Friday, February 3, 7:00 - Norfolk Admirals at
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 - Providence Bruins
at Adirondack Phantoms
Wednesday, January 24: Manchester Monarchs 5 -
Adirondack Phantoms 1
Friday, January 26: Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6
- Adirondack Phantoms 2
Saturday, January 27: Albany Devils 3 - Adirondack
The Phantoms play back-to-back home games this
weekend as they host the high-flying Norfolk Admirals
and then take on the Providence Bruins for the
first time in two years.
Friday night features $2 draft beers through the
first intermission. Then the Saturday night game
stands to be one of the biggest of the year on
Jimmer Fredette Bobblehead Night for the first
3,000 fans. The Phantoms are expecting fans to
be lined up well ahead of time for the premium
Saturday giveaway. It's the first ever bobblehead
of the local basketball star and is sure to be
an extremely popular item. First come, first served!
Please plan ahead for this event. Get your tickets
ahead of time and save. Call the Phantoms for
more information at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack has 29 standings points at home for
the second highest total in the AHL and most in
the Eastern Conference. The Phantoms are 14-8-1
on home-ice as they look to build on that mark
The Friday game against Norfolk is the first of
three that the Phantoms will play against the
Admirals over a nine day stretch. Adirondack travels
to southeast Virginia for a pair of games on February
9 and 10 as well.
The Phantoms are looking to get back on the winning
track following their toughest stretch of the
season. Adirondack stands at 21-21-2 overall for
44 points. The Phantoms are just three points
behind Portland and Connecticut for the coveted
eight spot in the conference race. And they are
only five points behind Bridgeport in the division
race. Their opponent on Saturday, Providence,
stands just one point ahead of the Phantoms in
the conference race.
The Phantoms stand at 21-21-2 for 44 points and
are looking to get back on the winning track against
their opponents this weekend. It's 45 games down
and 31 games to go for Adirondack as they come
closer and closer to the stretch-run aiming for
an April date in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Outdoor Classic Jersey Auction
The Phantoms Outdoor Jersey Auction continues
online at ebay. Many of the great uniforms that
the team wore in their thrilling January 6 overtime
victory in front of over 45,000 crazed fans at
Citizens Bank Park are on sale on the internet
through this Friday evening at 10:00pm. Get your
bids in now and good luck! You could win the game-worn
jersey from the Outdoor Classic of one of your
favorite Phantoms players. For more, go to phantomshockey.com
and click on the Jersey Auction link.
More Jersey Auctions
Some more Phantoms jerseys will be available via
LIVE auction from down on the ice immediately
after the big Saturday night game against Providence
on Jimmer Bobblehead night. Get ready to bid!
Select Pink in the Rink jerseys and others will
be available exclusively in this live auction
happening right after the Saturday game.
Michael Leighton played in his third AHL All-Star
Classic and represented the Phantoms extremely
well. He allowed only two goals in his one period
of work as the starting goalie (a good total for
an All-Star Game) and left with a 6-2 lead for
the Eastern Conference. Leighton was clearly the
most popular player in Atlantic City and drew
the loudest ovation for the pregame introductions.
Leighton also played in the AHL All-Star games
in 2002 with Norfolk and in 2008 with the Albany
Former Philadelphia Phantoms standout and head
coach John Stevens was inducted into the AHL Hall
of Fame over the weekend. And another Calder Cup
winning Phantoms coach, Bill Barber from 1998,
served as one of the team's honorary captains
and enjoyed the game standing along the bench.
Many Phantoms fans could be seen proudly wearing
their team's gear throughout the nationally televised
Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito and Harry Zolnierczyk
all were recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers at
the beginning of this week. Holmstrom was loaned
back to the Phantoms following Philadelphia's
game on Tuesday and will be eligible to play with
Adirondack on Friday night.
Andrew Rowe has returned to the Phantoms following
two games with Greenville in the ECHL and Luke
Pither comes back to the team following four games
with Trenton in the ECHL.
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette has relied
heavily on his prospects from his AHL team in
Adirondack this season.
No fewer than eight Phantoms from late last year
and earlier this season have been in the lineup
during the Flyers past few 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. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (49 pts)
2. Connecticut Whale (47 pts)
3. Albany Devils (46 pts)
4. Springfield Falcons (45 pts)
5. Adirondack Phantoms (44 pts)
Week in Review
Wednesday, January 25 (Manchester
5 - Adirondack 1)
The Monarchs were able to avenge a 5-3 loss at
the Glens Falls Civic Center just 11 days prior
to even the season series with the Phantoms at
one game each. Manchester scored three goals in
a 2:22 stretch of the second period to break-open
a 1-0 game and stretch it to a 4-0 lead.
The Phantoms trailed only 1-0 midway through the
game and had several chances on Manchester goalie
Jeff Zatkoff to tie the score but were unable
to do so. Right when the Phantoms power play ended,
the Monarchs hit Jordan Nolan right out of the
box on a breakaway to start the quick spurt of
Mike Testwuide's eighth of the year got the Phantoms
on the board. Manchester was led by Brandon Kozun
with his 11th and 12th of the season.
Friday, January 27 (Bridgeport 6 -
The Phantoms blasted away for 53 shots on goal
but only were able to push two of them past Sound
Tigers goalie Kevin Poulin as they fell to Bridgeport.
Adirondack opened with 25 shots in the first period,
the most of any AHL team in a single period this
year, but the score was tied at 1-1 after those
first 20 minutes. Tom Sestito scored on a backhander
to give Adirondack the lead while Poulin made
several remarkable saves. The home team easily
could have scored three or four goals (or more)
in the period were it not for Poulin's acrobatics.
Adirondack's 53 shots in the game was the second
most in the AHL this year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
had a 54 shot game in November and Norfolk also
had a 53 shot game in November.
Bridgeport scored back-to-back power play goals
early in the second period for a 3-1 lead. Harry
Zolnierczyk scored his first Phantoms goal since
October to cut the Bridgeport advantage lead to
4-2 in the third period but the Sound Tigers quickly
answered and then were able to close out the win.
The Phantoms were in good company by being victimized
by Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers have had the most
dramatic turnaround as the hottest team in the
AHL and have gone unbeaten in regulation so far
in 2012 with an amazing 10-0-1 run.
Saturday, January 28 (Albany 3 -
The Phantoms stepped up their defense and played
an improved game from the night before but were
not able to land the victory at the Albany Devils.
Albany held a 1-0 lead for most of the game as
they were barely able to hold off the Phantoms
attack. The Devils scored a hugely valuable insurance
goal with five minutes remaining and then tacked
on an empty-netter in the final seconds of the
Tom Sestito's older brother, Tim, scored on a
big one-timer rushing up the ice to give the Devils
the 1-0 lead a few minutes into the second period.
Jason Bacashihua played well for the Phantoms
but took the loss allowing two goals. Rookie Keith
Kinkaid recorded his third shutout of the season
for the Devils.
It was only the second time this season the Phantoms
have been shutout and the first time since December
6 when they lost a 1-0 overtime battle at the
Albany benefited from their largest crowd in franchise
history with 8,200 fans on hand including many
Phantoms fans as is always the case when the Phantoms
head down the Northway to take on their area rivals.
The Devils evened the Time Warner Cable Cup series
at three games apiece with four more games remaining
in the season set. Adirondack and Albany do not
meet again until March.
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
33 including 10 goals and 23 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 eight games and leads the Phantoms
with 15 goals. He is well on his way to an amazing
10th season with 20 or more goals.
-- Tyler Brown has scored four of his five goals
-- Mike Testwuide has two goals in his last three
games and Jon Kalinski has three goals in his
-- Michael Leighton is fifth in the league in
total minutes (1730) and saves (792).
-- The Phantoms have outshot their opponents in
10 of their last 11 games.
-- 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.
-- Adirondack is 17th in total offense at 2.8
goals scored per game. They are 20th in total
defense at 3.0 goals allowed.
-- ADK's power play is 17th at 17.3%. The penalty
kill is 18th at 81.7%.
-- 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 17-7-1 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 12-7-2 in one-goal decisions.
--Adirondack is 14-8-1 at home this year and have
the most points at home of any Eastern Conference
team and second highest total in the AHL . The
Phantoms are 17-4-1 when they score three or more
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-23-33
Denis Hamel 15-13-28
Ben Holmstrom 11-13-24
Mike Testwuide 8-15-23
Garrett Roe 5-16-21
Eric Wellwood 9-11-20
Tom Sestito 9-8-17
Shane Harper 6-9-15
Michael Leighton - 14-16-0, 2.84, .906
Jason Bacashihua - 7-6-1, 2.98, .902
Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning)
The Phantoms are 1-1-1 against Norfolk so far
this year. In Norfolk's last visit to the GFCC
on October 26, the two teams hooked up for a wild
and entertaining battle which saw Adirondack fall
in a shootout 5-4 after Denis Hamel was able to
tie the game with 30 seconds left in regulation
with an amazing tip-in deflection goal from the
side of the cage.
Second-year head coach Jon Cooper has a talented
corps that stands at 26-16-3 for fifth-place in
the Eastern Conference. The high-flying Admirals
are second in the league (out of 30 teams) in
scoring at 3.5 goals per game trailing only the
Hershey Bears. They are second in the league in
shots and first in the conference with 33.4 per
game. Impressively, their shots allowed is also
second best at 26.7. Norfolk's D is 13th at 2.9
Rookie sensation Cory Conacher leads the league
with 25 goals and is fourth in points with 49.
Another tremendous rookie, Carter Ashton, is 4th
among league rookies with 17 goals and second
in assists with 24. Conacher and Ashton both represented
Norfolk in the AHL All-Star Classic as did defenseman
Mark Barberio who has 32 assists which paces all
American League blueliners.
Yet another rookie, Tyler Johnson, has 15 goals
including a couple in a late comeback win Norfolk
notched against the Phantoms on December 3 at
Dustin Tokarski has seen the bulk of the playing
time in goal going 18-10-0, 2.50, .900.
Prpovidence Bruins (Boston Bruins)
The Phantoms and P-Bruins are meeting for the
first time in almost two years. The last game
between the two was March 13, 2010 when Jeremy
Duchesne notched a 28 saves shutout a 4-0 Phantoms
triumph. David Laliberte, Jared Ross and Stefan
Legein were among the goal scorers that night
at the GFCC.
Providence is 20-20-5 for 45 points and is just
one point ahead of Adirondack in the conference
standings in this key battle for teams fighting
to get back into the top eight. The Bruins have
gone 4-0-1 in their last five to battle their
way out of the cellar.
Rookie Carter Camper out of Miami (Ohio) is the
team's leading scorer with 10 goals and 21 assists
for 31 points. Camper represented the Bruins at
the AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City last
Monday where he was teammates with Michael Leighton.
Josh Hennessey has 13 goals to lead the team.
Former Minnesota Wild prospect Anton Khubodin
is usually in net for Providence in his first
full season with the team after coming over from
Houston in a late season trade with the Minnesota
organization last year. He has played in 33 of
the team's 45 games going 16-14-3, 2.63, .919.
He is second in the league in total minutes with
1960 and is first in total saves with 980.
Providence is struggling offensively. They are
dead last in the AHL (out of 30) in both total
offense at 2.3 goals per game, and on the power
play at only 13.1%. Their penalty kill is 5th
overall and 2nd in the conference at 84.7% and
their total defense is 12th at 2.84 goals allowed
Jan 27 - Harry Zolnierczyk, Ben Holmstrom and
Tom Sestito all loaned to ADK from Philadelphia
Jan 29 - Andrew Rowe loaned to Greenville (ECHL)
Jan 29 - Luke Pither loaned to Trenton (ECHL)
Jan 31 - Harry Zolnierczyk, Ben Holmstrom and
Tom Sestito all recalled by Philadelphia
Jan 31 - Andrew Rowe recalled from Greenville
Feb 1 - Ben Holmstrom loaned to Adirondack
Feb 2 - Luke Pither recalled from Trenton (ECHL)
Wednesday, February 1 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Thursday, February 2 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, February 3 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Norfolk (7:00)
Saturday, February 4 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Providence (7:00)
Sunday, February 5 - Practice To Be Determined
Monday, February 6 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Tuesday, February 7 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, February 8 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Afternoon bus departs for Norfolk, Va.
Friday, February 3, 7:00 - Norfolk Admirals at
Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beers.
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 - Providence Bruins
at Adirondack Phantoms. Jimmer Fredette Bobbleheads
(first 3,000 fans)
Monday, February 6, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE from McGinny's. Player Guests Dan Jancevski
and Matt Walker. Airs live on 101.7
Friday, February 10, 7:30 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, February 11, 7:15 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Norfolk Admirals
Tuesday, February 14, 7::00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Toronto Marlies
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