Friday, April 13 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Springfield Falcons
Saturday, April 14 (7:00) - Worcester Sharks at
Sunday, April 15 (5:00) - Norfolk Admirals at
Friday, April 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Albany
Saturday, April 7 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Albany
Sunday, April 8 - Rochester Americans 4 - Adirondack
Down to the Wire
This is it, Phantoms fans! Adirondack enters
the last weekend of the regular season in need
of some big wins in order to make the Calder Cup
Playoffs. It's as dramatic as it can get and it
might all come down to the final play in the last
game of the season on Sunday against first-place
Every play will be huge and the games will be
If the Phantoms go 3-0-0 this weekend they will
have a very good chance of making the playoffs
but it is not quite a guarantee at this point.
If the Phantoms go 2-1-0 this weekend they can
still make the playoffs but they will need a bit
more help along the way in the form of Manchester
and Portland losses.
That's the quick outline of Adirondack's late-season
playoff push as they reach for their goal.
The even shorter version of all that is even
simpler: Just Win Baby!
The Phantoms open the weekend on Friday night
at the Springfield Falcons in a 7:30 contest for
Adirondack's last away game of the regular season.
The Adirondack Phantoms are undefeated all-time
against Springfield at 7-0-0.
Saturday night, Adirondack returns home to take
on the Worcester Sharks on Fan Appreciation Night.
T-Shirt giveaway for the first 2,500 courtesy
of Papa John's. And dozens and dozens of great
prizes including lots of autographed Phantoms
gear to be given away to the fans. Before the
game there will be a ceremony honoring our four
Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame inductees; Dave
Casey, Murray Eaves, Pete Mahovlich an Dave Strader.
After Saturday night's game is a special post-game
auction featuring the orange game-worn jerseys.
Get ready to bid! The actual game-worn orange
Phantoms jersey of Michael Leighton, Denis Hamel,
Matt Ford or Eric Wellwood (or any other player)
could be yours!
Sunday evening at 5:00 it's Adirondack playing
for their playoff-lives right down to the wire
and the competition couldn't be any tougher. The
visiting Norfolk Admirals enter the weekend on
an incredible 25-game winning streak, the longest
in professional hockey history. Norfolk is also
the most likely opponent for Adirondack in the
first-round of the playoff should the Phantoms
Don't forget about our Sunday Family 3-Pack Value
($39 = 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large
popcorn, 1 program).
These games are a big deal everyone. And we need
your support and loud cheering again to push the
team onto the playoffs.
It all comes down to this!
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.
Playoff Breakdown - (8th place and better
7. Syracuse Crunch (80 pts)
8. Portland Pirates (79 pts)
9. Manchester Monarchs (77 pts)
10. Adirondack Phantoms (76 pts)
11. Providence Bruins (75 pts)
All teams involved have three games remaining,
except Portland who has only two left.
Adirondack hols the tiebreaker advantage over
ALL the teams in the race. This could be vitally
important. The first tiebreak is total wins (not
including shootout wins...in other words, regulation
and overtime wins only).
If the Phantoms make it in, the most likely scenario
has them taking on the Norfolk Admirals in the
1-vs-8 matchup in a Best-of-Five series. Adirondack
would travel to Norfolk for games 1 and 2. Then
they would host games 3 and 4. Game 5, if necessary,
would be back in Norfolk.
Playoff dates and times as well as ticket purchasing
opportunities will be announced when Adirondack
If Adirondack goes 3-0-0 this weekend they will
need both Portland and Manchester to not run the
table and go undefeated also. If Portland goes
1-0-1 (or worse) and Manchester goes 2-0-1 (or
worse) then Adirondack will beat both of them
by going 3-0-0.
The Phantoms can also still catch 7th place Syracuse.
So if Adirondack goes 3-0-0 and either Portland
or Manchester go unbeaten, the Phantoms can still
make it in if Syracuse goes 1-2-0 (or worse).
It sounds complicated. But what it boils down
to is that the only way Adirondack going 3-0-0
somehow doesn't get the team there is if all three
teams ahead of the Phantoms also get hot.
If Adirondack goes 2-1-0 this weekend then they
will need to hope for two out of the three ahead
of them to struggle a bit more this weekend.
It actually looks quite possible as the teams
ahead of the Phantoms all have tough schedules
this weekend. Every single night the Phantoms
are playing, fans will also be doing some serious
scoreboard watching as they root for whoever is
playing against Manchester, Portland, Syracuse
Adirondack at Springfield
Manchester at Connecticut
Hershey at Portland
Syracuse at Rochester
Bridgeport at Providence
Worcester at Adirondack
Hershey at Manchester
Providence at Springfield
Connecticut at Syracuse
St. John's at Manchester (3:00)
Portland at Providence (4:00)
Syracuse at Albany (4:00)
Norfolk at Adirondack (5:00)
Friday, April 6 (Adirondack Phantoms
3 - Albany Devils 2)
It was another thrilling third-period comeback
in front of another raucous and noisy crowd inside
the GFCC. Trailing 2-1 heading into the third,
the Phantoms got big goals from their top scorers.
Matt Ford tied the game with about 12 minutes
left and then Denis Hamel scored the game-winner
with a little over six minutes remaining after
just missing on a breakaway.
The game got nasty at times between the two bitter
rivals. Big hits and a couple of big fights too.
Tye McGinn dropped the gloves with Albany's Dan
Kelly in the third period and then Mike Testwuide
did the same after the game was concluded.
The win clinched the Time Warner Cable Cup for
the Phantoms and captain Ben Holmstrom received
the hardware at center-ice in a post-game ceremony
as Adirondack won the Northway series for the
second season in a row.
Saturday, April 7 (Adirondack Phantoms
5 - Albany Devils 3)
Matt Ford cranked it up even more than usual
and picked up the first ever hat-trick of his
pro career as the Phantoms got another key win
at the Times Union Center.
Ford scored in each period including a big steal
from Albany goalie Jeff Frazee midway through
the third giving Adirondack a 4-2 lead on a goal
that proved to be the game-winner.
Michael Leighton was a big difference-maker in
the game too as the Phantoms spoiled Albany's
fan appreciation night and closed out the season-series
victory seven games to three.
The chippiness that has been a trend of this rivalry
more often than not continued at times in the
game with more big hits and a couple more fights
including Cullen Eddy dropping the gloves in the
second period for the Phantoms.
Sunday, April 8 (Rochester Americans
4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2)
A non-stop barrage of shots and a game that felt
like it was Adirondack's for the taking didn't
turn out that way Sunday evening at the GFCC.
Rochester scored a tie-breaking goal with five
minutes remaining and then added a late empty-netter
to pull out the 4-2 decision despite being outshot
in the game 48-26 including 16-5 in the third.
Tye McGinn (11th) and Tyler Brown (8th) scored
for the Phantoms in the second period as the Phantoms
just missed on their attempt for a perfect three-for-three
Adirondack and Rochester finished the season-series
even at two games apiece.
-- The Phantoms are 36-33-4 this year for 76 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 63-49-12 in the past season-and-a-half
-- Adirondack is 22-13-1 on home-ice this year
for one of the best advantages in the league.
Their 22 home wins are 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 39-19-6 since December 17, 2010.
The Phantoms are also 29-13-1 at home since March
-- Matt Ford has more points this year than any
other Phantoms, 56. But only half of those have
come with the Phantoms. For the Adirondack team
scoring honor, Jason Akeson leads the way with
53 points followed by Denis Hamel who has 46.
Akeson leads all AHL rookies in assists with 41,
tied with Phil Varone of Rochester heading into
the season's last weekend. Akeson is 7th among
AHL rookies in total points.
-- Matt Ford leads the league in game-winning
goals with nine including eight since joining
the Phantoms on February 3. He has scored a career-high
29 goals in total this season which includes 19
in just 28 games with the Phantoms. On April 7
at Albany, Ford recorded his first ever professional
-- 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 1,499 trailing David Leggio of
Rochester by just 15 entering the culminating
weekend of the 2011-12 campaign. Leighton is now
second overall in total minutes played with 3,117
but is only six minutes behind Leggio for the
league lead. His 27 wins are tied for third in
-- Leighton is 12-6-1 since February 19 with
a goals against average of 2.09 and a saves percentage
of .936. Leighton has started the last eight consecutive
games for Adirondack as well as 17 of the last
--The Phantoms are 24-3-1 when leading after two
periods and are an impressive 21-4-1 when leading
after one period.
--The Phantoms are 29-11-2 when they score first.
The Phantoms are 20-12-4 in one-goal decisions.
Phantoms Leaders (Goals - Assists - Points):
Matt Ford 29-27-56 (with ADK, 19-9-28)
Jason Akeson 12-41-53
Denis Hamel 23-23-46
Garrett Roe 8-31-39
Ben Holmstrom 12-26-38
Mike Testwuide 11-16-27
Shane Harper 13-14-27
Michael Leighton - 27-25-1, 2.60, .917
Jason Bacashihua - 8-10-1, 2.99, .902
Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue
Springfield at 34-34-6 for 74 points was eliminated
from the playoff race earlier this week and would
love for nothing more than to spoil Adirondack's
The Adirondack Phantoms are 7-0-0 all-time against
the Falcons including 3-0-0 this year. Alexandre
Giroux has over 360 career goals in the AHL, the
most of all active players. He is second on the
team this year with 27 goals and 53 points. Giroux
had 60 goals for Hershey in 2008-09 and followed
that up with 50 goals the following year.
Rookie talent Cam Atkinson from Boston College
leads the team with 29 goals but was called up
to Columbus for the final weeks of the regular
season. Martin St. Pierre has 53 assists which
is third in the AHL as well as 64 points. St.
Pierre is an AHL veteran since 2004 with Norfolk
(where he was teammates with Michael Leighton),
Providence, Binghamton, as well as different leagues
Long-time Detroit goaltender Manny Legace, 38-years-old,
has spent 35 games between the pipes this year
for Springfield. Second-year pro Paul Dainton
has received most of the rest of the netminding
Springfield is 13th (out of 30) in total offense
with 2.8 goals scored per game but defensively
they are 25th at 3.1 goals allowed.
Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks)
Like Springfield, the Sharks (30-31-12) have had
their playoff hopes officially dashed earlier
this week and are playing out the rest of the
regular season for pride and the opportunity to
eliminate a team ahead of them such as the Phantoms.
Roy Sommer recorded his 500th career win in the
AHL earlier this season and with 14 years at the
helm of the San Jose AHL affiliate, is the longest
tenured head coach in the circuit. This has included
stint with the Kentucky Thoroughblades followed
by the Cleveland Lumberjacks and then their current
AHL club in the San Jose organization, Worcester.
At 2.6 goals per game, the Sharks rate 24th in
the AHL. They allow 2.8 goals a game which is
Boston native and Boston University product John
McCarthy has had a good season with Worcester
with a team-leading 20 goals and 46 points. Nathan
Moon is perhaps their top rookie with 12 goals
and 32 points after coming over from Kingston
of the OHL.
Harri Sateri and Tyson Sexsmith are their goalies.
22-year-old Sateri from Finland spent a couple
of seasons playing in Sweden before making his
debut campaign in the U.S. with Worcester in 2011-12.
Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning)
It has been an absolutely astonishing season
for the Admirals who carry a 25-game win streak
into the weekend, the longest in professional
hockey history. They have since shattered the
former AHL record 17-game win streak by the Philadelphia
Phantoms in 2004-05 and Peoria's IHL win-streak
of 19 in 1991-92.
Perhaps even more incredibly, the last 19 straight
wins have all been in regulation. No overtime
or shootouts necessary!
It's all gravy from here. Norfolk (52-18-3) has
already clinched the regular season crown and
home-ice advantage for the rest of the playoffs.
If Adirondack qualifies for the post-season, the
most likely scenario has them playing the Admirals
in the first round Best-of-Five series in the
Second-year head coach Jon Cooper was just named
the AHL's Coach of the Year and Corey Conacher
has received top rookie honors. They are surely
the first of several more honors to come. The
AHL All-Star and All-Rookie Teams are certain
to be littered with Admirals players.
Michael Leighton used to hold Norfolk franchise
records for career wins (75) and consecutive wins
(8) but both of those marks have since been broken
by Dustin Tokarski.
Conacher's 35 goals are now second in the league
to Matt Fraser of Texas who has 36. Conacher's
75 points are second to Chris Bourque of Hershey
who has run away with the league's point-crown
Tyler Johnson is also lighting it up with 31
goals and 36 assists. Kind of scary that both
Conacher (Canisius College) and Johnson (Spokane,
WHL) are rookies!
Norfolk leads the league in scoring with 3.6
goals per game and are also very good defensively,
allowing just 2.4 to rate 3rd. Their power play
is second in the AHL at 22%.
Friday, April 13 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Springfield Falcons
Saturday, April 14 (4:30) - Adirondack Hockey
Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony honoring
Dave Casey, Murray Eaves, Pete Mahovlich and Dave
Saturday, April 14 (7:00) - Worcester Sharks
at Adirondack Phantoms. Fan Appreciation Night
with dozens of prizes for the fans including many
autographed Phantoms items. 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.
Monday, April 16 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE at McGinny's. Special Guest, Phantoms Executive
Vice President Chris Porreca chatting about the
season and the big "I'm In" campagin.
Also with Tim McManus of the Post-Star and Voice
of the Phantoms, Bob Rotruck.
Wednesday, April 18 - To Be Announced?!?! Fingers-crossed.
I'm In! We need 1,756 season ticket holders for
next season to conclusively prove the viability
of Glens Falls as a great hockey market. The league
and other teams are watching! Currently, we have
over 400 season ticket holders for next year.
It's a great start. Keep it up, fans! To join
the "I'm In" campaign, contribute your
$50 down-payment to a season ticket for 2012-13
or ask about a 22-pack or 12-pack ticket plan.
Together we can do this. Call the Adirondack Phantoms
at (518) 480-3355.
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