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Phantoms Weekly #12





December 27, 2010





Stretch of Five Games in Six Days for Phantoms; Play home Wednesday night vs. Manchester, Friday afternoon vs. Springfield and Saturday night vs. Albany

Phantoms Upcoming Games

Tuesday, December 28 – Adirondack at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 29 – Manchester at Adirondack – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 31 – Springfield at Adirondack – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 1 – Albany at Adirondack – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 2 – Adirondack at Rochester – 5:05 p.m.

Phantoms & State Labor Department Team Up to Offer Holiday Gift for the Unemployed

The Adirondack Phantoms and the State Labor Department teamed up to spread holiday cheer to the unemployed in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties this holiday season. The Phantoms have made 2,000 tickets available for the Wednesday, December 29 game against the Manchester Monarchs at 7 p.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The tickets have been made available through the Phantoms Friends Program. Phantoms sponsors, season ticket holders and fans have donated thousands of tickets to the Phantoms Friends ticket bank. The team is very pleased to distribute the seats on behalf of Miller Mechanical Services, TD Bank, CR Bard, First Niagara Bank and Associates of Glens Falls.
Not only will the unemployed receive tickets to see this great team, but they also will get excellent career services from dedicated staff at our One-Stop Career Centers. Services include information about On-the-Job Training, electronic job matching through SMART 2010 software, and workshops on resume writing and career counseling.

Vouchers are available for the unemployed at the following locations:

Warren County:
One-Stop Career Center of Warren County
Northway Plaza, Suite 13C
Queensbury, NY 12804

Saratoga County:
Saratoga County One-Stop Career Center
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Washington County:
One-Stop of Washington County
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders

Games: Erik Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom and Greg Moore (32)
Goals: Denis Hamel (11)
Assists: Erik Gustafsson (22)
Points: Erik Gustafsson (26)
Plus/Minus: Matt Clackson (-1)
Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (120)
Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (7)
Short-handed Goals: Eric Wellwood and Michael Ryan (1)
Game-Winning Goals: Denis Hamel (2)
Shots: Denis Hamel (83)
Saves: Johan Backlund (409)
Wins: Johan Backlund (3)
GAA: Nic Riopel (3.45)
Save Percentage: Johan Backlund (0.876)

2010-11 Record:

6-24-2-0, 14 points (Home 4-9-1-0, Road 2-15-1-0)

Week 12 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.

Stretch of Five Games in Six Days

Tuesday, December 28 – 7:00 p.m. – War Memorial at Oncenter – Syracuse, NY

@ Syracuse Crunch (11-16-1-3, 26 pts)

6th Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference

This will be the third of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Crunch. Adirondack leads the season series 2-0 and have outscored Syracuse by a two-to-one margin in the two games. Syracuse is coming off a 5-2 defeat in Rochester on Sunday night. Nicolas Dechamps leads the team in goals (8) while Trevor Smith has a team leading 13 assists and 20 points in 30 games. Crunch goaltender Jean Philippe Levasseur is 5-7-2-2 with a 2.88 GAA & .914 save percentage but is 0-2-0-0 with a 3.50 GAA and .883 save percentage against the Phantoms this season. On special teams, Syracuse is ranked 17th in the AHL converting 17.0% of the time on the power play while they are ranked 23rd (80.3%) on the penalty kill.

Wednesday, December 29 – 7:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY

vs. Manchester Monarchs (21-11-1-1, 44 pts)

1st Place in Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference

Promotion: Check-It-Out Night (Adults save $3 per ticket when showing their library card while Kids Tickets are just $5)

This will be the first of two meetings between the Phantoms and Monarchs. Adirondack will not see Manchester again until the last week of the season when they travel to Manchester. Manchester is currently on a four-game winning streak and are 6-4-0-0 in their last ten games. They hold a 7-point lead over 2nd place Portland in the Atlantic Division. Rookie goaltender Martin Jones has been stellar in net for the Monarchs. In 15 games, he is 10-2-0-1 with a 1.58 GAA and .950 save percentage. Jones is currently 2nd among all AHL goaltenders in wins and tied for 1st with Peoria goaltender Jake Allen in GAA. Center Justin Azevado leads the Monarchs in goals (10) while Andrei Loktionov has a team leading 20 assists and 25 points in only 24 games. When leading after 2 periods, Manchester is 15-1-0-1 and when trailing after the second period, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate is 3-9-1-0.

Friday, December 31 – 3:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY

vs. Springfield Falcons (15-15-1-1, 32 pts)

6th Place in Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference

Promotion: Traditional New Year’s Eve Game

This will be the first of two meetings between the Phantoms and Falcons this season. This is the first season for Springfield as the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets; they were previously the Edmonton Oilers farm team. This will be the third game in five days for the Falcons.The Falcons got off to a strong start but have struggled since. The Falcons have played well away from the MassMutual Center this season though as they are 9-6-0-1. Rookie Matt Calvert leads the Falcons in goals (13) and total points (22) in 32 games while defenseman John Moore has a team-leading 14 assists. Goaltender David LeNeveu has seen most of the action in net this season for Springfield. In 20 games, LeNeveu is 10-9-1-0 with a 2.82 GAA and .896 save percentage.

Saturday, January 1 – 7:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY

vs. Albany Devils (12-17-0-1, 25 pts)

7th Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

This will be the fourth of twelve meetings between the Phantoms and Devils this season. The Devils currently lead the Times Warner Cable Cup 2-1 with one of their victories coming in overtime. Albany has seen a number of their players called up to the parent club this season due to injuries in New Jersey. Forwards Jacob Josefson, Tim Sestito and Mattias Tedenby along with defenseman Matthew Corrente, Mark Fayne, Andy Thomas and Anssi Salmela remain in New Jersey. Matt Anderson currently leads Albany in goals (11) while Vladimir Zharkov who has seen time in the NHL as well this season leads the team in assists (11). Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee is 9-9-1-1 with a 2.84 GAA and .903 save percentage. Albany is ranked dead last on the power play converting only 11.5% of the time while their penalty kill is 29th stopping opponents only 75.9% of the time. Albany has played well away from Times Union Center this season going 8-6-0-1 but at home have only won 4 of 15.

Sunday, January 2 – 5:05 p.m. – Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, NY

@ Rochester Americans (15-15-2-1, 33 pts)

Tied-6th Place in North Division, Western Conference

This will be the third of four meetings this season between the Phantoms and Amerks. The Phantoms have been outscored 10-5 in the two games. This will be the last time Adirondack heads to Rochester for the rest of the 2010-11 season. The Amerks currently are tied for 6th place in the North Division but are 3-points behind 3rd place Abbotsford. Rochester has struggled on home ice this season (6-11-1-1). In only 21 games, forward Michael Duco leads the Amerks in goals (11) while Michael Repik who has seen time with their NHL affiliate, Florida Panthers, leads the team in assists (27) and total points (32). Goaltender Jacob Markstrom is 2-0-0-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .918 save percentage this season against the Phantoms while he is 11-13-1-0 with a 3.22 GAA and .899 overall. Rochester is ranked 9th on the power play converting 20.1% of the time while their penalty kill is ranked 28th stopping opponents only 77.8% of the time.

Week 11 Game Results

December 26, 2010 – Adirondack 1 @ Binghamton 7

Ben Holmstrom scored his seventh goal of the season in the opening period cutting the Binghamton lead to 2-1 but that would be the Phantoms lone goal on the night. Nic Riopel coming off a 2-0-0 weekend before the holiday break, made 29 saves while Senators goaltender Barry Brust earned his eleventh win of the season stopping 16 of Adirondack’s 37 shots in the third period. Bobby Butler scored his team leading 17th goal of the season for the Senators as AHL vet Corey Locke had three assists. Adirondack went 0-for-3 on the power play while Binghamton converted on 1-of-2.

Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Nomination: (Week 11)

#36 – Erik Gustafsson- D

The Kvissleby, Sweden native continues to produce for Adirondack as he registered his team and AHL defensemen leading 22nd assist of the season in Binghamton on Sunday night. Last season, Gustafsson joined the Phantoms in March after completing NCAA career with Northern Michigan University where he was teammates with goalie Brian Stewart. In five games, he registered two goals and five assists.

Phantoms Quick Hits

-The Phantoms are beginning their busiest stretch of the season. They will play 5 games in the next 6 days from Tuesday, Dec.28-Sunday, Jan.2 including their New Year’s Eve game at 3 p.m. which was an annual tradition dating back to the Adirondack Red Wings days.

-Joe Paterson made his head-coaching debut with the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday in Binghamton. It was Paterson’s first game as a head coach since 2001 when he was with the Louisville Panthers, the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate at the time.

-Erik Gustafsson leads all AHL defenseman in points (26) and all rookies in power play assist (14). In addition, he has registered at least a point in four out of the last five games.

Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions…


Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week

Tuesday, December 28: Pre-Game at 10:00 a.m. / Bus to Syracuse at 2 p.m. / Game @ 7:05 p.m. / Bus back following the game

Wednesday, December 29: Pre-Game at 10:00 a.m. / Game @ 7:00 p.m. vs. Manchester Monarchs

Thursday, December 30: Practice at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 31: Pre-Game at 10:00 a.m. / Game @ 3:00 p.m. vs. Springfield Falcons

Saturday, January 1: Pre-Game at 10:00 a.m. / Game @ 7:00 p.m. vs. Albany Devils

Sunday, January 2: Game @ 5:05 p.m. at Rochester Americans / Bus back following the game

Monday, January 3: Practice at 10:00 a.m.

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 – 3:00 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.




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