Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pre-Game vs. Bridgeport 3/30

Greetings from Glens Falls Civic Center, where tonight the Adirondack Phantoms (27-34-2-3) kick off a three-game homestand with a game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (27-27-6-5). This is a must-win for the Sound Tigers, who are six points back of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with 11 games to go. They go with Rick DiPietro in goal. Adirondack counters with Brian Boucher.

Full lines are below.

First, the Philadelphia Flyers' media relations staff sent out some quotes about Oliver Lauridsen, who made his National Hockey League debut today in Philadelphia's 3-1 win over Boston. He played 17:12 and went scoreless, but his teammates and new coach had nothing but good things to say.

"He’s a big guy that defends well," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said of Lauridsen. "He’s a good stay at home defenseman. If you look at the matchups we have I thought it would be best to split up our game, put him and Luke (Schenn) out there against that big line of big bodies. I wanted to put big bodies on big bodies as much as possible. I think when a young player comes In you want to watch him and see how he’s doing in his first game and as the game progresses you just find him and he did a good job defensively. That’s a tough line to play against so it didn’t make sense if you have a guy that’s playing a good game and doing what he’s asked to keep him on the bench and change things up in the final five or ten minutes. He played a strong game for us."
Added Claude Giroux: "He’s big out there. He’s got a good stick and he’s really smart with the puck. I’ve never seen him play before, but he’s a really good player."
Added Mike Knuble: "He did great. It’s a million things going through your mind when you’re playing your first game. There are so many things going through your brain and it’s not easy. You come in with no practice and you’re playing the Boston Bruins. It’s a tough thing to step into, right into the fire."
Reporters asked Lauridsen his reaction about getting the call-up yesterday.
"Well, I was really stoked," Lauridsen said. "It was a great feeling. It’s what you have been waiting for, for a long time. Obviously, I was just overly happy and had to tell my family."
They also asked him if anything about the NHL surprised him.
"It’s a different scene and it’s a different game," Lauridsen said. "It definitely was. As I said, as soon as that first period and first couple shifts were out of the way, it was hockey senses pretty much."
Shifting back to Glens Falls, the Sound Tigers have one to scratch. Looks like it'll either be Keenan or Jackson. EDIT: It's Keenan. Munroe took warm-ups as the back-up goalie, but was announced as the scratch.
F: Persson-Sundstrom-Kabanov
D: Donovan-Wishart
G: DiPietro
F: Wellwood-Roe-Akeson
D: Manning-Eddy
G: Boucher
Referees: Terry Koharski, Trent Knorr. Linesmen: Mike Emanatian, Steeve Lemay.   


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