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GAME PREVIEW: ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS AT PORTLAND PIRATES (10/21)

 

 

 

 

October 19, 2011

 

 

 

 


ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (3-1-0) at Portland Pirates (2-1-1)
Phantoms- 1st Northeast Division, 2nd Eastern Conference
Pirates-3rd Atlantic Division, 8th Eastern Conference
Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.


Coming off a 2-1-0 weekend which improved their overall record to 3-1-0, the Phantoms continue their five-game road trip with the first of three games in three days this weekend, in Portland against the Pirates on Friday night.

Northeast Division Standings (As of 10/21/11)

1. Adirondack Phantoms (6 points)
2. Springfield Falcons (6 points)
3. Connecticut Whale (4 points)
4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4 points)
5. Albany Devils (2 points)

Phantoms Making NHL Impacts

Speedy forward Harry Zolnierczyk had a whirlwind of a week. Getting called up and making his NHL debut with Philadelphia, the former Brown University captain scored his first NHL goal in a 7-2 Flyers win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. Zolnierczyk’s goal, a highlight-reel deke on Senators goalie Craig Anderson, dazzled on league-wide NHL highlight shows.

Check out the goal here!

The rookie returns to the Phantoms this weekend with a memorable milestone under his belt. Congrats Harry!

The Phantoms’ leading scorer, Brayden Schenn, received his first-ever call up to the Flyers. With four goals and four assists in four games with the Phantoms, Schenn leads AHL rookies in scoring, while sitting one point back of the AHL’s lead in points. All of Schenn’s previous NHL experience (nine games) came with the Los Angeles Kings, the team which selected him in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

2010-11 fan favorite Zac Rinaldo is expected to make his Phantoms debut on Friday. He led the Phantoms with 331 penalty minutes finishing second only to Albany’s Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (334 penalty minutes). Building off his rookie campaign in which he established himself as a high-level agitator, Rinaldo broke camp this season with the Flyers and played in fives games with Philadelphia to start the regular season. Although already a household name in Glens Falls, Rinaldo made himself known to the hockey world when he delivered a devastating open-ice hit on Los Angeles Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty which bruised the blueliner onto injured reserve.

Check out video of the crushing Rinaldo hit that caught the attention of the whole league!

Denis Hamel Countdown – 6 Goals to Catch Merkosky

Returning Phantoms leading scorer Denis Hamel continues to rise up the all-time AHL ranks in goals, points and total games played. Last weekend, he scored three goals in three games for the Phantoms, including two in the club’s 5-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last Sunday. His most-recent marker, the 319th of his AHL career, tied him with Fred Thurier for 14th place in league history. Hamel sits just six goals back of Adirondack Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Merkosky (1980-1991) for 12th place all-time in the AHL. The former Adirondack Red Wing great, Merkosky, had 325 goals.

Before he catches Merkosky, Hamel also needs to leapfrog Bruce Cline (1955-68), who had 321 AHL goals. Denis is 42nd all-time in total points with 612. He is 34th in games played with 780, just seven games ahead of veteran teammate Dan Jancevski. Hamel has also played in 192 games in the NHL, giving a total of 972 professional games and an opportunity to reach the 1,000 game milestone by mid-season.


Phantoms Tidbits

- The Phantoms are the only team in the Eastern Conference with multiple wins at home without a defeat. The Phantoms have extended their impressive streak of victories at home to nine in a row. Adirondack won its last seven home games of 2010-11 and have opened 2011-12 at 2-0-0. They have gone 12-1-1 in their last 14 games at home.

- Having scored six more goals (19-13) than their opponents, the Phantoms have the second-best ratio in the Eastern Conference—Manchester, 23-15

- Adirondack has scored power-play goals in each of its first four games. Having gone 7-of-26 (25.9%), the Phantoms are tied for the league lead for most PPG’s.

- The Phantoms Michael Leighton is one of only two goalies to start the year 3-0-0 (Jeremy Smith, Milwaukee).

- The Phantoms are just one of three teams with two palayers in the league’s top 15 in scoring.--Brayden Schenn (8 pts, T-4th) and Denis Hamel (7 pts, T-9th). Hershey (Chris Bourque, 8 pts, T-4th and Keith Aucoin, 8 pts, T-4th) and Toronto (Joe Colborne, 7 pts, T-9th and Joe Crabb, 7 pts, T-9th) are the other two teams.

Scouting the Portland Pirates

After playing last season as the Buffalo Sabres’ top affiliate, the Pirates are a completely new team this year having changed affiliations to the Phoenix Coyotes, while the Sabres switched to Rochester. Phoenix was with the San Antonio Rampage last season, who missed the Western Conference playoffs with 87 points.

Thanks to a 5-3 win over the high-scoring Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday night, the Portland Pirates come into the weekend with a 2-1-1 record.

Portland’s win over Manchester was paced by a five-point night from 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner, Andy Miele. A product of Miami (Ohio) University, Miele leads the Pirates with three goals and four assists in four games this season, which is his first season as a pro. Miele trails Brayden Schenn by one point for the AHL’s rookie lead in scoring.

One of the Pirates leading scorers is 23-year-old winger Brett Hextall The Philadelphia native is the son of former goalie Ron Hextall, who played 11 seasons for the Flyers and won the 1987 Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Brett Hextall is a fourth generation professional hockey player. His grandfather, Bryan Hextall Jr. ; his uncle, Dennis Hextall; and his great grandfather, Bryan Hextall Sr. all played for over a decade in the NHL.

The Pirates goaltending duties are split between Curtis McElhinney and Justin Pogge. McElhinney is a veteran of 67 NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators, while Pogge is a former star in junior hockey who has played with several organizations and was with the Charlotte Checkers last year.

Upcoming Events

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, #11 Shane Harper
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! Hor d'oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets $25 for adults, $15 for
kids: Available at GFCC Box Office and Achenbach Jewelers


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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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