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November 28, 2010





Hartford, CT-The Adirondack Phantoms ran into strong goaltending for the second night in a row as they fell at the Connecticut Whale 3-0 Sunday evening. Cameron Talbot turned aside all 25 Phantoms' drives for the win. It was the first meeting of the season between the Phantoms and the Hartford, CT based AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers in their opening weekend with their new team name.

Goalie Nic Riopel was keeping the Phantoms in the game with a shutout performance through the first two periods. The scoreless duel was finally snapped four minutes into the third period on a goal by Kris Newberry. Evgeni Gratchev and Chad Kolarik also scored for the Whale.

The Phantoms were not without their chances as they outshot Connecticut 25-21 in the game including 11-8 in the second period. Talbot was strong and made several good saves while the defense blocked many other drives. The Phantoms were a hard-working group throughout the game and kept doing many of the little things necessary but were still unable to capitalize on the opportunities in front of the net.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Phantoms interim Head Coach John Paddock who was a head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack a decade ago which included a Calder Cup Championship here in 2000. It was Paddock's fifth (as both a coach and player) and last Calder Cup title.

The game concluded a stretch of four games in five days for the Phantoms and was also their second game of a five game road-swing.

Before the game it was announced that goalie Brian Stewart had been recalled from Greenville (SC) of the ECHL. Stewart was with his Greenville team on the road in Wheeling (WV) and caught a flight out of Pittsburgh earlier in the morning to meet the team in Hartford.

Goalie Johan Backlund took a lower body injury at Hershey on Saturday night and is expected to be out for at least a couple weeks.

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 Connecticut Whale 3 - Status: Final
Sunday, November 28, 2010 - XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Connecticut 0 0 3 - 3

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Clackson Adk (roughing), 1:54; Rinaldo Adk (holding), 1:54; Dupont Ct (roughing), 1:54; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 13:53; DiDiomete Ct (fighting), 13:53; Grachev Ct (hooking), 16:33; Holmstrom Adk (roughing), 18:59; Newbury Ct (roughing), 18:59.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Wellwood Adk (tripping), 0:16; Bordson Adk (hooking), 4:19; Williams Ct (slashing), 8:12.

3rd Period-1, Connecticut, Newbury 2 (Zuccarello, Kolarik), 4:31. 2, Connecticut, Grachev 2 (Williams, Bickel), 9:11. 3, Connecticut, Kolarik 9 (Zuccarello, Newbury), 17:26. Penalties-Zuccarello Ct (tripping), 11:23; Jancevski Adk (tripping), 15:23; Clackson Adk (roughing, roughing), 18:32; Rinaldo Adk (fighting), 18:32; Nightingale Ct (roughing, fighting, misconduct - continuing altercation), 18:32; Redden Ct (roughing, roughing), 18:32.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 9-11-5-25. Connecticut 6-8-7-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Connecticut 0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Riopel 0-4-0 (21 shots-18 saves). Connecticut, Talbot 2-2-1 (25 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (84).
Linesmen-David Spannaus (8), Brent Colby (7).







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