Phantoms Fall at Providence
It certainly wasn't the Phantoms' day. The host Providence Bruins went 4-for-5 on the power play and received a four-goal night from rookie talent Seth Griffith as they ran away from the visiting Adirondack Phantoms 9-3 on Sunday evening. Another rookie talent, Russian Alexander Khoklachev, finished with a five-point evening on four assists as well as a goal.
Adirondack received tallies from Tyler Brown (2nd), Derek Mathers (1st) and Steven Delisle (1st). But Delisle could hardly offer a typical exuberant celebration normally expected from a player blasting home his first career AHL goal. The mood was still subdued when his power-play drive with five minutes remaining merely closed a 9-2 deficit down to 9-3. It was simply a game where things were not going the right way for the Phantoms in the early going and then seemed to snowball from there as they ran up against one of the higher powered offenses in the league who were ready to take advantage of every little opportunity afforded them.
The large and enthusiastic crowd of 8,481 at the Dunkin Donuts Center enjoyed a four-goal scoring surge in the second period as Providence built their lead to 6-1 and then roared even more when the Bruins struck three more times in the opening five minutes of the third period to lead 9-1 at one point before Adirondack would grab a couple of them back before the game's end.
Rookie goalie Carsen Chubak began the game for the Phantoms for his third start this season but was removed after Providence extended their lead to 4-1 in the second period. Chubak had a memorable night in his previous game against the Providence Bruins but was not able to summon the same magic again in this one. On December 28, Chubak had made his first career AHL start and in front of a deafening crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center turned aside 38 of 39 Bruins shots en route to a 3-1 win, the first of his AHL career. He wasn't able to make it past the midway point in his second crack against the Bruins, however. But the goalie switch to Yann Danis would not stop the Bruins' firepower either as they would continue to blast away and put in five more after that.
The Phantoms had just taken over the league-lead on the penalty-kill with their 87.6% mark pushing them past Springfield by almost a full one-percent. But Adirondack's stay atop the P.K. chart will now be a rather abbreviated one after allowing the Bruins to go 4-for-5 to drop them out of that position as quickly as they had just secured it. It is the most power-play goals allowed in a single game for the Phantoms this year.
The Bruins only led 2-0 at the first intermission and Adirondack got right back into the game with Tyler Brown's wrister from the left circle going far-side on Providence goalie Malcolm Subban in the opening minutes of the second period. The second goal of the season from Brown had made it 2-1. But a few minutes later came Providence goals at 7:03 and 9:22 by Jared Knight on a 2-on-1 and then Seth Griffith on the power-play that would stretch the lead to 4-1 and knock Chubak out of the game.
Unfortunately, Yann Danis would fare no better in thwarting the Bruins' attack as he surrendered consecutive goals to the Bruins 61 seconds apart in the final minutes of the second period to make it 6-1 at the next break.
The Tyler Randell goal with 2:02 remaining in the second came straight off a face-off win in the Adirondack zone to begin a power-play and he smartly deflected a shot from the left-point by David Warsofsky to beat Danis to the far post on what might may have been a designed play.
It was one of several goals that were scored in which the goalie didn't have much of a chance. Providence benefited from a couple odd-man rushes, back-door plays on the man-advantage, and other set-ups on their quick passing and attack in the zone.
Providence benefited from a 5-on-3 opportunity to begin the third period and scored two more off of that quickly. Seth Griffith's fourth of the game and 17th of the year came 37 seconds into the frame burying his one-timer from the left circle on the two-man advantage. Continuing on the next power play, David Warsofsky found the back of the net past a screened Danis with a drive from the top of the left ring.
Then Alexander Khoklachev completed his big five-point game with his 18th of the year off an odd-man rush right off a glove-save by Malcolm Subban on the other side. Providence led 9-1 less than five minutes into the third period.
Knowing the result was decided, the Phantoms still didn't give up in the final 15 minutes of the game even if they were just playing for pride and were out of reach of obtaining a W.
Mark Alt's drive from center-point on the power play was nicely tipped in the slot by Derek Mathers for his first goal of the season and second of his pro career. And with five minutes remaining, Steven Delisle belatedly secured his first career AHL goal with a drive from the top of the right circle to provide for the 9-3 final score.
Seth Griffith becomes the first player ever to score four goals against the Adirondack Phantoms and is the fourth all-time to do it against the Phantoms franchise. David Clarkson was the last to score four goals in a game against the Phantoms. The older brother of current Phantoms Doug Clarkson accomplished the feat for the Lowell Devils against the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2007.
The Phantoms were without Tye McGinn and Oliver Lauridsen who both sustained unspecified injuries in Saturday night's game against Springfield.
The nine goals allowed is the most ever in the 18-year history of the Phantoms franchise which began as the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1996. The previous record of eight goals allowed in a game happened three times with the most recent occurrence on March 15, 2006 in an 8-2 loss against Hartford at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The six-goal margin of defeat equals the largest in Phantoms' franchise history and was the first time ever the Adirondack Phantoms had lost by that amount.
The Phantoms look to put this result behind them when they continue their stretch of five consecutive away games next weekend playing in three different cities in three days. Adirondack travels on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Hartford, Hershey and Bridgeport. The Phantoms have eight home games remaining this season including two more coming up in a couple of weekends on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 at 5:00. March 22 is Firefighters Appreciation Night with an early charity game featuring the firefighters' team from Boston. March 23 is Sunday Family Fun Day including a postgame skate after the game with the Phantoms players. Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.
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