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Phantoms and Devils Battle in Preseason Opener





October 1, 2010





Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Phantoms opened the 2010-11 season, presented by Bud Light, with a preseason thriller against the Albany Devils in a 2-1 overtime loss at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Some terrific saves on both ends by Adirondack’s Brian Stewart and Albany’s Jeff Frazee highlighted the evening along with a few fights and shoving matches.

The buzz and excitement in the air was noticeable for the beginning of real hockey again in the North Country as the fans got their first look at many new and exciting Phantoms players as well as some popular returning favorites.

The 6’4” Stewart used his long legs to make several fine saves.Stewart went the distance and allowed a breakaway goal to the Devils’ David McIntyre 4:29 into overtime on the deciding tally. Stewart played three games with the Phantoms late last season after completing his collegiate career at Northern Michigan University.

Luke Pither scored at 1:06 into the 3rd period to give the Phantoms the initial 1-0 lead. Pither is a speedy and exciting rookie out of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League where he racked up 36 goals and 94 points. He finished third in that league in scoring trailing only the top two picks in the 2010 draft, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. Pither had several other quality chances including one that almost won it for the home team just a minute before McIntyre’s breakaway.

Pither’s goal was assisted by veteran Dan Jancevski who played for Texas last year and wore the “C” on his jersey and rookie Cullen Eddy out of Mercyhurst College.

Jeff Frazee of the Devils was equally as spectacular as Stewart in net as Adirondack was denied on several quality chances.

The speed and intensity of the game seemed particularly high at the beginning perhaps from the rush of being in the first game action of the season for both sides.

Garrett Klotz of Adirondack and Harry Young of Albany dropped the gloves midway through the first period for a lengthy grapple. It was the first of many altercations on the evening as both sides seemed to establish a healthy animosity towards each other in the first of 14 total encounters this year (including two preseason games). It seems likely that future Adirondack vs. Albany matchups will show similar physicality.

Phantoms rookie Zac Rinaldo took a five minute fighting major and a couple of minors and picked up where he left off in his Canadian Major Junior career where he led the OHL in penalty minutes in back to back seasons.

The preseason continues for the Phantoms and Devils Saturday night at RPI’s Houston Fieldhouse in Troy for a 7:00 p.m. game. Broadcast coverage on the official home of the Phantoms, Classic Hits Q101.7, will begin with the Countdown to Faceoff show at 6:30. Adirondack wraps up the preseason Sunday night at Syracuse at 7:00 p.m. with broadcast coverage again beginning at 6:30.

The Phantoms and Flyers will continue making roster moves over the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Expect Adirondack’s roster to be set by Wednesday.

The Phantoms open the regular season on the road next Friday, October 8th at the Binghamton Senators and then will be the visitors for Albany’s home opener on Saturday, October 9th.

Adirondack’s first home games of the 2010-11 regular season, presented by Bud Light, will be Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th. The Opening Night game is presented by Potvin & Potvin Family Dentistry and Nemer Ford and the first 5000 fans will receive Phantoms magnet schedules courtesy of Potvin & Potvin Family Dentistry.

Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games are on sale now. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Save off the individual ticket price by asking the Phantoms about their great group rate packages.

The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season and is the top development league for the NHL. More than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates and more than 6 million fans attend AHL games every year.
Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey!  A variety of ticket packages for all the fast-paced action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.





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