March 15, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Adirondack Phantoms
Tyler Brown blasted the game-winning goal with just 4:25 remaining to defeat the Binghamton Senators 3-2 on Friday night. Brown raced up the left-wing on a long head-man pass by Brandon Manning and blasted home the winner past B-Sens goalie Nathan Lawson just 1:30 after Binghamton had rallied to tie the score.
Garrett Roe and Matt Mangene also scored for the Phantoms while Brian Boucher turned in a solid 28-save effort for the victory. Manning assisted on all three Phantoms goals in a very nice game.
Adirondack has points in four of their last five games now. They had their three-game point streak snapped at Portland on Wednesday night but the victory at Binghamton on Friday improves their record to 3-1-1 in their last five.
Brown is a second-year pro from Wasaga Beach, Ontario who scored nine goals last year for Adirondack, eight of which came in the second-half of the season. He scored 25 goals for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League prior to signing an entry-level contract with the Flyers in March, 2011.
This goal was just Brown's third of the season but it could not have come at a better time.
The game was the third out of seven straight on the road for the Phantoms which is the the team's longest sojourn of the season. Binghamton failed on an opportunity to take over the top position in the whole league as Adirondack evened their season record to 3-3-0 against the Senators this season.
The last two Adirondack victories have come on late tie-breaking goals. Jason Akeson scored with just 2:48 left on Saturday night to complete a hat-trick and a terrific late comeback in a 4-3 win over Connecticut in which Adirondack had trailed 3-1 with just 6:00 remaining.
In this one at Binghamton, the Senators had just taken momentum with the tying goal less than two minutes before Brown would come back and Adirondack back on top for good.
Binghamton got off to a quick start in this one but were held in check on their first 11 shots on some terrific saves by Boucher. The Senators also benefited from potentially costly Adirondack penalties as the Senators had the game's first three power plays and were out-shooting the Phantoms 12-3 when Stephane Da Costa would blast home the game's first tally on a big one-timer from the left-circle.
Adirondack would go on to dominate in stretches after that helped in large part to Binghamton's penalty proclivity. The Phantoms would benefit from the next eight consecutive power plays through the second period. They would score back-to-back goals 14 seconds apart at the end of the first on a couple of those power plays to take the lead.
Garrett Roe jumped on the rebound of a Brandon Manning slapshot that was tipped by Tye McGinn. His first chip-in attempt from the right of the crease went off the side of the net. But it came right back to Roe's stick who was able to bury his second chance albeit from a sharper angle roofing his opportunity over a sprawling Lawson to tie the game at 1-1. Roe's goal was his sixth of the year and was assisted by Manning and McGinn.
Just 14 seconds later, Matt Mangene would race for a loose puck that eluded Lawson in the crease to knock in the go-ahead tally. It was the second-straight game for Mangene to score a goal and his fifth of the season and was assisted by Rob Bordson and Manning.
The goals just 14 seconds apart represented the quickest consecutive goals Adirondack has scored this season.
The Phantoms had another 5-on-3 later in the second-period and Adirondack used their time-out to try to get everything straight and take advantage of the opportunity but Binghamton was able to get momentum with some big clears, timely kills, and one goal saving play by defenseman Chris Wideman on a spinning puck in the blue-paint that he was able to swat away while drawing a standing ovation from the Senators' fans.
The game would stay 2-1 in favor of the Phantoms through a quickly moving third-period until Danny New from the left-point would connect with Cole Schneider back-door to tie the game at 2-2.
But just about a minute-and-a-half later, Erik Gustafsson would smartly peel back away from the couple pursuers to find Manning on the left-defense side who quickly connected with Brown up the left-wing. Tyler Brown would shoot for his fourth of the year instead of passing into the middle where Zack FitzGerald was joining the rush. Fitzy potentially distracted the goalie Lawson while Brown buried his big blast for the game-winner.
Erik Gustafsson's assist on the game-winner was good for his 92nd career point as a Phantom. He takes over the lead in the race with Jason Akeson to see who can reach 100 Adirondack Phantoms career points first. Akeson had no points in the game and still has 91 career points. He also had his three-game goal-scoring streak ended.
Gustafsson's point was also the 99th of his overall professional career including his seven points in the NHL with Philadelphia. He will achieve the 100 professional points milestone with his next goal or assist but will still be seven short of the 100 point mark as an Adirondack Phantoms player.
The game was the 399th of Zack FitzGerald's professional career. Fitzy will play his 400th career game the next time he suits up for the Phantoms, perhaps potentially and appropriately on St. Patrick's Day in Adirondack's next game Sunday evening.
Adirondack out-shot Binghamton in the game 36-30. The Phantoms were 2-for-8 on the power play while Binghamton finished 1-for-3. After the three straight power plays for Binghamton at the beginning of the game, Adirondack started minding their play better and were able to stay out of the box while inducing several Senators' infractions.
Dax was in the house cheering on the Phantoms as well. He was one of several mascots who arrived in Binghamton as part of their Mascot Mania promotion and the big, crazy, orange beaver even converted a number of Senators fans who delighted in his wacky antics. Dax dropped the gloves (figuratively) with Binghamton mascot Max during the intermission Mascot Broomball game...and Dax graciously allowed the host mascot to deliver a knockout punch to the cheers of the crowd. Dax popped right back up and appeared somewhat dazed but overall okay.
Scratches for the Phantoms included David Laliberte, Harry Zolnierczyk, Cullen Eddy and Jeff Dimmen.
Adirondack's longest road-trip of the season continues Sunday evening at 5:00 at the Hershey Bears following a rare Saturday without a game. The Phantoms will then travel down to Norfolk for games on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Admirals..
The Phantoms' next home game is Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 in the season-series finale against the Portland Pirates. It will be Dax's Kids Club Day featuring a post-game open-skate with the players presented by Glens Falls Hospital. Call the Phantoms to purchase your Sunday Family 3-Packs at 518-480-3355.