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February 9, 2012

Upcoming Games

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

Phantoms Results

Friday, February 3: Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Norfolk Admirals 1
Saturday, February 4: Providence Bruins 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

Coming Up

The Phantoms hit the road for three straight on a long road-trip down to Norfolk and then way up north to Toronto, Ontario.

The three game trek began Wednesday afternoon as the team commenced on their bus journey down to southeast Virginia and then concludes next Wednesday morning when the Phantoms finally return from their overnight bus-ride from Toronto.

it is also the beginning of a critical stretch of road games for the Phantoms which sees Adirondack playing seven of their next eight contests away from the Glens Falls Civic Center. The team will also be on the road for nine of their next 11 games through March 4. It's an important next few weeks for the Phantoms looking to climb back into the top eight in the Eastern Conference and also catch Bridgeport at the top of the Northeast Division. And they will have to try to do it without the support of the home crowd for most of the games.

The Phantoms stand at 22-22-2 for 46 points. The team is 46 games into the regular season with 30 games remaining. Adirondack is five points back of three different teams tied for eighth in the conference which is the cut-off for the Calder Cup Playoffs in April.

Phantoms Ticket Specials

The Adirondack Phantoms have announced a couple of great ticket specials. Get 'em while they're hot!

Get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit and feel the luck of the Irish and the O'Phantoms! Two tickets plus a specially designed green Adirondack O'Phantoms T-Shirt are only $30.

The Northway 2-Pack including two tickets to each of Adirondack's upcoming Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry games on March 10 and April 6. The package also includes a hockey stick autographed by an Adirondack Phantoms player. The whole package is $65.

Call the Phantoms to find out more and order your great ticket packages today. 518-480-3355.

Roster Moves

The Phantoms have acquired 27-year-old Matt Ford from the Hershey Bears when the Flyers traded Kevin Marshall to the Washington Capitals organization last week. Ford had 10 goals with Hershey this year and scored his 11th of the season in his Phantoms debut. Ford has played with Hershey, Lake Erie and Hartford in the AHL. He scored a career-high 26 goals last season with Lake Erie where he was teammates with Jason Bacashihua.

Harry Zolnierczyk has been loaned back to the Phantoms by the Flyers. "Harry Z" has played in 36 games with the Flyers this year scoring three goals and two assists. He has appeared in 13 games with Adirondack scoring sic goals and four assists. After a 34-game stretch with Philadelphia from November through January, he came back to the Phantoms over the All-Star Break and played in three games from January 25-28 scoring one goal and one assist before heading back up for about another week.

Northeast Division Standings

1. Connecticut Whale (53 pts)
2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (51 pts)
3. Springfield Falcons (47 pts)
4. Adirondack Phantoms (46 pts)
5. Albany Devils (46 pts)

Week in Review

Friday, February 3 (Adirondack 3 - Norfolk 1)

The Phantoms came back strong following the All-Star Break to ground the Admirals in a well-played 3-1 victory over one of the top offenses in the league. Michael Leighton made 27 saves on 28 shots for the victory while Tye McGinn scored a pair of goals for Adirondack. A travel-fatigued Matt Ford arrived after being traded from the Hershey Bears and Washington Capitals organization and made an immediate impact with a goal early in the second period and almost a second one on a penalty shot later in the same period.

McGinn registered his second multi-goal game of the season, both against Norfolk. The younger brother of Jamie McGinn of the San Jose Sharks has scored five of his seven goals this season against the Admirals.

Jason Akeson nicely set up both McGinn goals to increase his team-leading point count to 35.

Saturday, February 4 (Providence 3 - Adirondack 2)

In front of Adirondack's largest crowd of the season, 4923, the Phantoms last-second miracle-finish was waved-off by the linesman as several Phantoms players were offside. For a brief instant, Denis Hamel's amazing slapshot goal from the red-line with one second remaining appeared to tie the score until the realization set in among the players and the fans that the goal would not count.

The Phantoms had goals by Garrett Roe and Brandon Manning. Roe's goal pulled the Phantoms to within 3-2 with 7:30 remaining and Adirondack kept coming in a furious attack in the third period in which they outshot the Bruins 22-4. But Providence goalie Michael Hutchinson would hang on for the win in the two teams' first meeting in two years.

The game was the seventh sellout in Adirondack Phantoms' history and an electric atmosphere prevailed throughout the night and, in fact, before the game had even started. Thousands of fans were lined up around the block well before the doors were opened for the Jimmer Fredette bobblehead giveaway.

Phantoms Breakdown

-- Michael Leighton is fifth in the league in total minutes (1848) and saves (844). His 30 career shutouts are 6th all-time in AHL history and are the most of any AHL goalie since 1975. He has one shutout this season (at Portland on October 21, 3-0) and had five shutouts with the Phantoms last year. 18 of his career shutouts were with the Norfolk Admirals from 2001-2005 where he is that franchise's all-time wins leader with 75.

-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with 35 including 10 goals and 25 assists. He is fourth of among AHL rookies in helpers and is seventh in points. Akeson led the OHL in assists (84) and points (108) last year with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.

-- Denis Hamel is tops in goals with 15 and is second in points with 29. The 34-year-old veteran is 11th all-time in AHL history with 340 career goals. He played his 1000th career professional game on December 31st which included 192 NHL games mostly with Buffalo and Ottawa.

-- Hamel is second in the league in total shots with 184 trailing only Chris Bourque of Hershey.

-- Tyler Brown has scored four of his five goals in 2012.

-- The Phantoms have outshot their opponents in 12 of their last 13 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 4-0-1 against the Western Conference (games against Rochester, Toronto and Hamilton) and are 2-0-1 against Canadian teams.

--The Phantoms are 16-1-1 when leading after two periods and are an impressive 12-1-1 when leading after one period.

--The Phantoms are 18-7-1 when they score first. The Phantoms are 12-8-2 in one-goal decisions.

--Adirondack is 15-9-1 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 18-4-1 when they score three or more goals.

Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):

Jason Akeson 10-25-35
Denis Hamel 15-14-29
Ben Holmstrom 11-15-26
Garrett Roe 6-18-24
Mike Testwuide 8-15-23
Eric Wellwood 9-11-20
Tom Sestito 9-8-17
Shane Harper 6-10-16

Michael Leighton - 15-17-0, 2.79, .908
Jason Bacashihua - 7-6-1, 2.98, .902

Upcoming Opponents

Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning) -
The Phantoms are 2-1-1 against Norfolk so far this year including a 3-1 victory last Friday at the GFCC. The two teams are meeting for the second and third times over a nine-day period.

Second-year head coach Jon Cooper has a talented corps that stands at 27-18-3 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 third in the league in shots at 32.9. Impressively, their shots allowed is second best at 27.1. Norfolk's D is 13th at 2.9 goals allowed.

Rookie sensation Cory Conacher leads the league with 25 goals and is fourth in points with 52. He is fourth in power play goals with 10 which is only one off the league-lead which is a three-way tie. Another tremendous rookie, Carter Ashton, is 4th among league rookies with 18 goals. Conacher and Ashton both represented Norfolk in the AHL All-Star Classic as did defenseman Mark Barberio who has 33 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 Scope Arena. He scored 53 goals with Spokane last year in Major Juniors to lead the Western Hockey League.

Dustin Tokarski has seen the bulk of the playing time in goal going 19-11-0, 2.50, .902. But it was the Slovakia native, Jaroslav Janus, who took the loss in Glens Falls last Friday allowing the three Phantoms' tallies. He is 8-8-2, 3.16, .892.

Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) -
Dallas Eakins' Toronto affiliate has risen to the top spot in the North Division standings at 25-17-5. Adirondack is 1-0 against the Marlies this year from a November 11 thriller at the Glens Falls Civic Center in which Jason Bacashihua outdueled Mark Owuya in one of the best goaltenders' duels of the year in a 2-1 shootout final.

This is the last meeting between the two teams.

Veteran Mike Zigomanis who was on Pittsburgh's 2009 Stanley Cup winning team is the leading scorer for the Marlies with 13 goals and 30 assists for 43 points. He has been a pro since 2001 with the Lowell Lock Monsters and has 197 NHL games under his belt, mostly with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Ryan Hamilton is tops in goals with 17. Ben Scrivens is their primary goalie with 22 games going 12-9-1, 2.28, .914. he is sixth in the league in goals-against average.

Toronto's power play is 24th out of 30 at just 14.4% while their penalty-kill is among the best at 2nd in the league at 86.4%. Toronto is in the middle of the pack in total offense, tied for 14th and 15th out of 30, at 2.89 goals per game. Their defense is second best in the AHL at a paltry 2.5 goals allowed per contest.

At 29.4 shots per game, the Marlies rate 18th and at 28.1 shots allowed they stand fifth.

Bubble Hockey Tournament

The Labatt Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament is coming to the North Country! Participation is free. Come join the fun at the following locations:

February 9 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM O'Tooles, Queensbury.
February 11 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Peabodys, Saratoga Springs
February 12 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Ravenswood, Clifton Park
February 15 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Gaffney's, Saratoga Springs
Feburary 16 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM JP Bruno's, Glens Falls
February 19 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM The Mill, Round Lake


Feb 2 - Matt Ford acquired from Hershey Bears in trade.
Feb 2 - Kevin Marshall traded to Washington Capitals organization, assigned to Hershey Bears.
Feb 8 - Harry Zolnierczyk loaned to Adirondack from Philadelphia Flyers.

Phantoms Day-by-Day

Wednesday, February 8 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am). Bus departs (1:00pm).
Thursday, February 9 - Practice at SkateZone, Voorhees, NJ (11:00am). Bus to Norfolk, VA.
Friday, February 10 - Practice at Scope, Norfolk (11:00am). Game at Norfolk Admirals (7:30)
Saturday, February 11 - Practice at Scope, Norfolk (11:00am). Game at Norfolk Admirals (7:00). Bus depart after game.
Sunday, February 12 - Arrive Toronto (3:00pm)
Monday, February 13 - Practice at Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto (11:00am)
Tuesday, February 14 - Practice at Ricoh (11:00am). Game at Toronto Marlies (7:00pm). Bus to Glens Falls
Wednesday, February 15 - Arrive Glens Falls (7:00am). No practice
Thursday, February 16 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)

Upcoming Events

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

Friday, February 17, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials. Adirondack Red Wings legend Glenn Markosky to drop ceremonial first puck.

Get great savings with the Phantoms when you bring your group of 15 friends or co-workers to a game. Group-rates available as low as $13 per person. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355.

Check out the Half-Price Discount Outlet at phantomshockey.com for great savings from some of our awesome Phantoms corporate partners. Get half-off cards to local restaurants and other stores!

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