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Phantoms Weekly #25





April 5, 2011





Adirondack Extends Home Winning Streak to Six Games; Final Home Game of the season against the Albany Devils on Wednesday night.

April 5, 2011

Flyers Recall Syvret and Holmstrom; Matczak Signed to ATO; Bourdon to help Greenville

Marc-Andre Bourdon has been loaned to the Greenville (SC) Road Warriors of the ECHL to help with their playoff run. Bourdon will play in Elmira, NY in Game 1 of their Best of 5 series against the Jackals on Tuesday night. He is expected to return to the Phantoms for Wednesday night's game against Albany.

The Philadelphia Flyers announced the recall of D Danny Syvret and FW Ben Holmstrom from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, this past week.

Syvret posted 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points in 59 games for the Phantoms this season since being acquired in a trade from the Ducks organization on November 21st. He made his Flyers 2010-2011 debut on Sunday afternoon against the New York Rangers logging over 14 minutes of ice-time.

In 75 games with Adirondack this season, Holmstrom recorded 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points.He is the only player on Adirondack's roster to have appeared in every game. That streak will ended on Monday night. This is Holmstrom's second call-up to the NHL this season. He made his NHL debut on March 3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He recorded a game-high five hits and was 3-for-10 on face-offs in 8:06 of ice time.

Over the weekend, Adirondack signed Mike Matczak to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) for the rest of the 2010-2011 season. Matczak made his pro debut on Saturday night against the Syracuse Crunch. He recently completed a four-year career at Yale University. This season with the Bulldogs, he registered two goals and 14 points in 36 games. He played in every game this season with Yale as one of their top-blue liners.

The Sewell, New Jersey native appeared in 114 career games with the Bulldogs, recording eight goals and 31 assists for 39 points.

Phantoms Upcoming Games

Wednesday, April 6 - Albany at Adirondack - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 8 - Adirondack at Manchester - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 - Adirondack at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 - Adirondack at Wilkes-Barre - 3:05 p.m.

2010-11 Record:

29-37-4-6, 68 points (Home 18-15-3-3, Road 11-22-1-3)

Adirondack Phantoms Team Leaders

Games: Ben Holmstrom (75)

Goals: Denis Hamel (25)

Assists: Erik Gustafsson (40)

Points: Denis Hamel (47), Erik Gustafsson (45), Michael Ryan (40)

Plus/Minus: Mike Testwuide (12)

Penalty Minutes: Zac Rinaldo (314)

Power Play Goals: Denis Hamel (11)

Short-handed Goals: Jonathon Kalinski and Eric Wellwood (2)

Game-Winning Goals: Denis Hamel (4)

Shots: Denis Hamel (248)

Saves: Michael Leighton (823)

Wins: Michael Leighton (14)

GAA: Michael Leighton (2.22)

Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (0.926)

Shutouts: Michael Leighton (5)

Week 26 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.

Final Home Game of the Season

Wednesday, April 6 - 7:00 p.m. - Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY

vs. Albany Devils (32-39-1-4, 69 pts)

7th Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

Promotion: Fan Appreciation Night

The Time Warner Cable Cup is going down to the wire and it will come down to the 12th and last meeting of the season between the two local rivals. The game is also Fan Appreciation Night at the Civic Center as the Phantoms thank you, the fans, for all your great support all season long. There will be lots of awesome giveaways throughout the night including autographed Phantoms jerseys.

The Devils are still smarting for their 9-5 humbling at the GFCC last Friday as the Phantoms were able to keep the Devils from clinching the Cup on Adirondack ice. Mike Testwuide led the way in that game with the first ever Phantoms hat trick at the Civic Center and the first of his pro career. Adirondack carries a six game home ice win streak into the contest. Albany leads the season series 6 games to 5. The Phantoms have to win in regulation to take home the Cup. A Phantoms win in overtime or regulation would mean the Cup goes to the Albany Devils. If Adirondack wins in regulation to tie the series at 6-6 then the Phantoms will win the Cup based on having 14 points in the series to Albany's 13. If the Devils lose in overtime or a shootout then the total points would be tied at 14-14 but Albany would win the Cup based on goal differential. The Time Warner Cable Cup will be at the Glens Falls Civic Center and will be presented to the winner of the series immediately following the game. The Phantoms trail the Albany Devils by just one point in the East Division standings.

Final Road-trip of the Season

Friday, April 8 - 7:00 p.m. - Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, NH

@ Manchester Monarchs (43-25-3-6, 95 pts)

2nd Place in Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference

This is the Phantoms lone trip to Manchester this year. In the only other game of the season between the two teams, the Phantoms dropped a 7-2 decision on December 29 on home ice. Manchester is competing with Portland for the Atlantic Division crown. The Monarchs are the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Saturday, April 9 - 7:05 p.m. - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena - Binghamton, NY

@ Binghamton Senators (40-29-3-5, 88 pts)

5th Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

The Phantoms have not fared well on Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena ice this season having gone 0-3 so far in the first three meetings of the season between the two East Division rivals. But Adirondack has bounced back with a vengeance in the season series having gone 3-0-1 against Binghamton in Glens Falls. The series has featured many exciting contests including a dramatic, late comeback on January 26 with goals in the last five minutes by Andrew Rowe and Luke Pither for a 4-3 win. Andre Benoit burned the Phantoms on February 13 with an overtime game-winner in a 4-3 decision. But Adirondack bounced back with consecutive 5-2 wins against the Senators on February 27 and March 16. The Phantoms featured extremely balanced scoring attacks in both of those games with nine different goals scoring for the ten goals. The B-Sens are led by the AHL's top scorer, Corey Locke, who has 65 assists among his 86 points.

Last Game of the 2010-11 Season

Sunday, April 10 - 3:05 p.m. - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza - Wilkes-Barre, PA

@ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (56-20-0-1, 113 pts)

1st Place in East Division, Eastern Conference

It's off to Wilkes-Barre Township for the last game of the season for the Phantoms as they look for their fourth straight win against the Penguins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has already won the Kilpatrick trophy for the most points in the AHL this season. They raced out to a 9-0-0 start this year and have hardly looked back. But it's Adirondack who has dominated the series since the New Year. The Phantoms knocked off the Penguins in their last three encounters to pull to within 3 games to 4 in the season series. On January 21 in Philadelphia in front of 18,000+ fans it was Michael Ryan redirecting an Erik Gustafsson drive with 1:30 left breaking a late tie en route to a 4-2 victory. On February 12 in Wilkes-Barre it would be Gustafsson early goal to hold up the entire way as Michael Leighton outdueled AHL Goaltender of the Year Brad Thiessen in a 1-0 classic. Leighton made 28 saves in his second straight shutout and his second of five overall on the season. The last time the teams met was March 26 at the Glens Falls Civic Center in front of loud and raucous crowd. Matt Read chose an opportune time to score his first pro goal as he broke a 2-2 deadlock with just 5:05 remaining to propel the Phantoms to an exciting 3-2 victory. Ben Holmstrom scored the other two goals while Michael Leighton made some of his most phenomenal stops of the season. That victory capped a great home weekend for the Phantoms who knocked off second place Hershey and first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton back-to-back.

Week 25 Game Results

March 29, 2011 - Adirondack 2 @ Albany 6

The Phantoms found themselves in a 3-0 hole less than five minutes into the game and were not able to recover as Albany took a 6 games to 4 lead in the Time Warner Cable Cup series. Matt Read and Harry Zolnierczyk scored the goals for Adirondack while Johan Backlund was pinned with the loss. Newcomer Ryan Ginand had one goal and two assists while Brad Mills led the way with his 13th and 14th of the year. Jeff Frazee was the winner in net for the Devils.

April 1, 2011 - Albany 5 @ Adirondack 9

Adirondack posted an incredible six goals in the second period on their way to taking a monster 9-2 lead. Mike Testwuide recorded the first Phantoms hat trick in GFCC history and was showered with a few hats and a LOT of green foam fingers which were given away to the fans before the game. One of the largest crowds of the season had to do a double-take to make sure they were believing what they were seeing as the Phantoms incredible passing and crisp plays led to goals that looked all too amazingly easy. Michael Ryan had two goals for Adirondack while Denis Hamel, Danny Syvret, Matt Read and Cullen Eddy all posted single tallies. The Phantoms shattered their previous season high for goals in a game which was six. And they tied an all-time franchise record for goals in a game last done by the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1999.

April 2, 2011 - Syracuse 0 @ Adirondack 3

Michael Leighton racked up 25 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and 33rd of his brilliant AHL career as Adirondack stopped previously red-hot Syracuse. The Crunch had won five in a row and were averaging five goals per game in that stretch. But they couldn't find the back of the net against Leighton and the stingy Phantoms defense. Adirondack scored a quick burst of three goals in the closing minutes of the second period for all their scoring. Eric Wellwood (16th), Kevin Marshall (3rd) and Matt Read (4th) lit it up for Adirondack. For Read, it was his third game in a row scoring a goal. Defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon and J.P. Testwuide had nice assists to set up a couple of the lamplighters. The Phantoms dominated Syracuse all season long and finished the regular season with a 7-1 record against the Crunch.

April 4, 2011 - Rochester 0 @ Adirondack 6

The Phantoms continued their tremendous send-off to the 2010-11 season with their most lopsided victory of the year. The game was the penultimate home contest on the schedule for Adirondack in a rare Monday night contest. The Phantoms scored two goals in each period while Leighton picked up another 24 saves for his second shutout in a row for the second time this season. Denis Hamel's second hat trick of the season was also the team's second in their last three games. It was the Phantoms fourth hat trick of the year. Hamel had close calls on a couple of chances to make it a four goal game. Michael Ryan scored two goals and also had a couple of opportunities to make it double hat tricks for the Phantoms. Mike Testwuide's 18th of the year was the team's other goal on the night. Adirondack finished the year 2-2 against Rochester. The six goal difference eclipsed the team's previous best of four. Denis Hamel's first goal on the game was his 600th career point. Erik Gustafsson had five points in the game. That's the most assists in a game this year for the Phantoms and equals the most points in a game for an Adirondack player done previously by Gustafsson in December and also by Michael Ryan Friday night. Matt Read had three assists in the game.

Phantoms Quick Hits

Denis Hamel is 16th on the AHL all-time goals list with 315. He is one behind current Washington Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau for 15th all-time.

The rookie goal scoring race on the Phantoms is going down to the wire with Mike Testwuide having taken the lead with 18 goals. Eric Wellwood and Ben Holmstrom have 17 each.

Denis Hamel leads Michael Ryan for the team goal scoring title. Hamel has 25 goals while Ryan has 22.

Michael Leighton's 34 career AHL shutouts is 6th all-time in the AHL and the most in the modern-era of the AHL (since 1975). He has five shutouts this year. His high for shutouts in a season is seven done once with the Norfolk Admirals in 2003-04 and also with the Albany River Rats in 2007-08.

Ben Holmstrom's iron-man streak of playing in all 75 games for the Phantoms came to an end Monday night when he was called up to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matt Read's three game goal scoring streak ended Monday night when he didn't find the back of the net. He did pick up three assists in the game though.

The Phantoms are on a three game win streak for the third time this year. Their season best win streak is four in a row from December 31 to January 5.

Adirondack has won six straight home games, their longest such streak of the year. The Phantoms home record now stands at 18-15-6.

The Phantoms are an incredible 9-1-1 in their last 11 home games since February 26.

The Phantoms are 11-1-3 in their last 15 home games since February 13.

Adirondack is 5-2 overall in their last 7 and also are 8-4 in their last 12.

The Phantoms overall are 24-14-8 since December 17. Under Head Coach Joe Paterson the Phantoms are 22-14-8.

The Phantoms ECHL affiliate, the Greenville (SC) Road Warriors finished first in their conference and secured the #1 seed for their opening round Best of 5 series against the Elmira (NY) Jackals. Greenville will play games one and two at Elmira Tuesday and Wednesday nights before the series reverts back to South Carolina for the rest of the series Friday, Saturday and Monday. Some Phantoms players who are with Greenville for their playoff run include goaltender Nic Riopel, defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon, forward Andrew Rowe and forward Brendan Connolly. Good luck Road Warriors!

Adirondack Phantoms Recent Transactions...

Mar 30 - Andrew Rowe Loaned to Greenville (ECHL)

Apr 2 - Mike Matczak (D) Signed to PTO

Apr 2 - Danny Syvret (D) Recalled to Philadelphia (NHL)

Apr 4 - Ben Holmstrom (C) Recalled to Philadelphia (NHL)

Apr 5 - Marc-Andre Bourdon Loaned to Greenville (ECHL)

Phantoms Practice Schedule this Week

Wednesday, April 6 - Morning practice, 10:00 am. Game vs. Albany Devils, 7:00 pm.

Thursday, April 7 - Practice, 10:00 am. Depart for Manchester, 1:00 pm.

Friday, April 8 - Practice in Manchester, NH, 11:00 am. Game at Manchester, 7:00 pm. Bus to Binghamton following game.

Saturday, April 9 - Practice in Binghamton, NY. 11:00 am. Game at Binghamton, 7:05 pm. Bus to Wilkes-Barre following game.

Sunday, April 10 - Game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3:00 pm. Season conclusion. Bus to Glens Falls after game.


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 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.






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