SYVRET’S BUZER-BEATER BESTS PENS IN PHANTOMS’ WEEKEND SWEEP
GLENS FALLS, NY. – Defenseman Danny Syvret scored with as little time possible left in regulation – one-tenth of a second, to be exact – to send the Adirondack Phantoms to a 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday afternoon at Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Penguins opened the game with a blitzing first shift, but rookie netminder Nic Riopel, making his first-ever start against the visitors, denied two prime chances in the first 45 seconds. The scoring would be opened by the Phantoms this time as Jared Ross ramped home a one-timer by Marc-Andre Bourdon at 8:43 of the first period, beating John Curry for the 1-0 lead.
Patrick Maroon, who assisted on the Phantoms’ opening goal, would be shown the box for roughing, and at the 10:01 mark, Luca Caputi won a battle at the net front to pop in his 10th tally of the season. The equalizer was also his seventh power play marker. Nick Johnson earned an assist to raise his point total to six over his last three games since returning from injury.
The hosts would go back on top after Bourdon fed leading scorer Jon Matsumoto for a one-on-one with Curry, which Matsumoto won by tucking a backhander inside the right post. The goal was Matsumoto’s 12th.
A scoreless battle through the middle twenty minutes would lead to the Penguins tying the score again, with Caputi doing the honors at 10:49 of the third. Ben Lovejoy and Eric Tangradi worked together to feed Caputi, who scored from nearly the exact spot as he did in the first.
The backbreaker for the visitors came when the Phantoms orchestrated a relentless cycle behind the goal line. With time winding down, Stefan Legein snuck a pass to the slot for Syvret, who one-timed a blast past Curry’s blocker at 19:59 of regulation.
Curry took the hard-luck loss, stopping 19 of 22 shots. His record now stands at 11-9-1 in 21 appearances. Riopel’s 22-save effort stood up for the win, as he improved to 4-6-0.
The Penguins road-heavy schedule continues this Wednesday as the squad travels to Virginia to battle the Norfolk Admirals at 7:15 pm. After a Friday tilt at 7:30 pm in Syracuse, the team returns home on 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.
NOTES: The Penguins scratched RW Aaron Boogaard and F Joey Haddad, allowing D Lane Caffaro to return to the lineup in a seven-defenseman rotation… The Penguins shook off a tough Saturday penalty kill and rebounded with a 5-for-5 effort on Sunday… The Penguins Sunday record fell to 0-4-0-0, while the Phantoms improved to 4-0-0-0 ending their weekends.