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GAME PREVIEW - PHANTOMS VS BEARS

 

 

 

 

October 29, 2011

 

 

 

 


ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (5-3-1) vs. Hershey Bears (5-1-2)
Phantoms - 2nd Northeast Division, 5th Eastern Conference
Bears - 2nd East Division, 4th Eastern Conference

Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.

Kids Halloween Costume Parade. Postgame open-skate with the Phantoms players, presented by Glens Falls Hospital

Phantoms Wrap-Up Three-Game Homestand

On Friday, the Phantoms and Connecticut Whale engaged in a hard-fought battle for the Northeast Division’s top spot, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Although the Whale won by a score of 4-2 and now lead the Phantoms, 12 points to 11 points, Adirondack has a chance to regain the top spot tonight with a win over the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.. The 11-time champion Bears, 5-1-2, are also looking to shrug off a tough defeat, having surrendered a three-goal lead and losing to the Springfield Falcons in overtime on Friday night.

Northeast Division Standings

1. Connecticut Whale (12 points)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (11 points)
3. Springfield Falcons (10 points)
4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7 points)
5. Albany Devils (6 points)

Denis Hamel Countdown – 3 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. On Wednesday, he scored an amazing last-minute goal against the Norfolk Admirals, which sent the game to overtime and earned Adirondack a point in the standings. Hamel’s goal, scored by batting a pass from Harry Zolnierczyk from mid-air, was his 322nd in 14 years in the AHL. Passing Bruce Cline (1955-68) for sole possession of 13th place all-time, Hamel is now just three scores 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 tied with Arnie Kullman (1948-60) and Ross Fitzpatrick (1982-92) for 39th all-time in total points with 619. He is 34th in games played with 785, just seven games ahead of veteran teammate Dan Jancevski. Hamel has also played in 192 games in the NHL, giving him a total of 977 professional games and an opportunity to reach the 1,000 game milestone by midseason.

Phantoms Tidbits

The Phantoms had their 11 game streak of going unbeaten-in-regulation snapped with thier 4-2 loss to Connecticut on Friday. Adirondack had gone 9-0-2 dating back to March of last season. The Phantoms have just two regulation losses in their last 20 games going back to February of last year.

Adirondack and Hershey are tied for the second-most goals scored (33) in the league. Only the Norfolk Admirals (40 goals) have scored more.

Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms with seven goals and 11 points. Hamel’s seven goals are fourth in the league, just one back of the trio of Joe Colborne (TOR), Kyle Palmieri (SYR) and Carter Ashton (NOR).

Eric Wellwood enters Saturday on the first three-game goal-scoring streak of his two-year professional career.

Michael Leighton has four wins, which are tied with Brad Thiessen (WBS), Jeremy Smith (MIL), Mike Murphy (CHA) and Matt Hackett (HOU) for second in the league. Only the Abbotsford Heat’s Leland Irving (5 wins) has more.

Adirondack is the only team in the league with three of the top-seven rookie scorers. The highest-scoring Phantom rookie is Harry Zolnierczyk, who is tied for third place with nine points (4g, 5a). Brayden SchenN (4g, 4a) and Garrett Roe (1g, 7a) are tied for fourth place, while Roe’s seven assists are first among rookies in that category. Additionally, Jason Akeson is tied for eighth in the league among rookies with seven points (1g, 6a), just one back of Roe for the rookie lead in assists.

With two more power-play goals on Friday, the Phantoms have now scored on the man advantage in 8-of-9 games this season. Adirondack is 13-of-56 (23.2%), and only Texas has scored more times when up a man.

Hershey Bears (NHL Affiliate: Washington Capitals)

The Bears’ 11 Calder Cups are more than any team in AHL history, while the team is the seventh-longest running professional hockey team in North America, behind only the NHL’s Original Six—Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Hershey’s leading scorer is Chris Bourque, who is third in the league with 14 points (6g, 8a). A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Bourque is the son of Hockey Hall-of-Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, who is the NHL’s all-time leader in points among blueliners with 1,579 over 22 seasons.

Another Bear that bears watching is Christian Hanson whi was born in Glens Falls. The scorer of three goals and one assist in eight games, Hanson is the son of former minor leaguer Dave Hanson, who is famous for playing the role of “Jack Hanson” in the classic hockey movie, Slap Shot.

Also of note is Keith Aucoin, who leads the AHL with 10 assists, and is 21st in all-time AHL scoring with 720 points; and Braden Holtby, the goaltender who has won 43 AHL games over the last 2+ seasons, and was named the NHL’s Player of the Week with the Washington Capitals, during the second week of March, 2011.


Upcoming Events

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.

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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