Phantoms Zack Fitzgerald won the IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year Award for 2013-14. This is the second straight year he was won the award. (CREDIT: Phantomshockey.com)

Pharm Stories: Adirondack Phantoms Win 2 of 3 on Record Setting Weekend

THEY DID IT! THEY DID IT! THEY FINALLY DID IT!

Or maybe…

THEY DIDN’T DO IT! THEY DIDN’T DO IT! THEY FINALLY DIDN’T DO IT! They didn’t lose three in a row in a weekend!!

The Adirondack Phantoms played three games in three days this past weekend, winning two of three games at the Glens Falls Civic Center. It’s the first time the Phantoms have won two in a row since they took two straight from the Binghamton Senators Jan. 11 and Jan 15.

The three game home stint began Friday, and a 2-1 shootout loss to the Norfolk Admirals had things looking per usual for Adirondack. Both goalies stole the show, with Cal Heeter of the Phantoms stopping 31 of 32 shots faced. Admirals goalie John Gibson at just 20 years of age was equal to the task, stopping 30 of 31 shots. The Phantoms scored the first goal of the game with just nine minutes remaining on a Nick Cousins goal in transition. But just four minutes later, Norfolk put one past Heeter on a power-play goal from Matt Bailey. This would be Bailey’s first goal as a pro. The game went to a shootout, where Andre Petersson scored in the first round on Heeter. Gibson stopped all five Phantoms shooters to give Norfolk the two points.

For the third consecutive game, a Phantoms game went to a shootout. For the first time in those three games however, the Phantoms prevailed in the skills contest, defeating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-3. Cousins sealed the game for Adirondack in the fifth round of the shootout to send the crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center into a frenzy. Adirondack fired 43 shots at Bridgeport goaltender Phillipe Trudeau, who stopped 40 of those shots. The Phantoms saw goals from Tyler Brown, Petr Straka and Brandon Alderson.

The Phantoms closed out the home stand with a bang Sunday afternoon against the Albany Devils. Jason Akeson broke the all-time-single-season points record as herecorded his second hat trick of his career, and goalie Carsen Chubak made 50 saves to become the first Phantoms goaltender in history to make 50 saves in one game in a 4-3 Phantoms win. Akeson now has 64 points, breaking former Phantom Jonathan Matsumoto’s total of 62 in 2009-10. As for Chubak, this was his first start since Feb. 22. His performance was one better than Scott Munroe’s 49 save game in 2009 against the Hershey Bears. Holding a 4-3 lead with only minutes remaining, the Phantoms faced a 6-3 deficit due to consecutive penalties. But Chubak and the penalty kill was able to stave off a late Albany flurry, and earn their second consecutive victory.

There are only two home games remaining in Adirondack history. They’ll host the Utica Comets April 13, then have the finale April 18 against Bridgeport. Before the farewell, they’ll go on the road April 11 and 12 to Wilke Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport.

Phantoms News and Notes:

  • Zack Fitzgerald was named as the Phantoms IOA/Specialty AHL Man of the Year for 2013-2014 for his contributions to the Glens Falls community. It’s the second year Fitzgerald was won the award. He is a finalist for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which honors the IOA/Specialty AHL Man of the Year of the entire league.
  • The Phantoms are now 27-36-1-6 for 61 points in the Northeast Division. They are one point behind Bridgeport for fourth place.
  • Adirondack totaled 10, 031 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center over the weekend. The arena seats 4,794 people.

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