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October 14, 2011





20-year-old rookie talent Brayden Schenn dazzled with the team’s first hat trick of the season and the Adirondack Phantoms powered their way to an impressive 6-3 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to improve to 2-0-0 on the young season. The victory extended the Phantoms streak of consecutive wins at home to nine straight dating back to last year.

With his first-career hat trick plus an assist, Schenn has three goals and three assists in his first two games as a Phantom. The former first-round draft selection of the Kings has 13 points in nine professional games overall, and has shown in the season’s early going why he’s regarded as one of the brightest prospects in professional hockey.

As much as Friday’s game was about Schenn’s first-career hat trick, Adirondack’s power play also played a key role, going 3-of-6. Along with Schenn; Tom Sestito and Harry Zolnierczyk also scored in the man-advantage.

Zolnierczyk, a former captain at Brown University and Ivy League Player of the Year, played one of his more impressive games as a Phantom. Finishing with a goal and three assists, Zolnierczyk used his blazing speed to lead several key Phantoms rushes all night, and was continuously a thorn in the Sound Tigers’ side.

The most veteran defenseman, Dan Jancevski added an even-strength goal for Adirondack, his first a Phantom.

With 36 saves, the winning goaltender was Michael Leighton, who won his second straight decision. At 2-0-0, the Phantoms are the lone remaining undefeated team in the Northeast Division.

10 different Phantoms have now lit the lamps for Adirondack’s 12 total goals on the season in their consecutive 6-3 decisions indicative of the balanced scoring attack the team offers.

Bridgeport did damage on the power play itself and scored twice on seven chances. However, Anders Nilsson was beaten five times on 26 shots, and the Sound Tigers lost for the second time in their first three games.

Although Bridgeport was twice able to battle back from one-goal deficits, the Phantoms never trailed . Adirondack took its first lead three minutes into the game, when on the power play, Tom Sestito deposited a rebound past Nilsson after Zolnierczyk had been stopped by the Bridgeport goalkeeper while on a semi-breakaway.

However, the Phantoms’ lead lasted just four minutes, as Chris Langkow’s first goal of the season tied the game, 1-1.

Less than a minute into the second period, Brayden Schenn scored the Phantoms’ second power-play goal to give Adirondack the advantage again, 2-1. But Bridgeport answered four minutes later as Justin DiBenedetto scored the Sound Tigers’ first power-play goal of the evening off a cross-ice feed by Casey Cizikas.

Less than a minute after Bridgeport tied the game, Adirondack was sent to the power play for the fifth time in the game’s opening 25 minutes. This time, it was Harry Zolnierczyk making the Sound Tigers pay. The second-year pro deposited his first marker of the season after grabbing a rebound of an Eric Wellwood shot out of a crowd in the low-slot area, and firing past Nilsson.

Adirondack was put in a bind early in the third period as they had to kill back-to-back power plays to preserve their slim 3-2 advantage. Michael Leighton made some key saves and the penalty-kill battled their way through it to keep the team in front.

Dan Jancevski made the score 4-2 at 8:39 into the third period, by firing a slap shot from the left point that was rifled past Nilsson and caromed off the top of the netting and back into play. Although the officials had to collaborate, they eventually credited the goal for the 10-year veteran.

Two minutes later, Brayden Schenn added his second goal of the game and made the score 5-2, by executing a tricky forehand-to-backhand deke in tight to the Bridgeport net.

Jeremy Colliton scored to bring the Sound Tigers back to within two with 4:53 remaining.

Harry Zolnierczyk and Brayden Schenn were able to race out of their zone with the puck in the closing minute. While getting tripped up from behind, Schenn was able to chip the puck into the net to finish his first career professional hat trick concluding a magical evening for the young talent.

Schenn is a highly touted prospect and a valuable pick-up from the Los Angeles Kings organization from this past off-season. Like his older brother, Luke Schenn, of the Toronto Maples, Brayden was a 5th overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft. He was the Most Valuable Player at the World Juniors Championships for the Silver Medal winning Team Canada squad last January and had a four goal game in the tournament becoming just the third ever Canadian to do so.

Schenn began last year in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings playing in eight games before going back to Major Juniors and the World Juniors Championships. With Saskatoon in the WHL he produced at an amazing rate of almost two points per game racking up 53 points (21g, 27a) in just 27 games.
Schenn had two assists in the Opening Night victory and now leads the Phantoms offense with six points in just two games.

The Phantoms will be right back in action when they play their first road game of the season, Saturday night against the Syracuse Crunch at 7:30 p.m. Adirondack then finishes its weekend by playing these very-same Sound Tigers on Sunday in Bridgeport, at 3:00 p.m. Saturday’s game is the first of five straight away from home for Adirondack as they travel to Portland, Albany and Rochester next weekend.

The Phantoms next home games are October 26 through 29 at the Glens Falls Civic Center when the team plays three games in four days against Norfolk, Connecticut and Hershey. The game on Saturday, October 29 features the team’s Halloween Kids Parade on the ice and also a post-game open-skate with the Phantoms players presented by Glens Falls Hospital.

Notes: Scratches for the Phantoms included Oliver Lauridsen, Garrett Klotz, Tyler Brown, Cullen Eddy, Ben Holmstrom, Jon Kalinski, Johan Backlund.
Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 17, 7:00pm - "Phantoms Power Hour" LIVE from McGinney's Tavern, 193 Glen Street. Come join the fun as we bring the new weekly Phantoms radio program live to the fans.

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 – Phantoms vs. Norfolk at the GFCC. $1 hot dogs.

Friday, October 28, 7:00 – Phantoms vs. Connecticut at the GFCC. $2 draft beers (6:00 – 7:30)

Saturday, October 29, 7:00 – Phantoms vs. Hershey at the GFCC. Kids Halloween Costume Parade. Post-game open-skate with the Phantoms players presented by Glens Falls Hospital

Sunday, October 30, 1:30-4:00 – Cruise with the Phantoms presented by the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation. All Phantoms players appearing! Sail aboard the Adirondac on Lake George and mingle with the whole team. Complimentary Hor d’oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets $25 for adults, $15 for kids 16 and younger: Available at GFCC Box Office and Achenbach Jewelers.

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 at Adirondack Phantoms 6 - Status: Final
Friday, October 14, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center

Bridgeport 1 1 1 - 3
Adirondack 1 2 3 - 6

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Sestito 1 (Zolnierczyk, Gustafsson), 3:12 (PP). 2, Bridgeport, Langkow 1 (Marcinko, Romano), 7:22. Penalties-Olson Bri (delay of game), 2:17; Romano Bri (slashing), 10:20; Kessel Adk (high-sticking), 12:26; Wellwood Adk (interference), 13:47; Reese Bri (slashing), 14:44; Romano Bri (hooking), 18:56.

2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Schenn 1 (Akeson), 0:34 (PP). 4, Bridgeport, DiBenedetto 4 (Cizikas, Backman), 4:39 (PP). 5, Adirondack, Zolnierczyk 1 (Wellwood, Kessel), 5:41 (PP). Penalties-Schenn Adk (tripping), 4:18; Frischmon Bri (slashing), 5:28; served by Langkow Bri (bench minor - unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:13; Roe Adk (high-sticking), 14:15.

3rd Period-6, Adirondack, Jancevski 1 (Wellwood), 8:39. 7, Adirondack, Schenn 2 (Zolnierczyk, Bartulis), 10:27. 8, Bridgeport, Colliton 1 (Ness, Reese), 15:07 (PP). 9, Adirondack, Schenn 3 (Zolnierczyk, Wellwood), 19:06 (EN). Penalties-Harper Adk (boarding), 2:01; Bartulis Adk (delay of game), 4:11; Marshall Adk (slashing), 13:46.

Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 10-9-17-36. Adirondack 7-14-6-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 2 / 7; Adirondack 3 / 6.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Nilsson 1-1-0 (26 shots-21 saves). Adirondack, Leighton 2-0-0 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Rich Patry (52).






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