Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Adirondack Phantoms
Friday, January 6, 7:00 - Hershey Bears vs. Adirondack
Phantoms at Outdoor Classic in Philadelphia
Saturday, January 7, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Hershey Bears
Wednesday, December 28 - Binghamton Senators 5
- Adirondack Phantoms 2
Friday, December 30 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 -
Portland Pirates 2 (Shootout)
Saturday, December 31 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Albany Devils 1 (Overtime)
Coming Up - Get Ready for the Outdoor
The Phantoms wrap up their four-game stretch of
games at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Wednesday
night by again hosting the Binghamton Senators.
It is the third visit to Glens Falls for the B-Sens
since December 18. The homestand finale features
$1 hot-dog specials all game long.
Then the Outdoor Classic is next. On Friday night
at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the Phantoms
will take on the Hershey Bears on the same ice
used by the Flyers and Rangers in the Winter Classic
on January 2. The game is expected to break the
all-time AHL attendance record of 21,673 set last
year at the Whale Bowl outdoor game in Connecticut..
Guesses and projections currently range from 35,000
fans to near-sellout numbers of 45,000 or more.
The historic game will be a once-in-a-lifetime
event for most of the players and a great celebration
of hockey, the Phantoms, the Bears and the AHL
for everyone involved.
One player with outdoor game experience for the
Phantoms is Michael Leighton who started for the
Flyers in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park
in Boston. Leighton took a 2-1 overtime loss in
the game in a hard-fought contest. Leighton is
expected to get the start this Friday in the Outdoor
Classic against Hershey.
It is the third outdoor game in AHL history. In
2010, Syracuse hosted Binghamton at the New York
State Fairgrounds. In 2011, Connecticut took on
Hartford at Rentshler Field in East Hartford.
This game is the first to be held on the same
ice as an NHL Winter Classic event.
Friday's game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports
Network in Philadelphia and in surrounding markets.
The game will again be shown on NHL Network on
Saturday at 4:00. Brian Smith and Ian Laperriere
will announce the action on the television broadcast.
Smith is a former broadcaster for the Phantoms
who serves as the Philadelphia Flyers Manager
of Broadcasting and Media Services. Laperriere
is an NHL veteran of over 1,000 games with the
Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia
Bob Rotruck and Jason Myrtetus will have the radio
broadcast of the game in Philadelphia on 94.1-FM
WIP and in Glens Falls on Q101.7-FM. Rotruck is
in his second second as Voice of the Phantoms
and is a veteran announcer of almost 2,000 games
in the four major sports. He also serves as Director
of Media Relations for the Adirondack Phantoms.
Myrtetus has served as a Flyers radio host and
assistant programming director at CBS Radio.
The Phantoms and Bears will have to regain their
focus following the magical night in Philadelphia
because both teams return to action just 24 hours
later at Giant Center in Hershey for a rematch.
Phantoms at the Winter Classic
Some former Adirondack Phantoms received the opportunity
to shine on the national stage at the NHL Winter
Classic on Monday. Brayden Schenn picked an ideal
day to score his first ever NHL goal when he fired
in a rebound past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
and then celebrated with a jump into the glass
and a series of fist-pumps. The younger brother
of Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs began
the season with the Phantoms. It wasn't too long
ago that he was recording his first ever professional
hat trick in a game on October 14 against Bridgeport
at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
It gave Phantoms fans a little bit of deja-vu.
Two years ago, Danny Syvret had been called up
to Philadelphia from Adirondack and then scored
his first ever NHL goal in the Winter Classic
in the 2010 event at Fenway Park in Boston.
Marc-Anddre Bourdon, Harry Zolnierczyk and a Phantoms
player from late last season, Matt Read, also
received significant minutes of playing time in
the game. Bourdon received his first ever NHL
call-up about six weeks ago and has stuck with
the big club and been a regular in their lineup
The Adirondack Phantoms went 2-1 last week to
close out 2011 including back-to-back thrillers
over New Year's Weekend. Tyler Brown scored in
the 12th round of the shootout on Friday night
to propel Adirondack to victory and then Mike
Testwuide registered an overtime game-winner on
New Year's Eve.
The Phantoms vaulted past the Albany Devils in
the standings on the strength of their dramatic
victories. At 17-13-2 for 36 points, Adirondack
is in second place in the Northeast Division trailing
Connecticut by six points. In the conference standings,
the Phantoms are ninth, one point behind Portland
and two behind Worcester in eighth and seventh.
The top eight teams in the conference will qualify
for the Calder Cup Playoffs in April.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (40 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (36 pts)
3. Albany Devils (35 pts)
4. Springfield Falcons (30 pts)
5. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (30 pts)
Week in Review
Wednesday, December 28 (Binghamton
5 - Adirondack 2)
The Adirondack Phantoms returned from the holiday
break and again ran into the Mike McKenna show.
The Senators goalie once again turned in a number
of tremendous saves in helping his team to a victory.
Ben Holmstrom and Jason Akeson scored for the
Phantoms. Rob Klinkhammer's late empty-netter
sealed the victory and gave him a hat trick in
The game was witnessed not only by 3,500+ Phantoms
fans but also by dozens of dogs on Pucks and Paws
Night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The first
ever promotion allowing Phantoms fans to bring
their dogs to the game was a tremendous success
as our four-legged friends put their paws together
and had a howlin' good time cheering for the Phantoms!
Friday, December 30 (Adirondack 3
- Portland 2, SO)
Tyler Brown ended a marathon shootout, the longest
in Adirondack Phantoms history, with a 12th round
tally as Jason Bacashihua out-dueled Justin Pogge
for the dramatic victory. Bacashihua allowed only
one goal to slip past him of the 12 Pirates shooters
Mike Testwuide and Eric Wellwood scored goals
in regulation for Adirondack.
The Phantoms finished the season series with a
2-2-0 mark against the Pirates.
Saturday, December 31 (Adirondack
2 - Albany 1, OT)
The Phantoms closed out 2011 in style with an
overtime win against the Albany Devils. Mike Testwuide
blasted in the rebound of an Erik Gustafsson shot
for the game-winner.
Jason Bacashihua turned in another great performance
between the pipes and was less than five minutes
from a shutout when Vladimir Zharkov was finally
able to get Albany on the board and tie the game.
Jason Akeson scored on the power play earlier
in the night and then assisted on the overtime
game-winner to move past Denis Hamel for the team-lead
-- Denis Hamel played in his 1000th ever professional
game on Saturday and received a terrific standing
ovation from the audience during the P.A. announcement
of his accomplishment. Dan Jancevski also received
a fine ovation on the announcement of his 800th
all-time AHL game. Jancevski is just the 33rd
player all-time and only the 12th defenseman to
play in 800 AHL games.
--Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms with 11 goals.
He is second on the team in points with 23. He
is third in the league in total shots with 127.
Four of his goals have come on the power play
as well as seven of his assists. Hamel's 326 career
goals place him 11th all-time in AHL history,
one ahead of former Adirondack Red Wing great
-- Jason Akeson has passed Denis Hamel in a close
race for the team-lead in points. Akeson now has
24 while Hamel has 23.
-- Jason Akeson and Ben Holmstrom are tied for
second on the team in goals with nine apiece.
-- Mike Testwuide has four goals in his last five
games and is on a two game goal scoring streak.
-- Holmstrom led all Phantoms scorers in the month
of December despite missing a couple of games
on call-up to Philadelphia. The Phantoms captain
had five goals and three assists for eight points.
-- Blake Kessel led Phantoms defensemen in scoring
in December with five points, all of them on assists.
-- Michael Leighton and Jason Bacashiuhua had
almost identical numbers for December. Leighton
had a 2.17 goals against average and .926 saves
percentage while Bacashihua checked in with a
2.18 goals against and a .928 percentage.
-- All four of Jason Bacashihua's starts at home
have gone to overtime or shootout. He is 3-1 in
those games including 2-1 in shootouts.
-- The Phantoms' last three Saturday night home
games have all been thrilling overtime wins. Mike
Testwuide scored the winner on December 31 against
Albany. Before that, Ben Holmstrom finished matters
against Rochester on December 10. And the previous
Saturday home game before that was on November
26 when Jon Kalinski knocked out the Albany Devils.
-- The Phantoms are 3rd in the conference and
10th in the league in team defense allowing 2.69
goals per game.
-- Adirondack is 16th in the league (out of 30)
in total offense with 2.84 goals per game.
--The Phantoms are 13-1-1 when leading after two
--The Phantoms are 15-5-1 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 9-4-2 in one-goal decisions.
- Adirondack is 5-2 in games decided after regulation.
The Phantoms are 3-1 in overtime games and are
2-1 in shootouts.
--Adirondack is 10-5-1 at home this year and now
stands at an amazing 17-5-1 since mid-March of
last season. The Phantoms have just six regulation
losses in their last 32 home games going an impressive
21-6-5 since last February.
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 8-15-24
Denis Hamel 11-12-13
Ben Holmstrom 9-9-18
Garrett Roe 3-13-16
Mike Testwuide 5-10-15
Eric Wellwood 6-8-14
Tom Sestito 8-6-14
Michael Leighton - 11-11-0, 2.44, .920
Jason Bacashihua - 6-3-1, 2.84, .914
Binghamton Seantors (Ottawa Senators)
- Once again, the Phantoms will
take on the Binghamton Senators. It's the fifth
meeting of the year between the two teams and
the fourth encounter since December 16th. Adirondack
began their current homestand with a 5-2 loss
against Binghamton which is their only loss of
Despite playing better lately, the Senators are
still mired in last place in the East Division
and tied in the cellar in the conference at 14-20-2
for 30 points as they try to recover from their
NHL veteran of over 700 games and former New York
Islander Mark Parrish serves as the team's captain
and is also their leading scorer with 11 goals
and 21 points.
Reigning league MVP Corey Locke missed two months
with injury but is back to smartly set-up his
teammates again with his play-making abilities.
Locke lad the league last season with 86 points.
He has two goals and 11 assists in 15 games thus
far in 2011-12.
Pat Cannone out of Miami (Ohio) is one of their
top young players. The rookie center is tied with
Parrish for the B-Sens scoring lead with 21 points
including a team-leading 13 helpers.
Mike McKenna has been something of a Phantoms'
killer this year with some outstanding goaltending
in the previous matchups. The St. Lawrence University
product who is engaged to a woman from Queensbury
has thrived against Adirondack with 140 total
saves on 146 shots for a .959 saves percentage
and a goal-against average of only 1.5 against
the Phantoms. He has recorded nights with 37,
33, 39 and 31 saves in his victories over Adirondack.
Overall, McKenna's numbers are somewhat more human
going 8-9-0, 2.78, .922.
McKenna is expected to get the start on Wednesday
night after 20-year-old goalie Robin Lehner was
suspended for three games due to an altercation
with an official. Former Phantoms goalie Brian
Stewart has been recalled by Binghamton from Elmira
(ECHL) to again serve as their backup.
Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)
- The Phantoms and Bears are meeting
for the second and third times this weekend in
the home-and-home weekend series in Philadelphia
on Friday and in Hershey on Saturday. On the strength
of a 7-2-1 stretch in their last 10 games, the
Bears have made it to the top of the Eastern Conference
standings at 19-8-6 for 44 points.
The only time the Phantoms and Bears have hooked
up this year it was one of the best games of the
season. Harry Zolnierczyk scored with six minutes
remaining as the Phantoms pulled out a thrilling
2-1 win on October 29 at the Glens Falls Civic
Center. Michael Leighton out-dueled Dany Sabourin
in the matchup with both goalies making a number
of spectacular saves.
Hershey's power play is clicking at an amazing
32% rate to lead the league with 48 goals on 150
opportunities. The next closest team in power
play success is Oklahoma City at 22%. The Bears'
penalty kill is best in the Eastern Conference
and third in the AHL at 85.9%. The Bears offense
racks up a league-leading 3.8 goals per game while
their defense is in the middle of the pack at
16th allowing 2.9 per contest.
Veteran center Keith Aucoin has been on an amazing
and record-setting pace for assists with 46 so
far this year. He is on a pace to surpass the
AHL's longstanding all-time assist record of 89
set by George "Red" Sullivan with Hershey
in 1953-54. Aucoin was the league's most valuable
player in 2009-10 when he led the circuit with
106 points including 71 assists and 35 goals.
He passed 700 career points in the AHL last season
and is rapidly on his way to the 800 point milestone.
Chris Bourque, son of NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque
and older brother of Connecticut Whale Ryan Bourque,
leads the Bears with 18 goals. Jasob Mcflicker
and Graham Mink have 12 goals each.
Brayden Holtby and Dany Sabourin have split the
goaltending duties or Mark French's club. Holtby
in 20 games has gone 11-7-3, 2.57, .902. Sabourin
is a former Pittsburgh Penguin netminder who served
as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup. He has gone 8-4-2,
2.82, .908 in his second season with the Bears.
December 24 - Ben Holmstrom returned on loan from
December 24 - Tom Sestito returned on loan from
December 30 - Erik Gustafsson loaned from Philadelphia
December 30 - Andy Thomas released from PTO and
returned to Trenton (ECHL)
Tuesday, January 3 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, January 4 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Binghamton (7:00pm). Bus departs after
Thursday, January 5 - Practice at Skate-Zone in
Voorhees, NJ. Time to be determined.
Friday, January 6 - Practice at Citizens Bank
Park in Philadelphia (10:00am). Outdoor Classic
Game vs. Hershey (7:00pm)
Saturday, January 7 - Practice at Giant Center,
Hershey (11:00am). Game at Hershey (7:00pm)
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
Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. $1 hot dogs.
Friday, January 6, 7:00 - Outdoor Classic! Hershey
Bears vs. Adirondack Phantoms at Citizens Bank
Park in Philadelphia.
Saturday, January 7, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantom
at Hershey Bears
Friday, January 13, 7:00 - Hamilton Bulldogs at
Adirondack Phantoms. Fun in the Sun Weekend! $2
Saturday, January 14, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
at Adirondack Phantoms. Fun in the Sun Weekend!
Post-game Pics with Players on the Ice.
Get great savings with the Phantoms when you bring
your group of 15 friends or co-workers to a game.
Group-rates available as low as $13 per person.
Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355.
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.. Be sure
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