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Riopel Dazzles in First AHL Shutout





December 28, 2010





Syracuse, NY-Nic Riopel could not have found a more impressive way to bounce back. The 21 year old goalie turned in his first ever AHL shutout and his second as a pro in a 2-0 Phantoms win at Syracuse on Tuesday night. His 26 save performance included 11 saves in the final 13 minutes of the game when the Crunch turned up the pressure the most.

The win was also the first for new Adirondack Phantoms Head Coach Joe Paterson since taking over the position on December 20. It was Paterson's first win as a head coach since 2001 when he was the head coach of the Louisville Panthers of the AHL. The former Adirondack Red Wing player and assistant coach is now 1-1 as the new head coach of the Phantoms.

Greg Moore and Luke Pither provided the offense as Adirondack won for the third time in their last four games and stayed unbeaten against Syracuse this year at 3-0. The Phantoms turned in their first shutout of the season just two days after their most goals allowed this year when they surrendered 7 at Binghamton.

Perhaps Riopel's finest save came with about 13 minutes to go in the third period when former Phantom Patrick Maroon swept across the streak only to be robbed on a diving stab by Riopel moving to his right. But Riopel had several other hghlight reel caliber saves in there, particularly through a frenetic third period.

Riopel began this season with Greenville (SC) of the ECHL where he went 6-2-1. His last game with Greenville was a 32 save shutout of Florida on November 13 for his only other professional shutout. Riopel has allowed just two goals in his last three wins which include a 3-1 win vs. Hershey on December 17 and a 2-1 win over Abbotsford on December 18.

Greg Moore scored his first goal of the season early in the second period to stake the Phantoms to a 1-0 lead. Zac Rinaldo hustled into the right-wing corner to jump on a Crunch giveaway and found Moore in the high slot who slammed home the one-timer.

Pither's goal to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead came midway through the third period shortly after Riopel made a handful of spectacular saves to keep the Phantoms on top including his thievery of Maroon's chance. Matt Clackson rushed forward on the forecheck and got the puck to Rob Bordson behind the goal who found Pither in the slot to slam a one-time blast off the underside of the crossbar for his 6th of the season.

Shots on goal was even at 26-26. Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.

Notes: Michael Ryan and Logan Stephenson were scratched from the game due to illness. Jon Kalinski played his first game since December 5 when he was injured in Atlantic City against the Albany Devils. J.P. Testwuide was cleared to play following his knee injury but was a healthy scratch. The Phantoms are beginning their busiest stretch of the schedule. Adirondack plays 5 games over 6 days beginning with the Tuesday win. They also play 6 games in 8 days beginning with the Sunday, December 26 game.

Adirondack returns to the Glens Falls Civic Center to begin a three game New Year's homestand including the last game of 2010 and the first game of 2011.

Wednesday night is Check it Out Night with the Phantoms. Show your library card to receive a $3 discount for adults or kids tickets for $5. Area unemployed can pick up free tickets for this game courtesy of the Phantoms Friends Program at area One Stop employment centers.

Friday afternoon is the traditional New Year's Eve game with a 3:00 start time presented by Nemer Ford. All of the Phantoms players will be appearing in Heritage Hall after the game to meet with the fans, sign autographs and take pictures.

Saturday night at 7:00 is the first game of 2011 as the Phantoms renew their Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry with the Albany Devils.

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 2 at Syracuse Crunch 0 - Status: Final
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter

Adirondack 0 1 1 - 2
Syracuse 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Deschamps Syr (holding), 10:21; Gustafsson Adk (tripping), 16:56; Festerling Syr (tripping), 17:23.

2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Moore 1 (Rinaldo), 2:31. Penalties-Rinaldo Adk (high-sticking), 16:50.

3rd Period-2, Adirondack, Pither 6 (Bordson, Clackson), 9:59. Penalties-Smith Syr (tripping), 13:36; Holmstrom Adk (high-sticking), 19:32; Smith Syr (high-sticking), 19:32.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 10-7-9-26. Syracuse 2-12-12-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Syracuse 0 / 2.
Goalies-Adirondack, Riopel 3-6-0 (26 shots-26 saves). Syracuse, Levasseur 5-7-2 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Chris Cozzan (18).
Linesmen-Peter Feola (33), Dan Murphy (21).




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