BINGHAMTON -- Danny Syvret came up big for the Adirondack Phantoms in his 500th professional game. The defenseman scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Phantoms a 3-2 victory over Binghamton on Friday.
Syvret was the 10th skater to step up, the final player before sudden-death. He advanced on goaltender Ben Bishop and fired the puck through his legs.
“I played with Ben Bishop last season, so I know he’s real good at shootouts,” Syvret said via text. “I wasn’t going to beat him on a deke because of his butterfly. So I shot 5-hole in an attempt to beat him before he got into his butterfly.”
Earlier in the week, Syvret said he didn’t even realize he was closing in on the milestone and it was just another game. Even if it was just another game, it was a good one for him.
Goaltender Cal Heeter started his third consecutive game — the rookie had not started back-to-back games before this run — and came up with 44 saves for the Phantoms and turned away all five shots in the shootout.
His biggest save of the night may have come with about 30 seconds remaining in overtime. Andre Benoit took a one-timer and Heeter dove to make a helmet-save.
The Phantoms were playing their first game without Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood and Tye McGinn, who have departed for Philadelphia. And they were playing a Binghamton team that still had its NHLers, including Bishop.
Schenn and Couturier combined for more than a quarter of the Phantoms’ goals in the first 33 games of the season, but the Phantoms knew they were going to lose the pair when the lockout ended and are ready to step up.
Matt Ford, who had 59 points last season, scored his second goal of the season to put the Phantoms on the board with a slap shot from the right circle in the second period.
Brandon Manning added another goal on a rebound of his own shot later in the period.
“To be honest, I wasn’t worried,” Syvret said via text. “I think our forwards knew they had a chance to assume a bigger role. And the guys that came in work real hard. Hard work usually beats skill. We played with a lot of effort and passion. We continually play like that, we will be successful.”
Adirondack 0 2 0 0 — 3
Binghamton 0 2 0 0 — 2
First Period—None. Penalties—Dziurzynski, Bng (roughing), 7:43; Manning, Adk (double minor - high-sticking), 18:11.
Second Period—1, Adirondack, Ford 2 (Noebels, Bordson), 4:19. 2, Adirondack, Manning 5 (Ford, Bordson), 10:33. 3, Binghamton, Wiercioch 10 (Benoit), 13:03 (pp). 4, Binghamton, Borowiecki 2 (Dziurzynski, Stone), 18:40. Penalties—Gryba, Bng (roughing), 4:49; Manning, Adk (hooking), 12:33.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Testwuide, Adk (cross-checking, fighting), 5:59; Dziurzynski, Bng (fighting), 5:59.
Overtime—None. Penalties--Dziurzynski, Bng (high-sticking), 0:59.
Shootout—Adirondack 1 (Roe NG, Ford NG, Akeson NG, Bordson NG, Syvret G), Binghamton 0 (Silfverberg NG, Hoffman NG, Schneider NG, Prince NG, Benoit NG).
Shots on goal—Adirondack 8-18-5-1-1--33. Binghamton 13-16-15-2-0--46.
Power plays—Adirondack 0-3; Binghamton 1-4.
Goalies—Adirondack, Heeter 6-10-1 (46 shots-44 saves). Binghamton, Bishop 8-3-2 (32 shots-30 saves).