Friday, March 8 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at
Saturday, March 9 (7:00) - Connecticut Whale at
Sunday, March 10 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
at Albany Devils
Last Week's Scores
Friday, March 1 - Springfield Falcons 3 - Adirondack
Phantoms 2 (SO)
Friday, March 1 - Springfield Falcons 7 - Adirondack
Saturday, March 2 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4
- Adirondack Phantoms 3
Sunday, March 3 - Albany Devils 3 - Adirondack
Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Brayden Schenn 13 20 33
Jason Akeson 8 22 30
Sean Couturier 10 18 28
Danny Syvret 4 23 27
Erik Gustafsson 4 14 18
Goalies W-L-SOL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 11-14-0 2.64 .916
Michael Leighton 0-1-0 3.07 .893
Cal Heeter 8-13-1 2.96 .906
The Phantoms have home games this Friday and Saturday
against Northeast Division rivals Springfield
and Connecticut. It's your last chance to cheer
for the Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center
for a little while. The team will play their next
seven games after that on the road over the upcoming
The Springfield Falcons enter the weekend with
the best record in the league. The Connecticut
Whale are the AHL affiliates of the New York Rangers.
Sound like a big weekend of exciting Phantoms
hockey in Glens Falls? It sure does!
Michael Leighton is back with the Phantoms and
played his first game with Adirondack in almost
a year this past Sunday. He is almost certainly
going to play in at least one of the games this
weekend. Leighton is one of the most popular players
all-time for the Adirondack Phantoms and is one
of the top goaltenders in AHL history rating 16th
all-time in career wins (170) and 4th all-time
in career shutouts (36). We're happy to welcome
him back to the team!
Adirondack's upcoming road-trip begins Sunday
and they will journey somewhat all over the place
as they head to Albany, Portland, Binghamton,
Hershey, Norfolk and Connecticut over the next
several days. They'll really be logging the miles
on that one! Let's get loud this weekend for their
home games and get them ready for the long trip.
Friday night is $2 Draft Beer Specials. And Saturday
night it's great looking Adirondack Phantoms T-Shirts
for the first 2,500 fans presented by Olive Garden,
Red Lobster and Bartlett Industries.
Call the Phantoms to get your tickets in advance
and save at 518-480-3355.
Leighton is Back!
The timing almost could not have worked out any
better. Michel Leighton returned to the Adirondack
Phantoms on the same day in which the team held
their annual post-game photo session with the
fans. Many fans lined up to personally welcome
"Leights" back to the team and wish
him well and tell him how thrilled they were to
"It really makes you feel good when you know
you're wanted," Leighton said. "Hearing
a lot of the fans say that they're sorry I need
to be down here but they're happy that I'm here.
They're grateful to have me and to watch me play
again so that makes you feel really good."
And Leighton himself was also just happy to get
back into game action. Something he has not had
a whole lot of this year due to the NHL Lockout
and then an injury a few weeks ago just as his
season was getting started.
Leighton is 16th all-time in career wins with
170 and is 4th all-time in shutouts with 36 including
7 with Adirondack. He also represented the Phantoms
at the AHL All-Star Classic last season in Atlantic
His last shutout came on March 23, 2011 in a 1-0
thrilled at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in which he
barely edged his current teammate Scott Munroe
in a terrific goaltenders' duel. That game was
a rematch of one of the most famous goaltender
battles in AHL history; Leighton made a league
record 98 saves in a grueling 5 overtime playoff
marathon while with the Albany River Rats in a
loss to Scott Munroe of the Philadelphia Phantoms
on April 22, 2008.
He won the Baz Bastien Award as the AHL's top
goalie in that 2007-08 season and went on to backstop
the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals
in 2009-10 in a run which included three shutouts
of the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference
All-time with Adirondack, Leighton has played
in 87 career games going 42-39-4, 2.36, .921.
He is the all-time leader for the Adirondack Phantoms
in career wins (42), games played by goalie (87)
and saves (2413).
Andreas Lilja is not generally known for his goal-scoring
prowess. But his gap between AHL goals was a particularly
lengthy one. His goal for Adirondack this past
Sunday was his first in the league in almost exactly
12 years. Of course, that is also due to all the
time he has spent in the NHL in-between.
The 37-year-old's last professional goal was two
years ago for Anaheim against Chicago on January
But his most recent AHL goal had been on March
2, 2001 for the Lowell Lock Monsters against the
Worcester IceCats. He had seven total goals that
year but would not score again in the AHL until
March 3, 2013 in the Phantoms' Sunday game against
Albany. Maybe it's the start of a new trend!
March 5 - Eric Wellwood (F) - Recalled to Philadelphia
March 4 - Cal Heeter (G) - Reassigned to Trenton
March 4 - Shane Harper (F) - Reassigned to Trenton
March 1 - Michael Leighton (G) - Loaned to Adirondack
by Philadelphia Flyers
March 1 - Tom Sestito (F) - Recalled to Philadelphia
Flyers. Then placed on waivers and acquired by
Season Ticket Holder Party
- Wednesday, March 6th (6:00 - 8:30 p.m.) at Heritage
Hall inside the Glens Falls Civic Center
- 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- Sign Up Now!
It's the 25th season of AHL hockey excitement
in Glens Falls and it's coming this October. Sign
up for new or renewal season tickets for your
chance to win a TV! Don't forget about our unlimited
ticket exchange policy for season ticket holders.
If you think season tickets aren't for you because
you might miss a few games...Think Again! All
of your unused tickets are good for future games.
With your season tickets, your support the future
of hockey in Glens Falls and the city's efforts
to secure a new team at the Civic Center.
We all had a great time at last Sunday's post-game
photo session. We hope you did too. Do you think
Michael Leighton and Zack FitzGerald are popular
with the fans? Check out the long-lines to get
Phantoms players and Dax appeared at Glens Falls
Hospital, area schools, youth hockey practices,
and Dango's as celebrity bartenders in just the
past few days. Wow...They get around!
Below are pics of Oliver Lauridsen and Marcel
Noebels visiting the children's wing of Glens
Falls Hospital and Dax at Greenfield Elementary
in Saratoga Springs.
To find out more about the Phantoms in the community
or to inquire about the Phantoms at your local
charity or school function or community event,
please contact Phantoms Director of Fun and Community
Development, Andrew Hill at 518-480-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Akeson - 12 points away from breaking all-time
Adirondack Phantoms record for career points and
15 points away from becoming first Adirondack
Phantom to 100 points.
Danny Syvret - 1 assist away from 200 in pro career.
5 assists away from 200 in AHL career. 3 games
away from 200 in Phantoms career.
Zack FitzGerald - 2 games away from 400 in pro
Rob Bordson - 1 point away from 100 in pro career.
Also, just reached 200 games in pro career this
past Friday night. Congrats, Rob!
Phantoms All-Time Leaders
1. Kevin Marshall 185
2. Jon Kalinski 182 3. Ben Holmstrom 181
4. Mike Testwuide 161 5. Cullen Eddy 155
5. Dan Jancevski 150 7. Eric Wellwood 149
8. Marc-Andre Bourdon 142 9. Rob Bordson 141
10. Denis Hamel 140 Career Points
1. Denis Hamel 96
2. Erik Gustafsson 91 3. Ben Holmstrom 90 4. Jason Akeson 85 5. Danny Syvret 76
6. Mike Testwuide 70
7. Jon Kalinski 63
8. Jon Matsumoto 62 9. David Laliberte 61 9. Eric Wellwood 61
Phantoms Week in Review
Friday, March 1 - Game
1 - Springfield Falcons 3 - Adirondack Phantoms
2 (SO) Game 2 - Springfield
Falcons 7 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
The Adirondack Phantoms had an unusual hockey
doubleheader of sorts on Friday night at Springfield
beginning with the completion of a suspended game
from February 17. Adirondack entered the resumption
of play with a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period but
Springfield finally broke through with the tying
goal by Scott Howes with 10 minutes left in the
A highlight-reel spin-o-rama goal in the shootout
by Jonathon Audy-Marchessault would be the only
tally after that as Springfield pulled it out
3-2. Adirondack had almost won the game in overtime
when Rob Bordson's blast rushing up the right-wing
deflected off the glove of RPI product Allen York
in net for the Falcons. The shot deflected into
the air off York's glove and landed behind the
goalie but refused to bounce across the line and
York was able to prevent Bordson from tipping
in the loose puck.
The second game was an off-performance for the
Phantoms as Springfield raced out to a 3-0 lead
in the first period to launch their way to a 7-2
victory. It was the most goals allowed and largest
margin of defeat for Adirondack this season. Rob
Bordson (9th) and Matthew Ford (4th) scored for
the Phantoms in the loss while Cal Heeter gutted
it out and went the distance in a game that was
not to be blamed on his performance.
Newcomer Mitch Wahl played in his first two games
for the Phantoms after being acquired in a trade
from Calgary earlier in the week. Matthew Ford
returned to the lineup from injury for the first
time in a month and alos played in both games.
A back-and-forth contest would conclude with host
Bridgeport getting the last strike on Saturday
night. The Phantoms tied the game at 3-3 with
less than 6:00 remaining on the first career professional
goal by Matt Konan off the rebound of an Andreas
Lilja shot off the crossbar.
Adirondack looked in good shape with a subsequent
power-play after that tying goal but Bridgeport
built momentum with their late and critical penalty
kill and then Brock Nelson, fresh out of the penalty
box, put on a dazzling move in the right circle,
cut directly at Phantoms goalie Scott Munroe,
and roofed the game-winner with 3:33 to go.
Islanders' send-down Rick DiPietro secured his
first win in Bridgeport's home building in about
10 years. It was a Sound Tigers goalie-alum battle
of sorts. Scott Munroe starred for Bridgeport
three seasons ago while DiPietro led Bridgeport
to the Calder Cup Finals in 2002-03.
Michael Leighton returned to the Phantoms lineup
for the first time in almost a year but Albany
prevailed on Sunday afternoon in Glens Falls 3-2
in front of an impressive crowd of 4,040 on Post-Game
Albany was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third
period but a costly turnover midway through the
final frame would be intercepted by Joe Whitney
and then converted by Philip DeSimone.
Eric Wellwood made it a one-goal game again with
less than two minutes remaining but Adirondack
ran out of time trying to get the tying goal.
Andreas Lilja scored his first AHL goal in 12
years and his first professional goal in two years
on a shot from center-point.
Joe Whitney led the Devils' attack with one goal
and two assists as the little, speedy forward
out of Boston College continued his success against
the Phantoms this year. The game was the 10th
out of 12 in the Time Warner Cable Cup rivalry
series and was also the last visit of the season
for the Devils to Glens Falls. Adirondack has
two more games at Albany remaining.
The players came back out for the team's annual
post-game photo session to delight hundreds of
fans who snapped up thousands of pics with their
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the
Week - Andreas Lilja
Andreas Lilja is the Saratoga Spine Player of
the Week. The 37-year-old veteran of 577 NHL games
hit the crossbar on Saturday night leading to
the assist on the late game-tying goal at Bridgeport.
And on Sunday afternoon against Albany, Lilja
scored his first professional goal in two years
and his first AHL goal in almost exactly 12 years!
Lilja is in his second season with the Flyers
organization. He won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit
Red Wings in 2007-08.
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...
- 20-8-2 when tied or leading after two periods.
(10-2-1 if leading. 10-6-1 if tied)
- 9-3-0 when leading after one period.
- 16-3-2 when they score 3 or more goals
- 2-2 in overtimes and 4-3 in shootouts for a
combined 6-5 in games decided after regulation.
- 10 of the Phantoms wins have come when they
have held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.
- 4-2-2 on Sundays
- 14-5-0 when scoring the first goal.
Springfield Falcons, 34-14-7 (Columbus
Blue Jackets) - Friday, March 8 (7:00)
Glens Falls Civic Center - $2 Draft Beer Specials
Springfield is back on top of the league again
following their historic eight-point weekend which
began against the Adirondack Phantoms. The team
is playing extremely well and is set to make the
playoffs for the first time in 10 years. The Falcons
were 7 points behind the most points in the league
going into the weekend but amazingly were able
to make up all that ground to take over the top
Last weekend, they won four games in less than
48 hours; a particularly impressive feat. It began
on Friday with their comeback win in a shootout
3-2 over Adirondack in the completion of a suspended
game. And then they went on to win the full game
after that 7-2.
The Falcons turned aside Atlantic Division leading
Providence 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday and then
Curtis McElhinney notched his league-leading eighth
shutout of the season 2-0 over Worcester on Sunday
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
Record - 34-14-7, 75 points
Standings - 1st place (Northeast Division), 1st
place (Eastern Conference)
Home Arena - Mass Mutual Center
Head Coach - Brad Larsen (1st season)
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 - 17-35-52. 3rd in
AHL in points and 2nd in assists. Quebec City
native in second season as a pro. 2nd on Connecticut
Whale last year with 24 goals and first with 40
assists. Had highlight-reel goal to win shootout
on Friday vs. Adirondack that was featured as
#3 Play of the Day on ESPN's Top 10.
Ryan Craig - 16-24-40. 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 - 23-10-2, 2.30, .924, 8 shutouts
to lead the AHL and set all-time Springfield Falcons
single-season record. 10th in league in GAA and
5th in svs pct.
Connecticut Whale , 27-23-7 (New York Rangers)
- Saturday, March 9, 2013 (7:00)
Glens Falls Civic Center - T-Shirt Night for first
This is Game 4 of the 6-game season series between
the Northeast Division rivals and affiliates of
NHL rivals Flyers and Rangers. Adirondack is 1-1-1
against Connecticut this year. 2 of the 3 games
this season between the Phantoms and the Whale
have gone to overtime.
The last time they met was on January 23 in Hartford
in which the Phantoms rallied from a 5-1 deficit
to dramatically tie the score and force overtime.
Jason Akeson made it 5-4 with 1:45 to go and Marcel
Boebels tied it with just 21 seconds remaining.
But the Whale won in the extra period on Brandon
Connecticut's last visit to Glens Falls was the
first game of 2013 and the last game before the
end of the NHL lockout. Sean Couturier scored
the game-winner in overtime in that January 5th
contest before a raucous near-sellout contingent
in the 2-1 final. Cal Heeter was just inches away
from his first career shutout but was barely beaten
on a chip along the goal-line for the only one
he would allow in a tremendous performance.
Record - 27-23-7, 61 points
Standings - 2nd place (Northeast Division), 8th
place (Eastern Conference)
Home Arena - XL Center
Head Coach - Ken Gernander
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, 18-32-50 - Tops in points for the
Whale. Played for St. John's Maple Leafs and then
Toronto Marlies from 2003-04 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.
Brandon Segal, 16-16-32 - AHL veteran since 2003-04
with Milwaukee, Portland, Norfolk, Rockford. Also
103 NHL games mostly with DAL and LA. Career high
26-26-52 in 2008-09 with Norfolk.
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, 21-22-1, 2.59, .918. Third year
pro out of University of Alabama-Huntsville is
a work-horse. 2nd in AHL in minutes (2527) and
saves (1221) trailing only David Leggio of Rochester.
Albany Devils, 24-19-11 (New Jersey
Devils) - Sunday, March 3rd (3:00)
at Times Union Center, Albany
Devils lead season series 7 games to 3 and have
clinched the Time Warner Cable Cup. This is Game
11 out of 12 in the rivalry series. Adirondack
will return to Albany on Sunday, April 21 for
the last game of the regular season.
Phantoms won last meeting over Albany 4-2 on February
15 at GFCC.
Albany is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games to move
into 9th place in the conference
Record - 24-19-11
Division - 3rd place (Northeast Division), 9th
place (Eastern Conference)
Head Coach - Rick Kowalsky (3rd season)
Home Arena - Times Union Center
Matt Anderson - 11-23-34. 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 - 17-18-35. Diminutive Boston College
product in second pro season checks in at just
5'6". 15 goals last year as a rookie. Has
6-8-14 this year against Phantoms.
Steve Zalewski - 10-20-30. 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 - 7-9-4, 2.33, .920. 5th year pro,
Round 2 selection (#38 overall) out of University
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 presented by Olive
Garden, Red Lobster and Bartlett Industries.
Sunday, March 10 (3:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
Wednesday, March 13 (7:00) -
Adirondack Phantoms at Portland Pirates
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