New arrivals Tom Serratore, Robert Hagg and Tony
Capobianco are relatively unfamiliar names to
Adirondack Phantoms' fans but it was this unlikely
trio of recent acquisitions who led the way for
the team's third consecutive victory. Serratore
and Hagg both scored their first professional
goals. And goaltender Capobianco of Canisius College
entered in relief for Carsen Chubak to earn his
first career win in a 5-4 shootout decision at
Ben Holmstrom tallied the game-winner in the ninth
round of the shootout and also scored in the first
period as well on his way to spoiling the home
finale for the Crunch. Playing their last ever
games as the Adirondack Phantoms, the team has
won five of their most recent six as well as the
last three in a row. The Adirondack Phantoms have
just two games remaining including their last
ever home game on Friday night. Rob Bordson scored
for the Phantoms in the victory as well.
It's a fine way to close out the last season for
the Adirondack Phantoms. The team also boasts
a four-game home-ice winning streak and a six-game
home point-streak (4-0-2) entering their last
ever game at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday
night. Another newcomer, national champion Shayne
Gostisbehere of Union College, will make his professional
debut in the Glens Falls finale on Friday.
Serratore scored his first career goal before
he's even played a single game in Glens Falls.
The University of Minnesota product joined the
Phantoms on Monday evening in Bridgeport fresh-off
his national championship appearance on Saturday
in Philadelphia when the Golden Gophers fell to
Union College in the title game. This was Serratore's
second professional game and he was able to muscle
into the crease for the rebound of a Kevin Goumas
sharp-angle shot in the second period to push
Adirondack out in front 3-2. Serratore's father
(Frank) and uncle (Tom) are long-time college
hockey head coaches at Air Force and Bemidji State.
Hagg has a tad more pro experience that Serratore.
The 19-year-old from Sweden who was a second-round
selection of the Flyers in 2013 was appearing
in eighth professional game. His tying goal with
6:55 left came on a power-play slapper from the
left-point that appeared to bank off former Phantoms'
defenseman Joey Mormina in the slot.
Starting goalie Chubak left the game after one
period with an unspecified injury and Capobianco
entered in relief to begin the second period in
his pro debut and third-career professional game.
He was tested right away and made a fine glove-save
on a Jon Marchessault breakaway to quickly get
into rhythm. Capobianco stuffed away the attempt
of Joel Vermin in the bottom of the ninth round
to earn his first career win. He had just joined
the Phantoms on Sunday night after having appeared
in two games in the ECHL with Elmira the past
couple of weeks. This relief appearance against
the Crunch represented his AHL debut.
(pic - Rookie goalie Tony Capobianco stops a
shot on his way to his first professional win.
Courtesy Scott Thomas Photography)
Syracuse also received a boost from the newcomers
with two of their players scoring their first
career goals as well. Joel Vermin staked the Crunch
to a 1-0 lead against Chubak about six minutes
into the game on an intercept in the Phantoms'
zone and Adam Erne capitalized on a breakaway
in the second period on new goalie Capobianco.
Trailing 1-0 in the first period, Robert Hagg
had a fine stretch-pass to connect with Tyler
Brown busting across the Syracuse line along with
Rob Bordson. Brown slid the puck across on the
2-on-1 opening the opportunity for Bordson to
put on a nifty backhand move curling the puck
around Syracuse goalie Cedric Desjardins tying
the score at 1-1.
The Phantoms added another a couple minutes later
with Ben Holmstrom's put-back of the rebound of
an Oliver Lauridsen slapper in the closing second
of the first period. Adam Erne responded in the
second period with his breakaway goal to tie the
score at 2-2 but Serratore's first coming at the
7:16 mark put the Phantoms back in front at 3-2.
Still leading 3-2 in the third period, the Crunch
would score consecutive goals 56 seconds apart
to take a 4-3 lead of their own. Brett Connolly
converted on the back-door following a Jon Marchessault
attempt to stuff one through Capobianco who had
already made two dazzling saves on the sequence.
Less than a minute later, Evan Rankin knifed out
directly in front and drove in his own rebound
just between the left shoulder of Capobianco and
the post. It was at that point that head coach
Terry Murray called his timeout to address his
team as Syracuse had stolen the momentum and taken
a 4-3 lead with about 10 minutes remaining.
Robert Hagg's drive from the left point looked
like it might have banked off the body of former
Phantoms' defenseman Joey Mormina going down to
his knees to attempt a block. Instead, the deflection
perfectly went over to the far-post on Desjardins
for the first career pro goal for the rookie.
The shootout some a combined total of nine goals
including five scores from Adirondack. The first
for Adirondack was a Nick Cousins move in the
third-round that was almost exactly the same as
his backhand-tuckaround game-winner of 10 days
earlier against Phillippe Trudeau of Bridgeport.
He's now 2-for-2 trying that slick move.
Evan Rankin's move to open the shootout for Syracuse
was one for the highlight reel as well. Rankin
backhanded the puck backwards between his legs
to then pick it up on the other side to his right
and beat Capobianco on the glove-side with one
of the more spectacular shootout moves imaginable.
Other shootout scorers for Adirondack included
Rob Bordson (5th round), Marcel Noebels (6th),
Derek Whitmore (7th) and then the winner by Ben
Holmstrom (9th). Joel Vermin was stuffed by Capobianco
at the end to trigger the Phantoms' celebration.
final home game for the Adirondack Phantoms is
this Friday night at 7:00 against the Bridgeport
The Phantoms have announced a Team Poster Night
for the first 4,000 fans in attendance courtesy
of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Phantoms carry a three-game home win streak
into their last ever game at the Glens Falls Civic
Center. Friday's crowd is expected to be another
strong turnout as local fans want to wish their
team a fond farewell after five seasons representing
Be part of the special night and purchase your
tickets in advance by calling the Adirondack Phantoms
Adirondack Phantoms 5 (SO) at Syracuse
Crunch 4 - Status: Final SO
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Onondaga County War
Adirondack 2 1 1 0 - 5
Syracuse 1 1 2 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Vermin 1 6:27. 2, Adirondack,
Bordson 11 (Brown, Hagg), 8:54. 3, Adirondack,
Holmstrom 13 (Lauridsen), 19:46. Penalties-Rankin
Syr (hooking), 11:47; Straka Adk (high-sticking),
11:51; Cousins Adk (delay of game - faceoff violation),
12:36; Connolly Syr (hooking), 12:36; Manning
Adk (interference), 16:00.
2nd Period-4, Syracuse, Erne 1 (Rankin), 3:25.
5, Adirondack, Serratore 1 (Goumas, Alt), 7:16.
Penalties-Lauridsen Adk (fighting), 8:56; Labrie
Syr (fighting), 8:56; Flanagan Adk (hooking),
9:38; Serratore Adk (checking to the head), 19:48.
3rd Period-6, Syracuse, Connolly 21 (Marchessault,
Erne), 8:20. 7, Syracuse, Rankin 15 (Angelidis,
Cote), 9:16. 8, Adirondack, Hagg 1 (Alt, Cousins),
13:05 (PP). Penalties-Serratore Adk (roughing,
roughing, misconduct - continuing altercation),
2:15; Gourde Syr (roughing, roughing), 2:15; Richard
Syr (tripping), 3:16; Witkowski Syr (interference),
11:22; Sergeev Syr (holding), 15:36; Cousins Adk
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Adirondack 5 (Flanagan NG, Straka
NG, Cousins G, Alderson NG, Bordson G, Noebels
G, Whitmore G, Hagg NG, Holmstrom G), Syracuse
4 (Rankin G, Ikonen NG, Erne NG, Connolly G, Marchessault
NG, Richard G, Gourde G, Namestnikov NG, Vermin
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-11-5-1-1-27. Syracuse
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 4; Syracuse
0 / 5.
Goalies-Adirondack, Chubak 4-2-0 (14 shots-13
saves); Capobianco 1-0-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
Syracuse, Desjardins 8-17-4 (26 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42), Chris Ciamaga (24).
Linesmen-Justin Prusak (70), Jeff Walker (28).
Friday, April 18 (7:00) - Bridgeport
Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms -
Fond Farewell Night!
Team Poster Night for first 4,000 fans courtesy
of Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, April 19 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hershey Bears
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.