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Hamel Scores in Phantoms Debut





November 5, 2010





Portland, ME-AHL Veteran Denis Hamel made his debut with his newest team a memorable one scoring a breakaway goal in the third but it wasn't enough for the Adirondack Phantoms who dropped a 5-2 decision at the Portland Pirates Friday night.

Hamel's goal came in his first game with the Phantoms. David Laliberte notched the other Adirondack tally for his second of the season.

The Phantoms outshot the Pirates 30-19 in the game but couldn?t get the breaks in their attempts to push several loose pucks past goalie David Leggio.

Portland is the top team in the Atlantic division at 10-3 and stayed perfect on their home ice improving to 7-0.

Waiting at the Portland blue-line, Hamel accepted a perfect stretch pass from Marc-Andre Bourdon and raced in on Leggio beating him to the blocker side. Hamel is the all-time leading scorer in Binghamton history and has eight season with 20 or more goals. The 33 year old from Lachute, Quebec is 4th all-time in scoring among active AHL players.

The game was a homecoming for Greg Moore who grew up in nearby Lisbon, Maine and played collegiately at the University of Maine.

Dennis Persson opened thescoring late in the first period by rifling a slapper past former teammate John Backlund. Persson and Backlund had played together in the Swedish Elite League.

David Laliberte got it back for the Phantoms a little over a minute later when he deflected the center-point drive of Eric Gustafsson. The redirect had just enough on it to roll slowly past the left leg of the scrambling Leggio and into the goal. Joonas Lehtivuori also assisted on the goal.

Dennis McCauley scored the lone goal of the 2nd period after Corey Tropp picked off the puck and raced up the left-wing to eventually force it across the crease. McCauley tipped the puck in giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead after two periods.

The league's leading rookie scorer Luke Adam notched his 10th goal of the year on a 5-on-3 power play goal early in the 3rd period and veteran Matt Ellis slammed home a cross-ice feed on a shorthanded run a few minutes later stretching the lead to 4-1.

Midway through the third came Hamel?s breakaway narrowing the gap to 4-2 but the Phantoms could get no closer.

Taking more chances in the Pirates zone when they were trailing by two, the Phantoms surrendered the final goal to NHL veteran Mark Parrish to close the scoring.

Adirondack outshot the Pirates 30-19. The Phantoms went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Pirates were 1-or-7 with their only power play goal coming when it was 5-on-3.

This was Adirondack's lone appearance in Portland this year. The Pirates will travel to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, December 11.

The Phantoms weekend roadtrip continues Saturday night at 7 p.m. with the team's second game against the Binghamton Senators. It will be Denis Hamel's first game there as a visiting player since 2002 when he played for the Rochester Americans. Hamel has played primarily with Binghamton since 2003 and is the team?s all-time leading scorer.

Adirondack's next home games are Thursday, November 11 through Saturday, November 13 against Toronto, Norfolk and Abbotsford.

Thursday, November 11th all veterans and their families can get tickets for only $5. Fans bringing a non-perishable food item as part of the team's Salvation Army Thanksgiving Basket Drive will receive a free kids ticket. All season ticket holders bringing a food item receive an entry into an exclusive raffle for an autographed Phantoms item.

The Friday, November 12th game is Faith and Family Night with the Phantoms and a large crowd is expected. The Saturday, November 13th game will feature Phantoms Mini-Sticks for the first 1,000 kids (age 14 and younger) courtesy of Hometown Chevrolet and also the 2nd Annual 9/11 Memorial Guns and Hoses game with local public safety representatives taking on the NYPD hockey team at 3pm.

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.

Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Portland Pirates 5 - Status: Final
Friday, November 5, 2010 - Cumberland County Civic Center

Adirondack 1 0 1 - 2
Portland 1 1 3 - 5

1st Period-1, Portland, Persson 1 (Parrish, Ellis), 15:47. 2, Adirondack, Laliberte 2 (Gustafsson, Lehtivuori), 17:00 (PP). Penalties-Testwuide Adk (goaltender interference), 8:01; Laliberte Adk (hooking), 11:31; Tropp Por (high-sticking), 12:11; Tropp Por (roughing), 16:47; Rinaldo Adk (interference), 18:01.

2nd Period-3, Portland, McCauley 3 (Tropp, Roloff), 6:03. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 9:13; Byron Por (cross-checking, fighting), 9:13; Legein Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:55.

3rd Period-4, Portland, Adam 10 (Ellis, Mancari), 2:07 (PP). 5, Portland, Ellis 3 (Roloff), 5:17 (SH). 6, Adirondack, Hamel 1 (Bourdon, Gustafsson), 9:33. 7, Portland, Parrish 4 (Crawford, Byron), 11:58. Penalties-Legein Adk (hooking), 1:19; Testwuide Adk (delay of game), 1:38; served by Tropp Por (bench minor - too many men), 3:52; Clackson Adk (cross-checking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:53; Byron Por (interference), 6:53; Gragnani Por (tripping), 15:08; Schiestel Por (tripping), 19:11.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-13-10-30. Portland 6-5-8-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 6; Portland 1 / 7.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 2-8-0 (19 shots-14 saves). Portland, Leggio 6-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Joe Andrews (32).

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