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Rookie Wellwood Scores Again





October 22, 2010





Glens Falls, NY-Eric Wellwood scored his third goal in the team's last four games as the Adirondack Phantoms dropped a 5-1 decision at home to the Charlotte Checkers to open play for the weekend.

The 20 year old rookie from Windsor, Ontario deflected in a drive from the left point by Joonas Lehtivuori in the power play in the 1st period to keep up his hot scoring streak.

The Charlotte Checkers are the former Albany River Rats and they also feature a former Adirondack Phantom in Jon Matsumoto who came back to burn his former team with one goal and two assists. Matsumoto was the leading scorer on the Phantoms last year with 30 goals and 64 points. The Flyers traded him to the Carolina Hurricanes organization over the off-season.

Jiri Tlusty, Jacob Mcflikier, Nick Dodge and Zach Boychuk also lit the lamp for the Checkers who scored three goals in the first period and two more early in the second period in building their 5-1 cushion.

The Phantoms weren't without their chances but were unable to capitalize on Checkers netminder Mike Murphy who made 31 saves on 32 shots on his way to #1 Star of the Game honors for the night.

After Charlotte got the early jump on the Phantoms the Phantoms generated several quality scoring opportunities but were bitten by some unfriendly puck bounces and some timely netminding by Murphy.

Charlotte outshot the Phantoms 40-32 in the game. Adirondack was 1-for-10 on the power play while Charlotte went 1-for-8.

Zac Rinaldo returned to the Phantoms lineup after missing the three games the previous weekend with an undisclosed injury.

Congratulations go out to Phantoms captain and defenseman Dan Jancevski who played in his 700th career AHL game spanning a 10 year career.

J.P. Testwuide and Garrett Klotz were the team's scratches.

The Checkers improved to 2-5-0 with the victory while the Phantoms record moved to 2-4-1.

Charlotte is the newest team in the AHL this year having moved up after hosting an ECHL team for the past 17 years. They play in the East Division with the Phantoms. This was the first of six meetings on the year between the Flyers and Hurricanes top farm clubs. Adirondack makes their debut appearance at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC with games on November 17 and 19. The Checkers next game in Glens Falls is January 28.

Adirondack continues their weekend of play with back to back games at the two-time defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 5.

The Phantoms come back home over Halloween weekend with some great promotions on tap. The weekend begins Friday, October 29 against the undefeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Look for Phantoms goodies and ticket vouchers at the team's table on Glen Street during the upcoming "Boo to You" Halloween block party earlier in the evening.

On Saturday, October 30 the Phantoms host the Rochester Americans as the first 1,000 kids age 14 and younger received Phantoms silly wrist bands courtesy of Saratoga Spine. There will be a kids costume parade around the ice in the second intermission. And all the Phantoms will be appearing during a post-game open skate so remember to bring your skates and gloves and your pens and cameras for autographs and photos!

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.

Charlotte Checkers 5 at Adirondack Phantoms 1 - Status: Final
Friday, October 22, 2010 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Charlotte 3 2 0 - 5
Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Tlusty 1 (Matsumoto, Osala), 0:24. 2, Charlotte, Matsumoto 3 (Osala, Borer), 3:30. 3, Adirondack, Wellwood 3 (Lehtivuori, Gustafsson), 14:09 (PP). 4, Charlotte, Micflikier 3 (Samson, Boychuk), 19:19. Penalties-Bourdon Adk (holding), 7:26; FitzGerald Cha (roughing), 13:31; Holmstrom Adk (slashing), 14:13; Bourdon Adk (holding), 17:14.

2nd Period-5, Charlotte, Dodge 1 1:08 (SH). 6, Charlotte, Boychuk 3 (Matsumoto, Samson), 6:50 (PP). Penalties-Osala Cha (slashing), 0:59; FitzGerald Cha (high-sticking), 2:17; Bourdon Adk (tripping), 5:08; Marshall Adk (interference), 5:48; served by Nash Cha (bench minor - unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:20; FitzGerald Cha (misconduct), 17:30; Maroon Adk (misconduct), 17:30; Osala Cha (cross-checking), 17:58.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Testwuide Adk (boarding), 5:43; Rinaldo Adk (cross-checking), 9:07; Tlusty Cha (slashing), 10:48; FitzGerald Cha (interference), 12:30; FitzGerald Cha (roughing), 15:04; Legein Adk (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:04; Boychuk Cha (high-sticking), 15:11; Kennedy Cha (hooking), 17:29; Borer Cha (cross-checking), 18:54.

Shots on Goal-Charlotte 18-7-15-40. Adirondack 8-11-13-32.

Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 1 / 8; Adirondack 1 / 10.

Goalies-Charlotte, Murphy 2-2-0 (32 shots-31 saves). Adirondack, Backlund 2-4-0 (40 shots-35 saves).


Referees-Chris Cozzan (18), David Banfield (44).

Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Steeve Lemay (64).

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