Phantoms Preseason Results
Wednesday, September 28 (Saratoga Springs):Adirondack
Phantoms 3 – WBS Penguins 1
Saturday, October 1 (Glens Falls): Albany Devils
3 – Adirondack Phantoms 1
Sunday, October 2 (Wilkes-Barre): WBS Penguins 3
– Adirondack Phantoms 1
Phantoms Upcoming Games
Saturday, October 8, 7:00 (Opening Night!) - Connecticut
Whale at Adirondack Phantoms
Opening Night presented by Nemer Ford!
Phantoms Magnet Schedules courtesy of Great Meadow
Federal Credit Union
Postgame jersey auction immediately following the
game featuring the Phantoms special Opening Night
jerseys being worn for one game only!
Be Here! It's going to be great. The Phantoms open
the regular season this Saturday against the Connecticut
Whale, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers.
Phantoms Golf Scramble
Possibly some perfect weather in store for the
first ever Phantoms Golf Scramble. The long-range
forecast predicts sunshine and 74 degrees for Monday,
October 10 (fingers crossed!) so reserve your spot
now for a perfect day on the links with the Adirondack
Phantoms at Hiland Golf Course in Queensbury. Each
four-some will include a Phantoms player or staff.
Lunch provided as you compete for great prizes and
have lots of fun on the links with the Phantoms.
Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355
or download the entry-form at phantomshockey.com
Be Here! Phantoms Tickets are On Sale
Adirondack Phantoms game tickets are on sale now.
Starting at just $12.25 for adults and $10 for kids
it’s the best entertainment value in town.
Season tickets offer great savings and outstanding
perks and benefits. 22 game and 12 game plans give
the fans flexibility to choose the games that work
best for their schedule while also saving big compared
with purchasing the tickets individually. Call the
Phantoms at 518-480-3355 to find out more.
The Phantoms have announced that goaltender Michael
Leighton has been assigned to Adirondack according
to Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“Leights” was Lights Out in his half-season
with the Phantoms in 2010-11 going 14-12-3 with
a 2.22 goals against average and a Phantoms franchise
record .926 saves percentage. One of the stars of
the second half season, Leighton dazzled the Glens
Falls fans with his spectacular saves and five shutouts
in the last two months of the year.
Leighton led Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup Final
in 2010 with three shutouts again Montreal in the
Eastern Conference Final series. He has 34 career
shutouts in the AHL which is the most of any goalie
since 1975 and rates sixth all-time. Leighton has
played in 104 career NHL games and 296 AHL games.
In his AHL career he has 144 total victories, a
2.30 goals against average and a .917 saves percentage.
He set the all-time record league with 98 saves
in a game in April, 2008 as an All-Star member of
the Albany River Rats in their historic five overtime
game against the Philadelphia Phantoms.
The Adirondack Phantoms have announced the following
players have been released from tryout camp: Peter
Boyd, David Brownschidle, Peter Merth, Paul Crowder,
Andrew Thomas, Patrick Johnson, Steven Tarasuk and
Brad Phillips. With the recent additions of Tom
Sestito and Michael Leighton, the Phantoms roster
currently stands at 25 players so Head Coach Joe
Paterson faces some difficult decisions in the coming
days. Additionally, the Philadelphia Flyers can
still send players to the Phantoms. Adirondack players
from last year still in camp with the Flyers who
are trying to earn a coveted spot on the Opening
Night roster with the big club include Erik Gustafsson,
Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Matt Walker and Harry Zolnierczyk.
Wednesday, September 28 –
The Phantoms invaded Weibel Arena in Saratoga Springs
for their preseason opener against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins. The local community got to enjoy exciting
AHL action in their own backyard while the Phantoms
took care of business on the ice disposing of the
Penguins 3-1. Garrett Klotz, Eric Wellwood and Shane
Harper all scored for Adirondack with power play
goals in each period. Veteran Jason Bacashihua was
stellar in net in his Phantoms debut turning aside
35 shots but falling just short of his shutout bid
with only 2.7 seconds remaining in the game when
Wilkes-Barre got on the board. The event was a terrific
success and the Phantoms send their gratitude to
the great people at Saratoga Youth Hockey for serving
as such wonderful hosts.
Saturday, October 1 – Adirondack
played host to the Albany Devils in their second
preseason game and dropped a 3-1 decision to their
local rivals. Rookie Jason Akeson scored the lone
Phantoms goal on the game. The Phantoms blasted
away for 37 shots on Albany netminder Jeff Frazee
but could only get the one goal into the net. Adirondack
missed star players Ben Holmstrom, Mike Testwuide
and Eric Wellwood who were all called up to the
Flyers for their preseason game at New Jersey that
evening. The fans enjoyed coming back to the Civic
Center for Phantoms hockey for the first time since
April and were treated to one of the major improvements
installed over the offseason with the outstanding
sound system. Many fans commented that the sound
was markedly better and made for a better game experience.
Sunday, October 2 – The
Phantoms concluded their preseason with a game on
the road at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and fell to the
Penguins 3-1. Rookie blueliner Oliver Lauridsen
broke up Brad Thiessen’s shutout bid with
a powerful slapshot goal with 1:11 remaining in
the game. In 5-on-5 play, the Phantoms and Penguins
finished tied 1-1. But Adirondack took some untimely
penalties allowing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to have
a pair of lengthy 5-on-3 power-plays. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
was able to capitalize on both opportunities on
plays in which goalie Jason Bacashihua realistically
had no chance. Holmstrom, Testwuide and Wellwood
all returned to the Phantoms following their preseason
game with the Flyers the night before, but the Phantoms
were without several of their key players including
Denis Hamel, Jon Kalinski, Stefan Legein, Dan Jancevski
and Garrett Klotz. Adirondack does not play Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
again until March 4 when the Penguins come to Glens
Falls. The Phantoms and Penguins will meet only
two times in the regular season.
Please note, the ice at the Glens Falls Civic Center
is unavailable this week due to concerts. The Phantoms
will hold practice at the Lake George Forum on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday. Practices are free and open
to the public. The team returns to the GFCC this
Friday for practice on their home ice.
Tuesday, Oct 4 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at Lake
Wednesday, Oct 5 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at
Lake George Forum.
Thursday, Oct 6 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at
Lake George Forum.
Friday, Oct 7 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at GFCC
Saturday, Oct 8 - Morning skate, 10:00 am at GFCC.
Game vs. Connecticut Whale, 7:00 pm. Opening Night!
Phantoms to Host Outdoor Classic
The Phantoms have announced they will be a part
of the NHL Winter Classic week-long celebration
of hockey when they host the Hershey Bears on January
6 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. This will
be only the third outdoor game in AHL history and
is the first to be associated with the NHL Winter
Classics. It is also the first ever outdoor game
for the Phantoms.
"This is an extremely exciting day for the
Phantoms organization and Phantoms fans everywhere,"
said Phantoms President Rob Brooks. "A hockey
celebration and atmosphere unlike anything the AHL
has ever seen will happen at Citizens Bank Park.
We are extremely grateful to (Comcast Spectacor
President) Peter Luukko for helping make this truly
great event a reality."
Citizens Bank Park will also host the Philadelphia
Flyers vs. the New York Rangers on January 2. It
is the baseball home for the Philadelphia Phillies
and will have a seating capacity of approximately
40,000. The Phantoms are hoping to break the all-time
AHL attendance record of 21,673 set last season
at an outdoor game in East Hartford, Conn.
On the Air!
All Adirondack Phantoms games are carried live
on the flagship home of the Phantoms Hockey Network,
Classic Hits Q101.7 FM. Each broadcast begins with
a 30 pregame show. Also featured is an extended
post-game show including audio replay highlights
of the big goals so be sure to tune in as you driving
home after the game. Bob Rotruck returns for his
second season has the Voice of the Phantoms.
Fans can also listen on the Phantoms Hockey Network
on the internet at phantomshockey.com and on the
team’s alternative audio link, ustream.tv/channel/phantomsradio
. Games can also be seen on www.ahllive.com. The
presenting sponsor of the Phantoms Hockey Network
is Curtis Lumber.
The first broadcasts of the season are this weekend
for the preseason games on October 1 and 2. The
debut broadcast begins on Saturday night at 6:30
with the Countdown to Faceoff show from the Glens
Falls Civic Center as the Phantoms get ready to
take on the Albany Devils.
Jimmer Bobbleheads and More!
The first ever bobblehead of local sports icon
Jimmer Fredette highlights a great schedule of promotional
giveaways, events and bargains and fun. Even more
post-game skates with the players and lots of other
opportunities for fans to interact with the team.
Magnet Schedules, Youth Jerseys, T-Shirts, Youth
Knit Caps and that’s just to name a few.
Every Sunday home game is Sunday Family Fun Pack
Day when $39 gets you an amazing value with three
tickets, three hot dogs, three sodas, bucket of
popcorn and a program. All Wednesday games are Dollar
Hot Dog Nights.
Don’t forget other fun and special events
like Pucks and Paws on December 28 when fans can
bring their dog to the game. And the On Ice Halloween
Costume Parade on October 29.
The Adirondack Phantoms are in the newly formed
Northeast Division in the Eastern Conference in
2011-12. The four divisional rivals in the Northeast
include the Albany Devils (NJ), Bridgeport Sound
Tigers (NYI), Connecticut Whale (NYR) and Springfield
Falcons (CLB). The top eight teams out of 15 in
the conference will qualify for the post-season
this year and the divisional champion will automatically
receive one of the top three seeds.
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 518-480-3355and
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