Friday, January 13, 7:00 - Hamilton Bulldogs at
Saturday, January 14, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
at Adirondack Phantoms
Monday, January 16, 2:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Wednesday, January 4 - Binghamton Senators 4 -
Adirondack Phantoms 3
Friday, January 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Hershey
Bears 3 (OT)
Saturday, January 7 - Hershey Bears 5 - Adirondack
The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic Center
for a pair of game this Friday and Saturday on
Fun in the Sun Weekend. A summery theme will be
promoted with lots of sunshiny games, contests,
music and promotions throughout both games. Don't
forget your suntan lotion. Let's Get Tropical
with the Adirondack Phantoms!
The Phantoms are opening a stretch of games in
which they will play four of their next five at
home with the lone away game in the middle just
a quick sojourn down the Northway to Albany.
The series begins Friday night against the Hamilton
Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.
Friday home games feature $2 draft-beer specials
(Bud Light and Labatt Blue Light) through the
first intermission. Saturday, the Phantoms tangle
for the first time this season with the Manchester
Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles
Kings. It's Player Photo night with the Phantoms
players available for pics immediately after the
game. Adirondack quickly returns to action for
a rare Monday afternoon game on Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day at the Albany Devils at 2:00pm.
After Monday afternoon's game, the Phantoms will
have reached the midway point of the 2011-12 season
having played 38 games of their total 76 game
Adirondack is in the thick of both the division
and conference races with a record of 18-15-2
for 38 points. In the Northeast Division, the
Phantoms are in third-place, just one point back
of the second-place Albany Devils but also with
one game-in-hand. Adirondack trails first-place
Connecticut by six points but has two games-in-hand
on the Whale. In the Eastern Conference, the Phantoms
are in 9th place with a one point deficit to Albany
and a three point gap behind 7th place Worcester.
The top eight teams in the conference will qualify
for the Calder Cup Playoffs in April.
Outdoor Classic Summary
On the biggest stage the AHL has ever seen, the
Adirondack Phantoms won in a heart-stopping finish
over the Hershey Bears 4-3 in overtime. 45,653
fans enjoyed the perfect outdoor weather at Citizen's
Bank Park in Philadelphia which was more than
double the previous largest crowd in AHL history
of 21,673 in Connecticut last year.
The event was truly more gigantic than the Phantoms
players themselves had envisioned and it brought
out some of the best in the players who produced
a terrific performance throughout eventually coming
away with the thrilling, late comeback. Ben Holmstrom
tied the game at 3-3 with 20.8 seconds remaining
in regulation with the goalie pulled for an extra
attacker. And Shane Harper cut in behind the defense
to accept a perfect flip to the slot from Eric
Wellwood. Harper's backhand chip going five-hole
on Brayden Holtby 58 seconds into overtime was
the game-winner and would be in the Top 10 Plays
of the Day on ESPN SportsCenter the following
The game was viewed live across Canada on Rogers.
It was also live in the Philadelphia area on Comcast
Network and was seen nationwide on replay the
next day on NHL Network.
The Phantoms donned terrific looking throw-back
style uniforms of a beige/creme color with the
classic Phantoms logo for an innovative retro
look. Between the weather, the national coverage,
the immense crowd, and the fairy-tale finish to
the game itself, it was simply a perfect evening
for Phantoms fans everywhere who enjoyed perhaps
what is now the most famous game in the history
of the franchise and one of the most famous games
in the AHL.
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, January 4 (Binghamton 4
- Adirondack 3)
In the first game of 2012, the Phantoms played
well enough to deserve victory but were pinned
with a tough, late loss against Binghamton. The
Phantoms outshot the B-Sens rather convincingly,
38-23, but McKenna continued with his dazzling
saves at the Glens Falls Civic Center to frustrate
the hosts. Tyler Brown (2), Garrett Roe (4) and
Eric Wellwood (7) scored for the Phantoms. Adirondack
trailed 2-1 midway through the third but Rob Klinkhammer's
goal extended the lead to 3-1. But Roe and Wellwood
scored back-to-back a couple minutes apart and
the Phantoms tie the score at 3-3 with 5:47 remaining.
Adirondack had more good chances to win the game
late but it would be Tim Conboy's slapshot with
1:08 left from center-point after a scramble in
the goal-mouth that would prove to be the game-winner.
Friday, January 6 (Adirondack 4 -
Hershey 3, OT)
45,653 excited fans filed into Citizens Bank Park
in Philadelphia for the AHL's largest ever hockey
party and the witnessed one of the best games
of the year. The Phantoms tied the score with
20.8 seconds remaining and Shane Harper lit up
the game-winner 58 seconds into the overtime in
the heart-stopping finish.
Mike Testwuide and Luke Pither also scored for
Adirondack who improved to 2-0 against the Hershey
Bears in 2011-12. The result evened the all-time
series between the two rivals at 82 wins apiece
with 8 ties after 172 games.
Saturday, January 7 (Hershey 5 - Adirondack
In a heated and intense rematch of the monster
event from the night before, the Hershey Bears
rallied in the third period to break a 2-2 tie
and pull out a victory over the Phantoms. Andrew
Rowe scored his second of the year to stake the
Phantoms to the initial 1-0 lead. And Tyler Brown's
third of the season early in the second period
on a fine assist by Jason Akeson had tied the
score at 2-2.
But the Bears would strike three times in the
third to pull off their first victory against
the Phantoms this season. Hershey retook the lead
in the all-time series after 173 total games between
the Bears and Phantoms since 1996, 83 wins to
82 with eight ties.
The game had a fair amount of chippyness and intensity
as could be expected from two tough-nosed teams
meeting each other for the second night in a row.
With 3:30 left in regulation, the tempers boiled
over and a larger-scale fight broke out in front
of the Phantoms bench eventually involving some
of the players still on the bench with some of
the Bears players who were still on the ice.
The league doled out one-game suspensions to Adirondack's
Tom Sestito and Oliver Lauridsen and also Hershey's
Joel Rechlicz for their roles in the fisticuffs.
-- The new attendance record of 45,653 in Philadelphia
on Friday night is more than the previous TWO
largest crowds combined of 21,673 (Connecticut,
2011) and 21,508 (Syracuse, 2010).
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
28 including 19 assists. He is fourth of among
AHL rookies in helpers and is sixth in points.
Akeson led the OHL in assists (84) and points
(108) last year with the Kitchener Rangers of
-- It's a close race for the team lead in goals.
Denis Hamel still sets the pace with 11 but Ben
Holmstrom's huge tying goal on Friday in Philadelphia
now gives him 10 while Jason Akeson is close on
their heels with 9 and Tom Sestito remains in
striking distance with 8.
-- Mike Testwuide has five goals in his last eight
games and now has six on the season.
-- Michael Leighton became the only goalie to
play in an outdoor game in the AHL and NHL. He
also started in the Winter Classic for Philadlephia
in 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston.
-- The Phantoms are 4-1 in overtime games this
year and are 2-1 in shootouts for a combined record
of 6-2 in games decided past regulation. All four
Adirondack overtime wins have come on home-ice
although the most recent one was at their home
game played at Philadelphia in the outdoor game
on January 6. Since an overtime loss at Hamilton
on December 6, the Phantoms have won four straight
games decided past regulation.
-- The Phantoms have won each of their last three
Saturday night home games in overtime. November
26 it was Jon Kalinski notching the game-winner
against Albany. Ben Holmstrom would get the big
goal against Rochester on December 10. And Mike
Testwuide would finish 2011 in style with an overtime
winner on New Year's Eve against Albany.
-- The Phantoms are 3rd in the Eastern Conference
and 11th in the AHL in team defense allowing 2.8
goals per game. They are 16th (out of 30) in total
offense scoring 2.9 goals per game.
-- The Phantoms penalty kill is 5th in the AHL
and 2nd in the Eastern Conference at 84.9%. They
are 86.1% on home-ice and are 83.8% on the road.
They have held opponents to 4-for-31 in their
last eight games since December 18. They have
kept opponents to 6 for 76 (92.1%) in their last
19 games since Thanksgiving which included an
0-for-34 streak from November 24 through December
-- Adirondack's power play is 17th in the AHL
at 17.6%. They had a streak of four straight games
with a power play goal snapped last weekend.
--The Phantoms are 13-1-1 when leading after two
--The Phantoms are 15-6-1 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 11-6-2 in one-goal decisions.
--Adirondack is 11-6-1 at home this year.
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 9-19-28
Denis Hamel 11-13-24
Ben Holmstrom 10-10-20
Garrett Roe 4-14-18
Eric Wellwood 7-10-17
Mike Testwuide 6-10-16
Tom Sestito 8-6-14
Michael Leighton - 12-12-0, 2.57, .915
Jason Bacashihua - 6-4-1, 2.95, .908
Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens)
- Hamilton comes to town for their only visit
at the Glens Falls Civic Center in 2011-12. Adirondack
has already made their lone trip to Hamilton and
took a hard-fought and exciting 1-0 overtime loss
at the Bulldogs with Michael Leighton and Nathan
Lawson matching each other save for spectacular
save for 64 minutes of amazing hockey.
Aaron Puhlushaj finally notched the game-winner
for the Canadiens affilaite. He is their team's
top scorer with nine goals and 14 assists for
23 points. Andreas Engqvist leads the team in
goals with 12. Nathan Lawson has seen the majority
of the goaltending duty and is 10-9-3, 2.56, .918.
Normally at the top of the North Division and
Western Conference, the Bulldogs struggled to
a slow start in 2011-12 partly due to injuries
with their team and with their parent club in
Montreal. But the team has dramatically turned
matters around of recent with a five game point
streak going 4-0-1 to push past .500 at 16-14-5.
Last weekend, they won three straight games in
three days while outscoring their opponents 12-4.
They knocked off Oklahoma City 3-1 on Friday,
then blew past the Toronto Marlies on Saturday
4-1 and followed that up with a 5-2 crunching
of Syracuse on Sunday.
Hamilton is in 10th place in the West but they
are only two points back of a couple of teams
for the eighth and final playoff spot in that
conference. The Bulldogs had been dead-last in
total offense and second from the bottom in team
defense but have been moving those numbers in
positive directions. They are now 26th out of
30 in team offense at 2.5 goals per game and are
all the way up to 14th in defense at 2.9 goals
allowed. Their power play clicks at a decent 19.3%
rate for 12th in the AHL out of 30 while their
penalty kill rates 16th at 82.8%.
The Phantoms have gone 3-0-1 against the Western
Conference this year with victories over Rochester
(two) and Toronto (one) and an overtime loss to
Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings)
- This will be the first of four
meetings on the season between the Phantoms and
the Monarchs. Adirondack is scheduled to make
their first visit to Manchester, NH in a coupe
of weeks but first comes the purple crew's first
visit Glens Falls.
The Monarchs were briefly in the top spot of the
Eastern Conference but have fallen onto a three-game
losing streak lately to drop into second place
in the Atlantic Division behind St. John's. Their
21-15-2 mark puts them in the #5 spot in the conference
Manchester is getting it done with defense and
goaltending more often than not. Their team offense
is 24th out of 30 in the AHL and 13th out of 15
in the conference at just 2.6 goals per game.
Their defense is tops in the conference though
at 2.6 goals allowed per game which is fifth in
Former Phantoms, Stefan Legein, was assigned to
the Monarchs early this season when the Flyers
organization traded him to Los Angeles for draft
picks. Legein had 24 goals with Adirondack in
2009-10. As he comes into the Glens Falls Civic
Center for the first time since being traded away,
he has four goals and two helpers with Manchester
Marc-Andre Cliche is tops in goals and points
with 11 and 22. Dwight King has a team-leading
14 assists along with seven goals.
Miami (Ohio) University product Jeff Zatkoff has
gone 10-5-1, 2.16, .933 as one of the league's
top goaltenders. He is second in saves percentage
and first in the conference. His goals against
average is second in the conference and fourth
in the AHL. Zatkoff was also named the Reebok/AHL
Goaltender of the Month for December after he
posted a 5-2-0 record with a 1.70 GAA and a .946
WHL Goalie of the Year Martin Jones who also played
on Team Canada at the 2010 World Juniors has also
done well going 11-10-1, 2.62, .918.
January 5 - Johan Backlund (G) reassigned by Flyers
to Oulun Karpat in Finland
Tuesday, January 10 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, January 11 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Thursday, January 12 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, January 13 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Hamilton (7:00pm)
Saturday, January 14 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Manchester (7:00pm).
Sunday, January 15 - Practice at GFCC (11:00am)
Monday, January 16 - Practice at GFCC (9:00am).
Bus to Albany (11:00am). Game at Albany (2:00pm)
Tuesday, January 17 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, January 13, 7:00 -
Hamilton Bulldogs at Adirondack Phantoms. Fun
in the Sun Weekend! $2 draft-beer specials
Saturday, January 14, 7:00 -
Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms. Fun
in the Sun Weekend! Post-game Pics with Players
on the Ice.
Monday, January 16, 2:00 -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
Friday, January 20, 7:00 -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft
Saturday, January 21, 7:00 -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Adirondack Phantoms.
Pink in the Rink with special pink jerseys presented
by C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
Monday, January 23, 7:00 -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE at McGinny's on Glen
Street and on Q101.7. Special guests, Mike Testwuide
and Tom Sestito. Also with Tim McManus of the
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