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Phantoms Weekly Release #10

Phantoms Home for Three Games this week; Connecticut on Wednesday, Hershey on Friday and Abbotsford on Saturday





December 13, 2010





Phantoms Upcoming Games

Wednesday, December 15 – Connecticut at Adirondack – 7 p.m.
Friday, December 17 – Hershey at Adirondack – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 18 – Abbotsford at Adirondack – 7 p.m.

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.

Free Tickets from the Salvation Army and the Phantoms!

Join us for our great charity drives with the Salvation Army. Bring a non-perishable food item for our Holiday Food Drive or bring a new packaged toy for our Angel Bear Toy Drive and receive a free ticket to the game on Wednesday, December 15 or Friday, December 17. Help make the holidays merrier for some needy kids and families in the North Country.

Phantoms Loaned AHL Veteran

 The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday that they had loaned defenseman Matt Walker for conditioning purposes, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.

Walker, 30, had not appeared in a regular season game for the Flyers this season.  He underwent surgery on October 20 to repair a torn labrum and bony impingement in his right hip.  Walker appeared in four preseason games this year, scoring one goal and posting 10 PIM along with a minus-2 rating.  He was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for Simon Gagne on July 19, 2010.

In three games this weekend with the Phantoms, Walker had one assist.

Phantoms Recall Two from Greenville

This past week, the Adirondack Phantoms announced that the recalled forward Brendan Connolly and goaltender Brian Stewart from Greenville of the ECHL.

Connolly, the Canmore, Alberta native saw his first AHL action of his career this weekend. This season  with the Road Warriors, he had set personal career highs with 13 goals and 27 points in 23 games while spending last season with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL scoring 12 goals and 26 points in 55 games.

This is Brian Stewart’s second recall from their ECHL affiliate in less than a month. In three games with the Road Warriors, Stewart went 2-1-0 with a 2.68 GAA and .918 save percentage. This year with Adirondack, Stewart has gone 0-4-0 with a 4.73 GAA and .846 save percentage.
The roster move comes as Michael Leighton concluded his four game conditioning stint over the past 2 weeks. Leighton finished 1-3-0 with a 2.68 GAA and .918 save percentage.

Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders

Games: Erik Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom and Greg Moore (28)
Goals: Denis Hamel and Eric Wellwood (7)
Assists: Erik Gustafsson (18)
Points: Erik Gustafsson (21)
Plus/Minus: Matt Walker (0)
Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (100)
Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (5)
Short-handed Goals: Eric Wellwood (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Eric Wellwood, Ben Holmstrom, Denis Hamel, Erik Gustafsson (1)
Shots: Denis Hamel (68)
Saves: Johan Backlund (409)
Wins: Johan Backlund (3)
GAA: Michael Leighton (2.78)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (0.906)

2010-11 Record:

4-22-2-0, 10 points (Home 2-8-1-0, Road 2-14-1-0)

Week 10 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 Home For Three Games This Week

Wednesday, December 15 – 7:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY

vs. Connecticut Whale (12-11-2-4, 30 pts)

4th Place in Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference

Promotion: Check-It-Out Night  - $3 Discount when you show your Library Card at the Box Office

This will be the third of four meetings between the Phantoms and Whale this season and the first of two that the Rangers affiliate comes to the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Whale leads the season series 2-0 and will be the back-end of a home and home with these teams. On Sunday afternoon, Dale Weise scored two goals to help the Whale defeat the Phantoms 4-3. The Whale are currently on an eight-game point streak (6-0-0-2) and are 6-0-0-1 since being rebranded from the Wolf pack on Nov. 27. Jeremy Williams leads the Whale in goals (15) while Center Kris Newbury leads the team in assists (24) and total points (27). Goaltender Cameron Talbot is 4-2-0-0 with a 1.98 GAA while counterpart Chad Johnson is 8-10-3-0 with 2.49 GAA. Connecticut ranks 8th on the road on the power play converting 20.4% of the time while their penalty kill team ranks 7th stopping opponents 86.7% of the time.

Friday, December 17 – 7:30 pm – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY

vs. Hershey Bears (16-10-0-1, 33 pts)

4th Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

Promotion: Dollar Dog Night

This will be the third of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Bears & will be the first time that the Washington Capitals affiliate comes to Glens Falls. Hershey leads the season series 3-0 outscoring the Phantoms 13-3 in those games at the Giant Center. The defending Calder Cup Champions have struggled on home ice this season but on the road are 9-4-0-1.  Forward Andrew Gordon is currently on recall to the Capitals so Brian Willsie and Kyle Greentree, the ex-Phantom, leads the team in goals (10) while Defenseman Lawrence Nycholat has 18 assists in 24 games. Goaltender Braden Holtby is 7-2-1-0 with a 2.07 GAA and .926 save percentage. Hershey ranks 7th on the power play (20.0%) and 21st on the penalty kill (81.5%). Hershey is 7-3-0-0 in their last ten and will be the first of three games for the Bears this weekend.

Saturday, December 18 – 7:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY

vs. Abbotsford Heat (15-12-0-3, 33pts)

Tied-2nd Place in North Division, Western Conference

Promotion: Papa John’s T-Shirt Giveaway (First 2,500 Fans)

This will be the second of four meetings between the Phantoms and Heat this season & will be the last time the Calgary Flames affiliate comes to Glens Falls before Adirondack heads to British Columbia for back-to-back games on Jan.7th and 8th. The Heat lead the season series 1-0 defeating Adirondack 4-2 back on November 13. Center Matt Keith leads the Heat in goals (11) and is tied for team lead in points (16) with Right Winger Greg Nemisz. In 25 games, Goaltender Leland Irving is 14-8-1-2 with a 2.27 GAA  and leads the league in wins and minutes played (1430). Abbotsford is ranked 27th both on the power play (12.6%) as well as on the penalty kill (78.5%).This season, the Heat are 6-6-0-2 on the road and are 4-5-0-1 in their last ten games.

Week 9 Game Results

December 10, 2010 – Adirondack 5 @ Syracuse 2

Erik Gustafsson’s five point night (1g, 4a) set a Phantoms season high for points in a game while the Phantoms also tied a team high in goals (5) in a game this season. Denis Hamel (7th), Mike Testwuide (1st), Michael Ryan (2nd) and Eric Wellwood (7th) also scored for the Phantoms to help the Phantoms improve to 2-0 against the Syracuse Crunch this year. Michael Leighton won his first game on his conditioning stint with the Phantoms stopping 29 of 31 shots. Forward Brendan Connolly who spent last season with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) was recalled from Greenville in the morning and played in his first AHL game while defenseman Matt Walker was assigned to the team from the Flyers to start a 14-day conditioning stint with the Phantoms.

December 11, 2010 – Portland 2 @ Adirondack 1

The Phantoms lost a heartbreaker on Saturday night as Luke Pither who scored his third of the season on a breakaway to start the scoring in the second period and made it rain teddy bears, had a chance to tie the score with 8 seconds remaining but hit the post in his attempt to beat Pirates goaltender Jhonas Enroth, who finished with 28 saves, for the second time stick side. Paul Bryon and Derek Whitmore scored for the Pirates in the third period. Michael Leighton was sharp in net making 28 saves including 3 or 4 game-savers concluding his two week stint with the Phantoms going 1-3-0-0 with a 2.78 GAA.

December 12, 2010 – Adirondack 3 @ Connecticut 4

For the second night in a row, the Phantoms came within inches of tying the score late to send it to overtime. With 1:10 to go in the third period, Ben Holmstrom's shot from the slot would get partially deflected by a Whale defenseman but still had enough on it to move towards the goal. The puck slowly moved through the crease behind the left skate of Connecticut goalie Cameron Talbot. But the Whale netminder was able to get a cover up on it almost on the goal-line while Eric Wellwood and Holmstrom were furiously trying to poke it in. The Phantoms led the game twice on goals in the second period by Danny Syvret (4th) and Marc-Andre Bourdon (1st) but allowed Kolarik and Williams for the Whale to answer minutes later in both instances. Luke Pither scored his fourth of the year and second of the weekend in the third period for Adirondack. Adirondack goaltender Nic Riopel finished with 23 saves while counterpart Cameron Talbot stopped 30 Phantoms shots including 15 in the opening frame to earn his fourth win of the season.

Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Nomination: (Week 9)

#36 –Erik Gustafsson- D- 3 GP (1 goals, 5 assists) 0, 4 SOG

The Kvissleby, Sweden native scored a goal and four assists in the Phantoms 5-2 win on Friday night in Syracuse and added an assist on the road Sunday afternoon in Connecticut. Gustafsson leads the team and in assists (18) and total points (21) while leading all players among the AHL with 13 power play points.

Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions…

Dec 10 –Brendan Connolly (C) Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)
Dec 10 – Matt Walker (D) on Conditioning Stint to Adirondack (AHL)
Dec 12 – Brian Stewart (G) Recalled by Adirondack (AHL)

Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week

Tuesday, December 14: Practice at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 15: Pre-Game Skate at 10 a.m. / 7:00 p.m. game vs. Connecticut Whale

Thursday, December 16: Practice at 10 a.m.

Friday, December 17: Pre-Game Skate at 10 a.m. / 7:30 p.m. game vs. Hershey Bears

Saturday, December 18: Pre-Game Skate at 10:00 / 7:00 p.m. game vs. Abbotsford Heat

Sunday, December 19: Practice at 10 a.m.

Monday, December 20: Practice at 10 a.m.

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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