Saturday, October 8 ( Glens Falls Civic Center):
Adirondack Phantoms 6 – Connecticut Whale
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
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
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
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
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 .
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, Oct 11 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at
Wednesday, Oct 12 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at
Thursday, Oct 13 - Morning practice, 10:00 am at
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
Sunday, Oct 16, 3:00 pm - Phantoms at Bridgeport
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.
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
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