official end of the Adirondack Phantoms era came
on Saturday night with an away game at the Hershey
Bears. Former Bear Derek Whitmore scored the last
ever goal for the Adirondack Phantoms in a late
rally effort but Hershey prevailed in their season-finale
at Giant Center 2-1.
Joel Rechlicz and Jeff Taffe scored in the first
and second periods for the Bears. For Rechlicz,
the goal was his first in three years and just
the third of his career. The goal that Whitmore
scored late in the third period sort of brought
the season around full circle for the veteran
who was acquired by the Phantoms in March. Whitmore
had scored here at Giant Center in the very first
game of the season on October 5 but that shorthanded
goal was while he was playing FOR the Bears and
it came AGAINST the Adirondack Phantoms.
goaltender Tony Capobianco received the start
once again in goal and played well making 24 saves
but it wasn't enough to earn the victory. Highly
touted and hyped newcomer Shayne Gostisbehere
had several big chances but was unable to record
his first professional goal. On a one-timer in
the second period during a 5-on-3 power play,
Gostisbehere was robbed on a diving, spectacular
glove-save by David Leggio.
Gostisbehere also rushed in with a nice wrap-around
try but was stopped on the left-skate of Leggio.
Petr Straka had an earlier scoring opportunity
but his mighty blast from the left-wing in the
first period rang off the far post and away. A
travel-weary and fatigued Phantoms' team was completing
a stretch of five games in seven days to four
different cities to conclude the regular season.
Adirondack Phantoms fans were represented well
among the nearly 11,000 total at Giant Center
in Hershey including a sizable contingent from
Glens Falls who trekked to ChocolateTown to witness
the historic last game ever for the team. This
one lacked the energy and emotion that permeated
the Glens Falls Civic Center the night before
when the standing-room only record-breaking crowd
enjoyed a celebration of their awesomeness and
tremendous five-year run supporting the team.
But this one was the official conclusion for the
Adirondack Phantoms nonetheless.
Previously the Philadelphia Phantoms for 13 seasons
from 1996 through 2009, the Glens Falls community
served as wonderful hosts for their temporary
team for five years from 2009 through 2014 while
the team's new building in Allentown, Pennsylvania
was being arranged and constructed. The 19th all-time
season of the Phantoms' franchise in 2014-15 will
be as the newly named Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
But the team, players, staff and everyone involved
will never forget their time in Glens Falls playing
for the incredible die-hard hockey community of
the North Country. And everyone involved in the
organization has their fingers crossed that the
foundation that has been established will indeed
lead to the acquisition of a new team arriving
at the Glens Falls Civic Center so that the Phantoms
can make a grand return to the area as a visiting
community was given its shot and opportunity to
prove themselves to the hockey world. And the
fans thrived in response with terrific support
throughout the tenure.
Ben Holmstrom finishes as the all-time leader
in games played for the Adirondack Phantoms having
suited up 255 times for the team over the course
of his five seasons. He and Marc-Andre Bourdon
are the only players to have appeared in games
in each of the team's five years.
Rob Bordson (236 games) and Cullen Eddy (218 games)
each played for the Adirondack Phantoms for four
years...and they were even roommates in Glens
Falls and Queensbury for all four years!
Jason Akeson's 172 career points with the Adirondack
Phantoms are the most of any player. Next on the
list are Ben Holmstrom (122 points), Denis Hamel
(96 points) and Erik Gustafsson (95 points).
Jason Akeson established a single-season scoring
record with 64 points which he reached on his
last-ever game at the Glens Falls Civic Center
when he scored his second career hat trick on
April 6 against the Albany Devils on one of the
many great memorable home games for the team.
The first goal-scorer ever for the Adirondack
Phantoms was Andreas Nodl on October 3, 2009 against
the Worcester Sharks. Derek Whitmore scores the
last goal for the team on April 19, 2014 at the
Thanks once again to all the fans for the amazing
support over five tremendous seasons in Glens
Falls. The passion you have shown for your hockey
team has been a treat and has made a huge impression
on the entire American Hockey League. We are proud
to have represented you for these five years and
can't thank you enough for serving as such wonderful
hosts during our tenure. Thank you for giving
us the opportunity to help show the hockey world
the kind of fan support and loyalty you can provide
for your local team.
Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Hershey Bears
2 - Status: Final
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Giant Center
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
Hershey 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Hershey, Rechlicz 1 (Brown, Wellar),
9:35. Penalties-Goumas Adk (hooking), 2:59; Brown
Adk (holding), 11:05.
2nd Period-2, Hershey, Taffe 21 (Latta, Oleksy),
16:43. Penalties-Byers Her (hooking), 8:00; Schilling
Her (delay of game), 9:09.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Whitmore 9 (Alt, Hagg),
14:45. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-9-10-26. Hershey 6-12-8-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 2; Hershey
0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Capobianco 1-2-0 (26 shots-24
saves). Hershey, Leggio 23-18-3 (26 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Luke Murray (92), Bob Goodman (90).
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.