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GAME PREVIEW: ADIRONDACK at PORTLAND

 

 

 

 

November 14, 2011

 

 

 

 

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (8-4-1) at Portland Pirates (5-7-1)

Phantoms - 2nd Northeast Division, 5th Eastern Conference
Pirates -5th Atlantic Division, 15th Eastern Conference

Cumberland County Civic Center; Portland, Maine
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.

On The Road!

The Phantoms start a four-game road trip on Tuesday in Portland, following a stretch where they played 5-of-6 games at home. Adirondack's trip will include visits to Syracuse on Saturday, Bridgeport on Sunday and Binghamton on Thanksgiving, before the team returns home on Black Friday to play the Springfield Falcons. The Phantoms are 4-2-0 on the road this season. By having gone 3-2-1 in its last six games, Adirondack has improved to 8-4-1, which puts the Phantoms in a three-way tie for second place in the division and just one point behind the Albany Devils for first.

Northeast Division Standings

1. Albany Devils (18 points)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (17 points)
3. Connecticut Whale (17 points)
4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (17 points)
5.Springfield Falcons (14 points)

Denis Hamel: One Goal From! Glenn Merkosky

Denis Hamel's goal against Syracuse on Friday was his 324th in the AHL, which brings him to just one of the former Adirondack Red Wing great, Glenn Merkosky, for 12th place on the AHL's all-time goal-scoring list.

Hamel, a 15th-year professional, is just 19 games from 1,000 professional games and is 36th in all-time AHL points with 622. Hamel's next to targets on the all-time points list are Brian Kilrea and Ken Gernander, who both retired with 624 points. 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.


Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia Flyers)

In the team's most recent game, Saturday night against the Toronto Marlies; the Phantoms used shootout goals from Jason Akeson, Denis Hamel and Oskars Bartulis to get a 2-1 win. The win improved the Phantoms to 15-3-5 on home ice since last February, however, the team doesn't play at home again until a Black Friday showdown with the Springfield Falcons

Jason Bacashihua also played a key role in the team's win over the Marlies on Saturday, stopping 3-of-4 in the shootout, after stopping 27-of-28 shots through regulation and overtime, For Bacashihua, the win was his first home win as a Phantom and it improved his record to 2-1-1 this season. Bacashihua, a 10-year pro, spent last season with the Lake Erie Monsters, who are the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche,

The Phantoms' other goalie is Michael Leighton, who is 6-3-0 and earned his 36th career shutout in the team's only prior visit to Portland this season. Leighton's 36 shutouts are sixth most in the AHL's 76-year history.

Shane Harper scored Adirondack's goal in regulation time. For Harper, a second year pro who is the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips' all-time leading scorer with 214 points(100g,114a), the goal was his first of the season.

Rookie Jason Akeson got the primary assist on Harper's goal and now leads Adirondack with eight assists this season. The 21-year-old rookie led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 108 points (24g, 84a) as a member of the Kitchener Rangers.

Another Phantom rookie off to a strong start is Garrett Roe, who leads the team with a +6 and is second on the team with seven assists. Roe netted his first professional goal in Adirondack's last visit to Portland, on October 21.


Phantoms Tidbits

--Saturday's win improved the Phantoms to 4-2-0 in the second half of back-to-back games.

--Although the Phantoms trail the Albany Devils by one point in the division standings, Adirondack (.654) has the best points percentage in the division.

--The Phantoms have either ousthot their opponents or tied in shots in each of the last four games. Adirondack is a perfect 3-0-0 when outshooting its opponents and 5-4-1 when not outshooting its opponent.

--Adirondack has power-play goals in 10 if its 13 games (16-of-76, 21.1%). However, the Phantoms are 3-0-0 in the games when they don't score on the power play.

--The Phantoms are 5-0-1 when scoring three or more goals in a game, and 3-4-1 when scoring fewer than three goals.

--Adirondack is 6-0-0 when allowing fewer than two goals and 8-1-0 when allowing three or fewer goals. The Phantoms are 0-3-1 when allowing more than three goals.

--The Phantoms are 6-0-1 when leading after two periods and 0-4-0 when trailing after two periods.

--Dan Jancevski enters Tuesday with 199 career AHL assists,

--Michael Leighton hasa 1.83 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in road games. Leighton is sixth all-time in AHL shutouts (35), with his one shutout this season coming against Tuesday's opponent, the Portland Pirates.


Portland Pirates (NHL Affiliate: Phoenix Coyotes)

The Phantoms start their four-game road trip by making their second and final visit of the season to Portland's Cumberland County Civic Center. In Adirondack's only prior visit to Maine, on October 21, Michael Leighton pitched his first shutout of the season en route to a 3-0 win. Since their last meeting, the Pirates have gone 3-5-0, and they're in last place in the Eastern Conference Standings with a 5-7-1 record.

A bright spot for the Pirates has been Andy Miele, the 2011 Hobey Baker Award-winner from Miami University (Ohio), who leads Portland with seven assists and 11 points.

Portland's goaltending duties are split between Justin Pogge and Curtis McElhinney, who took the loss against the Phantoms on October 21. McElhinney, a former Calgary Flame, is 2-6-0, with a 3.64 goals-against average and .889 save percentage. Pogge, a former star in juniors with the Calgary Hitmen who spent last season with the Charlotte Checkers, is 3-1-1, with a 2.37 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Portland Pirates Leaders:

Goals: Chipchura, Beaudoin, Miele, Oystrick, Duncan (4)
Assists: Miele (7)
Points: Miele (11)
Plus/Minus: Summers (+7)
Penalty Minutes: Hollweg (36)
Wins: Pogge (3)
Goals-Against Average: Pogge (2.37)
Save Percentage: Pogge (.911)
Shutouts: McElhinney (1)

Upcoming Events

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

Friday, November 25, 7:00 - Springfield Falcons at Phantoms. Annual Black Friday game. '80s 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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