Hershey Defeats Phantoms 3-0, Earning Grubauer First AHL Shutout

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Posted February 24, 2013
Philipp Grubauer makes one of forty saves against the Adirondack Phantoms.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer makes one of his 40 saves tonight against the Adirondack Phantoms (All Photos Credit: M. Richter)

It started off as a game of gloriously unforced errors and awkwardly timed incidents, and ended with a sense of palpable frustration in the visitor’s locker room.  Luckily for Hershey, Philipp Grubauer seemed immune to the bizarre luck that was going around, and earned his first career AHL Shutout: 3-0 over the Adirondack Phantoms.

So, one might ask – what constitutes strange and unusual in the AHL?  Two waved-off goals, including one that was ruled invalid due to an already-occuring fight, and a game-winning goal scored by accident during a penalty kill.

For those seeking more detail, here’s the abbreviated blow-by-blow.

Matt Clackson and Brandon Manning wrap off a fight early in the game.  It was so distracting, nobody noticed that a goal was being scored.

Matt Clackson and Brandon Manning wrap off a fight early in the game. It was so distracting, nobody noticed that a goal was being scored.

First, Hershey scored after the whistle while Matt Clackson was dropping the gloves with Brandon Manning.  The goal horns sounded, the jumbotron went ballistic, and the crowd went nuts.  After several minutes of consultation, the goal was waved off due to the aforementioned state of “after the whistle.”

Patrick McNeill looks up to the Jumbotron to confirm his accidental goal while receiving congratulations from Jon DiSalvatore and Steve Oleksy.

Patrick McNeill looks up to the Jumbotron to confirm his accidental goal while receiving congratulations from Jon DiSalvatore and Steve Oleksy.

Next, Hershey managed to score by accident on a dump-in while penalty killing (this one counted).  Patrick McNeill, who was credited with the goal, was as surprised as anyone.  The puck bounced off of either the boards or an official’s skate (video evidence is unclear, so we’ll give the linesman the benefit of the doubt and assume the boards), and slipped past an unsuspecting Scott Munroe in the Adirondack net.

After some previous attempts at throwing Grubauer off his game failed, Jon Sim decided on the full-frontal approach.

After some previous attempts at throwing Grubauer off his game failed, Jon Sim decided on the full-frontal approach.

The only goal scored by the Phantoms occurred in the second period, and was ruled to have been kicked in by Jon Sim.  Sim didn’t take it well, and later vented his aggression by running Grubauer.  While in the penalty box for that transgression, one of his teammates accidentally shot a puck into the Hershey bench and sent backup goaltender Dany Sabourin to the trainer’s room.  Per Coach French, Sabourin’s condition was still being assessed following the game (Update: Sabourin took 6-8 stitches and has been reclassified as healthy).

Over the course of the game, the Bears would average a goal per period.  All of them were in the latter half of their respective periods, with Ryan Potulny scoring at 15:00 of the second period and Ryan Stoa scoring at 10:42 of the third (it was a good night for Ryans, as each tallied their ninth goal of the season).

Jeff Taffe continues to lead the AHL in assists, adding another two to his record this evening (goals #1 and 2).  Steve Oleksy also added two assists (goals #1 and 3), with Casey Wellman and Peter LeBlanc rounding out the evening’s points.

On a more mercenary note, the combination of a free tote bag and an active rivalry on the ice drew a sell-out crowd to Giant Center.  More than 10,900 tickets were sold, and both fanbases were well-represented in the stands.

This photo represents the entirety of tonight's game, misleading though it may be (this particular shot was not, in fact, a goal).

This photo represents the entirety of tonight’s game, misleading though it may be (this particular shot was not, in fact, a goal).

M. Richter

M. Richter

Associate Editor at Capitals Outsider
Em is a fan of hockey first and individual teams second, with geographical ties that cross the NHL. She was born in the Midwest, raised along the East Coast, and graduated from a university in Western Canada. A firm believer in context above all else, and a card-carrying on-ice official with USA Hockey, she splits her time between the big picture and the details. When not covering the AHL and ECHL for Caps Outsider, her photography can be found on Behance and Flickr. She also occasionally chimes in about the Hershey Bears on the Power Play Post Show.
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