In the stretch of last ever games for the Adirondack
Phantoms, the team is finishing with a bang and
providing some fun and memorable moments for the
team's loyal fans. Brandon Alderson scored both
Adirondack goals in a come-from-behind win over
the Utica Comets as the Phantoms extended their
home-ice point-streak to five and their home winning
streak to three. The 2-1 victory on Sunday evening
now gives the Phantoms a record of 3-0-2 in their
last five home games with only one more home tilt
The Adirondack Phantoms will play at the Glens
Falls Civic Center for the final time on Friday
night against Bridgeport in what is sure to be
a bittersweet and emotional evening to conclude
the 25th season of the AHL in Glens Falls.
buried two blasts from the slot and rookie goalie
Carsen Chubak earned his third win of the season
with a 24-save effort as the Phantoms put a big
hurt on Utica's late-season playoff aspirations.
Adirondack finished a perfect season-sweep of
the Comets going 4-0-0 against the Vancouver affiliates
with three of the wins coming in exciting one-goal
Playing without Jason Akeson (called up to Philadelphia)
and Brandon Manning (injury from Friday's game)
as well as the various other participants on the
team's long injury-list, the Phantoms pushed forth
with a high-energy effort from a somewhat make-shift
lineup mostly outplaying the visitors, especially
in the first and second periods. In fact, Utica
goalie Joacim Ericksson needed a spectacular effort
in net just to keep the Comets in the game. Adirondack
was denied on several close-range chances on some
remarkable saves from the Utica rookie goalie.
But Carsen Chubak was good too. With his best
stop perhaps coming with just 35 seconds remaining
from the middle of the crease when he preserved
the lead by guarding the line and stopping the
point-blank tries from the desperate and inspired
Utica skaters. Chubak earned starts in consecutive
seasons for the first time this season and earned
his second win in a row, albeit without the franchise-record
50 saves he recorded last Sunday against Albany.
"Everybody had incredible energy," Phantoms
head coach Terry Murray said. "I thought
our game was outstanding here tonight. Short a
lot of players. Guys dug in extra deep and really
competed and battled hard. I thought the players
that were getting the opportunity to play because
of lineup changes really responded very well.
(Mike) Matczak made two big plays on both goals.
There were some very positive things coming out
of this game to take into tomorrow."
Pascal Pelletier opened the scoring on a power
play about 11 minutes into the game. His one-timer
from the right-circle into the top of the net
was good for his team-leading 20th of the year
and for a 1-0 lead for the Comets.
But Adirondack actually had the better of the
play in the opening frame. Ericksson robbed Kyle
Flanagan on a back-door one-timer and came up
with a somewhat miraculous save off a Nick Cousins
shot. the drive that Ericksson deflected off his
stick would bound over his shoulder and appeared
headed for the goal but Ericksson slid backwards
and while falling part of the way into the net
was able to grab the puck in the air with his
glove while holding it in front of his body so
as not to carry the puck into the goal with him.
The Phantoms carried the momentum into the second
period and started to produce the results. Continuing
a cycle around the Utica zone with Nick Cousins
hanging onto the puck strongly would set up Mike
Matczak at the left-point whose entry into the
slot would be blocked down by Alderson. But the
rookie winger was able to locate the puck at his
feet, then spin and shoot over the right-shoulder
on the glove-side of Ericksson for the game-tying
Alderson would score the winning goal from the
slot as well, once again benefiting from some
good work by his teammates moving the puck around
the zone along the boards. Matczak found Cousins
who connected with Derek Whitmore driving in from
the left corner but going wide behind the goal.
Going behind the net just to the other side, Whitmore
found the opening to connect with Alderson who
gave all he had into his close-range one-timer
for the game-winning goal with just 7:24 remaining.
"I think I'm playing with a lot more confidence
and it's showing in my game," Alderson said.
"I think the puck's just coming to me where
it hasn't before and I'm getting bounces. And
it's nice for it to finally come."
The whole line actually which includes Alderson
teamed with fellow rookie Nick Cousins and veteran
Derek Whitmore has been a strong combination for
the Phantoms for the past several weeks. "Me
and Nick played together for the past three years
(including juniors)," Alderson said. "And
adding Whitmore, you know he's a veteran guy.
He's always talking and he was REALLY loud today.
It kind of cracks both of us up. But it's nice
to have that. We're building chemistry and it's
The Phantoms out-shot Utica 33-25. Adirondack
was 0-for-4 on the power play while Utica went
The Phantoms have a busy stretch of five games
in seven days to conclude the 2013-14 season.
What was already going to be a hectic pace to
the finish-line became even more congested when
Saturday night's game at Bridgeport was postponed
and then moved to a Monday make-up date.
Adirondack has four games remaining including
three away games. The Phantoms are at Bridgeport
on Monday and Syracuse on Wednesday. Then it's
the big home finale on Friday night with the fans'
last ever chance to cheer for the Adirondack Phantoms
and the team's last chance to thank their loyal
supporters. Call the Phantoms for tickets in advance
to save: 518-480-3355.
Utica Comets 1 at Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Status: Final
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Utica 1 0 0 - 1
Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Utica, Pelletier 20 (DeFazio, O'Reilly),
11:22 (PP). Penalties-served by Grenier Uti (bench
minor - too many men), 3:18; Lamarche Adk (hooking),
8:34; Hagg Adk (boarding), 10:36; Blain Uti (interference),
12:31; served by Grenier Uti (bench minor - too
many men), 15:14.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Alderson 11 (Matczak,
Cousins), 10:47. Penalties-Pelletier Uti (cross-checking),
5:40; Straka Adk (boarding), 5:40; Archibald Uti
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Alderson 12 (Whitmore,
Cousins), 12:36. Penalties-Eddy Adk (charging),
Shots on Goal-Utica 6-6-13-25. Adirondack 10-12-11-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Utica 1 / 3; Adirondack
0 / 4.
Goalies-Utica, Eriksson 23-23-2 (33 shots-31 saves).
Adirondack, Chubak 3-2-0 (25 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Garrett Rank (55).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Steeve Lemay (64).
Monday, April 14 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
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.