ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (7-4-1) vs. Toronto
Phantoms - 2nd Northeast Division, 6th Eastern Conference
Marlies -2nd North Division, 7th Western Conference
Glens Falls Civic Center; Glens Falls, NY
Saturday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
Second Game of Back-To-Back
Prior to last night, the Phantoms had played just
once in 13 days. Despite a late comeback attempt
which included Denis Hamel’s 324th goal in
the AHL, the Phantoms fell to the Crunch, 3-2, on
Friday; but look to rebound against the Toronto
Marlies on Saturday night. The Marlies are coming
off a 3-1 loss to the Western Conference-leading
Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday. Toronto is second
in the North Division with a 6-5-2 record, having
been recently passed by the Rochester Americans.
Tonight's game is Youth Jersey Giveaway night for
the first 1,000 kids age 14 and younger presented
by Glens Falls Hospital. The game also features
the dancing and craziness of Super-Fan Cameron Hughes
firing up the crowd again.
The third annual Guns and Hoses Charity game takes
place at 3:00 as the local police and fire representatives
take on the NYPD team. All the proceeds from the
charity game go to benefit the South Glens Falls
Marathon Dance. The Phantoms' Wives have gotten
together to sell bracelets for the Love for Lokomitv
project to raise funds for the vicitims of the Russian
team tragedy of September. They will also feature
an autographed stick for auction at their booth.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (17 points)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (15 points)
3. Albany Devils (15 pts)
4. Springfield Falcons (14 points)
5. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (13 points)
Denis Hamel Countdown – 1 Goal to
Denis Hamel continues to rise up the all-time AHL
ranks in goals, points and total games played. He
scored his 324th AHL goal on Friday and he’s
now just one behind Adirondack Hockey Hall of Famer
Glenn Merkosky for 12th all-time.
Hamel added an assist in Friday’s game and
passed Les Douglas for 36th on the all-time points
list. With 622 points, Hamel’s next targets
are Brian Kilrea and Ken Gernander, who both retired
with 624 points. With 788 games in the AHL and 192
in the NHL, Hamel is 20 games from 1,000 as a professional.
Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia
Despite Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Crunch, the
Phantoms have one of the AHL’s best home records
since the midway point of last season. Adirondack
is 14-3-5 on home ice since last February and 3-2-1
at the Glens Falls Civic Center this season.
Both of the Phantoms’ goals on Friday came
on the power play (2-of-6). Adirondack has scored
power-play goals in 10 of its 12 games, and is 16-of-68
(22.2%) for the season. Only the Texas Stars (19
PP goals) and Hershey Bears (18 PP goals) have scored
more times on the man advantage. Adirondack tied
for seventh in the Eastern Conference with 37 goals
The Phantoms enter action tonight in second place
in the Northeast Division at 7-4-1 for 15 points.
Adirondack trails Connecticut by two points. The
Phantoms are tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Denis Hamel is third in the league with nine goals
and leads the Phantoms with 14 points. The 34-year-old
from Lachute, Quebec has played in 980 career professional
The Phantoms received an offensive boost on Friday
from Ben Holmstrom who notched his first goal of
the season. The team’s captain out of Colorado
Springs, Colo. was Adirondack’s MVP for 2010-11
with 16 goals and 38 points.
Dan Jancevski enters tonight’s action one
away from his 200th career assist. The 30-year-old
defenseman is in his 11th season of professional
hockey and his second year with Adirondack.
Michael Leighton has received the majority of the
duties in net going 6-3-0 in his 10 total games
with a 2.31 goals against average and a .920 saves
percentage. Leighton has 105 career NHL games under
his belt including a run in 2009 in which he backstopped
the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jason Bacashihua has gone 1-1-1, 3.62, .908 in his
three games thus far. The 29-year-old played with
the Lake Erie Monsters last year and with the Hershey
Bears in 2009-10.
Eight (4g, 4a) of Denis Hamel’s team-leading
14 points (9g, 5a) have come at home.
The Phantoms’ loss to the Crunch was their
first this season when allowing three or fewer goals.
Adirondack is 7-1-0 in those games and 0-3-1 when
allowing more than three goals.
Friday’s game was the third straight where
the Phantoms have limited their opponent to fewer
than 30 shots. The Phantoms are 4-1-0 when allowing
fewer than 30 shots and 3-3-1 when allowing 30 or
Adirondack is 5-0-1 when scoring three or more goals
and 2-4-1 when scoring fewer than three goals.
The Phantoms are 3-2-0 in the second half of back-to-back
As a result of fighting former Phantom Patrick Maroon
on Friday, Tom Sestito extended his team lead to
four fights this season.
The Adirondack Phantoms is 2-2-0 all-time against
Saturday’s game is the Phantoms’ second
against the Western Conference. The only prior game
against the West was a 3-1 win at Rochester on October
Toronto Marlies (AHL: Toronto Maple Leafs)
Joe Colborne, the Marlies’ leading scorer,
is tied for the league lead with 19 points (10g,
9a) and is second with 10 goals. This is Colborne’s
first full season in the Maple Leafs organization,
after being acquired in the same trade which sent
longtime Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle to the Boston
Bruins at the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline.
Nazem Kadri, who has four assists in six games,
is another top offensive talent for Toronto. A former
first-round draft choice in 2009 (seventh overall);
Kadri has represented Canada in the World Junior
Championships and had an assist in three NHL games
The Marlies goaltending situation has undergone
a recent transformation, due to an injury to the
Maple Leafs’ top goalie, James Reimer. The
injury caused the Marlies’ early-season starter,
Cornell University alum. Ben Scrivens, to get called
up to the NHL and leave the Marlies’ goaltending
duties to Mark Owuya and Jussi Rynnas. Owuya has
a great 1.81 goals-against average and .917 save
percentage to go along with a 1-1-0 record. Rynnas
has a 3.50 goals-against average and .884 save percentage
to go along with a 1-5-0 record.
Also of note for Toronto is forward Will Acton,
whose father, Keith Acton, played for the Flyers
from 1988-92. Keith Acton played 1,023 total NHL
games and was a Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton
Oilers in 1988.
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
Monday, November 14 - No Phantoms Power Hour show
this week. The team will be traveling.
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 - Phantoms at Portland
Saturday, November 19, 7:00 - Phantoms at Syracuse
Sunday, November 20, 3:00 - Phantoms at Bridgeport
Next Home Games
Friday, November 25, 7:00 – Springfield Falcons
at Phantoms. Annual Black Friday game. 80’s
Saturday, November 26, 7:00 – Albany Devils
at Phantoms. Time Warner Cable Cup Rivalry Game
#2. Phantoms Snow Cap Giveaway for first 1,000 kids
(age 14 and younger) courtesy of UniFirst.
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