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PHANTOMS WEEKLY - OPENING NIGHT RECAP AND SEASON PREVIEW

 

 

 

 

October 10, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Phantoms Results

Saturday, October 8 ( Glens Falls Civic Center): Adirondack Phantoms 6 – Connecticut Whale 3

Phantoms Upcoming Games

Friday, October 14, 7:00 – Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, October 15, 7:30 – Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Sunday, October 16, 3:00 – Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Phantoms Top Whale, 6-3, On Opening Night

Phantoms fans were treated to a great pregame show featuring the brand-new video boards, and then enjoyed a stirring comeback, in the team’s big Opening Night victory over the Connecticut Whale.
Five-straight Phantom goals erased a 3-1 Connecticut lead, as the home team cruised onto a season-opening win, over their new division rival

Six different Phantoms lit the lamp in the comeback including Oskars Bartulis, Denis Hamel, Kevin Marshall, Luke Pither, Eric Wellwood and Mike Testwuide, who capped the night with an empty netter in the game’s final seconds. The decisive blows were from Kevin Marshall and Luke Pither. Marshall ’s slap-shot goal midway through the second period knotted the score 3-3, and Pither’s first goal of the season with three minutes left in the second period proved to be the game winner.

Michael Leighton backstopped the comeback effort by making 24 saves.

New Improvements to The GFCC!

The Phantoms’ Opening Night win Glens Falls Civic Center also featured the debut of two state-of-the art video boards, along with a brand-new sound system. The improvements helped create an electric atmosphere in Glens Falls , as the home team skated away with an impressive Opening Night win over their new division rival, in front of 4,521 screaming fans in Glens Falls .

Mayor Jack Diamond opened the evening by helping unveil the new improvements and thanking the collaborative efforts of the many groups and individuals that made it possible. What followed was three hours of celebrating, fun and hockey as the home team picked up where they left off at the conclusion of the previous season. The Phantoms won their final seven home games of 2011-12 and extended that streak to eight straight backed by the nonstop noise in the building.

Upcoming Opponents

Bridgeport Sound Tigers-After not facing each other in 2010-11, the Phantoms and Sound Tigers will play two of six 2011-12 contests this coming weekend. The teams will square off at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday, where the Phantoms have won eight straight regular-season games dating back to last season, before battling in Bridgeport on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Sound Tigers, AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, skate into the weekend with a record of 1-1-0, after falling to Portland in their home opener last
Saturday and beating Albany , 4-2, at Times Union Center last Sunday.

Syracuse Crunch-The Phantoms and Crunch play their first of 10 head-to-head matchups this season, as Adirondack takes to the road for this first time this season. The Phantoms went 4-0-0 at War Memorial at OnCenter in Syracuse last season, and 7-1-0 against the Crunch overall. The 14 points the Phantoms earned against the Crunch were more than they earned against any other 2010-11 opponent.

Be Here! Phantoms Tickets are On Sale Now!

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 Affiliate of Brotherly Love

The Phantoms roster features four players who have older brothers currently on NHL Rosters. The younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn, Brayden Schenn dazzled the hometown fans in his Phantoms debut on Opening Night. Schenn registered two assists and led several key offensive rushes for the Phantoms, while being named the game’s second star. The younger Schenn now has three goals and six assists in eight-career AHL games, showing why he has been regarded as one of hockey’s top prospects since getting selected in the first round (fifth overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Another Phantom with a sibling on the Toronto Maple Leafs is Blake Kessel, whose older brother, Phil, notched a hat trick against the Ottawa Senators last Saturday night in a 6-0 Toronto win. While Phil Kessel was busy scoring a hat trick in the NHL, Blake Kessel was making his professional debut at the Glens Falls Civic Center . And Blake Kessel got his first professional point by stealing the puck and assisting on Luke Pither’s game-winning goal against Connecticut .

Tye McGinn made his professional debut for the Phantoms on Saturday, as his older brother, Jamie, was playing for the San Jose Sharks against the Phoenix Coyotes. Jame McGinn scored the game-winning goal against the Phantoms, in their first game as the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center , on October 3, 2009 as a Worcester Shark.

Matt Read Flying High

An Adirondack Phantom for 11 games near the end of the 2010-11 season, Matt Read made his NHL debut for the Philadelphia Flyers, against the Boston Bruins, last Thursday at TD Garden. Read followed his memorable NHL debut game last Thursday with a memorable NHL milestone game last Saturday. In the third period, Read beat the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, Martin Brodeur, for his first NHL goal, as the Flyers went on to beat the Devils, 2-0, in Newark , New Jersey .

Zac Rinaldo

A well-established AHL tough guy, Zac Rinaldo made his NHL regular-season debut for the Flyers last Thursday in Boston , and played for the Flyers again in their 2-0 win over New Jersey on Saturday. However, this wasn’t Rinaldo’s first taste of NHL hockey, as the rugged winger played in two playoff games for Philadlephia last season, as the team advanced to the second round for the third time in the last four seasons. Congratulations Zac!

Previewing the Phantoms

Adirondack features 14 returning players who appeared in a minimum of 30 games with the Phantoms last season. 19 players on the Opening Night roster played in at least one game with Adirondack in 2010-11. Some of the familiar names returning to the Phantoms this season include leading scorer Denis Hamel, 2010-11 MVP Ben Holmstrom, Phantoms Rookie of the Year Erik Gustafsson as well as Mike Testwuide, Eric Wellwood, Michael Leighton, Kevin Marshall and Jon Kalinski.

Head Coach Joe Paterson

Joe Paterson returns for his second season as head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms. The Glen Lake resident assumed the reigns midway through 2010-11 and guided the team to a 25-16-8 mark. Paterson has played in 293 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Paterson was a left wing on the Adirondack Red Wings from 1981-84, and scored 52 goals and 122 points in 169-career games. He also served as an assistant coach of the Adirondack Red Wings for three seasons from 1992-94, under Newell Brown. He played under Doug McKay, Bill Mahoney and Bill Dineen while with the Red Wings. His best season with Adirondack as a player was in 1981-82, when he scored 22 goals and 28 assists, for 50 points, in 74 games.

Phantoms Offense

Adirondack returns many of their leading corers and top players from 2010-11. The Phantoms’ leader in points and co-leader in goals, Denis Hamel (25g, 25a), begins his 15th season in pro hockey with 315-career markers. Hamel’s 315 goals are 16th in AHL history, and just one behind current Washington Capitals head coach, Bruce Boudreau, for 15th place on the all-time list. Boudreau, a former 20-year pro, finished his career by playing four playoff games with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1991-92, as the team was en route to its fourth Calder Cup championship.

The Phantoms’ second leading scorer last season, defenseman Erik Gustafsson (5g, 44a), returns as well. Last year, the rookie blueliner led the team in assists and played at the AHL All-Star Classic while also being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team.

Mike Testwuide led all Phantoms rookies in goals with 18. He lit it up in the second half of the season scoring 16 of those tallies. Eric Wellwood returns after an impressive debut season at only 20 years old in which he scored 16 goals and 28 points.

Phantoms Defense

Joining the aforementioned Erik Gustafsson on the Phantoms’ back line will be fellow-returnees Kevin Marshall, Oskars Bartulis, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Cullen Eddy, Oliver Lauridsen and Dan Jancevski, while University of New Hampshire product Blake Kessel is the lone newcomer.

Marshall played in 78 games last year and leads all Adirondack Phantoms players with 153 total games played.

Bartulis has 66 games of NHL experience under his belt with the Flyers including 13 last season. He has played in 153 games with the Adirondack and Philadelphia Phantoms dating back to 2007-08.
The veteran, Jancevski, served as the team’s captain in 2010-11. He has played in 776 career AHL games and moves into 35th all-time in Saturday’s contest.

Phantoms Goaltending

The veteran goaltending of the Phantoms is expected to be one of the team’s strengths this season. The trio of goalies currently on Adirondack’s roster are Michael Leighton, Jason Bacashihua and Johan Backlund. Leighton and Bacashihua have each played nine pro seasons in the AHL and NHL.

Backlund was the Phantoms team MVP in 2009-10 and has eight combined professional seasons between the AHL and Swedish Elite League.

Leighton equaled a Phantoms franchise record last year with a .926 saves percentage. Leighton starts the year with 144 AHL wins and 34 shutouts, including five last season. The 34 shutouts are the most in the AHL’s modern era (since 1975) and sixth most all-time.

Bacashihua comes to the Phantoms from the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado) of the AHL. He was 23-16-3 last season with an impressive 2.29 goals against average. He was with the Hershey Bears in their most recent Calder Cup championship season the year before that and has played parts of two seasons with the St. Louis Blues.

Phantoms Day-by-Day

Tuesday, Oct 11 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at GFCC.
Wednesday, Oct 12 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at GFCC.
Thursday, Oct 13 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at GFCC.
Friday, Oct 14 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at GFCC
Friday, Oct 14, 7:00 pm - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, Oct 15, 7:30 pm - Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Sunday, Oct 16, 3:00 pm - Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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.

The debut of the all new "Phantoms Power Hour" show happens Monday, October 17 at 7:00pm LIVE from McGinny's Tavern in downtown Glens Falls. Come join us at 193 Glen Street on Mondays throughout the season with Phantoms players and host Bob Rotruck. The show also airs live on Q101.7.

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.

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.

AHL Changes

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! 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. Follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey

Catch all the action of Phantoms hockey all season long on the team's flagship station, Classic Hits Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Bob Rotruck, the "Voice of the Phantoms," has the broadcast coverage 30 minutes prior to game-time with Countdown to Faceoff.

The Adirondack Phantoms are now over 10,000 members strong on their social media networks. Be sure to follow us on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey



 

 

 

 

 

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