Friday, April 6 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack
Saturday, April 7 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, April 8 (5:00) - Rochester Americans vs.
Wednesday, Mar 28 - Syracuse Crunch 2 - Adirondack
Phantoms 1 (SO)
Friday, March 30 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Syracuse
Crunch 3 (OT)
Saturday, March 31 - Connecticut Whale 3 - Adirondack
It's playoff fever in Glens Falls! Only six games
remain in the regular season including four big
home games. And the Adirondack Phantoms find themselves
just four points back of a playoff spot in the
The Phantoms are ready for the challenge and know
what needs to get done to grab one of those Calder
Cup postseason spots. The team is returning to
the GFCC where they are fresh off one of their
most exciting wins in franchise history when they
overcame a 3-1 deficit to Syracuse in the third
period to post an amazing 4-3 overtime victory
capped by Jason Akeson's big slapshot winner.
On top of everything else, it's also a pair of
rivalry games this weekend to decide the Time
Warner Cable Cup against the Albany Devils who
are also hanging in there in the big playoff hunt.
Adirondack leads the Time Warner Cable Cup series
five games to three. A win in either game vs.
Albany this weekend will give Adirondack the Cup
for the second consecutive season. If Albany wins
both games they will win the cup back.
The Phantoms host the Devils on Friday night at
the Glens Falls Civic Center in the ninth game
of the great Northway rivalry with huge playoff
implications on the line. It's going to be intense!
$2 draft-beer specials through the first intermission.
Saturday night, Adirondack travels down to the
Times Union Center in Albany to wrap up the Time
Warner Cable Cup season series.
On Easter Sunday at 5:00, the Phantoms are back
at home to wrap up the weekend against the Rochester
Americans from the western conference who are
in a playoff fight of their own.
Get your tickets for the big home games this Friday
and Sunday by calling the Phantoms at (518) 480-3355.
Support professional hockey in Glens Falls and
say that you're in. The I'm In campaign is designed
to show the AHL, teams, owners and everyone about
the great support we can provide for a professional
hockey team at the GFCC.
With a goal of 1,756 season tickets for next season,
the team would be able to prove the long-term
viability of this great hockey market.
Currently, we stand at 425 season tickets and
the number is always growing. By putting down
YOUR down payment of $50 for a season ticket or
22-pack or 12-pack plan you can be in too.
Thanks to everyone in the community for their
great teamwork in showing the league that the
backing and support for AHL hockey in Glens Falls
is here to stay. Together we can do this. I'm
in! Call the Phantoms to find out how you can
help 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
April 14 is also Fan Appreciation Night. Dozens
of great prizes to be given away to the fans.
Plus, the first 2,500 in attendance receive a
Phantoms T-Shirt courtesy of Papa John's.
The Phantoms have added Matt Mangene from the
University of Maine on an amateur tryout contract
after he signed an entry-level deal with the Flyers
earlier in the week. Mangene converted from defenseman
to forward for the Black Bears and recorded a
career-high 16 goals.
Mangene's sister, Meagan, is a star defenseman
for the Boston College women's team. His grandfather
played college football for Boston College and
helped lead the team to the 1943 Orange Bowl.
Jason Bacashihua has returned to the Phantoms
after a quick call-up to Philadelphia for about
a week. Bacashihua served as Sergei Bobrovsky's
backup while Ilya Bryzgalov was out with an injury.
Eastern Conference Playoff Focus (8th
place and up qualify for post-season)
7. Syracuse Crunch (78 pts)
8. Manchester Monarchs (76 pts)
9. Portland Pirates (75 pts)
10 Adirondack Phantoms (72 pts)
11. Springfield Falcons (72 pts)
12. Albany Devils (71 pts)
13. Providence Bruins (71 pts)
14. Worcester Sharks (69 pts)
Week in Review
Wednesday, March 28 (Syracuse Crunch
2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1 / SO)
Michael Leighton made some phenomenal saves in
a wild back-and-forth game in which both teams
high-powered offenses were denied repeatedly.
Adirondack earned a valuable standings point,
but in the end dropped the decision in the shootout
2-1 as Kyle Palmieri scored the only goal after
the crazy overtime session with all the spectacular
Ben Holmstrom hit one off the crossbar with 16
seconds left in the overtime. That's how close
the Phantoms were to taking the second standings
point for themselves.
Andrew Rowe scored the lone goal in regulation
for the Phantoms while Leighton turned aside 42
of the 43 he faced including seven great stops
in overtime in the thriller.
Friday, March 30 (Adirondack Phantoms
4 - Syracuse Crunch 3 / OT)
Boosted by one of the noisiest crowds at the
GFCC, the Adirondack Phantoms put together perhaps
their best comeback of the season in the only
time they have overcome a two-goal deficit in
the third period.
Trailing 3-1 in the closing minutes, Andrew Rowe's
goal blazing up the left-wing triggered the comeback.
Ben Holmstrom tied the score with just over three
minutes left. And Jason Akeson's cannon from the
left circle in the overtime was the team's sixth
extra-period victory of the year.
Leighton was terrific in net again and made some
amazing saves as usual. Erik Gustafsson also made
a goal-saving play in the overtime to rob Peter
Holland right in front of an open-net.
Sunday, March 25 (Connecticut Whale
3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0)
The Phantoms couldn't get the bounces to go their
way as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Whale.
Matt Ford thought he had scored a goal in the
second period but the play was disallowed due
to contact by Ben Holmstrom with the Connecticut
goalie, Cameron Talbot.
Denis Hamel beat Talbot early in the third period
but cranked it off the crossbar and it caromed
Adirondack trailing 2-0 with a few seconds remaining
when Connecticut was able to seal the win with
an empty-net goal.
-- The Phantoms are 34-32-4 this year for 72 points.
From December 17, 2010 to the end of last year
they posted a record of 28-17-9. That is a combined
record of 61-48-12 in the past season-and-a-half
-- Adirondack is 21-12-1 on home-ice this year
for one of the best advantages in the league.
Their 21 home wins are tied for second in the
Eastern Conference trailing only league-leading
Norfolk who has 25.
-- In last four months of 2010-11, Adirondack
had a home record of 18-6-5. That's a combined
home-ice mark of 38-18-6 since December 17, 2010.
The Phantoms are also 28-12-1 at home since March
-- Jason Akeson leads the team in points with
50 including 12 goals and 38 assists. He is third
among AHL rookies in helpers and is eighth in
points. Matt Ford also has 50 points this season
but not all of them have been with Adirondack.
Ford began the season with Hershey.
-- Denis Hamel has six goals in his last 12 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 has a total of 25 goals on the year.
He began the season with 10 goals in 39 games
with Hershey. With Adirondack, he has 15 goals
in just 25 games. 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 is second in the league in
total saves with 1,406 trailing David Leggio of
Rochester by just 12. He is now third overall
in total minutes played with 2,939 but is only
two minutes behind Leggio for second. His 25 wins
are tied for fourth in the AHL and he has gone
9-4-1 in his last 14 games.
--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 19-11-4 in one-goal decisions.
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Jason Akeson 12-38-50
Matt Ford 25-25-50 (with ADK, 15-7-22)
Denis Hamel 22-21-43
Garrett Roe 8-30-38
Ben Holmstrom 12-25-37
Mike Testwuide 10-16-26
Shane Harper 13-13-26
Michael Leighton - 25-24-1, 2.57, .918
Jason Bacashihua - 8-10-1, 2.99, .902
Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)
Adirondack leads the Time Warner Cable Cup series
over the Devils 5-3 but three of the Phantoms'
wins have been in overtime in the closely contested
rivalry and another was decided by a single goal.
Some of the biggest crowds of the season have
jammed into the GFCC to watch the Phantoms and
Devils battle and this Friday's game is their
last meeting in Glens Falls and will be followed
by the Times Union Center finale on Saturday.
Rick Kowalsky is in his second year as head coach
of the Devils and has his team fighting for a
spot in the playoffs similar to Adirondack. The
Devils trail the Phantoms by one point with their
record of 30-30-11 for 71 points total and find
themselves five points back of the last playoff
spot. Albany only has five games remaining in
the regular season while Adirondack has six.
Joe Whitney's 42 points and 29 assists lead Albany.
Steve Zalewski was a pickup from the Worcester
Sharks before the trade deadline last season and
he leads Albany in goals this year with 17 while
Eric Gelinas on defense has cranked up his big
slapshot to the tune of 16 goals.
New Jersey second rounder from the University
of Minnesota Jeff Frazee has split goaltending
duties fairly evenly with rookie Keith Kinkaid
from nearby Union College. Kinkaid has played
in 40 games going 17-18-3, 2.87, .908. Kinkaid
has gone 11-18-2, 2.66, .907. On January 28, Kinkaid
posted a 30 saves shutout against the Phantoms.
Matt Anderson., Nathan Perkovich and Eric Gelinas
have three goals each in the season series against
the Phantoms to lead Albany scorers.
Denis Hamel and Shane Harper have three goals
each for Adirondack in the team's eight previous
games against Albany. Jason Akeson has five assists
and seven points.
Albany continues to struggle on special teams.
They are 28th (out of 30) on the power play at
14.7% and are 27th on the penalty kill at 80.2%.
Their total offense is 28th in the league at just
2.52 goals per game while their team defense is
21st allowing 2.94.
Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres)
Battling their way through injuries and callups,
the Americans are trying to hang tough in the
Western Conference playoff race with a record
of 32-26-13 for 77 points, just two points behind
Houston and Charlotte for the last spots.
The Amerks were in better shape a couple weeks
ago in possession of the eighth spot but have
gone on a five-game winless skid at 0-3-2 while
winning only two games out of their last 10 (2-4-4)
to tumble down the standings a bit. It's been
a lot of close battles. Their failure to secure
the extra standings point in overtimes and shootouts
could be their downfall if they fall short of
their playoff aspirations.
Rochester likes to get moving and they are 10th
in the league in total offense at 2.9 goals per
game while they are third in total shots at 33.2.
But they give up a lot too surrendering 32.1 shots
per contest to rate 26th in the AHL while allowing
2.97 goals per game which rates 23rd.
Their power play has not produced very well; 15.1%
for 25th. And their penalty kill is only 23rd
The last time the Phantoms faced Rochester was
in late February and David Leggio stood on his
head in goal to turn in a 28 save shutout in a
Rochester's lone appearance to the Glens Falls
Civic Center was in early December and Ben Holmstrom
sealed that victory with an overtime winner.
Adirondack leads the season-series in the cross-state
rivalry two games to one.
Friday, April 6 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Game vs. Albany at GFCC (7:00pm)
Saturday, April 7 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am).
Bus to Albany (4:00pm). Game at Albany (7:00pm)
Sunday, April 8 - Practice TBD. Coach's discretion.
Game vs. Rochester (5:00pm)
Monday, April 9 - Practice TBD. Coach's discretion.
Tuesday, April 10 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Wednesday, April 11 - Practice at GFCC (10:00am)
Friday, April 6, (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack
Phantoms. Time Warner Cable Cup game. $2 draft
Saturday, April 7, (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Sunday, April 8 (5:00) - Rochester Americans
at Adirondack Phantoms . Sunday Family 3-Pack
Friday, April 13 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Springfield Falcons
Saturday, April 14 (7:00) - Worcester Sharks at
Adirondack Phantoms. Hall of Fame Ceremony at
4:30 in Heritage Hall. Fan Appreciation Night
with dozens of prizes. Phantoms T-Shirts courtesy
of Papa John's
Sunday, April 15 (5:00) - Norfolk Admirals at
Adirondack Phantoms. Last game of the regular
season! Sunday Family 3-Pack Specials.
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.
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