The Adirondack Phantoms headed out on a five game road stretch tonight starting with taking on the Rochester Americans. It was good news for the Phantoms as they beat the Americans 2-1 at the Blue Cross Arena.
One thing certain about the AHL is that hockey fans should not take the minor leagues lightly. The Phantoms stick to their roots as we can see through their fast pace and physical game. Oh and yeah those penalty minutes don’t help either. There must be some animosity among these New York based teams because like the Phantoms last game there was not only one, but two fights.
There was no scoring in the first period, but half way into the period things got physical. This was of course when the first fight broke out between Phantoms Bourdon and Americans Foligno. There was quite a scuffle at this point as Foligno’s teammate Adam was also assessed a slashing minor at the same time as the fight.
Things did not look like they were going the Phantoms way early in the second period when Zac Rinaldo was caught for hooking and gave the Americans a power play opportunity to score. Which they promptly did, but the Phantoms got the revenge they wanted later in the period.
McKenzie was called for hooking around the 8th minute of play which gave Syvret and teammates Ford & Bourdon ample time to tie the game. The Phantoms were given another power play late in the period but they seemed to have run out of steam as they could not get another goal past goaltender Leggio.
In the final period the Phantoms made up for the lost man advantage when Syvret again came to the team’s rescue with an assist on Roe’s goal to win the game. Shortly after the goal was scored that was when the second fight occurred and again like last weekend’s game Lauridsen took a part of it by dropping the gloves with Tarnasky.
While the game was very physical, it also showed some decent goal tending as well. Ultimately Leggio took more shots to his goal than Heeter. Leegio saved 31 out 33 shots and Heeter only saved 25 out of 26. Goalie stats aside, it’s clear that Heeter came out the victor as his team helped him to keep the puck from getting to his net.
Tomorrow the Phantoms travel to the Time Union Center to play the Albany Devils. If it’s any like when the last time the two teams met it will be brutal.