Wednesday, Nov. 30 (Glens Falls): Adirondack
Phantoms 4 - Syracuse Crunch 3
Friday, Dec. 2 (Norfolk): Adirondack Phantoms
5 - Norfolk Admirals 1
Saturday, Dec. 3 (Norfolk): Norfolk Admirals 2
- Adirondack Phantoms 1
Phantoms Upcoming Games
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 - Adirondack Phantoms at
Friday, Dec. 9, 7:00 - Portland Pirates at Adirondack
Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:00 - Rochester Americans
at Adirondack Phantoms
The Phantoms return home this weekend for a pair
of games at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Friday
night's game is a $2 draft-beer night on another
Frosty Friday. Bud Light and Labatt Blue Light
only $2 through the first intermission. Saturday
night, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will
receive a Phantoms T-Shirt courtesy of Papa John's.
And don't forget to bring your teddy bears for
the team's annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans get to
throw their bears onto the ice after the Phantoms
score their first goal Saturday with all the bears
being donated to the area Salvation Army.
Phantoms Holiday Socks
The very popular Phantoms Holiday Socks are again
available for purchase for your favorite Phantoms
fan. $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 hockey sock. These holiday
socks have been hot items the past couple of seasons.
Only available while supplies last.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (31 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (27 pts)
3. Albany Devils (27 pts)
4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (26 pts)
5. Springfield Falcons (23 pts)
The Phantoms try to get another win streak started
as they conclude their three-game road swing with
a Tuesday night encounter at the Hamilton Bulldogs
at Copps Coliseum. It will be only visit to the
AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens and the
first meeting of the season between the two teams.
Adirondack returns to the Glens Falls Civic Center
for a weekend homestand against the Portland Pirates
and Rochester Americans back-to-back. The Phantoms
had their four-game win streak ended on Saturday
night at Norfolk in heartbreaking fashion when
the Admirals scored two late third-period goals.
Adirondack is 13-8-1 this year including 7-2-1
at home. The team sits in second place in the
tight Northeast Division race.
Wednesday, November 30 (ADK 4 - SYR
3) - Akeson Scores Game-Winner
The Syracuse Crunch kept coming back to tie the
score, and the Phantoms responded each and every
time with a quick response goal to retake the
lead. The last of the tallies came with over five
minutes remaining when rookie Jason Akeson sizzled
one from the top of the left circle past Crunch
goalie Iiro Tarkki for the 4-3 win.
It was Akeson's 6th of the year. Ben Holmstrom
(4th), Tom Sestito (8th) and Tye McGinn (2nd)
also found the back of the net for the Phantoms.
Michael Leighton recorded the win with 24 saves
on 27 shots.
The win completed a perfect 3-0 homestand for
the Phantoms. It was also Joe Paterson's 100 career
head coaching victory. The Phantoms evened their
record to 2-2 against the Crunch this season.
Adirondack and Syracuse face each other six more
times in 2011-12.
Friday, December 2 (ADK 5, NOR 1)
- McGinn's Two Goals Runs Win Streak to Four
Rookie Tye McGinn doubled his season goal-scoring
output with his third and fourth of the year to
lead the Phantoms to an impressive 5-1 win on
the road at the Norfolk Admirals Friday night.
The game ended Norfolk's three-game win streak
and knocked the Admirals out of first place in
the East Division.
Denis Hamel blasted a long line-drive into an
empty-net with over five minutes left to secure
the 5-1 win. It was Hamel's 325th career AHL goal
tying him for 12th all-time with Glenn Merkosky
on the league's leader board. Ben Holmstrom scored
his fifth of the season and Dan Jancevski his
Michael Leighton repelled 28 of 29 Norfolk drives
in an impressive win at his original professional
home. Leighton starred for the Norfolk Admirals
from 2001-05 and holds franchise records with
75 career wins and 18 shutouts. The win extended
Adirondack's season-long win streak to four straight.
Saturday, December 3 (ADK 1, NOR
2) - Late Admirals Comeback Ends Win Streak
Michael Leighton made one incredible save after
another throughout the night but it turned out
to not be enough as Norfolk scored two third-period
goals for a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Scope
Jason Akeson had given the Phantoms the lead with
a perfectly placed laser off the underside of
the upper-far corner for a 1-0 lead early in the
second period. But talented rookie Tyler Johnson
banked one off a Phantoms defenseman with eight
minutes remaining to break Leighton's shutout
bid and then notched the game-winner with just
29.4 seconds left.
The game was also marred by several skirmishes
including a big line-brawl in the corner after
the final horn had sounded.
Adirondack's four-game win streak came to a close
as they split the weekend series in southeastern
Virginia. Adirondack is 1-1-1 against Norfolk
this year with five more games remaining in what
is quickly becoming a heated rivalry.
--Johan Backlund was assigned to Trenton this
past weekend so he could get some game-action
in his ECHL debut. Interestingly, his start there
on Sunday featured a Phantoms goaltenders reunion
as he went up against Brian Stewart of the Elmira
Jackals. Backlund played well and carried a shutout
into the third period but he allowed one goal
on 26 shots and eventually lost the 2-1 contest
in a shootout.
--The Phantoms penalty kill has now killed off
an amazing 26 consecutive opposition power plays.
Adirondack has gone perfect on the PK in each
of the last five games. The last power play goal
they allowed was on Thanksgiving, November 24
at Binghamton. Adirondack has vaulted up to fifth
in the league (out of 30) on the penalty kill
--Adirondack's power play rates 9th in the AHL
at 20.2%. The team has PPG's in six of the last
seven games going 6-for-32 in that stretch.
--Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms with 10 goals
and 20 points. He is fourth in the league in total
shots with 85. Four of his goals have come on
the power play as well as six of his assists.
--A pair of rookies are second and third on the
team in scoring: Jason Akeson led the OHL last
year with 84 assists and 108 points with the Kitchener
Rangers. This year, the 21-year-old from Orleans,
Ontario has 7 goals and 12 assists with the Phantoms.
Akeson is on a three game point streak with two
goals and two assists. In his last 10 games he
has six goals and five points. Garrett Roe comes
to the Phantoms from St. Cloud State (Minn.) and
has racked up two goals and 12 assists for 14
--Adirondack is 6th in the AHL in offense at 3.3
goals per game. They are 8th in total defense
allowing 2.7 goals per game.
--Adirondack is 4-0-0 in games in which they outshoot
--The Phantoms are 10-1-1 when leading after two
period. Their lone regulation loss was last Saturday
at Norfolk when they carried a 1-0 into the third
but lost the game 2-1.
--The Phantoms are 11-3-1 when they score first.
They are 2-5-0 when they do not.
--Adirondack is 7-2-1 at home this year and now
stands at an amazing 14-2-1 since mid-March of
last season. The Phantoms have just three regulation
losses in their last 26 home games going an impressive
18-3-5 since last February.
Goals: Denis Hamel (10)
Assists: Garrett Roe, Jason Akeson (12)
Points: Denis Hamel (20)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (93)
Plus/Minus: Garrett Roe, Blake Kessl (+6)
Wins: Michael Leighton (9)
Goals-Against Average: Michael Leighton (2.42)
Save Percentage: Michael Leighton (.921)
Shutouts: Michael Leighton (1)
Hamitlon Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens)
- The Phantoms cross the border
for the first time this season for a game at Copps
Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario on Tuesday night.
Hamilton is struggling out of the gate at 7-12-2
for the worst record in the Western Conference
and the second worst in the AHL. It's unfamiliar
territory for the Bulldogs who typically compete
near the top of the North Division. Brian Willsie's
paltry 13 point total on three goals and 10 assists
is the most on the Bulldogs. Rookie Phil DeSimone
has five goals which is their team high. Nathan
Lawson has received the majority of the goaltending
duties as Robert Meyer has struggled to a 1-6-1
start with a 3.99 goals against average.
Hamilton is dead-last in the league in offense
at 2.1 goals per game and they are 29th out of
30 in defense allowing 3.5 goals per game.
The game is the only trip to Hamilton this year
for the Phantoms and is the first of two meetings
between the two teams.
Phantoms defenseman Dan Jancevski has fond memories
of his time at Copps Coliseum where he scored
seven goals as a member of the Calder Cup Championship
team of 2007. The Bulldogs beat the Hershey Bears
to take the crown. Several Phantoms players hail
from the region or played Major Juniors in the
area. Joe Paterson was an assistant coach with
the Bulldogs in 2002-03.
Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes)
- It's a new affiliate in Portland,
Maine this year as the Pirates switched parent-clubs
from Buffalo to Phoenix. Portland is 10-10-2 for
fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
The Phantoms are already 1-1-0 against Portland
this season with both previous encounters taking
place at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Michael Leighton was terrific in a 35 save shutout
performance on October 21 in a 3-0 Phantoms win.
Adirondack looked in good shape in Portland on
November 15 with a 2-0 lead in the first period
but the Pirates rallied for the last four goals
to take a 4-2 win.
Portland features 2011 Hobey Baker Award Winner
Andy Miele out of Miami (Ohio) University. The
speedy center leads the Pirates in scoring with
seven goals and 13 assists. Ryan Duncan has five
goals and 12 points.
Former Edmonton Oiler Curtis McElhinney (6-9-0,
3.08) has seen the most time in net although was
knocked out of the game in the first period by
Adirondack in their last matchup. Former Charlotte
Checker and also Toronto Marlie Justin Pogge has
only played in six games and has been hampered
The game is Portland's fourth of a six-game road
trip that has not started favorably. The Pirates
have lost their last three games by a combined
13-3 including a 7-1 thrashing to the hands of
the Hershey Bears last Saturday.
Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres)
- The Amerks also switched parent-clubs
from last year. Out are the Florida Panthers and
in (again) are the Buffalo Sabres just 74 miles
away. The team features many of the same players
who led the Portland Pirates, last year's Buffalo
affiliate, to the Atlantic Division crown.
Rochester is currently on a three-game losing
streak dropping consecutive one-goal decisions.
The Amerks' overall mark of 10-10-3 places them
third in the North Division of the Western Conference.
Adirondack is already 1-0-0 against Rochester
with a 3-1 win at the Americans on October 23.
All three Phantoms goals came from players who
are not currently active with the team; Eric Wellwood
(injured), Harry Zolnierczyk (Philadelphia) and
Zac Rinaldo (Philadelphia).
Derek Whitmore paces the club with 11 goals and
17 points while Colin Stuart has eight goals and
17points. Drew McIntyre (3-6-1, 2.80) and David
Leggio (7-6-0, 2.97) have split the goaltending
Rochester's offense is not bad at 2.8 goals per
game for 18th in the league but they mostly get
it done 5-on-5. The Amerks power play is an anemic
13.1% for 27th in the AHL.
November 29 - Kevin Marshall recalled by Philadelphia
November 29 - Brayden Schenn recalled by Philadelphia
November 29 - Andy Thomas signed to Professional
Tryout from Trenton (ECHL)
December 2 - Brandon Manning cleared to play and
assigned to Adirondack
December 3 - Johan Backlund loaned to Trenton
Tuesday, Dec. 6 - Practice at Copps Coliseum
(11:00am). Game at Hamilton Bulldogs (7:30pm).
Wednesday, Dec. 7 - Bus arrives early morning.
Thursday, Dec. 8 - Practice at Glens Falls Civic
Friday, Dec. 9 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am). Game
vs. Portland Pirates (7:00pm)
Saturday, Dec. 10 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Rochester Americans (7:00pm)
Sunday, Dec. 11 - No practice
Monday, December 12 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Hometown Hearts Coat Drive Successful
The Adirondack Phantoms are proud to announce
that they have received over 150 coat donations
from our generous fans. Every fan who donated
a lightly used coat to benefit area residents
in need received two free tickets for the Phantoms
game on November 30 against Syracuse. That's over
300 free tickets the Phantoms gave away!
The coats will be delivered to Major Dean and
the Salvation Army by a couple of our Phantoms
players to thank them for their continued hard
work in our community. Thanks as well to the Downtown
Glens Falls Business Improvement District for
their assistance and promotion of this wonderful
Outdoor Game Ticket Pickup and Bus Trip
Phantoms Season Ticket Holders can now pick up
their tickets for the team's upcoming outdoor
game at the Phantoms office. Adirondack will take
on the Hershey Bears at Citizens Bank Ballpark
in Philadelphia on Friday, January 6 at 7:00pm.
Be a part of history!
Upstate Transit is arranging a day trip to Philadelphia
for the game as well. Get bus transportation only
($45 adult, $40 child) OR bus transportation and
a game ticket ($70 adult, $65 child)
It will be a ton of fun as you travel with excited
Phantoms fans ready to make noise in the huge
outdoor venue. Pick up your order forms at the
Adirondack Phantoms office located downstairs
at the Glens Falls Civic Center during the week
and also at upcoming Adirondack Phantoms home
games. For more information, call Upstate Transit
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.
Monday, December 12, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's Tavern in Glens Falls and
on Q101.7 Special guests, Tom Sestito and Cullen
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
Catch all the action of Phantoms hockey all season
long on the team's flagship station, Classic Hits
Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Bob Rotruck
has the broadcast coverage 30 minutes prior to
game-time with Countdown to Faceoff.
The Adirondack Phantoms are now over 10,000 members
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