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October 23, 2013

Last Week's Results

Friday, October 18 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 3
Saturday, October 19 - Springfield Falcons 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (SO)

This Week

Friday, October 25 - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, October 26 - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Tuesday, October 29 - Radio Show LIVE at Recovery Sports Grill with Zack FitzGerald and Tyler Brown
Wednesday, October 30 - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms


The Phantoms are back at home this Friday night hosting the Norfolk Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. The game is the first of four this season between Adirondack and Norfolk.

$2 draft-beer specials are featured up until game-time. The pregame buffet for $12 will be ready for you in Heritage Hall. And postgame is the Golia Ice Lounge party also in Heritage Hall with drink specials and a live DJ playing the tunes. It's great fun and family entertainment with the Phantoms. Call to purchase your tickets in advance: 518-480-3355.

Saturday night, the Phantoms travel to Binghamton to take on the Senators for the first of six regular season meetings this year. The B-Sens will make their first visit to Glens Falls in a couple weeks.

And Wednesday, October 30 is our annual Halloween game as the Phantoms play Springfield. Come dressed in your costumes and get ready for fun! We'll have a Costume Parade on the ice between periods with our fearless leader Dax at the front of the pack!

Phantoms Leaders
Goals: Rob Bordson (4)
Assists: Jason Akeson (5), Petr Straka (5)
Points: 5 players with 5 points - Akeson, Bordson, Cousins, Gervais, Straka
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (46)
GAA: Yann Danis (3.07)

On the AHL Leaderboard

Zack FitzGerald: Leads AHL in PIM (46) and second in major penalties (4)
Petr Straka: Most assists by a rookie (5), tied with Ryan Strome (BRI) and Kevin Gagne (NOR)
Nick Cousins: Tied 4th in points by rookie (5)
Bruno Gervais: Tied 8th in points by defensemen (5)

Saratoga Spine Player of the Week

20-year-old rookie Nick Cousins scored in back-to-back games last weekend to earn the honors as our Saratoga Spine Player of the Week. His goal on Friday at Wilkes-Barre was the first of his pro career and he followed that up with another strike in the opening minute on Saturday against Springfield. The third-round pick of the Flyers in 2011 out of Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League had 27 goals and 76 assists for 103 points in Major Juniors last season.

Last Week

Friday, October 18: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 3

Ben Holmstrom surpassed Kevin Marshall for most games played with the Adirondack Phantoms as he suited up for his 186th contest with the team and Nick Cousins scored his first career professional goal. But Adirondack was doubled-up on the road by undefeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 6-3. Brian Gibbons led the Penguins with one goal and two assists and Jayson Megna tallied a pair of goals.

Along with the first ever in the pro career of burgeoning prospect Nick Cousins, the Phantoms also received goals from Rob Bordson and Bruno Gervais. Goalie Cal Heeter started for Adirondack taking the loss and was relieved by Yann Danis in the third period.

Two of the league's toughest heavyweights squared off during the second period when Adirondack's Zack FitzGerald dropped the gloves with Wilkes-Barre's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (who used to play for the Adirondack Frostbite of the UHL and was with the Albany Devils a couple seasons ago).

Saturday, October 19: Springfield Falcons 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (Shootout)

Adirondack raced out to a 2-0 lead by early in the second period on goals by Nick Cousins and Rob Bordson, but the undefeated Falcons rallied after that including an unlucky bounce off the back of goalie Yann Danis that sparked the opposition's comeback. The Phantoms secured a valuable standings point in the shootout loss but were tantalizingly close to getting the second point on several occasions.

For Cousins and Bordson, their scores continued goal-streaks for both. Cousins scored in both games of the weekend and Bordson has now scored goals in three straight. Will Weber tied the game for Springfield midway through the third with his slapshot from the point.

The Phantoms were poised for a dramatic victory in overtime when they received a rare power play in the extra period but Adirondack was unable to convert on their two-minute four-on-three. The game went to a shootout and Springfield eventually prevailed in six rounds.

Yann Danis played commendably in taking the shootout loss decision and made some of his best saves of the young season at key points in the game. His diving stop in the second period with his stick laid out across the goal-line to deny Jonathon Marchessault on the back-door received a standing ovation from the Glens Falls crowd.

Upcoming Opponents

Norfolk Admirals (3-1-2) - Affiliation, Anaheim Ducks

The Admirals split shootout decisions with the Albany Devils by identical 2-1 scores to take three out of four points last weekend at Norfolk Scope Arena. Steve Whitney, younger brother of Albany Devil Joe Whitney, has two goals in his rookie campaign after scoring 26 goals in 38 games last year for Boston College. 20-year-old rookie goalie John Gibson led Team USA to a Gold Medal last January at the 2013 World Juniors and was named tournament MVP with a 1.36 goals against average and .955 saves percentage. Norfolk is allowing just 2.2 goals per game so far this year.

Binghamton Senators (4-2-0) - Affiliation, Ottawa Senators

Binghamton split their home-and-home series with Syracuse last weekend winning on the road 6-2 and then losing hard at home 4-1. Swedish talent Mika Zibanejad is back in the AHL and has two goals and five assists for the B-Sens. Zibanejad was the #6 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and had 7-13-20 in 42 games with Ottawa last year while also scoring 4-7-11 in 23 games in Binghamton. Nathan Lawson (3-1-0, 2.13, .930) is the Senators' top goalie.

One of the best games of Lawson's career came against the Phantoms two seasons ago when he was in net for Hamilton. A game that was 0-0 for 64 minutes would be taken in the final minute of overtime on a Bulldogs' goal against Michael Leighton. Nathan Lawson made 34 saves on that night including an amazing 24 saves in the third period and overtime combined.

Phantoms Spotlight

Yann Danis is a 32-year-old veteran goalie from Lafontaine, Quebec near Montreal. His Phantoms debut on October 5 at Hershey was his 142nd all-time AHL victory in his 277th career AHL game. Just two seasons ago, he won the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL's Outstanding Goaltender when he put up tremendous numbers with Oklahoma City; 26-14-2, 2.07, .924. Danis has 53 career NHL games as well with Edmonton, New Jersey, New York Islanders and Montreal.

Danis recorded a 32-save shutout against Atlanta in his spectacular NHL debut for Montreal on October 12, 2005. He set several records in college hockey at Brown University in Providence, RI and won ECAC Player of the Year honors for the Bears in 2004.

Adirondack Phantoms Record Book Snapshot

Career Penalty Minutes:
1. Zac Rinaldo 434
2. Matt Clackson 292
2. Cullen Eddy 292
4. Ben Holmstrom 266
5. Kevin Marshall 255
6. Zack FitzGerald 244
7. Brandon Manning 232
8. Marc-Andre Bourdon 225
9. Oliver Lauridsen 219
10. Logan Stephenson 186

Radio Show at Recovery Sports Grill

Yes, the rumors are true! We're bringing the Phantoms Power Radio show LIVE to the Recovery Sports Grill in Queensbury and we can't wait to get started.
Our first show is Tuesday, October 29 with featured player-guests Tyler Brown and Zack FitzGerald. It's also a birthday for our host Bob Rotruck so Brown and Fitzy may have to share their singing talents with us to wish Bob a Happy B-Day during the show.
Come out for all the fun. Or listen live on Q101.7.

Internet Radio Change

The Phantoms are proud to announce a change in their internet radio broadcasts of the team's games. We are switching from our old UStream channel to the clearer sounding feed directly from Q101.7. Please go to this link to listen to the Phantoms games on the internet http://tunein.com/radio/Q1017-s28560/ or just go to tunein.com and then "WNYQ" in the search-bar. The TuneIn app sounds great on your mobile devices too. And you can always catch the video broadcast of the games on pay-per-view AHLLive.com

Upcoming Games

Saturday, October 19 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms

Friday, October 25 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms

Saturday, October 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Wednesday, October 30 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Costume Parade On Ice!

Friday, November 1(7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms - Military Appreciation Night

Saturday, November 2 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms - ADK Youth Hockey Assoc. Night

25 Terrific Seasons

Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins an elite group of only 12 other cities who can make such a claim. It's a great hockey tradition with an old-school feel that began with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979 who won four Calder Cups in their 20-year run at the GFCC. The Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls in 2009-2010 and are beginning their fifth season.


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