GLENS FALLS -- The Adirondack Phantoms again came up with a big offensive second period and a big defensive third period.
Tyler Brown scored the eventual game-winner in the second period, which the Phantoms dominated with 15 shots to Hershey’s seven. In the third period, it was Scott Munroe who came up big as Adirondack spent most of the last 20 minutes in its own defensive zone.
In the end, the Phantoms earned their third consecutive win, 3-1 over the Bears.
“I thought we did a lot of good things in the offensive zone, we really moved our feet very well to keep possession and create some offensive opportunities (in the second period),” head coach Terry Murray said.
The Phantoms possessed the puck for most of the second period and challenged Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin.
Zac Rinaldo had a chance early in the period when he stole the puck from a Hershey defender deep in the offensive zone and took it right to the net, but Sabourin made the save. Later in the period, Harry Zolnierczyk had his third good chance of the game. He was advancing on the goal and was pulled down before he could get a clean shot off.
With 5:57 remaining, it was Brown who put the Phantoms on top.
“It was a great play by Danny (Syvret) to walk the blue line and get a simple wrist shot on net and the rebound is lying there and Brownie is doing the right thing, hard of the boards, and finds it,” Murray said. “Good play.”
Brown corralled the rebound without a Bear around him and had time to make a move and bury the puck past Sabourin’s glove. It was Brown’s first goal of the season and it was what Murray called the type of goal he would expect from that line.
“We’re fourth line, we’re grinders,” Brown said. “We’re energy guys, we’re out there to get the team going and we’re not going to get the nicest goals, but any time we can get a goal it’s definitely nice.”
The third period was a different story for the Phantoms, who nearly doubled their penalty total in the period.
In the first two periods, Adirondack committed four penalties; it had three in the third. That created some momentum for Hershey. The Bears only took one shot in the first nine minutes, but then fired off six in the next couple before the Phantoms pushed back.
“It kinda comes with the territory of maybe learning how to protect the lead and again I think we maybe got a little bit passive and sat back,” Munroe said. “You can see in the last two games shots against in the third and shots for it just shows that we’re maybe not being as aggressive.
“We have a lead and we’re trying to hold it, so you have to do that sometimes. In some ways, I’d like to see us keep playing the same way and keep being aggressive.”
Munroe has made 82 saves on 85 shots going back to his 12-save, 28-minute performance in Syracuse on Nov. 17. He has been a large part of the past three victories for the Phantoms. Murray says that’s exactly what he expects from his veteran goaltender.
“He’s playing well; he’s playing like a veteran goalie is supposed to,” he said. “He’s making grade A saves, but we also have a lot of plays where we’re doing a good job in front of him, forcing shots from the outside and those are saves he needs to make 100 percent of the time.”
Sean Couturier sealed the win with an empty-netter with 25 seconds to play, making sure that Munroe’s effort in goal paid off for the Phantoms.
Hershey 1 0 0 — 1
Adirondack 1 1 1 — 3
First Period — 1, Hershey, Hamill (Syner, Sabourin), 6:30. 2, Adirondack, McGinn (Schenn), 16:48. Penalties — Bordson, Adk (slashing), 1:51; Hershey bench (too many men), 7:11; Gustafsson, Adk (holding), 10:19; Berry, Her (closing hand on puck), 13:46.
Second Period — 3, Adirondack, Brown (Syvret, Roe), 14:03. Penalties — Clackson, Her (cross-checking), 1:22; Brown, Adk (slashing), 9:20; Rinaldo, Adk (slashing), 18:45.
Third Period — 4, Adirondack, Couturier (Schenn), 19:35 (en). Penalties — Gustafsson, Adk (high-sticking), 1:52; Rinaldo, Adk (charging), 5:16; Kane, Her (boarding), 11:27; Gustafsson, Adk (interference), 13:44.
Shots on goal — Hershey 9-7-8—24. Adirondack 12-15-3—30.
Power plays — Hershey 0-7; Adirondack 0-4.
Goalies — Hershey, Sabourin 2-4-0 (29 shots-27 saves). Adirondack, Munroe 6-4-0 (24-23).
A — 4,132
Refs — Ciamaga, Hersey.