The Adirondack Phantoms have announced that three
forwards have been recalled by the Philadelphia
Flyers after a brief loan to the AHL last week
according the Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.
Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito and Harry Zolnierczyk
are returning to the big club after playing last
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the Phantoms
during the NHL All-Star Break.
The Phantoms also announced that Andrew Rowe has
been recalled from his loan to Greenville of the
ECHL. Luke Pither, who is on loan to Trenton of
the ECHL, will remain with the team for their
upcoming home game on Wednesday.
The three players headed to the NHL will all be
eligible to skate for Philadelphia in their next
game, Tuesday night, against the Winnipeg Jets
at Wells Fargo Center.
Harry Zolnierczyk is in his first full season
of professional hockey after completing his collegiate
career at Brown University and joining the Phantoms
last season for the team's last 13 games. The
Ivy League Player of the Year made his NHL debut
on October 18 and scored a highlight-reel caliber
goal at Ottawa that was featured on ESPN SportsCenter
and other highlight shows in his first game with
the Flyers. He was called up again on October
30 and stayed with the Flyers for 34 games scoring
three goals and two assists. "Harry Z"
scored one goal last week with the Phantoms and
has six goals in 12 games this season for Adirondack.
The 24-year-old Holmstrom is in his second season
of professional hockey and is the captain of the
Phantoms. He has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24
points this year in 38 games. He is also second
on the team in penalty minutes with 105. For Holmstrom,
this is his fourth call-up to the Flyers this
year. He played for Philadelphia on December 19
in his home state of Colorado against Avalanche.
He also played on November 2 at the Buffalo Sabres
and also played in two games with the Flyers last
year in March and in April. His most recent call-up
saw him log action on January 22 vs. Boston and
January 24 at Florida.
The UMass-Lowell product from Colorado Springs
was named the Phantoms' Team Most Valuable Player
last year,as a rookie, with 16 goals and 22 assists
for 38 points.
Sestito is in his first full season in the Flyers
organization and fifth year as a pro. Sestito
has played five games with the Flyers this year.
Three were from December 19-23 and the most recent
two were Janaury 22 and 24. Prior to this season
he had played 13 games in the NHL, all with Columbus.
Nine of those NHL games came last year with the
Blue Jackets where he scored two goals and two
He spent his first four seasons in the Columbus
Blue Jackets organization primarily with their
AHL clubs in Syracuse and then in Springfield.
He came to the Phantoms when Philadelphia traded
Greg Moore for Sestito on February 27, 2011.
The big guy from Rome, NY is the younger brother
of Tim Sestito who was just sent down to Albany
after a stay with the New Jersey Devils. Tom Sestito
has nine goals and eight assists for 16 points
and a team-high 120 penalty minutes.
Andrew Rowe played in two road games with Greenville
last week and got to enjoy the sunny weather in
Ft. Myers where they took on the Florida Everblades.
The second-year pro out of Michigan State began
this season on the shelf for a couple months with
an upper-body injury. He has played in 14 games
with Adirondack scoring three goals and one assist.
Last year, he played in 55 games with the Phantoms
in his rookie season scoring seven goals and 12
points. He also played in 10 ECHL regular season
games with Greenville and 11 post-season games
scoring a total of nine goals and 14 points in
his combined 21 games with the Road Warriors.
Pither has played in three games with the Trenton
Titans so far recording one assist. He has played
in 24 games with the Phantoms this year scoring
two goals, including an important tally at the
Outdoor Classic on January 6. These are his first
ever games at the ECHL level. Last year, the former
Barrie Colts standout scored nine goals and 20
points in 67 games with Adirondack in his rookie
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