Friday, March 2 (7:00pm) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Providence Bruins
Saturday, March 3 (5:00pm) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, March 4 (3:00pm) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms
Friday, February 24 - Rochester Americans 2 -
Adirondack Phantoms 0
Saturday, February 25 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
- Binghamton Senators 1
Sunday, February 26 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 -
Syracuse Crunch 3
The Phantoms play another three-in-three stretch
this weekend capped by a home game on Sunday afternoon
against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Leading
into the home game, the Phantoms have a couple
more key games against teams right in the thick
of the Eastern Conference playoff battle with
Adirondack has had successful back-to-back weekends
posting wins in two out of three each time. The
Phantoms have now won four of their last six games
and have notched points in five of their last
seven to close to within just five points of a
playoff spot in the AHL Eastern Conference.
It will really be a Sunday Family Fun-Day for
this Sunday's game! Scooby Doo will be making
a big Glens Falls Civic Center appearance at the
game to join in the fun on Dax's Kids Club Day.
The game also features a post-game skate with
the Phantoms players courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital.
Fans MUST be wearing skates to go on the ice with
the players. The deadline for fans to order their
Sunday Family 3-Pack is at the end of business
Friday. The package includes 3 tickets, 3 hot
dogs, 3 sodas, one large popcorn and one program
all for only $39 which is a savings of $26.
Friday night's game is at at the Providence Bruins,
who sit just three points ahead of the Phantoms
in the standings. Saturday's game is at the Time
Warner Cable Cup rival Albany Devils at 5:00.
Albany currently holds down the eighth and final
playoff spot in the conference and sits just five
points ahead of Adirondack in the standings. The
Time Warner Cable Cup Series is even at three
games apiece with just four games remaining in
the 2011-12 rivalry. The Phantoms are looking
to change the trend of the home team having won
each game so far.
For Sunday's game, the Phantoms are looking for
their 18th win on home-ice this year. It is their
first meeting of the season against the Penguins
who are one of the best road team in the AHL.
Adirondack stands just five points back of the
last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with
21 games remaining in the regular season. The
playoff push is on! Let's Go Phantoms!!
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 10 and April 6. 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.
Whites Jerseys Auction
The Phantoms will be holding a live auction for
the game-worn white jerseys following the game
on Friday, March 9. Get ready to bid! All of the
white jerseys will be available for bidding. Dan
Miner will serve as emcee for the big event.
Eric Wellwood has been returned to the Adirondack
Phantoms from the Philadelphia Flyers. He came
back to the team on Tuesday and has been practicing
with the Phantoms all week. On this recent call-up,
Wellwood played in three games with the Flyers
and scored his first career NHL goal on February
18 against Pittsburgh.
Now that Michael Leighton and Jason Bacashihua
are healthy again, Brad Phillips has been loaned
back to Trenton (ECHL) after winning his AHL debut
this past Sunday. Way to go Brad!
Northeast Division Standings
1. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (66 pts)
2. Connecticut Whale (66 pts)
3. Albany Devils (60 pts)
4. Springfield Falcons (58 pts)
5. Adirondack Phantoms (55 pts)
Week in Review
Friday, February 24 (Rochester 2
- Adirondack 0)
The Phantoms began their All New York weekend
in the western part of the state and ran into
red-hot David Leggio on Friday night who made
27 saves in recording the Rochester shutout. Adirondack
had several close calls but never got the bounce
they needed as they sustained their first regulation
loss to the Western Conference this year to move
Michael Leighton played very well on the Phantoms'
side and gave up just a couple of goals to David
Whitmore and Dennis Persson.
Adirondack is now 2-1 against Rochester in 2011-12
with one game remaining in the season series.
Saturday, February 25 (Adirondack
2 - Binghamton 1, SO)
In one of the most entertaining games of the
year, goaltenders Michael Leighton and Mike McKenna
put on a spectacular show against two hard-working
and frustrated offenses. The Phantoms cranked
out 52 shots in the game, including 29 in the
first period, and finally were able to close out
a 2-1 win in the shootout on the road.
Adirondack's 29 shots in the first period had
McKenna diving and scrambling and saving in every
possibile direction. It was the most shots on
goal in a period by any AHL team since January,
2007 when Hartford had 30.
Rob Bordson, in just his second game back with
the Phantoms, chipped in a loose puck on a scramble
in the slot on the 29th of those shots for the
Adirondack 1-0 lead with just :08 remaining in
the period. he woudl go on to score the clincher
in the shootout in the fourth round as well after
Michael Leighton made saves on all four shootout
skaters he faced.
The Phantoms hit the post at least three times
in the game including big blasts by Shane Harper
in the first, Tye McGinn in the second, and Erik
Gustafsson in the third.
Adirondack killed off a late third period and
early-overtime power play to stay alive. And the
rest of overtime turned into a virtual game of
shimmy with both teams getting some more tremendous
odd-man rush opportunities including a near-winner
for Harry Zolnierczyk with 15 seconds left in
the extra period that was stoned by McKenna.
The two teams combined for an amazing 94 shots
in the game.
Sunday, February 26 (Adirondack 4
- Syracuse 3)
Brad Phillips found out when he arrived to the
arena that he would be getting the start in goal
and making his AHL debut. He came through in a
big-time way and the second-year pro out of Notre
Dame posted an exciting victory.
Michael Leighton had joined Garrett Roe and Marc-Andre
Bourdon on the sidelines as the latest to fall
victim to the flu-bug.
The Phantoms staked the new netminder to a 3-0
lead in the first period on a pair of goals by
Andrew Rowe and another by Tye McGinn. Then Matt
Ford stretched it to 4-0 with his power play goal
in the second period for his sixth goal since
joining the Phantoms at the beginning of February.
Kyle Palmieri, a former teammate of Phillips
at Notre Dame, lit the lamp on a penalty-shot
late in the second period for his league leading
31st of the year. And J.F. Jacques scores a pair
of goals in the third including one with 1:05
remaining to make it a one-goal game. But Adirondack
was able to hold off the late surge and hang on
for the win.
The Phantoms improved to 4-2 against Syracuse
this season with still four games remaining between
the two teams. Adirondack recorded their 17th
home-ice win this year, the most in the Eastern
-- Michael Leighton is sixth in the league in
total minutes (2146) and fourth in saves (1014).
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
42 including 10 goals and 32 assists. He is third
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 on the Phantoms in goals
with 16 and is second in points with 33. The 34-year-old
veteran is 11th all-time in AHL history with 331
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
-- Matt Ford led the team in scoring in February.
The new acquisition had 10 goals this year with
the Hershey Bears prior to coming over to the
Phantoms in a trade for Kevin Marshall. Last month,
the 27 year old from West Hills, CA had six goals
including a pair of multi-goal games against Manchester
on February 17 and 19.
-- Hamel has taken over the league lead in shots
with 224. He is two ahead of Chris Bourque of
the Hershey Bears.
-- Tyler Brown has scored six of his seven goals
-- Adirondack has moved up to 12th in the league
in shots per game at 30.4. After starting a bit
more slowly, the Phantoms have posted games recently
of 53 shots and 52 shots in a game which are both
among the top 5 in the AHL this year. On February
24 at Binghamton, Adirondack recorded 29 shots
in the first period which is the most in a period
for any AHL team since January of 2007 when Hartford
-- The Phantoms are 20th in the league in total
offense at 2.73 goals per game. They are 18th
in total defense at 2.89 goals allowed per contest.
--The Phantoms are 19-1-1 when leading after
two periods and are an impressive 16-2-1 when
leading after one period.
--The Phantoms are 22-8-2 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 14-9-3 in one-goal decisions.
--Adirondack is 17-9-1 at home this year which
is the second most home wins in the AHL.
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-32-42
Denis Hamel 16-17-33
Ben Holmstrom 11-20-31
Garrett Roe 7-21-28
Mike Testwuide 8-15-23
Eric Wellwood 9-12-21
Shane Harper 9-11-20
Michael Leighton - 17-20-0, 2.76, .911
Jason Bacashihua - 8-8-1, 2.81, .909
Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins)
The Bruins sit just three points ahead of Adirondack
in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race with
a record of 26-25-6. On February 4, Providence
came into a sold-out Glens Falls Civic Center
and escaped with a 3-2 win in the first game played
between the two teams in two years. Denis Hamel
had appeared to tie the game with a miraculous
goal from the red-line with just one second remaining,
but the goal was disallowed due to offsides.
Providence is led by rookie Carter Camper, who
just scored his first NHL goal last week with
Boston. the Miami (Ohio) product has a team leading
24 assists along with 14 goals and 38 points.
Josh Hennessey and Jamie Tardiff had 15 goals
each to lead the team.
Anton Khubodin has received the bulk of the playing
time in goal going 19-17-3, 2.60, .919.
After a 6-0-1 stretch into early February, the
P-Bruins have sputtered along a bit going 4-5-1
in their last 10 games. Providence is last in
the Eastern Conference and 28th (out of 30) in
the AHL in total offense at just 2.5 goals per
game. The defense is 14th at 2.8 goals allowed.
The Bruins' power play is 30th out of 30 at just
13% while their penalty kill is 16th at 82.5%.
Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)
The 26-21-8 Devils currently hold down the eighth,
and last, playoff spot in the Eastern Conference
heading into the last six weeks of the regular
season. Albany has battled their way up the standings
by going 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.
Adirondack and Albany are tied in their Time
Warner Cable Cup rivalry series at three games
apiece with four games remaining between the two.
The home team has taken the victory in the first
six games of the season series.
Vladimir Zharkov is tops in points with 32. There
is a four-way tie for the team's goal-scoring
lead on the balanced offense as Zharkov, Joe Whitney,
Steve Zalewski and Eric Gelinas all have 12 goals
Rookie Keith Kinkaid out of Union College posted
a 3-0 shutout win against the Phantoms on January
28 and has gone 15-14-1, 2.77, .907 this season.
Albany's power play is 14th (out of 15) in the
conference and 28th (out of 30) in the league
at just 14.3%. Their penalty kill is only 23rd
at 80%. Their offense rated 25th at just 2.6 goals
per game and the defense is middle-of-the-pack
at 16th allowing 2.9 per contest.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh
Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton meet for
the first time in the regular season and their
only encounter this year in Glens Falls. The Penguins
are fourth in the conference and second in the
difficult East Division with a record of 32-18-7
for 71 points.
WBS has thrived on the road while struggling
at home this season. Their 20-6-3 mark on away
ice is second best in the league. In their home
building their are only 12-12-4.
The Penguins have been struggling a bit of late,
partly due to callups to Pittsburgh. They are
4-5-1 in their last 10 and recently had last year's
AHL Goalie of the Year, Brad Thiessen, called
up to the NHL where he won in his Pittsburgh debut
Scott Munroe is taking over the bulk of the goaltending
duties in Thiessen's absence. He has an impressive
12-4-3 record despite a lowish .898 saves percentage
and decent 2.75 goals against average.
The Penguins get it done with team defense. They
limit opponents to a league best 26.2 shots on
goal against them per game. Even with that impressive
statistic, they are only 21st in total team defense
at 3.02 goals allowed per game.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 11th in shots taken
at 30.61 and their overall offense is among the
best in the league, rating fifth at 3.21 goals
Brian Lerg leads the way with 22 goals and 22
assists. Second year pro Ben Street has 18 goals
and 22 helpers. Colin McDonald has 31 assists
to go along with his 12 tallies.
Feb 21 - Rob Bordson (F) Signed to SPC with ADK
from Trenton (ECHL)
Feb 25 - Brad Phillips (G) Recalled by ADK from
loan to Trenton (ECHL)
Feb 27 - Eric Wellwood (F) Loaned to ADK by Philadelphia
Feb 28 - Brad Phillips (G) Loaned to Trenton (ECHL)
Thursday, March 1 - Practice at Rec Center (10:00am).
Bus to Providence
Friday, March 2 - Practice at Providence (11:00am).
Game at Providence (7:00pm)
Saturday, March 3 - Practice at GFCC (10:30am).
Bus departs (2:00pm). Game at Albany (5:00pm)
Sunday, March 4 - Game vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
at GFCC (3:00pm)
Monday, March 5 - Coach's discretion. Practice
Tuesday, March 6 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, March 7 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, March 2, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 3, 5:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, March 4, 3:00 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms. Scooby Doo appearing
at Dax's Kids Club game and post-game open-skate
with the Phantoms players presented by Glens Falls
Hospital. Sunday Family 3-Pack for only $39: 3
tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn
and 1 program.
Friday, March 9, 7:00 - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack
Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials. Live post-game
auction for Phantoms' game-worn white jerseys.
Saturday, March 10, 7:00 - Albany Devils at Adirondack
Phantoms. Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry. Faith
and Family Night. Post-game concert with Isaiah
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