PHANTOMS (9-7-1) vs. Springfield Falcons (10-7-0)
Phantoms- 5th Northeast Division, 10th Eastern
Falcons – 2nd Northeast Division, 7th Eastern
Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls,
Friday, November 25 (7:00 p.m.)
Thanks Phantoms Fans!
The Adirondack Phantoms would like to take this
opportunity during the Thanksgiving weekend to
thank all of you terrific fans for your wonderful
support of AHL hockey in the North Country. And
we also offer a big thank you to all of the fans
who came out early this morning to support our
first Orange-and-Black Friday sale. The fans lined
up to get the great discount tickets and also
gobbled up some fantastic merchandise specials
and sales. It has been a long day for the Phantoms
staff arriving early in the morning to have everything
set up for the Orange-and-Black Friday sale but
the outpouring of support and the great response
to this new idea made it all worthwhile.
Home at Last
The Phantoms return home from a four-game road
trip when they host the Springfield Falcons at
7:00 p.m. on Friday night, for ‘80s Night
at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Tonight's game
also features $2 draft-beer specials through the
first intermission (Bud Light and Labatt Blue
With a chance for a .500 road trip, Adirondack
lost to the defending champion Senators by a score
of 5-2 on Thursday night. Although the Phantoms
finished with a 1-3-0 record on the trip, they
return to a home where they are 15-3-5 since last
February. The Adirondack Phantoms are 5-0-0 all-time
against the Springfield Falcons. The Phantoms
got a 2-1 win at Springfield in the only head-to-head
meeting this season, on November 4.
However, the Falcons are a much-improved team
from the one Adirondack defeated three weeks ago.
Springfield comes to town on a three-game winning
streak, having outscored its opponents by a clip
of 11-3 over the last two games.
By going 4-1-0 since their loss to Adirondack,
the Falcons have jumped one point ahead of the
Phantoms in the Northeast Division standings.
However, a Phantoms win on Friday could result
in them jumping over Springfield, Albany and Bridgeport
in the division standings.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (23 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
By assisting Tom Sestito’s second goal on
Thursday night, Hamel reached the 300-assist milestone
(in the AHL) and tied Brian Kilrea and Ken Gernander
for 34th place in career points (624).
Playing in Binghamton, where he compiled an all-time
Senators record of 392 career points, Hamel played
in his 793rd AHL game and 985th professional game
on Thursday night.
Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia
Tom Sestito scored both of Adirondack’s
goals Thursday night and is up to six markers
for the season. Sometimes more known for his pugilistic
tendencies (he leads the Phantoms with five fights),
Sestito is on pace to shatter his career-high
for goals in a season as a professional (13),
which he produced while playing for both the Springfield
Falcons and Adirondack Phantoms last season. Sestito
scored 42 goals with the Ontario Hockey League’s
Plymouth Whalers five years ago, which led his
team. Sestito was acquired by the Phantoms from
the Springfield Falcons in a late February trade.
He also played three season for the Syracuse Crunch
from 2007-2010 when they were the Blue Jackets
top affiliate. The Rome, NY native is the younger
brother of Tim Sestito of the Devils who was recently
called up to New Jersey from Albany.
Brayden Schenn returned to play his first game
back with the Phantoms on Thursday night after
he suffered a broken foot while playing for the
Flyers on October 26. Schenn got an assist on
Thursday and has four goals and five assists over
five games with the Phantoms this season. Schenn
has at least one point in all five games he’s
played with Adirondack and has seven goals and
eight assists in 11 total games in the AHL. All
of Schenn’s prior AHL experience came with
the Manchester Monarchs, who are the top affiliate
of the Los Angeles Kings. Los Angeles drafted
Schenn fifth overall in 2009 and was acquired
by the Flyers in an off-season trade.
Jason Akeson has been Adirondack’s biggest
scoring threat in the month of November. Prior
to being held pointless Thursday night, Akeson
had produced three goals and three assists of
the prior five games, putting together a team-best
five-game point streak. The 21-year-old from the
Ottawa subrub of Orleans, Ontario was the top
scorer in the OHL last year with 108 points as
well as a league-leading 84 assists.
Michael Leighton is expected to get the start
in goal on Friday after not making the trip to
Binghamton. Leighton made 20 saves on 21 shots
on November 4 in Springfield in a solid performance.
He holds a 6-5-0 record this season and a 20-17-3
record over the last two seasons 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: Michael Leighton (.909)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton(1)
Springfield Falcons (NHL Affiliate: Columbus
This is Springfield's second season as the affiliate
of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Previously, the
Blue Jackets had been the parent-club for the
Syracuse Crunch. Springfield had previously been
affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Falcons are led by head coach Rob Riley who
is in his second season at the bench in Springfield.
Riley had previously been a scout for the Blue
Jackets for four seasons. He spent 18 seasons
as head coach of Army, where he compiled a 257-288-33
record (.473 win percentage) in 578 career games
from 1986-2004. He served as an assistant coach
at Army in 1985-86 to his father, Jack, and the
two are the all-time winningest father-son combination
in college hockey history with 848 victories between
The Falcons have been members of the AHL since
1994. A rich hockey history dates back to 1926
in western Massachusettes with the Springfield
Indians who were founding members of the American
Hockey League in 1936. The old Springfield Indians
were owned and operated by the legendary Eddie
Shore. The Springfield Indians boast seven Calder
Cup Championships (1960, 1961, 1962, 1971, 1974,
1975, 1990, 1991) but as the Springfield Falcons
they have yet to win a league crown.
Since their 2-1 loss to Adirondack on November
4, the Falcons have gone 4-1-0 to leapfrog the
Phantoms in the standings and improve their overall
mark to 10-7-0.
Alexandre Giroux has returned to Springfield after
missing parts of the season either with injury
or on call-up to Columbus. The 11th-year pro has
won two Calder Cups with the Hershey Bears and
has five goals in the last four games. Giroux
has 346 career goals, which are 10th most in AHL
history and tops among all active AHL'ers, 22
ahead of Denis Hamel who has 324.
38-year-old goalie Manny Legace won the Stanley
Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002. Legace
has won three straight starts, allowing a total
of six goals over his last four starts. Legace
was also previously with the Los Angeles Kings,
St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes. This
season, he has a 2.05 goals-against average and
.928 save percentage in six starts.
Danny Taylor (5-2-0) has started just once since
he lost to the Phantoms on December 4.
Cam Atkinson has three goals in the last two games
and scored Springfield's only goal on November
4 against Adirondack. The Greenwich, CT native
was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award withBoston
College and won a National Title in 2009-10.
Martin St. Pierre leads the Falcons with 16 assists
and 21 points, while Nick Drazenovic is second
on the team with 13 assists and 17 points.
Goals: Ryan Russell/Cam Atkinson (8)
Assists: Martin St. Pierre (16)
Points: Martin St. Pierre (21)
Plus/Minus: Martin St. Pierre/Nick Drazenovic/David
Penalty Minutes: Dane Byers (58)
Wins: Danny Taylor (5)
Goals-Against Average: Manny Legace (2.05)
Save Percentage: Manny Legace (.928)
--The Adirondack Phantoms are a perfect 5-0-0
all-time against the Falcons.
--The Phantoms are 15-3-5 over their last 23 home
games, dating back to last season. Adirondack
is 4-2-1 at home this season. Springfield is 5-2-0
on the road, not having lost an away
game since October 23. In the middle of their
road unbeaten streak, the Falcons had a six-game
homestand on which they went 4-2-0.
--The Phantoms are 4-3-0 in the second half of
--The Falcons haven’t played in six days,
since getting a 4-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers last Saturday.
--Thursday’s game in Binghamton was Phantoms
captain Ben Holmstrom’s 100th professional
game. It was Jon Kalinski’s 200th AHL game.
After missing the first month of the season, Kalinski
made his season debut in the November 4 game at
Springfield and scored a game-winning, shorthanded
goal. Adirondack’s other goal scorer on
November 4 was Garrett Klotz.
--After tonight, the Phantoms and Falcons play
two more times this season. The clubs face off
on March 24 in Glens Falls, while Adirondack’s
final road game of the season will be in Springfield
on April 13.
--Joe Paterson is 34-23-9 as the Phantoms' head
coach. The former Adirondack Red Wings Standout
in the early 1980s also had 63 wins as head coach
of the Louisville Panthers from 1999-2001 giving
him a total 97 victories in his professional coaching
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.
Friday, December 2, 7:30 - Phantoms at Norfolk
Saturday, December 3, 7:15 - Phantoms at Norfolk
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 - Phantoms at Hamilton
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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