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GAME PREVIEW: NORFOLK AT ADIRONDACK

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2011

 

 

 

 



ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (5-2-0) vs. Norfolk Admirals (4-2-1)
Phantoms - 1st Northeast Division, 3rd Eastern Conference
Admirals -2nd East Division, 5th Eastern Conference

Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.

Dollar Hot Dog Night!

 

Home Ice Advantage

Fresh off a five-game road trip in which they went 3-2-0, the first-place Phantoms return home for a meeting with the high-scoring Norfolk Admirals to open a three-game homestand. Wednesday’s game starts a stretch in which the Phantoms will play five of their next six games at home. The Phantoms have won nine-straight games at home and are unbeaten in regulation in their last 10 (9-0-1). This includes the first two home games the team has played this year on October 8 and 14. In the last 18 home games dating back to last year, the Phantoms are an amazing 15-1-2.

Northeast Division Standings (As of 10/26/11)
1. Adirondack Phantoms (10 points)
2. Connecticut Whale (10 points)
3. Springfield Falcons (6 points)
4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6 points)
5. Albany Devils (6 points)

Denis Hamel Countdown – 4 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 two more goals for the Phantoms, which were the 320th and 321st goals in his illustrious 14-year AHL career. His most-recent goal, last Saturday in Albany, tied him with Bruce Cline (1955-68) for 13th place on the all-time AHL list. Hamel sits just four 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.

Denis is 41st all-time in total points with 617. He is 34th in games played with 783, just seven games ahead of veteran teammate Dan Jancevski. Hamel has also played in 192 games in the NHL, giving him a total of 975 professional games and an opportunity to reach the 1,000 game milestone by midseason.

Phantoms Tidbits

Adirondack enters Wednesday as just one of five teams with at least 10 points. The Phantoms are one point back of the Hershey Bears for the league’s best record. The other four teams with at least 10 points are the Hershey Bears (11 pts), St. John’s IceCaps (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 Division.

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 goal.

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 is tied for the second-best goal differential in the league with St. John’s. The Hershey Bears have the best differential at +11.

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.

Despite not playing in the last three games due to a call up to the Flyers, Brayden Schenn is tied for third among AHL rookies with eight points (4g, 4a).

Norfolk Admirals (NHL Affiliate: Tampa Bay Lightning)

Despite coming to Glens Falls on a two-game losing streak, the Admirals have the league’s highest-scoring offense (31 goals) and sit just two points behind Hershey and St. John’s for the AHL’s top overall record. With a record of 4-2-1 and nine points, Norfolk is in second place in the East Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference, trailing only the Hershey Bears (11 pts), St. John’s IceCaps (11 pts), Adirondack Phantoms (10 pts) and Connecticut Whale (10 pts). The Admirals have the same number of points as the Providence Bruins.

Norfolk’s leading scorer is Carter Ashton, who leads all AHL rookies with six goals and 10 points. The son of former NHL player Brent Ashton, Carter Ashton was the AHL’s Player of the Week in his first week as a pro, earlier in the month.

Norfolk’s second-leading scorer is Cory Conacher, who trails only his teammate Ashton in AHL rookie scoring. Conacher has nine points (4g, 5a), while rookie Tyler Johnson (3g, 3a) is also among the top 10 in AHL rookie scoring.

On the blue line, the Admirals are led by Mike Barberio and Radko Gudas, In his second professional season, Barberio (1g, 6a) leads AHL defensemen in scoring. Meanwhile, Gudas provides offense and grit on the back line. Gudas has four points (2g, 2a) and 13 penalty minutes this season, after he posted 165 penalty minutes as a rookie last year.

Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus spilt the goaltending duties for the Admirals. Tokarski, a former Memorial Cup-winning goalie with the Spokane Chiefs, is 2-2-0 and led Norfolk with 21 wins last season. Janus, who spent most of last season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, is 2-0-1 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

Upcoming Events
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 (through first intermission)

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 Jewelers

Monday, October 31, 7:00 pm - "Phantoms Power Hour" LIVE from McGinny's Tavern, 193 Glen Street. Player guests are #13 Garrett Roe and #24 Harry Zolnierczyk

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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