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Game Preview: Adirondack vs. Syracuse





November 11, 2011





ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (7-3-1) vs. Syracuse Crunch (5-3-3)

Phantoms - 2nd Northeast Division, 6th Eastern Conference
Crunch – 4th East Division, 7th Eastern Conference

Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
Friday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.

Veterans Appreciation Night

Come celebrate and 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 .

Phantoms Back in Action!

The Phantoms resume play following a seven-day hiatus by hosting the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. In its most recent game, Adirondack upped its record to 7-3-1 with a 2-1 win at the Springfield Falcons, last Friday. The Phantoms are in second place in the Northeast Division with 15 points and they’re looking to avenge an early-season defeat at the hands of the Crunch. Syracuse got a hat trick from Kyle Palmieri and beat the Phantoms, 6-2, on October 15 in Syracuse. This is the first of five meetings between the teams at the Glens Falls Civic Center, where the Phantoms are 14-2-5 dating back to last February. The Phantoms and Crunch have four more meetings in Syracuse.

Northeast Division Standings

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

Denis Hamel Countdown – 2 Goals to Catch Merkosky

Denis Hamel is the Phantoms leading scorer with eight goals and 12 points, and he’s within just two strikes of Adirondack Red Wing legend Glenn Merkosky for 12th place on the AHL’s all-time goal scoring list. In his 15th professional season, Hamel also continues to climb the league’s all-time games played and points lists. Hamel has played in 787 games in the AHL and 979 as a pro (192 NHL games), and will get to the 1,000-game plateau by midseason. With 297 AHL assists, Hamel has 620 AHL points, which are one back of Les Douglas (1939-52) for 36th all-time in the category. After he passes Douglas, Hamel’s next targets will be Brian Kilrea and Ken Gernander, who both retired with 625 career points.

Phantoms As Of Late

The Phantoms get back into action on Friday after a stretch where they played only once in 13 days. The only game during that stretch was a 2-1 win at the Springfield Falcons last Friday, which improved Adirondack’s record to 7-3-1.

Adirondack’s win in Springfield was aided by one of the team’s best defensive efforts of the season. The Phantoms allowed a season-low 21 shots and got great goaltending from Michael Leighton. Leighton is 6-2-0 this season.

The Phantoms’ goals were scored by Garrett Klotz and Jon Kalinski, who both had injured and missed most of October.

The win improved the Adirondack Phantoms to 5-0-0 all-time against the Springfield Falcons. Against Friday’s opponent, the Crunch, the Adirondack Phantoms are 8-7 all-time.

Phantoms Tidbits

-The Phantoms are 14-2-5 at home since last February and 3-1-1 this season.

-Denis Hamel’s eight goals are tied for third most in the AHL. Only Norfolk’s Carter Ashton (11g) and Toronto’s Joe Colborne (10g) have more.

-Michael Leighton is tied for third among AHL goalies with six wins. Only Abbotsford’s Leland Irving (7 wins) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Brad Thiessen (8 wins) have more. Leighton also sports a stingy 2.22 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

-Garrett Roe leads the Phantoms with seven assists and is tied for second among AHL rookies in assists. Only Norfolk’s Cory Conacher (10 assists) has more.

-The Phantoms have scored power-play goals in nine of their 11 games this season. In the only two games it hasn’t scored a power-play goal, Adirondack has gotten its game-winning goal while shorthanded.

-Adirondack has outshot its opponent in each of the last two games. Prior to that, their opponents held a shooting advantage in each of the first nine games.

-The Phantoms are 4-0-0 when allowing fewer than 30 shots and 3-3-1 when allowing 30+ shots in a game.

-Adirondack is 6-0-1 when leading after two periods and 2-0-1 in one-goal games.

-The Phantoms have scored first in eight of their 11 games, and are 6-1-1 in those contests.

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

Phantoms Recent 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 (D) Loaned to ADK (AHL) , from PHI (NHL)
Nov 1- Andy Bohmbach (F) Recalled by ADK (AHL) from loan to TRE (ECHL)
Nov 3- Ben Holmstrom (F) Loaned to ADK (AHL), from PHI (NHL)
Nov 4- Eric Wellwood (F) Recalled from loan by PHI (NHL)
Nov 7- Eric Wellwood (F) Loaned to ADK, from PHI (NHL)
Nov 9 – Andy Bohmbach (F) Loaned to TRE (ECHL)

Syracuse Crunch (NHL Affiliate: Anaheim Ducks)
The Crunch split a two-game series with the Rochester Americans last weekend and have a record of 5-3-3. In the two games against Rochester, the team’s best performer was Dan Sexton. Sexton, a 5-foot-10 speed demon, had nine points (2g, 7a) in the set and was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week. Sexton and former Phantom Patrick Maroon lead Syracuse with 13 points overall.

Syracuse’s leading goal scorer is Kyle Palmieri (eight goals), who had a hat trick against the Phantoms on October 15. Palmieri was named a Reebok/AHL Player earlier in the season.

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. 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.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 12, 3:00 - Third Annual Guns and Hoses game pitting area police and fire representatives against the NYPD hockey team. Proceeds from this charity game will go to benefit the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance.

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.

Monday, November 14 - No Phantoms Power Hour show this week. The team will be traveling.

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 - Phantoms at Portland Pirates

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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