Wednesday, March 28 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Friday, March 30 (7:00) - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack
Saturday, March 31 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Connecticut Whale
Friday, March 23 - Adirondack Phantoms 1 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Saturday, March 24 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Springfield
Sunday, March 25 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Binghamton
Adirondack and Syracuse square off for back-to-back
huge games this week in a Showdown Series with
a playoff position on the line. Right now, the
Syracuse Crunch are holding down 8th place and
the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference
with 71 points. The Adirondack Phantoms are in
9th place at 69 points, just two points behind
the Crunch. Only nine games remain in the regular
season for both teams and these are the last head-to-head
encounters between the two.
Adirondack travels to Syracuse for a Wednesday
night game to open the series. Then the 10th and
last game of the year between the Crunch and Phantoms
will take place at a rockin' Glens Falls Civic
Center on Friday night.
Friday is also Adirondack's lone home-game this
week. It's playoff fever in the North Country
and you'll want to Be Here! Every play will be
huge. Every puck will be fought for tooth-and-nail.
These teams will get physical as they fight for
their playoff lives! Call the Phantoms to get
your tickets at (518) 480-3355.
The Phantoms have pulled to within striking distance
of a playoff spot on the strength of their terrific
three-for-three success last weekend. Adirondack
won all three games they played to make up key
ground and leap-frog past several teams in the
Syracuse has also been rapidly moving up the standings
as one of the hottest teams in the AHL. They are
on a seven game point streak at 6-0-1 and also
have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
After the critical head-to-head games against
Syracuse it won't get any easier for the Phantoms.
They conclude the weekend with a Saturday night
game in Hartford against the Connecticut Whale
who are in a first place tie in the Northeast
Division with Bridgeport.
While Adirondack is certainly focused on chasing
down Syracuse directly ahead of them, there are
still a number of teams directly behind the Phantoms
who remain in the race as well and any team that
gets hot in their last eight games will be in
good shape to make it in. Eight teams are within
six points of each other from 7th through 14th
place. And seven teams are only separated by four
points from 8th to 14th.
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
The Phantoms have made a number of roster moves
this week welcoming a couple young prospects to
the team while also wishing good luck to a couple
more players moving up to the NHL again.
Marc-Andre Bourdon and Jason Bacashihua have been
recalled by the Flyers to help fill-in for injured
players. Bourdon has already played in 39 games
with the Flyers this year scoring two goals and
two assists. Bacashihua is getting his second
stint this year with Philadelphia to serve as
a backup goalie for Sergei Bobrovsky while Ilya
Bryzgalov recovers from injury. Bacashihua played
in 36 games in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues
Goalie Brad Phillips has been reassigned to the
Adirondack Phantoms from the Trenton Titans off
the ECHL to fill-in for Bacashihua. Phillips stood
out in his lone AHL game on February 26 when Michael
Leighton came down with the flu. The Notre Dame
product made 35 saves in a 4-3 win over Syracuse.
A couple more players have signed amateur tryout
contracts to join Derek Mathers in getting a sniff
of pro hockey at the end of the 2011-12 season.
19-year-old LW Campbell Elynuik comes to the Flyers
organization from the Prince George Cougars of
the WHL. He is the son of Pat Elynuik who played
in over 500 NHL games and had back-to-back 30+
goal seasons with the Washington Capitals in the
And 18-year-old center Nick Cousins comes to the
Phantoms from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhouds of
the OHL. He was the Flyers' third-round pick in
2011 and lit it up for 35 goals and 88 points
in the OHL this season.
Eastern Conference Playoff Focus (8th
place and up qualify for post-season)
7. Manchester Monarchs (73 pts)
8. Syracuse Crunch (71 pts)
9. Adirondack Phantoms (69 pts)
10 Providence Bruins (69 pts)
11. Portland Pirates (68 pts)
12. Springfield Falcons (68 pts)
13. Albany Devils (67 pts)
14. Worcester Sharks (67 pts)
Week in Review
Friday, March 23 (Adirondack Phantoms
1 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 0) -
Michael Leighton was nothing short of spectacular
for much of the evening in preserving a hard-fought
and intense 1-0 victory at the Penguins to open
His 24 saves earned him his 36th career AHL shutout
to move into fourth all-time in league history.
Jason Akeson's goal in the first period on a fine
backhand assist by Tye McGinn help up as the lone
score for either side.
Leighton made several eye-poppers on the night
including a spectacular glove save on a bit of
a defensive breakdown when Alex Grant was right
on top of Leighton all alone. Leighton went down
to cover low but the shot went high and he was
somehow able to speedily adjust with the catch
much to the disbelief of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The game between goalies Michael Leighton and
Scott Munroe was a rematch of one of the greatest
goaltending duels and most famous games in AHL
history. Game 5 of a 2008 AHL opening round playoff
series between the Albany River Rats and Philadelphia
Phantoms went a league record five overtimes.
Scott Munroe made 65 saves on 67 shots as the
winning goalie for Philadelphia. Leighton made
an amazing league-record 98 saves on 101 shots
in taking the heartbreaking loss.
The recent rematch between Leighton and Munroe
won't go down in the league record-books like
the 2008 playoff game but it was still a memorable
and impressive goaltenders' duel nonetheless.
Saturday, March 24 (Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Springfield Falcons 1) -
Michael Leighton was again solid in net and carried
a shutout into the closing minutes of the home
game until Nick Drazenovic beat him late in the
third period to snap Leighton's impressive weekend
shutout streak at 113 minutes.
After blasting out 15 shots in a dominant first
period but coming away a bit snake-bit in a 0-0
tie, the Phantoms would find their stride and
pump in some goals to secure the win.
Rob Bordson scored on a tip of an Oliver Lauridsen
slapshot in the second period for a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, the Phantoms would score
back-to-back goals in the opening minutes for
a more comfortable advantage. Rookie Brandon Manning
cranked his sixth goal of the year nicely set
up on a drop by Mike Testwuide as well as good
traffic in front taking away goalie Paul Dainton's
ability to locate the puck.
And Matt Ford did it yet again with his 22nd of
the season overall and 12th since joining the
Phantoms in early February with his goal coming
on a nice feed into the middle by Dan Jancevski.
The Adirondack Phantoms remained unbeaten all-time
against the Springfield Falcons and improved to
7-0-0 overall in the series including 3-0-0 in
Sunday, March 25 (Adirondack 5 - Binghamton
The Phantoms raced out to a 5-1 lead in their
weekend finale and then hung on to the finish
as perhaps their tired legs caught up to them
a bit in the closing minutes.
But make no doubt about this one. The game was
more one-sided than the final score showed.
Denis Hamel and Matt Ford had a pair of goals
apiece and Garrett Roe contributed three assists
in the offensive outburst. Harry Zolnierczyk opened
the scoring with his eighth of the year with Adirondack
and 11th goal overall this season including his
three with Philadelphia.
Ford made a nice pass into open-ice to spring
Hamel free on a partial breakaway to extend the
lead to 3-1. Hamel faked out Senators goalie Robin
Lehner and got him to commit and then rifled it
from a sharp angle over his extended right leg
for the impressive goal.
Ford had a highlight-reel lamplighter of his own
in the third period with his shorthanded goal
that pushed the lead to 5-1 when he raced to the
Binghamton end to steal a bouncing puck from the
defenseman. he raced in all alone on new Binghamton
goalie Mike McKenna and swiftly moved from left
to right across the crease to shoot it past his
left leg for his second of the night.
-- The Phantoms are 33-31-3 this year for 69 points.
From December 17, 2010 to the end of last year
they posted a record of 27-16-8. That is a combined
record of 60-47-11 in the past season-and-a-half
(118 games played).
-- Adirondack is 20-12-1 on home-ice this year
for one of the best advantages in the league.
Their 20 home wins are tied for second in the
Eastern Conference and tied for third overall
in the AHL. Only Norfolk (22) and Toronto (21)
have won more home games than the Phantoms.
-- In last four months of 2010-11, Adirondack
had a home record of 17-6-5. That's a combined
home-ice mark of 37-18-6 since December 17, 2010.
The Phantoms are also 27-12-1 at home since March
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
49 including 11 goals and 38 assists. He is second
among AHL rookies in helpers and is sixth in points.
The 21-year-old from Orleans, Ontario led the
OHL in assists (84) and points (108) last year
with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
-- Denis Hamel is heating up at just the right
time with six goals in his last nine games. The
34-year-old veteran is 11th all-time in AHL history
with 337 career goals including 22 this year..
He played his 1000th career professional game
on December 31st which included 192 NHL games
mostly with Buffalo and Ottawa. He has reached
the 20 goal milestone in the AHL 10 different
times. Hamel's 265 total shots lead the AHL.
-- Matt Ford had three goals on the weekend including
two on Sunday and now has 14 goals in just 22
games since being acquired from the Hershey Bears
in a trade for Kevin Marshall on February 3. He
also has five goals in his last seven games as
well as eight goals in his last 11. Ford has a
total of 24 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 Jason Bacashihua.
-- Ford now has 7 game-winning goals for Adirondack,
all in just two months! His season total of 8
GWG's (one with Hershey) is tied for the league
lead with Mark Mancari of Chicago.
-- Michael Leighton has 36 career shutouts to
rate 6th all-time in AHL history and is tied for
fourth all-time in league history with Nick Demore
(1938-47) and Marcel Paile (1956-74). His next
shutout will move him into a tie for third all-time
at 37 with Bob Perreault (1951-69). Leighton has
the most shutouts of any AHL goalie since 1975.
-- Michael Leighton leads the league in total
saves with 1,311 and is second overall in total
minutes played with 2,750. His 24 wins are tied
for fourth in the AHL and he has won eight of
his last 11. In March, he has gone 7-3-0, 2.10,
.934. Since March 19 he has gone 9-4-0, 1.99,
--The Phantoms are 24-3-1 when leading after two
periods and are an impressive 20-4-1 when leading
after one period.
--The Phantoms are 28-11-2 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 18-11-3 in one-goal decisions.
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 11-38-49
Matt Ford 24-24-48 (with ADK, 14-6-20)
Denis Hamel 22-21-43
Garrett Roe 8-30-38
Ben Holmstrom 11-24-35
Mike Testwuide 10-16-26
Shane Harper 13-13-26
Michael Leighton - 24-23-0, 2.62, .916
Jason Bacashihua - 8-10-1, 2.99, .902
Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) -
The Phantoms and the Crunch conclude their 10-game
season set with a Showdown Series this week on
Wednesday and Friday. The 2011-12 head-to-head
series is even at 4-4.
Syracuse sites just two points ahead of Adirondack
in the Eastern Conference standings for the last
playoff position with only eight games remaining.
The Crunch are one of the hottest teams in the
league and enter Wednesday's game on a seven-game
point streak having gone 6-0-1. They are 8-1-1
in their last 10.
They recently received a big boost to their already
potent lineup with the return of 2009 first-rounder
Kyle Palmieri from Anaheim. He has scored 32 goals
to rate second in the AHL and has done so in only
42 games. Another 2009 first-round talent is Peter
Holland who has 22 goals.
Former Phantoms Patrick Maroon is the top point-man
on the team with 68 including a career-high 28
goals and 40 assists. He is fourth in the AHL
in points and sixth in goals.
Iiro Tarkki has stepped up his game considerably
in net and the Finnish netminder has gone 19-15-4
this year with a 2.60 goals against average and
.921 saves percentage having taken over full-time
number one duties after losing former Philadelphia
Phantom and Flyer goalie Antero Nittymaki to injury.
Former Chicago Blackhawks and Norfolk Admirals
head coach Trent Yawney took over the reigns in
midseason while former head coach Mark Holick
became Associate Coach.
Syracuse is 4th in the league (out of 30) in total
offense at 3.24 goals per game. They light it
up for 32.7 shots per game which is also 4th.
Defensively, they give up 3.21 goals per game
which is 28th in the AHL and they allow 33 shots
a contest which is also 28th.
They have the 9th ranked power play at 19.8% but
their penalty kill is dead last at only 78.2%.
Connectucit Whale (New York Rangers)
This is the last game of the season between the
Phantoms and the Whale with Connecticut leading
the series 2-1. Adirondack's lone win against
the Whale came on Opening Night in Glens Falls,
October 8, by a 6-3 final.
They stand at 33-23-11 for 77 points which is
tied for the division lead with Bridgeport. It
appears likely that the division winner will land
the three-seed in the playoffs and the second-place
finisher will be their first-round opposition
as the six-seed.
Connecticut raced out to a wide advantage in the
Northeast division in December but then underwent
an astonishing 11-game winless streak (0-6-5)
in January as their lead evaporated. More recently,
they have underwent a three game winless streak
The Whale are one of the top home teams in the
league at 19-8-6. Connecticut's power play is
10th in the AHL (out of 30) at 19.6% and their
penalty kill is 8th at 84.1%. The Whale are 11th
in total offense at 2.9 goals per game while their
defense is 15th at 2.8 allowed.
Kris Newbury leads Ken Gernander's team in scoring
with 23 goals and 58 points putting him in a tie
in both categories with rookie Jonathon Audy-Marchessault.
Norwegian speedster Mats Zucarello has 12 goals
this year but is currently up with the Rangers.
NHL veteran of almost 1,000 games Wade Redden
was named captain of the Whale in early March.
The team had been without a captain since trading
Dane Byers to the Blue Jackets organization in
November. The long-time Ottawa Senator was named
to the NHL All-Star Game in 2004 and won the NHL
plus-minus award in 2006 with a +35 rating for
Chad Johnson has been the team's primary goalie
going 21-16-5, 2.42, .920. The third-year pro
has spent his whole career in the Rangers organization.
He was teammates at University of Alaska-Fairbanks
with former Philadelphia Phantom and current Hershey
Bear Kyle Greentree.
Mar 22 - Derek Mathers (RW) Signed to ATO from
Mar 24 - Campbell Elynuik (LW) Signed to ATO from
Prince George (WHL)
Mar 26 - Nick Cousins (C) Signed to ATO from Sioux
Ste. Marie (OHL)
Mar 27 - Marc-Andre Bourdon (D) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 27 - Jason Bacashihua (G) Recalled by Philadelphia
Mar 28 - Brad Phillips (G) Reassigned to Adirondack
from Trenton (ECHL)
Wednesday, March 27 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Bus Departs (2:00pm). Game at Syracuse (7:00pm)
Thursday, March 28 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, March 29 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Syracuse (7:00pm)
Saturday, March 30 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Bus Departs (2:00pm). Game at Connecticut (7:00pm)
Sunday, April 1 - Practice TBD. Coach's Discretion
Monday, April 2 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Friday. March 30, 7:00 - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack
Phantoms. $2 draft-beer specials. Playoff-Push
Saturday, March 31, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms
at Connecticut Whale.
Friday, April 6, 7:00 - Albany Devils at Adirondack
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