ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (9-6-1) at Binghamton
Phantoms- 5th Northeast Division, 8th Eastern
Senators – 5th East Division, 15th Eastern
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena - Binghamton,
Thursday, November 24 (6:00 p.m.)
Turkey Day Hockey
The Phantoms finish their four-game road trip
when they visit the defending Calder Cup Champion
Binghamton Senators on Thursday night at 6:00
p.m. Adirondack is 1-2-0 on its current trip,
having rotated wins and losses over its last six
contests to push its record to 9-6-1.
The Senators, who ended an eight-game losing streak
by beating the Hamilton Bulldogs last Friday,
are 6-10-2 and have the fewest number of points
in the Eastern Conference.
Following Thursday’s game, the Phantoms
return home for games against the Springfield
Falcons and Albany Devils on Friday and Saturday.
Northeast Division Standings (through
1. Connecticut Whale (21 pts)
2. Springfield Falcons (20 pts)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (20 pts)
4. Albany Devils (20 pts)
5. Adirondack Phantoms (19 pts)
Denis Hamel Countdown – 1 Goal to
The Phantoms’ leading scorer, Denis Hamel,
is 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
Hamel is also 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
In the midst of his 15th professional season,
Hamel’s next game will be his 793rd in the
AHL and 985th as a pro.
Tonight's game is a homecoming for the Phantoms'
top scorer, Denis Hamel. "Hammer" is
the all-time leading scorer in Binghamton Senators
history with 203 goals in his six seasons with
the B-Sens. He won the Yannick Dupre Award for
his community service contributions as a member
of the Senators in 2007-08 and was honorary captain
for the Canadian squad at the AHL All-Star Classic
in 2008 when the game was played in Binghamton
as well. He won the league's Willie Marshall award
in 2005-06 by leading the league with 56 goals.
He is probably the most popular player in Binghamton
Senators history and continues to receive cheers
from the Binghamton fans even though he currentlyplays
for the rival Phantoms.
Head Coach Joe Paterson completed his AHL playing
career as a member of the Binghamton Rangers in
1990-91 and 1991-92, In 1990-91 he played in all
80 Rangers regular season games scoring 16 goals
and 51 points while racking up 221 penalty minutes.
His play with the Binghamton Rangers was under
the tutelage of head coach John Paddock who is
now the Flyers Assistant General Manager and served
as Interim Head Coach of the Phantoms last year
when Joe Paterson was initially brought in as
an Assistant Coach.
Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia
The Phantoms’ hottest offensive player
is rookie Jason Akeson, whose current five-game
point streak is the longest by an Adirondack player
this season. Including two goals on Sunday in
Bridgeport, Akeson has three goals and three assists
in the last five games. Last season, as a member
of the Kitchener Rangers, Akeson led the Ontario
Hockey League in scoring with 108 points, on 24
goals and 84 assists.
The second-longest scoring streak by a Phantom
this season belongs to Brayden Schenn, who had
four goals and four assists in four games before
getting called up to the Flyers in October. Schenn
returns to the Phantoms after an injury knocked
him out of action since October 26 with the Flyers.
Before leaving Adirondack for Philadelphia in
mid-October, Schenn, a former first-round draft
choice of Los Angeles, was the Phantoms’
leading scorer. Schenn came to the Flyers/Phantoms
in the same trade last summer which brought Wayne
Simmonds to Philadelphia, while sending Mike Richards
and Rob Bordson to the Kings.
Kevin Marshall and Cullen Eddy also returned to
the Phantoms on Tuesday. Marshall, who played
with the Phantoms in their most recent game this
past Sunday, got his first NHL callup on Monday
and played 14:11 in his NHL debut against the
Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night. Eddy, who
had an assist in two games with the Phantoms at
the start of the season, comes back from the ECHL’s
Greenville Road Warriors, with whom he led his
team’s defensemen with three goals, eight
assists and 11 points.
Marshall and Eddy fortify a Phantoms blue line
which also saw Marc-Andre Bourdon get called up
to Philadelphia. Bourdon joined Marshall in making
his NHL debut on Monday night against Carolina
and remains on the Flyers’ roster. He played
in his second NHL game on Wednesday in an overtime
win against the Islanders.
The men that the Phantoms’ blueliners defend
are Jason Bacashihua and Michael Leighton. Bacashihua,
a former first-round draft choice of the Dallas
Stars, is 3-0-1 in his last four starts after
losing his Adirondack debut on October 15. Leighton,
who once set an AHL record with 98 saves in a
single playoff game, is 6-5-0 with the Phantoms
Goals: Denis Hamel (9)
Assists: Garrett Roe (10)
Points: Denis Hamel (15)
Plus/Minus:Garrett Roe (+8)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (63)
Wins: Michael Leighton (6)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.61)
Save Percentage: Jason Bacashihua (.921)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton(1)
Binghamton Senators (NHL Affiliate: Ottawa
Last season, Binghamton rallied from a 3-1 hole
in the first round of the playoffs against the
Manchester Monarchs and went on to win the city's
first Calder Cup following stunning defeats of
the Portland Pirates, Charlotte Checkers and Houston
Aeros, in which the Senators were without home-ice
advantage in each series.
The Senators are 6-10-2 and in last place in the
Eastern Conference this season, after having 2010-11
mainstays Erik Condra, Bobby Butler, Colin Greening,
Kaspars Daugavins and Zack Smith promoted to Ottawa.
The Senators’ captain from last season,
Ryan Keller, now plays for the AHL’s Oklahoma
Still with Binghamton is the team’s backbone
from last year’s playoffs, goaltender Robin
Lehner. Last season, at age 19, Lehner overtook
Barry Brust as the team's starting goalie during
the playoffs and was the MVP of the Calder Cup
Playoffs. Although just 4-6-1 this year, Lehner
has a solid .916 save percentage and is widely
viewed as the future starting goalie of the Ottawa
Corey Locke was the AHL's regular-season MVP
with 86 points last year. Locke, a 27 year old
who also won a Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs
in 2006-07, is tied for Binghamton’s lead
with seven assists this year. Locke is tied with
defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and center Mike Hoffman
for Binghamton’s lead in assists. Hoffman,
a small but speedy center, is tied for the team-lead
in points (11) with Mark Parrish.
Parrish, a former U.S. Olympian who had a career-best
30 goals with the New York Islanders 10 years
ago, has 11 points and has long been regarded
as one of the best shot-deflectors in pro hockey.
Another Senator to keep an eye on is the enigmatic
Nikita Filatov. Filatov is a former sixth-overall
draft choice of Columbus (2008) who once spurned
the Blue Jackets to play for CSKA Moscow in the
Kontinental Hockey League. He has six goals in
12 games with the Senators this season, after
posting nine goals in 36 games with the Springfield
Falcons last year. Filatov came to the Senators
via a trade with the Blue Jackets at the NHL Draft
this past June.
Goals: Mark Parrish/Nikita Filatov (6)
Assists: Corey Locke/Patrick Wiercioch/Mike Hoffman:
Points: Mark Parrish/Mike Hoffman (11)
Plus/Minus: Tim Conboy (+4)
Penalty Minutes: Tim Conboy (70)
Wins: Robin Lehner (4)
Goals-Against Average: Robin Lehner (2.96)
Save Percentage: Robin Lehner (.916)
--The Adirondack Phantoms went 4-3-1 against Binghamton
last year including 3-0-1 at the GFCC. The Senators
took a 3 games to 0 lead in the season series
before the Phantoms rallied late to take the deciding
contest on Binghamton's Fan Appreciation Night
on April 9. The all-time series between the Adirondack
Phantoms and Binghamton Senators is tied at nine
wins apiece. The teams each won four times in
the season series last year and they split a 10-game
series in 2009-10. The Phantoms and Senators play
eight times this season.
--The Phantoms are 5-4-0 on the road. The Senators
are 2-4-2 at home.
--The Phantoms are 9-1-0 when allowing three-or-fewer
goals and 0-5-1 when allowing more than three
--The Senators have scored more than three goals
in just 5-of-18 games this season. Binghamton
averages 2.28 goals per game.
--The Northeast Division in which the Phantoms
has the most combined standings points of any
division in the Eastern Conference with 100.
-Joe Paterson is 34-22-9 as Head Coach of the
Phantoms. 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.
-The Phantoms have scored power-play goals in
12-of-16 games. However, the team sports an undefeated
4-0-0 record in games when they haven’t
scored power-play goals. In three of those wins;
October 23 at Rochester, November 4 at Springfield
and November 19 at Syracuse, the team’s
game-winning goal came shorthanded.
Friday, November 25, 6:00 a.m. - First Orange-and-Black
Friday Sale at GFCC. Great savings on tickets
and merchandise. The earlier you arrive, the more
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.
Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch
at Phantoms. $1 Hot Dogs. Free tickets with lightly
used coat donation to Phantoms office this week.
Phantoms Holiday Socks are on sale now. $49 package
for 4 tickets to a premium Phantoms game, an autographed
puck, a program, all in a game-worn Phantoms hockey
sock. $59 for an autographed stick with the 4
premium game tickets, program and game-worn Phantoms
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