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Phantoms Fall in Paterson's Debut





December 26, 2010





Binghamton, NY-Adirondack was unable to get going in the Phantoms Head Coaching debut of Joe Paterson as they fell at the Binghamton Senators 7-1 Sunday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

It was Adirondack's first game in eight days following their holiday break and they appeared to struggle to shake the rust off as the team's two game win streak came to an end. It was also the beginning of their busiest portion of the schedule this season as Adirondack will play six games in just an eight day stretch.

Joe Paterson was officially granted the head coaching reigns of the Phantoms from John Paddock on Monday, December 20. But it was the beginning of the team's holiday break and he had to wait six more days to officially make his head coaching debut at the bench. Paterson is a Lake George, NY resident who played for the Adirondack Red Wings in the early 1980's and was an assistant coach with the Red Wings in the 90's.

It was Paterson's first game as a head coach since 2001 when he was with the Louisville Panthers of the AHL.

Nic Riopel toughed it out going the distance for the Phantoms allowing all 7 Senators goals. It was a sharp contrast from his play immediately prior to the holiday break in which he posted a .970 save percentage and allowed just one goal in back to back wins against Hershey and Abbotsford.

The game was a surprising result for the Phantoms who hoped to carry the momentum of their win streak across the holiday break. Adirondack was 3-3 in their previous 6 games and was playing some of their strongest hockey of the year.

Ben Holmstrom scored the lone goal for the Phantoms. His 7th of the year came late in the first period and pulled the team to within 2-1 at the time. Greg Moore won the puck in the Phantoms zone and started the rush. After Brust knocked down drives by Moore and Zac Rinaldo, Holmstrom was able to dive across the slot and backhand a loose puck while falling to his belly and get the Phantoms on the board. Gustaffson picked up his 22nd assist on the play. The Northern Michigan University leads all AHL rookies in assists and his 26 points are most among all AHL blueliners.

Zach Smith led the attack for the Senators with a pair of goals, both in the first period. He had a couple good chances for a hat trick including a shorthanded odd-man rush with 10 seconds to go when Riopel turned aside his drive.

Bobby Butler scored his league leading 17th goal of the season for the high-flying Sens who kept up their offensive success. NHL veteran David Hale, Colin Greening, Eric Condra and Kaspas Daugavins also lit the lamp for Binghamton while Barry Brust got the win in goal with a stellar 36 save performance on 37 shots.

The Phantoms best line of the night might have been the hard-working trio of Rob Bordson, Zac Rinaldo and Ben Holmstrom. Early in the 3rd period, Rinaldo dealt a crushing hit to the league's top goal scorer, Bobby Butler. Rinaldo took a charging major for the blow and a fighting penalty immediately after to lengthen his lead of all AHL rookies in PIM's (120) and major penalties (14). Butler was able to leave the ice on his own.

The Phantoms are not the only team to have been burned by the resurgent Binghamton squad. The Senators have scored 5 or more goals in 4 of their last 7 games.

For whatever reason, the Phantoms have not matched up well with Binghamton this season and their three worst losses have all come to the hands of the Senators. The Phantoms have only one more visit to the Southern Tier of New York this season and that comes in the last weekend of the season when they come back on April 9, 2011.

Binghamton has not played in Glens Falls yet this year so the Phantoms will get an opportunity to reverse the results back at the Civic Center. The Senators will make their first visit to the North Country on January 28.

Adirondack ended up outshooting Binghamton in the game 37-36 including 16-8 in the 3rd period. The Phantoms went 0-for-3 on the power play while Binghamton was 1-for-2.

Phantoms Upcoming Games

Tuesday, December 28 - Adirondack at Syracuse - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 29 - Manchester at Adirondack - 7 p.m.

Friday, December 31 - Springfield at Adirondack - 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 1 - Albany at Adirondack - 7 p.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.

Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Binghamton Senators 7 - Status: Final
Sunday, December 26, 2010 - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

Adirondack 1 0 0 - 1
Binghamton 4 2 1 - 7

1st Period-1, Binghamton, Smith 6 (Smith, Locke), 5:43 (PP). 2, Binghamton, Hale 2 (Daugavins, Dziurzynski), 11:53. 3, Adirondack, Holmstrom 7 (Rinaldo, Gustafsson), 14:49. 4, Binghamton, Butler 17 (Locke, Greening), 17:30. 5, Binghamton, Smith 7 (Condra, O'Brien), 18:38. Penalties-Bordson Adk (holding), 5:21; Wiercioch Bng (tripping), 8:21.

2nd Period-6, Binghamton, Greening 10 (Locke, Butler), 10:53. 7, Binghamton, Condra 11 (Dziurzynski), 19:15. Penalties-Lessard Bng (cross-checking), 4:17.

3rd Period-8, Binghamton, Daugavins 5 (Wiercioch, Kinrade), 3:46. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (major - charging, fighting), 3:21; Greening Bng (roughing, fighting), 3:21; Lessard Bng (boarding), 19:34.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-13-16-37. Binghamton 15-13-8-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Binghamton 1 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Riopel 2-6-0 (36 shots-29 saves). Binghamton, Brust 11-10-1 (37 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Andy Petrus (26).




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