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October 30, 2011





Phantoms Results

Wednesday, Oct 26 (Glens Falls) Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Norfolk Admirals 5 (Shootout)
Friday, Oct 28 (Glens Falls): Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Connecticut Whale 4
Saturday, Oct 29 (Glens Falls): Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Hershey Bears 1

Phantoms Upcoming Games

Friday, November 4, 7:30 - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons
Friday, November 11, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, November 12, 7:00 - Toronto Marlies at Adirondack Phantoms

Northeast Division Standings (As of 10/24/11)

1.Connecticut Whale (14 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (13 pts)
3. Springfield Falcons (12 pts)
4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (9 pts)
5. Albany Devils (8 pts)

Veterans Appreciation Night!

Come celebrate an honor our nation's military with the Phantoms on Veterans Appreciation Night on Friday, November 11. Free admission for all active duty and retired military personnal when accompanied with a paid admission. Must purchase in advance by Thursday, November 10. Call the Phantoms for details, 518-480-3355.

Home-Ice Dominance

The Phantoms have been red hot on home ice. Besides having a 3-1-1 record and a 20-15 goals advantage this season, Adirondack is 10-1-1 in its last 12 at the Glens Falls Civic Center, including a seven-game winning streak to finish last season.

However, the Phantoms started dominating on home ice even before the 10-1-1 streak. Since February 13 of last season, the Phantoms are 14-2-5 in their last 21 at home, while having taken 33 of a possible 42 points.

Despite playing their only game this week on the road in Springfield, the Phantoms are in the midst of a stretch where they play 5-of-6 games at home. Adirondack's next home game is a week from Friday (November 11) against the Syrcause Crunch. The stretch of 5-of-6 will conclude when the Toronto Marlies cross the 49th parallel for a game on Saturday, November 12.

10/29, (HER 1, ADK 2) - Bears Hibernated By Phantoms

On an unusual, snowy night in Glens Falls, Michael Leighton put the Bears' offense into hibernation for the game's first 59 minutes, as the Phantoms used two third-period goals to beat Hershey by a 2-1 score on Saturday night.

The Phantoms had been held off the scoreboard themselves through the first two periods, but Denis Hamel broke the deadlock with his team-leading eighth goal of the season, five minutes into the final frame. Harry Zolnierczyk added a late power-play goal which proved to be the game-winner.

For Hamel, his goal was the 323rd of his AHL career, which brings him to within two of Adirondack Red Wing great Glenn Merkosky for 12th place on the all-time list.

Leighton finished the night with 23 saves on 24 shots, and came within 39 seconds of his 36th shutout in the AHL. Leighton last had a shutout on October 21 in Portland, and he's sixth all-time in AHL blankings.

Dmitri Orlov was the Bears' lone goal scorer, and Dany Sabourin took the loss in goal despite making 29 saves on 31 shots.

10/28 (CT 4, ADK 2) - Whale Edge Phantoms In Battle Of Northeast's Best

The Phantoms got goals from Eric Wellwood and Harry Zolnierczyk, and mounted a late comeback attempt, but weren't able to come all the way back as the Whale won, 4-2.

Ths loss snapped a 12-game streak for the Phantoms on home ice in which they went 9-0-2 at the Glens Falls Civic Center, and gave Connecticut a one-point edge over Adirondack in the division standings.

The Whale's offense was led by two goals from Jordan Owens, while John Mitchell and Sean Avery, in his much-awaited season debut, also scored.

Cam Talbot made 27 saves on 29 shots and was the winning goalie. Despite 27 saves and an assist on Eric Wellwood's second-period goal, Michael Leighton was the losing goalie.

10/26 (NOR 5, ADK 4 Shootout) - Hamel's Late Goal Steals Point

Denis Hamel scored a specatcular, highlight-reel roal to tie the game for the Phantoms with 27 seconds left in the third period. However, Norfolk had a 2-1 edge in the shootout and rallied for a 5-4 victory at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Hamel's goal, scored with Jason Bacashihua pulled in favor of an extra attacker, occured when the 14-year veteran batted a pass from Harry Zolnierczyk from midair and past Norfolk goalie Jaroslav Janus.

Adirondack also received goals from Eric Wellwood, Tom Sestito and Tye McGinn, whose goal was the first in his professional career.

Jason Bacashihua was solid and made 37 saves, but saw his record drop to 1-1-1. Jaroslav Janus made 24 saves, and then stopped 4-of-5 Phantoms in the shootout.

Norfolk got shootout goals from Cory Conacher and James Wright, whose marker in the fourth round proved to be the shootout-winner. Denis Hamel scored a shootout goal for the Phantoms.

The Admirals got two goals in regulation time from Michel Ouellet, a former Pittsburgh Penguin and Tampa Bay Lightning forward who was the games first star, as well as Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson.

Phantoms Key Stats

-- The Phantoms finished October with six wins, which is the most they've had in an October since moving to Glens Falls. The last time a Phantoms team won as many games in October was 2007-08, when the Philadelphia Phantoms went 8-1.

-- Adirondack has scored the third most goals in the AHL (35). Only the Norfolk Admirals (46), Hershey Bears (37) and Texas Stars (37) have scored more.

-- Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms in goals (8) and points (12). Hamel's eight goals are one back of Norfolk's Carter Ashton for the league's lead. Hamel's 12 points are tied for ninth in the league.

-- Michael Leighton has five wins, which put him in a four-way tie for the AHL's lead in that category.

-- Harry Zolnierczyk is among the rookie leaders in a handful of offensive categories. He's fifth in points (9), fifth in goals (5), second in power-play points (6), second in power-play goals (4) and leads the way in game-winning goals (2).

-- The Phantoms have scored power-play goals in 9-of-10 games. Adirondack is 14-of-62 overall, and is tied for the third-most power-play goals in the league.

-- Garrett Roe is second in rookie assists with seven, and tied for eighth with eight points. Roe is one assist and point ahead of rookie Jason Akeson, who is tied for third in rookie points and 12th in rookie assists.

-- Despite having missed the last six games due to a call up to Philadelphia, Brayden Schenn is still tied for eighth in rookie scoring with eight points (4g, 4a).

-- Dan Jancevski is one assist shy of 200 in his AHL career.

-- Tom Sestito had a goal and assist in three games this week. His goal on Wednesday vs. Norfolk was his 100th point in the AHL.

-- Adirondack is 6-0-0 when allowing three goals or fewer, but 0-3-1 when allowing more than three goals.

-- Garrett Klotz made his season debut on Saturday, after missing the first nine games due to injury.

Phantoms Leaders

Goals: Denis Hamel (8)
Assists: Garrett Roe (7)
Points: Denis Hamel (12)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (29)
Plus/Minus: Garrett Roe (+6)
Wins: Michael Leighton (5)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.32)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (.920)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton (1)

Upcoming Opponents

Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) - The Falcons enter the week on a three-game winning streak, which has improved their record to 6-5-0 (12 pts) and pulled them to within one point of the Phantoms in the Northeast Division standings. Springfield's streak includes a one-goal victory over Manchester last Wednesday, as well as overtime wins over Hershey and St. John's over the weekend.

The Falcons' leading scorer is Nick Drazenovic (3g, 10a), a longtime member of the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues) who is in his first year with Springfield. Martin St. Pierre, who spent last season playing in three-different European leagues, is second on the team with 11 points (4g, 7a).

Since injuries in the Blue Jackets organization caused the Falcons' expected starting goalie, AHL All-Star Curtis Sanford, to start the season in Columbus; Danny Taylor has outplayed longtime NHL goalie and Stanley Cup-winner Manny Legace and gotten most of the starts in goal. Taylor, a native of Plymouth, England who spent most of last season in Germany with the Hamburg Freezers, has been in goal for all three of the Falcons' most-recent wins. Taylor is 4-1-0 overall, with a 2.36 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

Denis Hamel's Chase of Glenn Merkosky

Last week,Denis Hamel continued his pursuit of Adirondack Red Wing legend Glenn Merkosky for 12th all-time in AHL goals. With 323 in his career, Hamel is now just two behind Merkosky entering the week.

Hamel, a 14-year professional, is 37th all-time with 621 points in the AHL. He is one back of Les Douglas (1939-52) for 36th, and four back of Brian Kilrea (625 pts) and Ken Gernander (625 pts) for 35th and 34th place. Kilrea and Gernander both went on to notable coaching careers after their playing days. Kilrea coached the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League from 1974-2009 and was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, while Gernander is currently the bench boss for the Connecticut Whale.

With 786 games played in the AHL, Hamel is 33rd all-time in that category, and 24 games from 1,000 games in his professional career.

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-present 340
11.. Brad Smyth 1994-06 326
12. Glenn Merkosky 1980-91 325
13. Denis Hamel 1997-present 323
14. Bruce Cline 1955-68 321

Phantoms Transactions

October 27 - Zac Rinaldo recalled by loan to Philadelphia (NHL)
October 27 - Erik Gustafsson recalled by loan to Philadelphia (NHL).

Phantoms Day-by-Day

Monday, Oct 31 - Off.
Tuesday, Nov 1 - Practice at the GFCC (10:00am).
Wednesday, Nov 2 - Practice at the Glens Falls Rec Center -- Fire Road (10:00am).
Thursday, Nov 3 - Practice at the Glens Falls Rec Center -- Fire Road(10:00am).
Friday, Nov 4 - Practice at the Glens Falls Rec Center -- Fire Road (10:00am). Bus departs 2:30pm. Game at Springfield Falcons (7:30pm)
Saturday, Nov 5 - Off
Sunday, Nov 6 - Off

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 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.

The Affiliate of Brotherly Love

The Phantoms have suited up four players this season 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 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 a three-time 30-goal scorer. 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. Tye McGinn scored his first professional goal, against the Norfolk Admirals, on October 26 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. His brother, Jamie McGinn, scored the game-winning goal in the first game in Adirondack Phantoms history, while playing for the Worcester Sharks 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 31, 7:00 - "Phantoms Power Hour" LIVE from McGinny's Tavern, 193 Glen Street.

Friday, November 4, 7:30 - Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Monday, November 7, 7:00 - "Phantoms Power Hour" LIVE from McGinny's Tavern.

Friday, November 11, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch at Phantoms. Veterans Appreciation Night. Free admission to all active duty and military personnel when accompanied by paid admission. Must purchase in advance by Thursday, November 10. $2 draft beer specials: Bud Light and Labatt Blue Light.

Saturday, November 12, 7:00 - Toronto Marlies at Phantoms. Youth Jersey Giveaway night for first 1,000 kids (age 14 and younger) courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital.

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.

Recently reaching 4,000 Twitter followers , 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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