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Phantoms Weekly - Off to Manchester, Binghamton and Syracuse

November 13, 2012

This Week's Games

Wednesday, November 14 (10:00am) - Adirondack Phantoms at Manchester Monarchs
Friday, November 16 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Seantors
Saturday, November 17 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Thanksgiving Weekend Homestand

Wednesday, November 21 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
Friday, November 23 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, November 24 (7:00) - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms

Last Week's Scores

Friday, November 9 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Rochester Americans 1
Saturday, November 10 - Albany Devils 2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1

Phantoms Leaders - Goals, Assists, Points

Brayden Schenn 4-7-11
Sean Couturier 2-8-10
Danny Syvret 1-4-5
Tye McGinn 1-3-4
Erik Gustafsson 1-3-4

Goalies - W-L-SOL, GAA, SV%

Scott Munroe 3-3-0, 2.53, .925
Cal Heeter 2-3-0, 3.21, .875

Stats Breakdown

Record - 5-6-0
Offense - 2.4 goals per game, 23rd (out of 30)
Defense - 2.9, 19th
Power Play - 12.3%, 23rd
Penalty Kill - 86.8%, 11th
Shots - 30.7, 13th
Shots allowed - 30.0, 16th

Coming Up

The Adirondack Phantoms continue on their five-game road trip with three games in four days taking the team to Manchester, Binghamton and Syracuse. The slate of five represents the second-longest road-swing of the season for the Phantoms trailing only a seven-gamer facing the team next March.

The stretch begins with the team's first morning start-time in three years as they travel to Mancehster for a Wednesday morning game at 10:00am featuring thousands of kids on a Day Game Field Trip.

The Adirondack Phantoms are 1-0 all-time in such games with the only other morning game taking place in the team's first season on November 4, 2009 with a 4-2 victory at Bridgeport.

Manchester is the affiliate of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and features four players who were part of the Cup-winning team last year. Terry Murray and Brayden Schenn both have recent ties with the Kings and know many of their players.

Adirondack will travel to Binghamton Friday night for their first game of the season against the Senators. And then head back to Syracuse for their third game of the year vs. the Crunch.

Adirondack's next home game is Wednesday, November 21 against Bridgeport to begin their longest homestand of the season, a six-gamer. That Thanksgiving Feast Weekend of Hockey at the Glens Falls Civic Center features home games on the day before Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) and also on Saturday, November 24 on Men's Cancer Awareness Night.

The Phantoms are 5-6-0 overall after splitting a pair of 2-1 games vs. Rochester and Albany last weekend.

Looking Further Ahead

The longest homestand of the season gets underway on Wednesday, November 21 and features the annual Black Friday game on Friday, November 23 followed by another big one on Saturday, November 24 against the Hershey Bears on Youth Jersey Giveaway Night presented by the Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation Team combined with Mustache Jersey Night for the Phantoms presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union featuring a post-game jersey auction with part of the proceeds to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.

Special "Ticket and a T-Shirt" packages to benefit area men's cancer organizations are available now for only $30 with $5 from every purchase benefiting these worthy causes.

Contact a Phantoms ticket representative to book your group of 15 or more fans and save big. Or order your 22-pack or 12-pack. If you plan on coming to more than one Phantoms game this season, then we have the ticket package for you to save some bucks! Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

Coats and Cans

The Adirondack Phantoms are proud to announce their Coats and Cans initiative over the Thanksgiving weekend as they team up with the Greater Glens Falls Salvation Army. And you get to benefit too with a ticket to a future Phantoms game as a reward for your donation!

Please give and think of others less fortunate during this holiday season.

Bring your coat donation or bag of canned goods to any of the upcoming games on November 21, 23 or 24 and you will receive a free ticket for the Phantoms game on November 28. Fans may also drop off their donations at the Adirondack Phantoms offices located downstairs in the Glens Falls Civic Center.

All donations will be delivered to Major David Dean, pastor of the local Salvation Army, and will benefit needy families and kids in the North Country in time for the holiday season.

Mustache Mania!!

Phantoms Fight Cancer this month features players and staff growing mustaches to raise awareness and generate funds for men's cancer issues. Contribute in the donation cans at the Phantoms game for your favorite Phantoms mustache grower (even Dax!!)

The month will feature a Phantoms Mustache Jersey in our November 24 game presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union with part of the proceeds from the post-game jersey auction to benefit the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation - C.R. Wood Cancer Center Capital Campaign. Visit our special Movember site at mobro.co/phantomshockey

Here's a preview of our great jerseys for the Men's Cancer Awareness Night game on November 24.

Phantoms Fun Bus

Come aboard the Phantoms Fun Bus!
Sunday, December 9th at Providence. $65 includes bus transportation and a ticket to the game.
Bus departs at 11am. Game is at 4pm. Bus arrives back at 11pm. Sign up right away. Space is limited. Not a team sponsored event. Special thanks to our team's bus driver, Craig LaFave, for putting this together for the fans! Contact Craig to get signed up: craigjlafave@gmail.com

Phantoms Week in Review

Friday, November 9: Adirondack 2 - Rochester 1

Danny Syvret and Garrett Roe lit the lamp to open the team's five-game road-swing as the Adirondack Phantoms avenged a loss to the same Rochester team who defeated them on their home ice a couple weeks prior.

Cal Heeter allowed just one goal that barely trickled through him while makes 25 saves on 26 shots for his second professional win.

Roe's game-winner about midway through the third period was deflected by a Rochester defenseman and then bounced and hopped it's way towards and around goalie David Leggio. The victory over the affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres came without the services of Sean Couturier who was out of the lineup battling a flu-bug.

Tye McGinn, Brayden Schenn and Ben Holmstrom all had close-calls at the empty-net in the closing seconds of the game.

Adirondack is 1-1-0 against Rochester and will travel to Blue Cross Arena again in December.

Saturday, November 10: Albany 2 - Adirondack 1

Scott Munroe and Jeff Frazee both made a number of sparkling saves but the Phantoms came up just short in the 2-1 decision at the Devils. Albany also took a 2 games to 1 lead in the Time Warner Cable Cup series but there are still nine games remaining in the regular season between the two Northway rivals.

Eric Wellwood's unassisted goal carrying the puck out in front for a blast short side on Frazee's glove-hand tied the score at 1-1 late in the second period.

It appeared Tye McGinn was going to give the Phantoms the lead early in the third period on a brilliant cross-ice pass by Brandon Manning. But the back-door shot by McGinn was somehow turned aside by the lunging goalie Frazee with his right leg and a mere 10 seconds later Albany was able to convert on a 3-on-2 rush back the other way with Matt Anderson getting the game-winner in the ultra-quick turn of events.

Brandon Manning and Harry Zolnierczyk were denied on shorthanded breakaway opportunities.

Coach Murray was especially pleased with Adirondack's penalty kill that held Albany to 0-for-7 and kept Adirondack right there for the comeback attempt.

Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Garrett Roe

Garrett Roe is the Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week. The second-year pro out of St. Cloud State (Minn.) scored the game-winning goal Friday on his fortunate bouncer after a Rochester deflection. Roe also generated several other quality scoring chances and played a good all-around game while also showing his pesky side in a couple of shoving and pushing matches after the whistle.

The goal was Roe's second of the year. Last year, Roe scored eight goals and 32 assists for 40 points in his rookie campaign in professional hockey. Roe was second on the team in assists and fourth in points.

The Vienna, Va. native had 55 career goals in four seasons at St. Cloud State in the highly regarded WCHA prior to signing with the Phantoms.

Striking First and Special Teams

Special teams continues to play a huge role and sometimes the stats lead to some extremely simple results. When Adirondack scores at least one power play goal, they win the game. If they go oh-fer on the power play, then they do not. It really has been as simple as that. 5-0 with a power play goal but 0-6 if their power play gets shut down.

Coach Murray has emphasized that scoring the first goal in any game is crucial. But Adirondack has also shown an impressive ability to battle back from behind. The Friday night victory at Rochester was the team's fourth this year in which they were initially trailing. The Amerks scored the first goal of the night. But Adirondack shut them down after that to pave the way for the comeback 2-1 victory. Adirondack has scored the first goal of the game only once this season coming in their 4-0 victory over Albany on November 3.

Getting to the three goal mark in any game has proven to be a key as well. Adirondack is 4-0-0 when they score three or more goals, they are 1-6 in games scoring two or fewer goals.

Upcoming Opponents

Manchester Monarchs, 7-3-1 (Los Angeles Kings)

The Wednesday morning game will be the Phantoms' lone visit to New Hampshire this season. The Monarchs will travel to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, December 15th.

Record - 7-3-1
Division - Atlantic, First Place
Head Coach - Mark Morris
Offense - 2.9 goals per game, 15th (out of 30)
Defense - 1.9, 3rd
Power Play - 20.8%, 9th
Penalty Kill - 87.5%, 10th

Manchester features four players who won the Stanley Cup last season with the Los Angeles Kings; Dwight King, Jordan Nolan, Andrei Loktionov, Slava Voynov.

Jordan Nolan is the son of Ted Nolan who played for the Adirondack Red Wings from 1979-84 playing 297 games scoring 84 goals. Ted was also head coach of the Buffalo Sabres 1995-97 and New York Islanders 2006-08. Head coach of Latvia National Team.

Terry Murray knows many of the players on the Manchester team stemming from his time as head coach of their parent club Los Angeles Kings for over three seasons from 2008-2011.

Phantoms leading scorer Brayden Schenn played in nine games for the Los Angeles Kings and 12 regular-season and post-season games for the Manchester Monarchs from 2009-11 and was teammates with many current members of the Monarchs' roster.

Stefan Legein is in his second season with the Monarchs after being traded by the Flyers organization in October, 2011. Last year with Manchester he scored 14 goals in 63 games. His top season with the Phantoms came in 2009-10 in which he scored 24 goals to finish second on the team. He was initially a second-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007.

Brandon Kozun - Leading scorer on Manchester with four goals and eight assists. Third season with the Monarchs. Had 20 goals and 26 assists last year. And had 23 goals in his rookie season 2010-11.

Andrei Loktionov - Native of Russia who played in 39 games with Los Angeles last year and 59 career NHL games for the 22-year-old. Four goals and four assists this season.

Slava Voynov - 8 goals with L.A. last year and 12 assists. Also played in 20 post-season games winning the Stanley Cup. 3-4-7 so far this year. 2nd round (32 overall) in 2008 by the Kings.

Martin Jones - Third year as Manchester goalie. 6-3-1, 1.79, .935. 8th in the AHL in goals against average and 4th in total saves (259). 22-year-old who last year was 18-17-2, 2.80, .919. Played in two games on 2010 Team Canada World Juniors squad.

Binghamton Senators, 5-4-1 (Ottawa Senators)

Adirondack is traveling to the southern tier for the first of eight games between the two intra-state rivals.

Record - 5-4-1
Division - East (Second)
Head Coach - Luke Richardson (1st season)
Offense - 2.4, 22nd
Defense - 2.7, 9th
Power Play - 10.2%, 26th
Penalty Kill - 88.1%, 8th

Leading Scorers -
Andre Benoit, 4-2-6
Jacob Silverman, 2-4-6

Goalies -
Robin Lehner - 5-2-1, 1.74, .942
Ben Bishop - 0-2-0, 4.04, .902

Syracuse Crunch, 7-2-2 (Tampa Bay Lightning)

The Phantoms and Crunch are playing their third of eight scheduled games this year. It is Adirondack's second visit to the Ondonga County War Memorial at OnCenter. The Phantoms stunned the Crunch with a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory in overtime on Sunday, October 28. Brayden Schenn tied the game with 1:02 remaining in regulation and Brandon Manning blasted home the game-winner just 14 seconds in overtime.

Record - 7-2-2
Division - East (First)
Head Coach - Jon Cooper (3rd Season)
Offense - 3.5, 8th
Defense - 2.9, 14th
Power Play - 17.7%, 15th
Penalty Kill - 88.2%, 7th

Leading Scorers -
Cory Conacher, 7-6-13
Tyler Johnson, 8-4-12
Onrej Palat, 1-11-12

Goalies -
Dustin Tokarski, 5-1-1, 1.96, .914
Riku Helenius, 2-2-0, 3.78, .852

Syracuse are essentially the defending Calder Cup Champions as most of the Norfolk Admirals team made the switch to upstate New York when Tampa Bay changed affiliations. Jon Cooper won AHL Coach of the Year honors as the team won an incredible 28 straight games to conclude the regular season and then cruised through the post-season for the championship. From February 5 through their clincher in June they went 43-3-0.

Cory Conacher is the reigning AHL MVP having scored 39 goals as a rookie last season. Fellow second-year pro Tyler Johnson had 31 goals. Mike Angeledis is an AHL veteran, serves as their captain, and was previously a captain for the Albany River Rats.

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 Pepsi Countdown to Faceoff pregame show and also include the Great Meadow Federal Credit Union post-game show including audio-replay highlights. Be sure to tune-in on your way to and from each Phantoms home game!

The Phantoms Power Hour is back as well. The weekly show recapping the past game and featuring interviews with Phantoms players and coaches is every Monday at 7:00 pm throughout the season. A new LIVE location where the fans can join us will be announced soon.

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.

Phantoms Roster

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 NHL credentials.

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 Stevens.

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 Philadelphia.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 14 (10:00 am) - Adirondack Phantoms at Manchester Monarchs.

Friday, November 16 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Saturday, November 17 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Monday, November 19 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 with special guests Cullen Eddy and Shane Harper


Wednesday, November 21 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms - $1 Hot Dogs!

Friday, November 23 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms - Annual Black Friday Game. $2 Draft Beer Specials

Saturday, November 24 (7:00) - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms - Men's Cancer Awareness Night.

Includes Phantoms Youth Jersey Giveaway presented by Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation Team. Phantoms Mustache Jerseys and post-game auction presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union with portion of proceeds to benefit Glens Falls Hospital Foundation - C.R. Wood Cancer Center Capital Campaign.

Great Youth Jerseys to be given away to the first 1,000 kids in attendance (age 14 and younger) on Saturday, November 24 presented by the Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation Team. Be sure to get there early!


These Phantoms Youth Jerseys are sure to go fast. Be sure to arrive early for the big game on Saturday, November 24. We will only have enough jerseys for the first 1,000 kids age 14 and younger.

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Mustache Mania!!

Phantoms Fight Cancer this month features players and staff growing mustaches to raise awareness and generate funds for men's cancer issues. Contribute in the donation cans at the Phantoms game for your favorite Phantoms mustache grower (even Dax!!)

The month will feature a Phantoms Mustache Jersey in our November 24 game presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union with part of the proceeds from the post-game jersey auction to benefit the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation - C.R. Wood Cancer Center Capital Campaign. Visit our special Movember site at mobro.co/phantomshockey


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