Phantoms Upcoming Games
Friday, January 14 - Hershey at Adirondack - 7:30
Saturday, January 15 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at
Adirondack - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 16 - Adirondack at Syracuse - 4:00
Phantoms Player Movement
This past week, the Adirondack Phantoms goaltending
drastically changed as the Philadelphia Flyers assigned
goaltender Michael Leighton to the AHL affiliate
while goaltenders Nic Riopel and Brian Stewart were
loaned to Greenville and Bakersfield of the ECHL.
This will be Leighton's second stint with the Phantoms
this season. Leighton played in four games with
Adirondack on an NHL conditioning stint from Dec.4-11
recording a 1-3-0 record with a 2.78 GAA and .906
save percentage. He recorded his first win as an
Adirondack Phantom and first in the AHL since 2007-08
in a 5-2 decision at the Syracuse Crunch on December
10. He appeared in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss in
Abbotsford making 32 saves on 34 shots.
Riopel, the Beloeil, PQ native had been with the
team since Nov.18 when he was recalled from Greenville
(ECHL). He played in 11 games with the Phantoms
going 3-7-1 with a 3.55 GAA and .874 save percentage.
Riopel won three of his last five starts for Adirondack
including his first career AHL shutout on Dec.28
against the Syracuse Crunch.
Stewart won four straight games for the Phantoms
and won Reebok/AHL Player of the Week honors last
week as he went 3-0-0 with a 1.34 goals against
average and a .949 saves percentage with 93 stops
on 98 shots faced. He ran his win streak to four
with a Wednesday night shootout victory at the Albany
Devils. Stewart was the first ever Adirondack Phantoms
to win a weekly or monthly league award.
Stewart signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as
a free agent on Apr. 19, 2010, after four seasons
at Northern Michigan University, where he went 18-11-7
as a senior last year.
Phantoms Partner with Double H Ranch
The Adirondack Phantoms and the Double H Ranch
are teaming up on Saturday, January 22, 2011 to
raise money for the Double H Ranch, an organization
founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman providing
year-round programming for children and families
dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
The night will feature a commemorative jersey worn
by the Phantoms during the game versus the Hamilton
Bulldogs, made possible by New York Long Term Care
Brokers (NYLTCB), headquartered in Clifton Park,
Show your support for the Double H Ranch by purchasing
special group packages or by purchasing tickets
on www.shopphantomshockey.com/tickets.html. For
each ticket sold within these special packages,
five dollars will go directly to the Double H Ranch.
Local businesses will have an opportunity to show
their support for the Double H Ranch by taking advantage
of these great fundraising opportunities.
Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders
Games: Ben Holmstrom and Greg Moore (40)
Goals: Denis Hamel (12)
Assists: Erik Gustafsson (23)
Points: Erik Gustafsson (27)
Plus/Minus: Cullen Eddy (1)
Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (146)
Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (8)
Short-handed Goals: Jonathon Kalinski (2)
Game-Winning Goals: Denis Hamel and Greg Moore
Shots: Denis Hamel (103)
Saves: Johan Backlund (437)
Wins: Johan Backlund (3),* Nic Riopel & Brian
GAA: Michael Leighton (2.59)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (0.914)
*-No longer with team
11-25-2-2, 26 points (Home 6-10-1-0, Road 5-15-1-2)
Week 14 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
Dollar Hot Dog Night
Friday, January 14 - 7:30 p.m. - Glens Falls Civic
Center - Glens Falls, NY
vs. Hershey Bears (22-13-1-1, 46 pts)
4th Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference
This will be the fifth of eight meetings between
the Phantoms and Bears. Hershey currently leads
the season series 3-1. The last time the Bears visited
Glens Falls, the Phantoms defeated the two-time
defending Calder Cup Champions 3-1 on two goals
by Denis Hamel and Shane Harper's first of the year.
Since defeating Hershey on December 17, Adirondack
has turned their season around going 7-2-2 and moving
within 5 points of the 7th place Albany Devils.
For the Bears, Andrew Gordon leads the team in goals
(18) and total points (36) while also spending time
with the Washington Capitals where he has registered
a goal and an assist in 8 games. Goaltender Braden
Holtby is 10-4-1-0, which includes a 3-0-0-0 record
against the Phantoms this season with a 1.80 GAA
and .935 save percentage. Hershey is 16-0-0-0 when
leading after 2 periods but when trailing after
2, they are 2-10-1-1. The Bears are 6-3-0-1 in their
last 10 but are currently on a 3-game point streak.
Phlex's Retirement Party/ Youth Backpacks to
the First 1,000 Kids (Age 14 and Under) Courtesy
Saturday, January 15 - 7:00 p.m. - Glens Falls
Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY
vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (30-8-0-0, 60
1st Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference
This will be the fourth of eight meetings between
the Phantoms and Penguins & will mark the second
time Wilkes-Barre has made the trip up to Glens
Falls. They currently lead the season series 3-0
outscoring the Phantoms 9-4 in the three games.
Before meeting up in Adirondack on Saturday night,
the Penguins will play last place Providence who
the Phantoms will not see this season on Friday
night. Eric Tangradi leads the Baby Pens with 16
goals in 32 games while Dustin Jeffrey has 22 assists
and 37 points in 35 games. Goaltenders John Curry
(2-0 against the Phantoms this season with a .940
save percentage) and Brad Thiessen (1-0 against
the Phantoms this season with a .944 save percentage)
have split the time in net for the division leading
Penguins. Wilkes-Barre is as tough on the road as
they are on home-ice posting a 13-3-0-0 record.
They are 1st in the league in goals against (86)
and are 2nd in the AHL allowing around 26 shots
Third Game in Three Days concludes in Syracuse
Sunday, January 16 - 4:00 p.m. - War Memorial at
Oncenter - Syracuse, NY
@ Syracuse Crunch (14-20-1-3, 32 pts)
6th Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference
This will be the fourth of eight meetings between
the Phantoms and Crunch this season. Adirondack
currently leads the season series 3-0 and this will
mark the third time the Phantoms have traveled to
Western New York. Adirondack has outscored Syracuse
10-4 in the three games (3-2, 5-2 and 2-0 victories).
This past week, the Crunch traded leading goal-scorer
Trevor Smith to the Falcons for defenseman Nate
Guenin to try to repair their defensive problems.
Ex-Phantoms Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte may
miss the game due to injuries. Maroon has 10 points
(3goals, 7 assists) in 17 games while Laliberte
has 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 9 games since
the trade occurred back on November 21 for defenseman
Danny Syvret and forward Rob Bordson. Goaltender
J.P. Levasseur is 0-3-0 against the Phantoms this
season with a 3.06 GAA and .896 save percentage
while teammate Timo Pielmeier is 9-11-1 with a 3.46
GAA but has yet to play in net against Adirondack.
The Crunch are 5-5 in their last ten and are on
a 2-game losing streak going into the week. They
play in Hamilton on Friday and home against the
Rochester Americans on Saturday.
Week 13 Game Results
January 5, 2011 - Adirondack 3 @ Albany 2 (SO)
Stephen Gionta gave the Devils a 1-0 and 2-1 lead
but Michael Ryan answered with his own pair of goals,
his sixth and seventh of the year to tie the score
at 2-2. Brian Stewart, the reigning AHL/Reebok Player
of the Week made 26 saves in regulation and then
four of the seven shooters in the shootout to help
Adirondack extend their win streak to four games.
Michael Ryan also scored in the shootout while Eric
Wellwood, Ben Holmstrom and Jon Kalinski beat Devils
goaltender Jeff Frazee after being down 3-1 in the
shootout to lead the Phantoms to victory. Adirondack
went 0-for-3 on the power play while Albany was
held scoreless on all four of their man advantages.
January 7, 2011 - Adirondack 2 @ Abbotsford 3 (SO)
Lance Bouma and Cam Cunning scored for Abbotsford
to give them a 2-0 lead with 8 minutes remaining
in the third but Jonathon Kalinski cut the deficit
to one when he scored the Phantoms fifth shorthanded
goal of the season with 3:54 to go. Then, Michael
Ryan extended his goal-scoring streak to four when
he beat Abbotsford goaltender Leland Irving short
side with 23.4 seconds left in regulation to tie
the game at 2-2. It was Ryan's eighth goal of the
year assisted by Jon Kalinski and Kevin Marshall.
The Phantoms had opportunities to score in overtime
but Irving stood tall. Adirondack would go to the
shootout for the fourth time in five games where
Matt Keith, Mitch Wahl and Jon Rheault all beat
Phantoms goaltender Michael Leighton who was stellar
in his first start since being sent to the team
from the Philadelphia Flyers earlier in the week.
Moore scored the lone goal in the shootout for the
Phantoms but Adirondack did extend their point streak
to five in the loss. Leighton finished with 32 saves
while counterpart Leland Irving stopped 19 to earn
his 16th win of the year.
January 8, 2011 - Adirondack 2 @ Adirondack 3 (SO)
Adirondack got out to an early 2-0 lead on goals
by Michael Ryan (9th) on the power play and Mike
Testwuide (2nd). Leland Irving was pulled after
making 9 saves on 11 shots in favor of recent ECHL
call up Mitch Lamoureux who finished with 12 saves
after the Phantoms took the two-goal lead. The Heat
would take the momentum midway through the second
period as they began to play more physical and initiated
three fights to spur their comeback. Ryan Stone
would score his second goal of the year with 4:45
remaining in the period and then Heat leading scorer
Matt Keith beat Phantoms goaltender Johan. Backlund
1:15 into the third period to tie the score at 2-2.
Backlund returned to the net for his first time
since November 28 and was strong. He finished with
29 saves and stopped four of five shooters in the
shootout but Adirondack was unable to beat Lamoureux.
The Phantoms fell to 3-2 in the shootout on the
year as Matt Keith had the game-winner. Adirondack
went 1-for-4 on the power play while Abbotsford
Phantoms Quick Hits
-Adirondack is currently on a six game point streak
(4-0-2) and are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.
-This past week, the Phantoms played all 3-2 games
with the extra point being decided in the shootout.
- Michael Ryan is on a five game goal-scoring streak
(6 goals, 0 assists)
-Jonathon Kalinski scored the Phantoms fifth shorthanded
goal of the season on Friday night in Abbotsford.
-Marc-Andre Bourdon remains day-to-day after leaving
the game back on New Year's Day as well as Denis
Hamel who is day-to-day after missing the week after
hitting the boards awkwardly in Rochester last Sunday.
Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week
#14 - Michael Ryan- FW - 3 GP (4 goals, 0 assists)
The Boston, MA native is currently on a five-game
goal-scoring streak. Ryan twice tied the score in
Wednesday night's 3-2 victory at Albany and then
registered the game-tying goal with 23.4 seconds
remaining in Friday's game at Abbotsford to help
extend Adirondack's point streak. Since signing
with the Phantoms on November 23, Ryan has registered
nine goals and two assists in 15 games. He has spent
time in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes and
Buffalo Sabres over his career scoring 7 goals and
8 assists in 83 games.
Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions...
Jan 4 - Nic Riopel (G) Loaned to Greenville (ECHL)
Jan 4 - Michael Leighton (G) Assigned to Adirondack
Jan 6 - Danny Syvret (D) Recalled by Philadelphia
Jan 6 - Brian Stewart (G) Loaned to Bakersfield
Jan 8 - Danny Syvret (D) Loaned to Adirondack (AHL)
Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week
Tuesday, January 11: Practice at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 12: Practice at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 13: Practice at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, January 14: Pre-Game at 10:00 a.m. / Game
@ 7:30 p.m. vs. Hershey Bears
Saturday, January 15: Pre-Game at 10:00 a.m. /
Game @ 7:00 p.m. vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Sunday, January 16: Bus to Syracuse at 11:00 a.m.
/ Game @ 4:00 p.m. at Syracuse / Bus back following
Monday, January 17: Practice at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, January 14, 7:30pm - Hershey Bears at Adirondack
Phantoms - $1 hot dogs.
Saturday, January 15, 7:00pm - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms - Phlex Retirement
Party. Unifirst Youth Backpacks first 1,000 kids.
Sunday, January 16, 4:00pm - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Friday, January 21 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
vs. Adirondack Phantoms (at Philadelphia)
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