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Preview: Phantoms vs. Admirals

Friday, October 25, 2013

Today's Matchup: Adirondack Phantoms vs. Norfolk Admirals

Arena: Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Time: Game-time is 7:00pm. Broadcast coverage begins at 6:30pm on Q101.7. Click here to listen

Adirondack Phantoms - Philadelphia Flyers
Norfolk Admirals - Anaheim Ducks

Info: Adirondack is at home Friday night taking on the Norfolk Admirals and then hits the road for a Saturday night trip to Binghamton to take on the Senators.

Season Series: Today's game is the first of four between the Phantoms and Admirals this season. The Phantoms head to Norfolk, Virginia right before Christmas on December 21-22. The Admirals don't return to the North Country until April.

Adirondack Phantoms: 1-3-2
Norfolk Admirals: 3-1-2

Leading Scorers:
Adirondack - Petr Straka (0-5-5), Jason Akeson (0-5-5), Nick Cousins (2-3-5), Rob Bordson (4-1-5)
Norfolk - Charles Sarault (1-4-5), Kevin Gagne (0-5-5), Alex Grant (3-1-4)

Last Time Out:
Adirondack - Lost in a shootout against undefeated Springfield 3-2. The Phantoms had a 2-0 lead but the Falcons rallied late and held off the final Phantoms comeback charges.
Norfolk - The Admirals split a pair of shootout games with Albany by identical 2-1 scores to take 3 out of 4 points on the weekend.

Phantoms Tidbits: Adirondack is in a stretch of 5 out of 6 games at home. After Saturday's away game at Binghamton, the Phantoms are back at home next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for a three-game homestand in four days.

Rob Bordson is on a three-game goal scoring streak for Adirondack.
Bordson has now played in the last 106 consecutive Phantoms games dating back to February 24, 2011.

Nick Cousins has scored in back-to-back games.

Kris Newbury arrives for his first official game in a Phantoms jersey tonight. The veteran center was with Adirondack during training camp and played in both preseason games before his recall to Philadelphia.
This will be Newbury's 600th career gamein the AHL. He has 142 goals, 297 assists for 439 points and 1332 penalty minutes in his AHL career that includes stays with Hartford/CT, Grand Rapids and Toronto/St. John's. He also has scored 4-5-9 in 75 career NHL games.

Newbury had a hat trick with Connecticut against Adirondack on Opening Night two seasons ago. Newbury gave the visiting Whale a 3-1 lead on October 13, 2011 but the Phantoms would score the next five straight for a 6-3 win.

About the Admirals: 4 out of 6 games for Norfolk have gone to the shootout. The Admirals are 2-2 in shootouts.

20-year-old rookie goalie John Gibson (1-1-2, 1.88, .938) is off to an impressive start in his pro career. The second-round choice of the Ducks in 2011 led Team USA to a gold medal last January in the World Juniors Championships and won tournament MVP honors.

Former Phantom Patrick Maroon led the Admirals in scoring last season with 26-24-50 but is not with Norfolk this season. Maroon has played six games this year for parent-club Anaheim in the NHL.

Norfolk won the Calder Cup in 2011 that included an historic and record-breaking 28-game win streak to conclude the regular season which broke the old record of 17 consecutive wins set by the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05. That was when they were affiliated with Tampa Bay.

This is the 25th season of Admirals hockey at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Hampton Roads Admirals began play in the ECHL in 1989-90. The Norfolk Admirals joined the AHL in 2000-01 and are in their 14th season in the league.


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

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

Tuesday, October 29 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE at Recovery Sports Grill in Queensbury on Q101.7 with special player-guests Zack FitzGerald and Tyler Brown.

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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