Friday, Oct 21 (Portland) Adirondack Phantoms 3
– Portland Pirates 0
Saturday, Oct 22 (Albany): Adirondack Phantoms 2
– Albany Devils 5
Sunday, October 23 (Rochester): Adirondack Phantoms
3 – Rochester Americans 1
Phantoms Upcoming Games
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 -Adirondack Phantoms
vs. Norfolk Admirals
Friday, October 28, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms vs.
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
vs. Hershey Bears
Northeast Division Standings (As of 10/24/11)
1.Adirondack Phantoms (10 pts)
2. Connecticut Whale (10 pts)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6 pts)
4. Springfield Falcons (6 pts)
5. Albany Devils (6 pts)
Phantoms in First Place
The Adirondack Phantoms enter the final week of
October in first place in the Northeast Division
with a 5-2-0 record. Completing a successful weekend
in which they went 2-1-0 and also posting a winning
record for their five game road-trip at 3-2-0, the
Phantoms are tied for the top spot with the Connecticut
Whale heading into an early-season first-place showdown
game on Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The coming week brings three difficult opponents
to the GFCC in Norfolk (4-2-1), Connecticut (4-1-2)
and Hershey (5-1-1). It will be a huge test for
Joe Paterson’s crew.
Wednesday night is $1 hot-dog night at the game.
Friday night features $2 draft Bud Light and Labatt
Blue. Saturday is the Kids Halloween costume parade
on ice and post-game open-skate with the Phantoms
players courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital.
10/21 – Leighton’s 35th-Career
Shutout Leads Adirondack past Portland
Michael Leighton racked up 35 saves in a sparkling
shutout and led the Adirondack Phantoms to a 3-0
win at the Portland Pirates on Friday night. Garrett
Roe and Tyler Brown both scored their first professional
goals to lead the attack.
For Leighton, the shutout was his first of the
season and the 35th in his 10-year AHL career. Leighton
sits sixth in the 76-year history of the league,
10 back of Hockey Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bower for
the top spot in AHL history.
Leighton's shutout was the first against the Pirates
at Cumberland County Civic Center in nearly five
years, as Portland hadn’t been shut out on
its home ice since Jason LaBarbera (Manchester)
turned the trick on January 17, 2007. The Pirates
fell to 2-2-1 with the loss in their first season
as the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Harry Zolnierczyk also scored for the Phantoms,
three days after he scored his first NHL goal in
highlight-reel fashion for the Flyers in Ottawa.
Zac Rinaldo played his first game of the year for
the Phantoms after being assigned by the Flyers
earlier in the week.
As a result of allowing three goals on 23 shots,
Curtis McElhinney was the losing goaltender for
10/22 – Hamel Strikes Twice,
But Albany Strikes First In TWCC Rivalry
Denis Hamel tacked on two more goals in his pursuit
of former Adirondack Red Wing great Glenn Merkosky
on the AHL’s all-time goal-scoring list, but
the Devils Devils rallied from an early deficit
and scored four power-play goals to take Round 1
of the Time Warner Cable Cup series, 5-2.
For Hamel, his goals were the 320th and 321st in
The Hammer's brilliant 15-year career. Moving into
a tie with Bruce Cline (1955-68) for 13th on the
AHL's all-time goal-scoring list, the native of
Lachute, Quebec got to within four goals of Glenn
Merkosky for 12th place.
Eric Gelinas' first pair of professional goals
spearheaded the comeback for Albany, which also
got goals from Mike Sislo, Peter Harrold and Matt
Anderson. The Devils' power-play unit also played
a major role, going 4-of-5.
Michael Leighton took his first loss of the season
despite making 25 saves. Jeff Frazee stopped 28
of 30 shots to get his first win of the season for
10/23 – Cash Is Golden For The
Phantoms In Rochester
The Phantoms were perfect on the penalty kill and
Jason Bacashihua was a spendid stalwart in goal
in a 3-1 victory at the Rochester Americans on Sunday
Finishing with 33 stops overall, Bacashihua got
his first win in a Phantoms uniform, and the 131st
victory in his 10-year professional career.
In addition Bacashihua’s solid play, the Phantoms
killed all eight Rochester power plays and got a
shorthanded goal from Harry Zolnierczyk, which was
the game-winning goal. Eric Wellwood and Zac Rinaldo
also scored for the Phantoms, while Marc-Andre Bourdon,
Oskars Bartulis and Dan Jancevski contributed assists.
For Jancevski, the assist was his 199th in the AHL.
All of Adirondack’s offense came on goalie
Drew MacIntyre, who allowed three goals on 16 shots
in the loss. Marcus Foligno scored the Americans’
October 18 - Andy Bohmbach assigned to Trenton
October 18 - Cullen Eddy assigned to Greenville
October 19 - Harry Zolnierczyk recalled by Philadelphia
October 20 - Brayden Schenn recalled by Philadelphia
October 20 - Harry Zolnierczyk loaned from Philadelphia
to Adirondack (AHL)
October 21 - Zac Rinaldo loaned from Philadelphia
to Adirondack (AHL)
Monday, Oct 24 - Off.
Tuesday, Oct 25 - Practice at the GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, Oct 26 - Practice at the GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Norfolk Admirals (7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, Oct 27 - Practice at the GFCC (10:00am).
Friday, Oct 28 – Practice at the GFCC (10:00am)
Game vs. Connecticut Whale (7:00pm)
Saturday, Oct 29 – Practice at the GFCC (10:00am)
Game vs. Hershey Bears (7:00pm)
Sunday, Oct 30 – Off
Be Here! Phantoms Tickets are On Sale
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.
Phantoms Key Stats
-- Adirondack enters the week as just one of four
teams with at least 10 points. The Phantoms are
one point back of the Hershey Bears for the league’s
best record. The other three teams with at least
10 points are the Hershey Bears (11 pts), Houston
Aeros (10 pts) and Connecticut Whale (10 pts).
--The Phantoms’ 10 points tie them with the
Connecticut Whale for first place in the Northeast
-- Adirondack has scored at least one power-play
goal in six of its first seven games—10-of-21,
24.4%. In the only game the Phantoms didn’t
score a power-play goal, Oct. 23 at Rochester, the
game-winning goal by Harry Zolnierczyk was a shorthanded
--The Phantoms are third in the AHL in goals with
27. Only Norfolk (31) and Hershey (30) have scored
more. With eight more goals than their opponents,
Adirondack has the second-best goal differential
in the league. The Hershey Bears have the best differential
--Michael Leighton is tied with Leland Irving of
the Abbotsford Heat for the league’s lead
in wins with four.
--Garrett Roe leads AHL rookies with six assists.
Goals: Denis Hamel (6)
Assists: Garrett Roe (6)
Points: Denis Hamel (8)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (14)
Plus/Minus: Garrett Roe (+5)
Wins: Michael Leighton (4)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.51)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (.926) Shutouts:
Michael Leighton (1)
Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning)
- The Phantoms return from a five-game
road trip when they host the Norfolk Admirals on
Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Although they’ll
get to Glens Falls having lost two straight, the
Admirals are 4-2-1 for the season and have scored
more goals (31) than any team in the league. The
top-scoring Admirals are Trevor Smith (3g, 6a),
and rookies Carter Ashton (5g, 4a) and Cory Conacher
(4g, 4a). Ashton, a power forward who is considered
one of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top prospects,
is the son of Brent Ashton, a veteran of 998 NHL
games with Vancouver, New Jersey, Minnesota, Quebec,
Detroit, Winnipeg, Boston and Calgary. Wednesday
is the first of eight meetings for the Phantoms
and Admirals this season. Norfolk took the season
series, 3-1, last season.
Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers)
- On Friday, the Whale swim up to
Glens Falls for the second time in the season’s
first three weeks. After racing out to a 3-1 win
on Opening Night at Glens Falls Civic Center, Connecticut
allowed five-straight goals as the Phantoms started
their season with a 6-3 win. However, Connecticut
enters the week as winners of three straight and
start Monday tied with the Phantoms for first place
in the Northeast Division. Since their last appearance
in Glens Falls, the Whale have picked up 5-foot-7
Norwegian Mats Zuccarello (3g, 1a) from the New
York Rangers, as well as the infamous Sean Avery,
who has yet to appear in a game for the Whale.
Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)
- The Phantoms finish the week by
hosting the Hershey Bears at the Glens Falls Civic
Center on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Entering the
week, the 11-time Calder Cup champion Bears have
the league’s best record (5-1-1), best goal
differential (+11) and second-highest scoring offense
(30 goals). The Bears’ leading scorer is Chris
Bourque (4g, 6a), who is the son of Hockey Hall
of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque and brother of Connecticut
Whale forward Ryan Bourque. Hershey has also gotten
high-level contributions from 10-year pro Keith
Aucoin (2g, 7a), and goaltender Dany Sabourin and
Braden Holtby. Both Sabourin and Holtby have notable
NHL experience. Sabourin won a Stanley Cup as Marc-Andre
Fleury’s backup with the Pittsburgh Penguins
in 2009, and Holtby posted a 1.79 goals-against
average and .934 save percentage in 14 games with
the Washington Capitals last season.
Denis Hamel's Chase of Glenn Merkosky
Entering the week, Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms
with eight points (6g, 2a). The 34-year-old scored
two goals in three games this past weekend, which
gives him 321 AHL tallies in his illustrious 14-year
pro career. Hamel is now tied with Bruce Cline for
13th place in league history, just four markers
behind former Adirondack Red Wing great Glenn Merkosky
(1980-91) for 12th all-time.
AHL Leaders - Goals Scored
1. Willie Marshall 1952-72 523
2. Fred Glover 1948-68 520
3. Jody Gage 1979-96 504
4. Dick Gamble 1954-70 468
5. Jimmy Anderson 1954-70 426
6. Harry Pidhirny 1948-66 376
7. Mitch Lamoureux 1982-99 364
8. Jim Bartlett 1955-73 360
9. Tim Tookey 1980-95 353
10. Alexander Giroux 2001- 340
11.. Brad Smyth 1994-06 326
12. Glenn Merkosky 1980-91 325
13. Denis Hamel 1997-10 321
14. Bruce Cline 1955-68 321
The Affiliate of Brotherly Love
The Phantoms roster features four players who have
older brothers currently in the NHL or with NHL
experience. Blake Kessel, Tye McGinn, Tom Sestito
and Eric Wellwood are all the younger siblings of
NHL’ers. Additionally, Brayden Schenn who
was called up to Philadelphia last week is the younger
brother of Toronto’s Luke Schenn.
Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto’s
Phil Kessel who is one of the NHL’s top scorers
and notched a hat trick against the Ottawa Senators
on October 8. Blake Kessel got his first professional
point on the same night by stealing the puck and
assisting on Luke Pither's game-winning goal against
Connecticut . Phil Kessel has scored 30 or more
goals in each of the last three seasons with Toronto.
Blake’s sister, Amanda, is a star forward
at the University of Minnesota and played on the
USA Olympic team at the 2010 Vancouver gamees.
Tye McGinn made his professional debut for the
Phantoms on October 8, as his older brother, Jamie,
was playing for the San Jose Sharks against the
Phoenix Coyotes. Jamie McGinn scored the game-winning
goal in the first game in Adirondack Phantoms history.
As a member of the Worcester Sharks, Jamie lit the
lamp for the game winner at the Glens Falls Civic
Center on October 3, 2009.
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.
Eric Wellwood’s older brother is Kyle Wellwood
who is with the Winnipeg Jets this season. Kyle
played for San Jose last year and played for several
seasons with Vancouver and Toronto before that.
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 24, 7:00 - "Phantoms Power
Hour" LIVE from McGinney's Tavern, 193 Glen
Street. Special guests #11 Shane Harper and #16
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 - Phantoms vs. Norfolk
at the GFCC. $1 hot dogs.
Friday, October 28, 7:00 - Phantoms vs. Connecticut.
Sean Avery playing on the Connecticut Whale now.
$2 draft Bud Light and Labatt Blue through first
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 - Phantoms vs. Hershey
at the GFCC. Kids Halloween Costume Parade. Postgame
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
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.
Reaching 4,000 Twitter followers during Sunday's
game, the Adirondack Phantoms are now over 10,000
members strong on their social media networks. Be
sure to follow us on twitter @phantomshockey and