This Week's Games
Friday, January 4 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Connecticut Whale
Saturday, January 5 (7:00) - Connecticut Whale
at Adirondack Phantoms
Last Week's Scores
Friday, December 28 - Providence Bruins 4 - Adirondack
Saturday, December 29 - Portland Pirates 2 - Adirondack
Monday, December 31 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
4 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO)
Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Brayden Schenn 13 19 32
Sean Couturier 9 18 27
Erik Gustafsson 3 11 14
Jason Akeson 3 10 13
Danny Syvret 1 11 12
Goalies W-L-OTL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 9-8-0 2.59 .918
Cal Heeter 4-9-1 3.03 .901
The Phantoms begin the 2013 portion of the season
with a home-and-home series against the Connecticut
Whale, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers.
These are the first games between the Northeast
Division rivals this year.
The Phantoms travel to Hartford for the weekend
opener on Friday night. And then the Whale travel
to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night
for the rematch.
Saturday's home game is Phantoms Drawstring Backpack
Night for the first 1,000 kids in attendance presented
Come out and cheer for Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier
and the Phantoms!
Schenn currently has 32 points placing him in
a four-way tie for fifth in the AHL in scoring
and third in the Eastern Conference.
Marcel Noebels has been reassigned to the Adirondack
Phantoms from the Trenton Titans (ECHL). The big
left-winger has 11 goals and 19 assists for 30
points in just 31 games for Trenton so far this
year and has seven goals and 14 assists just in
December. His hot hand started at the very beginning
of the month when he recorded his first career
professional hat trick on December 1 against Elmira.
The 20-year-old prospect from Germany was selected
in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Flyers
in 2011. He has played in the World Junior Championships
for Germany and last year played in the Western
Hockey League in Major Juniors with the Seattle
Thunderbirds and Portland Winterhawks.
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 LaFave at 518-378-9533.
Thank You, Fans!
During last Friday's game, a check was presented
from the proceeds generated during our great Movember
Mustache Jersey Night on November 24. The results
of the post-game jersey auction were astonishing.
Presenting sponsor Parks Heritage Federal Credit
Union were pleased to offer a check for $13,003
to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls
Hospital for the continued treatment and research
in men's cancer awareness and issues.
It was all thanks to the generous support from
you fans during the jersey auction. And even more
was contributed to the players' cans and on our
Movember website for this great cause.
We are pleased to have helped another great cause
in our most recent home game. A portion of the
proceeds from the Tuxedo Jersey auction of December
31 will go to benefit the WAIT House of Glens
Falls; Welcoming Adolescents in Transition. The
Tuxedo Jerseys were presented by sponsor Scoville
Phantoms Week in Review
Friday, December 28 - Providence Bruins
4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
In the first game back from the holiday break,
a 45-shot barrage was not enough to beat Providence
goalie Niklas Svedberg as the Bruins pulled out
a 4-2 win over the Phantoms. The result ended
Adirondack's three-game win streak.
Eric Wellwood's goal with over nine minutes remaining
made the score 3-2 and then the Phantoms would
get more chances with a late power play and pulled
goalie. But Chris Bourque's empty-netter in the
last minute would nail down the victory for the
visiting affiliates of the Boston Bruins in their
lone Glens Falls appearance of the season.
Brayden Schenn scored his team-leading 13th goal
of the year on a breakaway triggered from a crisp
outless pass by Jeff Dimmen.
Adirondack outshot Providence 45-35 and kept them
coming with several tremendous chances throughout
the third period. But Svedberg and the Bruins
were just able to hang on.
Glens Falls native Christian Hanson (son of former
Adirondack Red Wing Dave Hanson) recorded two
nice assists in the game in his return to the
same building where he used to play as a kid in
the Adirondack Youth Hockey Association.
Saturday, December 29 - Portland Pirates
2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
In snowy Lewiston, Maine for the last away game
of 2012, the Phantoms ran into another hot goaltender
and had trouble breaking him. This time it was
Mark Visentin who put on the show as he carrier
a shutout into the last minutes of the game before
finally getting the win in the last seconds.
Portland scored a pair of power play goals, including
a 5-on-3 tally, to take a 2-0 lead in the second
Jason Akeson finally broke through with 2:37 to
go with his rebound goal on the power play. And
Adirondack was still alive but unable to get the
Scott Munroe played one of his finest games of
the season with 31 saves many of which appeared
to already be destined for lamp-lighters.
The game was played at the Pirates' alternative
home venue in Lewiston, Maine which has been the
home to various hockey teams and other sporting
events since the 1950's. It evened the season
series with the affiliates of the Phoenix Coyotes
at one game apiece with still two more games to
be played between Adirondack and Portland in March.
Monday, December 31 - Bridgeport Sound
Tigers 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 (Shootout)
Adirondack put on a ferocious rally from a 3-0
deficit in the second period to come back and
even the score with Bridgeport. After a wild third
period with multiple incredible chances, the Sound
Tigers would eventually prevail in the shootout
for the 4-3 final in Adirondack's traditional
New Years' Eve game.
The Phantoms had to settle for just the one standings
point when it seemed a virtual guarantee on some
of their chances that they were on the verge of
picking up the second.
Jeff Dimmen, Sean Couturier and Brandon Manning
all scored in the comeback effort for Adirondack
as they overcame their largest deficit of the
year. Matt Watkins scored for Bridgeport just
27 seconds into the game for the fastest goal
of the season in a Phantoms game.
Cal Heeter came on relief after the score was
3-0 on an unlucky deflection. And the rookie from
Ohio State stopped 17 straight shots to get the
game to overtime and the shootout. Kevin Poulin
similarly entered in relief for Bridgeport and
made some amazing saves among his 17 total to
get the win.
It was the first shootout loss this season for
Adirondack in three tries.
Adirondack stayed unbeaten in regulation against
the affiliates of the New York Islanders at 2-0-1
with still three games remaining between the Northeast
Division rivals this season.
The Phantoms donned impressive orange tuxedo jerseys
presented bu Scoville Jewelers with post-game
auction proceeds benefiting the WAIT House of
Glens Falls. Adirondack was the classiest outfitted
team in the league on New Years' Eve!
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the
Week - Brandon Manning
Brandon Manning is the Saratoga Spine Player of
The 22 year old defenseman and alternate captain
scored the exciting game-tying goal late in the
second period in the team's New Years' Eve comeback
against Bridgeport. Manning drove hard after the
puck behind the goal and then carried it out in
front of a wrap-around goal after multiple digs
trying to push it in.
Manning has four goals this year and scored six
goals last season with Adirondack as a rookie
with 19 points in just 49 games. Manning also
played in four games with the Philadelphia Flyers
late last season.
The Prince George, British Columbia native previously
served as captain for the Chilliwack Bruins in
the Western Hockey League.
Schenn Among League Leaders
Brayden Schenn ranks fifth in the AHL and third
in the Eastern Conference in points entering this
week. His 13 goals and 19 assists give him 32
points on the season placing him in a four-way
tie for the #5 spot with some pretty talented
players; Taylor Hall (OKC), Keith Aucoin (TOR)
and Jeff Taffe (HER).
The more you shoot, the more you can score. And
Schenn has displayed his belief in that philosophy
with 112 shots this season, third in the AHL behind
only Ben Street of Abbotsford and T.J. Brennan
Drop the Gloves!
It's not just a couple of tough-guys taking care
of business when the situation calls for it. 16
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, 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 6-3-1 when tied after two.
- Adirondack is 11-6-1 when they score at least
one power play goal.
- The Phantoms are 10-1-1 when they score 3 or
- The Phantoms are 10-7-2 on all "non-Fridays."
- The Phantoms are 1-1 in overtimes and are 2-1
in shootouts for a combined 3-2 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.
Connecticut Whale, 13-17-2 (New York
It's the first of six games between the Phantoms
and the Whale this year when the two teams meet
back-to-back this weekend.
Record - 13-17-2
Division - 5th place (Northeast Division)
Home Arena - XL Center
Head Coach - Ken Gernander
Offense - 2.8, 14th (out of 30)
Defense - 3.3, 30th
Power Play - 15.3%, 20th
Penalty Kill - 80.5%, 24th
Head Coach Ken Gernander - Has lead the Whale
(formerly Hartford Wolf Pack) since 2007. Eight
seasons as Hartford captain and retired as Hartford's
all-time leading point-scorer (160-187-347) but
has since been surpassed by Brad Smyth. Holds
franchise record for games played (599). Two-time
winner of AHL Fred T. Hunt Award (sportsmanship,
dedication) in 1996 with Binghamton and 2004 with
Kris Newbury, 10-17-27 - Tops in points for the
Whale. Played for St. John's Maple Leafs and then
Toronto Marlines from 200304 through 2008-09.
Career highs 44 assists and 61 points in 2010-11
with CT. 66 NHL games with Toronto, Detroit and
New York Rangers and 4 goals.
Chad Kolarik, 12-14-26. Leads Whale in goals.
University of Michigan product in AHL since 2007-08
with San Antonio Rampage. Joined CT in 2010-11
but missed 2011-12 with ACL injury in left knee.
Chris Kreider, 5-6-11. 19th overall pick in 2009
NHL Draft. Scored six goals for 2010 US WJC team
in 2010 winning goal medal. Led USA with 4-6-10
in 2011 on way to Bronze medal. 10 goals is third
all-time in USA WJC play tied with John LeCalir
and Mike Modano and trailing only Jeremy Roenick
and Brian Gionta who had 11 each. Joined Rangers
out of Boston College for 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs
and scored five goals, an NHL record for most
playoff goals before playing in a single regular-season
Matt Gilroy, 6-9-15. 28-year-old with 194 games
in NHL with New York Rangers, Tampa Bay and Ottawa.
Ryan Bourque, 5-6-11. Son of Hall of Famer Ray
Bourque and younger brother of Chris Bourque of
Providence. Second-year pro was Rangers' third
round selection in 2009.
Cameron Talbot, 11-14-0, 2.75, .914. Third year
pro out of University of Alabama-Huntsville. Played
for Chargers from 2007-08 through 2009-10. Phantoms'
goalie Scott Munroe suited up for UAH 2002-03
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.
Monday, January 7 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour returns LIVE on Q101.7 Player
guest to be announced.
Friday, January 11 (7:05) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Saturday, January 12 (7:05) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
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