Lauridsen Lights the Lamp But Fall in Preseason Finale
The Adirondack Phantoms ran into the reigning AHL Goalie of the Year in Brad Thiessen and had a difficult time solving the Penguins talent in a 3-1 setback at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to conclude the exhibition schedule.
Rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen concluded an impressive weekend by breaking up a shutout bid with a rocket blasted in and out of the top of the cage with 1:11 remaining. Lauridsen played two games with the Phantoms last season before his season ended prematurely to injury. The lanky 6'6" defenseman out of St. Cloud State (Minn.) also had the best fight of the weekend when he got into it with Darcy Zajac of the Albany Devils on Saturday.
The Phantoms were even with the Penguins in 5-on-5 hockey with both teams scoring one goal at even strength. The difference came on the special teams as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton benefited from two lengthy 5-on-3 power play situations. The Pens capitalized on both while Adirondack was missing two of their top penalty killers, Ben Holmstrom and Kevin Marshall, each time.
On both 5-on-3 goals scored by the Penguins there was not really a realistic chance for Phantoms goalie Jason Bacashihua to stop them.
The Penguins outshot Adironack 34-19. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 2-for-4 on the power play while the Phantoms were 0-for-5.
Both teams sat several of their key players. Adirondack Head Coach Joe Paterson said he wanted to get a greater look at more of the rookies all battling for coveted spots on the Phantoms Opening Night roster. Scratched from the lineup for the Phantoms were Denis Hamel, Dan Jancevski, Stefan Legein, Garrett Klotz and Jon Kalinski.
Returning to the Adirondack lineup after playing in one preseason game for Philadelphia the night before were Ben Holmstrom, Mike Testwuide and Eric Wellwood.
The Phantoms faced Wilkes-Barre/Scranton eight times last year but will only face the defending AHL regular season champs two times in the 2011-12 season. The Penguins don't come to Glens Falls until March 4 and then the Phantoms make their lone trek to Wilkes-Barre on March 23.
The Phantoms finished their preseason with a record of 1-2. They won on Wednesday night inSaratoga Springs over the Penguins 3-1. The Phantoms lost back-to-back this weekend to Albany on Saturday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday with 3-1 finals each time.
Adirondack is schedule for a day off Monday after the bus-ride home Sunday night. The team will resume training camp with practice Tuesday morning at the Lake George Forum while the Glens Falls Civic Center is being reserved for concerts during the week.
Up next is the big Opening Night at the Glens Falls Civic Center presented by Nemer Ford. The Phantoms take on the Connecticut Whale Saturday evening at 7:00. Adirondack will be wearing special retro-style jerseys to be auctioned off immediately after the game. The first 5,000 fans recevie
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 - Status: Final
Sunday, October 2, 2011 - Mohegan Sun Arena
Adirondack 0 0 1 - 1
W-B/Scranton 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Samuelsson Wbs (tripping), 1:57; Eddy Adk (roughing), 6:16; Schnell Wbs (slashing), 6:16; McDonald Wbs (boarding), 16:35.
2nd Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Chupp 1 (McDonald), 5:36. 2, W-B/Scranton, Thompson 1 (Walker, Gibbons), 10:49 (PP). Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 9:10; Marshall Adk (slashing), 9:10; Plastino Wbs (hooking), 16:38.
3rd Period-3, W-B/Scranton, Tangradi 1 (Craig, McDonald), 9:56 (PP). 4, Adirondack, Lauridsen 1 (Holmstrom), 18:49. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (checking to the head, fighting), 8:58; Grant Wbs (fighting), 8:58; Marshall Adk (cross-checking), 9:26; Thompson Wbs (slashing), 13:20; Craig Wbs (hooking), 15:56; Marshall Adk (roughing), 18:23; Schnell Wbs (roughing), 18:32; Plastino Wbs (high-sticking), 19:46.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 5-7-7-19. W-B/Scranton 10-10-14-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 6; W-B/Scranton 2 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Bacashihua 0-1-0 (34 shots-31 saves). W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 2-1-0 (19 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (11).
Linesmen-Chris Allman (55), Leo Boylan (97).
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