Minor League Update: 12/11-12/17

The Adirondack Phantoms lost their first game of the week before winning last night to make their record 3-3-1 in the month of December. Since their four-game winning streak was snapped at the beginning of the month, the Phantoms two wins in their last six games have both been one-goal victories. With Christmas taking place next weekend, the Phantoms play today and Wednesday while not playing on Saturday for only the second time all season.

In their first game of the week, the Phantoms lost on the road 3-1 to the Binghamton Senators (the Ottawa Senators’ AHL affiliate). Rob Klinkhammer potted his fifth goal of the season 2:29 into the third period for the game-winner as the Senators scored three unanswered goals after Ben Holmstrom scored his seventh of the season early in the first period. David Dziurzynski and Stephane Da Costa both netted their second goals of the season while Mike McKenna earned the win with 33 saves. Blake Kessel had a good game as he was the only other Phantom with a point on the night, with an assist on Holmstrom’s tally, and was one of two Phantoms that finished the game plus-1, along with Dan Jancevski. Michael Leighton had 27 saves as the Phantoms lost for the fourth time in their last five games.

Surviving a late-game surge from the Syracuse Crunch (the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate), the Phantoms won 4-3 on the road last night. Extending his scoring streak to three games, Holmstrom recorded the game-winner last night with a shorthanded penalty shot goal early in the third period. In addition to scoring the decisive goal on former Edmonton Oiler Jeff Deslauriers, Holmstrom had an assist on Denis Hamel’s 11th goal of the season midway through the opening period. Andrew Rowe scored his first of the season and Garrett Klotz scored his second of the season to provide two goals for the Phantoms in the second to extend their lead to 3-0 before Jean-Francois Jacques registered a hat-trick for the Crunch. Former Phantom Patrick Maroon had a two-assist game. Jason Bacashihua made 39 saves in the win as the Phantoms were out shot 42-27 overall (18-9 in the third period).

In a pair of roster moves this week, the Phantoms moved Tom Sestito to the Flyers, while Andreas Lilja was moved down to the Phantoms.

Sestito didn’t play in any games for the Flyers this week as he was scratched from the line-up multiple times.

Lilja took part in the Phantoms’ loss to the Senators this week posting a minus-1 rating and one shot on net.

The Phantoms return to action today hosting the Senators at 3pm. To conclude their work for the week, the Phantoms play a road game against the Connecticut Whale (the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate).

In Trenton, the Titans won their lone game of the week for their third win overall in the month of December. It’s the Titans first home win of the month and their second win in their last three games. Despite losing over half of their games this month, the Titans have earned points in five of their seven games as they will take part in three games this week.

Playing their only game of the week last night, the Titans beat the visiting Toledo Walleye (an ECHL affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings) 5-3. Matt Germain had the game-winning goal halfway through the third period for his fourth goal of the season as the forward also had a goal in the last minute of the second period for a two-goal game. Jordon Southorn scored with one second left in the first period for Trenton, while both Ryan Hayes and Dustin Cameron netted goals to round out the scoring for Trenton. Randy Rowe, Steve Silva, and the newly acquired Ray DiLauro each had two-assist games for the Titans, while Eric Baier and J.S. Berube each had an assist. Chris DiDomenico had three assists for Toledo as his team failed to convert on any of their three power-play opportunities during the game. Dave Caruso had 30 saves to earn the win for Trenton.

The Titans had two roster moves this week as Southorn returned to the team and DiLauro was transferred to Trenton.

Southorn returned from his professional try-out with the Providence Bruins (the Boston Bruins’ AHL affiliate). Playing in two games for the Bruins before returning to the Titans, Southorn had a plus/minus rating of even (going minus-1 in one game and plus-1 in the other) with no points and no shots.

Formerly a member of the Nippon Paper Cranes of the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALH), DiLauro signed a contract with the Titans earlier this week. In addition to his two assists last night, DiLauro was called for a slashing minor and was plus-2.

The Titans hope to repeat last night’s performance as they start their week hosting the Walleye again today at 4pm. Trenton finishes the week with a pair of away games against the Florida Everblades (an ECHL affiliate for the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning) on Thursday.