The Adirondack Phantoms had yet another rough weekend, dropping two of three games. They dropped to 25-34-1-4 on the year, good enough for last place in the Northeast division at 55 points.
The Phantoms lone victory came in their final game of a five game road trip, a 4-3 victory over the Utica Comets. Adirondack was powered by Jason Akeson, who scored two shorthanded goals in the third period. Akeson became the first player in Phantoms history to score two shorthanded goals in one game. The special teams were on full display Friday night, as they scored twice on the power play in addition to the two shorthanded goals. Ben Holmstrom and Tye McGinn each tallied on the extra man advantage for the Phantoms. Goaltender Yann Danis stopped 36 of 39 shots in net for the win.
Unfortunately, that was the only bit of good news for the Phantoms on the weekend. Returning home for the first time since March 8, Adirondack dropped a 4-2 decision to Hartford Saturday and a 3-0 loss to Syracuse on Sunday.
The Phantoms power play was able to convert on two of five chances in the first period alone against Hartford, as McGinn and Derek Whitmore each scored on the man advantage. But the penalty kill was nowhere to be found, as they allowed three goals to the Wolf Pack while a man down. Four goals were scored between the two teams in the first period. But the Phantoms offense was stymied by Hartford, and the Wolf Pack used two power play goals from Jesper Fast in the second period to turn the Phantoms faithful away unsatisfied.
Adirondack had eight power plays in the first 22 minutes of the game (EIGHT!), yet somehow scored on none of them, as the Phantoms dropped a 3-0 decision to the Syracuse Crunch. Kristers Gudlevskis, the Latvian goaltender who stopped 55 of 57 shots against Canada in the Sochi Olympics, stopped all 31 shots he faced including a penalty shot by the Phantoms Tyler Brown. Syracuse got the only goal that they needed six minutes into the game on a redirection from Evan Rankin on the power play. Things turned chippy in the second period, which ultimately led to three fights and 150 combined penalty minutes between the Crunch and Phantoms. Derek Mathers led the Phantoms with 17 penalty minutes. Cal Heeter stopped 25 of 28 shots for Adirondack.
The Phantoms actually play a game during the week this week, as they return to the road Wednesday to take on the Springfield Falcons. They’ll then travel to Syracuse for a rematch with the Crunch, before returning home for another battle with Springfield Sunday.
News and Notes:
- Tye McGinn was called up to Philadelphia due to the injury to Steve Downie against the St. Louis Blues. He will be available to play against the Los Angeles Kings in Philadelphia Monday night.
- Derek Whitmore left the game Sunday against the Crunch in the first period after taking a slash to the knee.
- Yann Danis was originally supposed to start Sunday against Syracuse, but was injured in warmups, giving Heeter the start.