Minor League Update: 1/15-1/22

The Adirondack Phantoms could only notch one win this week despite taking part in four contests, as they went 1-1-0 at home and 0-2-0 on the road. The one win and three losses this week moved the Phantoms to 4-5-0 for the month of January, while they are two points out of first place in the Northeast Division with a game in hand on the division leading Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate). Adirondack hopes to gain possession of first place in the division following their upcoming three-game week, as they finish January by taking on the Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate) for a third time in the month.

The Devils scored the game’s first five goals last Monday to beat the Phantoms 5-3 in Albany. Nathan Perkovich and Matt Anderson potted goals in the first period for the Devils, as Tim Sestito had the game-winning goal with his third goal of the season 5:56 into the second period. Jason Akeson and Garrett Roe each had a goal and an assist in the Phantoms’ loss, while Eric Wellwood put home his ninth of the season on the penalty kill 8:07 into the third period. Both Cullen Eddy and Kevin Marshall fought for the Phantoms, who out shot the Devils 35-26 overall. Brandon Manning and Denis Hamel both finished the game minus-2, while Roe and Tyler Brown were the only Phantoms to finish the game plus-1. Michael Leighton was handed the loss, as he was pulled after he let in four goals on 17 shots. Jason Bacashihua relieved Leighton and stopped eight of the nine shots he faced, while Jeff Frazee made 32 saves for his third straight win.

On Friday, the Phantoms returned home and beat those same Devils 3-2 with a huge second period. Brown, Jon Kalinski, and Andrew Rowe each scored in the second period for the Phantoms to give Adirondack a 3-1 lead entering the third period. Chad Wiseman, who assisted on Mike Sislo’s first period goal, recorded his second point of the game with his fourth goal of the season with 18 seconds left in the game to cut the Phantoms’ lead to one. Marshall and Shane Harper both finished the game plus-2 for the Phantoms, while Alexander Urbom finished the game minus-3 for the Devils in the loss. Adirondack dominated play for the first 40 minutes, as they out shot the Devils 13-6 in the first period and 20-9 in the second period. After a successful relief appearance earlier in the week, Bacashihua made 18 saves in the game, while Frazee allowed three goals on 36 shots for the Devils in their third loss of the season to the Phantoms.

The following day the Phantoms hosted the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate) and suffered a 2-1 loss. Casey Cizikas potted his 10th goal of the season 2:22 into the second period to score the Sound Tigers’ first goal, while Tomas Marcinko put home the game-winner 9:06 later with his fifth of the season. Kalinski scored his seventh of the season midway through the third period, as Harper registered the assist to serve as the only Phantoms on the night with a point. Harper had a team-high five shots on net, as five other Phantoms registered four shots on net in a game where Adirondack out shot Bridgeport 38-26. Luke Pither was the only Adirondack player to record PIMs, as he had a coincidental minor for roughing with Rhett Rakhshani late in the first period. Anders Nilsson allowed one goal on 38 shots for the win, while Leighton recorded his second straight loss with a 24-save performance.

To cap off their week, the Phantoms continued their incompetence against the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators’ AHL affiliate) with a 4-3 loss on the road. Jim O’Brien scored the game-winner 17 seconds into the third period to complete his three-point night, as he put home two goals and assisted on Stephane Da Costa’s goal late in the first period. After Pat Cannone scored 37 seconds into the game, the Phantoms gained a 3-1 advantage midway through the first period on goals from Hamel, Kalinski, and Mike Testwuide. The multi-goal lead didn’t last long, as O’Brien scored his first goal of the game and Da Costa scored shortly after to force the game into a 3-3 tie heading into the middle stanza. Binghamton’s power play was highly successful, as they converted on three of the seven power plays Adirondack gave to them throughout the game. Despite making 36 saves, Bacashihua was handed the loss, while Mike McKenna was handed the win in a 32-save performance.

For roster moves this week, the Phantoms saw four players leave their squad, as two went to Philadelphia and two went to the ECHL.

Both Tom Sestito and Ben Holmstrom were called up by the Flyers this week.

The pair only played in the Flyers’ loss to the Bruins yesterday. Sestito was minus-1, but had six hits in the game and fought Milan Lucic in the first period. Holmstrom won two of his six faceoffs in 5:40 TOI.

Moving in the opposite direction of Sestito and Holmstrom for the Phantoms were Eddy and Andy Bohmbach, who were assigned to seperate clubs in the ECHL.

Eddy was loaned to the Greenville Road Warriors (New York Rangers’ ECHL affiliate). In three games with the Road Warriors this week, Eddy had a goal, two assists, four shots on net, and six PIMs while going plus-1.

Bohmbach was returned to the Trenton Titans. In three games with the Titans this week, Bohmbach had three assists, eight shots on net, and four PIMs while going plus-1.

The Phantoms start this week with a trip to New Hampshire to take on the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate) Wednesday night. They’ll return to Adirondack to host the Sound Tigers on Friday night before traveling to Albany to take on the Devils Saturday night to close out January.

As for the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans lost three straight games before crushing the Toledo Walleye (ECHL affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings) last night. With last night’s win included, the Titans have won four out of their last fourteen games putting them last in the Atlantic Division by four points. Trenton hopes to turn things around this week, as they travel south for three road games in three consecutive nights.

In Trenton’s first game of the week, they suffered a 3-1 loss to the Elmira Jackals (ECHL affiliate for the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators) in Elmira last Sunday. Jack Downing had a two-goal night for the Jackals, scoring the game-winner 1:51 after Dustin Cameron tied the game at one early in the third period. Dustin Gazley put home the insurance tally with 2:43 left in the game for his 10th marker of the season. Randy Rowe and Ray DiLauro had the assists on Cameron’s goal to serve as the only Titans with points in the game, as not a single Titan finished the game with a plus rating. Rob Bordson and Steve Silva each had six shots on net in a game where Trenton out shot Elmira by a count of 43-36. Dave Caruso was handed his fourth loss in his last five decisions, as he made 33 saves in defeat. Timo Pielmeier earned the win with 42 saves, as the Titans lost their third game in the month of January.

Gazley scored the game’s last goal again in the Jackals’ 4-3 home win over the Titans on Friday, but this time it was much more dramatic. With the game tied at three goals apiece, Gazley scored his second of the game with 21 seconds left in the third period to give Elmira the win. Adam Presizniuk had a goal and an assist in the loss, while Bordson and Ryan Hayes potted the other goals for Trenton in their second game of the week against Elmira. Despite being on the losing team, and failing to register a single point, Tyler Hostetter was the only player in the game to finish plus-3. Special teams and goaltending were the Titans’ weaknesses in the loss. The Jackals converted on their lone power-play chance of the game, while Brad Phillips allowed four goals on 13 shots in hands down his worst game of the season. Brian Stewart notched the win for Elmira, making 15 saves in the first period and 29 saves overall.

The Titans were handled by the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL affiliate for the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks) on Saturday night 6-2 for their third straight loss. Justin Taylor had a two-goal night, while Elgin Reid, Darren Archibald, and Trent Daavettila each had two assists for Kalamazoo in a game where the Wings entered the third period up 5-0. Rowe and Hayes scored for the Titans in the losing effort, as Trenton lost by four or more goals for the first time since their 5-1 loss at home to the Walleye on December 18th. Eric Baier and DiLauro were both minus-3, while five other Titans finished minus-2 and four more Titans finished minus-1 in the lopsided loss. The game, without much surprise, got heated late, as two fights broke out at the 11:12 mark of the third period. Following a Nick Sirota elbow to Silva, Cameron stood up for his teammate, while Harry Young got involved as well to send four players to the box with fighting majors. Riley Gill made 29 saves for Kalamazoo in the win, while Caruso allowed five goals on 29 shots in two periods of work for the loss. Phillips made four saves on five shots in the third period.

The Titans had endured enough losing in the week and decided to hand the visiting Walleye a 6-1 smackdown last night. Cameron netted his 10th goal of the season and assisted on two other goals to be the only player with three points in the game, as eight Titans had multi-point performances in the win. Rowe had his third two-goal night of the season, while four Titans (DiLauro, Baier, Bohmbach, and Silva) had two-assist nights. Bordson and Presizniuk each had a goal and an assist, while Hostetter was the only Titan to score a goal and not have a multi-point performance. Special teams proved crucial yet again, as Trenton’s power play converted on two of their four chances, while the penalty kill denied Toledo on all three of their power plays. Caruso made 28 saves in the win for his third game of the season where he allowed one goal or less. For Toledo, Dustin Carlson allowed five goals on 18 shots for the loss, while Rob Nolan relieved Carlson in the second period to make 17 saves on the Titans’ final 18 shots of the game.

As for roster moves, the Titans witnessed a lot of movement this week. Nine players either joined the Titans’ roster or left the Titans’ roster over the last seven days.

Mitch Versteeg and Matt Germain were both placed on injured reserved by the Titans at the beginning of the week. The pair’s last game was in the Titans’ loss to the Jackals last Sunday.

Returning from injury this week was Hostetter. Taking part in the Titans’ three games over this weekend, Hostetter had a power-play goal on four shots while posting a plus-5 rating.

Along with Hostetter, Bohmbach also returned to the Titans line-up. Bohmbach recently spent time with the Phantoms.

Aside from the return of Hostetter and Bohmbach, the Titans added three new players to their roster. The trio of Vinny Geonnetti, Chris Poli, and Anthony Longo made their Trenton debuts this week.

Geonnetti took part in his first three games with the Titans, after playing a game with the Jackals back in October. Taking part in Trenton’s three most recent games, the defenseman was minus-2 with nine PIMs and a shot on net.

After playing with the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL affiliate for the Buffalo Sabres and the Phoenix Coyotes) last season, Poli saw his first ECHL action of the season in the Titans’ three most recent games. The forward was minus-3 with eight shots on net in those games.

Making his ECHL debut this week, Longo also played in the Titans’ three most recent games. The center was minus-2 over the stretch of games.

Two players joined AHL rosters this week from the Titans, as both Andy Thomas and Myles Stoesz left Trenton.

Thomas was loaned to the Binghamton Senators, where he had a shot in two games with the Jackals’ AHL affiliate.

Stoesz was recalled from his loan by the Albany Devils. He didn’t take part in any games for the Devils this week.

The Titans’ next game isn’t until Friday, when they take on the South Carolina Stingrays (Washington Capitals’ ECHL affiliate) on the road. They play the Stingrays in South Carolina again on Saturday and conclude the week against the Gwinnett Gladiators on Sunday.