This Week's Games
Friday, December 7 (7:05) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Rochester Americans
Saturday, December 8 (7:00) - Syracuse
Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, December 9 (4:05) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Providence Bruins
Last Week's Scores
Wednesday, November 28 - St. John's IceCaps 3
- Adirondack Phantoms 2
Friday, November 30 - Binghamton Senators 7 -
Adirondack Phantoms 4
Saturday, December 1 - Albany Devils 3 - Adirondack
Brayden Schenn 9-13-22
Sean Couturier 6-11-17
Erik Gustafsson 3-9-12
Danny Syvret 1-8-9
W-L-SOL GAA SV%
Scott Munroe 6-5-0 2.49 .919
Cal Heeter 3-6-0 3.29 .889
Record - 9-11-0
Offense - 2.6 goals per game, 23rd (out of 30)
Defense - 3.0, 16th
Power Play - 15.5%, 19th
Penalty Kill - 84.5%, 9th
Shots - 32.4, 7th
Shots allowed - 30.1, 14th
The Adirondack Phantoms play three games in three
days this weekend including a Saturday night home
game that is sandwiched in the middle of a couple
of away games on Friday and Sunday.
Adirondack recently completed their longest homestand
of the season and went 3-3-0 in their six-game
series over the past two weeks. The Phantoms are
still in the midst of a long stretch of home games
that has the team playing 10 out of 12 at the
Glens Falls Civic Center through December 19.
The Phantoms head out to Rochester for the second
and final time this season for a Friday night
game at the affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. Adirondack
pulled out an exciting 2-1 win in their last visit
there about a month ago.
The lone home game of the weekend is Saturday
night and it's a biggie. The Syracuse Crunch are
the opponents and the team that is essentially
the defending Calder Cup Champions (when they
were the Norfolk Admirals last year before an
affiliation switch) are back on top of the Eastern
Conference at 13-5-2. Saturday is Phantoms T-Shirt
Night for the first 2,500 fans in attendance and
is also Pasta Night at Heritage Hall with the
pregame buffet for only $12 beginning at 5:30.
Then the Phantoms play their third Sunday afternoon
contest and their first since October when they
travel to Rhode Island to take on the Providence
Bruins at 4:05. The black and orange will be well
represented at the Dunkin Donuts Center as part
of the first Phantoms Fun Bus road-trip for the
fans this year.
The Phantoms are 9-11-0 overall but did not lose
ground in the Northeast Division as the teams
directly ahead of them lost games last week. Adirondack's
18 points place them in the fourth spot in the
division but they are only two behind third-place
Connecticut and just three points back of second-place
20 games into the season is roughly the one-quarter
mark into the 2012-13 regular season schedule
of 76 total games.
Brayden Schenn leads the Phantoms with nine goals
and 22 points this season and is fifth in the
AHL and third in the Eastern Conference.
Harry Zolnierczyk is the hottest scorer lately
with three goals in the last three games while
Rob Bordson has three goals in his last five games.
Jason Akeson rejoined Adirondack just two weeks
ago and already has seven assists in his first
six games including a three-game point streak
as well as points in five out six.
The Adirondack Phantoms were involved in a couple
of transactions this week as the Philadelphia
Flyers reassigned two players.
Matt Konan, defenseman, has been brought up to
Adirondack from Trenton (ECHL). The rookie from
Tustin, Cal. began the season with the Phantoms
while rehabbing from his injury although he was
never activated on the roster. He was then assigned
to Trenton a couple weeks ago where he played
in five games, his first as a pro. Konan set career
highs last season in Major Juniors with the Medicine
Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League with nine
goals and 44 assists.
Matt Mangene, forward, has been reassigned to
Trenton of the ECHL for extra work there. The
speedy winger out of the University of Maine had
played in four games with the Phantoms this year
before sustaining an upper-body injury at Syracuse
on October 28. He has not seen game-action since.
Mangene was signed by the Flyers in April of last
season and immediately assigned to the Phantoms
where he played in five games over the last two
weekends of the 2011-12 season. He scored 16 goals
for the Maine Black Bears last year.
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February Game in Philadelphia
The Phantoms will play in Philadelphia at the
Wells-Fargo Center on Friday, February 22 against
the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Phantoms Season Ticket Holders can redeem their
"FLEX" ticket to that game by contacting
the Phantoms office. Fans will have the opportunity
to sit in a great club box! Others can purchase
tickets to the game by contacting the Wells Fargo
Center at 215-218-7825.
Phantoms Week in Review
Wednesday, November 28 - St. John's
IceCaps 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
A late 1-1 deadlock was snapped by St. John's
in the third period when they scored back-to-back
power play goals just 10 seconds apart to take
a 3-1 lead. Then they held off a furious Phantoms
rush in the closing minutes to hang on for the
Adirondack had dominated play in the first period
with a number of fantastic chances including separate
breakaway rushes for Harry Zolnierczyk and Shane
Harper. But the team was denied each time by St.
John's goalie Eddie Pasquale or just missed big
Harry Z got the Phantoms on the board in the
second period deflecting a Jason Akeson shot.
And Rob Bordson scored with five minutes left
in the third to close the margin to 3-2. But Adirondack
was unable to get the equalizer as the Phantoms
had their three-game win streak snapped.
Zac Rinaldo was assessed a game-misconduct after
an elbowing major in the first period. The Phantoms
outshot the IceCaps 33-26 but could not convert
on their seven power play chances. Scott Munroe
took the loss for the Phantoms.
Friday, November 30 - Binghamton Senators
7 - Adirondack Phantoms 4
With the Glens Falls debut of the Flyers Ice
Girls, the Senators and Phantoms put on an old-fashioned
run-and-gun shootout. After just 20 minutes, Binghamton
had a 4-2 lead even though Adirondack had the
majority of the chances and out-shot their opponents
The Phantoms kept coming in the second period
and Harry Zolnierczyk's blazing speed led to a
fantastic shorthanded goal that tied the score
4-4 and brought everyone out of their seat. Many
considered the goal to be one of the best in Adirondack
Mark Stone would put Binghamton back in front
5-4 and that would be the score for almost the
whole rest of the night. The Phantoms had a power
play and pulled goalie for a 6-on-4 attack as
they tried to come up with the late, tying goal
but an empty-netter followed by another goal just
nine seconds later would conclude matters.
Zolnierczyk would score two goals in the game
for the Phantoms with Rob Bordson and Marc-Andre
Bourdon scoring the others. Andre Benoit led the
way for Binghamton with two goals. But really
it was big 6'7" goalie Ben Bishop who made
the difference with 44 saves on an Adirondack
season-high 48 shots.
Saturday, December 1 - Albany Devils
3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
The very clean-shaven looking Phantoms team took
the ice in their first game following their Movember-Mustache
promotion for Phantoms Fight Cancer month. And
again they would generate a lot of quality chances,
this time a 46-shot effort against Keith Kinkaid.
But consecutive goals for Albany at the end of
the first period and beginning of the second period
would get them to the finish-line as they were
just able to hold off Adirondack 3-2 in the Time
Warner Cable Cup rivalry game.
Kinkaid made a number of stupendous saves for
the Devils, particularly in the first period.
In one stretch, he ha lost his stick but was still
able to thwart the various drives from all angles.
Phantoms head coach Terry Murray praised the
play of Kinkaid who clearly made the difference.
"We put a lot of pucks to the net and had
a lot of great looks," said Murray. "Their
goalie made a couple of ten-bell saves in the
first period. Really outstanding saves."
Both teams would score weirdly deflected goals
at different times. Albany's 2-0 lead early in
the second period appeared to come as the result
of a kicked puck by Jacob Josefson. And a Devil'ish
play in the third would make it 3-1 when Mattias
Tedenby's wide wrap-around hit the knob of the
stick of goalie Cal Heeter inadvertently deflecting
it into the net.
Tye McGinn made it a 3-2 game with over a minute
to go when he shot it from behind the goal with
the goalie turned around and facing him. McGinn
shot it off the mask of Kinkaid and it rebounded
into the goal to make it a 3-2 game but the Phantoms
ran out of time after that.
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the
Week - Harry Zolnierczyk
Harry Zolnierczyk is the Saratoga Spine Player
of the Week.
His blazing speed up the left-wing last Friday
night led to one of the best goals in Adirondack
Phantoms' history. The shorthanded lamplighter
against Binghamton tied the score at 4-4 at the
time and brought everyone to their feet in disbelief
at how he was able to burn past the Senators defenseman,
turn the corner sharply, and then deke out goalie
Ben Bishop for the highlight reel goal.
Zolnierczyk had three goals last week including
two in that game. He is now second on the team
in goals with seven. The Brown University standout
split his time 50/50 between the Phantoms and
Philadelphia Flyers last year. He had eight goals
and 13 assists in 39 games with Adirondack. Up
with Philly, he played in 37 games scoring three
goals and three assists.
25 year old captain Ben Holmstrom is racking
up the games as he looks to become the all-time
leader in Adirondack Phantoms history. Entering
this week, Holmstrom has played in 179 career
games with Adirondack which included 79 out of
80 in his rookie season.
Kevin Marshall's 185 career games with the Adirondack
Phantoms is the most followed closely by Jon Kalinski
Holmstrom's 36 career goals with the Adirondack
Phantoms is second all-time behind only Denis
Hamel who had 48. And his 89 career points are
also second all-time behind Hamel who had 96.
Last year, Holmstrom became the youngest captain
in Phantoms franchise history when he was named
to the position at just 24 year old. Boyd Kane
(now with the Hershey Bears) had been the previous
youngest captain when he was 25 with the Philadelphia
Scott Munroe was a standout goalie for the Phialdelphia
Phantoms from 2006-09. And now he's back with
the Adirondack Phantoms in 2012-13 to add to his
impressive totals. He has 70 career wins as a
Phantoms which places him one behind Antero Nittymaki
for second place all-time in franchise history.
Neil Little holds the all-time record with 177
wins. Munroe has 3987 career saves with the Phantoms
an is just 13 shy of reaching the 4000 milestone.
He has 5928 total saves in his AHL career which
has also included stints with Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
and is just 72 away from the 6000 milestone.
No Shootouts For You
The Adirondack Phantoms are the only team in
the AHL who have yet to play a shootout this season.
Their only extra-session game didn't take very
long either; Brandon Manning scored just 14 seconds
into overtime at Syracuse on October 28.
Key Team Stats
- The Phantoms are 7-3-0 when they lead or are
tied at the first intermission
- Adirondack is 8-3-0 when they score at least
one power play goal. The Phantoms are 1-8-0 when
they do not score a PPG.
- The Phantoms are 7-1-0 when they score 3 or
Rochester Americans, 9-8-2 (Buffalo
The Phantoms make their second and last visit
to Rochester this season. The season series is
tied at 1-1 with both teams taking decisions on
each others' home-ice. Adirondack traveled to
western New York on November 7 and pulled out
an exciting 2-1 victory with Garrett Roe's game-winner
breaking a 1-1 deadlock in the third. Cal Heeter
outdueled David Leggio in the tremendous goaltenders'
battle. Rochester is the only Western Conference
opponent the Phantoms play this year.
The Americans have been slumping. They are winless
in their last three straight (0-2-1) and have
only one win in their last six (1-4-1).
Record - 9-8-2
Division - 4th place (North Division, Western
Arena - Blue Cross Arena
Head Coach - Ron Rolston
Offense - 3.3, 8th (out of 30)
Defense - 3.1, 22nd
Power Play - 18.8%, 9th
Penalty Kill - 84.4%, 11th
Leading scorer: Marcus Foligno - 6-13-19.
Last year in NHL played 14 games and scored 6
goals and 7 assists.
Younger brother of Nick Foligno (351 career NHL
games with Ottawa, 61 goals)
Son of Mike Foligno, popular Buffalo Sabre in
the 1980s, 355 career NHL goals, former head coach
of Hershey 1998-2003.
Cody Hodgson - 1-9-10 this season. 2nd in AHL
in assists. Has been out with injury for last
#10 overall selection in 2008 draft by Vancouver.
Acquired in trade last February. 19 combined goals
in NHL last year with VAN and BUF.
Luke Adam - 2-3-5 this season. Buffalo Round
2 selection in 2008. 10 goals with Buffalo last
year. 29 goals in AHL in 2010-11 with Portland
and named AHL Rookie of the Year.
T.J. Brennan - 9-9-18 this season. 2nd AHL defenseman
goals and points.
16-14-30 last year with Rochester. 11 games with
Bryan Flynn - 8-8-16 this season. Free-agent
rookie out of University of Maine. 5th in AHL
rookie goals and points.
David Leggio - 9-8-0, 2.92, .889. Third year
pro out of Clarkson University. Had string of
35 consecutive regular-season and playoff starts
end in early November when rookie backup Connor
Knapp (0-2-0, 3.57, .873) got a chance.
Head Coach Ron Rolston - Second season. Previously
head coach of national USA under-18 team for seven
seasons winning three IIHF gold medals. Younger
brother of Brian Rolston (342 goals in 17 seasons
with NJ, BOS, MIN).
Syracuse Crunch, 13-5-2 (Tampa Bay
The Crunch are mad. The group of players that
won the Calder Cup last year as the Norfolk Admirals
lost two out of three games last weekend, something
that had not happened to them since last February.
And their only win was very nearly a loss as well
as they overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third period
at Connecticut to post a dramatic 4-3 victory
Still, the Crunch are in first place in the Eastern
Conference and appear to have mostly picked up
where they left off last year when they went on
an incredible professional-hockey record 28-game
win streak and then cruised to the league championship.
Syracuse is the highest scoring team in the league
and feature a deep and potent offensive attack.
The Syracuse players received their championship
rings earlier this week in a private ceremony.
Jeff Dimmen of the Adirondack Phantoms played
with this group in Norfolk last year and was also
there to receive his commemorative ring.
Record - 13-5-2
Division - 1st Place (East Division)
Arena - Onodonga County War Memorial at Oncenter
Head Coach - Jon Cooper (3rd Season)
Offense - 3.7, 1st (out of 30)
Defense - 2.7, 7th
Power Play - 17.5%, 13th
Penalty Kill - 88.6%, 3rd
Cory Conacher - 9-10-19. AHL MVP and Rookie of
the Year in 2011-12 with 39-41-80. Undrafted speedster
out of Canisius College. Related to Hockey Hall
of Famers Charlie Conacher (1929-41 mostly with
Toronto), Roy Conacher (1938-1952 Boston, Chicago),
Lionel Conacher (1925-37 NY Americans, Montreal
Tyler Johnson - 15-8-23. Leads AHL in goals.
Second-year pro had a tremendous rookie season
with 31 goals and 37 assists. Led WHL with 53
goals for Spokane in 2010-11.
Brett Connolly - 7-10-17. Played in 68 games
with the Lightning in his rookie season scoring
Mike Angeledis- 4-0-4. Captain of the Crunch
and former captain of the Albany River Rats The
center played for Albany for four seasons from
2006-10. Will take many of the team's key face-offs.
Riku Helenius - 5-2-0, 3.04, .878. First round
pick of TB in 2006 (#15 overall). Back in the
U.S. after last three seasons in Finland and Sweden.
His last season in the AHL was 2008-09 with Norfolk
(9-15-0, 2.72, .918)
Dustin Tokarski - 8-4-1, 2.31, .908. Went 32-11-0,
.913, 2.23 last year with Norfolk in helping lead
the team to the Calder Cup. Broke Michael Leighton's
Admirals record for most career wins. Leighton
had 75 victories.
Led the Spokane Chiefs to the 2008 Memorial Cup
and was goaltender for Team Canada's fifth consecutive
gold medal at 2009 World Juniors.
Jon Cooper - Was a shoe-in for Louis A.R. Pieri
Memorial Award for AHL Coach of the Year honors
leading Norfolk to Calder Cup championship, 28-game
win streak, and 45-3 finish in regular and post-season
combined from February through June.
Providence Bruins, 9-8-2 (Boston Bruins)
Adirondack travels to the Dunkin Donuts Center
for their only visit in 2012-13. The Bruins will
come to Glens Falls on December 28. Providence
has gone 3-1-1 in their last five games as they
try to climb out of last place in the Atlantic
The Black and Orange will be well represented
in Rhode Island for this one with the first fan
road-trip on the Phantoms Fun Bus.
Record - 9-8-2
Division - Atlantic (Fifth)
Arena - Dunkin Donuts Center
Head Coach - Bruce Cassidy (Second)
Offense - 2.3. 28th
Defense - 2.9, 10th
Power Play - 16.9%, 16th
Penalty Kill - 77.6%, 28th
Chris Bourque - 2-12-14 this season. Son of Hall
of Famer Ray Bourque and older brother of Connecticut
Whale Ryan Bourque. Long-time Hershey Bears left
wing since 2005-06. Led the AHL in points (93)
and assists (66) last year. Five times 20+ goals
in AHL including 27 last year with Hershey. #33
overall, round 2, 2004 draft by Washington.
Ryan Spooner - 5-8-13 this season. #45 overall,
Round 2, 2010 draft.
Jamie Tardiff - 7-3-10. Leads P-Bruins in goals.
AHL veteran played for Grand Rapids from 2006-07
through 2010-11. Career-high 27 goals with Griffins
in 2010-11. Second season with Bruins.
Christian Hanson - 3-5-8. Born in Glens Falls.
Son of Dave Hanson who played for the Adirondack
Red Wings from 1980-82 and is most famous for
his role as Jack Hanson in the movie classic Slap
Niklas Svedberg - 8-4-1, 2.39, .920. 23-year-old
from Sweden in his rookie season in North America.
Bruce Cassidy - 2nd season as head coach of Providence
after three years as assistant coach. Head coach
of Washington Capitals 2002-03 and beginning of
2003-04. Also was head coach of Grand Rapids (AHL)
and Kingston (OHL). First round selection (18th
overall) of Chicago in 1993. Playing career mostly
with Indianapolis and Saginaw of IHL.
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
Friday, December 7 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Rochester Americans
Saturday, December 8 (7:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms
T-Shirt Giveaway, first 2,500 fans in attendance.
Pregame Pasta Buffet ($12)
Sunday, December 9 (4:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Providence Bruins
Monday, December 11 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 at 7:00 PM
with player guests Erik Gustafsson and Oliver
Friday, December 14 (7:00) -
Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Annual
Teddy Bear Toss Night to benefit the Salvation
Army. Bring your Teddy Bear donation and throw
it on the ice after the Phantoms score their first
goal. It will be raining Teddy Bears inside the
Saturday, December 15 (7:00) -
Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms. Boy
Scouts Night. Pregame Pasta Buffet ($12)
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