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Phantoms shut out again; Murray silent after game

2013-02-07T02:15:00Z 2013-02-07T10:19:36Z Phantoms shut out again; Murray silent after gameBy DIANA C. NEARHOS -- dnearhos@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star

GLENS FALLS -- Forty-five minutes after the Adirondack Phantoms’ 3-0 loss to Binghamton — the team’s second consecutive shutout loss by that score — head coach Terry Murray had not emerged from his Civic Center office Wednesday night.

A team public relations representative relayed the coach’s message: “I’m not coming out.”

Not only did Murray not want to talk to reporters, but he did not even want to talk to his own players. A source inside the dressing room said Murray did not address the team during the second intermission or after the game.

This was the first time Murray has refused to talk to reporters after a game or practice this season.

The AHL media policy requires all players to be available to the media after a game or practice, but according to AHL Vice President of Communications Jason Chaimovitch, the coach is within his rights to not make himself available “by the letter of the policy.” He was planning to look into the situation on Thursday.

The game was not the Phantoms’ worst of the season, but it was the first time they have been shut out back to back and the somber, frustrated mood was palpable in the dressing room after the game.

The players were quick to shower, dress and leave the arena. Very few even spoke to each other. Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen was one of the few players to linger, sitting at his locker staring at the ground for a few moments before heading to the shower.

The game started out as many games have this season — the energy level wasn’t high, but the Phantoms put together some decent hockey. They played a scoreless period that featured some nice chances and a few big saves by Brian Boucher.

The “compete level” to which Murray, various players and assistant coach Riley Cote have referred throughout the year, seemed to deteriorate as the game went on, however.

“We gotta clean up a few things locker room-wise,” left wing Jon Sim said. “Just being ready to play. We have to get some passion back in our game. Sometimes you gotta play on the edge, you gotta play with passion, you gotta play with spark.”

The Phantoms did stick with the Senators, the second-best team in the conference, through most of the game.

Early in the second period, Corey Cowick put Binghamton on the board, but still Adirondack hung around. It was not until Daniel New scored a power-play goal with 2:01 to play that the game really seemed out of reach.

The Phantoms have turned it on late in the third frequently enough for that to still be a possibility until then. And then Binghamton sealed it with an empty-netter that Brett Lebda scored on a shot from his own zone that looked more like clear attempt than a shot.

The overall performance did not seem to match the reaction, but after a season of up-and-downs, it may have all caught up with the Phantoms.

“It’s been a thing this year, up and down, up and down,” Cullen Eddy said.

Wednesday, it came down to a lack of energy, once again.

“You can’t just throw your sticks out there and play hockey, you gotta play with passion, you gotta play with an edge,” Sim reiterated. “It was kinda that way of the game. We didn’t have it.”

Binghamton 0 1 2 — 3

Adirondack 0 0 0 — 0

First Period—No Scoring. Penalties—Jessiman, Bng (interference), 1:37; Sim, Adk (cross-checking), 11:12; Pageau, Bng (high-sticking), 15:30; Slater, Adk (delay of game — faceoff violation), 18:48.

Second Period—1, Binghamton, Cowick 7 (Gazley, Pageau), 1:05. Penalties—Slater, Adk (holding the stick), 3:38; Dziurzynski, Bng (interference), 5:43; Harper, Adk (tripping), 6:23; Eddy, Adk (slashing), 16:19; Syvret, Adk (tripping), 17:03; Eckford, Bng (roughing), 19:45; Kramer, Bng (fighting), 19:45; Manning, Adk (fighting), 19:45.

Third Period—2, Binghamton, New 1 (Schneider, Gryba), 17:59 (pp). 3, Binghamton, Lebda 1, 18:24 (en). Penalties—Gryba, Bng (high-sticking), 2:24; Jessiman, Bng (roughing), 7:20; Wideman, Bng (fighting), 15:23; Bordson, Adk (fighting), 15:23; Konan Adk (tripping), 16:49.

Shots on Goal—Binghamton 11-12-5-28. Adirondack 8-11-10-29.

Power Play Opportunities—Binghamton 1 / 7; Adirondack 0 / 6.

Goalies—Binghamton, Lehner 17-7-1 (29 shots-29 saves). Adirondack, Boucher 2-3-0 (27 shots-25 saves).

A—2,272.

Referees—Terry Koharski (10), Mark Lemelin (41).

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  1. MattyB
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    MattyB - February 07, 2013 6:33 pm
    I'm a season ticket holder in the gold tier and pay over 600$ to watch the Phantoms. I think why coach Murray didn't want to come out last night after the game was because he didn't want to answer questions about the "Fire Murray" and "We want Patterson" chants I heard last night. All I can say is the team looked a lot more motivated last year with a roster that wasn't the best. And on that note where has Zack Fitzgerald and Matt Ford been? Think it's time that Murray sent in his walking papers.
  2. VileWeed
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    VileWeed - February 07, 2013 4:36 pm
    It seems like the master plan is to get shutout in 4 games in a row. That way, by the time next Friday rolls around, the fans will be at the edge of their seats and go wild when the Phantoms score that first goal to make the score 6-1 late in the third.
  3. VileWeed
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    VileWeed - February 07, 2013 4:34 pm
    Was being silent with the media one of the reasons Terry Murray had so much success in the NHL?

    oh, wait.....

    This wasn't even Binghamton - it was their ECHL roster! Ottawa called the rest of the guys up last weekend/early this week. Granted, most of the Phantoms would struggle to make an ECHL roster, but is TRYING too much to ask? How this team rooked people into those $25 a night seats is beyond me.
  4. brian
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    brian - February 07, 2013 8:23 am
    As a four year season ticket holder, I'm disgusted by this organization. For three of those years, we've had crappy hockey with players who act like they don't give a toss. The other year, we had something approaching marginally competitive hockey but then the garbage Flyers "organization" fired the coach. Terry Murray has no business taking it out on the media because of his inability to get consistent play out of this group. How are these guys going to make it in Philly, which has the nastiest fans in North America? GF fans are complete teddy bears by comparison. Fans can accept a team that's not that talented if they play hard, which happened last year. But coming out with no energy game after game after game is unacceptable.. Though apparently it is acceptable in the Flyers "organization." Show a little pride.
  5. smpotter
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    smpotter - February 07, 2013 7:44 am
    well I'm glad that Murray didn"t speak because up to now he has praised his club even when they play lousy, which is on most nights. If you listen to the radio you'd think the team was in first place the way Bob Roetruck calls the games. This team has no passion, its almost like its back to year one. Its frustrating for everyone that this team can't score goals. Its been that way since day one. It has to be the system that the Flyers utilize, how else can you explain it ? Four years, four coaches, same results- fewest goals in the league and last place. Fans have been patient, but last night might have changed that. There was more interest in whether 1,000 hot dogs would be sold than the play on the ice. Personally, I think the senators took it easy on the Phantoms. The referee even tried to help us tie the game with 3 power plays in a row- no dice. Going to be a really boring spring at the GFCC, I think it will be pretty quiet too.

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