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November 19, 2011

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (8-5-1) at Syracuse Crunch (7-5-3)

Oncenter War Memorial Arena - Syracuse, NY
Saturday, November 19 (7:30 p.m.)

Road Trip Continues

The Phantoms continue their four-game road trip when they visit their intra-state rival, the Syracuse Crunch, on Saturday night. Adirondack (8-5-1) started its road trip with a 4-2 loss in Portland on Tuesday. This is the third of ten meetings this season between the Phantoms and the Crunch. After Saturday's game, Adirondack heads over to Bridgeport, Conn. for a Sunday afternoon encounter with the Sound Tigers.

The Crunch are off to a 2-0-0 start against the Phantoms in the 2011-12 season series after Adirondack dominated last year by beating Syracuse seven out of eight times. Syracuse (7-5-3) was on a two game losing streak until getting back on the winning track Friday night with a 3-2 shootout win over the Hershey Bears in their homestand opener.

Northeast Division Standings (through Nov. 17)

1. Connecticut Whale (19 pts)
2. Springfield Falcons (18 pts)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (18 pts)
4. Albany Devils (18 pts)
5. Adirondack Phantoms (17 pts)


Denis Hamel Countdown – 1 Goal to Catch Merkosky

The Phantoms’ leading scorer, Denis Hamel, enters the weekend one goal behind Adirondack Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Merkosky for 12th place on the AHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. With a team-best nine goals this season, Hamel is up to 324 career tallies. Merkosky scored 325 times in a career that stretched from 1980-1991.

Hamel is also just two assists shy of 300 career helpers in the AHL, and two points from Brian Kilrea and Ken Gernander for 35th and 34th place in all-time AHL points.

In the midst of his 15th professional season, Hamel’s next game will be his 791st in the AHL and 983rd as a pro as he approaches his milestone 1,000th career game.

Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia Flyers)

In the Phantoms’ 4-2 loss at Portland on Tuesday, they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Pirates stormed back for four straight goals to win the game. Both of Adirondack’s first-period goals came during 5-on-3 power plays. The Phantoms are 18-of-82 (22%) on the man advantage for the season, having scored power-play goals in 11 of their 14 games.

Adirondack’s first goal was scored by its captain, Ben Holmstrom, who added an assist on the team’s second goal. Holmstrom, Adirondack’s MVP in 2009-10, has seven points (2g, 5a) this season, which is his second as a pro. Before turning pro last season, the native of Colorado Springs, Colorado played collegiately at UMass-Lowell, where he also served as his team’s captain.

The Phantoms’ second goal was scored by rookie Jason Akeson, who like Holmstrom finished with a goal and an assist on Tuesday. Akeson, a rookie who led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring as a member of the Kitchener Rangers last season, has been the hottest Phantom scorer lately. Akeson has a goal and three assists over his last three games, and his 11 total points (2g, 9a) put him near the top of both the Phantoms and AHL’s rookie-scoring races.

Garrett Roe, another Phantom rookie, didn’t score a goal on Tuesday, but assisted on both Holmstrom’s and Akeson’s markers. Roe, a 36-point scorer at St. Cloud State last season, is tied with Akeson for Adirondack’s team-lead with nine assists for the season.

Phantoms Tidbits

--The all-time series between the Adirondack Phantoms and Syracuse Crunch is tied at eight wins apiece. After Saturday, the teams’ 2011-12 season series will include four more games in Glens Falls and three more in Syracuse.

-Adirondack has a 33-21-9 record since last December 20, when Joe Paterson took over as the team’s head coach. Paterson, who was previously a head coach in the AHL with the Louisville Panthers (1999-2001), is now just four wins from 100 as an AHL head coach.

-The Phantoms have scored power-play goals in 11 of 14 games. However, the team sports an undefeated 3-0-0 record in games when they haven’t scored power-play goals. In two of those wins, October 23 at Rochester and November 4 at Springfield, the team’s game-winning goal came shorthanded.

--Adirondack has a 4-3-0 record away from home. Garrett Roe leads the team in road scoring with seven points (1g, 6a). Roe also leads the Phantoms with a +6 rating for the season.

--Michael Leighton has a 2.20 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in road games.

--Jason Bacashihua has a record of 2-1-1, with his only regulation loss coming in Syracuse on October 15.

--Dan Jancevski is one assist away from 200 in the AHL

--The Phantoms are 8-1-0 when allowing three-or-fewer goals in a game.

Syracuse Crunch (NHL Affiliate: Anaheim Ducks)

The Crunch are a greatly improved team from last season, when they missed the playoffs with a 35-38-3-4 record. Syracuse enters the weekend with a 7-5-3 record. After defeating Adirondack last Friday, the Crunch went on to lose two straight but got back in the win column with a 3-2 shootout victory over Hershey Friday night.

A player who hasn’t struggled to score for the Crunch since turning pro last season is Kyle Palmieri. A former first-round draft selection of the Anaheim Ducks who hails from Long Island, Palmieri leads the Crunch with nine goals and four markers against the Phantoms. Palmieri had 51 points (29g, 22a) in 62 games with Syracuse last season, and scored his first NHL goal during a call up to the Anaheim Ducks.

Former Phantom Patrick Maroon has two goals in the season series against his former team. Maroon, who was dealt to the Ducks/Crunch organization last season, is tied with Dan Sexton for the team-lead with 15 points.

Goalie Iiro Tarkki has drawn most of the starts for Syracuse as of late. After Jeff Deslauriers got most of the starts in the early going, Tarkki has claimed the top spot by virtue of posting a 2.32 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Tarkki was the winning goalie for the Crunch last Saturday in Glens Falls, when he made 26 saves on 28 shots.

Crunch Leaders

Goals: Kyle Palmieri (9)
Assists: Dan Sexton (11)
Points: Dan Sexton/ Patrick Maroon (15)
Plus/Minus: Kyle Palmieri (+8)
Penalty Minutes: Troy Bodie (35)
Wins: Iiro Tarkki/Jeff Deslauriers (3)
Goals-Against Average: Iiro Tarkki (2.32)
Save Percentage: Iiro Tarkki (.925)
Shutouts: Iiro Tarkki (1)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 19, 7:30 - Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Sunday, November 20, 1:00 - Dax appears at South Glens Falls parade

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

Monday, November 21, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from McGinny's Tavern, 193 Glen Street. Player guests, #18 Tyler Brown and #38 Jason Akeson. Ticket and t-shirt giveaways for fans live at the show. Live broadcast on Q101.7.

Upcoming Home Games and Promotions

Friday, November 25, 7:00 - Springfield Falcons at Phantoms. Annual Black Friday game. '80s Night. $2 draft beer specials through first intermission, Bud Light and Labatt Blue Light.

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
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