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PHANTOMS WEEKLY RELEASE #8

Phantoms Continue on the Road to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday and Atlantic City on Sunday to play Albany

 

 

 

 

November 29, 2010

 

 

 

 

Phantoms Upcoming Games

Saturday, December 4 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 @ Albany Devils – 4 p.m. in Atlantic City, NJ

Michael Ryan Assigned to Adirondack

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of 6’1, 188-lb left wing Michael Ryan to a one-year contract, and was then assigned to the Adirondack Phantoms.

Ryan, 30, attended the Flyers' 2010 training camp on a tryout basis.  The native of Boston, Massachusetts appeared in six games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, where he recorded a goal and two assists for three points.

Ryan was a second-round selection (32nd overall) of the Dallas Stars in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 83 NHL games for the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes recording seven goals and eight assists in his NHL career. 

Eric Wellwood Returned on Loan to Adirondack

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers returned on loan left wing Eric Wellwood to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. 

Wellwood, 20, joined the Flyers for the second time this season on November 22 and did not appear in any of the games. He was previously recalled on November 1 and made his NHL debut that night against Carolina.  Wellwood has appeared in three games with the Flyers, picking up his first NHL point on an assist on Nov. 6 at the New York Islanders.

With the Phantoms this season, Wellwood has five goals and three assists for eight points in 19 games for Adirondack this season.

Phantoms Holiday Packs on Sale Now!
Phantoms Holidays Packs are back! If you’re thinking about the perfect holiday gift, the Phantoms have one for you. Holiday Packs include four (4) Silver Level Flex tickets and an autographed program in a game used Phantoms hockey sock for only $49 (plus tax).Call the Phantoms office now at 518-480-3355 for more details.

Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders

Games: Six Players Tied (23)
Goals: Denis Hamel (6)
Assists: Erik Gustafsson (13)
Points: Erik Gustafsson (15)
Plus/Minus: Matt Clackson and Cullen Eddy (0)
Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (93)
Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (4)
Short-handed Goals: None
Game-Winning Goals: Eric Wellwood, Ben Holmstrom and Denis Hamel (1)
Shots: Jonathon Kalinski (54)
Saves: Johan Backlund (409)
Wins: Johan Backlund (3)
GAA: Nic Riopel (3.61)
Save Percentage: Johan Backlund (0.876)

2010-11 Record: 3-18-2-0, 8 points (Home 2-7-1-0, Road 1-11-1-0)

Week 9 Schedule

All games are broadcast LIVE on Classic Hits Q-101.7 FM by Adirondack Phantoms voice, Bob Rotruck, and can be heard free over the Internet at www.phantomshockey.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com.

Phantoms Hit the Road for Two Games this Weekend

Saturday, December 4 – 7:05 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza – Wilkes-Barre, PA

@ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (17-4-0-0, 34 pts)

1st Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

This will be the third of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Penguins this season. The Penguins currently lead the season series 2-0 with John Curry and Brad Thiessen both victorious in their outings in net. Dustin Jeffrey leads the Penguins in goals (9), assists (16) and total points (25) while goaltenders Brad Thiessen is 10-2-0 with a 2.07 GAA & John Curry is 7-2-0 with a 2.43 GAA and rank among the league leaders in their position. On special teams, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ranks 16th in the league on the power play converting 17.2% and the Baby Pens rank 20th in league on the penalty kill only stopping their opponents 81.7% of the time. The Penguins are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 and coincidentally are 7-3-0-0 on home ice this season.

Sunday, December 5 – 4:00 pm – Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

@ Albany Devils (9-11-0-0, 18 pts)
Tied-6th Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

This will be the third of twelve meetings between the Phantoms and Devils. The season series is currently tied at 1-1 but Adirondack has received 3 out of a possible 4 points against Albany this year. The game will be the first of four games by the Devils in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Albany has seen a plethora of players called up to New Jersey this season with injuries to the parent club. Forwards Mattias Tedenby and Alexander Vasyunov are currently with the NHL club while forwards Vladimir Zharkov, Brad Mills, Pierre Luc Leterourneau-Leblond & Tim Sestito along with defenseman Tyler Eckford have seen time with New Jersey. Center Matt Anderson leads Albany in goals (8) and total points (13) while Defenseman Tyler Eckford is among the team leaders in assists (8). Albany currently ranks 29th on both the power play (11.0%) and the penalty kill (73.2%). The Devils are 3-7-0-0 in their last ten games and will be playing their fourth game in five days when the Phantoms meet them in Atlantic City.

Week 8 Game Results

November 24, 2010 – Hamilton 3 @ Adirondack 2

Luke Pither scored his first professional goal on a breakaway pass from Marc-Andre Bourdon to tie the game at 1-1 and then Danny Syvret scored the first of his three goals of the week, on the power play to cut the deficit back to one with 2 minutes remaining. The Phantoms had an opportunity to tie the score in the remaining seconds of the game in a mad scramble in front of the net but Michael Ryan was unable to put it home. The Phantoms outshot the Bulldogs in the final period 23-6 and in the game 41-33. Johan Backlund made 30 saves in defeat while Bulldogs goaltender and ex-NHL’er, Curtis Sanford, stopped 39 of 41 Adirondack shots. Adirondack went 1-for-9 on the power play while Hamilton went 0-for-1.

November 26, 2010 – Norfolk 6 @ Adirondack 3

Defenseman Danny Syvret scored the first two goals of the game and then Luke Pither added his second goal of the season but the Phantoms could not hold onto a 2-0 and 3-1 lead as the Admirals scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Phantoms 6-3. Forward Johan Harju who has seen time with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season had a hat trick for the Admirals scoring his 10th, 11th and 12th goals of the season to lead Norfolk. Nic Riopel started his third game of the season making 21 saves while Cedrick Desjardins picked up his seventh win of the season and first against the Phantoms stopping 25. Adirondack went 0-for-3 on the power play while Norfolk was unable to convert as well going 0-for-1.

November 27, 2010 – Adirondack 0 @ Hershey 4

Goaltender Braden Holtby who has seen time with the Washington Capitals this season stopped 28 Adirondack shots in his first shutout of the season while Adirondack goaltender Johan Backlund made 14 saves before leaving the game mid-way through the second period with an undisclosed lower body injury. Nic Riopel came on in relief making 7 saves including a few important one’s to keep the Phantoms within reach. Boyd Kane, the ex-Phantom, led the Bears with 2 goals scoring his 8th and 9th of the season. Adirondack went 0-for-6 on the man advantage while Hershey went 1-for-4.

November 28, 2010 – Adirondack 0 @ Connecticut 3

Both teams came into the game playing their third game in three nights. The game was scoreless until the opening minutes of the third period as Newbury scored his second of the season to lead the Connecticut Whale whom changed their name on Saturday night from the Hartford Wolf Pack, to their second straight victory. Whale goaltender Cameron Talbot turned aside all 25 Phantoms shots to win his 2nd game of the season while Phantoms net minder Nic Riopel turned aside 18 shots.

Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Nomination: (Week 8)

#25 –Danny Syvret- D- 4 GP (3 goals, 0 assists) 16 SOG

The Millgrove, Ontario native scored a power play goal on Wednesday night vs. Hamilton and then scored the first two goals of the game on Friday night vs. Norfolk. Syvret along with rookie forward Rob Bordson were traded to the Flyers organization on Sunday, November 21 in a four player trade that sent forwards David Laliberte and Patrick Maroon to the Ducks organization. In eight games with the Crunch, Syvret had four assists while also spending time with the Anaheim Ducks recording a goal and an assist in six games.

Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions…

Nov 23 – Michael Ryan Signed by Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 27 – Eric Wellwood Returned on Loan to Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 28 – Brian Stewart Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)
Nov 29 – Brian Stewart Returned to Greenville (ECHL)

Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week

Tuesday, November 30: Practice at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 1: Practice at 10 a.m.

Thursday, December 2: Practice at 10 a.m.

Friday, December 3: Practice at 10 a.m. (Practice Rink) / 1 p.m. Bus to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Saturday, December 4: Pre-Game Skate at 11:00 / 7:05 p.m. game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton / Bus to Voorhees following the game

Sunday, December 5: Bus to Atlantic City at 1:00 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. game at Atlantic City vs. Albany / Bus back to Glens Falls following the game

Monday, December 6: Practice at 10 a.m.

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. 

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