Wilkes-Barre, PA- Michael Leighton
turned aside 28 Penguins drives including 10 in
the third period as Adirondack hung on for their
second shutout victory in a row with an exciting
1-0 decision at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday
It was Leighton's second consecutive shutout
and the 31st of his AHL career. Leighton won 4-0
at Hamilton last Saturday with a 20 save performance.
It was the Phantoms' third shutout of the season
with the other taking place on December 28 at
Syracuse by Nic Riopel.
Adirondack consecutive road wins were against
teams in first place in the North and East Divisions
Erik Gustafsson scored late in the first period
on a drive deflected by former Philadelphia Phantom
and Flyer Jesse Boulerice. The deflection caught
Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen off-balance andd
bounced in short-side for the lone tally of the
evening for either side. Thiessen had two shutouts
this week and took the loss for only the fifth
time this season in falling to 21-5-0.
The Phantoms improved to 11-7-3 under Head Coach
Joe Paterson with two of those wins coming against
the first place Penguins. Adirondack is 13-7-3
in their last 23 games dating back to December
17. The Phantoms have also won three of their
last four and they are also 4-2-0 in their last
The Phantoms were able to hang in there against
the WBS attack especially in the third when the
Penguins turned on the pressure. While Adirondack
was outshot 10-1 in the final frame which included
several impressive Leighton stops, it was the
team's defense that again deserved credit for
breaking up other opportunities and keeping the
Penguins team from getting too close.
Adirondack had a great opportunity to build on
their 1-0 lead late in the first period when the
Penguins took three consecutive two minute minor
penalties. But Adirondack failed to convert on
their two minutes of 5-on-3 time and was unable
to finish on the subsequent 5-on-4 carrying over
to the second period as well.
Then in was Adirondack's turn to step it up on
the penalty kill through much of the second period.
The Phantoms had clear after clear and the Penguins
weren't able to get much.
Adirondack opens a four game homestand Sunday
at 5:00 against the Binghamton Senators. It is
the Phantoms' first Sunday home game of the season.
Adirondack has played nine Sunday games so far
this season, all on the road.
Phantoms Notes: Scratches for Adirondack included
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Michael Ryan, Cullen Eddy
and Zac Rinaldo.
Sunday, February 13, 5:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Adirondack Phantoms - Family Fun Pack ($49),
Scoville Jewelers Most Romantic Moment Contest
Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch
at Adirondack Phantoms - Check it Out Night! Ticket
discounts with your library card.
Friday, February 18, 7:30 - Connecticut Whale
at Adirondack Phantoms - $1 Hot Dogs
Saturday, February 19, 7:00 - Charlotte Checkers
at Adirondack Phantoms - Papa John's T-Shirts
(First 2500 Fans)
Sunday, February 20, 4:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at 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
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Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 0 - Status: Unofficial Final
Saturday, February 12, 2011 - Mohegan Sun Arena
at Casey Plaza