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November 7, 2011

 

 

 

 

Phantoms Results

Friday, Nov 4 (Springfield) Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Springfield Falcons 1

Phantoms Upcoming Games

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

Northeast Division Standings

1. Connecticut Whale (17 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (15 pts)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (13 pts)
4. Albany Devils (13 pts)
5. Springfield Falcons (12 pts)

Back at Home!

The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic Center this weekend after a successful journey to Springfield last Friday. Adirondack is off to a hot start and are in the thick of the Northeast Division race. At 7-3-1, the Phantoms trail first place Connecticut by only two points. There are some great promotions this weekend beginning with the organization honoring our nation's heroes on Veterans Day followed by one of our most popular giveaways of the year the next night with the Phantoms Youth Jerseys. Great seats are available for both games and you'll want to Be Here for all the fun and excitement as the Adirondack Phantoms aim for first place. Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.

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 personnel when accompanied with a paid admission. Must purchase in advance by Thursday, November 10. Call the Phantoms for details, 518-480-3355.

Guns and Hoses

Local police and firefighters will take on the NYPD Team at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. prior to the Phantoms game at 7:00. Proceeds will benefit the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance. Come out early and cheer our area heroes playing for a good cause!

Youth Jersey Night

Saturday is Youth Jersey Giveaway Night for the first 1,000 kids (age 14 and younger) courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital. It's one of our most popular giveaways of the year!

Phantoms Thriving In Philadelphia

Early in the season, several Phantoms have played major roles in the Flyers' hot start, which has Philadelphia near the top of the NHL standings with an 8-4-2 record. In The Flyers' most recent win, a 9-2 thumping of the Columbus Blue Jackets this past Saturday, four of Philadelphia's skaters were players who've also played for the Phantoms this season.

Leading the way was defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who had an assist and was an amazing, team best +6. Gustafsson also led all Flyers skaters with 23:00 minutes of ice time. Gustafsson, an AHL All-Star as a rookie in 2010-11, had five assists in eight games with the Phantoms in October.

Also contributing offense in the high-scoring Philadelphia night was Harry Zolnierczyk, whose assist was his second point in three games with the Flyers. Zolnierczyk scored his first NHL goal in his NHL debut, by deking Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson out of his pads, in a 7-2 Philadelphia victory on October 18. The 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year is second on the Phantoms with five goals and nine points, having played in 10 games for Adirondack.

Phantoms fan favorite Zac Rinaldo was also part of Philadelphia's big win over Columbus. Rinaldo engaged Blue Jacket and former Binghamton Senator Cody Bass in a fight late in the second period, two days after scoring his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils.

Saturday was Eric Wellwood's first NHL game of the season, and he assisted on a Sean Couturier goal in the second period. For Wellwood, it was the second NHL point of his career. His first point came when he assisted an Andreas Nodl overtime goal against the New York Islanders on November 6, 2010. Wellwood, a second year pro who won two Memorial Cups with the Windsor Spitfires, arrived back with the Phantoms on Monday afternoon. With Adirondack, Wellwood has eight points (4g, 4a) in eight games.


Wellwood Loaned Back to Phantoms

Eric Wellwood has been loaned back to the Adirondack Phantoms it was announced earlier Monday by Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren.


11/04, (ADK 2 , SPR 1) - Kalinski Scores Game-Winner In Return To Lineup

Two players who were held out of action in October due to injury, Garrett Klotz and Jon Kalinski, provided Adirondack all the offense it needed in a 2-1 win at the Springfield Falcons.

Kalinski, playing in his first game of the season, broke a 1-1 tie by scoring the game-winning goal late in the first period on a shorthanded breakaway, after intercepting an errant pass by a Springfield defenseman.

Klotz, playing in his second game of the season, opened the night's scoring 2:37 into the first period. After a shot block by Marc-Andre Bourdon foiled a Springfield rush, Klotz emerged with the puck and led a 2-on-1 rush with Tye McGinn in the other direction. Electing to shoot and not pass, Klotz beat the Falcons goalie with a high wrist shot from the right circle.

Both Kalinski and Klotz are in their fourth season with the Phantoms and returned to the lineup just in time as Philadelphia had called up several other Adirondack players throughout the week.

Although he faced a Phantoms season-low 21 shots, Michael Leighton was nearly perfect, making 20 saves.

The only blemish against Leighton was a power-play strike from Cam Atkinson, midway through the first period. The Falcons goalie was Danny Taylor, who took the loss after allowing two goals on 24 shots.

Phantoms Key Stats

-- Both of the Phantoms' games in the coming week are at the Glens Falls Civic Center, where the club is 3-1-1 this season, and 14-2-5 dating back to last February.

--The Phantoms have scored power-play goals in all but two games this season, and are 14-of-66 (21.2%) for the season. In the only games where Adirondack hasn't scored a power-play goal, its game-winning goal has come shorthanded.

--Adirondack's leading scorer is Denis Hamel, who has eight goals and four assists. Hamel's eight goals tie him for third overall in the AHL, behind Norfolk's Carter Ashton (11 goals) and Toronto's Joe Colborne (10 goals).

--With six wins, Michael Leighton is one back of Abbotsford's Leland Irving and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Brad Thiessen for the league lead.

--Garrett Roe is second among all AHL rookies in assists with 7.

--Adirondack has scored first in 8 of their 11 games and are 6-1-1 in those games.

--The Phantoms are scoring 3.4 goals per game, 6th out of 30 in the AHL.

--Adirondack is allowing only 2.7 goals per game, 10th best out of 30 in the AHL and 4th out of 15 in the Eastern Conference.

--The Phantoms are 6-0-1 when leading after two periods

--Adirondack is a perfect 7-0-0 when allowing three or fewer goals. Conversly, the Phantoms are 0-3-1 when allowing more than three goals.

--When allowing fewer than 30 shots, the Phantoms are a perfect 4-0-0.

--The Phantoms are 5-0-1 when scoring three or more goals.

--After getting outshot in each of the first nine games, the Phantoms have outshot their opponents in each of the last two games. The 21 shots Adirondack allowed in Springfield last Friday were the fewest it has allowed in a game this season.

Phantoms Leaders:
Goals: Denis Hamel (8)
Assists: Garrett Roe (7)
Points: Denis Hamel (12)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (31)
Plus/Minus: Garrett Roe (+6)
Wins: Michael Leighton (6)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.22)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (.923)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton (1)

Upcoming Opponents

Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) - The Phantoms resume play following a week-long hiatus by hosting the Crunch for the first time this season, on Friday night. In the only prior meeting this season, Syracuse got a hat trick from Kyle Palmieri and won 6-2. Palmieri leads the Crunch with eight goals this season, and he's tied with Adirondack's Denis Hamel for third place in the AHL.

Syracuse's hottest scorer lately is Dan Sexton. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound speed demon, Sexton has two goals and seven assists in the last two games, and he's tied for the Crunch's lead in points with 13 (4g, 9a).

Tied with Sexton for the Crunch's lead in points is former Phantom Patrick Maroon. Maroon has five goals and eight assists with Syracuse, and has also skated in two games with the Anaheim Ducks.

Syracuse's goaltending duties are split between Jeff Deslauriers and Iiro Tarkki. Deslauriers, a former Edmonton Oiler who beat the Phantoms on October 15, is 3-3-0 for the season. However, after a hot start, Deslauriers has struggled lately and has a 4.70 goals-against average and .847 save percentage for the season.Tarkki, who is in his first season in North America after playing in the Finnish SM-liiga since 2004-05, is 2-2-1 with an impressive 2.46 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

Overall, the Crunch are 5-3-3, and are in fourth place of the very competitive East Division.

Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) - The Phantoms finish their week by hosting the Western Conference's Toronto Marlies at the GFCC on Saturday night. The Marlies (6-4-2) enter the week in first place in the North Division, after defeating the team with the league's best record, the Houston Aeros, by a 6-2 score on Sunday.

The Marlies are led in scoring by 6-foot-5 center, Joe Colborne. A product of the University of Denver who came to the Maple Leafs organization in the same trade which sent talented defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins, Colborne leads the AHL with 19 points and is second with 10 goals.

Also of note is Nazem Kadri, who despite not having scored a goal this season, is a highly thought of prospect who has starred on Canadian National Teams after being selected in the first round (seventh overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009.

Lately, Jussi Rynas has started most of the games for the Marlies, after the team's early-season starter, Cornell University alum. Ben Scrivens, was called up to the Maple Leafs. Rynas is just 1-5-0, with Scrivens and Mark Owuya having gone a combined 5-1-0.

Denis Hamel's Chase of Glenn Merkosky

Entering the week, the Phantoms leading scorer, Denis Hamel, has 323 AHL goals and is within striking distance of Adirondack Red Wing legend Glenn Merkosky on the all-time list. Merkosky, who finished his career with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1991, had 325 career goals.

Hamel, a 14-year professional, is tied for 37th all-time with 620 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 787 games played in the AHL, Hamel is 33rd all-time in that category, and 23 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 341
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

Nov 1- Harry Zolnierczyk (F) Recalled from loan by PHI (NHL)
Nov 1-Ben Holmstrom (F) Recalled from loan by PHI (NHL)
Nov 1-Matt Walker Loaned to ADK , from PHI (NHL)
Nov 1- Andy Bohmbach (F) Recalled from loan to TRE (ECHL)
Nov 3- Ben Holmstrom (F) Loaned to ADK, from PHI (NHL)
Nov 4- Eric Wellwood (F) Recalled by loan by PHI (NHL)
Nov 7- Eric Wellwood (F) Loaned to ADK, from PHI (NHL)

Phantoms Day-by-Day

Monday, Nov 7 - Practice at the Glens Falls Rec Center -- Fire Road (10 a.m.)
Tuesday, Nov 8 - Practice at the Glens Falls Rec Center -- Fire Road (10 a.m.)
Wednesday, Nov 9 - Practice at the Glens Falls Rec Center -- Fire Road (10 a.m.)
Thursday, Nov 10 - Practice at the GFCC -- (10 a.m.)
Friday, Nov 11 - Practice at the GFCC (10 a.m.) Game vs. Syracuse Crunch (7:00 p.m.) Saturday, Nov 12 - Practice at the GFCC (10 a.m.) Game vs. Toronto Marlies (7:00 p.m.)
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 games.

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, November 7, 7:00 - "Phantoms Power Hour" LIVE from McGinny's Tavern. Player guests: #18 Tyler Brown and #3 Marc-Andre Bourdon.

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, 3:00 - Guns and Hoses - Local police and firefighters will take on the NYPD Team at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance. Come out early and cheer our area heroes playing for a good cause!

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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