Phantoms Finish Weekend 1-0-1; Conclude Home Stand with Games against Syracuse on Wednesday, Connecticut on Friday and Charlotte on Saturday
February 14, 2011
Phantoms Upcoming Games
Wednesday, February 16 – Syracuse at Adirondack
– 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 18 – Connecticut at Adirondack
– 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 19 – Charlotte at Adirondack
– 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 20 – Adirondack at Albany
– 4:00 p.m.
Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders Games: Ben Holmstrom (53) Goals: Denis Hamel (17) Assists: Erik Gustafsson
(27) Points: Erik Gustafsson (32) Plus/Minus: Matt Walker (3) Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo
(188) Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel
(8) Short-handed Goals: Jonathon
Kalinski (2) Game-Winning Goals: Erik
Gustafsson, Denis Hamel,
Luke Pither, Michael Ryan and Greg Moore (2) Shots: Denis Hamel (156) Saves: Johan Backlund (554) Wins: Johan Backlund (6) GAA: Michael Leighton (2.37) Save Percentage: Michael
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.
Check-It-Out Night (Save $3.00 when you show your library card at the Box Office and Kids Tickets are Just $5.00)
Wednesday, February 16 – 7:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
vs. Syracuse Crunch (18-28-2-4, 42 pts)
6th Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference
This will be the seventh of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Crunch this season with Adirondack leading the season series 5-1. Syracuse is led by former Adirondack Phantom, Patrick Maroon, who has 9 goals and 17 points in 30 games. In his first visit to Glens Falls since being traded to the Ducks organization on November 21, he tallied a pair of goals in the Crunch’s 5-0 win over the Phantoms. The Crunch were recently assigned veteran forward Aaron Voros and goaltender Ray Emery, who had spent time in the Flyers organization. Rookie Kyle Palmieri leads the Crunch in goals (12) while fellow rookie Nicolas Deschamps & Josh Green have a team-high 16 assists. J.P. Levasseur is 1-4-0 against Adirondack this season and overall is 8-16-0-3 with a 2.86 GAA and .916 save percentage. Syracuse is 3-6-1-0 in their last ten and are currently on a 2-game losing streak.
Dollar Dog Night as the Phantoms host the New York Rangers AHL affiliate
Friday, February 18 – 7:30 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
vs. Connecticut Whale (26-22-2-5, 59 pts)
3rd Place in Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference
This is the fourth and final meeting between the Phantoms and Whale this season. Connecticut leads the season series 3-0 and have outscored Adirondack 13-7 in those games. Devin DiDiomete leads the league in penalties minutes (216) and is tied with Phantoms enforcer Zac Rinaldo in major penalties (24). Forward Jeremy Williams leads the Whale in goals (24) and points (43) in 55 games while teammate Kris Newbury who has spent time up in the NHL with the New York Rangers, has a team-high 33 assists in 49 games. Connecticut is currently carrying 3 goaltenders; Cameron Talbot (8-3-2 with a 2.42 GAA and .919 save percentage), Chad Johnson (15-18-2 with a 2.68 GAA and .904 save percentage) and Dov Grumet-Morris on recall from the Greenville Road Warriors (3-2-0 with 2.47 GAA and .906 save percentage). The Whale are ranked 2nd in the AHL on the power play (22.1%), only behind San Antonio in the Western Conference, and 10th on the penalty kill (84.2%). Connecticut is 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games and are on a 2-game winning streak.
Phantoms T-shirt Giveaway courtesy of Papa John’s(First 2,500 Fans)
Saturday, February 19 – 7:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
vs. Charlotte Checkers (30-18-2-4, 66 pts)
3rd Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference
This will be the fifth of six meetings between the Phantoms and Checkers this season. It will be the last time that the ex-Albany River Rats visit the Glens Falls Civic Center this year. The Checkers lead the season series 4-0 and have outscored the Phantoms 13-6 in those games. Charlotte is ranked 1st in the league with 189 goals and an average of 3.50/game. Fan favorite Zack Fitzgerald leads the league with 43 minor penalties. Jerome Samson and Zac Dalpe are currently on recall in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes so forward Jacob Micflikier leads the Checkers with 21 goals and 43 points in 52 games while Oscar Osala has a team-high 28 assists in 53 games. Goaltender Mike Murphy is 3-0-0 against Adirondack this season with a 1.66 GAA and .953 save percentage while Justin Pogge is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .958 save percentage; Murphy and Pogge each have 15 wins on the season. On special teams, Charlotte is ranked 8th on the power play (19.9%) and 4th on the penalty kill (85.7%). The Checkers are currently on a 5-game point streak and are 15-8-1-0 away from the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Time Warner Cable Cup Continues (Adirondack leads series 3-2)
Sunday, February 20 – 4:00 p.m. – Times Union Center – Albany, NY
@ Albany Devils (19-29-0-3, 41 pts)
7th Place in Eastern Division, Eastern Conference
This will be the sixth of twelve meetings between the Phantoms and Devils. It will mark the third time that the Devils have come to Glens Falls this season. Albany has been depleted this season due to injuries in New Jersey. Forwards Mattias Tedenby, Vladimir Zharkov, Tim Sestito and Nick Palmieri remain on recall with the NHL club. Matt Anderson leads the Devils in goals (16), assists (17) and points (33). Goaltender Jeff Frazee has seen the majority of the action against Adirondack this season going 2-2-0-1 with a .916 save percentage. The Devils are ranked dead last in the AHL on the power play only converting 11.4% while they rank 29th on the penalty kill stopping opponents 77.1% of the time. Albany is 2-8-0-0 in their last ten but are two games above average on the road (12-10-0-1).
Week 18 Game Results
February 12, 2011 – Adirondack 1 @ Wilkes-Barre 0
Michael Leighton tallied his 31st career AHL shutout while defenseman Erik Gustafsson scored the game-winner late in the first period to carry Adirondack to their second consecutive win over the Penguins. Erik Gustafsson’s fifth of the year and first since December 10th against the Syracuse Crunch came rather awkwardly. His drive from the point was deflected by former Philadelphia Phantom and Flyer Jesse Boulerice and bounced in short-side past Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen for the lone tally of the evening for either side. Dan Jancevski and Jonathon Kalinski recorded an assist on the goal. Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre finished the game going 0-for-5 on the power play.
February 13, 2011 – Binghamton 4 @ Adirondack 3 (OT)
In a back-and-forth game that saw both teams carry a one-goal lead throughout the game, Binghamton’s Andre Benoit would score the game-winner 1:27 into overtime on his sixth of the year. Adirondack was unable to complete a line change as Binghamton controlled the puck for much of the overtime. That is when Benoit’s wrister from the blue-line snuck through a couple of Senators forwards who screened Michael Leighton's view. Adirondack got out to an early 1-0 lead on Mike Testwuide’s sixth of the year and fourth goal over the last five games. The Senators would answer on their first power play of the night when Ryan Keller fed Derek Smith for his ninth of the season to tie the score at 1-1. Less than four minutes later, Binghamton’s David Dziurzynski on a 2-on-1 beat Phantoms goaltender Michael Leighton to give the Senators a 2-1 lead. The Senators would remain in the lead until 1:12 of the third period when Ben Holmstrom sent Michael Ryan down the left boards. Ryan faked a shot and then beat a sliding Robin Lehner to tally his fifteenth of the year to tie the score at 2-2. Adirondack would take back the lead on their first power play goal in their last 18 attempts when Eric Wellwood dropped a pass back to Stefan Legein who beat Robin Lehner glove side to score his fifth of the year. Binghamton’s Ryan Keller would tie the score at 3-3 less than 3 minutes later on the Senators second power play goal of the night beating Leighton short side. Each team had opportunities late in regulation to regain the lead but Leighton and Lehner stood tall and earned their respective clubs a point. Adirondack finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while Binghamton went 2-for-3. The Phantoms outshot the Senators 29-25 but Binghamton got the extra point.
Full Season Ticket Holders, if you miss any game during the regular season, you can trade your unused tickets at the Phantoms Offices for tickets of equal or lesser value for selected Phantoms home games.
-Adirondack is now 7-1-0-2 in their last ten games away from the Glens Falls Civic Center
-Michael Leighton’s shutout streak ended at 1:57:45 after recording his 30th & 31st career AHL shutouts on back-to-back Saturday nights. Leighton leads the Phantoms in GAA (2.37) and save percentage (.918)
-Erik Gustafsson recorded his fifth goal of the year in Adirondack’s 1-0 victory on Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre and first since December 10.
-Mike Testwuide has four goals and two assists in his last five games
-Adirondack is 13-7-4 since December 17 and 11-7-4 under Head Coach Joe Paterson
Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week (Week 17):
#36- Erik Gustafsson - D - 2 GP (1 goals, 2 assists, +/- 2, 6 SOG)
The Kvissleby, Sweden native scored the game-winning goal on Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre and then assisted on two of Adirondack’s three goals on Sunday afternoon in Glens Falls. Gustafsson currently leads all Phantoms with 32 pts in 49 games and represented Adirondack at the AHL All-star game.
Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions...
Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week
Tuesday, February 15: Practice at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 16: Pre-game at 10:00 a.m. / Game vs. Syracuse Crunch (7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 17: Practice at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, February 18: Pre-game at 10:00 a.m. / Game vs. Connecticut Whale (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, February 19: Pre-game at 10:00 a.m. / Game vs. Charlotte Checkers (7:05 p.m.)
Sunday, February 20: Bus to Albany at 1 p.m. / Game @ Albany Devils (4:00 p.m.)
Monday, February 21: Practice
at 10:00 a.m.
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
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