(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
Northeast Division Standings (through
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
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
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.
--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
--Dan Jancevski is one assist away from 200 in
--The Phantoms are 8-1-0 when allowing three-or-fewer
goals in a game.
Syracuse Crunch (NHL Affiliate: Anaheim
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.
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)
Saturday, November 19, 7:30 - Phantoms at Syracuse
Sunday, November 20, 1:00 - Dax appears at South
Glens Falls parade
Sunday, November 20, 3:00 - Phantoms at Bridgeport
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
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