GLENS FALLS -- A camera crew from a Philadelphia television station drove up this weekend to document Michael Leighton's minor-league life.
They saw the kind of performance he gave often in the Flyers run to the Stanley Cup Finals last spring. But even Leighton at his near best and a terrific penalty killing effort couldn't bail the Phantoms out from a blizzard of penalties.
Kyle Greentree scored on Hershey's ninth power play of the game 3:10 into overtime to give the Bears a 3-2 win over Adirondack before a Hall of Fame night crowd of 3,393 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
"It's tough when you're penalty killing all night long. You're in your own zone most of the time. It's taxing on some key guys," Adirondack coach Joe Paterson said.
Michael Ryan tangled with Hershey goaltender Todd Ford behind the net, drawing the goaltender interference less than a minute into the overtime.
Paterson declined to share his assessment of the call.
Ryan's transgression was just the latest in a string of Adirondack penalties. The Bears had three two-man advantages in the game and scored on one.
Even the generally mild-mannered Denis Hamel had 24 penalty minutes and earned a game misconduct in the third when the Bears received their third 5-on-3.
"We've been really good at not letting ourselves get frustrated by the things we can't control. Some of the things we can't control are what happens by the officials," Paterson said. "We have to control (ourselves) whether we think it's a bad call or not. Referees don't usually change their mind."
The game went into the third all tied up.
Hershey capitalized on a turnover in the Phantoms' zone and Andrew Carroll scored unassisted to give Hershey a 2-1 lead less than 10 minutes into the period.
Tom Sestito evened it with his first goal as a Phantom, a backhander with 6:41 remaining.
"When you go into overtime you get a chance to win it. It's back to one shot again. And unfortunately, we had to kill the penalty," Paterson said.
Mike Testwuide gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the second, re-directing a shot from Ryan.
The Phantoms survived the first 5-on-3 they faced, but couldn't escape the second.
Brian Fahey's shot from the center point with 4 seconds remaining in the two-man advantage tied it at 1 with 1:25 remaining in the second period.
Leighton made 26 saves. Perhaps his best came seconds before the winning goal when he snagged a Patrick McNeil shot out of the air with his glove.
The Bears were 2 for 9 on the power play. The Phantoms were 0 for 5.
"I like our overall team effort. There were a lot of good things in terms of good five-on-five play ... We ended up just spending too much time in our zone," Paterson said. "Michael made some good saves at the right times as well. It's a combination of good penalty killing and doing a good job defensively."
Hershey (41-22-1-4) 0 1 0 1 1 - 3
Adirondack (21-34-3-6) 0 1 0 1 0 - 2
First period - none. Penalties - Yeo, Her (tripping), 1:54; Hamel, Adk (hooking), 5:40; Hamel, Adk (tripping), 8:13; Greentree, Her (hooking), 15:13.
Second period - 1, Adirondack, M. Testwuide 10 (Ryan, Holmstrom), 0:47; 2, Hershey, Fahey 4 (Orlov, Perreault), 18:35 (pp). Penalties - Sestito, Adk (goaltender interference), 1:38; Marshall, Adk (holding), 2:46; Rome, Her (goaltender interference), 4:14; Yeo, Her (hooking), 8:57; Syvret, Adk (slashing), 16:39; Holmstrom, Adk (slashing), 17:27.
Third period - 3, Hershey, Carroll 3 6:49; 4, Adirondack, Sestito 12 (Bordson, Wellwood), 13:09. Penalties - Hamel, Adk (misconduct-abuse of officials), 2:24; Zolnierczyk, Adk (high-sticking), 2:24; Hamel, Adk (game misconduct-abuse of officials), 2:51; Kalinski, Adk (high-sticking), 2:51; Fahey, Her (interference), 7:45.
Overtime - 5, Hershey, Greentree 24 (Willsie, Orlov), 2:10 (pp). Penalties - Ryan, Adk (goaltender interference), 0:33.
Shots on goal - Hershey 6-9-11-3-29; Adirondack 7-8-6-0-21.
Power-play opportunities - Hershey 2 / 9; Adirondack 0 / 5.
Goalies - Hershey, Ford 6-4-1 (21 shots-19 saves); Adirondack, Leighton 6-9-3 (29 shots-26 saves).
Referee - Lemelin. A - 3,393.