In NHL/AHL Nightly Notables we start out locally on the Island where the parent club of the Adirondack Phantoms the Philadelphia Flyers took on the former parent club of the Capital District Islanders. Come to think of it, the NHL Islanders and AHL Phantoms would make for an intriguing match-up in futility. But I digress.
Down 2-1 in the third, former Phantom Andreas Nodl notched his seventh of the year on the power-play to knot things up at 2-2. Following that was Danny Briere with his 14th of the year for the game winner to put the Flyers over the Islanders 3-2.
From Long Island to the island of Manhattan. Where the score was Chris Kelly three the New York Rangers one. For Kelly the ex-Binghamton Senator the goals were his fourth, fifth and sixth on the season.
From New York City to the Second City in Chicago, where the Blackhawks doubled up the Calgary Flames 4-2. Former Albany River Rats defenseman Anton Babchuk scored his fourth goal of the year on the power-play for the Flames, with ex-Rats forward Brendan Morrison picking up his 13th assist on the year, but Chicago was just too strong in the end getting a pair of goals from Dave Bolland. Chicago’s Patrick Kane skated off with an apparent knee injury during the first period.
Meanwhile in the AHL: Down on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City the Albany Devils downed the Adirondack Phantoms 4-2. Nick Palmieri notched his fifth from David McIntyre and Adam Henrique his seventh goal from Matt Anderson and the Devils were up 2-0. The Phantoms struck back on Kevin Marshall’s first marker off an assist from Mike Testwuide and it was 2-1 after one.
In the third Trevor Kell increased the Albany lead to 3-1 with a shorty, his first of the year. Adirondack struck back quickly thereafter, when Luke Pither to beat Jeff Frazee for his third goal on the year. Pither was assisted by Denis Hamel and Mike Testwuide, Testwuide’s second on the game.
However “swift justice” would prevail as Michael Swift beat former Albany River Rats AHL All-Star goalie Michael Leighton as Leighton couldn’t cover up a loose rebound in front and thus salted away a 4-2 win for the Devils. For Swift it was his fifth goal and he was assisted by Trevor Kell and Tim Sestito.
It was the second win in a row for the Devils and Frazee whose 26 stops bested Leighton’s 23.
Down in Charlotte some former River Rats and Phantoms went at it when the Charlotte Checkers and Syracuse Crunch hooked up. Recently acquired from Adirondack, Patrick Maroon opened the scoring for Syracuse beating former Rats netminder Justin Pogge for the 1-0 lead in the first.
Things would get better for the Checkers in the second as former River Rats standout Jerome Samson tallied his 13th on the year from Drayson Bowman to tie things at 1-1. Soon after with the Checkers on the power-play ex-Rat Chris Terry lit the lamp for his eleventh on the season from Jacob Micflicker and Oscar Osala, making it a 2-1 Checkers advantage.
However the third belonged to the Crunch as they stormed back for two goals, including the first of the season in a Syracuse uniform for former River Rats and Checkers forward Stefan Chaput. Chaput, cha-put the puck past Pogge in Cha-rlotte , as the Crunch and Stefan got the last laugh 3-2.
In Springfield the Norfolk Admirals knocked off the Falcons 3-2. Former River Rat Michael Vernace got the Admirals on the board picking up his fourth goal of the year for Norfolk. While another ex-Rat Jay Pandolfo sent the game to OT for the Falcons with his game tying second goal of the season. With the game lodged at 2-2 in OT, Vernace struck again for the winner as the Admirals slipped past the Falcons 3-2. On another note, former River Rat Mike Angelidis who’d been on a bit of a scoring tear the past couple of games for Norfolk, accumulated 17 PIM, including a five minute fighting major.
In Worcester former River Rats captain Tim Conboy picked up an assist for the Portland Pirates, but they were drowned by the Sharks 6-4.