COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN THE FALLS - PHANTOMS POST 7-4 VICTORY
GLENS FALLS, NY. – The Adirondack Phantoms made efficient use of very limited special teams play, and cruised to a 7-4 win in the first of two back-to-back games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Tim Wallace would tally the first of the game’s 11 total goals by setting up camp between the hash marks. A steal by Konstantin Pushkarev enabled the right winger to feed Ben Lovejoy at the left point. Lovejoy’s wrist shot was tipped down perfectly by Wallace past Phantoms netminder Michael-Lee Teslak for a 1-0 Penguins lead with 4:30 remaining in the opening period. But the Phantoms would knot it up less than one minute later, as Stefan Legein buried the rebound of a Patrick Maroon shot past Penguins backstop Adam Berkhoel. It was the first goal allowed by Berkhoel this season.
Legein would add another tally to put the hosts up 2-1, capitalizing on a defensive-zone turnover by stealing the puck and breaking in alone on Berkhoel while the Penguins were working on their second and final power play of the game.
Nick Johnson would answer right back and continue his torrid play since returning from injury by wristing a shot past Teslak from the right circle, off a pass from Mark Letestu, at 3:36 to knot the score 2-2.
The wheels then fell off for the Penguins as Adirondack would get a go-ahead power play marker from former Penguins forward Krys Kolanos and two from veteran Jason Ward to put the hosts up 5-2 early in the third.
With plenty of time remaining, the Penguins would mount a comeback as Chris Lee’s wrister blazed through traffic and past Teslak at 7:33, and Letestu then buried his own rebound of off Lee’s work on the right boards at 12:53 to cut the Adirondack lead to 5-4.
After Letestu hit the goal post on a Wade Brookbank shot late in the frame, Berkhoel would be pulled twice for the extra attacker with under 1:30 left to play. Bowling Green product Jon Matsumoto connected both times into the empty net to shut the door on the Penguins for good.
Berkhoel took the loss to fall to 1-1-0, stopping 17 of 22. Teslak won his first appearance of the season, turning aside 28 of 32 Penguins shots.
The Penguins will play the rematch in Glens Falls tomorrow afternoon, with faceoff set for 3:00 pm at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The team returns home next Saturday, December 19th for a 7:05 pm faceoff against the Toronto Marlies. The second Teddy Bear Toss night will be held between periods, done in conjunction with the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The second annual live Christmas Charity Jersey Auction will also take place after the game.