Saturday, October 20, 2012

Post-game reaction 10/19

Adirondack definitely had their chances in this one -- two players combined to hit the post three times -- but St. John's was able to make theirs count in a 2-1 win on The Rock Friday night.

Don't let that statistic take away from the 32-save effort Eddie Pasquale turned in. He was a big part of the reason why St. John's was able to make it to the AHL's Eastern Conference finals last season.

Maxime Macenauer and Travis Ramsey -- two more key contributors from St. John's playoff run last season -- scored the IceCaps goals. Macenauer's came off a tip, while Ramsey finished off a nice passing play. It's a hard-luck loss for Scott Munroe, who finished with 24 saves.

Rookie Andrew Johnston had Adirondack's lone goal, redirecting Eric Wellwood's shot midway through the second period. Terry Murray had talked about creating traffic in front of the net after the Phantoms were shutout Sunday in Springfield, so that seems like the kind of result he'd like to see.

Johnston, when he described his play style to me for a feature story that ran in Friday's paper, said he was more of a skilled guy, but he's also one who'll get greasy if he has to. He also said he was getting more confident with each shift, so it'll be interesting to see how he reacts to scoring his first pro goal.

Speaking of firsts, rookie Matt Mangene made his season debut and defenseman Jeff Dimmen made his Phantoms debut in the loss. That was Dimmen's first regular season loss (that he's played in) in nearly nine months. He was on that Norfolk team that closed out last season with 28 straight wins.

With those two donning the jersey for the first time, that leaves defenseman Zack FitzGerald and forwards Mike Testwuide and Shane Harper as the Phantoms who have yet to make their season debuts. Will be interesting to see if Murray inserts them into the line-up tomorrow night.

If not, maybe they'll get in during Adirondack's first three-in-three of the season next weekend.

More after Saturday night's game. No high school football, so I'll be following and Tweeting along.

Until next time,


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