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Offense falters as Phantoms lose

2012-02-25T01:30:00Z 2012-02-25T02:56:14Z Offense falters as Phantoms loseStaff report Glens Falls Post-Star
February 25, 2012 1:30 am  • 

ROCHESTER -- The Adirondack Phantoms had a goalie injured during their morning skate Friday, briefly causing that position to be a worry. But it turned out to be the Phantoms’ offense that sputtered in a 2-0 loss to Rochester before a crowd of 6,365 at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

Derek Whitmore scored a first-period goal and Dennis Persson added one in the second, giving the Americans all the scoring they needed. David Leggio made 27 saves.

The Phantoms were shutout for the third time this season. Adirondack (24-26-2-1) has lost 11 of 12 games on the road since Dec. 17.

Goaltender Jason Bacashihua took a shot off his shoulder Friday morning. The Phantoms tried to call up Brad Phillips from Trenton, but his plane never made it. Bacashihua ended up being healthy enough to dress as a backup to Michael Leighton, who made 31 saves.

The Phantoms were without defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon, who took ill Thursday night and missed the morning skate. Bourdon had been expected to play his first game with the Phantoms in more than three months after being loaned from Philadelphia this week.

Defenseman Matt Walker, who missed nine games with a lower-body injury, returned to the lineup.

The loss came at an inopportune time for the Phantoms, as the other four teams in the Northeast Division earned standings points. Adirondack fell seven points behind the final playoff spot with 23 games remaining.

Loose pucks: Forward Luke Pither was a healthy scratch. Forward Mike Testwuide and defensemen Blake Kessel and Oskars Bartulis remained out with injury.

Adirondack 0 0 0 — 0

Rochester 1 1 0 — 2

First period — 1, Rochester, Whitmore 23 (Adam, Finley), 11:00. Penalties — Eddy, Adk (tripping), 1:07; Foligno, Rch (goaltender interference), 15:52; Zolnierczyk, Adk (hooking), 16:37.

Second period — 2, Rochester, Persson 3 (Turnbull, Adam), 1:11 (pp). Penalties — Roe, Adk (tripping), 0:40.

Third period — none. Penalties — Ford, Adk (hooking), 16:15; McNabb, Rch (high-sticking), 17:08.

Shots on goal — Adirondack 10-5-12-27. Rochester 10-13-10-33.

Power-play opportunities — Adirondack 0 / 2; Rochester 1 / 4.

Goalies — Adirondack, Leighton 16-20-0 (33 shots-31 saves). Rochester, Leggio 17-15-1 (27 shots-27 saves).

Referee — Ragusin.

A — 6,365

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