It was a case of deja vu for the Phantoms as Albany Devils left winger, Joe Whitney, scored two goals for the second time in one week resulting in a Devils 4-1 victory over the Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center in front of 4,633 fans.
Whitney’s pair combined with goals from Matt Anderson and Darcy Zajac gave the Devils (16-14-9) an easy win as Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves.
Matthew Ford scored the lone goal for the Phantoms (17-18-3) as Brian Boucher made 26 saves while having trouble with shots from the slot.
The first period was full of back and forth hockey with each team keeping the majority of the shots to the outside until Anderson was able to poke one past Boucher at 12:36.
Adirondack’s Harry Zolnierczyk had a handful of chances including one where Kinkaid had to go post to post to stop him, but was unable to put it in the back of the net. “I had a couple of opportunities but was just snake bitten tonight,” said Zolnierczyk.
Despite outshooting the Devils 12-3 Albany lead the game 1-0 at the end of a less-than- stellar first period.
The Phantoms came out in the second sluggish and allowed the Devils to push them around in their own end for almost the first three minutes of the period. After outshooting the Devils 12-3 in the first, Adirondack did not record a shot until roughly nine minutes into the period.
Boucher came up with a couple big saves only to get beat by Anderson at 9:28 in the second when Anderson walked into the slot and beat Boucher to the glove side.
Despite the lack of puck possession Ford was able to slam home a rebound from a Danny Syvret blast from the point for a power-play goal after Zajac went to the box at 10:35 for slashing.
Zolnierczyk had a chance in the third to tie the game after being awarded a penalty shot but Kinkaid barely made the save with the toe of his skate. If Zolnierczyk was able to score it could have been a different game but instead the Phantoms fell apart.
Whitney scored his second goal of the night at 10:46 from the slot and a Zajac sealed the deal with seven minutes left.
Notes: David Laliberte joined the Phantoms for his second stint with the Flyers organization after they signed him to an AHL contract on Thursday. The 26-year-old Laliberte scored 18 goals and 28 assists for Adirondack in the 2009-10 season but was traded to the Anheim Ducks organization in November, 2010 along with Patrick Maroon in exchange for Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret. “It’s great to be back, the Flyers are one of the best organizations for sure,” Laliberte said. “It’s been a rough road for me with the knee surgery last year so I was pretty happy when they decided to give me another chance here so I will take it.”
The Phantoms wore pink jerseys tonight to auction off after the game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and the CR Wood Cancer Center.
Coach Terry Murray
Goalie Brian Boucher
Left Wing Harry Zolnierczyk
Right Wing David Laliberte