(9-5-1) at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (8-7-2)
Webster Bank Arena - Bridgeport, CT
Sunday, November 20 (3:00 p.m.)
Road Trip Continues
The Phantoms play the third leg of their four-game
road trip when they visit the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. After
losing their road-trip opener in Portland on Tuesday,
the Phantoms erupted for five goals to get their
first win of the season (5-2) against Syracuse
on Saturday night. The win improved the Phantoms
to 9-5-1 overall and 5-3-0 on the road.
The site of Sunday’s game, Webster Bank
Arena in Bridgeport, is where Adirondack got its
biggest win (in terms of goal differential) this
season—a 5-1 win on October 16. Overall,
the Phantoms have scored 11 goals in the season
series and are 2-0-0 against the Sound Tigers.
Since starting the season 2-3-0 and dropping two
games in one weekend to the Phantoms, the Sound
Tigers have gone 6-4-2 to pull to within one point
of Adirondack in the Northeast Division standings.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Springfield Falcons (20 pts)
2. Albany Devils (20 pts)
3. Adirondack Phantoms (19 pts)
4. Connecticut Whale (19 pts)
5. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (18 pts)
Denis Hamel Countdown – 1 Goal
to Catch Merkosky
The Phantoms’ leading scorer, Denis Hamel,
enters Sunday 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.
With an assist on Eric Wellwood’s game-winning
goal on Saturday, Hamel is also now just one assist
shy of 300 career helpers in the AHL, and one
point 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 792nd in the
AHL and 984th as a professional. A pro since 1997,
Hamel should reach the 1,000-game milestone at
some point this season.
Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia
The Phantoms’ 5-2 win on Saturday saw the
team have a much-needed offensive outburst, in
which five different players scored goals and
12 different players registered points.
Jason Akeson netted Adirondack’s fourth
goal on Saturday and enters Sunday as the team’s
hottest scorer. Akeson, a 21-year old rookie out
of Orleans, Ontario, has a goal and three assists
on his current, career-best four-game point streak.
Akeson’s recent scoring binge gives him
12 points (3g, 9a) for the season, which is tied
with Eric Wellwood (5g, 7a) for second place on
the team. Denis Hamel leads the team with 15 points
Ben Holmstrom also takes a streak into Sunday’s
game, as the Phantoms’ captain is the only
player on the team to have scored goals in each
of the first two games of the road trip. Six (2g,
4a) of Holmstrom’s eight total points (3g,
5a) have come in road games.
Rookie Garrett Roe has also done a majority of
his scoring in road games. A rookie out of St.
Cloud State in Minnesota, Roe has a goal and seven
assists away from home, while leading the Phantoms
with 10 assists overall and a +6 rating.
Although the Phantoms had a season-high 42 shots
and a huge five-goal performance on Saturday in
Syracuse, Jason Bacashihua provided an under-the-radar
goaltending performance in which he turned away
25-of-27 shots. An 11-year pro who spent last
season with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters,
Bacashihua has gone 3-0-1 since losing in his
Adirondack’s other goalie, Michael Leighton,
enters Sunday’s game with great numbers
against the Sound Tigers. This season, Leighton
has gone 2-0-0, with a 2.00 goals-against average
and .935 save percentage against Bridgeport.
Goals: Denis Hamel (9)
Assists: Garret Roe (10)
Points: Denis Hamel (15)
Plus/Minus: Garrett Roe (+6)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (56)
Wins: Michael Leighton (6)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.47)
Save Percentage: Jason Bacashihua (.920)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton (1)
Power Play: 20.7%/10th
Penalty Kill: 80.6%/17th
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NHL Affiliate:
New York Islanders)
After starting the season with by going 2-3-0
and losing twice to the Phantoms, the Sound Tigers
have used a top-heavy offensive attack to go 6-4-2
and get back in the thick of the Northeast Division
No player has played a larger offensive role in
the Sound Tigers’ turnaround than 6-foot-3
center David Ullstrom. A native of the hockey
hotbed of Jonkoping, Sweden; Ullstrom is tied
for the AHL lead with 12 goals. Ullstrom’s
fine recent play includes a seven-game goal-scoring
streak in which he found the net eight times,
which was stopped on Saturday night against Springfield.
Just behind Ullstrom atop Bridgeport’s scoring
leaders is fourth-year pro Justin DiBenedetto.
DiBenedetto is second on the team in both goals
(9) and points (13), and scored a goal at Glens
Falls Civic Center on October 14.
The Sound Tigers boast a pair of big bruisers
who are as feared as anybody in pro hockey. The
mustachioed Trevor Gillies and southpawed-swinging
Micheal Haley both played key roles in the notorious
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins brawl
last February, which was the talk of the NHL last
With Bridgeport, Gillies and Haley bang bodies
in defense of goaltender Kevin Poulin. With Anders
Nilsson having been called up to the Islanders
and Mikko Koskinen having departed the AHL to
play pro hockey in his native Finland, Poulin
is expected to carry the Sound Tigers’ load
in goal for the next little while. Although Poulin
gave up five goals and lost in his only outing
against the Phantoms, he carries with him the
praise of one of the best goalies in hockey history.
When Poulin was playing for the Victoriaville
Tigres in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
in 2009-10, Quebec Remparts coach and Hockey Hall
of Fame goalie Patrick Roy labeled Poulin as the
brightest goalie prospect in the QMJHL. Poulin
is 17-11-1 in two professional seasons, split
between the Sound Tigers and New York Islanders.
Sound Tigers Leaders
Goals: David Ullstrom (12)
Assists: Dylan Reese (9)
Points: David Ullstrom (14)
Plus/Minus: Casey Cizikas (+4)
Penalty Minutes: Micheal Haley (32)
Wins: Anders Nilsson (5)
Goals-Against Average: Mikko Koskinen (2.82)
Save Percentage: Mikko Koskinen (.909)
Power Play: 15.1%/22nd
Penalty Kill: 88.1%/Tied for 2nd
--The Adirondack Phantoms have a 6-0-0 all-time
record against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
--The Phantoms have scored at least one power-play
goal in 11-of-15 games this season. In three of
the four games that they haven’t scored
on the power play, the Phantoms’ game-winning
goal has come shorthanded. Adirondack is 4-0-0
in games when it does not score a power-play goal.
-Adirondack has a 34-21-9 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 three wins from 100 as
an AHL head coach.
--Adirondack has a 5-3-0 record away from home.
Garrett Roe leads the team in road scoring with
seven points (1g, 7a). Roe also leads the Phantoms
with 10 assists and a +6 rating for the season.
--Michael Leighton has a 2.20 goals-against average
and .920 save percentage in road games.
--Jason Bacashihua is 3-0-1 in his last four
--Tom Sestito has goals in both games against
the Sound Tigers this season.
--Adirondack is 4-2-0 in the second half of back-to-back
--The Phantoms’ win on Saturday improved
their record to a perfect 4-0-0 when outshooting
their opponents. Adirondack also improved to 7-0-1
when leading after two periods.
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.
Thursday, November 25, 6:05 - Phantoms at Binghamton
Senators. Thanksgiving game in Binghamton.
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
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(age 14 and younger) courtesy of UniFirst.
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