(12-7-1) at Norfolk Admirals (13-8-1)
Phantoms- 2nd Northeast Division, 5th Eastern
Admirals – 1st East Division, 3rd Eastern
Norfolk Scope Arena – Norfolk, Virginia
Friday, December 2 (7:15 p.m.)
The Phantoms start one of their longest mileage
trips of the season on Friday by traveling south
to Virginia for a meeting with the fast-paced
Admirals. Adirondack will play on Friday and Saturday
in Norfolk, before finishing the road trip on
Tuesday in Hamilton, Ontario against the Western
Adirondack begins its trip on the heels of a 3-0-0
homestand, giving the Phantoms a season-high three-game
winning streak heading into tonight. The Phantoms’
4-3 win over the Crunch on Wednesday improved
the team to 7-2-1 at home this season and 18-3-5
at home since last February.
If the Phantoms hope to extend their winning streak,
they’ll have to do it against a very difficult
opponent. The Admirals enter action on a three-game
winning streak of their own, and are in first
place in the very tough East Division. Norfolk
has stormed out to its 13-8-1 record behind a
high-octane offense, which leads the league in
goals (3.73 per game) and shots per game (35/82
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (27 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (25 pts)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (24 pts)
4. Albany Devils (23 pts)
5. Springfield Falcons (20 pts)
Milestone For Joe Paterson
Wednesday’s win was a special milestone
for Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson. Besides
improving his record to 37-23-9 as Phantoms head
coach, the win was his 100th as an AHL head coach.
Paterson, a resident of Glen Lake, NY, got his
other 63 wins while coaching for the now-defunct
Louisville Panthers, from 1999-2001.
Denis Hamel Countdown – 1 Goal to Catch
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 Tye McGinn’s power-play goal
on Wednesday, Hamel moved past both Brian Kilrea
and Ken Gernander on the AHL’s all-time
points list. With 625 AHL points, Hamel is up
to 34th place in league history.
Hamel, in his 15th professional season, is fast
approaching a pair of games-played milestones.
His next contest will be his 797th in the AHL
and 989th as a pro.
Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia
The Phantoms enter Friday on their longest winning
streak of the season, as a result of sweeping
a three-game homestand over the last seven days.
The team’s best performer in that stretch
was goaltender Michael Leighton, who won all three
matches by stopping 43-of-44 against Springfield
last Friday, 32-of-35 against Albany last Saturday
and 33-of-36 against Syracuse on Wednesday. Leighton
will look to continue his winning ways against
the Admirals, who he played in 147 games for in
the early 2000s. Leighton is still the Admirals’
all-time leader in wins (75), and he’s played
in more career games than any other active AHL
Adirondack’s penalty killers also played
a very key role on the homestand. The Phantoms
killed all 17 chances against them and have killed
18 straight power plays overall, dating back to
Thanksgiving’s game in Binghamton. Adirondack
is now in the top 10 in the league in penalty
killing, sitting ninth at 83.3 percent efficiency.
The team’s hottest scorer is Tom Sestito.
Known more for his physical play in past years,
Sestito is having his best offensive season as
a pro, ranking second on the Phantoms with eight
goals. Four of Sestito’s eight goals have
come over the last four games. Sestito’s
most goals in a professional season are the 13
he scored last year while playing for both the
Phantoms and Springfield Falcons.
Over the last month, Adirondack’s most consistent
offensive player has been Jason Akeson. Akeson
had five goals and five assists in 10 November
games, giving him a share of the team-lead in
scoring with 17 points (6g, 11a). A first-year
pro, Akeson led the prestigious Ontario Hockey
League in scoring last year, netting 24 goals
and 84 assists with the Kitchener Rangers.
The Phantoms finished November with a 6-4-0 record,
after going 6-3-1 in October.
Goals: Denis Hamel (9)
Assists: Garrett Roe (12)
Points: Denis Hamel Jason Akeson (17)
Plus/Minus: Tom Sestito/Garrett Roe (+6)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (63)
Wins: Michael Leighton (9)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.55)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (.917)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton(1)
Power Play: 20.6 percent/6th Penalty Kill: 83.3
Norfolk Admirals (NHL Affiliate: Tampa Bay Lightning)
The affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the
Admirals have used a high-voltage offense to bolt
out to a 13-8-1 record, which puts them in first
place in the East Division.
The Admirals lead the league in goals (3.73 per
game) and shots per game (35.82 per game). Norfolk
has the fourth-ranked power play (24.2%), the
second-highest scoring defenseman (Mark Barberio/18pts),
two of the top four rookie scorers and two of
the top five overall scorers.
At the center of the scoring bonanza has been
rookie Cory Conacher. A freshman pro hockey player
out of Canisius College, Conacher’s 25 points
(12g,13a) lead AHL rookies and put him fourth
in league scoring.
Conacher’s linemate, Carter Ashton has 19
points (12g, 7a), which are fifth among AHL rookies.
Ashton is the son of Brent Ashton, a longtime
NHL veteran who played in 998 NHL games from 1979-1993,
highlighted by winning a Stanley Cup with the
Edmonton Oilers (against the Flyers) in 1986-87.
The grizzled veteran amongst the bunch is 26-year-old
Trevor Smith. Smith’s 25 points (10g, 15a)
tie him with Conacher for the team-lead in points
and put the former University of New Hampshire
Wildcat in the top five in AHL scoring. Smith
also leads Norfolk with a rating of +14.
Goals: Carter Ashton/Cory Conacher (12)
Assists: Mark Barberio (15)
Points: Cory Conacher/Trevor Smith (25)
Plus/Minus: Trevor Smith (+14)
Penalty Minutes: Miek Angelidis (56)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (8)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.45)
Save Percentage: Dustin Tokarski (.902)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (2) Power Play: 24.2
percent/4th Penalty Kill: 78.4 percent/24th
-Friday’s game is the second of eight meetings
for the Phantoms and Admirals this season. Norfolk
used a 5-4 shootout win to take the only prior
meeting, October 26 at Glens Falls Civic Center.
--Denis Hamel scored a batted the puck into the
net out of mid-air, in the third period’s
final minute, to push the October 26 game into
--Jaroslav Janus started for Norfolk on October
26, stopping 3-of-4 in the shootout after allowing
four goals on 28 shots in regulation and overtime.
--Dustin Tokarski has all three wins on the Admirals’
winning streak, stopping 59-of-64 shots against
Providence (twice) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
--Prior to last Saturday against Albany, the Phantoms’
most recent overtime was November 12, 2010, when
Denis Hamel scored the game-winner against the
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
Friday, December 9, 7:00 - Portland Pirates at
Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials through
first intermission; Bud Light and Labatt Blue
Saturday, December 10, 7:00 - Rochester Americans
at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms T-Shirts for
the first 2,500 fans courtesy of Papa John's.
First Goal Teddy Bear Toss to benefit the Salvation
Army and needy children in the North Country.
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 and game-worn Phantoms hockey
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