Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Toronto Marlies
Friday, February 17, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, February 18, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Manchester Monarchs
Friday, February 10 - Norfolk Admirals 2 - Adirondack
Saturday, February 11 - Norfolk Admirals 7 - Adirondack
The Phantoms have a Friday home game in the midst
of their stretch of seven out of eight games on
the road. Adirondack will play the Manchester
Monarchs a couple of times this weekend with an
opportunity to gain ground on one of the teams
holding one of the Eastern Conference playoff
spots. And aother important conference and division
matchup against Bridgeport is on tap as well.
Adirondack plays four games in six days this week
beginning with a Valentine's contest at Toronto
against the Marlies on Tuesday night. The Phantoms
are unbeaten in regulation against Western Conference
teams this year (4-0-1) and will try to maintain
that stature against the North Division leading
Marlies in the finale of a three-game road-trip.
The Phantoms return home on Friday against the
Manchester Monarchs. The Los Angeles Kings affiliate
features former Phantom Stefan Legein who has
eight goals for Manchester this year. Friday night's
game features $2 draft-beer specials (Bud Light
and Labatt Blue Light) through the first intermission
and also a ceremonial puck-drop with Adirondack
Red Wing great and Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame
member Glenn Merkosky who will also be available
to sign autographs.
Then Adirondack hits the road again for back-to-back
games Saturday and Sunday at Bridgeport and Manchester.
The Saturday night game is at 7:00pm and the Sunday
game up in New Hampshire is at 3:00pm.
More Big Promotions on February 26
The Sunday, February 26 game at the Glens Falls
Civic Center is packed full of great promotions
and you will absolutely want to BE HERE for all
The Phantoms take on the Syracuse Crunch at 3:00
on another Sunday Family 3-Pack Day. Get 3 tickets,
3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large popcorn and 1 program
all for only $39. These great packages must be
purchased in advance of game-day. Call the Phantoms
at 518-480-3355 to find out more.
Sunday's game is also Phantoms Poster giveaway
day for the first 3,000 fans in attendance courtesy
of Glens Falls Printing. And then take your posters
direct to the players for our post-game Autograph
Session also courtesy of Glens Falls Printing.
It's familiar territory for some of our Phantoms
during the conclusion of the road-trip at the
Head Coach Joe Paterson is a Toronto native who
also spent five seasons as an assistant coach
for the Toronto Marlies (and Toronto Roadrunners)
Harry Zolnierczyk originally hails from Toronto
and scored his second ever professional goal in
this city at Ricoh Coliseum on March 13, 2011
in front of many friends and family cheering him
Luke Pither is from a little northeast of here
by 55 miles in Burketon and played his Major Juniors
in Barrie which is also in the region.
Tye McGinn is from 70 miles away in Fergus, Ontario.
Tyler Brown's home of Wasage Beach, Ontario is
about 80 miles from Toronto.
Jason Akeson was a star for the nearby Kitchener
Rangers in leading the Ontario Hockey League in
assists (84) and points (108). Kitchener is about
65 miles from Toronto.
Phantoms Ticket Specials
The Adirondack Phantoms have announced a couple
of great ticket specials. Get 'em while they're
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 6 and April 10. The package
also includes a hockey stick autographed by an
Adirondack Phantoms player. The whole package
is a great bargain at $65.
Call the Phantoms to find out more and order your
great ticket packages today. 518-480-3355.
Eric Wellwood has been recalled by the Philadelphia
Flyers and played in his fifth all-time NHL game
and second game this season in last Sunday's contest
at the Detroit Red Wings. The 21-year-old younger
brother of Winnipeg's Kyle Wellwood has nine goals
and 11 assists in 31 games with the Phantoms this
year. Last season was his rookie campaign as a
pro and he scored 16 goals and 12 assists for
Adirondack while also playing in three games with
the Flyers including his NHL debut on October
Harry Zolnierczyk was loaned back to the Phantoms
by Philadelphia for an opportunity for increased
ice-time for the rookie winger. "Harry Z"
has played in 36 games with the Flyers this year
and now has played in 15 games with Adirondack.
He has scored a total of nine goals this year,
six of which have come with the Phantoms. The
Ivy League Player of the Year last season out
of Brown University joined Adirondack in March
of last year playing in 13 games and scoring three
goals. Because he played in fewer than 25 games
as a professional last season, the Toronto native
is still considered a rookie.
Jason Bacashihua was an emergency recall by the
Philadelphia Flyers last week when Ilya Bryzgalov
came down with the flu. The 29-year-old goalie
who was a former first-round pick of the St. Louis
Blues dressed for two of Philadelphia's games
last week as the backup to Sergei Bobrovsky. Bacashihua
last saw action in the NHL in 2006-07 with the
St. Louis Blues.
Adirondack called up Brad Phillips from Trenton
(ECHL) to serve as Michael Leighton's backup on
Friday and Saturday nights.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Connecticut Whale (58 pts)
2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (55 pts)
3. Albany Devils (52 pts)
4. Springfield Falcons (50 pts)
5. Adirondack Phantoms (46 pts)
Week in Review
Friday, February 10 (Norfolk 2 - Adirondack
The Phantoms road-trip opener at the Norfolk Admirals
was a tight goaltenders' battle throughout with
Norfolk maintaining a 1-0 lead for most of the
contest. A late empty-net goal would provide for
the 2-0 final score.
The Phantoms had some great chances on net but
would just miss the goal or be denied by winning
goalie Dustin Tokarski who posted a 17-save shutout.
Michael Leighton played a terrific game in net
for Adirondack allowing just one goal on 27 shots
he faced. Philip-Michael Devos blasted home a
drive from the right-wing circle early in the
second period for the only goal surrendered by
either goalie on the night.
Zero power-plays were awarded to either side as
referee Jeff Smith let both teams play it out
and get away with a few jabs and hits that may
have been called as penalties on a different night.
Garrett Klotz came out with a physical presence
in his first game in two months since recovering
from a lower-body injury and threw a couple of
weighty checks. Harry Zolnierczyk also returned
to the Phantoms for the first time since his January
25-28 stretch with Adirondack. "Harry Z"
has played in 36 games with Philadelphia this
year and had played in 13 games with Adirondack
prior to the weekend. Six of the total nine goals
he has scored this season have been with the Phantoms.
Saturday, February 11 (Norfolk 7 -
The team's last game in southeast Virginia got
off to a rocky start as Norfolk took advantage
of some early power-play opportunities including
a pair of 5-on-3's. Over the last 51 minutes of
the game, the teams would trade goals and would
be tied 3-3. But Norfolk's initial 4-0 advantage
in the first nine minutes including three power
play tallies would prove to be the difference
that Adirondack would not be able to overcome.
Cory Conacher led the way for the Admirals with
a pair of goals as the talented rookie increased
his league-leading total in lamplighters to 27.
The high-flying Admirals showed how they achieved
their status as one of the top offenses in the
AHL with a league-high 25-shot effort in the first
period. That total of blasts against Michael Leighton
equals the 25-shot period the Phantoms had a couple
weeks prior and was a total also accomplished
by Portland in November. Norfolk had 48 shots
in the game which is the most the Phantoms have
allowed this season.
Tyler Brown scored early in the second period
to make the score 4-1 on his sixth of the year
on a nice assist by Garrett Klotz.
Jon Kalinski would backhand chip a slap-pass on
the short-side by Brandon Manning early in the
third period as his ninth of the season cut the
gap to 5-2.
And Manning himself would score Adirondack's last
goal of the night later in the third period on
a nicely placed slap-shot off the far post for
his third of the year.
Michael Leighton would gut it out and stay in
there for the entire game while the Brad Phillips
sat in reserve and the Phantoms attempted to mount
their comeback effort.
The Phantoms would play the game without Eric
Wellwood who was recalled to Philadelphia close
to game-time and had to depart to meet the team
in Detroit the next day.
The Phantoms are 2-3-1 against the talented Admirals
team and still have two more cracks at the Tampa
Bay Lightning farm-club when Norfolk returns to
the Glens Falls Civic Center on March 9 and again
in the last game of the regular season on April
-- Michael Leighton is fifth in the league in
total minutes (1967) and third in saves (911).
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.
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
36 including 10 goals and 26 assists. He is fourth
of among AHL rookies in helpers and is eighth
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 on the Phantoms in goals
with 15 and is second in points with 29. The 34-year-old
veteran is 11th all-time in AHL history with 330
career goals. He played his 1000th career professional
game on December 31st which included 192 NHL games
mostly with Buffalo and Ottawa. He is in pursuit
of an amazing 10th AHL season with 20 or more
-- Hamel is second in the league in total shots
with 195 trailing only Chris Bourque of Hershey
who has 200.
-- Tyler Brown has scored five of his six goals
-- The Phantoms had outshot their opponents in
12 of their most recent 13 games prior to being
outshot in both contests at Norfolk last weekend.
-- 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 Classic
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 18-5-1 when they score three or more
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-26-36
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 - 15-19-0, 2.87, .906
Jason Bacashihua - 7-6-1, 2.98, .902
Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Dallas Eakins' Toronto affiliate has risen to
the top spot in the North Division standings at
27-17-6. 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 14 goals and 31 assists for
45 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 18. Ben Scrivens
is their primary goalie with 24 games going 13-9-1,
2.36, .911. He is eighth in the league in goals-against
Toronto's power play is 26th out of 30 at just
15.3% while their penalty-kill is among the best
at 2nd in the league at 86.8%. 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.
Toronto is on a five-game point streak going 4-0-1
in the past couple of weeks.
Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings)
Adirondack takes on Manchester on Friday and Sunday
this weekend in a couple of key Eastern Conference
battles against the team currently holding the
sixth spot in the playoff standings at 28-23-2
for 58 points.
The Phantoms are 1-1 against the Monarchs this
year and this weekend's games are the last in
the season series.
Former Adirondack Phantoms Stefan Legein has eight
goals since joining the Los Angeles Kings affiliate
in late October following a trade from the Flyers
Marc-Andre Cliche is the team's top scorer with
16 goals and 35 points.
Talented, young netminders Jeff Zatkoff and Marty
Jones have split the time in goal 50/50. Zatkoff
has slightly better numbers. He is a fourth-year
pro out of Miami (Ohio) University who is 15-10-1,
2.29, .925. Jones is a former WHL Goalie of the
Year who also played on Team Canada at the World
Juniors Championships in 2010. The second-year
Monarch is 13-13-1, 2.88, .911.
The Monarchs are 24th out of 30 in the AHL in
total offense with 2.6 goals scored per game.
Their team defense is tied for 9th at 2.75 goals
In January, the Monarchs suffered through a franchise-worst
seven-game losing streak but then battled their
way out of it with a three-game win streak.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York
This is the sixth and last game of the season
series between the Phantoms and Tigers with Bridgeport
holding a 3-2 lead so far.
The Sound Tigers have put together one of the
more remarkable turnarounds in the AHL this season
under first-year head coach Brent Thompson. After
a 2-10 stretch in December, Bridgeport rattled
off an amazing 11-0-1 streak to begin 2012 and
are now 13-1-1 since January 2.
They won both of their games last weekend including
an impressive 8-2 thumping of Springfield and
then a 2-1 overtime win of Northeast Division
leading Connecticut to gain ground on the Whale.
Bridgeport's offense is up to 8th in the league
at 3.1 goals per game. Their defense remaining
middle-of-the-pack at 15th out of 30 allowing
2.85 goals a contest.
A pair of rookies lead the attack for the Bridgeport
crew. Casey Cizikas has 14 goals and 43 points.
Matt Donovan has 22 assists and 28 points. Captain
Jeremy Colliton is the team's all-time franchise
leader in points and is adding to his totals with
eight goals and 22 points this year.
Kevin Poulin has been good, and sometimes phenomenal
in goal. He threatened the league's all-time consecutive
shutout minute record in early January when he
had three straight blankings and aimed for a fourth.
And he had an incredible 51 save performance on
53 shots from a persistent Adirondack attack in
late January in a victory in Glens Falls.
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 15 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Gaffney's, Saratoga
Feburary 16 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM JP Bruno's, Glens
February 19 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM The Mill, Round
Feb 8 - Harry Zolnierczyk (F) loaned to Adirondack
from Philadelphia Flyers.
Feb 9 - Jason Bacashihua (G) emergency recall
by Philadelphia Flyers
Feb 9 - Brad Phillips (G) recalled by Adirondack
from Trenton (ECHL)
Feb 12 - Eric Wellwood (F) recalled by Philadelphia
Tuesday, February 14 - Practice at Toronto (11:00am).
Game at Toronto Marlies (7:00pm). Bus home.
Wednesday, February 15 - Arrive Glens Falls (7:00am).
Thursday, February 16 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, February 17 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Manchester (7:00pm). Bus departs for
Bridgeport after game.
Saturday, February 18 - Practice at Bridgeport
(11:00am). Game at Bridgeport (7:00pm). Bus to
Manchester following game.
Sunday, February 19 - Game at Manchester (3:00pm).
Bus to Glens Falls following game.
Monday, February 20 - Practice or Optional TBD
Tuesday, February 21 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
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.
Saturday, February 18, 7:00 -
Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, February 19, 3:00
- Adirondack Phantoms at Manchester Monarchs
Monday, February 20, 7:00
- Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from McGinny's. Player
Sunday, February 26, 3:00
- Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms
Poster Giveaway for first 3,000 fans courtesy
of Glens Falls Printing. Post-Game Autograph Session
with the Phantoms players. Sunday Family 3-Pack
($39 for 3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large
popcorn and 1 program).
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.
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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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