Friday - ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (12-8-2) vs. Portland
Saturday - ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (12-8-2) vs. Rochester
Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls,
Friday, December 9 (7:00pm)
Saturday, December 10 (7:00pm)
The Adirondack Phantoms return to the Glens Falls
Civic Center for a pair of home games this weekend
against Portland and Rochester. Friday night's
game features $2 draft beers through the first
intermission. Saturday night, the first 2,500
fans in attendance will receive Phantoms T-Shirts
courtesy of Papa John's. Fans are encouraged to
bring their teddy-bear donations to the game and
then throw them onto the ice after the Phantoms
score their first goal.
The community of Fort Edward is holding a fundraiser
during the Friday game to benefit and help a couple
of area families who have recently lost their
homes to fire. They will be selling tickets for
the 50/50 and will also bring in student Thomas
Wolfe to play the National Anthem on electric
Adirondack is returning from a long three-game
road swing through Norfolk and Hamilton in which
they went 1-1-1. The Phantoms opened the stretch
with a 5-1 thrashing of the East Division front-running
Admirals last Friday to extend their win streak
to four games. On Saturday and Tuesday, the Phantoms
dropped back-to-back heartbreakers. Tuesday's
game was a 1-0 overtime loss at Hamilton in spite
of the Phantoms blasting away for 34 shots on
goal in the game and almost pulling out the win
themselves on several occasions. The one point
in the Tuesday contest proved to be quite valuable
for Adirondack as it pushed the Phantoms into
sole possession of second place in the Northeast
Division and just three points back of first place
The Phantoms keep racking up the wins at home.
Adirondack carries a four game home-ice win streak
into this weekend's games and are 7-2-1 at the
GFCC this year. The Phantoms are 14-2-1 at home
since mid-March of last season and are 18-3-5
in their last 26 home games going back to last
Penalty Kill Streak
The Adirondack Phantoms penalty-kill has put
together an incredible streak of killing 32 straight
power plays. The Phantoms have gone seven straight
games without allowing a single power play goal.
The last man-advantage tally they have allowed
was on Thanksgiving, November 24 at Binghamton.
The incredible streak has launched the Adirondack
P.K. all the way up to 4th in the AHL and 2nd
in the Eastern Conference with an 85.2% proficiency
rating (15-for-103). Some of the Phantoms penalty-kill
specialists who have been getting in the shooting
lanes and intercepting the passes include Ben
Holmstrom, Jon Kalinski, Garrett Roe, Denis Hamel,
Dan Jancevski and Oliver Lauridsen. Amazing job
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (31 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (28 pts)
3. Albany Devils (27 pts)
4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (26 pts)
5. Springfield Falcons (23 pts)
This season, the top eight teams in the Eastern
Conference out of 15 will qualify for the postseason.
And the three division winners will receive the
top three seeds. Adirondack currently sits in
7th place in the conference standings with 28
points but three teams that are directly ahead
of them are tied with 29 points (Hershey, Norfolk,
Manchester) so the Phantoms can past a lot of
teams quickly with a couple of wins. What's more,
the Phantoms have games-in-hand on most of the
teams ahead of them. Adirondack has played 23
games entering this weekend while most of the
teams ahead of them have played 24 or 25 times.
Phantoms Roster Moves
Last week, the Phantoms added defensemen #43
Andy Thomas and #28 Brandon Manning. Thomas is
up from Trenton of the ECHL on a Professional
Tryout. Thomas is familiar with the Glens Falls
Civic Center having played a number of games there
last year as a member of the Albany Devils. Manning
is a 21-year-old rookie who made his professional
debut last Saturday at Norfolk. He led all Western
Hockey League defensemen in scoring last year
lighting up 21 goals for the Chilliwack Bruins.
He began this season on the shelf with injury.
Denis Hamel Countdown – Hamel Catches
Denis Hamel caught Adirondack Red Wing legend
Glenn Merkosky for 12th all-time in American Hockey
League history with his 325th goal last Friday
night at Norfolk. Hamel's next goal will move
him past Merkosky and into sole possession of
12th on the league leader-board.
Merkosky scored 325 times in a career that stretched
from 1980-1991 including 202 goals with the Red
Wings from 1986-91.
Friday is also Hamel’s 800th game as an
AHL'er and 992nd as a pro. Hamel is slated to
reach the amazing 1,000 professional game milestone
on New Year's Eve against Albany.
Milestone For Joe Paterson
Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson reached the 100
win milestone as a head coach last Wednesday vs.
Syracuse. Paterson is now 37-20-10 as head coach
of the Phantoms and also had 63 victories as head
coach of the Louisville Panthers from 1999-2001.
Adirondack Phantoms (NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia
The Phantoms look to grab a pair of wins on home-ice
against a pair of .500 teams this weekend. Denis
Hamel leads the Phantoms with 10 goals and 20
points. Tom Sestito is second on the team with
Adirondack is 9th in the league in offense with
3.1 goals per game and rates 8th in defense at
2.8 goals allowed.
Michael Leighton has started the last six straight
games in goal and is 4-1-1 in that stretch. He
is 10-7-3 with a 2.33 goals against average and
.923 saves percentage this season. Fellow veteran
goaltender Jason Bacashihua is 3-2-1, 3.37, .904.
1-0 OT Rarity
The Tuesday night game at Hamilton was the first
in the history of the Adirondack Phantoms to be
scoreless after 60 minutes of hockey. It was also
the first Phantoms game to remain scoreless after
60 minutes since at least 2005. Hamilton won the
game with 45 seconds left in overtime in a 1-0
thriller and rarity as Nathan Lawson got the win
for Hamilton over Michael Leighton for Adirondack.
The last 1-0 game in regulation for the Adirondack
Phantoms was on February 11, 2011 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
when the Phantoms beat the Penguins 1-0 with Michael
Leighton outdueling Brad Thiessen in the contest.
Leighton has some familiarty with this type of
0-0 game. On January 8, 2003 he made his NHL debut
with the Chicago Blackhawks in a 0-0 tie against
Zac Bierk and the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the
first time that opposing goalies earned their
first shutout against each other. And Leighton
became the first Blackhawks goalie ever to play
in a 0-0 game in his debut.
In the Tuesday game at Hamilton, Leighton just
missed on his 36h career AHL shutout. His current
total of 35 shutouts is 6th all-time in the AHL
and is the most of any goalie in over 35 years.
Goals: Denis Hamel (10)
Assists: Garrett Roe (12)
Points: Denis Hamel (20)
Plus/Minus: Garrett Roe (+6)
Penalty Minutes: Tom Sestito (93)
Wins: Michael Leighton (9)
Looking at the Opponents
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 who
won AHL Rookie of the Month honors for November.
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.
-- Four Phantoms games have required extra time
this season. Adirondack is 1-1 in overtime games
and 1-1 in games going to a shootout.
--Adirondack is 12-2-1 when allowing three or
fewer goals in a game. The Phantoms are 0-6-1
when allowing more than three goals in a game.
--Adirondack is 4-0-0 in games in which they
outshoot the opponent.
--The Phantoms are 10-1-1 when leading after
two periods. 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 2-5-1 when they do not.
Friday, December 9th, 7:00 - Portland Pirates
at Phantoms. $2 draft-beer specials through first
Saturday, December 10th, 7:00 - Rochester Americans
at Phantoms. Phantoms T-Shirts for first 2,500
fans courtesy of Papa John's. First goal Teddy
Bear Toss to benefit Salvation Army. Please bring
your teddy bear donations and then throw them
onto the ice after the Phantoms score their first
Monday, December 12th, 7:00 - Phantoms Power
Hour LIVE from McGinny's Tavern in downtown Glens
Falls. Show airs on Q101.7
Friday, December 16th, 7:00 - Phantoms at Binghamton
Saturday, December 17th, 7:30 - Phantoms at Syracuse
Sunday, December 18th, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. Sunday Family Fun-Pack. $39 for 3
tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn,
1 program. A savings of $28!!
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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