PHANTOMS WEEKLY RELEASE #23
Phantoms Host the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday night; Three Game Road-Trip begins Saturday afternoon in Toronto.
March 14, 2011
Zolnierczyk Signs ATO with Phantoms
This past week, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of free agent forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Brown University to an entry level contract that will begin at the start of the 2011-2012 season.
Zolnierczyk, 23, signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with the Adirondack Phantoms and made his professional debut on Friday night against the Albany Devils.
In his opening weekend with the Phantoms, he recorded four shots on goal and four PIM’s.
He was the captain of the Bears in his senior season and was named Ivy League Player of the Year, while also earning ECAC Player of the Week honors twice this season. In 30 games with Brown University this season, Zolnierczyk had a team-high 16 goals and tied for the team lead in overall scoring with 31 points.
In 114 career games over his four seasons at Brown, Zolnierczyk recorded 30 goals and 39 assists for 69 points, along with 238 penalty minutes.
End of Winter Sale!
The Adirondack Phantoms are having an end of the winter sale! Both online and at the Phantoms games, you can save 25% off select Phantoms memorabilia while supply last (March 1st through March 20th) http://shopphantomshockey.com/. If you have any questions, contact Tim Dinan at the Phantoms office for more details.
Upcoming Dax and Player Appearances Monday: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (2 Players at Dango’s in Glens Falls) Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Staff Appearance at South High) Wednesday: GAME-DAY Thursday: 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (Dax GOAL Program at Queensbury Elementary- 1,000 kids) Saturday: 11:30-12:30 (Dax Appearing at Shamrock the Block in Lake George), 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Dax Appearing at the 2nd Annual Tee Time at Crandall Library-$5 for the event)and4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. (Dax Appearing at Saratoga Lions Club)
Phantoms Upcoming Games
Wednesday, March 16 – Binghamton at Adirondack – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 – Adirondack at Toronto – 3:00 p.m.
22-33-4-6, 54 points (Home 12-15-3-3, Road 10-18-1-3) Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders Games: Ben Holmstrom (65) Goals: Denis Hamel (21) Assists: Erik Gustafsson (31) Points: Denis Hamel (39) Plus/Minus: Mike Testwuide (6) Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (259) Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (10) Short-handed Goals: Jonathon Kalinski (2) Game-Winning Goals: Denis Hamel (3) Shots: Denis Hamel (206) Saves: Johan Backlund (674) Wins: Johan Backlund (8) GAA: Michael Leighton (2.31) Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (0.921)
Week 23 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 on www.ahllive.com.
Check-It-Out Night (Discount Tickets when you show your library card at the box office)
Wednesday, March 16 – 7:00 p.m. – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
vs. Binghamton Senators (34-25-3-4, 75 pts)
5th Place in East Division, Eastern Conference
This will be the seventh of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Senators this season. This is the last time that Binghamton with visit the Glens Falls Civic Center this season. Binghamton leads the season series 4-2. The Senators come into the game losing three of their last four and five of their last seven. The Senators currently hold the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by 1 point over the Connecticut Whale and Worcester Sharks. The Ottawa Senators, Binghamton’s NHL affiliate, currently has forwards Erik Condra, Bobby Butler, Colin Greening, Francis Lessard and Zack Smith on recall. Ryan Keller leads the Sens with 26 goals in 57 games while Corey Locke has a team-high and league-high 57 assists and 75 points in 58 games this season. Goaltenders Barry Brust (25-15-0-1, 2.56 GAA), Rookie Robin Lehner (7-7-0-2, 2.81 GAA) and Mike Brodeur (2-5-0-0, 3.25 GAA) have split time in goal with the Sens. Binghamton comes in with the 2nd best power play in the AHL (22.5%) and 16th on the penalty kill (82.3%).
Three-Game Road trip Begins in Toronto
Saturday, March 19 – 3:00 p.m. – Ricoh Coliseum – Toronto, ONT
@ Toronto Marlies (34-26-1-9, 78 pts)
2nd Place in North Division, Western Conference
This will be the final meeting between the Phantoms and Marlies this season. Toronto leads the season series 1-0 after defeating the Phantoms back on November 11th at the Glens Falls Civic Center 5-1. Stefan Legein opened the scoring for Adirondack 5:56 into the first period and gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead but Mike Zigomanis, Alex Foster, Justin Hodgman, Joey Crabb and Greg Scott tallied goals for the Marlies. Johan Backlund made 16 saves on 21 shots while Marlies netminder Jussi Rynnas stopped 26. Rookie Joe Colborne leads the Marlies with 18 goals in 66 games while Mike Zigomanis has a team-high 33 assists and 47 points in 62 games this season. Rookie netminders Jussi Rynnas (9-14-0-3, 2.80 GAA) and Ben Scrivens (11-7-0-4, 2.32 GAA) have shared time in goal as James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson remain up with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Marlies are 14-0-0-1 when leading after the second period but are 1-12-0-1 when trailing after 2. Toronto is ranked 25th in the AHL on the power play (14.7 %) but are a league best on the penalty kill allowing only opponents to score 40 goals on 305 attempts (86.9%).Toronto is 5-3-1-1 in their last ten games and currently trail the Manitoba Moose for first place by two points.
Week 22 Game Results
March 11, 2011 – Albany 2 @ Adirondack 1
In a game that saw a combined 130 penalty minutes, Tim Sestito (4th) scored the eventual game-winner 4:24 into the third period to lead Albany to a 2-1 victory at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday night. After scoring four goals in the final 9 minutes in Albany’s 5-4 comeback win on Wednesday night against Bridgeport, Chad Wiseman (11th) gave Albany an early 1-0 lead as he one-timed a Jay Leach pass. Late in the first period, Eric Wellwood (14th) tied the score, shorthanded, at 1-1 after a great feed by Rob Bordson. The game would remain tied until Tim Sestito’s goal early in the third. The story of the game though was the emotions between the two rivals. Late in the second period when Adirondack's Andrew Rowe ran into Albany goalie Mike McKenna. It is unclear whether Albany's Darcy Zajac might have pushed Rowe on the play. After the collision, McKenna went after Rowe but backed off when he saw Zajac jump in. Then various players paired off including Kalinski stepping up for Rowe to go at Zajac. Kevin Marshall was engaged with Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond while Andrew Rowe was tangled for a bit with Albany's Louis Robitaille. Three players received game misconducts in the game including Jon Kalinski and Zac Rinaldo for the Phantoms and Darcy Zajac of Albany. Phantoms goaltender Johan Backlund finished with 18 saves while counterpart Mike McKenna earned his 11th win of the season and second consecutive victory against Adirondack. The Phantoms went 0-for-5 on the power play but were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
March 12, 2011 – Hershey 3 @ Adirondack 2 (OT)
On Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame Night at the Glens Falls Civic Center, ex-Philadelphia Phantom, Kyle Greentree, scored the game-winning goal on the power play 2:20 into overtime leading the Hershey Bears to a 3-2 victory on Saturday night. After a scoreless opening period, Mike Testwuide gave Adirondack a 1-0 lead as he tallied his 10th goal of the season. On a Michael Ryan shot from the left point, Testwuide picked up the rebound and poked it past Todd Ford. Hershey would tie the score on the power play at 1-1. Brian Fahey’s (4th) shot from center point beat Phantoms goaltender Michael Leighton blocker side with 4 seconds remaining on the Bears second 5-on-3 of the game. The game would remain tied until Bears forward Andrew Carroll scored his third goal of the season and gave Hershey a 2-1 lead 6:49 into the third period. Carroll picked off a Phantoms pass and was all alone to front of the goal to give the Bears their first lead of the game. Newly acquired Tom Sestito tied the game at 2-2 on his first goal as an Adirondack Phantom after he cut across the Bears crease and then backhanding one past the Hershey netminder. In overtime, Michael Ryan was called for goaltender interference after colliding with Todd Ford behind the Bears net. After a failed clearing attempt, Brian Willsie picked up a loose puck and fed Kyle Greentree for his 24th goal of the season & the clincher. Adirondack finished 0-for-5 on the power play while Hershey went 2-for-9 which included three 5-on-3’s in the game. Michael Leighton made 26 saves while Todd Ford earned his seventh of the season stopping 19 shots.
March 13, 2011 – Adirondack 3 at Springfield 0
Michael Leighton made 28 saves to earn his third shutout of the season and as an Adirondack Phantom to lead the Phantoms to a season swept over the Springfield Falcons on Sunday afternoon. It was Leighton’s seventh win this season and 32nd career AHL shutout. Mike Testwuide led the way for Adirondack as he scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season. It was his second multi-goal game of his career. Denis Hamel added an empty netter late in the game to score his 21st of the season. Both Adirondack and Springfield went 0-for-2 on the power play.
Phantoms Quick Hits
-Mike Testwuide has tallied a goal in five of the last six games. He has 10 goals and 6 assists over the last 16 games
-Tom Sestito scored the game-tying goal late in the third period on Saturday night against the Hershey Bears. It was his first goal as a member of the Adirondack Phantoms. In 46 games with the Springfield Falcons, he posted 11 goals and 32 points.
-Michael Leighton posted his third shutout this season and 32nd of his AHL career on Sunday in Springfield.
-Forward Ben Holmstrom is the only Adirondack Phantom to have appeared in every game this season (65).
-When leading after 2 periods this season, Adirondack is 9-1-1-3.
-Phantoms record since Dec 17 is 18-10-8 and are 16-10-8 under Joe Paterson.
Phantoms Reebok/AHL Player of the Week (Week 22):
#8- Mike Testwuide - RW - 3 GP (3 goals, 0 assist, +4, 9 SOG)
The Vail, CO native recorded his second multi-goal game of his career in Adirondack’s 3-0 victory over the Springfield Falcons on Sunday afternoon. He has tallied a goal in five of his last six games and 11 in his last 25 games after posting one goal in his first 36 pro games.
Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions…
Mar 8 – Harry Zolnierczyk (LW) Signed to ATO
Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week
Tuesday, March 15: Practice at 10:00 a.m. (PRACTICE RINK)
Wednesday, March 16: Pre-Game at 10:00 a.m. / Game vs. Binghamton Senators at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 17: Practice at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, March 18: Practice at 10:00 a.m. (PRACTICE RINK) / Bus to Toronto later in the day
Saturday, March 19: Pre-game at 11:00 a.m. / Game at Toronto Marlies at 3:00 p.m. / Bus back to GF following the game
Sunday, March 20: Practice at 10:00 a.m. (PRACTICE RINK)
Monday, March 21: OFF UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms - Phantoms wearing AHL 75th Anniversary Commemorative jerseys. Check it Out Night (Ticket Discounts with your library card)
Saturday, March 19th, 3:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Toronto Marlies
Tuesday, March 22nd, 7:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Charlotte Checkers
Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:15 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms - The return of Super Fan Cameron Hughes firing up the crowd. Make some noise and get some T-Shirts!
Saturday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms - The return of Super Fan Cameron Hughes firing up the crowd. Make some noise and get some T-Shirts! Post-game concert with Isaiah 6.
Join us at the Glens Falls Civic Center for exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey, the top affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
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 and flex-packs.
Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects. 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.