Friday, March 23 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Saturday, March 24 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons
at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, March 25 (3:00) - Binghamton Senators
at Adirondack Phantoms
Wednesday, March 14 - Syracuse Crunch 2 - Adirondack
Friday, March 16 - Hershey Bears 6 - Adirondack
Saturday, March 17 - Syracuse Crunch 5 - Adirondack
It's crunch-time in the closing weeks of the
regular season for the Adirondack Phantoms and
every game is a playoff game with each point crucially
important for the team's push for a top eight
spot in the conference.
The Phantoms are five points out of the last playoff
position with just 12 games to go and some big
wins are needed this weekend in another weekend
stretch of three games in three days.
Adirondack makes their only visit to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
to take on the Penguins on Friday night. Then
the Phantoms come back home for a pair of games
with big promotions against the Springfield Falcons
and Binghamton Senators back-to-back.
Saturday, March 24 includes a Guns 'N Hoses charity
game at 3:00 to benefit NY Special Olympics as
our area upstate police and fire representatives
take on the FDNY team. Then it's the Phantoms
game against Springfield at 7:00 on Star Wars
Night. Darth Vader and Boba Fett and other characters
from the film series will be appearing courtesy
of the upstate NY 501st Garrison unit. Also on
Saturday, the pink sticks used in the Pink in
the Rink night will be available to the fans via
a silent auction and a special check presentation
of over $14,000 will take place as well to benefit
the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our special
Pink in the Rink promotion in January with the
t-shirts, jersey auction, 50/50 raffle, and special
tickets sold. Everyone helped raise a lot of money
for a very worthy cause!
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 Mascot Mania 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.
Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame Night
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. This year's inductees
include Dave Casey, Murray Eaves, Pete Mahovlich
and Dave Strader. 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
Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning are back
with the Phantoms after spending last week with
the Flyers. Gustafsson is a second-year pro who
has played in 27 games with the Flyers this year
and just 13 games with the Phantoms because of
all his time in Philadelphia. He has one goal
and 10 assists this season with Adirondack and
led the team in assists last year with 44 while
being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team.
Manning has now played in four games with the
Flyers since making his NHL debut a couple weeks
ago. The rookie from Prince George, BC has five
goals since joining the Phantoms in December after
missing the first two months of the year with
Adirondack has added tough guy Derek Mathers on
an Amateur Tryout contract (ATO) and he will be
eligible to make his pro debut for the Phantoms
this weekend. He's only 18 years old but checks
in at 6'3" and 225 pounds. He finished third
in the OHL in penalty minutes last year and was
tops in the league the year before that when he
was only 17. Mathers was a seventh round pick
of the Flyers in 2011 and participated with other
Flyers prospects in the different rookie camps
in Voorhees, NJ last summer. Mathers can join
the Phantoms on hi ATO contract because his OHL
team, Peterborough, did not qualify for the playoffs.
He retains his eligibility for Major Juniors and
can still return to the Peterborough Petes next
Eastern Conference Playoff Focus (8th
place and up qualify for post-season)
7. Manchester Monarchs (69 pts)
8. Syracuse Crunch (68 pts)
9. Worcester Sharks (67 pts)
10 Albany Devils (67 pts)
11. Springfield Falcons (66 pts)
12. Portland Pirates (65 pts)
13. Adirondack Phantoms (63 pts)
14. Providence Bruins (63 pts)
Week in Review
Wednesday, March 14 (Syracuse 2 -
Denis Hamel gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead in the
second period with a power play goal and it looked
good for Adirondack to hang on for the victory
but the Crunch turned the tables on them. Syracuse
scored a pair of goals just two minutes apart
with less than seven minutes remaining for the
stunning come-from-behind victory.
Hamel's goal was his team-leading 19th of the
year. Adirondack had their chances to build on
their advantage but were only able to go 1-for-7
on the power play. Michael Leighton made 26 saves
on 28 shots as he just missed out on his 36th
career AHL shutout which would have moved him
into fourth all-time in AHL history.
The game was the seventh out of ten in the season
series between the Phantoms and the Crunch.
Saturday, March 16 (Hershey Bears
6 - Adirondack Phantoms 3)
Adirondack took a 2-1 lead and were looking to
build on it midway through the second period but
Hershey got a couple of big penalty kills as well
as a short-handed goal by Geoff Mitchell to steal
The Bears then went on to score three more goals
in the closing minutes of the second period to
take control of the game.
Before that point however, it was the Phantoms
who were taking it to the Hershey Bears and forcing
the home team to take penalty after penalty. But
Adirondack could only convert once on their season-high
11 power plays as Hershey got several big blocks
and some timely saves from Dany Sabourin.
Matt Ford returned to the team that traded him
just a few weeks earlier and scored a goal and
an assist. He also got in a fight with the guy
he was traded for, Kevin Marshall, and was able
to get the jersey over Marshall's head to win
Brandon Manning scored his fifth of the year and
Garrett Roe added a shorthanded breakaway goal
for his eighth score of the season. Tomas Kundratek
led the attack for Hershey with one goal and three
assists while former Philadelphia Phantom Kyle
Greentree notched a pair of power play goals.
Saturday, March 17 (Syracuse 5 - Adirondack
Adirondack was down 3-2 in the third period but
appeared to have all the momentum as they were
pressuring in the Crunch zone and making Syracuse
goalie Iiro Tarkki come up with some big saves.
The Phantoms got tagged with some untimely penalties
in the final minutes to thwart their momentum
and hurt their comeback chances. Syracuse closed
out the win with an empty-net goal with 45 seconds
left to make the score 4-2 and then another goal
with 10 seconds remaining for the 5-2 final.
Denis Hamel had given the Phantoms a 1-0 lead
marking his 10th season with 20 or more goals
in the AHL. And Marc-Andre Bourdon returned to
the Phantoms lineup for the first time since November
and scored his first Adirondack goal of the season
on a big slapper from the left circle that tied
the score at 2-2 at the time. Both Phantoms goals
came on the power play.
J.F. Jacques continued his 2011-12 trend of success
against Adirondack with a couple of goals.
The season series between Adirondack and Syracuse
is even at 4-4 with two more games remaining between
the New York rivals. The Phantoms travel to the
Crunch next Wednesday, March 28. and Syracuse
makes their last visit to Glens Falls on Friday,
-- 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
46 including 10 goals and 36 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 20 and has now reached the 20 goal mark in
10 seasons The 34-year-old veteran is 11th all-time
in AHL history with 335 career goals. He played
his 1000th career professional game on December
31st which included 192 NHL games mostly with
Buffalo and Ottawa.
-- Matt Ford has 11 goals in just 19 games since
being acquired from the Hershey Bears in a trade
for Kevin Marshall and has a total of 21 goals
on the year. 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
-- Ford now has 6 game-winning goals for Adirondack.
His season total of 7 GWG's moves him 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 leading the AHL in total
saves with 1,230 and is second in total minutes
-- Tyler Brown has scored six of his seven goals
--The Phantoms are 21-3-1 when leading after two
periods and are an impressive 18-4-1 when leading
after one period.
--The Phantoms are 26-11-2 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 16-11-3 in one-goal decisions.
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 10-37-47
Denis Hamel 20-20-40
Garrett Roe 8-27-35
Ben Holmstrom 11-24-35
Mike Testwuide 10-15-25
Shane Harper 13-12-25
Michael Leighton - 21-23-0, 2.68, .914
Jason Bacashihua - 8-10-1, 2.99, .902
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh
This is Adirondack's only visit to Wilkes-Barre
this season. The Penguins lead the season-series
one game to nothing after a stunning comeback
to win on March 4 in Glens Falls.
The Penguins are 38-20-7 for 83 points giving
them the four spot right now in the Eastern Conference.
They are trying to hold off Hershey, just three
points behind, to hang onto home-ice advantage
for the first round of the playoffs.
The Pens have not been so fantastic at home going
only 14-13-4. They are strangely dominant on the
road with a league-high 51 points going 24-7-3.
Reigning AHL Goalie of the Year Brad Thiessen
is no longer with the Penguins having been called
up to Pittsburgh to serve as Marc-Andre Fleury's
Former Philadelphia Phantom Scott Munroe has taken
over number one goaltending duties for the Penguins.
He has gone 17-6-3, 2.77, .899. The University
of Alaska-Fairbanks product played for the Phantoms
from 2006-09. His best season was in 2008-09 in
which he played in 56 games to help lead head
coach John Paddock's Phantoms to the playoffs
going 31-19-4, 2.46, .926. His .926 saves percentage
established an all-time Phantoms franchise record
that was equaled last year by Leighton.
Ben Street leads the Pens with 25 goals and 51
points. Colin McDonald is tops in assists with
32. Paul Thompson has nine goals and 12 assists
in his rookie season. Last year he was the Hockey
East Player of the Year at the University of New
Hampshire where he was teammates with Adirondack's
The Penguins don't give you much in terms of chances.
They allow only 26.3 shots per game which is best
in the AHL out of 30 teams. But that is not reflected
as much in their overall goals-allowed stat as
they surrender 3.00 goals per game which is only
22nd in the league.
Wilkes-Barre's power play is 10th at 18.8%. Their
penalty-kill is 22nd at 80.4%.
Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue
Like the Phantoms, the Springfield Falcons are
in the the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff
race as both teams collide for a four-point swing-game
on Saturday night in Glens Falls.
The Falcons are 30-29-6 for 66 points placing
them just two points away from the last playoff
spot and only three points ahead of the Phantoms.
The Adirondack Phantoms have never lost to Springfield
having gone 6-0 all-time against the Falcons dating
back to 2009-10. Adirondack is 2-0 against Springfield
this year with a pair of victories in November.
Veteran talent Alexandre Giroux has 23 goals and
49 points to rate second on the team. He's tops
in goals among active Falcons though after rookie
talent Cam Atkinson from Boston College was summoned
to the Blue Jackets.
Martin St. Pierre has 48 assists to place third
in the league trailing only Keith Aucoin and Chris
Bourque of Hershey.
39-year old Manny Legace continues to get it done
in net for Springfield going 11-17-1, 2.83, .903
after spending 2010-11 in Germany. He began his
career with Springfield in 1994 and won the Baz
Bastien Goalie of the Year honor in 1995-96 leading
the league in shutouts (five) and goals against
(2.27). later spent 1999-2006 with the Detroit
Red Wings followed by three seasons with St. Louis.
With Detroit in 2000-01 he went 24-5-5, 2.05,
.920. In 2005-06 he was 37-8-3, 2.19, .915. In
his NHL career over 10 seasons he played in 365
games going 187-99-41, 2.41.
Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators)
The defending Calder Cup Champions have not been
very champion-like in their attempts to defend
their crown. Injuries, call-ups and the loss of
key veterans have all stung the team as they have
been stuck in the cellar of the Eastern Conference
all season long at 26-35-5 for 57 points.
Mike McKenna hasn't exactly been lighting it up
in net this year but don't tell the Phantoms because
they won't believe you. He has gone 6-1 against
Adirondack this season with several stellar performances
and 30+ save nights.
Adirondack finally broke the McKenna curse in
late February as they grinded out a hard-earned
2-1 win in a shootout at Binghamton in one of
the most exciting and wildest games of the year.
The Phantoms poured it on for 29 shots on goal
just in the first period which is the most of
any AHL team since 2008-09. Adirondack finished
the night with 52 shots which ended up being just
enough to upend the Sens.
Rob Bordson scored in regulation and then again
in the shootout for the win. Michael Leighton
was equal to McKenna in showstopping saves on
the night with 40 out of 41 drives turned aside.
This Sunday's game is the eighth and last meeting
between the two teams.
Reigning AHL Most Valuable Player and point champion,
Corey Locke, had some injuries earlier in the
season but is still dishing it to his teammates
to the tune of team-leading 31 assists for 41
points. Mike Hoffman has 17 goals to lead Binghamton.
Andre Petersson from Sweden is a rookie with 21
goals and Pat Cannone is another rookie from Miami
(Ohio) with 17 goals.
Binghamton is 29th out of 30 on the penalty kill
at only 78.6%. They are 23rd in total offense
at 2.67 goals per game while rating 26th in team
defense at 3.14 goals allowed per game.
Mar 17 - Brandon Manning (D) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 20 - Brandon Manning (D) Loaned to Adirondack
Mar 20 - Erik Gustafsson (D) Loaned to Adirondack
Mar 22 - Derek Mathers (RW) Signed to ATO from
Mar 22 - Tyler Hostetter (D) Reassigned to Trenton
Wednesday, March 21 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Thursday, March 22 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Bus departs for Wilkes-Barre (1:00pm)
Friday, March 23 - Practice at Wilkes-Barre (11:00am).
Game at Wilkes-Barre (7:00pm). Bus after game.
Saturday, March 24 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs Springfield (7:00).
Sunday, March 25 - Game vs. Binghamton (3:00)
Monday, March 25 - Practice TBD, Coach's Discretion
Tuesday, March 26 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, March 27 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Bus Departs (2:00pm). Game at Syracuse (7:00pm)
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. Star
Wars Night presented by the Upstate NY 501st Garrison
Unit. Silent Auction for Pink in the Rink Sticks.
Sunday, March 25, 3:00 - Binghamton Senators at
Adirondack Phantoms. Dax's Birthday Party! Mascot
Mania!! Post-game skate with the Phantoms players
presented by Glens Falls Hospital.
Monday, March 26 - No Phantoms Power Hour Show
due to busy game schedule
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
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