Friday, January 20, 7:00 - Albany Devils at Adirondack
Saturday, January 21, 7:00 - Bridgeport Sound
Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
Monday, January 21, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Binghamton Senators
Friday, January 13 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Hamilton
Saturday, January 14 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 -
Manchester Monarchs 3
Monday, January 16 - Albany Devils 5 - Adirondack
The Phantoms are back at the Glens Falls Civic
Center for a couple more big home games this weekend
as they open the second half of the 2011-12 season.
Adirondack has won four of their last five home
games and looks to build on a stellar home-ice
record that current stands at 13-6-1.
Up first are the Albany Devils on Friday night.
It's game five out of the 10 game Time Warner
Cable Cup rivalry. The series is even so far this
season at two games apiece although the Devils
lead on points 6-4. Adirondack will be looking
to avenge a 5-2 loss suffered in their last encounter
with the Devils last Monday at Albany.
Saturday night is Pink in the Rink Night at the
Glens Falls Civic Center to benefit the C.R. Wood
Center Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Wear pink
just like the Phantoms will be doing that night!
Special tickets for the Saturday game are available
exclusively at the Phantoms office for $15 with
$5 of that cost being donated to the C.R. Wood
Center. Also available are $35 packages which
include two tickets and a Pink in the Rink T-Shirt.
In the Saturday game, the Phantoms will be taking
on the red-hot Bridgeport Sound Tigers who overcame
a dismal 2-10 stretch in December that had them
in the Eastern Conference basement to win seven
straight in the month of January.
The Phantoms will head to the Southern Tier on
Sunday evening for a 5:00 battle with the defending
Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators.
Adirondack is in the thick of both the division
and conference races with a record of 20-16-2
for 42 points. In the Northeast Division, the
Phantoms are in second-place, just two points
behind the Connecticut Whale. The Phantoms have
closed an eight point gap in the past couple of
weeks to pull within one game of the leaders.
It's not just Adirondack and Connecticut though.
It's a an air-tight division with Albany and Bridgeport
tied with the Phantoms with 42 points but Adirondack
has games-in-hand on those other teams. Adirondack
stands in ninth place in the Eastern Conference
but with games-in-hand over the teams ahead of
them. The Phantoms are one point behind 8th place
Portland and are just two points behind 7th place
Manchester and three points behind 6th place Worcester.
Call the Phantoms to get your special tickets
packages for the Pink in the Rink game at 518-480-3355.
We look forward to seeing you at both Phantoms
games this weekend. It's an exciting time to be
a Phantoms fan!
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (44 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (42 pts)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (42 pts)
4. Albany Devils (42 pts)
5. Springfield Falcons (39 pts)
5. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (30 pts)
Week in Review
Friday, January 13 (Adirondack 5 -
Trailing 4-3 heading into the third period, the
Phantoms didn't take long to turn the tables and
pull out an exciting victory. Jon Kalinski's wrister
less than two minute into the frame tied matters
at 4-4. And Denis Hamel's lucky bouncer off the
goalie, the top of the end-glass, then the top
of the net, and then off the back of the goalie
and in would hold up for the game-winner.
The fortuitous bouncing biscuit on Friday the
13th was Hamel's 13th goal of the year helping
Michael Leighton notch his 13th win while the
Phantoms successfully recorded their 13th home
game with a standings point. Cue the creepy Friday
the 13th music!!
Brandon Manning scored his first goal as a pro
and Tyler Brown scored his third goal in his last
four games. Tye McGinn dropped the gloves with
Hamilton tough-guy, and former Albany River Rat,
Zach Fitzgerald in one of the best fights of the
year with both combatants landing several solid
blows in the duel.
Saturday, January 14 (Adirondack 5
- Manchester 3)
The Phantoms rang up another five-spot in disposing
of the Monarchs 5-3. Eric Wellwood's sprint past
the defense for an exciting breakaway goal in
the second period which he capped with a perfect
backhander upstairs would give Adirondack a 4-3
lead and would hold up as the game-winner.
Shane Harper scored his sixth and Kevin Marshall
his second. Ben Holmstrom picked up his 11th and
Denis Hamel finished a three-goal weekend with
his team-leading 14th of the year. It was the
first time the Phantoms had scored five or more
goals in consecutive games since their first two
games of the year. Adirondack improved to 8-0
in games in which they score five goals or more.
Monday, January 16 (Albany 5 - Adirondack
A ferocious comeback attempt for the Phantoms
fell short as Albany hung on at home in their
rare Monday afternoon Martin Luther King, Jr.
holiday game 5-3. A three goal outburst in the
span of just over two minutes early in the second
period would allow Albany to extend their 2-0
lead to 5-0.
But then the Phantoms comeback train got rolling.
Jason Akeson scored his 10th of the year and team-leading
29th point to get the Phantoms on the board before
the second break. Garrett Roe put home a power
play rebound early in the third to make it 5-2.
And when Eric Wellwood connected from Ben Holmstrom
on a shorthanded goal a few minutes later closing
the gap to 5-3 one could hardly blame the Albany
Devils for being a bit uneasy.
Tom Sestito appeared to have scored with a few
minutes remaining but it was ruled that his shot
from the left side of the crease hit the post.
If his goal had counted it would have made it
a 5-4 game with still plenty of time to go.
The Devils evened up the Time Warner Cable Cup
Series at two games apiece. One amusing highlight
of the evening came late in the third period when
Tom Sestito laid a big open-ice smack to his older
brother Tim Sestito of the Albany Devils knocking
him down to the ice.
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
31 including 10 goals and 21 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 the OHL.
-- Denis Hamel's three-goal weekend gives him
a little breathing room for the team scoring lead.
Hamel has 14 goals while Ben Holmstrom has 11
and Jason Akeson has 10. Eric Wellwood had a pair
of goals last week now giving him nine on the
-- 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 are 11th in the AHL in total offense
now scoring 2.98 goals per game. They are 15th
in total defense at 2.89 goals allowed.
-- The Phantoms penalty kill is 7th in the AHL
at 84.2%. They are 84.8% on home-ice and are 83.5%
on the road.
-- Adirondack's power play is climbing fast and
is now up to 13th in the AHL at 18.6%. They home-ice
power play is 6th in the AHL at 20.8%.
-- Adirondack is 4-0-1 against the Western Conference
(games against Rochester, Toronto and Hamilton)
and are 2-0-1 against Canadian teams.
--The Phantoms are 13-1-1 when leading after two
--The Phantoms are 17-6-1 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 12-6-2 in one-goal decisions.
--Adirondack is 13-6-1 at home this year. The
Phantoms are 16-3-1 when they score three or more
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-21-31
Denis Hamel 14-13-27
Ben Holmstrom 11-11-22
Garrett Roe 5-16-21
Eric Wellwood 9-10-19
Mike Testwuide 6-12-18
Tom Sestito 8-8-16
Michael Leighton - 14-13-0, 2.66, .912
Jason Bacashihua - 6-4-1, 3.08, .901
Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)
- Albany had their six game point
streak ended Wednesday night when they lost to
the Norfolk Admirals 5-4. They have been able
to catch up to the Phantoms in the standings with
42 points although Adirondack has games-in-hand.
Albany leads the Time Warner Cable Cup series
six points to four even though both teams have
won a pair of games. Both of Adirondack's wins
against Albany have been at home and have come
in overtime. Jon Kalinski scored the overtime
winner on November 26 in front of a near-sellout
crowd of 4,730. Mike Testwuide scored his overtime
winner against the Devils on New Year's Eve.
The Devils are 17-14-8 this year including 10-6-6
at home while going 7-8-2 on the road.
Matt Anderson returns from a 25 goal campaign
from last year and is again the team's leading
scorer in 2011-12 with seven goals and 15 assists.
Tom Sestito's older and smaller brother Tim Sestito
skates for the Albany Devils.
Darcy Zajac, younger brother of Travis Zajac of
New Jersey, has six goals and seven assists. Jeff
Frazee is back between the pipes for Albany and
is splitting time with a rookie out of Union College,
Albany is 26th (out of 30) in the league in total
offense at 2.5 goals per game and are 24th in
defense allowing 3.05. Their special teams numbers
have been lousy on both ends but they have had
power play success against the Phantoms. They
are 28th on the power play at 13.4%.and are 28th
on the penalty kill at 77.5%.
Rick Kowalsky is in his second season as head
coach in Albany after previously coaching their
ECHL team in Trenton and, prior to that, having
a standout career mostly in the ECHL with the
Trenton Titans and Hampton Roads Admirals.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York
Islanders) - The Bridgeport Sound
Tigers have put together one of the most unlikely
and dramatic turnarounds in the AHL this season,
and they did it extremely quickly. Mired in last
place in the Eastern Conference following a 2-10
month of December, the Sound Tigers must have
been boosted by the New Year holiday as they have
gone 7-0 in 2012.
The surging Sound Tigers have vaulted out of the
basement and have tied Adirondack and Albany with
42 points in the air-tight Northeast Division
standings. Bridgeport is 19-17-4 overall including
10-6-2 at their home arena in Bridgeport, CT and
9-11-2 on the road.
Bridgeport's power play has not been very successful
at 25th (out of 30) in the league at 15.1%. Their
PK is middle-of-the-pack at 14th in the AHL with
an 82.8% proficiency rate.
Kevin Poulin was AHL Player of the Week a couple
weeks ago when he threatened the league's all-time
shutout record. He had three shutouts in a row
from January 4 through January 7 and racked up
a total of 221 consecutive shutout minutes before
falling just 28 minutes shy of the all-time record
set by Hall of Famer Johnny Bower of the Cleveland
Barons in 1957.
Poulin's goals against average was 3.27 before
the streak and his saves percentage was .891.
His numbers now stand at 2.77 and .905 along with
his record of 11-12-0.
2010-11 leading scorer Rhett Rakshani is back
from injury and is now third on the team in points
with 21 including nine goals. A pair of talented
rookies lead the young crew in scoring; Casey
Cizekas (9-19-28) and Matt Donovan (4-18-22).
The Phantoms lead the season series two games
Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators)
- Adirondack will try to solve the
Mike McKenna and Senators puzzle on Sunday at
the Broome County Veterans Memorial. The Phantoms
are a frustrating 0-5 against the B-Sens this
year thanks to the stellar netminding of McKenna
against Adirondack. The St. Lawrence University
product who is engaged to a woman from Queensbury
has notched all five wins against Adirondack.
McKenna stands at 10-12-0 overall, with half his
wins coming against the Phantoms, with a 2.87
goals against average and .919 saves percentage.
McKenna played last year with the Albany Devils
and the year before that with the Norfolk Admirals.
Former New York Islander Mark Parrish is the team's
captain and previously held the spot as the team's
top scorer but he has been sidelined with injury
for the past few weeks. Reigning league MVP Corey
Locke returned last month after missing several
weeks and now has 23 points, including 20 assists,
in just 21 games. The veteran just continues to
set up his teammates.
One of those teammates is Rob Klinkhammer who
has five of his team-leading 13 goals against
the Phantoms including a hat trick in Glens Falls
earlier this season. Pat Cannone out of Miami
(Ohio) is their top rookie with nine goals and
The Senators are still in the cellar of the Eastern
Conference with only 34 points at 16-24-2 and
are currently suffering through a four game losing
streak. Binghamton is 23rd in the AHL (out of
30) in offense at 2.57 goals per game and are
26th in defense at 3.12 allowed.
A solid chunk of their goals have come on the
power play where they place 10th in the AHL at
19.1%. Their penalty kill is 26th at 78.2%.
January 12 - Erik Gustafsson (D) Recalled to Philadelphia
from loan to Adirondack
January 12 - Matt Walker (D) Loaned by Philadelphia
Tuesday, January 17 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, January 18 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Thursday, January 19 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, January 20 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Albany (7:00pm)
Saturday, January 21 - Practice at GFCC (10:30am).
Game vs. Bridgeport (7:00pm).
Sunday, January 22 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Bus to Binghamton (12:00pm). Game (5:00)
Monday, January 23 - Day off
Tuesday, January 24 - Practice at Glens Falls
Rec Center, Fire Road (10:00am). Bus to Manchester.
Wednesday, January 25 - Practice at Manchester
(11:00am). Game at Manchester (7:00pm)
Friday, January 20, 7:00 - Albany Devils at Adirondack
Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials
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.
Sunday, January 22, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Binghamton Senators
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 Post-Star.
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
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