Flyers Country: Phantoms in downward spiral

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Danny Syvret, who spent two seasons in the Flyers organization, has returned after signing with the Ducks over the summer. (Windsor Star)

Danny Syvret, who spent two seasons in the Flyers organization, has returned after signing with the Ducks over the summer. (Windsor Star)

On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers recalled Eric Wellwood to the big club. He was sent back down after being a healthy scratch for three games.

To help stop the bleeding, the Adirondack Phantoms and Flyers made a four-player trade with the Anaheim Ducks Sunday afternoon. The Phantoms sent Patrick Maroon, who has been waiting reassignment, and David Laliberte to the Ducks in exchange for Rob Bordson and former Flyer/Phantom Danny Syvret.

On Tuesday, the General Manager Paul Holmgren continued to try and rebuild by signing left wing Michael Ryan to a one-year contract and assigning him to the Phantoms which came at a good time after they learned right winger Stefan Legein would miss three weeks with an injury suffered in last Saturday’s game against Norfolk.

Dov Grumet-Morris returned to the Greenville Road Warriors in time to play in the game Thursday night.


The much anticipated rematch between the Flyers and Montreal Canadiens took place Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. After all the hype and build up of what was sure to be a fight-filled night, not one single glove was dropped and instead, the Flyers took to beating the Canadiens on the scoreboard after falling behind 2-0 and went on to win the game, 3-2. Head coach Peter Laviolette stayed with Brian Boucher in net after his shootout win over the Washington Capitals Saturday. James van Riemsdyk lifted all the weight off his shoulders when he finally scored his first goal of the season.

11:51 of the 1st: MTL Maxime Lapierre (3) – Assists: Benoit Pouliot (5) & Jeff Halpern (7)
16:07 of the 1st: MTL Maxime Lapierre (4) – Assists: Benoit Pouliot (6) & Jeff Halpern (8)
14:53 of the 2nd: PHI Ville Leino (4) – Assists: Danny Briere (5) & Scott Hartnell (9)
01:48 of the 3rd: PHI Claude Giroux (12) – Assists: Darroll Powe (5) & Sean O’Donnell (4)
07:42 of the 3rd: PHI James van Riemsdyk (1) – Assists: Braydon Coburn (5) & Mike Richards (15)

(W) PHI Brian Boucher (3-3-1): 29 saves on 31 shots – 59:58 TOI
(L) MTL Carey Price (12-7-1): 42 saves on 45 shots – 59:04 TOI

With two games of rest under his belt, Sergei Bobrovsky returned to the net Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild in a 6-1 victory. The Flyers notched another high-scoring win with six different players scoring a goal from all four lines, showing the offensive depth the team has. Jody Shelley notched his first goal as a Flyer and Andreas Nodl scored his first shorthanded goal and two-point night of his career. The Flyers enter Thanksgiving with a 15-6-2 record and are first in the NHL.

03:16 of the 1st: PHI James van Riemsdyk (2) – Assists: Braydon Coburn (6) & Andreas Nodl (4)
05:32 of the 1st: PHI Jeff Carter (11) – Assists: None
14:49 of the 2nd: MIN Patrick O’Sullivan (2) – Assists: Brent Burns (6) & John Madden (3)
19:00 of the 2nd: PHI Danny Briere (11) – Assists: Scott Hartnell (10) & Ville Leino (14)
07:47 of the 3rd: PHI Andreas Nodl, SHG (6) – Assists: None
08:52 of the 3rd: PHI Ville Leino (5) – Assists: Danny Briere (6) & Andrej Meszaros (6)
11:12 of the 3rd: PHI Jody Shelley (1) – Assists: Darroll Powe (6) & Blair Betts (5)

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (12-3-1): 15 saves on 16 shots – 59:47 TOI
(L) MIN Niklas Backstrom (8-6-2): 22 saves on 28 shots – 60:00 TOI

In what will be viewed by Flyers fans throughout the continent, the Flyers lost their overtime game-winning goal off a controversial call and dropped their annual Black Friday Game against the Calgary Flames, 3-2, in a shootout. In overtime, Chris Pronger, standing in front of the net as Mike Richards‘ shot found the back of the net behind Miikka Kiprusoff, sending the crowd into a frenzy, but the goal was waved off and Pronger was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for obstructing Kiprusoff’s view with his glove. Pronger, in his post-game interview, claimed he was directing traffic in front of the net:

“There was no explanation on the ice because they know they screwed up, that’s why. I wasn’t turned around waving at him. I put my hand back on my stick on the puck went in the net. It’s infuriating. It should’ve been two points instead of one. There’s no question about it. All you have to do is watch the replay. It doesn’t really matter, does it? I’m not going to get into a he said she said with the refs.”

One other note: Van Riemsdyk has scored a goal in three consecutive games. The Flyers are now 1-1 in shootouts on the season. The Flyers power play has struggled as of late, going just 1-for-32.

03:09 of the 2nd: PHI Nikolay Zherdev (8) – Assists: Matt Carle (8) & Blair Betts (6)
13:17 of the 2nd: CGY Curtis Glencross, SHG (7) – Assists: None
15:01 of the 2nd: PHI James van Riemsdyk (3) – Assists: Mike Richards (16)
07:09 of the 3rd: CGY Steve Staios (1) – Assists: Alex Tanguay (12) & Jarome Iginla (9)

PHI Claude Giroux – Goal
CGY Alex Tanguay – Save
PHI Danny Briere – Save
CGY Niklas Hagman – Goal
PHI Mike Richards – Save
CGY Rene Bourque – Goal

(L) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (12-3-2): 28 saves on 30 shots – 64:37 TOI
(W) CGY Miikka Kiprusoff (8-10-1): 34 saves on 36 shots – 64:57 TOI

For the second consecutive day, the Flyers had an early afternoon game in which they went to a shootout, and once again, lost. The New Jersey Devils beat the Flyers, 2-1, in another game the Flyers did not deserve to win with their lackluster effort in the first two periods. The power play went 1-for-2 on the day, scoring the tying goal in the third period. The past two game have seen a lack of energy from the team, which could be due to the fact they have played eight games in 13 days.

11:49 of the 1st: NJD Adam Mair (1) – Assists: David Clarkson (3) & Brian Rolston (2)
08:38 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere, PPG (12) – Assists: Scott Hartnell (11) & Jeff Carter (8)

PHI Claude Giroux – Save
NJD Ilya Kovalchuk – Save
PHI Danny Briere – Save
NJD Mattias Tedenby – Save
PHI Nikolay Zherdev – Goal
NJD Jason Arnott – Goal
PHI Mike Richards – Miss
NJD Travis Zajac – Goal

(L) PHI Brian Boucher (3-3-2): 24 saves on 25 shots – 64:40 TOI
(W) NJD Johan Hedberg (4-3-1): 40 saves on 41 shots – 64:28 TOI

The Phantoms faced the Hamilton Bulldogs, the second best team in the Western Conference, Wednesday night and fell, 3-2. The Bulldogs handed the Phantoms their fifth straight loss. Syvret, in his first game back with the Phantoms, scored the second goal for Adirondack.

10:26 of the 1st: HAM Max Pacioretty (9) – Assists: David Desharnais & JT Wyman
10:30 of the 2nd: ADK Luke Pither (1) – Assists: Marc-Andre Bourdon
10:55 of the 2nd: HAM Max Pacioretty (10) – Assists: Brendon Nash
12:47 of the 3rd: HAM Andrew Conboy (4) – Assists: Gabriel Dumont & Olivier Fortier
17:55 of the 3rd: ADK Danny Syvret (1) – Assists: Erik Gustafsson & Jon Kalinski

(L) ADK Johan Backlund (3-9-2-0): 30 saves on 33 shots – 57:42 TOI
(W) HAM Curtis Sanford (7-1-0-0): 39 saves on 41 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms loss to the Norfolk Admirals, 6-3, Friday night. The Phantoms gave up two 2-goal leads in the game and after leading 3-1, the Admirals scored 5 unanswered goals. Syvret, in his second game back, scored 2 goals. Nic Riopel has yet to register a win since being called up. The loss marks the Phantoms’ sixth consecutive loss and they have only won one of their last 17 games.

00:56 of the 1st: ADK Danny Syvret (2) – Assists: Jon Kalinski
07:07 of the 1st: ADK Dannt Syvret (3) – Assists: Andrew Rowe & Ben Holmstrom
04:27 of the 2nd: NOR Johan Harju (10) – Assists: Mike Vernace
07:34 of the 2nd: ADK Luke Pither (2) – Assists: Matt Clackson
09:30 of the 2nd: NOR Alex Berry (6) – Assists: Johan Harju
11:29 of the 2nd: NOR Johan Harju (11) – Assists: Kevin Quick & Stefano Giliati
12:34 of the 2nd: NOR Tim Marks (1) – Assists: None
11:00 of the 3rd: NOR Johan Harju (12) – Assists: Chris Durno
19:46 of the 3rd: NOR James Wright (6) – Assists: Paul Szczechura & Matt Fornataro

(L) ADK Nic Riopel (0-3-0-0): 21 saves on 27 shots – 45:44 TOI
(W) NOR Cedrick Desjardins (7-3-1-1): 25 saves on 28 shots – 60:00 TOI

Things are looking worse than ever for the Phantoms as they drop their seventh straight, in a 4-0 shutout to the Hershey Bears. The team has already lost Legein and Mike Testwuide to injured and the list grew longer when Johan Backlund injured his right leg and left the game to be replaced by Riopel. It was the Phantoms’ first shutout of the season and they have now lost 17 of 18 and they show no signs of recovery.

13:20 of the 1st: HER Boyd Kane (8) – Assists: Steve Pinizzotto
09:56 of the 2nd: HER Andrew Gordon, PPG (15) – Assists: Kyle Greentree & Brian Willsie
10:17 of the 2nd: HER Dmitri Kugryshev (1) – Assists: None
00:32 of the 3rd: HER Boyd Kane (9) – Assists: Steve Pinizzotto & Brian Fahey

(L) ADK Johan Backlund (3-10-2-0): 14 saves on 16 shots – 29:56 TOI
ADK Nic Riopel (0-3-0-0): 7 saves on 9 shots – 30:01 TOI
(W) HER Braden Holtby (5-0-0-1): 28 saves on 28 shots – 51:59 TOI

Brian Stewart got his first start with the Road Warriors in a 2-1 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators Sunday night. Paul McIlveen scored his first goal as a Road Warrior.

05:30 of the 2nd: GWT Michael Forney (5) – Assists: Dave Phillips & Matt Krug
15:51 of the 2nd: GRN Paul McIlveen (1) – Assists: Brendan Connolly & Brandon Wong
12:42 of the 3rd: GWT Pat Galivan (3) – Assists: Chris Poli

(L) GRN Brian Stewart (0-1-0-0): 32 saves on 34 shots – 59:18 TOI
(W) GWT Chris Carrozzi (6-2-0-2): 40 saves on 41 shots – 60:00 TOI

Stewart got his second consecutive start for Greenville and received his first win in the ECHL, beating the Wheeling Nailers, 5-4. Wheeling made a daring comeback to give Greenville a fright in the third period with two unanswered goals, but they fell short and the Road Warriors won their 10th game of the season.

05:08 of the 1st: WHL Casey Pierro-Zabotel (2) – Assists: Andrew Lord & Jason DeSantis
09:30 of the 1st: GRN Brandon Wong (2) – Assists: Wes Cunningham & Marc-Olivier Vallerand
19:38 of the 1st: GRN Julien Brouillette, PPG (7) – Assists: Brendan Connolly & Paul McIlveen
05:33 of the 2nd: GRN Justin Bowers (7) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Trevor Glass
11:18 of the 2nd: WHL Ben Street (3) – Assists: David Urquhart & Jason DeSantis
18:53 of the 2nd: GRN Jimmy Kilpatrick, PPG (2) – Assists: Julien Brouillette & Paul McIlveen
19:35 of the 2nd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand, PPG (7) – Assists: Brendan Connolly & Brandon Wong
02:53 of the 3rd: WHL Andrew Lord (6) – Assists: David Urquhart & Hunter Bishop
18:46 of the 3rd: WHL David Urquhart, PPG (2) – Assists: Andrew Lord & Nick Petersen

(W) GRN Brian Stewart (1-1-0-0): 24 saves on 28 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) WHL Patrick Killeen (7-4-0-0): 26 saves on 31 shots – 58:50 TOI

Grumet-Morris returned to Greenville in time to record another win on Thanksgiving, helping to defeat the Kalamazoo Wings, 7-4. The Road Warriors scored to empty-net goals within the last minute of the game to secure the victory.

10:17 of the 1st: KAL Trent Daavettila, PPG (6) – Assists: Brady Leisenring & Matt Duffy
15:49 of the 1st: GRN Trevor Glass (1) – Assists: Chris Chappell & Igor Gongalsky
18:23 of the 1st: GRN Blake Parlett, PPG (2) – Assists: Wes Cunningham & Brendan Connolly
18:57 of the 1st: KAL Brady Leisenring (1) – Assists: Trent Daavettila & Sam Ftorek
05:36 of the 2nd: KAL Justin Taylor (1) – Assists: Andrew Fournier & Trent Daavettila
06:22 of the 2nd: GRN Connor Shields (5) – Assists: Julien Brouillette & Marc-Olivier Vallerand
09:28 of the 2nd: GRN Paul McIlveen (2) – Assists: None
19:53 of the 2nd: KAL Tyler Doig (1) – Assists: Brian McGuirk & Darryl Lloyd
05:27 of the 3rd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand (8) – Assists: None
19:01 of the 3rd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerdand, EN (9) – Assists: None
19:47 of the 3rd: GRN Brendan Connolly, EN (10) – None

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (4-2-0-0): 28 saves on 32 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) KAL Riley Gill (1-2-0-0): 26 saves on 31 shots – 59:35 TOI

Greenville took another game from Kalamazoo, defeating them 6-2 Friday night. Stewart, after only three games played in the ECHL, has a better record than he did while with the Phantoms earlier this season (0-4-0-0). Mark Voakes, Justin Bowers and Julien Brouillette each had 3 points in the game.

02:57 of the 1st: GRN Jimmy Kilpatrick (3) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Mark Voakes
04:40 of the 1st: KAL Andrew Fournier (6) – Assists: Justin Taylor & Trent Daavettila
11:10 of the 1st: KAL Jordan Fulton, PPG (5) – Assists: Kory Karlander & Tyler Doig
11:38 of the 1st: GRN Mark Voakes (6) – Assists: Justin Bowers
11:19 of the 2nd: GRN Igor Gongalsky (1) – Assists: Brendan Connolly & Paul McIlveen
14:55 of the 2nd: GRN Julien Brouillette, PPG (8) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Blake Parlett
16:03 of the 2nd: GRN Igor Gongalsky (2) – Assists: Connor Shields & Julien Brouillette
11:26 of the 3rd: GRN Jimmy Kilpatrick, PPG (4) – Assists: Mark Voakes & Julien Brouillette

(W) GRN Brian Stewart (2-1-0-0): 33 saves on 35 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) KAL Ryan Nie (6-4-1-1): 23 saves on 29 shots – 60:00 TOI


The Flyers will have a rare three days off before facing the Boston Bruins Wednesday for the first time since their epic collapse in the Quarterfinals. Saturday, they will play the Devils for the second time in eight days.

The Phantoms finish off the month of November on Sunday against the Connecticut Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolf-Pack) before enjoying a five-day layoff. They will take on the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday.

The Road Warriors face the Nailers once again Sunday night then play Gwinnett Thursday and the South Carolina Stingrays Saturday.


Philadelphia Flyers
15-6-4 – 34 pts (1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
3-17-2-0 – 8 pts (8th in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors
12-5-1-0 – 25 pts (2nd in South Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)


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