by Kenny Ayres
The Phantoms played a sturdy game on the road
Friday night, but ran into a hot goaltender who
stonewalled them for 33 saves on 34 shots in a
4-1 loss at the hands of the Worcester Sharks.
The game was a revenge matchup for Worcester who
had to wait over three months for a chance to
respond to their New Year's Eve loss in Glens
Brandon Alderson scored for the Phantoms just
52 seconds into the third period batting a puck
past goaltender Harri Sateri from just to the
left of the net for his 10th of the season.
Adirondack played a hard game, but ultimately
fell victim to the goaltending of Sateri. They
also were unable to overcome a tight Sharks penalty
kill, which quelled all of the Phantoms’
four power plays.
The Sharks jumped on top early and eventually
staked themselves to a 3-0 lead.
Just about six minutes into the game, Marek Viedensky
fired a shot on Cal Heeter, which he saved with
his right pad. But the rebound bounced through,
and Brodie Reid came diving in to knock the puck
over the line to give the Sharks the lead. It
was Reid’s 11th goal of the season.
Adirondack, who was outshot in the early part
of the first, stormed back with some physical
play in the offensive zone and sent quality shots
on net. By the end of the period, both teams had
11 shots and were fairly even in scoring chances.
The Phantoms also held 47 seconds of carry-over
power play time to begin the second, but were
shut down, and as soon as the penalty to Mirco
Mueller ended, Worcester struck again.
Fresh out of the penalty box, Mueller skated the
puck up the left side, and whipped a pass into
the middle of the ice for a streaking Adam Comrie,
who came flying across the blue line past the
Phantoms’ defenders. Comrie deked to the
backhand, as Heeter tried to keep up and attempt
a poke-check. Comrie was able to carry wide around
Heeter and curl the puck behind and into the net.
The Sharks were able to extend that lead to 3-0
at 8:41 in the second, with the help of a screen
and a little luck. With several players parked
in front of Heeter, Freddie Hamilton spun a turn-around
shot on net from just outside the right circle.
It found its way through the traffic, and deflected
off of Eriah Hayes and into the net. The goal
was originally awarded to Hamilton, but was later
credited to Hayes for his 11th of the season.
The second period was also when both penalty-killing
units flexed their muscles. There were two power
plays for Adirondack in the second, and three
for Worcester, but neither team was able to ever
really set up an attack. After the second, they
were a combined 0-for-9 on the man advantage,
thanks to the hard work of the penalty killers.
The Phantoms were boosted on the penalty kill
with the return of defenseman Oliver Lauridsen,
who was on the shelf for more than a month with
an injury. In his first game back since March
8, he clogged shooting lanes, and used his body
to work players off the puck, helping to keep
the game close during the Sharks’ power
Heeter, who stopped 28 of 31 shots in the game,
stayed strong through a quick third period in
which play seemed to carry on without halt. He
stopped all eight shots in the period, and was
called to the bench with more than two minutes
left in favor of an extra skater. The Sharks scored
an empty-net goal to seal the win with just 1:20
left in the game.
Friday’s game was the Phantoms’ first
on the road in two weeks, and they will remain
on the road Saturday as they travel to Bridgeport
for a 7:00 p.m. tilt with the Sound Tigers in
another battle of the Holmstroms. Phantoms captain,
Ben, will again be taking on the younger Josh
who made his pro debut for Bridgeport just last
Saturday in a game in Glens Falls.
The Phantoms return home Sunday evening for their
second-to-last home game taking on the Utica Comets
at 5:00 p.m. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355
for Sunday Family FunPacks for only $43 to receive
3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn
and 1 program. Add to your pack an extra ticket,
hot dog and soda for only an additional $15.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Worcester Sharks
4 - Status: Final
Friday, April 11, 2014 - DCU Center
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
Worcester 1 2 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Worcester, Reid 11 (Viedensky,
Pelech), 5:57. Penalties-Tarasov Wor (hooking),
10:24; Mueller Wor (boarding), 18:47.
2nd Period-2, Worcester, Comrie 3 (Mueller, Oleksuk),
1:01. 3, Worcester, Hayes 11 (Hamilton, Comrie),
8:41. Penalties-Brown Adk (hooking), 2:19; Oleksuk
Wor (hooking), 11:28; Noebels Adk (hooking), 14:49;
Tennyson Wor (goaltender interference), 15:04;
Alderson Adk (hooking), 16:32.
3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Alderson 10 (Whitmore,
Cousins),0:52. 5, Worcester, Hamilton 22 (Oleksuk,
DeMelo), 18:40(EN). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-13-10-34. Worcester
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Worcester
0 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 16-25-2 (31 shots-28
saves). Worcester, Sateri 18-23-2 (34 shots-33
Referees-Jarrod Ragusin (54).
Linesmen-Joe Ross (92), Todd Whittemore (70).
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
Tuesday, April 15 (7:00) - Phantoms Power
Hour Radio Show LIVE from Recovery Sports Grill
on Q101.7 with special player guests Mark Alt
and Brandon Alderson
Wednesday, April 16 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Friday, April 18 (7:00) - Bridgeport
Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms - Fond Farewell
Last Adirondack Phantoms Home Game
Saturday, April 19 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hershey Bears
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.