This Week's Games
Friday, March 1 (6:05) - Adirondack Phantoms 2
at Springfield Falcons 1 (completion suspended
Friday, March 1 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at
Saturday, March 2 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, March 3 (3:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack
Last Week's Scores
Friday, February 22 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
Saturday, February 23 - Hershey Bears 3 - Adirondack
Sunday, February 24 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 -
Binghamton Senators 1
Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Brayden Schenn 13 20 33
Sean Couturier 10 18 28
Jason Akeson 7 20 27
Danny Syvret 4 22 26
Erik Gustafsson 4 14 18
Goalies W-L-SOL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 11-13-0 2.59 .919
Brian Boucher 2-2-0 2.71 .908
Cal Heeter 8-12-1 2.79 .912
4 games in 3 days? Well, not exactly. But close.
The Phantoms have an odd and unusual doubleheader
of sorts this Friday in Springfield when they
complete their game of a couple of weeks ago that
was suspended in the second period. Then they
will play a full game right after that. Friday's
contests will begin with 3:42 remaining in the
2nd period and the Phantoms leading 2-1 on goals
by Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret. That game will
start at 6:05 p.m. and then the full game to follow
is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Things get a bit more normal after that with the
Phantoms traveling to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
on Saturday night where they could potentially
face the newest member of their team, veteran
goalie Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders.
Adirondack's home game this weekend is Sunday
afternoon at 3:00 against the Albany Devils on
Trustco Bank Day. Post-Game Photos with the players
down on the ice will follow the game. Bring your
cameras! Every player will be at their stations
all around the ice and the fans can walk around
and get pics with their favorites.
Get the Sunday Family 3-Pack and Save. It's only
$43 for 3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large
popcorn and 1 program and it's a terrific value.
Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355.
Don't forget back-to-back home games the following
weekend too. Friday, March 8 is against the Springfield
Falcons on $2 Draft Beer Night. And Saturday,
March 9 is against the Connecticut Whale, affiliates
of the New York Rangers, with Adirondack Phantoms
T-Shirts for the first 2,500 fans.
The Philadelphia Flyers made a trade with the
Calgary Flames on Monday evening as Mike Testwuide
of the Phantoms was dealt in exchange for center
Wahl will wear #19 with the Phantoms and is one
of the top scorers in the ECHL this year with
the Utah Grizzlies with 19 goals, 40 assists (4th
in the ECHL) and 59 points (5th). The 23-year-old
from Seal Beach, California is friends with our
Shane Harper who is also from his home area. Wahl
played for Team USA at the 2009 World Junior Championships
held in Ottawa and is in his 3rd season playing
professional hockey. The last couple of seasons
in the AHL he has played with the Abbotsford Heat
and Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Phantoms wish all the best to Mike Testwuide
with his new team in Abbotsford. He finishes among
the all-time leaders in Adirondack Phantoms history
in several categories including 4th in games played
(161), 3rd in career goals (32) and 6th in career
assists (38) and points (70).
Last Sunday was Dax's birthday and the outrageous
Dax Jerseys were a big hit with the fans. We had
a blast and we hope you did too. On top of all
the fun with the Mascot Musical Chairs and other
zaniness, the Adirondack Phantoms had an exciting
2-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators. It must
have been the rally cry of "Win it for Dax!"
Special thanks to all the mascots who helped make
Dax's Big Birthday Bash such a huge, hilarious
and surreal event. Lookin' Good, Guys!
Southpaw (Tri-City Valley Cats)
Sparty (Castleton State)
Pucky (Connecticut Whale)
South Glens Falls High Bulldog
Roar (Concord Univ.)
E-Gill and Bird Brain (Glens Falls Golden Eagles)
Mojo (Amsterdam Mohawks)
Last Friday night in Philadelphia was one of the
largest crowds in AHL history. 19,561 fans packed
into Wells Fargo Center to cheer on the Phantoms.
It seemed as though 90% of the fans there were
kids! What a fantastic night.
The game goes down as the largest crowd in the
AHL this season and the 7th largest all-time but
that list also includes 4 outdoor games. So it
is also the 3rd largest indoor crowd in AHL history.
Eight of the top 18 regular-season crowds in AHL
history are Phantoms games as well as five of
the largest 10 attendance figures.
Top 10 Regular Season Crowds in AHL History
1. *45,653 Jan. 6, 2012 Hershey at Phantoms (Citizens
Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA)
2. *21,673 Feb. 19, 2011 Providence at Connecticut
(Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT)
3. *21,508 Feb. 20, 2010 Binghamton at Syracuse
(New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY)
4. 20,672 Jan. 18, 1997 Kentucky at Carolina (Greensboro
Coliseum, Greensboro, NC)
5. *20,565 Jan. 21, 2012 Toronto at Hamilton (Ivor
Wynne Stadium, Hamilton, ON)
6. 19,730 Feb. 10, 2001 Syracuse at Phantoms (First
Union Center, Philadelphia, PA)
7. 19,561 Feb. 22, 2013 W-B/Scranton at Phantoms
(Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA)
8. 19,532 Feb. 28, 1999 Kentucky at Phantoms (First
Union Center, Philadelphia, PA)
9. 19,070 Dec. 28, 2012 Lake Erie vs. Rochester
(First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY)
10. 18,907 Nov. 20, 1998 Hartford at Phantoms
(First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA)
Season Ticket Holder Party
- Wednesday, March 6th (6:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
- All the players will be there.
- Lots of great prizes.
- Come Hungry! Dinner catered by Olive Garden
- Open to all current full season ticket holders
and 22-game plans.
Season Ticket Renewal Incentive
Renew your season tickets before March 30 for
a chance to win a 40" screen television.
Phantoms Week in Review
Friday, February 22 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
One of the largest crowds in AHL history filed
into the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to
cheer on the Phantoms against the Penguins in
a big NHL-style atmosphere. Marcel Noebels brought
the 19,561 fans to their feet with his first-period
goal giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.
Cal Heeter and the Phantoms made that lead hold
up until late in the third period when Bobby Farnham
and Brian Gibbons would score back-to-back in
the game's last seven minutes for Wilkes-Barre's
come-from-behind win. It was only the second time
Adirondack lost when leading the game after one
Ian Slater was not very well known among Philadelphia
hockey followers going into the game but the rookie
from Florida sure made some fans on his first
appearance there getting into a couple of skirmishes
including a second-period fight with Farnham.
It was a great night in front of a fantastic crowd
positively jammed with kids. And they got a full-blown
wave going in the third-period during back-to-back
critical penalty-kills for the Phantoms. It was
also an opportunity for all of the Phantoms players
to get the opportunity to skate in front of a
big and loud NHL crowd and atmosphere and one
they will not soon forget.
Saturday, February 23 - Hershey Bears
3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
The Phantoms dominated play at different aspects
of the game including a one-sided middle period
in which thy out-shot the host Bears 20-5. But
21-year-old rookie goalie Philip Grubauer turned
in his first career AHL shutout with a 40-save
performance to pull out the win.
Patrick McNeil gave Hershey a 1-0 lead in the
first period on a lucky bouncer. His clear down
the ice along the boards hit the metal stanchion
at the penalty-box door and then angled directly
towards the net while Munroe was trying to recover
from his break to the corner.
Jon Sim appeared to have tied the game in the
second period but the goal was waved off and upheld
on video review that he had kicked it in. Shortly
afterwards, Adirondack took a penalty and former
Philadelphia Phantom Ryan Potulny notched one
against his former teammate.
A total of five ex-Phantoms skated for the Hershey
Bears including Potulny, Boyd Kane, Kevin Marshall,
Jon Kalinski and Matt Clackson who dropped the
gloves with Brandon Manning in the first period.
Sunday, February 24 - Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Binghamton Senators 1
The fans and team celebrated Dax's birthday in
a big-time way...with a Phantoms win! Wearing
crazy and outrageous Dax Jerseys, the "Win
it for Dax!" battle-cry vaulted the road-weary
Phantoms to victory in their return home.
Matt Mangene ripped a power-play goal five-hole
in the second period. And Jon Sim scored on a
wrap-around in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Binghamton would quickly get that goal back but
Cal Heeter would hold down the fort the rest of
the way in a 30-save game and the 2-1 win.
The penalty-kill was positively huge for Adirondack
in the game holding the B-Sens to 0-for-6 on the
man-advantage including two extended 5-on-3's.
One of those was 1:45 long but the Adirondack
penalty kill stayed strong and kept the game 0-0
at the time to set up Mangene's go-ahead goal
just a couple minutes later.
The Adirondack Phantoms finish 1-0 all-time when
wearing ridiculous green and yellow-orange Dax
Jerseys which were auctioned off to the fans after
Happy Birthday, Dax!
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the
Week - Cal Heeter
Cal Heeter is the Saratoga Spine Player of the
Week. The rookie goalie from Ohio State made 30
saves on 31 shots on Sunday afternoon in a hard-fought
2-1 win against Binghamton.
The 24-year-old from St. Louis has eight wins
with Adirondack and one with Trenton so far in
his rookie season. He also has a 2.79 goals-against
average and a .912 saves percentage.
Heeter was especially strong and caught the attention
of the Adirondack fans on January 5 in the first
home game of 2013. He came just an inch away from
his first career professional shutout in a 2-1
overtime win against Connecticut with the lone
goal barely making it across the line.
Last year for the Ohio State Buckeyes he went
13-11-5, 2.45, .918.
Producing the NHL'ers
Nine different players on this year's Adirondack
Phantoms have been called up to the Philadelphia
Flyers this year....and counting! And the list
of THIS year's call-ups doesn't even include Phantoms
alums from previous years who are with Philadelphia
such as Matt Read, Michael Leighton and Claude
Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Eric
Wellwood, Tye McGinn, Andreas Lilja, Erik Gustafsson,
Brian Boucher, Harry Zolnierczyk
Key Team Stats
The Phantoms are...
- 20-7-1 with tied or leading after two periods.
(10-2-0 if leading. 10-5-1 if tied)
- 9-2-0 when leading after one period.
- 16-2-2 when they score 3 or more goals
- 2-2 in overtimes and are 4-2 in shootouts for
a combined 6-4 in games decided after regulation.
- 10 of the Phantoms wins have come when they
have held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.
- 4-1-1 on Sundays
- 14-4-0 when scoring the first goal.
Springfield Falcons, 30-14-7 (Columbus
Blue Jackets) - Friday, March 1 (6:05 and 7:30)
Springfield has one of the top teams in the league
and appears set to break into the playoffs for
the first time in 10 years.
The Falcons enter the night on a two-game losing
streak with a 3-0 loss to conference-leading Syracuse
last Saturday and then a 5-1 loss to Worcester
Springfield and Bridgeport last Friday had a number
of line-brawls and other incidents as they racked
up an amazing 244 penalty minutes.
First will be the completion of the suspended
game from February 17 in which Adirondack leads
2-1 with 3:42 remaining in the second-period.
Record - 30-14-7, 67 points
Standings - 1st place (Northeast Division), 2nd
place (Eastern Conference)
Arena - Mass Mutual Center
Head Coach - Brad Larsen (1st season)
Offense - 3.24, 4th (out of 30)
Defense - 2.49, 5th
Power Play - 19.3%, 8th
Penalty Kill - 86.1%, 4th
The Falcons have one of the highest scoring teams
as well as top defenses in the AHL. Although their
offense has struggled lately with just one goal
in their last two games.
Young head coach Brad Larsen played for the Portland
Pirates in 2009-10 before retiring to advance
into coaching and is an early candidate for AHL
Coach of the Year honors in his first season at
the helm. He also played several seasons for the
Colorado Avalanche and Hershey Bears as well as
Atlanta and the Chicago Wolves.
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault - 16-33-49. Quebec
City native in second season as a pro. 2nd on
Connecticut Whale last year with 24 goals and
first with 40 assists.
Nick Drazenovic - 16-30-46. Former St. Louis
Blues prospect in 6th pro season and 2nd with
Ryan Craig - 16-23-39. Captain of Springfield
and formerly captain of WBS Penguins returns to
the Falcons where he played in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
Had career high 27 goals in 04-05. 190 NHL games
mostly with Tampa Bay.
Bryan Helmer - 0-1-1. 40-year-old AHL vet whose
career began with the Albany River Rats for five
seasons from 1993-94 through 1997-98. Back-to-back
Calder Cups with Hershey in 2009 and 2010.
Curtis McElhinney - 21-10-2, 2.38, .922, 7 shutouts
to lead the AHL and set all-time Springfield Falcons
Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 22-23-7 (New
York Islanders) - Saturday, March 2, (7:00)
Adirondack is 2-0-1 against Bridgeport this year
and 2-0-0 at Webster Bank Arena. This is game
4 out of 6 in the season series and is the Phantoms'
last visit to Bridgeport, Connecticut. The last
game between the Phantoms and Sound Tigers was
on December 31 in Glens Falls in which Adirondack
overcame a 3-0 deficit to the score and earn a
standings point before eventually falling in a
The Sound Tigers are on a 6-game winless streak
going 0-4-2 since February 15.
Bridgeport has the worst defense in the league
allowing 3.35 goals per game to rate dead last
out of 30 teams.
Record - 22-23-7, 51 points
Standings - 4th place (Northeast Division)
Home Arena - Webster Bank Arena
Head Coach - Scott Pellerin
Offense - 2.98 goals per game, 11th (out of 30)
Defense - 3.35, 30th
Power Play - 19.2%, 9th
Penalty Kill - 80.6%, 24th
Rick DiPietro - The most famous Bridgeport Sound
Tiger has not yet played a game for them this
year. DiPietro was assigned last week by the New
York Islanders and could make his AHL season-debut
this weekend. The #1 overall pick in the draft
in 2000 out of Boston University has a career
NHL record of 130-133-8-28, 2.86, .903 with the
Islanders. This season, he went 0-3 in three games
for New York with a 4.09 goals-against. He last
suited up for Bridgeport in 2009-10 playing in
four games going 1-2. His last AHL win was December
19, 2009 at Springfield and his last AHL game
was January 3, 2010 vs. the Worcester Sharks in
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 - 22-17-39. 20 year old Swiss
prospect. 5th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry
Draft while Philadelphia'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, 14-19-33. Another 2010 first-rounder
(30th overall). Joined the team last season out
of the University of North Dakota.
Aaron Ness, 2-18-20. In second full season with
Bridgeport. Second-round pick in 2008 out of the
University of Minnesota.
Albany Devils, 22-19-10 (New Jersey
Devils) - Sunday, March 3rd (3:00) at Glens Falls
Devils lead season series 6 games to 3 and have
clinched the Time Warner Cable Cup by virtue of
holding tie-breaker advantage. This is Game 10
out of 12.
Phantoms won last meeting over Albany 4-2 on February
15 at GFCC.
Albany is on a 2-game win streak and have gone
5-4-1 in last 10 games.
Record - 22-19-10
Division - 3rd place (Northeast Division), 10th
place (Eastern Conference)
Head Coach - Rick Kowalsky (3rd season)
Home Arena - Times Union Center
Offense - 2.71, 18th (out of 30)
Defense - 2.9, 21st
Power Play - 12.0%, 28th
Penalty Kill - 82.4%, 19th
Matt Anderson - 11-23-34. Leading scorer. Named
CCM/AHL Player of Week a couple of weeks ago with
3 goals, 4 assists. Career high 23 goals in 2010-11
led Devils. U-Mass Amherst product and former
Chicago Wolf in 6th year as pro.
Joe Whitney - 16-15-31. Diminutive Boston College
product in second pro season checks in at just
5'6". 15 goals last year as a rookie.
Steve Zalewski - 10-21-31. Utica native and former
Worcester Shark out of Clarkson Univ. 19 goals
last year with Albany. Career-high 22 goals in
2009-10 with Worcester Sharks.
Goalie Keith Kinkaid, 2nd year pro out of Union
has been recalled to New Jersey as Martin Brodeur
is sidelined with a sore back.
Jeff Frazee - 5-9-4, 2.42, .915. 5th year pro,
Round 2 selection (#38 overall) out of University
Marc-Andre Bourdon and Matt Mangene served them
up at Dango's in Saratoga on Tuesday as guest
celebrity bartenders. Thanks, guys!
Also appearing this week were Cullen Eddy and
Shane Harper at Dango's-Dugout in South Glens
Falls and also Zack FitzGerald and Matt Konan
and Youth Hockey Practice.
And Dax entertained the gang at Johnny Rockets
last Monday where they had lots of appetizer and
drink specials. He even tried his hand at the
Here are some pics from the previous week with
Cal Heeter and Jon Sim having a blast helping
out the kids.
Thanks guys, the kids loved it!
Left to right in last pic: Marcel Noebels, Jon
Sim, Cal Heeter, Andrew Johnston.
Friday, March 1 (6:05) -
Adirondack Phantoms 2 at Springfield Falcons 1
(Completion of Suspended Game)
Friday, March 1 (7:30) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons (Full
Saturday, March 2 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, March 3 (3:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms - Presented
by Trustco Bank. Post-Game Photo Session with
all the players! Sunday Family 3-Pack for only
$43 - Exceptional Value!
Monday, March 4 (7:00) -
Phantoms Power Hour on Q1017. With special player
guest Andreas Lilja
Friday, March 8 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms. $2
Draft Beer Specials
Saturday, March 9 (7:00) -
Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms
T-Shirts for first 2,500 fans
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