Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Friday, January 26, 7:00 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, January 27, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Monday, January 30, 7:00 - AHL All-Star Classic
at Atlantic City, NJ
Friday, January 20 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Albany
Saturday, January 21 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
Sunday, January 22 - Binghamton Senators 4 - Adirondack
The Phantoms conclude play prior to the league's
All-Star break with three games this week including
two on the road. Wednesday night is the team's
first trip to Manchester, NH to face former Phantom
Stefan Legein and the rest of the Monarchs. Friday
night, the Phantoms play their lone home game
of the week on a $2 draft-beer night as they look
to avenge a loss against Bridgeport suffered just
seven days prior. On Saturday at 5:00, Adirondack
heads down to Albany for the sixth of the 10-game
Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry series with the
Now past the midway point of the 2011-12 regular
season, presented by Bud Light, the Phantoms find
themselves in very tight races in the division
and the conference in their second-half push for
the playoffs. At 21-18-2, Adirondack has 44 points
and sits in second place in the Northeast Division
in a tie with Albany and Bridgeport. The Phantoms
are just two points out of first and have a chance
to move past the slumping Connecticut Whale this
weekend. In the conference race, the 44 points
are good for 9th place. The top eight posts will
land spots in the Calder Cup Playoffs in April,
but the division winners will be awarded the top
The Phantoms home game on Friday against the Bridgeport
Sound Tigers this weekend is expected to be another
good one between the two divisional rivals. $2
draft specials on Bud Light and Labatt Blue Light
will be available through the first intermission.
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After this week's games it's the AHL All-Star
Classic in Atlantic City, NJ. Goalie Michael Leighton
will be participating in the Skills Competition
on Sunday, January 29 and in the game itself on
Monday, January 30. It is Leighton's third AHL
All-Star game of his career. He first appeared
in the big event in 2002 as a member of the Norfolk
Admirals in a game played in St. John's. And in
2008 on his way to Goaltender of the Year honors,
he represented the Albany River Rats in the game
played at Binghamton. Congratulations Michael!
The 2012 All-Star Classic can be seen locally
in Glens Falls on Time Warner Cable Channel 3
and HD-1803 and also on LookTV-8.
Injuries to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday
have offered a great opportunity for a couple
of our Adirondack Phantoms players with the big
club. Ben Holmstrom (C) and Tom Sestito (F) were
called up to Philadelphia early Saturday evening
and both played for the Flyers in their games
on Sunday vs. Boston and Tuesday at Florida. Sestito
recorded an assist in the Tuesday overtime win
at the Panthers. Holmstrom, the Phantoms team
captain and reigning team MVP from 2010-11, has
now played in four games with the Flyers this
year. Sestito has now played in five.
Cullen Eddy (D) and Andy Bohmbach (C) were sent
to the ECHL last weekend for increased playing
time. Eddy went to Greenville (SC) for three games
where he scored one goal and two assists in his
quick stretch. Andy Bohmbach went to Trenton and
also played in three games last weekend, notching
Eddy has since been recalled from his loan to
Greenville and is with the Phantoms again where
he has spent the majority of the season. He is
eligible to return to the lineup for the team's
Wednesday night game at Manchester.
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette has relied
heavily on his prospects from his AHL team in
Adirondack this season. The recent call-ups of
Holmstrom and Sestito just continued a significant
trend this year on Phantoms players notching plenty
of ice-time in key games and situations.
No fewer than eight Phantoms from late last year
and earlier this season have been in the lineup
during the Flyers last three games. Those Phantoms
getting the recent Philly ice-time have included;
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom,
Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Brayden Schenn, Tom Sestito,
Players currently with the Phantoms who have also
spent time with the Flyers this season have included
Kevin Marshall, Matt Walker and Eric Wellwood.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (46 pts)
2. Adirondack Phantoms (44 pts)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (44 pts)
4. Albany Devils (44 pts)
5. Springfield Falcons (39 pts)
Week in Review
Friday, January 20 (Adirondack 3 -
Adirondack blasted away for 20 shots in a second
period barrage with Tyler Brown, Jon Kalinski
and Andrew Rowe all lighting the lamp in a 3-2
victory over the Devils. The final score was somewhat
deceptive to the dominating performance turned
in by the Phantoms in outshooting the Devils 36-20.
Jason Bacashihua recorded the win for Adirondack
as the team took a three games to two lead in
the Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry series. The
home team has won every game of the rivalry so
far in 2011-12.
The win pulled the Phantoms to within one point
of first place Connecticut in the division and
actually vaulted Adirondack ahead of the Whale
based on winning percentage.
Saturday, January 21 (Bridgeport 2
- Adirondack 1)
The Phantoms ran into red-hot Anders Nilsson who
made 37 saves on 38 shots allowing Bridgeport
to barely hang on for a 2-1 victory at the Glens
Falls Civic Center. Jon Kalinski scored the lone
goal for Adirondack while the rest of the team
just couldn't quite finish on their many close
chances. Michael Leighton took the tough-luck
loss for the Phantoms as Bridgeport evened the
season-series at two games apiece.
The win was the eighth in a row for the hottest
team in the AHL, while the Phantoms had their
four-game home-ice win streak snapped.
Sunday, January 22 (Binghamton 4 -
Adirondack raced out to a 3-1 lead by the midway
point of the first period in their efforts to
land their first victory against Mike McKenna
and the Senators. But Binghamton battled back
with a pair of power-play goals back-to-back at
the end of the first and then scored the game-winner,
also on the power play, in the opening seconds
of the third.
The Phantoms had several chances on the Senators
net for the rest of the third period but could
not secure the equalizer.
Denis Hamel scored his 15th of the season to lead
the Phantoms in his return to Binghamton. Hamel
is the B-Sens all-time leading goal scorer in
the history of their franchise with 203 goals
in six season there. Jon Kalinski scored for his
third game in a row. And Mike Testwuide tipped
in a Tyler Brown chip for his 7th of the year.
Jason Bacashihua played particularly well, especially
through a 16-save on 16-shot performance in the
second period. But the Phantoms netminder was
tagged with the tough-luck loss.
-- The hottest Phantoms scorer is Jon Kalinski
who has now lit the lamp in three straight games.
Kalinski is in his fourth season with the Phantoms.
The Minnesota State-Mankato product now has eight
goals this year. His career high as a pro is ten.
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
32 including 10 goals and 22 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 has heated up again with four goals
in his last six games and leads the Phantoms with
15 goals. He is well on his way to an amazing
10th season with 20 or more goals.
-- 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 had outshot their opponents for
eight straight games before the streak was finally
snapped Sunday evening at Binghamton.
-- Adirondack is 4-1 in their last five home games
and also are 6-2 in their last eight.
-- The Phantoms are 13th in the AHL in total offense
now scoring 2.93 goals per game. They are 14th
in total defense at 2.88 goals allowed.
-- The Phantoms penalty kill has slumped a little
bit including three PPG's allowed on Sunday to
fall to 14th in the AHL (out of 30) at 82.6%.
Their home penalty kill is 9th at 84%.
-- Adirondack's power play is climbing fast and
is now up to 15th in the AHL at 18.2%. They home-ice
power play is 7th in the AHL at 19.6%.
-- 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 15-1-1 when leading after two
periods and are an impressive 11-1-1 when leading
after one period.
--The Phantoms are 17-6-1 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 12-7-2 in one-goal decisions.
--Adirondack is 14-7-1 at home this year. The
Phantoms are 17-4-1 when they score three or more
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-21-31
Denis Hamel 15-13-28
Ben Holmstrom 11-11-22
Mike Testwuide 7-14-21
Garrett Roe 5-16-21
Eric Wellwood 9-10-19
Tom Sestito 8-8-16
Shane Harper 6-9-15
Michael Leighton - 14-14-0, 2.64, .913
Jason Bacashihua - 7-5-1, 3.07, .901
Manchester Monarchs -
Former Phantom Stefan Legein led the way for the
Manchester victory on Sunday with a pair of goals
including a shorthanded tally.
At 23-19-2 for 48 points, the Monarchs are in
third place in the Atlantic Division and are just
four points ahead of the Phantoms heading into
this key Eastern Conference battle.
Marc-Andre Cliche leads the team with 27 points
including 12 goals. Dwight King has 18 assists
and 26 points.
Martin Jones and Jeff Zatkoff have shared the
goaltending duties. Jones was a member of the
World Juniors Team Canada squad in 2010 and was
also WHL Goalie of the Year. Zatkoff is a fourth
year pro out of Miami (Ohio) University.
The Phantoms lead the season series one game to
nothing after their exciting 5-3 win a couple
Saturdays ago, January 14. Harper, Hamel, Marshall,
Wellwood and Holmstrom all lit the lamp in the
balanced scoring attack.
Manchester's offense is 13th out of 15 in the
conference and 24th out of 30 in the AHL at only
2.61 goals per game. More often than not, they
get it done with defense and goaltending. The
Monarchs are 2nd in the conference and 10th in
the league at just 2.77 goals allowed per game.
The Monarchs power play is a fairly anemic 14.5%
for 27th in the AHL. Their penalty kill is 13th
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York
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 8-0 in 2012 including
a win at the GFCC last Saturday.
Bridgeport has allowed two goals or fewer in each
game of their win streak to move into 16th in
the league in defense at 2.93 goals allowed per
game. They are 20th (out of 30) in offense at
2.8 goals scored per game.
The Sound Tigers' power play is 26th at just 15.1%
and are 11th on the PK at 83.1%.
The surging Sound Tigers have vaulted out of the
basement and have tied Adirondack and Albany with
44 points in the air-tight Northeast Division
standings. Bridgeport is 20-17-4 overall including
10-6-2 at their home arena in Bridgeport, CT and
10-11-2 on the road.
The Sound Tigers and Phantoms are both just two
points back of first place Connecticut in the
division and are in a tough battle in the conference
standings, currently tied for ninth place.
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.
But it was Anders Nilsson who got the surprising
start last Saturday in Glens Falls and it appeared
first year head coach Brent Thompson made the
right pick. Nilsson was spectacular in turning
away 37 of 38 Phantoms' shots for a 2-1 victory
over the Phantoms.
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 (10-19-29) and Matt Donovan (4-18-22).
The season series is now even at two games apiece.
Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)
Albany is also in the three-way deadlock for second
in the Northeast Division at 18-15-8 for 44 points
including 10-6-6 at home while going 8-9-2 on
The Phantoms lead the Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry
series three games to two as the teams ready for
game-six of the 10-game season stretch. Last year,
the Phantoms were the champions of the Cup as
they clinched with a win on their last home game
of the regular season on April 4. The series last
year was six games apiece but the Phantoms were
awarded the Cup based on points.
The Devils had a pair of hat tricks last week.
On Wednesday, it was Stephane Vellieux against
Norfolk. Then on Saturday it was Joseph Whitney
at Springfield with all three of his goals coming
in the first period.
Matt Anderson returns from a 25 goal campaign
from last year and had been the team's leading
scorer in 2011-12 with seven goals and 15 assists
prior to being passed by Whtiney on Saturday who
now has 11 goals and 25 points.
Tom Sestito's older 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,
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.
Albany's special teams are among the worst in
the league. They are dead-last out of 30 on the
power play at 13.4% and are 27th on the penalty
kill at 77.8%. They are 25th in total offense
at 2.59 goals and are 24th in defense at 3.07
Jan 12 - Erik Gustafsson (D) Recalled to Philadelphia
from loan to Adirondack
Jan 12 - Matt Walker (D) Loaned by Philadelphia
Jan 19 - Andy Bohmbach (D) Loaned to Trenton (ECHL)
Jan 19 - Cullen Eddy (D) Loaned to Greenville
Jan 21 - Ben Holmstrom (C) Recalled from loan
to ADK by Philadelphia (NHL)
Jan 21 - Tom Sestito (F) Recalled from loan to
ADK by Philadelphia (NHL)
Jan 24 - Cullen Eddy (D) Recalled from loan to
Greenville (ECHL) by ADK
Tuesday, January 24 - Practice at Rec Center
(10:00am). Bus to Manchester
Wednesday, January 25 - Practice at Manchester
(11:00am). Game at Manchester (7:00pm)
Thursday, January 26 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, January 27 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Bridgeport (7:00pm)
Saturday, January 28 - Practice at Rec Center
(10:30am). Bus to Albany (2:00pm). Game at Albany
Sunday, January 29 - Team Off. All-Star Break.
Monday, January 30 - Team Off. All-Star Break.
Tuesday, January 31 - Team Off. All-Star Break
Wednesday, February 1 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Friday, January 27, 7:00 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft-beer specials
through first intermission.
Saturday, January 28, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Monday, January 30 - No Phantoms Power Hour Show.
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