Friday, March 9 (7:00pm) - Norfolk Admirals at
Saturday, March 10 (7:00pm) - Albany Devils at
Sunday, March 11 (3:00pm) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Worcester Sharks
Wednesday, March 14 (7:00pm) - Syracuse Crunch
at Adirondack Phantoms
Friday, March 2 - Providence Bruins 3 - Adirondack
Saturday, March 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Albany
Devils 2 (OT)
Sunday, February 4 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
The Adirondack Phantoms have consecutive home
games for the first time since early February
as they host Norfolk and Albany back-to-back this
Friday and Saturday in two more big games at the
Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack closes the
weekend with a Sunday afternoon contest on the
road at the Worcester Sharks.
The Phantoms sit just two points behind the eighth
place spot in the Eastern Conference amongst a
number of teams in a significant standings scramble.
Adirondack has won six of their last nine and
they have 7 of their last 10. What is even more
impressive about that stretch is that only two
of those games have been at home.
The Phantoms had their four game win streak ended
this past Sunday and now look to start another
one on Friday against the top team in the AHL.
The Norfolk Admirals enter Glens Falls riding
high on a 12 game win streak and they also hold
the league's best record.
The Devils come to town on Saturday looking to
avenge their recent overtime loss to the Phantoms
last weekend down in Albany. It's Game 8 out of
10 in the Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry with the
Adirondack Phantoms currently leading the season
series four games to three.
Albany is currently in seventh place while Worcester
is in eighth in the Eastern Conference standings
so those matchups on Saturday and Sunday are of
even greater importance for the Phantoms in their
push for the Top 8.
The Phantoms have won six of their last nine and
have points in seven of their last 10. Adirondack
has 17 of their wins on home ice which is the
second highest total in the Eastern Conference.
Friday night's game features $2 draft beer specials
and also a post-game game-worn jersey auction
live on the ice with the Phantoms home white jerseys
up for bidding.
Saturday is Faith and Family Night which also
includes a live post-game concert with Isaiah
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Eric Wellwood and Erik Gustafsson were recalled
again by the Philadelphia Flyers last weekend.
On Sunday night, Wellwood's second career NHL
goal was the game-winner in a hard-fought 1-0
Philadelphia win over the Washington Capitals
on national TV.
Eastern Conference Playoff Focus (8th
place and up qualify for post-season)
7. Albany Devils (63 pts)
8. Worcester Sharks (61 pts)
9. Manchester Monarchs (61 pts)
10. Portland Pirates (60 pts)
11. Adirondack Phantoms (59 pts)
12. Springfield Falcons (59 pts)
13. Providence Bruins (58 pts)
14. Syracuse Crunch (56 pts)
15. Binghamton Senators (52 pts)
Week in Review
Friday, March 2 (Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Providence Bruins 1)
The Phantoms picked up a valuable road win against
another playoff contending team as they knocked
off the Bruins in their lone visit of the season
to Dunkin Donuts Arena.
Andrew Rowe converted on a breakaway with 9:43
left in the third period to break a 1-1 tie for
his third goal in his last two games.
Mike Testwuide returned to the lineup for the
first time since February 11 and scored a goal
in the first period. Erik Gustafsson closed out
the victory with his first goal of the year with
1:30 to go.
Michael Leighton played another terrific game
in net and made 31 saves on 32 shots for the win.
Saturday, March 3 (Adirondack 3 -
Albany 2 - OT)
The Phantoms pulled off an exciting come-from-behind
overtime win at the Albany Devils for the only
time the road team has been victorious in the
The two California natives on the Phantoms led
the way as Matt Ford scored the overtime game-winner
while Shane Harper picked up a couple on the way.
Trailing 2-1 late in the third, Harper jumped
on a rebound of a Harry Zolnierczyk shot and then
jumped over the sprawled goalie Keith Kinkaid
as he tied the score with less than seven minutes
Denis Hamel appeared to have it all lined up to
give Adirondack the win early in the overtime
but his monster slapshot rang off the post and
Minutes later, Michael Leighton made his best
save of the night as he kicked out his right leg
quickly to deny Joe Whitney on the backdoor.
That set the stage for Matt Ford to race out of
the penalty-box with Brandon Manning joining the
rush. Ford's chip towards the net hit off a stick
or body and found the back of the net for the
Phantoms' fifth overtime win this season and their
third against the Albany Devils.
Sunday, March 4 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
3 - Adirondack 2)
Things were shaping well for an Adirondack Phantoms'
record fifth victory in a row. But an energized
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead would turn the tables
and shock the Phantoms with back-to-back goals
just 20 seconds apart for a comeback 3-2 win.
Paul Thompson tied the score with 6:49 left and
then Brandon DeFazio picked up the game-winner.
Matt Ford scored both goals for the Phantoms,
his 8th and 9th since joining the team just a
Oliver Lauridsen had a nice assist following his
shot and then setting up a rebound opportunity
for Ford's first goal. And Lauridsen also chased
down former Phantom Joey Mormina to deal out some
punishment as retribution for a hit against Garrett
It was only the second time this season the Phantoms
have lost in regulation when carrying a lead into
the third period. It was the first game of the
season between the Phantoms and the Penguins with
the rematch on the way in a couple of weeks in
-- The Phantoms are 5-2 in overtime games this
year with three of those wins coming against Albany.
Five different Phantoms have notched overtime
game-winners this season; Matt Ford, Shane Harper,
Mike Testwuide, Ben Holmstrom and Jon Kalinski.
-- Michael Leighton is fourth in the league in
total minutes (2333) and third in saves (1103).
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
43 including 10 goals and 33 assists. He is third
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 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 has 9 goals in just 13 games since
being acquired from the Hershey Bears in a trade
for Kevin Marshall. He began the season with 10
goals in 39 games with Hershey. Ford has scored
the last three Phantoms' goals including the overtime
game-winner Saturday at Albany and then both goals
on Sunday against Wilkes-Barre. The 27-year-old
from West Hills, Cal. had a career-high 26 goals
last season with Lake Erie where he was teammates
with Jason Bacashihua.
-- Hamel has taken over the league lead in shots
with 232. He is two ahead of Chris Bourque of
the Hershey Bears.
-- Tyler Brown has scored six of his seven goals
--The Phantoms are 19-2-1 when leading after two
periods and are an impressive 16-2-1 when leading
after one period.
--The Phantoms are 24-9-2 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 15-10-3 in one-goal decisions.
--Adirondack is 17-10-1 at home this year which
is the second most home wins in the Eastern Conference
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-33-43
Denis Hamel 16-17-33
Garrett Roe 7-25-32
Ben Holmstrom 11-20-31
Mike Testwuide 9-15-24
Shane Harper 11-11-22
Michael Leighton - 19-21-0, 2.70, .913
Jason Bacashihua - 8-8-1, 2.81, .909
Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning)
All Hands on Deck!!
Norfolk has the longest winning streak in the
AHL in two years having won their last 12 straight.
Norfolk has not lost since February 5 at Springfield
on a win-streak that began with a weekend sweep
of Adirondack on February 10-11.
The longest single-season winning streak in the
AHL is a 17 game stretch by the Philadelphia Phantoms
in 2004. Syracuse had an 18 game winning streak
that stretched across two seasons from March to
October of 2008.
At 39-18-3 for 81 points, they also have the most
wins and points of all 30 AHL teams.
Adirondack is 2-3-1 against the Admirals this
year including an exciting 3-1 win over Norfolk
in their last visit to Glens Falls on February
3. This is the 7th of the eight-game season series
which will conclude on April 15 in the last game
of the regular season.
The high-flying Admirals traded one of their young
talents, Carter Ashton, to Toronto recently. But
they have plenty of ability up front to spare.
Cory Conacher has 31 goals which is second in
the league only to Kyle Palmieri of Syracuse,
and most among rookies.
Tyler Johnson formerly of Spokane in the WHL has
20 goals and 44 points rating him in the top five
in rookies in both categories.
Former Phantom Jon Kalinski is on the Admirals
as well having been acquired in February for veteran
defenseman and former Adirondack Red Wing Pavel
Norfolk is the highest scoring team in the league
at 3.6 goals per game while their defense is also
impressive at 6th in the league at 2.65 goals
The Admirals are 6th in total shots taken at 32.5
but are also 2nd out of 30 in shots allowed as
they have limited opponents to just 26.8 per game.
Their power play is 2nd in the league at 22% trailing
Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)
The 27-22-9 Devils currently hold down the seventh
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference heading
into the last five weeks of the regular season.
The Devils are just four point
Adirondack now leads in the Time Warner Cable
Cup Series 4-3 with just three games to go between
the Northway rivals. The Phantoms' win on Saturday
at Albany represented the first time this season
in which teh away team has come away victorious.
The Phantoms have three of their total five overtime
wins against Albany including a New Years Eve
game with Mike Testwuide scoring the game-winner
and the contest last Saturday in Albany in which
Matt Ford potted the decider.
Joe Whitney has passed Vladimir Zharkov for tops
in points with 34 to 33. Steve Zaleski's 14 goals
is most on the team but they have four others
with 11 or more.
Rookie Keith Kinkaid out of Union College has
gone 15-15-1, 2.63, .905 this season.
Albany's power play is 27th out of 30 in the league
at just 14.7%. Their penalty kill is only 22nd
at 80.5%. Their offense rated 24th at just 2.6
goals per game and the defense is middle-of-the-pack
at 16th allowing 2.8 per contest.
Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks)
Adirondack and Worcester meet for the first time
this season on Sunday afternoon in the first of
a pair of potentially key encounters in the Eastern
Conference playoff battle.
Roy Sommers' team holds down the 8th place spot
which comes with the last playoff invite. They
are 27-21-11 for 61 points and also have games-in-hand
on all the competing teams in the scramble.
Sommers recently reached the 500 win milestone
in the AHL having spent his entire head coaching
career leading the Sharks' AHL affiliates.
Brandon Mashinter and John McCarthy lead the way
with 14 goals each. Matt Irwin has dished out
Tyson Sexsmith has been their top goalie but struggles
in the shootouts. He has gone 11-10-7, 2.17, .921.
his goals against average is 2nd in the league
and 1st in the Eastern Conference.
Mar 3 - Eric Wellwood (F) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 4 - Erik Gustafsson (F) Recalled by Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 7 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Thursday, March 8 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, March 9 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Norfolk Admirals (7:00pm)
Saturday, March 10 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Albany Devils (7:00pm)
Sunday, March 11 - Bus Departs (9:00am). Game
at Worcester Sharks (3:00pm)
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
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Worcester Sharks
Monday, March 12, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour LIVe
from McGinny's with special guest, Michael Leighton!
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch at
Adirondack Phantoms. $1 hot dogs. Season Ticket
Holder Party after the game in Heritage Hall with
the Phantoms players.
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