Glens Falls, NY-The
goals and wins keep coming for the Phantoms continuing
a tremendous final homestand of the 2010-11 campaign.
Adirondack extended their win streak to six straight
at the Glens Falls Civic Center blowing past the
Rochester Americans 6-0 on Monday night in another
all-around impressive display. Denis Hamel celebrated
his second hat trick of the season while Michael
Leighton earned back-to-back shutouts for the second
time of the year en route to his AHL modern-era
record 34th all-time AHL shutout and fifth this
It was the second time this season that Hamel
and Leighton would combine for a hat trick and shutout
in the same game. The talented veteran duo did the
same thing in a February 5 victory at Hamilton 4-0.
The Phantoms have outscored their opponents by
an incredible 18-5 margin over their first three
games of the homestand which has also included 9-5
victories Friday over Albany and 3-0 over Syracuse
on Saturday. The six goal margin was the Phantoms
most lopsided victory of the year breaking the previous
four goal mark which they did two previous times
including the homestand opener.
Michael Ryan scored two goals and Mike Testwuide
had the other. Erik Gustafsson had a season high
five assists and Matt Read chipped in three helpers.
Hamel had a couple close calls gunning for his fourth
of the night. Ryan had a chance or two in his efforts
to make it double hat tricks for the Phantoms on
the night but was unable to match Hamel with the
It was a matter of more crisp and quick puck movement
for the Adirondack Phantoms setting up many of the
goals. The quality passing has been a trademark
of the Phantoms six game home win streak. Adirondack
is an incredible 9-1-1 in their last 11 games at
home since February 26. They are also 10-1-3 at
home since February 13.
Denis Hamel started the scoring for Adirondack
at the 18:51 mark of the first period. Matt Read
sent a headman pass to Hamel up the right-wing for
a partial breakaway. Hamel’s blast past netminder
Marc Cheverie blocker-side gave Adirondack the 1-0
lead. It was Hamel’s 600th career point and
the first of his three goals on the night.
With only 2.6 seconds remaining in the period,
Michael Ryan scored the first of his two goals giving
the Phantoms a 2-0 lead. After an Erik Gustafsson
shot from the point, Ryan scored his 21st of the
year putting home the rebound on the power play.
It was the latest into a period the Phantoms have
scored a goal this season.
Mike Testwuide extended the Phantoms to 3-0 lead
at the 3:46 mark of the second period. Testwuide
moved in from the right wing circle and backhanded
one past the right skate of Cheverie. It was Testwuide’s
17th goal of the season giving him sole possession
of the goal scoring lead among Phantoms rookies
while Ben Holmstrom and Eric Wellwood each have
Denis Hamel scored his second of the game at the
16:49 mark of the second as he beat Cheverie to
give Adirondack a 4-0 lead. Matt Read and Erik Gustafsson
picked up the assists.
Just 12 seconds into the third period, Michael
Ryan scored his second goal of the game on a give
from Matt Read. Ryan’s 22nd goal of the season
came on the power play giving the Phantoms a 5-0
lead. It was the fastest goal in a period for Adirondack
this season eclipsing the previous mark of 16 seconds
with Holmstrom accomplished in early March.
Adirondack took a 6-0 lead on Denis Hamel’s
second hat trick of the season on a blast from the
slot on a feed from Stefan Legein. Michael Leighton
finished the game with 24 saves to pick up his 34th
career AHL shutout while Amerks goaltender Marc
Cheverie stopped 29.
Since December 17, the Phantoms are 25-14-8. Under
Head Coach Joe Paterson, Adirondack is 23-14-8.
The Phantoms went 3-for-7 on the power play while
the Americans finished 0-for-1.
Adirondack finished 2-2 against Rochester on the
The Phantoms improved to 18-15-6 overall at the
Civic Center with their sixth straight victory on
home ice. Overall, the Phantoms have won three straight
and five of their last seven. Adirondack is 8-4
in their last 12.
Adirondack returns to action on Wednesday night
against their Northway Rival, the Albany Devils.
The Devils lead the season series 6-5 but with a
regulation win, the Phantoms would take the Time
Warner Cable Cup which will be presented to the
winner of the series after the game. If the Devils
get a point in the final game (with an overtime
loss or a victory) then they would win the Cup.
It is the last home game of the season for the
Phantoms on Fan Appreciation Night featuring many
great giveaways including
Phantoms Notes: Ben Holmstrom was recalled to the
Flyers on Monday joining defenseman Danny Syvret
in Philadelphia. This is Holmstrom’s second
call-up to the NHL this season. Holmstrom was the
last Adirondack Phantom to have appeared in every
game this season. Defensemen Mike Matczak, Matt
Walker, Olivier Lauridsen, Logan Stephenson and
Forward Tom Sestito were the scratches for Adirondack.
Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. - Albany Devils at
Adirondack Phantoms -Fan Appreciation Night - Last
home game of the year featuring many great giveaways
including autographed Phantoms memorabilia.
Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. – Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Saturday, April 9, 7:05 p.m. – Adirondack
Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Sunday, April 10, 3:05 p.m. – Adirondack
Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Phantoms Season Tickets for 2011-12 are on sale
now! Full season ticket holders get an Adirondack
Phantoms stadium blanket while supplies last and
also will be in the Phantoms mug club for $1 sodas
and coffees in Heritage Hall all season long.
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
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.
Rochester Americans 0 at Adirondack Phantoms 6
- Status: Unofficial Final
Monday, April 4, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Rochester 0 0 0 - 0
Adirondack 2 2 2 - 6
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Hamel 23 (Read, Gustafsson),
18:51. 2, Adirondack, Ryan 21 (Legein, Read), 19:57
(PP). Penalties-Hotham Rch (tripping), 5:36; Baier
Rch (instigating, fighting, misconduct), 9:06; Rinaldo
Adk (major - kneeing, fighting, game misconduct
- kneeing), 9:06; Thomas Rch (hooking), 19:21.
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Testwuide 17 (Eddy),
3:46. 4, Adirondack, Hamel 24 (Read, Gustafsson),
16:49. Penalties-Grant Rch (tripping), 19:03.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Ryan 22 (Read, Gustafsson),
0:12 (PP). 6, Adirondack, Hamel 25 (Legein, Gustafsson),
12:05 (PP). Penalties-Fenton Rch (slashing), 8:19;
Kennedy Rch (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:36; Selleck
Rch (slashing), 11:36; Rissmiller Rch (hooking),
15:37; Kostka Rch (tripping), 18:59.
Shots on Goal-Rochester 5-10-9-24. Adirondack 15-10-10-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 0 / 1; Adirondack
3 / 8.
Goalies-Rochester, Cheverie 2-5-1 (35 shots-29 saves).
Leighton 13-12-3 (24 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (84).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Jim Harper (59).