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Phantoms denied third straight win as Devils' power play ignites

2011-10-22T23:35:00Z 2011-10-23T14:06:51Z Phantoms denied third straight win as Devils' power play ignitesBy TIM McMANUS -- tmcmanus@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
October 22, 2011 11:35 pm  • 

ALBANY -- To call the Albany Devils' power play ineffective so far this season would have been charitable before Saturday night. Awful would have been a more fitting term.

They got healthy in a hurry against the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday night.

The Devils scored three straight power-play goals in the second period to rally for a 5-2 win over the Phantoms at the Times Union Center.

Albany, which won for the second time in seven games this season, was 1 for 25 on the power play coming into this game. The Devils went 4 for 5 against the Phantoms.

The Phantoms (4-2) led 2-1 in the second after Denis Hamel's second goal. Things went south quickly from there.

After the Devils tied it on a power play, Zac Rinaldo appeared to score on a Phantoms power play with a nifty shot from the slot that would have made it 3-2.

The puck went in the net, but the referee waved it off, saying incidental contact had been made with goalie Jeff Frazee.

The Devils then scored two goals in less than three minutes to take a 4-2 lead into the second intermission.

"Huge. Huge," Rinaldo said of the call. "I mean, I think if it would have counted the game would have gone definitely a different way."

Phantoms coach Joe Paterson said the video replay showed a slight bump in the crease.

"I thought it was kind of a questionable call," Paterson said. "That could have been a momentum changer there if we scored."

Three of the Phantoms' five penalties were stick infractions.

"We've got to keep skating and not use our sticks as much," Rinaldo said. "The way this league is now, you can't hook, hold, can't slash, can't do nothing."

Eric Gelinas scored twice for the Devils.

Hamel's two goals gave him 321 for his career, tying him with Bruce Cline for 14th most in AHL history. Hamel, who has a team-high six goals on the season, is four behind Adirondack Red Wings legend Glenn Merkosky.

But he was the only offense. The Phantoms were outshot for the sixth straight game.

"I don't think we shoot the puck enough in certain areas. We get in areas where we want to be fancy or make the extra pass," Paterson said. "We've been winning, which is a real plus, but I think we have to still put pucks to the net."

Michael Leighton made his fifth start in goal and third straight for the Phantoms.

The goalie matchup seemed a mismatch on paper, as Leighton had a perfect record and a goals-against average under 2, while Frazee had struggled through an 0-3 start with a 5.33 goals-against-average.

But Frazee made all the stops he needed, saving 25 of 27 shots.

Loose pucks: Eric Wellwood sat out for the second straight game with a minor injury, but will be in the lineup against Rochester on Sunday. ... Defenseman Oskars Bartulis also sat out with a minor injury and could return Sunday.

Adirondack (4-2) 1 1 0 - 2

Albany (2-5) 1 3 1 - 5

First period - 1, Adirondack, Hamel 5 (Holmstrom), 6:42; 2, Albany, Sislo 2 (Anderson, Veilleux), 11:06. Penalties - Lauridsen, Adk (hooking), 2:50; Veilleux, Alb (high-sticking), 14:07; Gionta, Alb (cross-checking), 17:38.

Second period - 3, Adirondack, Hamel 6 (Gustafsson, Akeson), 3:14 (pp); 4, Albany, Gelinas 1 (Anderson, Veilleux), 6:39 (pp); 5, Albany, Harrold 1 (Whitney, Corrente), 10:46 (pp); 6, Albany, Gelinas 2 (Veilleux, Taormina), 13:43 (pp). Penalties - Harrold, Alb (delay of game), 2:13; Testwuide, Adk (boarding), 5:46; Kelly, Alb (hooking), 7:30; Lauridsen, Adk (delay of game), 10:06; Roe, Adk (hooking), 13:10.

Third period - 7, Albany, Anderson 3 (Gelinas, Sislo), 17:09 (pp). Penalties - Gustafsson, Adk (cross-checking), 15:29; Stoesz, Alb (boarding), 17:28.

Shots on goal - Adirondack 11-9-7-27; Albany 12-13-5-30.

Power-play opportunities - Adirondack 1 / 5; Albany 4 / 5.

Goalies - Adirondack, Leighton 4-1-0 (30 shots-25 saves); Albany, Frazee 1-3-0 (27 shots-25 saves).

Referee - Binda.

A - 3,906.

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