This Week's Games
Friday, January 11 (7:05) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Binghamton Senators
Saturday, January 12 (7:05) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Last Week's Scores
Friday, January 4 - Connecticut Whale 3 - Adirondack
Saturday, January 5 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 -
Connecticut Whale 1 (OT)
Upcoming Home Games
Friday, January 18 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms: Presented
by Glens Falls Plastic Surgery
Friday, January 25 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms: Pink in
the Rink Night.
Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Brayden Schenn 13 20 33
Sean Couturier 10 18 28
Erik Gustafsson 3 11 14
Jason Akeson 3 10 13
Tye McGinn 9 4 13
Goalies W-L-OTL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 9-8-0 2.59 .918
Cal Heeter 5-10-1 2.88 .906
The Adirondack Phantoms hit the road for a pair
of games this weekend as they travel to the Binghamton
Senators on Friday night and then follow that
up with a Saturday night engagement at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins. And they're flying high after an overtime
victory over Connecticut on Saturday night in
front of a near-sellout crowd in Glens Falls.
Following the conclusion of the NHL lockout, the
team is in a little bit of a holding pattern as
they wait to learn of which players will be called
up to the Philadelphia Flyers and then decide
how many they will want to bring up from the Trenton
Titans (ECHL). Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier
will receive the call soon. And others will also
follow to at least be a part of the abbreviated
training camp and try to earn their way onto the
It's an exciting time for hockey. In the meantime,
it's also an exciting time for the Phantoms who
will be showing a slightly new lineup in the next
few days. The opportunity will be open for some
of the team's players to step into big roles.
After this weekend on the road, the Phantoms
will return to the Glens Falls Civic Center for
back-to-back Friday games on January 18 and January
Thanks Brayden and Sean!
The exciting news that the NHL lockout has finally
come to a close will also have an impact on the
Adirondack Phantoms. It has been a treat for fans
in the North Country to get to enjoy the highest
caliber of hockey ever seen in Glens Falls while
some of these tremendous NHL talents filled our
And what a way it was for them to salute the area!
A wild celebration of Sean Couturier's overtime
goal on Saturday night will be a lasting memory
for everyone in the near-sellout crowd who was
on hand for the exciting capper to his time with
The 20-year-old talent now prepares to return
to the Philadelphia Flyers after his three months
with Adirondack where his Dad had played when
Sean was just a baby. Sean's first ever hockey
game he attended came when his Dad, Sylvain Couturier,
played for the Adirondack Red Wings in 1992.
Brayden Schenn also will return to the Flyers
where he will join older brother, Luke, and get
to play on the same team for the first time in
their lives. Schenn tallied 13 goals and 20 assists
for 33 points in exactly as many games as the
Phantoms' scoring leader. Some of his highlights
included a hat trick on November 14 at the Manchester
Monarchs against the team that traded him as well
as a fantastic shorthanded goal on Opening Night
in Glens Falls.
"Kind of like this area, it's got that feel
to it," Schenn said. "Kind of near the
woods or up north in Saskatchewan. Living in Saratoga
was good. And me and Welly (Eric Wellwood) bunked
in together. It was good playing in front of the
fans here and always fun."
AHL in Glens Falls for 25th Season
The Phantoms and the City of Glens Falls were
pleased to announce last week the acceptance of
the lease option to bring back American League
Hockey to Glens Falls for the 2013-14 season.
The Adirondack Phantoms will hit the ice once
again this October and the team's season ticket
and sponsorship renewal drive will be getting
The Phantoms also graciously agreed to make way
and relinquish their lease option should the city
find a long-term tenant for the next season.
The mission continues. “There is still work
to be done by both sides as we get ready for the
2013-14 season,” Phantoms owner Rob Brooks
said. “The Phantoms organization needs to
grow the ticket and corporate base to a level
that is enticing to another AHL team and the city
needs to continue to market the Glens Falls area
to prospective AHL organizations.”
Thank You, Fans!
The Phantoms are proud to announce the total donation
from the Tuxedo Jersey auction on December 31.
$6950.91 will be presented to the WAIT House of
Glens Falls; Welcome Adolescents in Transition.
The organization helps homeless youth in Warren
and Washington Counties. The crazy and outrageous
orange tuxedo jerseys were presented by Scoville
Jewelers. A few days after the game, the story
was picked up by national media and was featured
on CNN Headline News.
Phantoms in the Community
Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn met some pretty amazing
kids at the Albany Children's Hospital on Tuesday
evening. They brightened the days for many of
the youth there who are battling various illnesses.
Jason Akeson said on twitter: "Happy to be
a part of something very special and humbling.
Phantoms Week in Review
Friday, January 4 - Connecticut Whale
3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
It was not the best way to start 2013 as the Phantoms
were sunk by the Whale in Hartford. Cam Talbot
had a 25-save shutout effort for the New York
Trailing 1-0 in the second period, a shorthanded
rush for Adirondack by Harry Zolnierczyk and Sean
Couturier ended up backfiring and resulting in
a power play goal back the other way for Connecticut
in possibly the turning point of the game.
Brandon Segal scored early in the game. Chad Kolarik
tallied the second-period power-play goal. And
Tommy Grant finished the scoring late in the third
period to seal the victory.
Zack FitzGerald dealt a huge hit on Ryan Bourque
in the third period that sparked a fight and would
eventually earn him a game misconduct for charging.
Phantoms goalie Cal Heeter was terrific albeit
in the loss. But he made a ton of great saves
to keep the Phantoms within striking distance
and was the team's best player on the night.
20-year-old Marcel Noebels from Germany made his
Adirondack debut and centered a line with Harry
Zolnericzyk and Jason Akeson.
Saturday, January 5 - Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Connecticut Whale 1 (OT)
Sean Couturier made quite the impression in his
last game in Glens Falls! His overtime winner
triggered an awesome celebration for a scene that
will not soon be forgotten by the near-sellout
crowd of 4,634 attending.
The first home game of 2013 was a doozy. Lots
of excitement as things turned into a bit of a
track-meet at times with great scoring chances.
Adirondack hit the post twice in the third period
in their efforts to keep the game from going into
overtime. Danny Syvret struck the iron on his
blast from the right-point. And Couturier had
almost won it earlier as well when his left-circle
shot found the post too.
But Couturier would just have to save the bigger
and more dramatic goal for later as he cranked
his 4-on-3 power-play blast from the right circle
on a slide over by Danny Syvret following a clean
faceoff win by Brayden Schenn.
Cal Heeter dove and scrambled and made a number
of fine saves on his performance. Only a video-review
of a puck that ha barely crossed the goal-line
by Chad Kolarik kept Heeter from recording his
first professional shutout. The rookie from Ohio
State would have to settle for his first Glens
Falls Civic Center victory instead.
Tye McGinn had scored early in the first period
to set the initial tone for the Phantoms and get
them off to the fast start. Rookie center Ian
Slater wore #12 as he made his Adirondack Phantoms
debut after being called up from Trenton (ECHL)
the day before.
The game-winning goal is pictured below.
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the
Week - Sean Couturier
Sean Couturier is once again our Saratoga Spine
Player of the Week.
He concluded his three-month stay with the Adirondack
Phantoms in style with his big blast for an overtime
game-winner on Saturday night. Just a few hours
later, the official news was unveiled that the
NHL lockout truly was over.
Couturier will be on his way back to Philadelphia
to light it up for the Flyers. But in his time
with Adirondack he scored 10 goals in the very
same building where he attended his first hockey
game! Sean was three months old when his Dad,
Sylvain, played for the Adirondack Red Wings in
Veteran defenseman Danny Syvret is scheduled to
play his 500th career game this Friday night at
the Binghamton Senators. Congratulations, Danny!
The 27-year-old alternate captain of the Phantoms
has currently played in 440 AHL games and 59 NHL
games. A total of 202 of those games have been
with the Phantoms and the Flyers and this Friday
will be his 203rd. He has suited up for the Phantoms
Syvret's first season came with the Hamilton Bulldogs
in 2005-06 and in that same year he made his NHL
debut with the Edmonton Oilers. He professional
journey has also taken him to AHL stops in Springfield,
Hershey, Syracuse and Peoria.
His first NHL goal came on January 1, 2010 in
the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston
as a member of the Flyers.
Key Team Stats
- The Phantoms are 6-1-0 when leading after two
periods. They are 7-3-1 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 11-7-2 on all "non-Fridays."
- The Phantoms are 2-1 in overtimes and are 2-1
in shootouts for a combined 4-2 in games decided
after regulation. Three of their four post-regulation
wins have come against Syracuse.
- 7 of the Phantoms wins have come when they have
held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.
Binghamton Senators, 21-8-3 (Ottawa
The Binghamton Senators have the second-most points
in the AHL and are one of the surprise teams in
the AHL this season. This is third of eight games
between the Phantoms and B-Sens this year and
it is Adirondack's second visit to the Broome
County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The last time the Phantoms visited Binghamton
the game would be marred by a big line-brawl in
the second period that included three ejections
for each side.
Binghamton was on a 4-game win streak until last
Sunday when they fell to Albany 5-2. The Senators
had a 9-game winning streak from November 10 through
November 23 which is the longest in the AHL this
Record - 21-8-3
Division - 2nd place (East Division)
Home Arena - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Head Coach - Luke Richardson (1st Season)
Offense - 3.25, 6th (out of 30)
Defense - 2.5, 3rd (out of 30)
Power Play - 16.4%, 16th
Penalty Kill - 88.3%, 2nd
Head Coach Luke RIchardson - Former Philadelphia
Flyer defenseman at the bench for Binghamton for
his first season as head coach. Had played for
Philly for five seasons from 1997-98 through 2001-02.
Also played for Toronto, Edmonton, Columbus, Tampa
Bay, Ottawa in 20 year career from 1987-88 through
2008-09 amassing 1,417 games. 26th all-time in
NHL in games played. Had been assistant coach
with Ottawa last three seasons.
Jakob Silfverberg - 13-15-28. 22-year-old rookie
from Gavle, Sweden leads B-Send in scoring. Round
2, #39 overall in 2009 NHL draft.
Andre Benoit - 9-14-23. Defenseman second on the
team in points. Captain. Played with Moscow Spartak
KHL last year. In 2010-11 had 11-44-55 for B-Sens
and also played 8 games for Ottawa.
Mike Hoffman - 9-12-21. Third year pro had 21-28-49
last year. Former teammates with Sean Couturier
with Drummondville (QMJHL) in 2008-09 when Couturier
was only 15.
Robin Lehner - 13-5-1, 1.94, .944. The 21-year-old
goalie from Sweden has been leading the way for
the Senators. 2nd in AHL and 1st in Eastern Conference
with 1.94 goals against average. Tied with Barry
Brust of Abbotsford (and former Binghamton Senator)
for league lead in saves percentage at .944.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 15-16-3
It's the first of four this season for the AHL
affiliates of the fierce NHL rival Philadelphia
Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Next week on January
19 it is anticipated that the parent clubs will
square off on NHL Opening Night.
It's been a topsy-turvy season for the Penguins
who struggled out of the gate at 0-4-0 and then
went on a bit of a tear and a rapid rise up the
standings as they improved to 13-7-0 including
a 5-game win streak to end November. But since
that streak it has all gone south for the Penguins
as they have won only 2 out of their last 14 with
a 2-9-3 record in that span.
Division - 4th place (East Division)
Arena - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Head Coach - John Hynes (3rd Season)
Offense - 2.4, 25th
Defense - 2.65, 10th
Power Play - 13.6%, 24th
Penalty Kill - 86.9%, 3rd
Head Coach John Hynes - 3rd season with Penguins
after 6 seasons as head coach of the USA National
Team Development Program.
Beau Bennett - 6-17-23. Leads Penguins in points.
Round 1, #20 overall in 2010. Rookie season out
of University of Denver.
Trevor Smith - 11-10-21. Leads team in goals.
Veteran LW since 2006-07 with Bridgeport, Syracuse,
Springfield, Norfolk. Also 23 NHL games with Tampa
Bay and New York Islanders. 26-43-69 last year
with Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals.
Ben Ferriero - 4-14-18. Joins Pengins this year
after 3 seasons with Sharks organization. 92 NHL
Eric Tangradi - 10-7-17. Philadelphia native was
Anaheim 2nd round pick in 2007. 15-16-31 with
WBS last year and also played in 24 NHL games
with PIttsburgh scoring 0 goals. Has 15+ goals
in each of last three seasons with WBS.
Jeff Zatkoff - 11-11-0, 2.22, .912. Superior play
has surprisingly earned him the #1 spot on the
team ahead of former AHL Goalie of the Year Brad
Thiessen. Miami (Ohio) product played with Manchester
the last three seasons. Last year was 21-17-1,
2.49, .920 with the Monarchs.
The Phantoms made a number of transactions last
week and certainly have a bunch more on tap in
the next few days.
January 2 - Shane Harper (RW) reassigned to Trenton
January 3 - Ian Slater (C) reassigned to Adirondack
from Trenton (ECHL)
January 3 - Blake Kessel (D) reassigned to Adirondack
from Trenton (ECHL)
Friday, January 11 (7:05) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Saturday, January 12 (7:05) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Monday, January 14 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. Guest: Zack
Friday, January 18 (7:00)
- Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. Presented
by Glens Falls Plastic Surgery.
Saturday, January 19 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Worcester Sharks
Sunday, January 20 (4:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils (at Atlantic
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