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Phantoms Weekly: Week 11

Paterson Previously Joined Phantoms In November As Assistant Coach





December 20, 2010





Phantoms Upcoming Games

Sunday, December 26 – Adirondack at Binghamton – 5:05 p.m.

Phantoms Holiday Packs on Sale Now!

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Phantoms Name Joe Paterson Head Coach
The Adirondack Phantoms announced today Joe Paterson has been named the new head coach.  John Paddock, who had been serving as the interim head coach of the Phantoms since November 8, will return full-time to his duties as assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Paterson was named an assistant coach with the Phantoms the same day Paddock was named the interim head coach of the club.  He had been serving as a scout for the Atlanta Thrashers organization when he joined the Phantoms.

This is Paterson's second head coaching assignment in the American Hockey League.  He was the head coach of the Louisville Panthers, at the time the primary affiliate of the Florida Panthers, for two seasons from 1999-2001. He posted a record of 63-81-12-4 and led the team to a 42-win season and the Calder Cup playoffs in 1999-2000.  Paterson also served as head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-97, during which time he coached current San Jose center Joe Thornton.

Paterson was a left wing on the Adirondack Red Wings from 1981-84 scoring 52 goals and 122 points in 169 games with the Adirondack Red Wings. He also served as an assistant coach of the Adirondack Red Wings for two seasons from 1992-94 under Newell Brown.

Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders

Games: Erik Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom and Greg Moore (31)
Goals: Denis Hamel (11)
Assists: Erik Gustafsson (21)
Points: Erik Gustafsson (25)
Plus/Minus: Matt Clackson (-1)
Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (110)
Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (7)
Short-handed Goals: Eric Wellwood and Michael Ryan (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Denis Hamel (2)
Shots: Denis Hamel (81)
Saves: Johan Backlund (409)
Wins: Johan Backlund (3)
GAA: Nic Riopel (2.97)
Save Percentage: Nic Riopel (0.887)

2010-11 Record:

6-23-2-0, 14 points (Home 4-9-1-0, Road 2-14-1-0)

Week 11 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 Travel to Binghamton Following Holiday Break

Sunday, December 26 – 5:05 p.m. – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena – Binghamton, NY

@ Binghamton Senators (14-13-2-2, 32 pts)

5th Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference

This will be the third of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Senators this season with this being the third trip to Binghamton already this year.  Binghamton will make their first trip to Glens Falls on January 26. The Senators currently lead the season series 2-0 defeating Adirondack on opening night 5-1 and then 7-3 on November 6. Rookie Bobby Butler leads the Senators in goals (16) while Corey Locke has a team leading 26 assists and 37 points. Goaltender Barry Brust is 10-10-0 in 22 games with a 2.82 GAA and .919 save percentage. Binghamton is 8-6-2-1 at home and are 4-5-0-1 in their last ten. The Senators have the fifth best power play in the league (21.0%) while they have struggled on the penalty kill stopping opponents only 81.3 % of the time.

Week 10 Game Results

December 15, 2010 – Connecticut 6 @ Adirondack 4

Trailing 5-2 going to the third period, the Phantoms fought back. Erik Gustafsson cut it to a two score game on the power play with 11:28 remaining. Then Ben Holmstrom’s sixth goal of the year inched Adirondack within a goal but Mats Zuccarello scored an empty netter to seal the victory for the Whale. Danny Syvret (5th) and Hamel (8th) also scored for the Phantoms while goaltender Brian Stewart made 22 saves.

December 17, 2010 – Hershey 1 @ Adirondack 3

In the third period leading 2-1, Mike Testwuide fed Denis Hamel for a breakaway and Hamel beat Bears goaltender Dany Sabourin top shelf to score his 300th career AHL goal. Hamel became only the 19th player in AHL history to reach that milestone. Shane Harper scored the game-winner, unassisted; on his first goal of the year to give Adirondack a 2-1 lead.  Nic Riopel made 25 saves in his first victory of the year defeating the two-time defending Calder Cup Champs. Adirondack and Hershey both went 1-for-5 on the power play.

December 18, 2010 – Abbotsford 1 @ Adirondack 2

Michael Ryan (3rd) and Denis Hamel (11th) scored for the Phantoms to lead Adirondack to their first two-game winning streak of the season. Nic Riopel made 10 of his 26 saves on the night in the second period while Abbotsford spent much of the period on the power play. Michael Ryan scored the Phantoms second short-handed goal of the year after an Abbotsford turnover in the neutral zone to give Adirondack a 1-0 lead. Hamel then extended the Adirondack lead on the power play. Ben Holmstrom sent a cross-ice feed to Hamel in the high slot who beat Heat goaltender Leland Irving top shelf to give Adirondack to 2-0 lead. It turned out to be the only shot of the period for the Phantoms. Abbotsford cut the Adirondack lead to 2-1 on Matt Keith’s team leading twelfth goal of the year. It came moments after Denis Hamel missed on a breakaway.

Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Nomination: (Week 10)

#29 – Nic Riopel- G- 2 GP (2-0-0) 1.00 GAA, .962 save percentage

The Beloeil, PQ native led Adirondack to victory on back-to-back nights for the first this season. He made 25 saves in the Phantoms 3-1 victory over the two-time defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears on Friday night then backed Adirondack to a 2-1 win over Abbotsford on Saturday night turning aside 26 shots. In ten games with the Phantoms last season, Riopel went 4-6-0 with a 3.35 GAA before being loaned to Moncton of the Quebec Major Juniors Hockey League (QMJHL).    

Phantoms Quick Hits

-Denis Hamel scored his 300th career AHL goal on Friday night vs. Hershey. Hamel became only the 19th player in AHL history to reach that milestone.
-Michael Ryan scored the Phantoms 2nd short-handed goal of the year. The Phantoms Eric Wellwood scored the only other shorthanded goal into an empty net at Syracuse in a 5-2 victory on  December 10th.   
-Hamel is currently on a 3 game goal-scoring streak
-Erik Gustafsson leads all defenseman in assists (21) and total points (25)

Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions…


Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week

Tuesday, December 21- Saturday, December 25: OFF

Sunday, December 26: Pre-Game at 9 a.m. / Bus to Binghamton at 12 p.m. / Game at 5:05 p.m. / Bus back following the game

Monday, December 27: Practice at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, December 28: Pre-Game at 10 a.m. / Bus to Syracuse at 2 p.m. / Game at 7:05 p.m. / Bus back following the game

Phantoms Upcoming Games
Sunday, December 26 - Adirondack at Binghamton - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 28 - Adirondack at Syracuse - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 29 - Manchester at Adirondack - 7 p.m.

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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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