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November 27, 2010





Hershey, PA-The Hershey Bears got goalie Braden Holtby back from a month-long stretch to the Washington Capitals and he thrived in his return with a hard-earned 28 save shutout of the Adirondack Phantoms. Hershey won the Saturday night encounter with Adirondack 4-0 with Holtby making several fine saves on quality Phantoms drives to frustrate the visitors.

Adirondack's closest call to breaking the shutout bid came in the middle of the second period when Greg Moore rushed up the right wing and blasted a shot that beat Holtby on his glove-hand side but rang off the crossbar. The Phantoms had several fine chances particularly in the third period that had Holtby sometimes scrambling but the talented netminder was able to come up with the puck each time.

Johan Backlund and Nic Riopel split the time in net for the Phantoms. Backlund left the game in the 2nd period with an apparent injury to his right leg. Each goalie surrendered two goals in their 30 minutes of ice time.

A former Philadelphia Phantom excelled in the game as Boyd Kane scored a pair of goals. Kane won a Calder Cup with the Phantoms in 2005 and was their captain dating back to 2004. He is in his second season with the Hershey Bears. Dmitri Kugrashev and Andrew Gordon scored the other goals for the Bears. Gordon is the AHL's leading scorer with 15 goals and 29 points. Hershey are the two-time defending Calder Cup Champions.

The game marked the return of Eric Wellwood who had been up with the Philadelphia Flyers this past week although did not appear in game action. He was typically teamed up on a line with Denis Hamel and Ben Holmstrom.

Adirondack concludes their tough stretch of four games in five nights with a Sunday evening encounter at the Connecticut Whale at 5pm. The game against the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers is also game two of a five game road swing for the Phantoms.

Adirondack's next home is Saturday, December 11 against the Portland Pirates featuring the team's first annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans get to bring their teddy bear donations for the Salvation Army to the game and throw them on the ice after the Phantoms score their first goal.

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 0 at Hershey Bears 4 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 27, 2010 - Giant Center

Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Hershey 1 2 1 - 4

1st Period-1, Hershey, Kane 8 (Pinizzotto), 13:20. Penalties-Lehtivuori Adk (hooking), 2:42; Bouchard Her (boarding), 4:42; Clackson Adk (fighting), 7:57; Wellar Her (fighting), 7:57; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 10:14; Bruess Her (fighting), 10:14; Syvret Adk (interference), 16:11.

2nd Period-2, Hershey, Gordon 15 (Greentree, Willsie), 9:56 (PP). 3, Hershey, Kugryshev 1 10:17. Penalties-Miskovic Her (holding), 4:56; Rinaldo Adk (charging), 8:27; Stephenson Adk (fighting), 10:34; Bruess Her (fighting), 10:34; McNeill Her (interference), 13:47.

3rd Period-4, Hershey, Kane 9 (Pinizzotto, Fahey), 0:32. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (cross-checking), 2:04; Greentree Her (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:45; Collins Her (holding), 12:04; Fahey Her (roughing), 17:24; Syvret Adk (roughing), 18:57; Bruess Her (charging), 18:57.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-10-11-28. Hershey 9-10-6-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 6; Hershey 1 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Backlund 3-12-0 (16 shots-14 saves); Riopel 0-3-0 (9 shots-7 saves). Hershey, Holtby 5-0-1 (28 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Mike McDevitt (13), Tom George (61).






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