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Kalinski's Goal in Shootout Extends Phantoms Win Streak to 4




January 5, 2010





Albany, NY-Jon Kalinski scored in the 7th round of the shootout and red-hot Michael Ryan scored two goals in regulation and once in the shootout as the Phantoms ran the AHL's longest win streak to four with a 3-2 win at the Albany Devils Wednesday night. Along with winning their last four in a row, Adirondack has gone 7-2 in their last nine games dating back to December 17th with their win against Hershey.

Adirondack trailed 3-1 in the 4th round of the shootout and were on the brink of taking the loss when Eric Wellwood and Ben Holmstrom scored back-to-back do-or-die goals on Albany goalie Jeff Frazee to keep the game alive and force extra rounds. It was the second time in a row the comeback Phantoms and rebounded from a two goal deficit although this one was in the shootout while the last one was when they trailed 2-0 in regulation at Rochester on Sunday.

Michael Ryan was the Star of the Game in his return to Albany where he was a standout and an All-Star for the River Rats in 2008-09 when he scored 25 goals and 42 points in just 40 games.

Reigning Reebok/AHL Goalie of the Week Brian Stewart recorded the victory again for his fourth in a row. It was also the team's (as well as his) third shootout win in their four game win streak. Prior to last Friday, the Phantoms were the only team to NOT have played in a shootout this year. Since then they have won shootout on Friday vs. Springfield, Sunday at Rochester and now Wednesday at Albany. The Phantoms are one of only three AHL teams unbeaten in shootouts this year along with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3-0) and San Antonio (4-0).

Michael Swift scored both goals for the Albany Devils giving them the lead both times. The Phantoms never held the lead in regulation.

Michael Ryan picked up the rebound of an Eric Wellwood backhand wrap-around attempt and rifled it off the top of the cage late in the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1 as he extended his goal-scoring streak to three games.

Swift gave the Devils the 2-1 lead in the opening minute of the 3rd period taking advantage of a steal in the Phantoms zone. Exactly for minutes later Michael Ryan would strike again this time taking the wrap-around himself. Logan Stephenson kept the Devils from getting the puck out and Michael Ryan got Jeff Frazee to slightly commit to his right allowing Ryan to speed up to the crease and jam it in on his left-skate side for the 2-2 tie.

Ryan has 7 goals this year including 6 with the Phantoms. Ryan began his season with Springfield on a Player Tryout Agreement where he scored one goal in six games before joining Adirondack. It was the second straight game in which Ryan has excelled in a building he used to call home. On Sunday he scored the game-tying goal with eight minutes left at Rochester where he had previously played for four seasons.

Adirondack leads the Time Warner Cable Cup Series 3 games to 2. The Phantoms and Devils will play Round 6 of the 12 game season series February 20th at Albany. The win pulled the 11-25-2 Phantoms to within 5 points of the 7th place Devils in the East Division.

Albany outshot the Phantoms 28-23. The Devils were 0-for-4 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-4.

Notes: Goalie Michael Leighton joined the Phantoms after clearing waivers on his send down from the Philadelphia Flyers. He did not dress for the game. Goalie Johan Backlund returned to the team and dressed for the first time since his injury at Hershey on November 28. Backlund did not play in the game. Scratches for the game included Leighton, Joonas Lehtivuori, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Stefan Legein and Denis Hamel.

Adirondack now embarks on the longest road-trip in the history of professional hockey in Glens Falls as they will travel roughly 3,000 miles to the west to play the Abbotsford Heat this weekend. The team will fly out of Montreal Thursday evening.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, January 7, 10:00pm - Adirondack at Abbotsford Heat
Saturday, January 8, 10:00pm - Adirondack Phantoms at Abbotsford Heat
Friday, January 14, 7:30pm - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, January 15, 7:00pm - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms

Upcoming Promotions:
Friday, January 14 - $1 Hot Dogs
Saturday, January 15 - Phlex Retirement Party. Unifirst Youth Backpacks for first 1,000 kids age 14 and younger.

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 3 (SO) at Albany Devils 2 - Status: Final SO
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - Times Union Center

Adirondack 0 1 1 0 - 3
Albany 0 1 1 0 - 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Wiseman Alb (hooking), 4:54; Ryan Adk (holding), 5:03; Marshall Adk (holding), 18:01.

2nd Period-1, Albany, Gionta 5 (Wiseman, Swift), 7:43. 2, Adirondack, Ryan 6 (Wellwood, Kalinski), 14:56. Penalties-Wellwood Adk (tripping), 16:52.

3rd Period-3, Albany, Gionta 6 (Swift, Wiseman), 0:55. 4, Adirondack, Ryan 7 (Stephenson), 4:55. Penalties-Wiseman Alb (tripping), 1:30; Urbom Alb (tripping), 10:21; Moore Adk (interference), 12:49.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout - Adirondack 4 (Ryan G, Moore NG, Pither NG, Wellwood G, Holmstrom G, Syvret NG, Kalinski G), Albany 3 (Swift NG, Wiseman G, Anderson G, Henrique G, Vasyunov NG, Davis NG, McIntyre NG).
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 7-6-7-2-1-23. Albany 8-10-7-3-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 3; Albany 0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Stewart 4-5-0 (28 shots-26 saves). Albany, Frazee 9-10-3 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Marcus Vinnerborg (45), Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Jim Briggs (83).





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