Wednesday, March 14 (7:00) - Syracuse Crunch at
Friday, Mar 16 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 17 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Friday, March 9 - Norfolk Admirals 3 - Adirondack
Saturday, March 10 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Albany
Sunday, March 11 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Worcester
The Adirondack Phantoms are on a roll! And they
are looking to stay that way this week as they
take on Syracuse a couple of times with a trip
to Hershey sandwiched in-between.
The Phantoms have pulled to within one point of
a playoff spot in the increasingly tight Eastern
Conference race. And a win on Wednesday at home
versus Syracuse is guaranteed to vault them all
the way up to seventh place! The top eight teams
qualify for the postseason in April.
Adirondack has won six of their last eight overall
as well as four straight road games. The Phantoms
are 8-4-1 in their last 13 games as they keep
moving up the standings. Now it's Crunch-Time
with 15 games to go in the regular season. It's
also "Crunch Time" this week with the
Wednesday and Saturday night games against our
in-state rival Syracuse Crunch!
The success of recent has been consistent and
solid for the Phantoms. They are coming off another
weekend in which they won two out of three games
which is their four consecutive weekend accomplishing
the impressive feat.
Wednesday night is a $1 hot-dog night at the Phantoms
lone home game this week. It's also National Potato
Chip Day and we are celebrating Saratoga's invention
of the humble and tasty snack-food with a potato
chip giveaway courtesy of Fitzgerald's. After
the game, all the season ticket holders get to
meet in Heritage Hall for our annual Season Ticket
Holder Party which include the whole team. See
Friday night, Adirondack heads down to Hershey
for our final game of the season against the Bears.
And Saturday night it's back to upstate New York
for a game at Syracuse.
Don't forget that the Phantoms will be coming
back for more home games the following weekend.
Saturday, March 24 includes a Guns 'N Hoses charity
game at 3:00 to benefit NY Special Olympics followed
by the Phantoms game against Springfield at 7:00.
Then on Sunday, March 25 for our afternoon game
against Binghamton, it's another Sunday Family
3-Pack Day for $39 (3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas,
1 large popcorn and 1 program) while we celebrate
Dax's birthday! Lots of other mascots will converge
on Glens Falls for the game as they all wish Dax
a Happy Birthday. Another great post-game skate
with the Phantoms players will follow courtesy
of Glens Falls Hospital.
Call the Phantoms to get your tickets in advance
at (518) 480-3355.
Phantoms Ticket Specials
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 presented by O'Toole's all
for only $30.
The next Sunday Family 3-Pack Day is March 25
at 3:00. Get 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1
large popcorn and 1 program ALL for only $39!!
Call the Phantoms to find out more and order
your great ticket packages today. 518-480-3355.
Syracuse Bus Trip
There are a few seats available for the fan bus-trip
to Syracuse this Saturday night. Come join your
fellow Phantoms fans and have a good time cheering
on the team on the road. The whole package costs
$50 and includes bus transportation on the fan-bus,
a ticket to the game that night in Syracuse, and
also dinner. Fans can reserve a seat on the bus
by stopping by the table in the front lobby of
the GFCC at Wednesday night's game or they can
call Craig Lefeve at (518) 378-9533.
Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees
The 2012 Class of the Adirondack Hockey Hall of
Fame presented by Glens Falls National Bank and
Trust Company has been selected by the Hall of
Fame Committee of area hockey historians as well
as balloting from the fans themselves. Dave Casey,
Murray Eaves, Pete Mahovlich and Dave Strader
will all be inducted. Congratulations to all four.
What a terrific honor!
Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame Night will take
place on Saturday, April 14. The Hall of Fame
Banquet and Induction will be held at 4:30 at
Heritage Hall and then the Phantoms will play
the Springfield Falcons at 7:00. Tickets for the
Banquet and Induction are $35 or a table of 10
for $250. Reservations can be made to Anne Porreca
at (518) 791-4248 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Zolnericzyk and Brandon Manning have both
been returned to the Adirondack Phantoms by the
Philadelphia Flyers and are eligible to play for
the Phantoms this week in the late-season playoff
push. Congratulations especially to Manning who
made his NHL debut last Thursday and also played
for the Flyers on Saturday and Sunday. Way to
Eastern Conference Playoff Focus (8th
place and up qualify for post-season)
7. Manchester Monarchs (65 pts)
8. Albany Devils (64 pts)
9. Adirondack Phantoms (63 pts)
10 Worcester Sharks (63 pts)
11. Portland Pirates (62 pts)
12. Springfield Falcons (62 pts)
13. Providence Bruins (61 pts)
14. Syracuse Crunch (60 pts)
Week in Review
Friday, March 9 (Norfolk Admirals
3 - Adirondack Phantoms 1)
The Phantoms ran into the top team in the AHL
on Friday night and a slow start in the first
period cost them. Norfolk won their 13th straight
in a streak that they have now extended to 15
in a row as they also became the first team in
the league to reach 40 victories this season.
Three goals in the first period, two by talented
rookie Tyler Johnson, gave Norfolk a 3-0 lead
at the first intermission.
Adirondack battled back nicely. They received
a power-play goal in the second period on a long
wrister by Denis Hamel to close the score to 3-1.
And they outplayed and outshot the affilaite of
the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period 14-4.
But they ran out of time in their efforts to break
goalie Jaroslav Janus and ended up taking the
Adirondack has one more game left with Norfolk
and it could be a big one. The Phantoms host the
Admirals on Sunday, April 15 on the last game
of the regular season.
Saturday, March 10 (Adirondack Phantoms
4 - Albany Devils 3)
March 10 was a night to remember for Phantoms
fans. A jam-packed standing-room crowd of 5,163
crammed into the Glens Falls Civic Center with
a seating capacity of 4,806, the largest in over
two years and the third-largest in Adirondack
Phantoms' history. It was the eighth sellout in
Adirondack Phantoms history and the loud and enthusiastic
contingent were treated to a doozy of a game as
Adirondack built a 4-1 lead and then closed out
a 4-3 victory over their Northway rivals to take
a five games to three lead in the Time Warner
Cable Cup Series with two games remaining. If
the Phantoms defeat the Devils on either April
6 or April 7 they will remain champions of the
Time Warner Cable Cup series.
Michael Leighton made one of the most remarkable
saves the fans in attendance will ever see on
a spectacular windmill, behind-the-back motion
with his glove while diving to his left. After
his thievery on Joe Whitney of the Devils, he
received a lengthy standing ovation from the amazed
and appreciative crowd.
Another lengthy ovation came in the first period
when Matt Ford had his stick break in the midst
of a 3-on-5 penalty-kill. The increasingly popular
Phantom was still able to make a nice play even
without a stick as he went down low in the slot
for a loose puck and whapped it the length of
the ice with his hand.
Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen surprisingly scored
two goals for the Phantoms, just his 2nd and 3rd
of the season. Denis Hamel added his 18th and
Shane Harper his 12th.
The rivals engaged in several spirited scraps
throughout the night showing their distaste for
each other. And the crowd chanted "We Want
Playoffs" in the third period as the team
closed the distance even further on one of the
playoff teams directly ahead.
The Christian Rock band Isaiah 6 performed a tremendous
concert after the game.to close out the successful
Faith and Family Night with the Phantoms.
Sunday, March 11 (Adirondack Phantoms
4 - Worcester Sharks 1)
The final score doesn't necessarily tell the whole
story of how tough this game was for the Phantoms.
Michael Leighton made 40 saves on 41 shots in
another terrific performance in net, including
going 21-for-21 in a busy second period that went
right up to the closing seconds when he had to
deny Brandon Mashinter on a breakaway to preserve
Rob Bordson led the way offensively with three
primary assists, all differing in nature. His
high loft down ice was perfectly received by Shane
Harper in the first period for a breakaway goal.
Bordson intercepted a puck in the Worcester zone
to set up Matt Ford in the opening minute of the
second period. And his slapshot from the point
in the third period was right there for Mike Testwuide
in the slot to deflect it upstairs for the third.
Harper picked up his 13th including his fourth
in his last five. Ford recorded his 10th since
joining the Phantoms in early February and his
20th overall. Testwuide and then Tye McGinn with
an empty-netter both notched their 10th of the
It was the first meeting of the season between
Adirondack and Worcester and the win pulled the
Phantoms into a 9th place tie with the Sharks,
just one point out of a playoff spot.
-- 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.
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
44 including 10 goals and 34 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.
-- Shane Harper is on a two-game goal scoring
streak and also has four goals in his last five
-- Denis Hamel is tops on the Phantoms in goals
with 18.. The 34-year-old veteran is 11th all-time
in AHL history with 333 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 goals. Hamel leads
the AHL in shots with 246.
-- Matt Ford has 10 goals in just 16 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. 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.
-- Ford now has 6 game-winning goals for Adirondack.
And has a total of 7 on the year to move into
a tie for the league-lead with Mark Mancari of
Chicago and Kyle Palmieri of Syacuse.
-- Michael Leighton has 35 career shutouts to
rate 6th all-time in AHL history. He is one away
from moving into a 4th place tie. Leighton has
the most shutouts in the AHL of any goalie since
1975. This season, he is 2nd in the league in
total minutes with 2453, 2nd in total saves with
1174, and tied for 5th in wins with 21.
-- Tyler Brown has scored six of his seven goals
--The Phantoms are 21-2-1 when leading after two
periods and are an impressive 18-2-1 when leading
after one period.
--The Phantoms are 26-9-2 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 16-10-3 in one-goal decisions.
--Adirondack is 18-11-1 at home this year which
is the second most home wins in the Eastern Conference
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-34-44
Denis Hamel 18-18-36
Garrett Roe 7-26-33
Ben Holmstrom 11-22-33
Mike Testwuide 10-15-25
Shane Harper 13-11-24
Michael Leighton - 21-21-0, 2.67, .915
Jason Bacashihua - 8-9-1, 2.82, .908
Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) -
Adirondack and Syracuse are already familiar with
each other having squared-off on six occasions
already. And they will become even moreso with
four of their last 15 games this season coming
against each other.
Adirondack leads the season series over the Crunch
4-2 heading into this week's games on Wednesday
Syracuse is in 14th place in the Eastern Conference
at 26-27-8 for 60 points but the standings are
so tight they find themselves very much still
in the postseason chase. The Crunch are three
points behind 9th place Adirondack, four points
back of 8th and only five point out of 7th place.
The Crunch will have to do it without leading
scorer Kyle Palmieri though. The AHL's top goal-scorer
with 32 has again been called up to Anaheim in
the NHL so will be unavailable for the Crunch
on Wednesday and perhaps as well on Saturday if
he sticks with the big club.
Their top point man is former Phantom Patrick
Maroon with 64. He has lit up a career-high 28
goals as well as 34 assists for the team this
year. The St. Louis native had 21 goals with the
Phantoms in 2009-10.
First rounder Peter Holland has 21 goals and 50
points. Dan Sexton has over 80 games of NHL experience
in the last two seasons and has 11 goals and 35
points for the team this year.
Former Philadelphia Phantoms goalie Antero Nittymaki
is one of the netminders for the Crunch. He starred
for the Phantoms from 2001-2005 and was named
MVP of the post-season in leading the Phantoms
to the 2005 Calder Cup championship racking up
15 post-season wins, a 1.75 goals against average
and 3 shutouts. The next year, at the 2006 Winter
Olympics, he slid into the role by necessity for
Finland and ended up with MVP honors for the tournament.
Nittymaki has played the last two seasons with
San Jose and Tampa Bay following his 2005-09 stretch
with the Flyers. He was is on loan to Syracuse
by San Jose currently. He played earlier this
season with the Sharks' affiliate in Worcester.
Trent Yawney was brought in as head coach midway
through the season and Mark Holick switched to
Associate Head Coach. Yawney is a former head
coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and Norfolk Admirals
who recently was an assistant coach with the San
The Crunch's top weakness may be on the penalty
kill where they rate dead-last in the AHL out
of 30 teams at just 78.2%.Their offense is 6th
in the league at 3.2 goals per game but their
defense is 29th at 3.25 goals allowed per contest.
Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)
Friday night is the fourth and last meeting of
the year between the Phantoms and the Bears in
a season series almost completely even dating
back to the beginning days of the Philadelphia
Phantoms in 1996. Hershey leads the all-time series
82-81-8 heading into the 172nd all-time meeting
between the two.
Adirondack leads the series this year two games
to one including a win on a magical night in Philadelphia
on January 6th in front of 45,653 fans at the
Outdoor Classic that shattered the all-time AHL
Attendance record. Ben Holmstrom scored with 20
seconds remaining in regulation to tie that game
and then Shane Harper rushed up ice with Eric
Wellwood for the exciting game-winner.
The next night, January 7th, the two teams met
for a rematch at Giant Center in Hershey in a
game that featured some bad blood and a big fight
that poured into the Phantoms bench some. This
is the first encounter between Adirondack and
Hershey since that fight.
Hershey is in a fight with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
for 4th/5th place positioning in the Eastern Conference.
Right now the Bears are tied with the Penguins
with 72 points on the strength of their 31-20-10
record. The Bears are coming off back to back
losses at St. John last weekend and are 3-5-2
in their last 10 games.
Still, everyone knows that the 12-time Calder
Cup Champion Hershey Bears are always dangerous.
Chris Bourque leads the league in points with
78 including 25 goals and 53 assists. Keith Aucoin
is second in the league in points and first in
assists with 70 and 59. Aucoin was on pace to
be a lock to break the all-time AHL single-season
assist record of 89 but he may have to hold off
for that award as he has received plenty of ice-time
with the Washington Capitals the past few weeks.
Jacob Mcflicker is also in the top 10 in the league
in points with 57 including 21 goals.
Mark French's team is third in the AHL in scoring
at 3.3 goals per game but they are 21st in total
defense allowing 3.0. Their power play is easily
the best in the league at an eye-opening 26.6%.On
the penalty kill they are 7th at 84.4%.
Mar 2 - Eric Wellwood (F) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 3 - Erik Gustafsson (D) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 8- Brandon Manning (D) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 8 - Harry Zolnierczyk (F) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 9 - Harry Zolnierczyk (F) Returned on loan
Mar 9 - Tyler Hostetter (D) Recalled by ADK from
Mar 11 - Harry Zolnierczyk (F) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 12 - Harry Zolnierczyk (F) Returned on loan
Mar 13 - Brandon Manning (D) Returned on loan
Mar 13 - Tyler Hostetter (D) Loaned to Trenton
Wednesday, March 14 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Syracuse (7:00pm)
Thursday, March 15 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Bus departs for Hershey (1:00pm)
Friday, March 16 - Practice at Hershey (11:00am).
Game at Hershey :7:00pm). Bus departs after game.
Saturday, March 17 - Practice at Syracuse (11:00am).
Game at Syracuse (7:35). Bus departs after game.
Sunday, March 18 - Optional. Coach's discretion.
Monday, March 19 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
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.
Friday, March 16, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Monday, March 19, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE
from McGinny's. Scheduled players guests Jason
Akeson and Shane Harper subject to availability.
Friday, March 23, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 24, 7:00 - Springfield Falcons
at Adirondack Phantoms. Guns 'N Hoses Charity
Game at 3:00 to benefit NY Special Olympics.
Sunday, March 25, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators at
Adirondack Phantoms. Dax' Birthday Party! Mascot
Mania!! Post-game skate with the Phantoms players
presented by Glens Falls Hospital.
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.
Get your Adirondack O'Phantoms T-Shirts presented
by O'Toole's! Two tickets for any game in March
plus a St. Patrick's Day O'Phantoms logo T-Shirt
all for only $30.
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Sunday home games! Get 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs,
3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program all for
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