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
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, October 23, 6:05 - Adirondack Phantoms at
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
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
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
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
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
10/16 - A High Five For The Phantoms
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
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
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
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Friday, October 21, 7:00 pm- Phantoms at Portland
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 pm- Phantoms at Albany
Sunday, October 23, 6:00 pm- Phantoms at Rochester
Monday, October 24, 7:00 pm - "Phantoms Power
Hour" LIVE from McGinney's Tavern, 193 Glen
Street. Special guests, #2 Blake Kessel and #16
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
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.
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