Saturday, March 9, 2013

Call the Phantoms Ishmael: Adirondack Tops Connecticut Whale 4-3


It's been a long season at times for the 2012-13 Adirondack Phantoms. However, the past two nights have provided some high points in a season that hasn't had many of them to this point.

24 hours after topping Northeast Division-leading Springfield on a late goal by Oliver Lauridsen, the Phantoms snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring three goals in under four minutes and shocking the Connecticut Whale 4-3 Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Jason Akeson had his first-ever AHL hat trick in the victory and had two of the last three goals, including the game-winner with 2:40 to go. The offense had plenty of high-quality chances all game long, but were neutralized by Connecticut goalie Cameron Talbot, who played well for the first two-plus periods before the late Adirondack surge.

The 4-3 lead, though, looked perilous in the final minute. Talbot was pulled, and right as the Whale got the extra-man chance, Lauridsen was sent off on a penalty with 42 seconds left.

Goalkeeper Scott Munroe was visibly unhappy with the call, but he made a crucial glove save to force a faceoff with 15 seconds left. That one was won by Rob Bordsen, and Adirondack hung on. After the game, several Phantoms spoke about the pride the team took in their penalty kill, and that unit played exceptionally well in the final minute to secure the victory.

Adirondack begins a seven-game road trip on Sunday at Albany. With a win against their I-87 rivals, the Phantoms would have their first three-game winning streak of the 2013 calendar year. Their last such streak came in mid-December, with wins against St. John's, Syracuse, and Bridgeport. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at the Times Union Center.

A quick note from the front office before I depart and leave the hockey writer duties to Mike Cignoli: Philadelphia shuffled its goalies around again Saturday, recalling Michael Leighton to the NHL club (he was a healthy scratch against the Whale). Meanwhile, Brian Boucher was reassigned to the Phantoms, and this will be his second stint with the AHL club this season.

Until next time,
Andrew Champagne


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