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Game Preview: Adirondack vs. Toronto





November 12, 2011





ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (7-4-1) vs. Toronto Marlies (6-5-2)

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 Catch Merkosky

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 Flyers)

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 scored.

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 games.

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.

Phantoms Tidbits

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 more shots.

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 games.

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 the Marlies.

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 23.

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 this season.

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.

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.

Saturday, November 19, 7:00 - Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Sunday, November 20, 3:00 - Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Next Home Games

Friday, November 25, 7:00 – Springfield Falcons at Phantoms. Annual Black Friday game. 80’s Night.

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.

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.

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