Phantoms Grab Point In 3-2 Shootout Loss To Hartford
HARTFORD, CT - A 34-save performance from rookie goaltender Carter Hutton was not enough as the Adirondack Phantoms lost a 2-0 second period lead, eventually falling to the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2 in a shootout Friday night at the XL Center.
After a scoreless first period, where rookie goalie Carter Hutton continued his excellent form, the Phantoms struck first blood early in the second frame. Leading scorer Jon Matsumoto slipped behind the defense thanks to a clever pass from David Laliberte and Matsumoto beat goalie Chad Johnson through the legs for a power play goal at 2:27. Six minutes later Andreas Nodl made it 2-0 Adirondack with his 11th goal of the season, tipping a Jonathon Kalinski shot up into the roof of the net at 8:23. Dale Weise put Hartford on the board at 10:31, reaching to poke the puck and it arched over Hutton and into the net to cut the Phantoms lead in half.
The Wolf Pack came out with a determined effort in the third period, out-shooting Adirondack 13-4 over the final twenty minutes as they looked for the equalizer. Hartford found the tying goal at 9:37 when Dane Byers tipped in a shot at the top of the crease, his 20th goal of the year, eventually sending the game into overtime.
Neither team could find the winner during the five-minute extra session, thus the game went to a shootout. After three scoreless rounds Kris Newbury put Hartford ahead in the fourth round and then Ilkka Heikkinen ended the contest with a goal in the fifth round.
Chad Johnson finished the game with 21 saves on 23 shots and stopped all four shootout attempts to record his 18th win of the year, helping Harford improve to 30-30-6-5. Rookie Carter Hutton turned in another rock-solid performance in goal, stopping 34-of-36 shots in regulation and overtime and turning aside three-of-five shootout attempts as Adirondack gained a point and went to 31-35-3-4. The Wolf Pack out-shot the Phantoms 37-23 in the game and went 0-for-4 on the power play; Adirondack was 1-for-6 with the man-advantage.
The Phantoms continue their three-game road trip on Saturday, March 27th as they travel to New Hampshire to face the Manchester Monarchs at 7:00 pm at Verizon Wireless Arena. Adirondack's next home game comes on Friday, April 2nd as they host the Syracuse Crunch for a 7:30 pm puck drop at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Friday is Orange Crunch Night, where the team is asking all fans to Wear Orange in support of the Phantoms. Also on Friday night, come meet "Dr. Hook" Tim McCracken from the movie Slapshot.
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