Friday, November 9, 2012

Adirondack 2, Rochester 1 11/9

Adirondack beat Rochester 2-1 on the road tonight and now has back-to-back wins for the first time this season. There are a lot of people to thank for that. Cal Heeter made 25 saves. Danny Syvret had a goal and an assist. Garrett Roe scored his first since opening night and it was the game-winning goal.

I think Oliver Lauridsen deserves a lot of credit too, however. Take a look at this sequence of events a little more than seven minutes into the third period, when Rochester's Maxime Legault hits Cullen Eddy hard in the corner. Lauridsen challenges Legault, but tough guy Nick Tarnasky intervenes:

That's not a win for Lauridsen by any means, but he came to the defense of a teammate and winds up going with probably the toughest guy in Rochester's line-up. He had 20 fights in the AHL two seasons ago and spent last season in the KHL with Vityaz Chekov,  a team with players like Brandon Sugden and Jon Mirasty. It is as close as you'll come to a real-life version of the Syracuse Bulldogs.

Anyway, the Phantoms come out on the next shift and score 12 seconds after that fight. It was kind of a wacky goal, deflecting in off Rochester defenseman T.J. Brennan, but they'll take it. Heeter, brilliant throughout the night, stopped all eight shots he saw in the third and Roe's goal stood up as the winner.

Earlier, the teams traded power play goals in a seven-minute span in the second period.

Brennan opened the scoring for Rochester at 2:40 with a point-shot that Heeter partially stopped, but the puck trickled across the goal line for a 1-0 lead. Syvret responded with a blast of his own at 9:02. The goal, a one-timer off a pass from Marc-Andre Bourdon, was Syvret's first of the season.

The assist on Roe's goal gave Syvret five points in 10 games, tops among Adirondack defenders.

The Phantoms moved to 5-5 and 5-0 when scoring a power play goal. Rochester fell to 6-4-1.

The Phantoms had allowed 30 goals through their first eight games, one of the worst averages in the AHL, but they've allowed just one in their last two. Scott Munroe had a 26-save shutout to lead them past Albany Saturday and Heeter helped hold Rochester's torrid 3.9-goal-per-game offense to one.

Another thing that helped was Adirondack staying out of the penalty box. The last time these two teams met, Adirondack gave Rochester 10 power plays. Tonight, the Americans had one. Granted, they scored on it, but that's still an improvement. And the two teams combined for 28 penalty minutes. Adirondack had 56 when the two sides met Oct. 27. They won't meet again until Dec. 7.

Andrew Johnston took Sean Couturier's spot in the line-up tonight because Couturier was under the weather. Manning returned from an illness and took Jeff Dimmen's spot. Mike Testwuide, Zack FitzGerald and Mike Testwuide were also scratched for Adirondack, which plays at Albany tonight.

More before and after that game.

Before I go, though, check out what Rochester's Marcus Foligno, who fought Bourdon in the first period, had to say to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about Adirondack's Zac Rinaldo.

Until next time,


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