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Holmstrom, Hamel ignite Phantoms' comeback win, 4-3, over Devils

2011-03-07T00:12:00Z 2011-03-07T00:16:50Z Holmstrom, Hamel ignite Phantoms' comeback win, 4-3, over DevilsBy Tim McManus Glens Falls Post-Star

GLENS FALLS -- Denis Hamel has been doing these kinds of things for a long time. For Ben Holmstrom, it's still kind of new.

Together, the wily vet and the rookie gave the Adirondack Phantoms all the offense they needed in a 4-3 win over Albany Sunday before a crowd of 3,176 at the Civic Center.

Hamel and Holmstrom each had two goals and the Phantoms scored three power-play goals in the third to rally from a 2-1 deficit.

The multi-goal game was the first of Holmstrom's professional career. For Hamel, it was his fifth this season. He's now scored 20 goals nine time in his American Hockey League career.

It was a big close to the weekend for Holmstrom, who made his NHL debut with the Flyers on Thursday.

"Ben's got a lot of talent. His confidence is a little bit higher now because he has like 60 games in the AHL and he's learned a lot. He's a great hockey player and right now he's taking control," Hamel said.

The Phantoms went 3 for 9 on the power play, with Hamel scoring the tying and game-winning goals on the man advantage in the third as the Devils seemingly came unglued at referee Jamie Koharski.

Albany took four minor penalties in the third and a misconduct. The Phantoms also had a carry-over power play to begin the period.

"The ref obviously has a huge impact on the game. I don't even know what to say about that," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. "But we can't get frustrated. It's easy for me to sit and say that. We haven't had anything like that all year. What's that tell you?"

Hamel made them pay. He tied the game at 3-3 4:56 into the third on his trademark booming slapper from the right circle.

He put Adirondack ahead less than three minutes later when he scored from the hash marks, set up by a nifty steal from Jon Kalinski.

Hamel had just one empty-net goal in his previous 10 games.

"For sure, it's hard, but every game I get at least four or five shots or scoring chances," Hamel said. "I never put anything on myself. If I go five or six games without scoring a goal but I still get scoring chances, it's good for me."

Hamel has a team-leading 20 goals in 48 games since being signed as a free agent.

Holmstrom tied the game 55 seconds into the third on a goal that looked a lot like one Hamel would score.

Showing a different power play look with Hamel camped out in Holmstrom's usual spot in front of the net, Holmstrom came off the half boards on the left side and fired a hard shot to beat Albany goalie Jeff Frazee clean.

"He didn't see any of that because Hammer (Hamel) was planted right in front of him, so I just had to get it on net. I don't know if he even moved," Holmstrom said. "That's what I said to him when I got off the ice. I said, ‘I'm usually the one standing in front of the net and you're the one scoring.' "

More likely to play a penalty-killing, defensive role in the NHL, at least initially, Holmstrom is having a productive offensive season. His 30 points are fourth on the team.

Sunday he opened the scoring 16 seconds into the game, the fastest goal to start a period for the Phantoms all season.

"We didn't play our best game (Saturday)," Holmstrom said. "We needed to establish ourselves early, especially on home ice, and get our game going right off the bat.

Loose pucks: Johan Backlund started for the first time since Feb. 25 and won for the first time since Feb. 16 ... Danny Syvret has points in his last six games (six goals, three assists) ... Luke Pither was the healthy scratch. He took two penalties while the Phantoms were on the power play on Saturday.

Albany (24-34-1-3) 1 1 1 - 3

Adirondack (21-32-3-6) 1 0 3 - 4

First period - 1, Adirondack, Holmstrom 11 (M. Testwuide, Ryan), 0:16; 2, Albany, Letourneau-Leblond 4 (Berube), 13:40. Penalties - Letourneau-Leblond, Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:01; Clackson, Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:01; Wiseman, Alb (hooking), 8:03; Syvret Adk (interference), 11:37; Letourneau-Leblond, Alb (misconduct), 15:55; Perkovich, Alb (roughing), 15:55; Leach, Alb (roughing), 18:57; Rinaldo, Adk (boarding, roughing), 18:57.

Second period - 3, Albany, Henrique 21 (Davison, Anderson), 17:00. Penalties - Urbom, Alb (boarding), 7:23; Henrique, Alb (roughing), 12:41; Marshall, Adk (roughing), 12:41; Zalewski, Alb (cross-checking), 13:09; Urbom, Alb (roughing), 16:22; Rinaldo, Adk (roughing), 16:22; Letourneau-Leblond, Alb (roughing), 19:48.

Third period - 4, Adirondack, Holmstrom 12 (Syvret, Ryan), 0:55 (pp); 5, Albany, Gionta 10 3:45; 6, Adirondack, Hamel 19 (Gustafsson, Ryan), 4:56 (pp); 7, Adirondack, Hamel 20 (Kalinski, Syvret), 7:51 (pp). Penalties - McIntyre, Alb (tripping), 4:43; Eddy, Adk (high-sticking), 5:29; Urbom, Alb (holding), 7:03; Urbom, Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct), 7:51; Wiseman, Alb (cross-checking), 9:07; Holmstrom Adk (interference), 9:11.

Shots on goal - Albany 7-13-9-29; Adirondack 11-12-9-32.

Power-plays - Albany 0-4; Adirondack 3-8.

Goalies - Albany, Frazee 10-13-3 (32 shots-28 saves); Adirondack, Backlund 8-14-3 (29 shots-26 saves).

Referee - J. Koharski. A - 3,174.

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