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PHANTOMS GAME PREVIEW (Friday, October 14) ADIRONDACK vs BRIDGEPORT

 

 

 

 

October 13, 2011

 

 

 

 

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (1-0-0) vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-1-0)
Glens Falls Civic Center,
Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.


Affiliations:
Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)

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How the Phantoms Come In

After six days off, the Phantoms head into a weekend slate of games which will see Adirondack play its first (of 12) three-in-three sets of the season. The first game will be Friday against Bridgeport at the Glens Falls Civic Center, where the Phantoms have won eight straight games dating back to last season, and 11-of-13 overall.

After one week of AHL action, the Phantoms are the only unbeaten team in the newly-formed Northeast Division. Along with the Phantoms, the division features the Connecticut Whale, Albany Devils, Springfield Falcons and tonight’s opponents, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Last Week

After falling behind 3-1 in the second period of their Opening Nigh tilt with Connecticut, the Phantoms exploded for the game’s final five goals, winning 6-3. Adirondack’s comeback was paced by the help of six different goal scorers, while 11 different Phantoms registered points. It was the second time in team history that the Adirondack Phantoms had six different players score goals in a game, with the first coming during the team’s 9-5 win over the Albany Devils on April 1, 2011.

The Opening Night scoring included the first professional points of Garrett Roe (2a) and Blake Kessel (1a), as well as multi-point efforts from Roe, Denis Hamel( 1g, 2a), Mike Testwuide (1g, 1a), Oskars Bartulis (1g, 1a) and Brayden Schenn (2a). Schenn, a former fifth-overall draft selection of the Los Angeles Kings, flashed his skills all night and showed the fans of Glens Falls why he is regarded as one of the top prospects in hockey. Schenn was acquired by the Flyers (along with Wayne Simmonds) from Los Angeles last summer in the deal that sent Mike Richards and Rob Bordson to Tinsletown.

Oskars Bartulis scored the first Phantoms goal of the season at 9:21 of the first period, and assisted on an Eric Wellwood goal in the third period. A background which includes 66 NHL games with the Flyers, Bartulis’ goal was his first Phantoms goal since October 23, 2009, when he tallied against the Hartford Wolf Pack (the forerunner of the Connecticut Whale) at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The goal scorers in the come-from-behind effort included Oskars Bartulis, Denis Hamel, Kevin Marshall, Luke Pither, Eric Wellwood and Mike Testwuide.

After allowing three goals in the first 21 minutes of the game on Saturday, Michael Leighton found his form and shut down the Whale for most of the game’s final two periods. Leighton finished the game (the 400th of his pro career) with 24 total saves, with 18 of his stops coming in the final two periods. Leighton, a 10th-year pro, was a key figure in the Phantoms’ second-half resurgence last season, when he tied a team record for save percentage (.926). The native of Petrolia, Ontario has more AHL shutouts (34) than any goalie in the modern era (since 1975), and he ranks sixth overall in league history.

About the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

After not facing each other in the 2010-11 season, the Phantoms and the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders will do battle six times this season, including the two matchups this weekend. The teams will play their second game of the weekend on Sunday in Bridgeport, with the Phantoms traveling to play in Syracuse on Saturday night, in between. The Phantoms and Sound Tigers haven’t played each other since the 2009-10 season, when Adirondack swept a four-game season series.

Offensively, Justin DiBenedetto possesses arguably the highest level of offensive talent on the Sound Tigers. After finishing second on Bridgeport with 19 goals last year, DiBenedetto already has three goals in 2011-12, as he netted a hat trick in Bridgeport’s win over Albany last Sunday.

Defensively, two Sound Tigers to keep an eye on are Calvin de Haan and Ty Wishart. Although he hasn’t contributed yet offensively this season, de Haan is considered one of the NHL’s brightest puck-moving defensive prospects. The former New York Islander first-round draft selection accumulated 135 points (19g, 116a) over the past three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals, and he represented Canada in the World Junior Championships.

Wishart, a former first-round draft choice of the San Jose Sharks, provides Bridgeport with bulk on the blue line. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman started last season with the Norfolk Admirals, before arriving in Bridgeport after the New York Islanders acquired him in exchange for goalie Dwayne Roloson on New Year’s Day. Roloson would go on to carry Norfolk’s parent team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bridgeport’s goaltending duties are split between Anders Nilsson and Kevin Poulin. Neither of the two have ever played a game against the Phantoms.

Affiliate of Brotherly Love

The Phantoms current roster features Eric Wellwood, Blake Kessel, Tye McGinn and Brayden Schenn, all of whom have older brothers on NHL rosters.

Blake Kessel’s older brother, Phil, and Brayden Schenn’s older brother, Luke, both skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Phil Kessel has scored 30 or more goals in each of the last three seasons and also recorded a hat trick last Saturday while Blake notched his first professional point with Adirondack. Phil has 128 career goals with the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs entering this season.

Luke Schenn was picked fifth overall in the NHL Entry Draft in 2008 and then Brayden was grabbed fifth overall exactly one year later by Los Angeles. Luke is in his fourth season as a defenseman with Tornoto.
Tye McGinn’s brother Jamie plays for San Jose. Jaime has been a part of the Sharks organization since 2006-07. On October 3, 2009 he scored the game-winning goal in the first ever Adirondack Phantoms game at the Glens Falls Civic Center as a member of the visiting Worcester Sharks.

Eric Wellwood’s brother, Kyle, is part of the newly-formed Winnipeg Jets. He has also played for the San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. Kyle has played in 373 NHL games entering this season scoring 68 goals and 105 assists for 173 points. He scored a career high 18 goals with Vancouver in 2008-09.

Denis Hamel on the Rise

Returning Phantoms leading scorer Denis Hamel continues to rise up the all-time AHL ranks in goals, points and total games played. Last Saturday on Opening Night, he scored his 316th career AHL goal putting him in a tie for 15th all-time in AHL history with current Washington Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau. The scoring machine is creeping up on 14th place Fred Thurier (319 goals, 1937-52), 13th place Bruce Cline, (321 goals, 1955-68) and Adirondack Red Wings great and Adirondack Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Merkosky who is 12th all-time with 325 goals (1980-91). “The Hammer” is tied for 42nd all-time in total points with 606. He is 34th in games played with 777, just seven games ahead of veteran teammate Dan Jancevski. Hamel has also played in 192 games in the NHL giving a total of 969 professional games and an opportunity to reach the 1,000 game milestone by mid-season.

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 has guided the team to a 26-16-8 mark since December 20, 2010. As a player, Paterson played in 293 NHL games between the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. In the AHL, 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.

Don’t Miss the all-new Phantoms Power Hour

The Phantoms’ new radio show, the “Phantoms Power Hour,” debuts LIVE from McGinny’s Tavern at 193 Glen Street in Glens Falls, this coming Monday. The show will air on Q101.7 every Monday at 7:00 and feature special guests from your Adirondack Phantoms. This week’s special guests include #15 Brayden Schenn and #19 Luke Pither.

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.

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.
Beginning Monday, October 17 is the all new "Phantoms Power Hour" weekly show airing live from McGinny's Tavern in downtown Glens Falls. The show featuring Phantoms players, host Bob Rotruck, and you, the fans, airs on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. on Q101.7

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.

Social Media Milestone

The Adirondack Phantoms thank all of our great fans for helping us surpass reach the 10,000 milestone for total social media followers. 6,400 fans on our team’s Facebook page and over 3,800 fans following us on twitter. And we’re growing all the time! Be sure to keep up with the latest Phantoms happenings and follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey

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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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