Saturday, April 6, 2013

4/6 POSTGAME: Rochester 5, Adirondack 4 (2-1 SO)


Another tough loss for the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Despite outshooting the visiting Rochester Americans 43-24 on the evening, the home team fell 5-4 (2-1 SO) in front of over 4,100 fans on Fan Appreciation Night.

The Phantoms ran into David Leggio, the winningest goalie in the AHL this season, and he lived up to his lofty reputation. Despite a 32-13 advantage in shots on goal through 40 minutes, for example, Rochester clung to a 3-2 lead entering the second intermission.

The Americans added to the lead with an insurance goal early in the third period, but Adirondack scored back-to-back goals to recapture momentum. Still, after the overtime period, Leggio had racked up 39 saves, and the Phantoms had yet to break through with the game-winner.

Like in the game, the Phantoms did not lead at any point in the shootout. Mark Mancari scored first, followed by a tying goal from Jon Sim, who added to his already stellar evening (two goals, one assist). Colin Jacobs, though, dashed the hopes of the hometown crowd by going five-hole on Cal Heeter, and when Danny Syvret was stonewalled by Leggio, it was the Americans who notched the win, their third in four meetings with the Phantoms this season.

Heeter played well in relief of Brian Boucher, who was yanked by Terry Murray after allowing three goals on 12 shots in the first period and a half. Heeter stopped 11 of 12 shots he faced prior to the shootout, and the Ohio State product may be seeing more time in net with post-game news circling around Scott Munroe.

Per our friends at the Flyers Faithful blog, Munroe is headed to New Jersey to undergo a scope on his knee. He was a scratch Saturday night, and saw the game in a suit and tie.

The Phantoms were already far out of the race for the playoffs, and news didn't get any better on that front Saturday night. With Hershey's 2-1 loss to Syracuse, Adirondack's "tragic number" for elimination from postseason contention is down to three. Additionally, per the endless AHL knowledge of Michael Cignoli, they can now finish no better than eighth.

That's all from the Civic Center tonight. As usual, it's been a pleasure filling Cignoli's skates. I've seen two games this year, and both have been among the best of the season, so I can't ask for much more than that.

Until next time,
Andrew Champagne
The Saratogian


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