It only took Garrett Roe 59 minutes and 59.7 seconds to tie the game, and it only took 15 rounds of a shootout for Mark Alt to score the game-winning goal, leading the Phantoms to victory over the Binghamton Senators by a score of 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Pat Cannone broke the stalemate early in the third period for Binghamton (42-24-1-6) with a helper from Hugh Jessiman. Despite the loss, Marc Cheverie had a good outing posting 27 saves through 59 minutes of play.
“Now when was the last time you saw a more exciting game than that?” asked Head Coach Terry Murray, referring to Roe’s dramatic game-tying goal with 0.3 seconds left to play in the third, and the 15-round shootout with Alt getting credited with the game-winning goal for the Phantoms (30-36-3-4).
A magnificent Brian Boucher kept the Phantoms in the game, coming up with big saves at the appropriate times. Boucher ended the night posting 34 saves.
Adirondack had a close call in the first period when the puck was down low and Bocher found himself without a stick. There was a large scramble in front, and Binghamton’s Mark Stone threw his hands up in celebration, but the puck was not in the net. The puck did eventually find its way into the net, but it was after a whistle that sent Binghamton’s Mark Borowiecki to the penalty box for high-sticking at 5:53.
The referees did attempt to review the play but the video playback equipment was malfunctioning. Upon review during the intermission it did show that the puck did cross the line before the penalty and it should have been a Binghamton goal.
Marcel Noebels negated the remaining 17 seconds of the Adirondack power play when he received a double-minor for high-sticking Cole Schneider at 7:36.
Brandon Manning gave the Senators a two-man advantage when he was whistled for slashing at 8:53. However, Binghamton did not see their scheduled 2 minutes of 5-on-3 power play time as Hugh Jessiman was sent for a time out for holding at 9:29.
Neither team scored on their respected power plays and the first period came to an end with the Senators outshooting the Phantoms 7-10.
Not a whole lot was accomplished in the second period. Boucher continued to have a strong game, looking more relaxed than he has in his last few starts, making some good saves and controlling the rebounds.
Both team had a couple of power play opportunities but neither were able to convert. Binghamton continued to outshoot the Phantoms 13-8 in the second period and 23-15 after two.
The senators took the lead early in the third period on a fluky goal. Cannone took a shot just to the right of Boucher that was deflected by another stick on a block attempt and arced over Boucher’s glove and in at 2:39.
Danny Syvret had an opportunity to get one right back with an open net after receiving a cross ice pass, but he waited too long and allowed Cheverie to slide over and make the save.
Fatigue from three games in three days settled in for the Phantoms midway through the third as they spent a majority of the period in their own end. The one thing holding them in the game was Boucher, who continued to post save after save.
He made some very big stops,” said Murray. “To give us the opportunity to get back into it.”
When all looked lost late in the third period, a scramble in front of Cheverie allowed Manning to take a shot with Cheverie making the initial save, but the rebound found Roe on the left-wing post who swatted it in with .3 seconds left in the third period.
“It feels good,” said Roe. “It’s such a burden off our shoulders it’s such a release of stress. It lets you play free again.”
The overtime saw little action and was not enough to settle the match. The Phantoms had to score to stave off a loss on five separate occasions to make it to the 15th round of the shootout where Alt skated in and placed the puck in the upper right hand corner for the win and his first professional goal
Notes: Alt scored his first professional goal in the shootout but unfortunately shootout goals do not officially count on the stat sheet… 15 shootout rounds broke an Adirondack Phantoms record for longest shootout… The previous record was set last season with 12 rounds against Portland… 15 rounds is one less than the American Hockey League record 16.