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Phantoms Weekly - FebTACULAR!
January 30, 2013



This Week's Games

Friday, February 1 (7:00) - Norfolk Adirondack at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, February 2 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Wednesday, February 6 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms

Last Week's Scores

Wednesday, January 23 - Connecticut Whale 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 (OT)
Friday, January 25 - Albany Devils 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
Saturday, January 16 - Albany Devils 5 - Adirondack Phantoms 2



Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Brayden Schenn 13 20 33
Sean Couturier 10 18 28
Danny Syvret 3 18 21
Jason Akeson 6 14 20
Tye McGinn 11 4 15

Goalies
W-L-OTL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 9-9-0 2.63 .914
Brian Boucher 1-2-0 2.71 .903

Upcoming

After only three home games in the month of January, the Phantoms return from the AHL All-Star Break with a February chock full of six great matchups at the Glens Falls Civic Center. It's FebTACULAR!

It begins this Friday, February 1 against the Norfolk Admirals featuring $2 Draft Beer Specials and continues on Wednesday, February 6 against the Binghamton Senators on $1 Hot Dog Night. Adirondack also has an away game at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this weekend on Saturday night.

Mark down Sunday, February 10 for a big day with the Phantoms. The 3:00 game is the first Family Fun Pack game of the year. It's a fantastic value for only $43 including 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas and 1 large popcorn. Add more fans to your package for just $15 each but make sure to order your Fun Packs in advance of game-day to get the great value.

Plus, the February 10 game will also feature a Post-Game Skate with the Phantoms presented by Glens Falls Hospital.

Coming later this month: Dax Bobbleheads on Saturday, February 16 and then Dax's Birthday Celebration with special Dax Jerseys on Sunday, February 24 (plus, it's another Sunday Family Fun Pack Day).

There's so much going on with the Phantoms this month. Call the Phantoms to get your tickets and join us for all the fun at 518-480-3355.



Season Ticket Renewal Drive

The Adirondack Phantoms Season Ticket Renewal Drive is ongoing right now! Earlier this year, it was announced that exciting AHL hockey would be returning to the Glens Falls Civic Center for a 25th season.

Fans can get on board and get some great deals for their season tickets for 2013-14. Fans who renew or join in for new season tickets AND pay 50% of their account by February 15 will be entered to win a free ipad.



Brandon Manning at All-Star Classic

22-year-old defenseman Brandon Manning represented the Adirondack Phantoms at the AHL All-Star Classic this week in Providence, RI pitting the best from the Eastern Conference against the top players from the Western side. Manning participated in various aspects of the skills competition on Sunday and then in the game itself on Monday.

92% of AHL All-Stars advance to the NHL. Of course, Manning has already made his quick splash into the NHL last season when he played in four games with the Flyers last year...likely the first of many for the young prospect!

It was a grand affair at the Dunkin Donuts Center featuring big sell-out crowds for the skills competition and the game. It was an opportunity for Manning and all the All-Stars to socialize and get to know some of the top players on the other teams for the first time.

Manning was a late replacement for Erik Gustafsson who was originally named to the All-Star squad but was scratched late last week while he was still questionable due to injury. So Gustafsson has been named to the All-Star game twice (also in 2011 at Hershey).

Also at the AHL All-Star Classic making his third appearance was our mascot, Dax. And in the intermission soccer-on-ice match pitting all the mascots in a big, wild, crazy game it would be Dax to score the only goal in a 1-0 victory. A big "Way to go," for Dax as well.




Big Week for McGinn!

What an amazing debut week it was for second-year pro Tye McGinn. He was called up to the Philadelphia Flyers on January 23 and played in his first NHL game on Tuesday, January 24 against the New Jersey Devils. Then on Thursday, January 26 he had an impressive first NHL fight vs. Kris Newbury of the New York Rangers. And then to top that in his very next game on Saturday, January 28 he scored he first NHL goal at the Florida Panthers! An incredible stretch of accomplishments in his first week in the NHL. Way to go, Tye!




Boucher Returns to Glens Falls

36-year-old Brian Boucher played his first home game for the Adirondack Phantoms last Friday night against the Albany Devils in our Pink in the Rink game.

But it actually wasn't his first game ever in Glens Falls. The veteran goalie's most recent game at the GFCC had been on March 12, 1999 serving as the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Phantoms against the Adirondack Red Wings. In front of a crowd of 3,019 on that night, Boucher allowed a couple goals in the first two periods to Adirondack Red Wings Doug Houda and Dave Paradise and host Adirondack led 2-0 at the second intermission. The visiting Philadelphia Phantoms then rallied for five straight goals in the third period to pull out a 5-2 decision as Boucher, only 22-years-old at the time, made 28 saves on 30 shots for the win.

Prior to Friday night, Boucher had been undefeated at the Glens Falls Civic Center with a 3-0 career record. His other games in Glens Falls against the Adirondack Red Wings were in his 1997-98 rookie season with victories on January 27, 1998 (6-4) and January 10, 1998 (2-1 with 33 saves).




Power On!

The Phantoms power play has really been lighting it up lately. The accomplishment is even more impressive when considering how frequently the groups have been changing due to new additions, call-ups and injuries.

Adirondack has scored a power play goal in six straight games now going 9-for-30 (30%) in that stretch. The Phantoms have gone 6-for-17 (35.3%) in their last three games.

Recent Transactions

January 21 - Tye McGinn (LW) - Recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
January 24 - Cal Heeter (G) - Reassigned to Trenton (ECHL)
January 24 - David Laliberte (F) - Signed to AHL Contract
January 24 - Kory Nagy (F) - Signed to Professional Tryout (PTO) from Trenton (ECHL)
January 25 - Andreas Lilja (D) - Recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
January 26 - Eric Wellwood (F) - Returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
January 28 - Kory Nagy (F) - Released from PTO, Returned to Trenton (ECHL)


Phantoms Week in Review

Wednesday, January 23 - Connecticut Whale 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 (OT)

This comeback was one for the ages. And it was the greatest comeback in Adirondack Phantoms' history. Trailing by four goals in the second period in Hartford, the Phantoms came all the way back to dramatically tie the score at 5-5 before to force overtime and earn the standings point.

Rob Bordson scored on a shorthanded breakaway early in the third to make the score 5-3. In the closing moments it would be Jason Akeson making it 5-4 with just 1:45 left. And then Marcel Noebels tied the game with only 21 seconds to go.

Connecticut would finally rally in the overtime to get the extra standings point on Brandon Segal's game-winner.

Friday, January 25 - Albany Devils 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 1

The Phantoms raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer treatment and research at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center of Glens Falls Hospital as they donned special bright-pink jerseys on Pink in the Rink Night. It was another special night dedicated to a great cause with a large, near-sellout crowd cheering on the Phantoms again as 4,633 filled the arena.

The post-game jersey auction featured the Phantoms players appearing with area cancer survivors for an extraordinary presentation for the fans.

Adirondack had the early jump in the game as they out-shot Albany 12-3 in the opening period. But the Devils pushed out to a 2-0 lead by early in the second period. The Phantoms got on the board with a Matthew Ford goal later in the second period and then were closing in for a tying goal on several other occasions when the bounces would go the other way.

Harry Zolinerczyk was free on a breakaway but slashed from behind to impede his shot. Then his penalty shot try would work perfectly past Keith Kinkaid of the Devils...only to clang off the base of the post and stay out of the net.

After that key turning-point, Albany's Joe Whitney would score his second goal of the game and then Steve Zalewski would tally shortly after to close the scoring.

It was Brian Boucher's first game in Glens Falls since 1999. And it was also the first game back to the lineup for Erik Gustafsson and Matt Konan who had both missed several weeks with injuries.

Finally, the Phantoms welcomed back David Laliberte who signed as a free agent with the Phantoms. It was his first game for Adirondack since November 22, 2010 just before he was traded to the Anaheim organization with Pat Maroon in exchange for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson.




Saturday, January 26 - Albany 5 - Adirondack 2

A slow start would get the best of the Phantoms in this one as Albany raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against Scott Munroe playing in his first game in two weeks.

The Phantoms would inch their way closer a couple of times on goals by Marcel Noebels and Danny Syvret but the early deficit would prove to be too much to overcome.

An Albany Devils record crowd of 10,218 filed in for the afternoon contest.

The result clinched the Time Warner Cable Cup for the Devils as well. It is Albany's first victory of the Cup in three years.


Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Marcel Noebels

Marcel Noebels is our Saratoga Spine Player of the Week.

The 20-year-old talent from Germany had a couple more goals last week and is the hottest of the Phantoms' scorers with five goals in his last seven games.

The big one came on Wednesday, January 23 at Connecticut when he scored a dramatic game-tying goal with only 21 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and earn the Phantoms a valuable standings point.

Noebels was called up to the Phantoms from Trenton of the ECHL at the beginning of January and has quickly found his way at the AHL level. He was a selection to play in the ECHL All-Star game but because he was called up to the Phantoms would be replaced on the roster. He had a hat trick for Trenton on December 1 against Elmira and other big highlights for the Titans to earn his call-up to the Phantoms.




Key Team Stats

The Phantoms are...

- 16-4-1 with tied or leading after two periods. (7-1-0 if leading. 9-3-1 if tied)
- 6-1-0 when leading after one period.
- 12-2-2 when they score 3 or more goals
- 2-2 in overtimes and are 4-2 in shootouts for a combined 6-3 in games decided after regulation.
- 8 of the Phantoms wins have come when they have held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.

Upcoming Opponents

Norfolk Admirals, 18-21-3 (Anaheim Ducks)

This is Game 2 of the 4-game series between the Phantoms and the Admirals this year and is also the second, and last, visit to Glens Falls this year for their opponents from Southeast Virginia. Adirondack has yet to travel to Norfolk Scope Arena this season. The Phantoms will play a two-game series there in March.

In the only game between Norfolk and Adirondack so far this year, the Phantoms prevailed 2-1 on Black Friday, November 23 on goals by Sean Couturier and Rob Bordson back-to-back early in the second period and a 25-save performance by Scott Munroe.

Norfolk is taking steps to get their season turned around. They struggled as the NHL lockout was ending and had lost 7 in a row from December 30 through January 15. The end of that streak was the low-point as the Admirals set a franchise record with only 13 shots on goal for the whole game in their loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Admirals have gone 4-2-0 since then including their current 3-game win streak. Rookie goalie Frederik Andersen is coming off his first career shutout in the team's 5-0 win over Bridgeport last week.

Record - 18-21-3
Division - East (Fifth)
Head Coach - Trent Yawney (2nd Season)
Home Arena - Scope
Offense - 2.45, 25th (out of 30)
Defense - 2.9, 18th
Power Play - 15.7%, 20th
Penalty Kill - 84.4%, 11th

This year's Norfolk Admirals are not the same as the group that put together an amazing 28-game win streak and cruised to a Calder Cup Championship. The team switched affiliations and went from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Anaheim Ducks. So basically, Norfolk inherited the entire team that was Syracuse last year.

Trent Yawney is in his first full season as head coach after assuming the reigns early last year. Interestingly, he had coached in Norfolk before back in the early 2000s when they were the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate.

Patrick Maroon - 12-15-27. Second on Admirals in goals and points. Former Phantoms scored a career-high 32 goals last year for Syracuse to finish fifth in the league. Scored 23 goals with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2008-09 and then had 11 goals for the Adirondack Phantoms in 2009-10 before being traded to the Ducks organization in November, 2010. He was dealt along with David Laliberte in exchange for Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret coming to the Flyers organization.

Strangely, all four of the players involved in that trade will be together for this game.

Just like last year's Crunch team, a double-whammy of NHL first-rounders are the ones to watch out for on the Norfolk Admirals.

Peter Holland - 12-19-31. #15 overall selection in the 2010 draft out of Guelph of the OHL and he leads the Admirals with seven goals and 14 points. Holland had 23 goals last year as a rookie.

Kyle Palmieri -13-12-25. Recalle by Anaheim and currently up in NHL. Had 33 goals last year to finish fourth in the AHL.

Frederik Anderssen (9-10-1, 2.30, .929) and Igor Bobkov (8-10-0, 3.26, .900) are the team's goalies.



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 21-18-3 (Pittsburgh Penguins)

This is game 2 out of 4 in the season series between the Phantoms and the Penguins. Adirondack battled hard but ended up losing 2-1 on January 12 in their lone previous visit to Wilkes-Barre.

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 the Penguins went south for the winter as they won only 2 out of their next 14. Things again took another turn for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton who have gone 5-2 in their last 7 games with a number of low-scoring nailbiters.

Wilkes-Barre currently holds down the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Worcester Sharks. The top 8 teams advance to the Calder Cup Playoffs in April.

Record: 21-18-3
Division - 3rd place (East Division)
Arena - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Head Coach - John Hynes (3rd Season)
Offense - 2.4, 27th
Defense - 2.43, 3rd
Power Play - 14.6%, 25th
Penalty Kill - 86.7%, 3rd

Head Coach John Hynes - 3rd season with Penguins after 6 seasons as head coach of the USA National Team Development Program.

Chad Kolarik - 17-19-36. Acquired from the Rangers in a trade last week for Ben Ferriero. Adirondack had just seen him last Wednesday when he still played for Connecticut. Scored a goal in his Penguins debut last Friday.

Trevor Smith - 11-13-24. 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.

Paul Thompson - 14-8-22. Scored overtime winner a couple of weeks ago in outdoor game at Hershey. Former Hockey East Player of the Year a couple of seasons ago at New Hampshire.

Jeff Zatkoff - 13-12-0, 2.08, .916. Superior play surprisingly earned him the #1 spot on the team ahead of former AHL Goalie of the Year Brad Thiessen at beginning of season. Miami (Ohio) product played with Manchester the last three seasons. Last year was 21-17-1, 2.49, .920 with the Monarchs.

Brad Thiessen - 8-8-1, 2.62, .903. Appeared to find his stride again with 3-0 shutout win of St. John's on January 23. Then was removed from the game on January 25 after allowing 4 goals vs. Rochester.

UPCOMING

Friday, February 1 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft Beer Specials

Saturday, February 2 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Monday, February 4 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. Scheduled to appear: Brandon Manning and Harry Zolnierczyk.

Wednesday, February 6 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. $1 Hot Dogs.

Sunday, February 10 (3:00) - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Sunday Family Fun Pack - Exceptional Value! Post-Game Skate with the Phantoms presented by Glens Falls Hospital.

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