ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (11-7-1) vs. Syracuse
Phantoms- 3rd Northeast Division, 7th Eastern
Crunch – 4th East Division, 11th Eastern
Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls,
Wednesday, November 30 (7:00 p.m.)
Home Is Where The Heart Is
The Phantoms have an opportunity for a perfect
homestand as they enter tonight's matchup with
the Syracuse Crunch. Fans can bring in a lightly-used
coat donation for two free tickets. The Adirondack
Phantoms have helped generate hundreds of coat
donations for the Salvation Army in past year
and the good-will continues this season with the
generosity of our great fans. Thanks to the Hometown
Hearts Coat Drive in conjunction with the Salvation
Army and the Downtown Glens Falls Business Improvement
District. Tonight is also a $1 hot dog night at
Adirondack has already won the first two legs
of the homestand with a 5-1 win over Springfield
on Friday followed by a thrilling overtime win
over Albany by a 4-3 score on Saturday. With three
straight wins at home overall, Adirondack hasn’t
lost at home since November 11 when they dropped
a 3-2 decision to Syracuse.
The Phantoms have gone an amazing 13-2-1 on home-ice
in their last 16 contests at the Glens Falls Civic
Center, including a 6-2-1 mark this season. The
Phantoms are also 17-3-5 in their last 25 home
games since last February.
Tonight is game four out of 10 in the season
series. The Crunch lead 2-1 but the Phantoms took
the most recent meeting on November 19 in a 5-2
win at Syracuse. The Adirondack Phantoms got the
better of Syracuse in 7-of-8 meetings last season
and lead the all-time series, 9-8.
The Crunch have gone 2-0-0 since losing to the
Phantoms on November 19 scoring 11 goals in their
Last year, the Phantoms and Crunch both competed
in the same Division. This season, the two New
York rivals are in different divisions. The Crunch
are in the East Division while the Phantoms are
in the newly formed Northeast Division.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (27 pts)
2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (24 pts)
3. Adirondack Phantoms (23 pts)
4. Albany Devils (23 pts)
5. Springfield Falcons (20 pts)
Phantoms Roster Moves
On Tuesday, the Flyers recalled forward Brayden
Schenn and defenseman Kevin Marshall from the
Phantoms. The Phantoms also signed defenseman
Andy Thomas of the Trenton Titans to a PTO.
Schenn was playing with Adirondack in his recovery
from a broken foot which he suffered on a blocked
shot last month with Philadelphia. Playing all
three games last week, Schenn racked up two goals
and two assists. The fifth overall pick in 2009
has six goals and six assists for 12 points in
just seven games as a Phantom.
Kevin Marshall returned to the Flyers, after having
been twice recalled by the club last week. Marshall
made his NHL debut Monday, November 21 against
the Carolina Hurricanes. He returned to the Flyers
to play in their game against the New York Rangers
at Madison Square Garden last Saturday. Marshall’s
third recall to the Flyers came on Tuesday. Marshall
is the Adirondack Phantoms’ all-time leader
in games played with 169.
Thomas makes his first AHL appearance since he
played for the Albany Devils last season. Thomas
spent last season split between the Trenton Devils
and Albany Devils. Known as a big and burly blueliner
who plays a defense-first game, Thomas turned
pro in 2008-09 following a four-year career at
the University of Denver, where he teamed with
the Flyers’ Matt Carle and current Colorado
Avalanche star Paul Stastny as well as former
Phantom J.P. Testwuide. The Bow, New Hampshire
native was originally a 2005 Washington Capitals
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
Thanksgiving night, Hamel reached the 300-assist
milestone (in the AHL) and tied Brian Kilrea and
Ken Gernander for 34th place in career points
A seasoned veteran in his 15th professional season,
Hamel’s next game will be his 796th in the
AHL and 988th as a pro.
Upcoming Milestone For Joe Paterson
Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson enters Wednesday
with 99 career AHL victories. He is now 36-23-9
as head coach of the Phantoms. He was also head
coach of the Louisville Panthers in the AHL from
1999-2001, where he had 63 wins.
The current resident of Glen Lake, NY starred
for the Adirondack Red Wings from 1981-84, scoring
52 goals and 122 points in 169 career games. Paterson
also played in 291 games in the NHL with the Detroit
Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers
and New York Rangers.
Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia
The man to lift the Phantoms to their most recent
win--a 4-3 OT win over Albany last Saturday—was
Jon Kalinski. Kalinski scored the game-winning
goal in overtime and scored on a shorthanded breakaway
early in the third period, putting together his
first two-goal game of the season. Normally known
as a defensive forward who primarily contributes
great penalty killing and blocked shots; Kalinski’s
two goals were two of the three he’s scored
all year. After missing October due to injury,
Kalinski scored in his return game, with a shorthanded
goal against the Springfield Falcons on November
Kalinski’s shorthanded goal on Saturday
was part of a great night for the Phantoms’
penalty killers. Adirondack killed all eight of
the Devils’ chances on a night in which
a single blemish could’ve given Albany a
Goalie Michael Leighton backed up the Phantoms’
penalty killers with sheer goaltending brilliance.
Leighton stopped 32-of-35 shots on Saturday, a
night after making a season-high 43 saves in Adirondack’s
5-1 win over the Springfield Falcons. Leighton’s
two straight wins lift his personal record to
Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms with nine goals
and 16 points. He is also fourth in the league
in total shots with 77. Rookie Garrett Roe out
of St. Cloud State has racked up 12 assists which
ranks him fourth among AHL rookies. Jason Akeson
is second on the team in points with 15 including
10 assists. The 21-year-old joined the Phantoms
from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL where he
accumulated a league-leading 84 assists and 108
Goals: Denis Hamel (9)
Assists: Garrett Roe (12)
Points: Denis Hamel (16)
Plus/Minus: Garrett Roe (+6)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (63)
Wins: Michael Leighton (8)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.51)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (.917)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton(1)
Syracuse Crunch (NHL Affiliate: Anaheim
Kyle Palmieri has 12 goals to lead the Crunch.
He also has goals in all three games of the season
series against the Phantoms, including a hat trick
in the Crunch’s win over the Phantoms in
their home opener on Oct. 15.
Former Phantom Patrick Maroon is the Crunch’s
leading point scorer (19 pts) and second-leading
goal scorer (8 goals) this season. Three of Maroon’s
eight goals have come against the Phantoms, who
he scored 39 goals for between 2008-2011. Maroon
was traded by the Phantoms/Flyers to the Crunch/Ducks
early last season.
Dan Bonino, a native of Hartford, Connecticut,
has compiled five of his 13 assists against Adirondack.
Meanwhile, Sexton, a former collegiate player
at Bowling Green, has 13 assists with Syracuse
after producing 13 points (4g, 9a) with the Anaheim
Ducks last year.
Iiro Tarkki was brilliant in his only start against
the Phantoms, stopping 26-of-28 shots in a 3-2
Crunch win at the Glens Falls Civic Center on
November 11. Tarkki is 6-4-1 this year, after
spending the last seven years in his native Finland’s
top league, SM-liiga.
Tarkki is now being backed up by Timo Pielmeier
following the promotion to Anaheim of Jeff Deslauriers.
Last season, Pielmeier was one of two players
in pro hockey to play in the ECHL, AHL and NHL.
Pielmeier played for Elmira Jackals, Syracuse
Crunch and Anaheim Ducks last season.
Goals: Kyle Palmieri (8)
Assists: Dan Sexton/Nick Bonino (13)
Points: Patrick Maroon (19)
Plus/Minus: Kyle Palmieri/Patrick Maroon (9)
Penalty Minutes: Troy Bodie (45)
Wins: Iiro Tarkki (6)
Goals-Against Average: Iiro Tarkki (2.39)
Save Percentage: Iiro Tarkki (.928)
Shutouts: Iiro Tarkki (1)
--The Phantoms’ overtime win over Albany
was their first overtime win since November 12,
2010, when Denis Hamel scored the game-winner
against the Norfolk Admirals.
-- Three Phantoms games have required extra time
this season. Adirondack lost in a shootout to
the Norfolk Admirals on October 26 and beat the
Toronto Marlies in a shootout on November 12,
prior to Saturday’s overtime win over Albany.
--Adirondack’s Saturday win improved its
record to 11-1-0-0 when allowing three or fewer
goals in a game. The Phantoms are 0-6-1 when allowing
more than three goals in a game.
--Wednesday’s game is the Phantoms’
last game in November. The Phantoms are 5-4-0
in November, after going 6-3-1 in October.
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
Monday, December 5 - No Phantoms Power Hour show.
The team will be traveling.
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 - Phantoms at Hamilton
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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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