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Phantoms top Rochester in overtime

2011-12-11T00:30:00Z 2011-12-11T13:10:14Z Phantoms top Rochester in overtimeBy TIM McMANUS -- Glens Falls Post-Star
December 11, 2011 12:30 am  • 

GLENS FALLS -- This time, the Adirondack Phantoms got to play the part of heartbreakers.

After three straight final-minute losses, one harder to swallow than the other, Ben Holmstrom and Garrett Roe made sure the shoe went on the other foot Saturday.

Holmstrom scored the game-winner 2:06 into overtime on a power play to give Adirondack a 3-2 victory over Rochester and snap the Phantoms' three-game losing streak before a crowd of 4,232 at the Civic Center.

"We let the last few games kind of slip away and it was nice to pull one out the other way," Holmstrom said.

Things looked dire after Rochester's Evan Rankin scored to give Rochester a 2-1 lead with under just under 10 minutes to play. But this would be no carbon copy of the previous three.

Roe, battered by high hits from the Americans all night, got the equalizer less than three minutes later on a pretty feed from Dan Jancevski.

Jancesvski looked like he was going to shoot from the point, which sent the Americans' defenseman into a slide. Jancevski side-stepped him and slid the puck to Roe at the post, who re-directed it high into the net.

"The last few nights we got scored on late, things went the wrong way for us," Roe said. "Tonight, we got scored on and we responded. We showed a lot of character coming back and not giving up at all."

Roe, a free agent signing out of St. Cloud State who is third on the team with 16 points, also assisted on Holmstrom's game-winner. His line with Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn gave the Phantoms many of their best chances during the two games this weekend.

Both Roe and Denis Hamel nearly scored in the overtime period before Akeson drew a high-sticking penalty that gave the Phantoms a power play for the final 3:28 of overtime.

"(Roe's) been an important guy most of the season. He plays all situations, he plays hard every night," Holmstrom said. " I don't think it was any surprise he was a factor in all those goals tonight. He comes to play every night."

The win salvaged another terrific effort by Michael Leighton, making his eighth straight start in goal. He had allowed just five goals in his previous three games, all losses as the Phantoms sputtered offensively.

Leighton made 29 saves on Saturday.

"Those times when it's not going your way, it's no secret Leighton, how huge he's been. When you got a guy like that to lean on then you can be a little opportunistic," Holmstrom said. "He's been by far our best player the last four games."

Through two periods, the Phantoms' offense showed little signs of waking from its December slumber.

Shane Harper's first-period goal was just the second in three games for the team and gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.

It seemed an early sign that some newly shuffled lines might help the Phantoms break their slump. Promoted to the top line, Harper used his get down the wing and finish a two-on-one break with Denis Hamel.

But there was little to come after that. The Phantoms had just 12 shots through two periods.

Rochester tied it on a power-play goal by Rankin 4:45 into the second, which ended the Phantoms' successful penalty killing streak at 34.

This time, however, the Phantoms had an answer.

"We've been battling the last few nights and things haven't gone the way we planned," Phantoms coach Joe Paterson said. "It was nice to see the players get rewarded for their hard work and effort."

Loose pucks: Saturday's game was the 801st in Hamel's AHL career. ... Johan Backlund dressed for the second straight game as the backup as Jason Bacashihua deals with a minor issue. He's not expected to miss much time. ... Andrew Rowe sat out after making his season debut on Friday. Luke Pither replaced him in the lineup.

Rochester (11-10-3-1) 0 1 1 0 - 2

Adirondack (14-9-1-1) 1 0 1 1 - 3

First period - 1, Adirondack, Harper 4 (Hamel), 11:13. Penalties - Kessel, Adk (tripping), 11:52; Morrisonn Rch (interference), 16:21.

Second period - 2, Rochester, Rankin 3 (Morrisonn, Varone), 4:48 (pp). Penalties - Hamel, Adk, (hooking), 3:52; Holmstrom, Adk (slashing), 8:29; Rankin. Rch (hooking), 8:32.

Third period - 3, Rochester, Rankin 4 (Varone, Foligno), 10:52; 4, Adirondack, Roe 3 (Jancevski, McGinn), 13:06. Penalties - Crawford, Rch (holding), 14:38; Holmstrom, Adk (roughing), 14:38; Pither, Adk (slashing), 16:08.

Overtime - 5, Adirondack, Holmstrom 6 (Roe, Hamel), 2:06 (pp). Penalties - Schiestel, Rch (double minor-high-sticking), 1:32.

Shots on goal - Rochester 4-14-13-0-31; Adirondack 6-6-9-7-28.

Power-play opportunities - Rochester 1/4; Adirondack 1/3.

Goalies - Rochester, MacIntyre 4-7-1 (28 shots-25 saves); Adirondack, Leighton 11-8-0 (31 shots-29 saves).

Referee - Ragusin.

A - 4,232.

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