GLENS FALLS -- The Adirondack Phantoms served 56 penalty minutes on 17 infractions in their 6-2 loss to the Rochester Americans Saturday night.
That did not translate directly to 56 minutes of shorthanded play, but the Phantoms did put themselves on the wrong side of a few 5-on-3 situations and wiped out a few of their own power-play opportunities. Once they started down that road in the second period, they could not recover.
“We had some penalties that you don’t want to see in the offensive zone in particular, or whenever you’re on the power play,” head coach Terry Murray said. “There were a couple of instances tonight when we did and you pay a price for it.”
The Phantoms allowed two power-play goals in the second period, doubling their total on the season. Those goals were the difference in the game.
For the first 20 minutes, Adirondack played solid hockey. The Phantoms killed off a couple of early penalties and held the Americans to one goal in the first period. Harry Zolnierczyk then came out and beat Rochester goaltender David Leggio on a breakaway to tie it up 32 seconds into the second frame.
The Phantoms, however, couldn’t build any momentum off the goal, similar to the night before in Albany. Forty-three seconds after Zolnierczyk’s goal, Marc-Andre Bourdon took a slashing penalty, setting up a Rochester power-play goal by Kevin Porter.
“It’s hard to build on that momentum when you take yourself out like that,” Ben Holmstrom said. “It was a 20-minute effort out there and we gotta be better.”
The second power-play goal came 13:11 into the frame when Evan Rankin tipped a Marcus Foligno shot, while the Phantoms tried to kill a five-minute major on Zac Rinaldo for charging.
Before Rankin’s goal, Rick Schofield put the Americans up 3-1 after Shane Harper turned the puck over just outside of the Phantoms’ defensive zone. That play was set up by a sloppy penalty kill in which the Phantoms failed to take care of the puck. Scott Munroe turned away a number of shot before Schofield got the one past him.
Five of the Phantoms’ penalties were for slashing or hooking, including three of Bourdon’s four penalties. His other one was unsportsmanlike conduct after slamming his stick on the ice and wall for one of the slashing calls.
“If it’s a hard penalty like a boarding or a hard hit, those you can kill off but we weren’t helping ourselves taking trips and hooks and slashes, that’s us just not digging in,” Holmstrom said.
“It definitely hurts when you kill the rest of the (power play) for them by taking it for them. That’s on us and that’s for us to fix.”
Rochester led the AHL with 12 power-play goals coming into the game. The Phantoms had played some of the fewest shorthanded minutes prior to this game, but they gave the Americans 10 power plays, which caught up to them.
Rochester built a three-goal lead by the end of the second period. Mike Testwuide knocked that down to two goals 6:16 into the third frame, but the Phantoms couldn’t build anything else and Rochester tallied an empty-netter with 3:28 left and then another goal with 1:03 to play.
Munroe faced 50 shots in the game and allowed five goals, not counting the empty-netter. Rochester’s 51 shots on goal is the most for an AHL team this season, beating the Phantom’s 48 shots in their season opener.
Murray and Holmstrom both attributed it to the number of power plays and some sloppy defensive play, a failure to take care of the puck and an attempt to do too many things. Murray said that everyone needs to do his job and trust everyone else to do his.
“Fifty against is too many, whether it’s power play or five on five,” Holmstrom said. “It’s just too easy.”
Rochester 1 3 2 — 6
Adirondack 0 1 1 — 2
First Period — 1, Rochester, Schofield 2 (Biega, Roy), 9:28. Penalties — Mancari, Rch (slashing), 4:09; Bourdon, Adk (hooking), 5:28; FitzGerald, Adk (delay), 6:34.
Second Period — 2, Adirondack, Zolnierczyk 2 (Couturier), 0:32. 3, Rochester, Porter 3 (Adam, Mancari), 1:53 (pp). 4, Rochester, Schofield 3 (Tarnasky), 8:22. 5, Rochester, Rankin 3 (Foligno, Hodgson), 13:11 (pp). Penalties — Bourdon, Adk (slashing), 1:15; Eddy, Adk (slashing), 2:41; Rinaldo, Adk (elbowing), 6:05; Rankin, Rch (tripping), 10:26; Rinaldo, Adk, major (charging), 11:50; Hodgson, Rch (elbowing), 15:05; Tarnasky, Rch, minor-major (boarding, fighting), 17:40; McGinn, Adk, minor-major-misconduct (instigating, fighting), 17:40; Bourdon, Adk double minor (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:25.
Third Period — 6, Adirondack, Testwuide 1 (Rinaldo, Couturier), 5:16. 7, Rochester, Crawford 1, 17:32 (sh, en). 8, Rochester, Tarnasky 1, 18:57. Penalties — Biega, Rch, double minor (boarding, roughing), 6:28; Roy, Rch, minor-misconduct (roughing), 6:28; FitzGerald, Adk, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 6:28; Holmstrom, Adk (roughing), 6:28; Flynn, Rch (closing hand on puck), 7:56; Zolnierczyk, Adk (interference), 10:00; Rankin, Rch (tripping), 12:35; Manning, Adk (hooking), 13:19; Tarnasky, Rch (boarding), 16:04.
Shots on Goal — Rochester 15-18-18—51. Adirondack 13-9-8—30.
Power Play — Rochester 2-9; Adirondack 0-6.
Goalies — Rochester, Knapp 0-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves). Adirondack, Munroe 2-1-0 (50 shots-45 saves).
A — 3,486.
Referee — Tom Chmielewski (65).