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Phantoms dismiss Maroon, lose to Penguins

2010-10-30T01:53:00Z 2010-10-30T03:08:57Z Phantoms dismiss Maroon, lose to PenguinsBy TIM McMANUS tmcmanus@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
October 30, 2010 1:53 am  • 

GLENS FALLS -- The Adirondack Phantoms lost 4-1 to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night, but the setback, the sixth in a row for the Phantoms, paled in comparison to the shocking, season-altering news released following the game.

According to Adirondack coach Greg Gilbert, leading scorer Patrick Maroon is “no longer with the team, pending assignment by the organization.”

Gilbert wouldn’t comment on whether a specific incident sparked the dismissal. Asked if Maroon would return, Gilbert repeated the statement about re-assignment.

Phantoms captain Dan Jancevski and another player approached also declined to comment specifically on whatever led to Maroon’s dismissal.

“It’s just an internal matter and it’s going to stay what happened in the dressing room,” Jancevski said.

Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren and assistant General Manager John Paddock both watched the game. It’s a rarity for Holmgren to be in attendance, particularly as Philadelphia played at the same time.

Maroon’s absence will loom large for the Phantoms. He’s been an impact offensive player on a team desperate for someone to fill that role. He scored five of the Phantoms’ 19 goals in their first nine games before Friday. He also had three assists and was playing at nearly a point-per-game pace.

“We just have to forge ahead here, put our heads down, bring a lunch bucket and come to work every day,” Jancevski said. “It’s going to turn around. It has to.”

Maroon, 22, was well on his way to eclipsing his totals from an injury-plagued season a year ago, when he had just 11 goals in 67 games.

A sixth-round pick by the club in 2007, Maroon was in his third season with the club. His best season was in 2008-09, when he scored 23 goals in 80 games with the then-Philadelphia Phantoms.

In the last season of his entry-level contract, his future with the Philadelphia Flyers organization appears over. As of the middle of the week, Maroon was practicing with the Phantoms as usual.

The Phantoms (2-7-1-0) have needed every bit of his offense. They've averaged just 2.1 goals per game through their first nine.

At times, it’s been a case of not being able to bury their opportunities. Friday, they struggled to generate quality chances against the East Division-leading Penguins (7-0-0-0).

They had just four shots after the first period and ten after a better second, but still trailed 2-0.

“We passed up probably 20 to 25 shooting opportunities in the first two periods,” Gilbert said. “A shooting opportunity isn’t point blank. It’s a chance to get the puck at the net and create traffic and go for rebounds. And we looked for the drop passes and plays through the middle. That’s not the way the game is played.”

Jesse Boulerice’s goal made it a three-goal lead less than four minutes into the third. Ryan Craig and Carl Sneep also scored for the Penguins.

David Laliberte’s goal, his first of the season, cut the Penguins lead to 3-1 midway through the third period. The Phantoms had back-to-back power play chances in the final 10 minutes, but couldn’t close the gap.

“It just seems like every break we’re not getting, they’re getting,” Jancevski said. “But there’s no excuses. I can’t pinpoint it down to the specific thing that’s going on, but we’ll keep working on it and figure it out.”

Loose pucks: With Oskars Bartulis in town on a conditioning stint, defensemen Logan Stephenson and J.P. Testwuide were healthy scratches.

W-B/Scranton ( 7-0-0-0) 1   1    2 — 4

Adirondack (2-7-1-0) 0   0   1  — 1

First period — 1, W-B/Scranton, Craig 1 (Bortuzzo, Strait), 2:02. Penalties — Strait, Wbs (tripping), 3:45; Laliberte, Adk (interference), 4:30; Kalinski, Adk (slashing), 7:34; Vitale, Wbs (boarding), 15:27.

Second period — 2, W-B/Scranton, Sneep 1 (Johnson, Hutchinson), 18:17. Penalties — Craig, Wbs (roughing), 2:41; Rinaldo, Adk (diving), 2:41; Rowe, Adk (hooking), 7:17; Jeffrey, Wbs (cross-checking), 10:21; Craig, Wbs (roughing), 13:29; Testwuide, Adk (roughing), 13:29; Tangradi, Wbs (tripping), 18:19.

Third Period — 3, W-B/Scranton, Boulerice 1 (Walker, Sill), 3:23; 4, Adirondack, Laliberte 1 (Rinaldo, Bartulis), 5:04; 5, W-B/Scranton, Johnson 3 (Hutchinson, Jeffrey), 15:58 (PP). Penalties — Potter, Wbs (slashing), 9:14; Walker, Wbs (holding), 11:21; Holmstrom, Adk (hooking), 14:36.

Shots on goal — W-B/Scranton 10-4-6-20; Adirondack 4-6-8-18.

Power-play opportunities — W-B/Scranton 1 / 4; Adirondack 0 / 6.

Goalies — W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 3-0-0 (18 shots-17 saves); Adirondack, Backlund 2-5-0 (20 shots-16 saves).

Referee — Jean Hebert.

A — 2,732.

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  1. brian
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    brian - October 30, 2010 1:33 pm
    Don, just a clarification. It's not the Brooks who make the decision on the coach. It's the Flyers' organization. And while Gilbert certainly deserves some of the blame, there's very little talent and some of the talent they have had seems to have had a bad attitude. It seems to me that it's Philly's scouts who need to be fired first.

    The Phantoms may have had a legit reason for axing Maroon, their only half decent offensive player. And I know sports teams hate to air their dirty laundry in public. But those of us who've spent two years paying lots of money for a crappy product are owed an explanation why.
  2. 143flyers
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    143flyers - October 30, 2010 12:35 pm
    Rball12 said: "Very dissapointing. Dont know the details but Pat Maroon gave 100% on the ice."

    Having watched him play in Philadelphia, he is/was NOT a TEAM player. Maroon also had a very bad attitude, both on the ice and off. I'm not disappointed seeing him go.

  3. Don Donofrio
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    Don Donofrio - October 30, 2010 11:49 am

    What we saw last night from the Phantoms was unacceptable. I don't know what part the Maroon incident had in it but last night's effort was not AHL-level by a long shot. The team needs to put a better product on the ice and they need to do it now. They started slow last season and I gave Coach Gilbert time to bring them around and he never did. Throughout the season they just got worse. No improvement in any part of the game at all. I thought for sure we'd see a new coach this season, but we have Coach Gilbert back. Okay, I can accept that if the Brooks family believes in him but the patience of the fans is wearing thin. If the Coach can't show some improvement, and soon, then I see no reason to drag this out all season. He needs to prove his leadership, and prove it now because it is in question. I want this team to succeed but the simple fact is people don't pay to see a team stink night after night. Something has to change here.

  4. Rball12
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    Rball12 - October 30, 2010 7:10 am
    Very dissapointing. Dont know the details but Pat Maroon gave 100% on the ice. I know a few people who said they are done with hockey already. Im not but my patience is wearing thin.

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