Friday, October 19 (6:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
(1-1-0) at St. John's IceCaps (1-1-0)
Saturday, October 20 (6:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
(1-1-0) at St. John's IceCaps (1-1-0)
Upcoming October Schedule
Friday, October 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Saturday, October 27 (7:00) - Rochester Americans
at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, October 28 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Syracuse Crunch
Hitting the Road
The Adirondack Phantoms are on the road this
weekend for games 2 and 3 of a four-game road-swing
that began this past Sunday. The Phantoms travel
to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labradour for
games on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 Eastern Time
taking on the St. John's IceCaps, AHL affiliates
of the Winnipeg Jets.
The Phantoms opened the season with a thrilling
and fast-paced performance in front of a jammed,
sold-out and electric crowd at the Glens Falls
Civic Center. Adirondack trailed 3-2 late in the
second period to the Portland Pirates but the
Phantoms would score the next four goals in a
row for a 6-3 victory. It was an amazing night
made all the more incredible by the team's ninth
GFCC sellout in franchise history. The place was
crazy and it was a special night we'll never forget.
One win down and many more to go!
The road-trip began on Sunday at Springfield and
is not just the beginning of a four-game stretch
away from home. The Phantoms are also beginning
a month-long run in which they will play 10 of
their next 13 games away from the GFCC. It's a
tough and long early-season test for Adirondack.
The Phantoms next home game is Saturday, October
27 against the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate
of the Buffalo Sabres. The game will feature a
Halloween Costume Parade on the ice between periods
and fans can take advantage of the pregame All-You-Can-Heat
Pasta Buffet in Heritage Hall for only $12. Get
your tickets in advance by calling the Phantoms
Saturday night's season opening game was the ninth
sellout in Adirondack Phantoms history. Four of
those sellouts have come in the calendar year
of 2012 including three in the second-half of
the 2011-12 season. Way to go, fans!
Phantoms GFCC Sellouts
Oct 3, 2009 5,411 vs. Worcester Sharks
Jan 23, 2010 5,309 vs. Albany River Rat
Mar 10, 2012 5,163 vs. Albany Devils
Nov 27, 2009 5,148 vs. Hershey Bears
Apr 10, 2010 4,968 vs. Albany River Rats
Feb 4, 2012 4,923 vs. Providence Bruins
Oct 17, 2009 4,912 vs. Albany River Rats
Mar 5, 2010 4,906 vs. Rochester Americans
Oct 13, 2012 4,801 vs. Portland Pirates
Double-Check Your Watches
Heading to the Newfoundland Time Zone can be an
adventure for the unprepared. It is not like the
Atlantic Time Zone which is simply one hour later
than Eastern Time. In St. John's, the time zone
is actually 1.5 hours later than Eastern Time.
So the games at St. John's are scheduled to start
at 7:30 pm local time, which means they will get
underway at 6:00 pm in New York. Broadcast coverage
with the Pepsi Countdown to Faceoff on Q101.7
will commence at an earlier-than-usual 5:30 pm
on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Phantoms Week in Review
Saturday, October 13 - Adirondack
6 - Portland 3
The Phantoms began the week with an impressive
performance in front of a deafening sold-out GFCC
crowd of 4,801. Adirondack poured it on for 48
shots on goal and special teams made the difference
in a 6-3 win over the Portland Pirates to get
the season started on the right foot. 19 year
old Sean Couturier tied the game at 3-3 late in
the second period with a 5-on-3 goal. And Tye
McGinn added the go-ahead goal early in the third
on a nice assist by Ben Holmstrom from the corner
also on the power play.
The visiting affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes
were ready to pounce on their late third period
opportunity to equalize when they were granted
a man-advantage with six minutes remaining, but
Brayden Schenn weaved his way around a stunned
Portland defenseman for a highlight-reel caliber
shorthanded goal to help seal the victory. Schenn
would add an empty-net goal a few minutes later.
Scott Munroe was the winning goaltender in his
return to the Phantoms with 30 saves on 33 shots
The Phantoms went 2-for-8 on the power play while
also adding a shorthanded goal. They also killed
off a key 5-on-3 that Portland had while the game
was still tied 3-3. The Pirates held that two-man
advantage for 1:35 extending from the end of the
second period to the beginning of the third but
the Phantoms were able to battle their way through
it and the critical kill helped swing momentum
back their way.
Sunday, October 14 - Springfield
4 - Adirondack 0
The next game proved to be somewhat more challenging
for the Phantoms who could not find the same goal-scoring
touch. Despite 31 shots on goal, they were unable
to break Curtis McElhinney in the Springfield
Falcons net as they suffered a 4-0 defeat. Cal
Heeter took the loss in net for the Phantoms while
the Ohio State product was making his professional
debut. The Adirondack Phantoms still dominate
the all-time series however with a 7-2 advantage
over Springfield since 2009.
A number of noteworthy firsts highlights the opening
Andrew Johnston made his professional debut on
Saturday night and the center looked strong and
came dangerously close to scoring his first pro
goal in Sunday's game at Springfield. He comes
from the Junior-A Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
where he led the Humbolt Broncos to an Anavet
Cup title and scored a combined 39 goals in the
regular and post-season.
Rookie Cal Heeter also made his pro debut when
he got the start in goal for Sunday's away game.
The St. Louis native comes to the Flyers organization
from Ohio State where he went 13-11-5, 2.45, .918
for the Buckeyes in a season that was highlighted
by a 41-save shutout of nationally ranked Miami
Young Flyers prospects Brayen Schenn and Sean
Couturier are taking advantage of their opportunities
to get additional playing time plus get experience
in situations where they may not have seen as
much action in the NHL last year. Couturier's
5-on-3 goal on Saturday night was the first power
play goal of his still-brief professional career.
And Schenn's tremendous shorthanded tally was
also a professional first for him. (thanks to
Mike Cignoli of the Saratogian newspaper for the
research and the tip!)
The first goal this season was scored by Harry
Zolnierczyk. Nothing particularly new there however
as it was the 12th time he has scored for the
Phantoms and the 15th goal he has scored in the
Scott Munroe picked up his 65th career win for
the Phantoms organization, but it was his first
for the Adirondack Phantoms. Munroe had 64 wins
previously for the Phantoms but they all came
from 2006-09 when the team was still the Philadelphia
Phantoms. Munroe is third all-time on the Phantoms
in career wins and is just six shy of Antero Nittymaki
for second place.
Golfing for a Cause
The Adirondack Phantoms held their second annual
golf scramble to benefit the Phantoms Friends
program this past Monday, October 15 at the Hiland
Park Country Club. Several fans and sponsors signed
up for the opportunity to golf with Phantoms players,
coaches and staff. The weather looked ominous
and for a little bit there was some doubt but
thankfully the rain held off (for the most part)
and everyone had a great time. Even Dax was there!
Thanks to all the players for their enjoyable
company with some of our great fans. The winners
also received some terrific Phantoms prizes. The
proceeds from the day's event go to benefit the
Phantoms Friends, sponsored by Bare Bones Furniture,
helping fans donate tickets to needy kids, families
and veterans in the area so that they can enjoy
a fun night of Phantoms hockey entertainment they
might not otherwise be able to attend.
Special thanks to the Hiland Park Country Club
in Queensbury and also to event organizer Anne
St. John's IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets),
The St. John's IceCaps opened the season with
a two-game roadie to New England. After dropping
their Saturday night opener at Springfield 4-2
they bounced back to post a 3-2 victory on Sunday
afternonn at the Connecticut Whale. This Friday
is the home opener for St. John's.
22 year old Spencer Machacek led the team in scoring
last year with 18 goals and 32 assists while also
playing in 13 games with parent-club Winnipeg
and scoring two goals. Paul Postma is an offensive-minded
defenseman entering his fifth season of pro hockey
who scored 13 goals and 31 assists last year with
Aleksandr Burmistrov is perhaps their most dangerous
offensive threat now after two full seasons in
the NHL with Atlanta and Winnipeg. The young prospect
was drafted eighth overall in the 2010 draft by
Atlanta. He represented Russia at the World Juniors
Championships in 2010 and then went on to score
six goals with the Atlanta Thrashers as a 19 year
old. Last year he poured in 13 more goals with
Goalie Eddie Pasquale returns to St. John's after
going 23-11-4, 2.11, .910 a season ago. Mark Dekanich
comes over from the Blue Jackets organization
after an injury-plagued season limited him to
just five games.
Keith McCambridge is in his fourth season as head
coach of this team going back to two seasons with
the Manitoba Moose before they moved to St. John's.
St. John's AHL History
Adirondack and St. John's used to have a good,
little rivalry going a couple decades ago. But
back then it was the Adirondack Red Wings vs.
the St. John's Maple Leafs. In their very first
season in 1991-92, the Maple Leafs advanced all
the way to the Calder Cup Finals, only to have
their championship dreams dashed by the Red Wings
who won the third of their four titles. The Red
Wings clinched the Calder Cup in St. John's with
a 5-2 victory in Game 7 on "The Rock"
on May 29, 1992. The seven-game series was unique
in that the away team won every game.
The St. John's Maple Leafs would remain a staple
of the American Hockey League through the 2004-05
season at which point they moved to become the
St. John's is similar to Glens Falls is that it
is a great AHL market to have lost their team
and earn a second chance several years later.
St. John's re-emerged in the AHL with the IceCaps
in 2011-12. The Manitoba Moose were displaced
when the NHL returned to their market in Winnipeg.
Adirondack and St. John's did not play each other
last year when the IceCaps debuted in the league.
This weekend's games will mark the first meetings
of Adirondack vs. St. John's in the AHL since
St. John's had Major Juniors hockey in the QMJHL
in the form of the St. John's Fog Devils from
2005-08. Marc-Andre Bourdon has played here before
when he was with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in "The
Q". Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier have
both been to St. John's before when training with
Team Canada U18 national squad.
The return of AHL hockey to Mile One Centre in
St. John's has proved to be wildly and predictably
popular. Their excited fan-base packed their arena
to over 100% seating capacity in their return
to the league averaging 6,297 fans per game. And
the team responded with a 43-25-5 record, tops
in the Atlantic Division, as they advanced to
the Eastern Conference finals.
Phantoms This Week
It's a lengthy journey to get from Glens Falls
all the way up to St.John's in Newfoundland and
Labradour. The team does not play there until
Friday night but their trip begins on Tuesday
night with a bus ride to Montreal followed by
a non-stop flight Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, 10:30 am - Practice at Glens Falls Civic
Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Bus Departs for Montral
Wednesday morning - Flight from Montral to St.
Thursday morning - Practice at Mile One Centre,
St. John's. Time TBD
Friday - Morning practice at Mile One Centre,
St. John's. Game at 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time
Saturday - Morning practice at Mile One Centre,
Sy. John's. Gane at 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time
Sunday - Flight to Montreal. Bus to Glens Falls.
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 help show the long-term viability of
this great hockey market.
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.
The Adirondack Phantoms' 25 player roster features
plenty of familiarity as well as experience. 20
out of those 25 have played for the Phantoms before
including 18 last year. And 10 players on the
roster have played in the NHL for the Philadelphia
Flyers including nine last season. There's a lot
of talent on this team including plenty of impressive
The ten players on the Phantoms roster who played
for the Flyers (either last season or in previous
seasons) include: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Sean Couturier,
Erik Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom, Brandon Manning,
Zac Rinaldo, Danny Syvret, Brayden Schenn, Eric
Wellwood and Harry Zolnierczyk.
Welcome Head Coach Terry Murray
The new head coach for the Adirondack Phantoms
is NHL veteran mentor Terry Murray. No coach in
the history of the AHL has ever had more experience
than Murray who has been at the bench for 1,012
NHL regular season games with Los Angeles, Philadelphia,
Washington and Florida. He has posted a career
record of 499-383-89-41 for a points percentage
of .557 and is 19th all-time in NHL history in
regular season games coached and is 18th all-time
in total wins.
Murray returns to the Flyers organization for
his third tour of duty as a coach. He most recently
worked in the Los Angeles Kings organization,
where he was the head coach from the start of
the 2008-09 season through December 2011. Prior
to joining the Kings, Murray was a Flyers assistant
coach for four seasons from 2003-2008, working
first under Ken Hitchcock and later under John
He was the head coach of the Flyers for three
seasons from 1994 through 1997, leading the Flyers
to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. He posted a record
of 118-64-30 in 212 games behind the bench in
On The Air
The Voice of the Phantoms, Bob Rotruck, has the
fast-paced hockey action and excitement all season
long on the flagship home of the Adirondack Phantoms,
Classic Hits Q101.7 and on the Phantoms Radio
Network presented by Curtis Lumber. Broadcasts
begin 30 minutes prior to game-time with the Countdown
to Faceoff pregame show and also have an extended
post-game show including audio-replay highlights.
Be sure to tune-in on your way to and from each
Phantoms home game!
And get ready for the return of the Phantoms Power
Hour on Monday nights which will debut soon and
at a great new location to be announced in the
Fans can also listen to all the Phantoms games
on our internet home at ustream.tv/channel/phantomsradio
. UStream is also available as a free app on Android
and iPhone so you can listen wherever you go!
AHLLive.com has all the games too on pay-per-view.
The Season Ahead
The Phantoms will again compete in the Northeast
Division of the Eastern Conference in the AHL
against the Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers,
Connecticut Whale and Springfield Falcons. The
top eight teams from the Eastern Conference qualify
for the playoffs in April with the three division
winners landing the top seeding advantage.
Adirondack will tangle with the Albany Devils
more than any other team in the league. 12 games
in the season series will determine the winner
of the Time Warner Cable Cup to be awarded to
the champions of the local rivalry. Adirondack
has taken the cup each of the last two years.
Adirondack's next most frequent opponents will
be the Binghamton Senators and Syracuse Crunch;
eight times each. The Phantoms face one new opponent
in 2012-13, the St. John's IceCaps, AHL affiliate
of the Winnipeg Jets. That is something of an
old rivalry renewed in a way as the Adirondack
Red Wings and St. John's Maple Leafs were fierce
competitors in the 1990s including a 1992 Calder
Cup matchup for the Red Wings with Adirondack
taking the title four games to three.
Great Promos - More Than Hockey!
Great giveaways, terrific value, and lots of fun
are on tap for Phantoms' fans in 2012-13. bobblehead
nights with Dan Miner and Dax will be awesome.
Plus lots of other great giveaways including t-shirts,
posters, youth jerseys and much more. The Phantoms
will be wearing a variety of specialty jerseys
this year beginning with throwback Adirondack
Red Wings jerseys on Opening Night. Plus autograph
sessions, post-game skates and pre-game buffets.
Every Wednesday feature $1 hot dogs. Fridays are
$2 draft beers. And Sundays are the Family Fun
Pack for only $43 which is the best ticket-plus-food
value you can get for a group of three or more.
Friday, October 19 (6:00)
- Adirondack Phantoms at St. John's IceCaps -
Broadcast on Q101.7 and on your computer and smart-phone
Saturday, October 20 (6:00)
- Adirondack Phantoms at St. John's IceCaps -
Broadcast on Q101.7 and on your computer and smart-phone
Friday, October 26 (7:00)
- Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils - Game
1 of Time Warner Cable Cup
Saturday, October 27 (7:00)
- Rochester Americans at Adirondack Phantoms -
Halloween Costume Parade
Phantoms Have You Covered
We have all the latest interviews, game-recaps,
videos and more. Make sure you're keeping up!
Follow the Phantoms and join our online communities
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And, of course, check in frequently at our official
team website at phantomshockey.com
Pick up your Phantoms schedule posters! They're
available now at the Adirondack Phantoms offices
located downstairs inside the Glens Falls Civic
Center. Also look for them around town. Pick up
an extra and post it on the door or window of
your area store or business. Help spread the word...Hockey
Season is Here!!
Get great savings with the Phantoms when you purchase
a season ticket PLUS never waste a ticket. Your
unused game tickets can be redeemed for future
Phantoms games. 22-game and 12-game packages available
I'm In! We need 1,756 season ticket holders for
this season to help prove the viability of Glens
Falls as a great hockey market. The league and
other teams are watching! We're almost there.
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.