak
entered his name into the history books on an
incredible, record-setting night in Glens Falls.
Chubak became the first goalie in franchise history
to record 50 saves in a game and Jason Akeson
broke the all-time single-season points record
for the Adirondack Phantoms as both led the way
to a 4-3 victory over the Albany Devils in the
last ever meeting of the four-year Northway Rivalry
series between the two teams.
What a night and what a game. This one was wild
and entertaining on both ends of the ice with
Chubak breaking Scott Munroe's old franchise record
of 49 saves established in a game for the Philadelphia
Phantoms on January 17, 2009 against the Hershey
Bears. Earlier in the evening, Jason Akeson received
a terrific ovation following the second of his
three goals when it was announced he had broken
the Adirondack Phantoms' single-season points
record previously held by Jon Matsumoto who had
62 points in 2009-10. Akeson would tack on another
to up his current season total to 64 points which
now rates ninth in the AHL and fourth in the Eastern
Petr Straka also scored for the Phantoms and added
an assist while the Albany Devils received goals
from Rod Pelley, Reece Scarlett and Scott Timmins.
Albany was blasting away pretty much from the
start. Benefiting from a couple early power plays,
the Devils had 16 shots in the first period but
that was just the appetizer for their 23-shot
barrage in the second frame when Chubak was challenged
the most and made some of his most spectacular
stops of the night while only allowing one to
sneak through on a power-play one-timer by Scarlett.
was Chubak's first full game in almost one-and-a-half
months going back to his February 22 start in
front of over 17,000 fans in Philadelphia. And
it was his first game-action of any sort since
March 9. Chubak was tremendous in facing the highest
volume of shots ever seen by a goalie in the 18-year
history of the franchise which began as the Philadelphia
Phantoms in 1996.
While it's fun for the fans to go back through
the history books and determine new records, it's
not something the players are focused on in the
heat of a hard-fought battle. Terry Murray's team
has their mind on winning the game, not how many
saves they are making.
"He said that he didn't know if it was 50,"
Terry Murray said, "because he wasn't counting
so it didn't really matter what the number was.
But he played well. You know he hasn't played
a lot of hockey this year. He's kind of bounced
around with the East Coast League. And here as
a third goaltender when he's not practicing with
the team. He's shown a lot of character, a lot
of adversity that he dealt with. And I think he
was rewarded for that kind of patience and hard
work that he's put in this year with a big effort."
Fans love an underdog and Chubak with his limited
playing time all season seems to thrive in the
role. The game was just his fourth start of the
season and only his second win. His first win
this year came on a similarly spectacular night
albeit not a record-setting one. In his AHL starting
debut, Chubak made 38 saves on 39 shots against
the Providence Bruins in a 3-1 win on December
28th in front of a large and deafening crowd.
Chubak has benefited from his opportunity to fully
practice with the team instead of staying on his
own or on the sidelines. With the season-ending
injury to Yann Danis, the Phantoms have two goalies
instead of three.
"It's difficult," Chubak said. "It
was really nice to actually practice (with the
rest of the team) for the last week and a half.
So with that I do feel a little bit more comfortable
right now. Actually in my last start (on March
9) I think I only had about two practices going
into it in about the month before. But this one
I felt more comfortable going in."
When the Phantoms did get the pressure away from
Chubak for a bit, it was Jason Akeson on the other
end of the ice who was busy recording his second
career hat trick and the 10th all-time in Adirondack
Phantoms' history while rushing past Jon Matsumoto's
single-season scoring record in the process.
Akeson scored even-strength about five minutes
into the game and then added a shorthanded goal
on a 2-on-1 with Petr Straka with two-and-a-half
left in the first period. After that goal which
made it 2-1, Public Address Announcer Dan Miner
informed the crowd of the record setting moment
with many fans rising to their feet in appreciation
of the big moment. Akeson would later bring the
hats flying with his power-play goal late in the
second period that gave the Phantoms a 3-1 lead.
"Sometimes you have those games where you
know everything's going in for you," Akeson
said. "And tonight was one of those nights.
(Saturday night) I had a tough time hitting the
net and I think I had 10 shots or something like
that and I couldn't buy one. But tonight it worked
The third-year pro joins Brayden Schenn and Michael
Ryan as the only players to have record two hat
tricks for the Adirondack Phantoms. It was the
team's first hat trick in over a year. The last
came a little over a year ago when Akeson recorded
his first hat trick on March 9, 2013 against the
(Pic - One of the first hats to acknowledge Akeson's
three-goal performance lands at his feet. Thanks
to Robert Shaw submitting the pic to us on facebook)
Jason Akeson has become extremely familiar with
mid-game announcements of record-breaking moments
as he has placed his name at the top of the Adirondack
Phantoms' team record-book in a number of categories.
Most career goals (58), career assists (113),
career points (171) and now points in a season
Adirondack finished a successful five-point (out
of six) weekend in late, dramatic fashion. The
Albany Devils had cut the Phantoms' 4-2 lead down
to 4-3 with about seven minutes remaining. Then,
in the closing moments, the Phantoms were called
for consecutive penalties. Albany's man-advantage
went from 5-on-4 to 6-on-4 (with the pulled goalie)
and then to 6-on-3 with 21 seconds to go. The
Phantoms' backs were to the wall but Rob Bordson
won a huge faceoff in the Adirondack zone and
Cullen Eddy was able to hammer the puck around
the wall hard enough to the far side to sail it
down the ice. Albany re-entered the zone with
about seven seconds remaining but never got off
a shot as Bordson poked the puck free and drove
it the length of the ice at the end just missing
an empty-net goal by a few feet.
Scott Wedgewood started in goal for Albany but
collided with Petr Straka on a race to the puck
early in the game appearing to have been hit in
the head. Wedgewood stayed in for the rest of
the opening frame before departing in favor of
Keith Kinkaid who entered the contest at the beginning
of the second period.
out-shot the Phantoms 53-32 in the game. Both
teams were 2-for-6 on the power play. Petr Straka's
goal in the second period was scored on a strange
play when Albany's Alexander Urbom was attempting
to blast a long-clear the length of the ice on
a penalty kill. But the drive hit off the back
of the leg of teammate Dan Kelly a few feet in
front of him and then perfectly onto the stick
of Straka who moved in all alone on Kinkaid for
The Phantoms' players and coaches have all said
on numerous occasions how important it was for
them to play well and grab some wins for the fans
in their final games in Glens Falls. The team
thrived in their last-ever multi-game homestand
going 2-0-1 on the weekend with five points out
of six as well as 2-0-2 in their last four home
Attendance over the three weekend games topped
five-figures finishing at 10,031. Fans are taking
advantage of some of their last-ever opportunities
to cheer for the team they have come to know and
love over the past five seasons and are being
rewarded for their loyalty with some incredibly
exciting and memorable games and record-setting
And with Rob Bordson's poke-steal during the 6-on-3
penalty-kill came the conclusion of the four-year
Northway Rivalry series. In 46 games between the
Adirondack Phantoms and Albany Devils, the two
teams finished dead-even at 23 wins per side.
The final season of the Northway Rivalry finished
in a 6-6 tie which was the exact same season-mark
for the first year of the series.
The first game ever between the Adirondack Phantoms
and Albany Devils was on October 9, 2010 with
the visiting Phantoms spoiling the first-ever
game of the Albany Devils in a 5-3 win at Times
Union Center. Ben Holmstrom and Zac Rinaldo were
among the goal-scorers in that first-ever encounter
with Rinaldo's tally late in the game standing
as his first professional goal. While that was
an entertaining beginning and a fine start, this
last game ever for the series will hold up as
being far more memorable.
Other historic nights in the Northway Rivalry
included the April 1, 2011 game in Glens Falls
featuring a hat trick by Mike Testwuide as the
Phantoms racked up a franchise-record for goals
in a 9-5 win. Mike Testwuide also had an exciting
overtime game-winner in the traditional New Year's
Eve game to close out 2012 in another of the series-highlights.
It's been fun, Albany Devils. Thanks for helping
us provide fans of both teams located about 50
minutes apart with such a great rivalry!
The Adirondack Phantoms have just six games remaining
including only two home games. The Phantoms play
on the road next Friday and Saturday at the Worcester
Sharks and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Adirondack's
second-to-last home game at the Glens Falls Civic
Center will be next Sunday at 5:00 against the
Utica Comets. Sunday Family FunPacks are available
by calling the Phantoms' office at 518-480-3355.
Albany Devils 3 at Adirondack Phantoms
4 - Status: Final
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Albany 1 1 1 - 3
Adirondack 2 2 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Akeson 22 (Goumas,
Eddy), 5:19. 2, Albany, Pelley 13 (Wohlberg, Zajac),
12:33. 3, Adirondack, Akeson 23 (Straka), 17:33
(SH). Penalties-Hagg Adk (hooking), 6:16; Bordson
Adk (tripping), 15:47.
2nd Period-4, Adirondack, Straka 9 6:30 (PP).
5, Albany, Scarlett 5 (Urbom, Whitney), 9:42 (PP).
6, Adirondack, Akeson 24 (Flanagan, Manning),
15:17 (PP). Penalties-Timmins Alb (hooking), 0:18;
Matteau Alb (interference), 5:53; Hagg Adk (hooking),
9:11; Matteau Alb (roughing), 13:35; Hagg Adk
(roughing), 13:35; Pesonen Alb (unsportsmanlike
3rd Period-7, Albany, Timmins 12 (Urbom, Whitney),
12:41 (PP). Penalties-Burlon Alb (slashing), 5:03;
Zajac Alb (roughing), 6:09; Bordson Adk (holding),
11:28; Timmins Alb (slashing), 15:12; Manning
Adk (cross-checking), 18:46; Holmstrom Adk (interference),
Shots on Goal-Albany 16-23-14-53. Adirondack
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 2 / 6; Adirondack
2 / 6.
Goalies-Albany, Wedgewood 14-14-3 (7 shots-5 saves);
Kinkaid 21-13-5 (25 shots-23 saves). Adirondack,
Chubak 2-2-0 (53 shots-50 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Francis Trempe (56).
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
at Adirondack Phantoms - Sunday Family FunPacks
for only $43
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.