Sharks Bite Back at Phantoms
The Phantoms played a sturdy game on the road Friday night, but ran into a hot goaltender who stonewalled them for 33 saves on 34 shots in a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Worcester Sharks. The game was a revenge matchup for Worcester who had to wait over three months for a chance to respond to their New Year's Eve loss in Glens Falls.
Brandon Alderson scored for the Phantoms just 52 seconds into the third period batting a puck past goaltender Harri Sateri from just to the left of the net for his 10th of the season.
Adirondack played a hard game, but ultimately fell victim to the goaltending of Sateri. They also were unable to overcome a tight Sharks penalty kill, which quelled all of the Phantoms' four power plays.
The Sharks jumped on top early and eventually staked themselves to a 3-0 lead.
Just about six minutes into the game, Marek Viedensky fired a shot on Cal Heeter, which he saved with his right pad. But the rebound bounced through, and Brodie Reid came diving in to knock the puck over the line to give the Sharks the lead. It was Reid's 11th goal of the season.
Adirondack, who was outshot in the early part of the first, stormed back with some physical play in the offensive zone and sent quality shots on net. By the end of the period, both teams had 11 shots and were fairly even in scoring chances.
The Phantoms also held 47 seconds of carry-over power play time to begin the second, but were shut down, and as soon as the penalty to Mirco Mueller ended, Worcester struck again.
Fresh out of the penalty box, Mueller skated the puck up the left side, and whipped a pass into the middle of the ice for a streaking Adam Comrie, who came flying across the blue line past the Phantoms' defenders. Comrie deked to the backhand, as Heeter tried to keep up and attempt a poke-check. Comrie was able to carry wide around Heeter and curl the puck behind and into the net.
The Sharks were able to extend that lead to 3-0 at 8:41 in the second, with the help of a screen and a little luck. With several players parked in front of Heeter, Freddie Hamilton spun a turn-around shot on net from just outside the right circle. It found its way through the traffic, and deflected off of Eriah Hayes and into the net. The goal was originally awarded to Hamilton, but was later credited to Hayes for his 11th of the season.
The second period was also when both penalty-killing units flexed their muscles. There were two power plays for Adirondack in the second, and three for Worcester, but neither team was able to ever really set up an attack. After the second, they were a combined 0-for-9 on the man advantage, thanks to the hard work of the penalty killers.
The Phantoms were boosted on the penalty kill with the return of defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, who was on the shelf for more than a month with an injury. In his first game back since March 8, he clogged shooting lanes, and used his body to work players off the puck, helping to keep the game close during the Sharks' power plays.
Heeter, who stopped 28 of 31 shots in the game, stayed strong through a quick third period in which play seemed to carry on without halt. He stopped all eight shots in the period, and was called to the bench with more than two minutes left in favor of an extra skater. The Sharks scored an empty-net goal to seal the win with just 1:20 left in the game.
Friday's game was the Phantoms' first on the road in two weeks, and they will remain on the road Saturday as they travel to Bridgeport for a 7:00 p.m. tilt with the Sound Tigers in another battle of the Holmstroms. Phantoms captain, Ben, will again be taking on the younger Josh who made his pro debut for Bridgeport just last Saturday in a game in Glens Falls.
The Phantoms return home Sunday evening for their second-to-last home game taking on the Utica Comets at 5:00 p.m. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355 for Sunday Family FunPacks for only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program. Add to your pack an extra ticket, hot dog and soda for only an additional $15.
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