HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Adirondack Phantoms twice coughed up one-goal leads as the Connecticut Whale rallied for a 4-3 victory in front of a crowd of 3,318 at the XL Center on Sunday.
It was the second game in a row the Phantoms lost after leading.
Adirondack (4-22-2-0) has lost three of its last five games by one goal.
Danny Syvret, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Luke Pither scored for the Phantoms.
Nic Riopel took the loss, falling to 0-5.
Before the game, the Phantoms recalled goalie Brian Stewart from Greenville of the ECHL. Michael Leighton rejoined the Phantoms.
The Phantoms led 1-0 and 2-1. But each time they surrendered the tying goal less than four minutes later.
After Bourdon's goal, his first of the season, gave the Phantoms a 2-1 lead in the second, Connecticut scored the next three goals, including two from Dale Wiese.
Pither gave the Phantoms life with a goal with 6:56 remaining, but the Phantoms couldn't get the equalizer.
Pither has scored in back-to-back games and has three goals in his last four games.
All of his career goals have come in the last nine games.
Loose pucks: Forward Michael Ryan rejoined the lineup after missing Saturday's game with an injury.
Whale 4, Phantoms 3
Adirondack 0 2 1 - 3
Connecticut 0 2 2 - 4
First Period - No Scoring. Penalties - Newbury Ct (tripping), 0:49; Kolarik Ct (interference), 5:44; Hamel Adk (hooking), 5:46; Clackson Adk (fighting), 8:25; Soryal Ct (fighting), 8:25.
Second Period - 1, Adirondack, Syvret 4 (Holmstrom, Gustafsson), 6:14 (PP). 2, Connecticut, Kolarik 10 (Zuccarello), 9:14. 3, Adirondack, Bourdon 1 (Holmstrom, Bordson), 12:39. 4, Connecticut, Williams 15 (Zuccarello, Newbury), 15:06 (PP). Penalties - Bickel Ct (holding), 4:48; Dupont Ct (slashing), 5:48; Marshall Adk (interference), 14:13; Marshall Adk (roughing), 16:50; Rinaldo Adk (roughing), 16:50; Bickel Ct (roughing, roughing), 16:50; Valentenko Ct (hooking), 17:52.
Third Period - 5, Connecticut, Weise 4 (Kolarik, Tessier), 2:48. 6, Connecticut, Weise 5 (Kolarik, Tessier), 11:36. 7, Adirondack, Pither 5 (Hamel, Walker), 13:06. Penalties - None.
Shots on Goal - Adirondack 15-10-8-33. Connecticut 9-9-9-27.
Power Play Opportunities - Adirondack 1 / 5; Connecticut 1 / 2.
Goalies - Adirondack, Riopel 0-5-0 (27 shots-23 saves). Connecticut, Talbot 4-2-1 (33 shots-30 saves).
A - 3,318
Referees - Chris Cozzan (18).
Linesmen - Brent Colby (7), Derek Wahl (46).