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Flyers Win Preseason Opener 4-0

 

 

 

 

September 20, 2011

 

 

 

 

Zac Rinaldo and Mike Testwuide are a couple of the Adirondack Phantoms players who shined brightly in Philadelphia's preseason opener at the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night. Both of the players are fresh off their professional rookie season and both scored impressive goals in the Flyers 4-0 win. The game was seen by many Adirondack Phantoms fans and nationwide on NHL Network.

The Flyers and Maple Leafs will play a rematch Wednesday night in Philadelphia in a game that will be televised nationally on Versus.

Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored the other goals in the Flyers win. Matt Read had an assist and also hit a post in the first period on a shorthanded run. Rinaldo added one of his famous monster hits in addition to the goal.

But it wwas Rinaldo's lamplighter early in the second period that caught everyone's attention. Dashing in from the left circle and bruning past a defenseman, Rinaldo went wide around Toronto goalie James Reimer and falling head-first across the slot was able to impressively slide the backhander wide of the netminder and into the cage. It was a fine highlight caliber goal for a player who only had three goals with the Phantoms last year.

Rinaldo made his NHL debut with the Flyers in Game 5 of their opening round playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres. It is already a rare feat for a player to make their NHL debut in the postseason, but do so at only 20 years old as was the case with Rinaldo is even more unusual.

Testwuide's goal later in the second period extended Philadelphia's lead to 3-0. He ripped a shot from the left circle beating Reimer short side. The Colorado College product led all Adirondack Phantoms rookies last year with 18 goals. But he started out slowly with only two goals in the first half of the season. He went off after that lighting it up for 16 goals in the second half including the first ever Phantoms hat trick at the Glens Falls Civic Center on April 1 in a 9-5 rout of the Albany Devils. Testwuide has yet to make his NHL debut but he is certainly knocking on the door.

Both Rinaldo and Testwuide are among several Phantoms players who have every intention of making the decision process difficult for Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and General Manager Paul Holmgren. Both have emphasized that the camp is wide-open and that there are many possibilites as to who can crack the team's opening night roster. With performances such as Tuesday's display they undoubtedly caught some attention.

Philadelphia's preseason continues at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesay night against Toronto. The game will be televised nationall on Versus.

The Adirondack Phantoms training camp begins on Sunday, September 25 with players arriving to Glens Falls and then Monday, September 26 at 1:00 PM with the team's first practice. All practices are free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars! Adirondack Phantoms Opening Night is Saturday, October 8. The Phantoms take on the Connecticut Whale to begin the third season of exciting Phantoms hockey in Glens Falls. Get great savings and have fun with your friends, family or co-workers by bringing your group of 15 or more fans to enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting Phantoms hockey. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355 and check the team's website at phantomshockey.com

Don't forget the preseason games on Wednesday, September 28 in Saratoga Springs, NY and Saturday, October 1 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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