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Testwuide lifts Phantoms to OT win

2012-01-01T02:00:00Z Testwuide lifts Phantoms to OT winBy TIM McMANUS -- Glens Falls Post-Star
January 01, 2012 2:00 am  • 

GLENS FALLS -- After scoring his first goal in more than two months just before the Christmas Break, Mike Testwuide vowed a breakout was on the way.

Promise delivered.

Testwuide scored the game-winner 2:18 into overtime to give the Adirondack Phantoms a 2-1 win over the Albany Devils before a crowd of 3,971 at the Civic Center. Testwuide, who had just one empty-netter in his first 24 games, has four goals in his last five.

None were bigger than this one, which gave the Phantoms their second win in a row after losing seven of nine.

"It feels phenomenal," Testwuide said. "Just putting some games together, getting my confidence back. Us as a team, we hit a little rut there and we've gotten it back now ... We're ready to keep going and get a playoff spot.

Goaltender Jason Bacashihua doesn't often get the chance to start consecutive games. This weekend he made the case for getting a chance more frequently.

A night after enduring a 12 round shootout, Bacashihua made 26 saves. Vladimir Zharkov's game-tying goal during a desperate scramble in front of the net with 4:49 remaining in regulation was the only puck that got past him.

"A lot of teams don't have a one-two punch like we do," Testwuide said. "A lot of people didn't see how good Cash actually is and he's money. He is money."

After going 12 rounds in a shootout Friday, the game appeared to be heading that way again. A fast developing play in the overtime changed all that.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who had two assists in his second game back from wrist surgery, shot a puck on a rush that kicked out invitingly to Testwuide crashing the net. Linemate Ben Holmstrom said the puck looked as big as a football.

Testwuide, a Colorado native, dropped to a knee and struck the prayerful "Tebow" pose after the goal, a homage to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Testwuide led all Phantoms rookies with 18 goals last season and was expected to be an even bigger part of the Adirondack Phantoms' offense this season.

"His confidence is very high and It's big for our team because we haven't been scoring a lot of goals. They've been really hard to come by," Phantoms coach Joe Paterson said. "He's just goes to the net and he bangs rebounds."

The Phantoms had many chances on the power play to take an early lead. They had three man advantages in the first period but came away empty; they only mustered seven shots on goal in the period.

Finally, on their fifth power play of the game, Jason Akeson put the Phantoms ahead 1-0 on a rip from the point past Keith Kinkaid.

The Phantoms had low shot totals throughout the game. They had more in the overtime period - four - than they did in the third period.

"They do a really good job at that, Albany does. They frustrate you, frustrate you and they attack in some weird situations and try to get some bounces. We persisted and kept going ... Tonight we battled pretty hard."

Loose pucks: Denis Hamel played in his 1,000th professional game. Of those, 808 have been in the American Hockey League. ... Forward Tom Sestito missed the game with what Paterson called an upper-body injury. He left Friday's game after the first period. ... Defenseman Dan Jancevski played in his 800th AHL game.

Albany 14-13-5-2)     0 0 1 0 -- 1

Adirondack (17-13-1-1)  0 1 0 1 -- 2

First period -- None. Penalties -- Gionta, Alb (delay of game), 3:54; Nagy, Alb (slashing), 13:37; Mills, Alb (slashing), 16:19.

Second period -- 1, Adirondack, Akeson 9 (Gustafsson, Wellwood), 10:31 (pp). Penalties -- Hoeffel, Alb (hooking), 2:54; Eddy, Adk (tripping), 4:13; Marshall, Adk (interference), 6:40; Nagy, Alb (hooking), 9:17; Harper, Adk (hooking), 15:45.

Third period -- 2, Albany, Zharkov 6 (Gionta, Urbom), 15:11; Penalties - Marshall, Adk (tripping), 6:10.

Overtime -- 3, Adirondack, Testwuide 5 (Akeson, Gustafsson), 2:18. Penalties -- none.

Shots on goal -- Albany 6-12-9-0--27; Adirondack 7-8-3-4--22.

Power-play opportunities -- Albany 0 / 4; Adirondack 1 / 5.

Goalies - -Albany, Kinkaid 8-10-0 (22 shots-20 saves); Adirondack, Bacashihua 6-3-1 (27 shots-26 saves).

Referees -- Binda, Hersey.

A -- 3,971.

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