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HIGH FIVE FOR PHANTOMS AT BRIDGEPORT

 

 

 

 

October 16, 2011

 

 

 

 

A High Five For The Phantoms In Bridgeport

Adirondack bounced back strong! After an overnight bus-ride arriving in Bridgeport at 4:30am and then a quick turnaround for a 3:00pm start the day after their first loss of the season the Phantoms were able to shake off their bus legs in a convincing 5-1 victory at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena. The Phantoms rebounded behind two-goal performance by Denis Hamel and Tom Sestito while rookie Jason Akeson scored his first professional goal.

For Hamel, his pair of goals were the 318th and 319th of his AHL career, which ties him with Fred Thurier for 14th place in league history. Meanwhile, Hamel moved to within six goals of former Adirondack Red Wing great Glenn Merkosky for 12th place in AHL history.

Tom Sestito’s two-goal output was his first multi-goal game as a Phantom, and the second such performance of his professional career. Sestito last scored two goals in a game on October 9, 2010, when he did so for the Springfield Falcons against the Providence Bruins.

Not to be lost in another high-scoring day for Adirondack was another fine performance by Michael Leighton. With 25 saves, Leighton improved to 3-0-0 this season, while Adirondack now leads the Northeast Division with a 3-1-0 mark.

The Phantoms also got key offensive contributions from Ben Holmstrom (2a), Garrett Roe (2a), Jason Akeson (1g, 1a) and Mike Testwuide (2a). Adirondack’s leading scorer in the early going, Brayden Schenn, also had an assist and now has seven points (4g, 3a) in four games as a Phantom.

It was Adirondack’s second win of the weekend over Bridgeport. The Phantoms also knocked off the Sound Tigers 6-3 Friday night at the GFCC and outscored their Northeast Division rivals 11-4 in the two games combined.

Adirondack did all of its damage against Kevin Poulin, who allowed five goals on 23 shots in defeat. David Ullstrom scored the Sound Tigers’ only goal breaking up Leighton’s bid for his 35th ever AHL shutout with about seven minutes remaining.

Just as he did in the Phantoms’ win over the Sound Tigers on Friday, Tom Sestito opened the game’s scoring in the first period. Assisted by Garrett Roe and Oskars Bartulis at the 15:36 mark, Sestito’s game-opening goal came on a wraparound in which the 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Rome, New York completely overpowered the Sound Tigers’ defense.

Sestito struck again two minutes later by sliding the puck under Poulin’s pad, after faking from his backhand to his forehand and fending off a pair of Bridgeport defensemen.

The Phantoms increased their lead to 3-0 when Denis Hamel scored midway through the second period with a wrist shot from the high slot. With an assist on the play, Ben Holmstrom got his first point of the season and since being named Adirondack’s captain. Holmstrom finished the afternoon with two assists overall.

Adirondack rookie Jason Akeson made the score 4-0 by scoring his first professional goal at 11:06 of the third period. Akeson’s goal, a power-play tally, came on a rifle of a slap shot from the left point, with Brayden Schenn and Denis Hamel drawing assists.

A minute after Akeson’s goal, David Ullstrom busted Michael Leighton’s shutout with the Sound Tigers’ only tally of the afternoon.

Denis Hamel added a power-play goal to restore Adirondack’s four-goal lead, and give the Phantoms two straight games with multiple strikes on the man-advantage. For the season, the Phantoms are 7-of-27 (26%) on the power play, having scored with their special teams in each of the season’s first four games.

Bridgeport outshot Adirondack in the game 26-23. The Phantoms benefitted from a ton of power plays including a pair of five minute majors in the third period. Adirondack went 2-for-10 on the man advantage while the Sound Tigers were 0-for-3.

After four days off, the Phantoms are back in action when they visit the Portland Pirates next Friday in Maine. Adirondack will then continue its five-game road trip with its first meeting with the rival Albany Devils next Saturday, and by visiting the Rochester Americans next Sunday. The Phantoms return home on Wednesday, October 26, when they host the Norfolk Admirals at the Glens Falls Civic Center in the first of a three game homestand in four days during Halloween week.


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. #19 Luke Pither and #15 Brayden Schenn the special featured guests!

Friday, October 21, 7:00 pm- Phantoms at Portland Pirates.

Saturday, October 22, 7:00 pm- Phantoms at Albany Devils.

Sunday, October 23, 6:00 pm- Phantoms at Rochester Americans.

Monday, October 24, 7:00 pm – “Phantoms Power Hour” LIVE from McGinney’s Tavern, 193 Glen Street. Special guests, #2 Blake Kessel and #16 Tye McGinn.

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

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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Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 - Status: Final
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - Webster Bank Arena

Adirondack 2 1 2 - 5
Bridgeport 0 0 1 - 1

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Sestito 2 (Roe, Bartulis), 15:36. 2, Adirondack, Sestito 3 (Akeson, Roe), 17:32. Penalties-Frischmon Bri (boarding), 4:17; Backman Bri (hooking), 5:48; Donovan Bri (holding), 9:14; Eddy Adk (holding), 11:47; Lauridsen Adk (fighting), 11:47; Olson Bri (fighting), 11:47; Donovan Bri (interference), 12:18.

2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Hamel 3 (Testwuide, Holmstrom), 13:38. Penalties-Sestito Adk (fighting), 2:56; Gallant Bri (fighting), 2:56; Donovan Bri (elbowing), 4:58; Harper Adk (hooking), 8:10; Jancevski Adk (boarding), 18:13.

3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Akeson 1 (Schenn, Hamel), 11:06 (PP). 5, Bridgeport, Ullstrom 2 12:25. 6, Adirondack, Hamel 4 (Testwuide, Holmstrom), 14:14 (PP). Penalties-Haley Bri (match - check to the head), 0:49; Donovan Bri (match - check to the head), 10:20; Wellwood Adk (hooking), 11:38; Zolnierczyk Adk (roughing, slashing), 17:37; Gallant Bri (roughing, roughing), 17:37; Holmstrom Adk (slashing), 19:47; Olson Bri (slashing), 19:47.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 5-6-12-23. Bridgeport 7-12-7-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 2 / 10; Bridgeport 0 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 3-0-0 (26 shots-25 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 1-2-0 (23 shots-18 saves).

Referees-Jon McIsaac (39).
Linesmen-Paul Simeon (66), Brent Colby (7).


 

 

 

 

 

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