This Week's Games
Friday, December 28 (7:00) - Providence Bruins
at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, December 29 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Portland Pirates (Lewiston, ME)
Monday, December 31 (3:00) - Bridgeport Sound
Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
Last Week's Scores
Wedneay, December 19 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 -
St. John's IceCaps 2
Friday, December 21 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 -
Syracuse Crunch 3 (SO)
Saturday, December 22 - Adirondack Phantoms 3
- Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2
Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Brayden Schenn 12 17 29
Sean Couturier 8 18 26
Erik Gustafsson 3 11 14
Jason Akeson 2 10 12
Danny Syvret 1 10 11
Goalies W-L-OTL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 9-7-0 2.51 .920
Cal Heeter 4-8-0 3.19 .895
Record - 13-14-1
Offense - 2.54 goals per game, 22nd (out of 30)
Defense - 2.9, 17th
Power Play - 15.2%, 23rd
Penalty Kill - 85.0%, 9th
Shots - 31.5, 10th
Shots allowed - 31.0, 14th
The Phantoms return from the AHL holiday break
and close out the 2012 part of the schedule with
three games this week including the traditional
New Year's Eve home game at the Glens Falls Civic
Center among the two home tilts.
First up, the Adirondack Phantoms host Providence
on Friday night in the only appearance of the
season for the Baby Bruins. $2 Draft Beer Specials
are back for the Friday game.
Saturday, it's off to Lewiston, Maine for a game
against the Portland Pirates. Lewiston used to
have a team in the QMJHL up until a couple years
ago and the Portland Pirates are keeping the hockey
tradition there alive by playing six of their
home games in their alternative venue at the Androscoggin
Then it's New Year's Eve fun on Monday afternoon
against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Adirondack
professional hockey teams have been playing home
games on New Year's Eve for decades and the tradition
is back for this season too.
The Phantoms will be looking extra dapper and
snazzy in their specialty bright orange Tuxedo
Jerseys presented by Scoville Jewelers and the
Wait House of Glens Falls who will receive part
of the proceeds from the post-game jersey auction.
Get ready to bid! And you can end 2012 with your
very own game-worn Phantoms specialty jersey from
the New Year's Eve game.
Phantoms Fun Bus
The next Phantoms fun bus is scheduled for Saturday,
January 19 for the team's trip to Worcester, Mass.
against the Sharks at the DCU Center. Special
thanks to team bus driver Craig LaFave and Upstate
Tours for helping organize these fun events. The
last Fun Bus trip on December 9 to the Providence
Bruins was packed!
$58 gets you a seat on the Fun Bus and a ticket
to the game. Bus departs from South Glens Falls
at 2:00 PM.
Space is limited and seats will go quickly. Sign
up in the front lobby at upcoming Adirondack Phantoms
home games or contact Craig LeFave at 518-378-9533.
Phantoms Week in Review
Wednesday, December 19 - Adirondack
Phantoms 3 - St. John's IceCaps 2
On Pucks and Paws Night at the Glens Falls Civic
Center, Adirondack gained the early lead on a
power play goal by Brandon "Man-Dog"
Manning and then never trailed on their way to
a 3-2 win over the affiliates of the Winnipeg
The Phantoms almost had a much bigger lead than
1-0 in the first period but St. John's goalie
Eddie Pasquale was terrific in keeping his team
in the game with 17 scintillating saves on 18
Sean Couturier assisted for Eric Wellwood in the
second period to give the Phantoms the lead again.
And Brayden Schenn's team-leading 12th of the
season early in the third period would break a
2-2 tie and Adirondack would close it out from
Sean Couturier had scored an empty-netter at the
end of the game as well but the puck crossed the
line an instant after the buzzer had sounded for
the end of the game.
Scott Munroe made 23 saves on 25 for the victory
which was his 72nd all-time as a Phantom moving
him past Antero Nittymaki for sole possession
of second place in franchise history (trailing
only Neil Little, 177 wins).
Adirondack played without Zac Rinaldo and Shane
Harper who both had flu-like symptoms but the
rest of the team picked up the slack including
Zack FitzGerald who got into an early fight with
St. John's tough-guy Ryan Schnell to provide an
early spark to the evening.
Friday, December 19 - Adirondack Phantoms
4 - Syracuse Crunch 3 (SO)
The Phantoms raced out to their largest first
period advantage of the srason with a 3-0 lead
at first-pace Syracuse in the opening 20 minutes.
From there, it was a long and arduous battle to
the finish line to eventually grind out a 4-3
victory following a seven-round shootout.
Harry Zolnierczyk struck first and then Jason
Akeson potted his first two goals of the season.
But the highest scoring team in the AHL would
not go down quietly and they threw everything
they had into a frantic and seemingly endless
attack in the Phantoms zone. The Crunch struck
twice after a 21-shot barrage in the second period
and then were able to finally tie the game with
a 5-on-3 goal in the third period following multiple
dazzling stops by Phantoms net-minder Cal Heeter.
Adirondack would get outshot 43-23 in the 65 minutes
of hockey and dodged a bullet when the Crunch
hit the post in overtime. But the Phantoms came
through in the clutch including a four-goal outburst
in the seven rounds of the shootout. Garrett Roe,
Brayden Schenn, Jason Akeson and Danny Syvret
all lit the lamp with Syvret's goal in the seventh
holding up as the game-winner after Heeter denied
reigning league MVP Cory Conacher on the Syracuse
half of the seventh round.
The Phantoms improved to 3-3-0 against the Crunch
this season who won the league championship last
year operating as the Norfolk Admirals. All three
of Adirondack's wins against Syracuse have come
in either overtime or shootouts. The Phantoms
have no overtime or shootout wins against any
It was the third weekend in a row for Adirondack
and Syracuse to meet with the Phantoms taking
two out of those three. But it will be a little
while before the Phantoms and Crunch hook up to
close out the season series. They will play a
home-and-home weekend set on February 8 and 10.
Saturday, December 22 - Adirondack
Phantoms 3 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2
The Phantoms again built a 3-0 lead on the road
although this time it would be accomplished a
bit more gradually. Sean Couturier had a hand
in all three Phantoms tallies as he would score
in the first and then assist on goals by Matthew
Ford and Eric Wellwood in the second and third
Bridgeport would storm back late with a pair of
goals just 27 seconds apart with under seven minutes
remaining against former Sound Tiger Scott Munroe
but the Phantoms would eventually hang on at the
end for the win.
Couturier's goal in the first period was a bank-shot
from the right-wing corner off the stick of defenseman
Aaron Ness. His slap-pass to the slot for Ford
would be nicely chopped in past Bridgeport goalie
Anders Nillson for Ford's first goal of the season.
And his wrap-around attempt would rebound out
to Wellwood on the back-door for the second time
this week he was able to set him up for a goal.
Munroe had a bid for his 20th career AHL shutout
for the first 53 minutes of the game and made
a number of great saves including a couple of
point-blank and breakaway stops.
Adirondack took a 2-0 lead in the season series
over the Sound Tigers.
An emotional night in Bridgeport featured the
Sound Tigers players wearing the names of the
fallen children from the December 14 Newport,
Conn. tragedy instead of their own. Bridgeport
is only 19 miles from Newport.
The Phantoms current three-game win streak equals
their longest of the 2012-13 season which they
also accomplished November 21 through 24.
The last time Adirondack won four straight was
November 25, 2011 through December 2, 2011 which
was also the team's longest last year. Four is
also the longest win-streak in Adirondack Phantoms
history having happened two other times (December
31, 2010 through January 5, 2011 and then again
April 1, 2011 through April 6, 2011).
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the
Week - Sean Couturier
Sean Couturier is the Saratoga Spine Player of
The 20 year old center had six points in the Phantoms
three-game win streak last week with one goal
and five assists. He capped the week with a three-point
performance at Bridgeport on Saturday as he played
a hand in all three Phantoms goals.
Couturier is second on the Phantoms in scoring
with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points.
The second-year pro is also the youngest of the
Phantoms having turned 20 earlier this month.
Last year with the Philadelphia Flyers, Couturier
scored 13 goals in his NHL rookie season and then
built on that in the playoffs with a hat trick
on April 13 against Pittsburgh becoming the second-youngest
player to record three goals in an NHL playoff
The Bathurst, New Brunswick native is the son
of Sylvain Couturier who played with the Adirondack
Red Wings for 29 games in 1991-92 scoring 19 goals
just a few months after Sean was born. Those games
with the Red Wings at the Glens Falls Civic Center
were the first that baby Sean had attended in
Schenn Among League Leaders
Brayden Schenn ranks sixth in the AHL and third
in the Eastern Conference in points entering this
week. His 12 goals and 17 assists give him 29
points on the season placing him just one point
behind a three-way tie for third in the league
with fellow sophomores Tyler Johnson (Syracuse)
and Cam Atkinson (Springfield) tangled in there
with veteran Keith Aucoin (Toronto). A pair of
Oklahoma City players are way ahead of the pack
as Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz have 40 points
The more you shoot, the more you can score. And
Schenn has displayed his belief in that philosophy
with 103 shots this season, second in the AHL
behind only Ben Street of Abbotsford.
Drop the Gloves!
It's not just a couple of tough-guys taking care
of business when the situation calls for it. 17
different Adirondack Phantoms players have received
at least one fighting major this year. That is
believed to be the highest total number of players
dropping the gloves of any AHL team.
Phantoms who have received fighting majors this
year have included:
Akeson, Bourdon, Brown, Dimmen, Eddy, FitzGerald,
Gustafsson, Harper, Holmstrom, Lauridsen, Manning,
McGinn, Rinaldo, Roe, Schenn, Rinaldo, Testwuide,
Scott Munroe was a standout goalie for the Phialdelphia
Phantoms from 2006-09. And now the University
of Alabama-Huntsville product back with the Adirondack
Phantoms in 2012-13 to add to his impressive totals.
On December 19 vs. St. John's he earned his 72nd
career win as a Phantom to pass Antero Nittymaki
for second place all-time in franchise history.
Neil Little holds the all-time record with 177
wins. Munroe also eclipsed the 4,000 save milestone
in a Phantoms jersey earlier this season. On December
9, he recorded his 6,000th career save in the
AHL late in the third period against Providence.
Key Team Stats
- The Phantoms are 6-1-0 when leading after two
periods. They are 6-3-0 when tied after two.
- Adirondack is 11-4-1 when they score at least
one power play goal. The Phantoms are 2-10-0 when
they do not score a PPG.
- The Phantoms are 10-1-0 when they score 3 or
- The Phantoms are 10-6-1 on all "non-Fridays."
- The Phantoms are 1-1 in overtimes and are 2-0
in shootouts for a combined 3-1 in games decided
after regulation. All three of those post-regulation
wins have come against Syracuse.
- 6 of the Phantoms wins have come when they have
held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.
Providence Bruins, 15-10-2 (Boston
It's the only visit to Glens Falls for the Baby
Bruins. Adirondack lost a tough overtime decision
in Providence 3-2 on December 9. Jeff Dimmen had
tied the score at 2-2 with his first goal as a
Phantom but Kyle MacKinnon notched the game-winner
Providence had an eight-game point streak from
November 30 through December 15 and are 7-2-1
in their last 10 games.
Record - 15-10-2
Division - 2nd place (Atlantic Division)
Home Arena - Dunkin Donuts Center
Head Coach - Bruce Cassidy
Offense - 2.5, 23rd (out of 30)
Defense - 2.8, 14th
Power Play - 16.5%, 16th
Penalty Kill - 80.0%, 28th
Chris Bourque - 5-18-23. 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 - 6-10-16 this season. #45 overall,
Round 2, 2010 draft.
Jamie Tardif - 15-5-20. Had two goals on December
9 vs. ADK and then scored a hat trick in very
next game December 14 vs. Springfield. 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 - 4-5-9. 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 - 11-5-1, 2.53, .916. 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.
Portland Pirates, 16-11-2 (Phoenix
Adirondack and Portland are meeting for the first
time since Opening Night when the Phantoms came
away with a 6-3 win on October 13 behind Brayden
Schenn's two goals.
The game on Saturday night will be played in Lewiston,
Maine instead of Portland. The Pirates are playing
six of their home game this year at the Androscoggin
Bank Colisee at their anternative venue to keep
the hockey tradition alive in the former home
of the now defunct Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL.
This is the fifth of their six games in that building.
Lewiston is about 35 miles north of Portland.
The Pirates were on a seven-game win streak and
were the hottest team in the league as they vaulted
into the top spot in their division. The streak
was halted last Saturday in a 5-3 loss at Manchester.
Record - 16-11-2
Division - 1st Place (Atlantic Division)
Arena - Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Head Coach - Ray Edwards (2nd Season)
Offense - 3.0, 13th (out of 30)
Defense - 3.1, 24th
Power Play - 15.5%, 20th
Penalty Kill - 83.3%, 14th
Alexandre Bolduc - 14-14-28. Leading scorer on
Pirates. AHL vet since 2005 with Manitoba. 48
NHL games with Vancouver and Phoenix.
Andy Miele - 9-14-23. Second-year pro out of Miami
(Ohio) University. Won Hobey Baker Awad as top
player in college hockey in 2010-11 with 2447-71
in only 39 games. Scored 16 goals last year with
Portland as a rookie and played in 7 games with
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - 7-14-21. Swedish defenseman
was #6 overall selection in 2009 draft...right
after Brayden Schenn was chosen #5 overall by
Los Angeles. Played in every game for Phoenix
in 2011-12 in second season as a pro with 13 goals
in regular season and one more on team's run to
Western Conference Finals.
David Rundblad - 6-12-18. Swedish defenseman drafted
17th overall by St. Louis in 2009. 2011-12 played
30 games in NHL with Ottawa and Phoenix and 30
games in AHL with Portland.
Brett Hextall - 5-1-6. Second-year pro from University
of North Dakota is the son of former Flyers goaltending
great Ron Hextall. Fourth generation hockey pro
in the famous Hextall family. Great-grandfather
Brian Hextall played for NY Rangers from 1936-48
and also played one season with AHL Philadelphia
Ramblers in 1936-37.
Chad Johnson - 10-6-0, 2.80, .912. Played with
Connecticut Whale/Hartford Wolf Pack last three
seasons out of University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Last year, 22-18-6, 2.49, 919 with CT.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 13-12-3 (New
Adirondack is 2-0 against Bridgeport this year
after a 3-2 victory at Webster Bank Arena last
Saturday. The Phantoms and Sound Tigers will meet
a total of six times this year. Bridgeport's only
visit to Glens Falls this season was a 5-1 setback
on November 21.
The Sound Tigers team have been especially streaky
this season. They began with a 10-4-0 record.
Then they proceeded to drop eight in a row in
a streak that began in Glens Falls with a 5-1
loss on November 21. But after they strung together
a five-game point streak before it was halted
by the Phantoms.
Record - 13-12-3
Division - Northeast, Second Place
Home Arena - Webster Bank Arena
Head Coach - Scott Pellerin
Offense - 3.0 goals per game, 11th (out of 30)
Defense - 3.4, 29th
Power Play - 15.4%, 20th
Penalty Kill - 85.7%, 7th
Head Coach Scott Pellerin - 1992 Hobey Baker
Award winner from the University of Maine might
be remembered by long-time fans in the area when
he played for the Albany River Rats for three
seasons including on their Calder Cup Championship
team in 1995. He also played in 536 career NHL
games mostly with New Jersey and St. Louis. In
first season as AHL head coach after serving as
an assistant coach with Manchester for six years.
Nino Niederreiter - 13-14-27. 6th in AHL in goals
and 4th in points. 19 year old Swiss prospect.
5th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft while
Adirondack's Brayden Schenn was the fifth overall
selection in the 2009 draft (by the Los Angeles
Kings). 55 games with Islanders last year scoring
1 goal. 41 goals with Portland (WHL) in 2010-11.
Brock Nelson, 11-11-22. Another 2010 first-rounder
(30th overall). Joined the team last season out
of the University of North Dakota.
Aaron Ness, 0-12-12. In second full season with
Bridgeport. Second-round pick in 2008 out of the
University of Minnesota.
Colin McDonald - 4-16-20. Captain of the Sound
Tigers. AHL veteran since 2007-08 with Springfield.
Played at Providence College.
Kevin Poulin, 7-5-2, 3.22, .904. Round 5, 2008
(Victoriaville, QMJHL). 22 year old from Montreal
who had solid numbers in first full AHL season
(after sporadic time in 2010-11 with BRI and NYI.
Last year, 26-18-4, 2.79, .912. Had three straight
shutouts in January, 2012 with 221:54 shutout
streak which is now third-longest in AHL history
(Barry Brust, Abbotsford 2012 and Johnny Bower,
Anders Nilsson, 6-7-0, 3.03, .895. Lost to Phantoms
on December 22 allowing 3 goals on just 18 shots.
Big 6'5" 22-year-old from Sweden. 2nd season
in North America. Last year was 15-8-2, 2.42,
.921. Posted a spectacular 37-save effort in 2-1
win at Adirondack on January 21, 2012.
Friday, December 28 (7:00) -
Providence Bruins at Adirondack Phantoms. Only
Glens Falls appearance for the "Baby Bruins."
$2 Draft Beer Specials.
Saturday, December 29 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Portland Pirates (at Lewiston,
Monday, December 31 (3:00) -
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms.
Traditional New Year's Eve Game in Glens Falls.
Specialty Orange Tuxedo Jerseys. Post-Game Jersey
Auction with the players live after the game.
Friday, January 4 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Connecticut Whale
Saturday, January 5 (7:00) -
Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms
drawstring backpacks for the first 1,000 kids
in attendance presented by UniFirst.
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