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October 17, 2011





Phantoms Results

Friday, Oct 14 (GFCC) Adirondack Phantoms 6 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3
Saturday, Oct 15 (Syracuse): Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Syracuse Crunch 6
Sunday, October 16 (Bridgeport): Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Syracuse Crunch 1

Phantoms Upcoming Games

Friday, October 21, 7:00 -Adirondack Phantoms at Portland Pirates
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
Sunday, October 23, 6:05 - Adirondack Phantoms at Rochester Americans

Awesome Offense for First Place Phantoms

The Adirondack Phantoms are off and running to begin the 2011-12 season. Adirondack's 3-1-0 mark for six points is good for first place in the East Division placing them ahead of the Springfield Falcons who are 3-2-0 (also six points but in more games). The Phantoms are just one point back of the Hershey Bears (3-0-1 for 7 points) at the top of the Eastern conference and are in a three-way tie for second with the Norfolk Admirals and St. John's Icecaps.

Brayden Schenn's eight points (4g, 4a) are tied for second in the AHL and are the most for all rookies. Denis Hamel is on the leaderboard as well with seven points (4g, 3a). Both Schenn and Hamel are tied for second in the league in goals with four apiece trailing only Justin DiBenedetto of Bridgeport who has five.

Garrett Roe has been setting up the goal scorers nicely since arrival in Glens Falls. His four assists are tied for the most of all AHL first-year players with his teammate Brayden Schenn who has also has four helpers.

The Phantoms have lit it up on the power play with seven man-advantage lamplighters including at least one in every game. They are tied with Springfield for the most power play goals in the AHL.
Overall, the Phantoms offense is 4th out of 30 AHL teams averaging 4.75 goals per game. They have been relying on quality of shots more than quantity as their 19 total goals have come on only 119 shots meaning that 17% of the Phantoms' shots have found the back of the net.

10/14 - Phantoms Silence Sound Tigers At The GFCC

Behind 20-year-old phenom Brayden Schenn's first professional hat trick, the Phantoms beat the Sound Tigers by a score of 6-3 at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday, October 14 as the Phantoms improved to 2-0-0 to start the young season.

Adirondack's offense was also paced by a potent power play, which scored three times on six chances. The Phantoms also got goals from Tom Sestito, Harry Zolnierczyk and Dan Jancevski, while Michael Leighton stopped 36 of 39 shots in a winning effort.
After not playing Bridgeport last season, the Phantoms won for the fifth straight time against their new division rival, not having lost to the Sound Tigers since the team started calling Glens Falls home in 2009.

Allowing five goals on 26 shots, Anders Nilsson was the losing goalie for the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport got goals from Chris Langkow, Justin DiBenedetto and Jeremy Colliton.

10/15 - Syracuse Hands Adirondack Its First Loss Of The Season

Behind a three-goal first period and a hat trick by Kyle Palmieri, the Crunch handed the Phantoms their first loss of the season on Saturday night in Syracuse, 6-2. The Phantoms went 7-1 against Syracuse last year but the Crunch showed their intentions of making the Empire State rivalry more competitive this year by drawing first blood in front of a sellout crowd at their Opening Night contest.

Denis Hamel's second-period goal was a bright spot for Adirondack, with the power-play tally coming as the 317th AHL goal in his career. By reaching 317 AHL goals, Hamel passed current Washington Capitals head coach and former Adirondack Red Wing Bruce Boudreau for sole possession of 15th place in AHL history. Meanwhile, the goal brought Hamel to within eight of former Adirondack Red Wing Glenn Merkosky for 12th place on the all-time list.

Adirondack also got a goal from Brayden Schenn, who scored his fourth goal in the three games over the weekend. With seven total points (4g, 3a) Schenn and Denis Hamel are tied for the Phantoms' scoring lead through four games.

Allowing four goals in his Phantoms regular-season debut, Jason Bacashihua was the losing goaltender. Michael Leighton made 15 saves in 35 minutes of relief.

With 36 saves on 38 shots, Jeff Deslauriers was the winning goalie for the Crunch. In addition to Palmieri's hat trick, Syracuse got goals from Rick Schofield, Sean Zimmerman and former Phantom Patrick Maroon.

10/16 - A High Five For The Phantoms In Bridgeport

Receiving two-goal performances by Denis Hamel and Tom Sestito, and the first professional goal of Jason Akeson's career, the Phantoms secured a winning weekend by beating the Sound Tigers by a score of 5-1 on Sunday afternoon in southern Connecticut.

The Phantoms rebounded nicely after a long overnight bus-ride from Syracuse followed by an early start in Bridgeport.

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 leads the Northeast Division with a 3-1-0 mark.

The losing goalie for Bridgeport was Kevin Poulin, who was beaten five times on 23 shots. David Ullstrom scored the Sound Tigers' only goal.

Phantoms Day-by-Day

Monday, Oct 17 - Off.
Tuesday, Oct 18 - Practice at the GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, Oct 19 - Practice at the GFCC (10:00am)
Thursday, Oct 20 - Practice at the GFCC (10:00am), Bus to Portland, Maine (1:00pm)
Friday, Oct 21 - Morning skate at Portland (11:00am). Game at Portland Pirates (7:00pm)
Saturday, Oct 22 - Game at Albany Devils (7:00pm)
Sunday, Oct 23 - Game at Rochester Americans (6:00pm)

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 for tickets.

Young Line Racks Up the Points

While some players have racked up impressive numbers, the Phantoms' early season success is mostly due to their balanced attack and contributions from all over. 10 different players have scored for Adirondack including three defensemen (Oskars Bartulis, Kevin Marshall and Dan Jancevski).
The most potent line so far has clearly been the youthful combination of Brayden Schenn, Eric Wellwood and Harry Zolnierczyk. The trio have racked up 17 points total in just four games on six goals and 11 assists!

The 20-year-old Schenn in the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leaf Luke Schenn and was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft by Los Angeles before coming to the Flyers last summer in the Mike Richards deal (also including Wayne Simmonds). Schenn was the MVP of the World Juniors Championships with Team Canada and racked up 53 points in just 27 games with Saskatoon of the WHL.

21-year-old Eric Wellwood is in his second season with the Phantoms after scoring 16 goals and 12 assists last year. The younger brother of Kyle Wellwood of the Winnipeg Jets came to the Flyers organization from the Windsor Spitfires where he won back-to-back Memorial Cups.

Harry Zolnierczyk is the "grey-beard" of the group at the whopping age of 24. The Toronto native is still technically a rookie even though he played in 16 games with Adirondack last season. "Harry Z" arrives from Brown University where he was Captain of the Bears and Ivy League Player of the Year after posting 16 goals and 31 points in 30 games.

Upcoming Opponents

Portland Pirates -
Following a season where the Pirates finished with the AHL's second-highest regular-season point total (103 pts.), Portland is an entirely new-look squad in 2011-12. After experiencing their successes last season as the Buffalo Sabres' top affiliate, the Pirates became the Phoenix Coyotes' top affiliate in the offseason. Last season, the Coyotes' top affiliate was the San Antonio Rampage, who missed the playoffs after recording 87 points in the Western Conference. Entering Monday, the Pirates are 1-1-1, but they will face the high-flying Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday before the Phantoms arrive in Maine on Friday.

Albany Devils - On Saturday, the Phantoms and Devils resume their inner-state rivalry, which will see the foes face each other 10 times in 2011-12. With over 10% of their schedule against the Devils, much of the Phantoms' fate this season will depend on how well they play against Albany. While Albany held a slight advantage over Adirondack last season by winning 6-of-11 meetings, the Phantoms have gotten off to a quicker start this season. While Adirondack enters the week with a 3-1-0 record, Albany is just 1-4-0.

Rochester Americans - The Phantoms conclude their weekend schedule and five-game road trip by playing their first Western Conference foe of the 2011-12 season. Although Rochester scuffled and finished in last place in the Western Conference last season, the team has gone from being the Florida Panthers' top affiliate to being the Buffalo Sabres' top affiliate. With many of the players that made up the Portland Pirates' 103-point team last season, Rochester is expected to me much-improved the season. The Americans enter the week with two straight wins in which their offense produced a combined 10 goals, including seven against Grand Rapids in a 7-2 win on Sunday. Before playing the Phantoms on Sunday, the Americans will play Syracuse (Wednesday), Hamilton (Friday) and Toronto (Saturday).

Denis Hamel's Chase of Glenn Merkosky

Entering the week, Denis Hamel is tied for the Phantoms team-lead in points (7). The 34-year-old scored three goals in three games this past weekend, which give him 319 AHL tallies in his illustrious 14-year pro career. With his 317th, 318th and 319th goals last week, Hamel passed current Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau (1978-92) for 15th place on the AHL's all-time list, while tying Fred Thurier (1937-52) for the 14th spot. Hamel is now six markers behind former Adirondack Red Wing great Glenn Merkosky (1980-91) for 12th all-time.

Among all AHL players since 1980, Hamel is 7th all-time in goals. Merkosky is 6th.
All-Time AHL Goals

The Affiliate of Brotherly Love

The Phantoms roster features four players who have older brothers currently on NHL Rosters. Blake Kessel, Tye McGinn, Brayden Schenn and Eric Wellwood are all the younger siblings of NHL'ers.

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.

Additionally, Tom Sestito's older brother Tim played in 36 games with the New Jersey Devils last year. Tim is beginning this season with New Jersey's AHL affiliate in Albany.

Phantoms Power Hour

The debut of the all new "Phantoms Power Hour" LIVE from McGinny's happens Monday, October 17 at 7:00pm at 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.

The October 17 show will feature #15 Brayden Schenn and #19 Luke Pither.

Guests next week for the October 24 show will be #16 Tye McGinn and #2 Blake Kessel.

Come Boating with The Phantoms

The entire Adirondack Phantoms team will be appearing on the Adirondac boat on Lake George on Sunday, October 30 in an event sponsored by the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation. And you can join us for all the fun! The cruise boards at 1:30 and sails from 2:00 until 4:00. The cruise will also feature Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Thanks to the GFCC Foundation for putting together this great event. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids (16 and younger) and are available at the Glens Falls Civic Center box office and at Achenbach Jewelers.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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