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Phantoms Weekly - Road-Trip Continues
March 19, 2013




This Week's Games

Tuesday, March 19 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Wednesday, March 20 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, March 23 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Connecticut Whale
Sunday, March 24 (3:00) - Portland Pirates at Adirondack Phantoms

Last Week's Scores

Wednesday, March 13 - Portland Pirates 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 3
Friday, March 15 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Binghamton Senators 2
Sunday, March 17 - Hershey Bears 5 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Jason Akeson 13 25 38
Brayden Schenn 13 20 33
Danny Syvret 4 25 29
Sean Couturier 10 18 28
Rob Bordson 9 10 19

Goalies W-L-SOL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 12-14-1 2.78 .912
Brian Boucher 3-5-1 2.78 .899
Cal Heeter 8-13-2 2.96 .906

Upcoming

The Phantoms are winding down their seven-game road-trip to six different cities as they enter the second-half of their longest away tour of the season. It's four games down and three to go on the trip with games on Tuesday and Wednesday in Norfolk, Virginia followed by a Saturday night contest at the Connecticut Whale.

Including the trips to-and-from Glens Falls, the Phantoms will have logged over 2,200 bus-miles in just two weeks by the time they return home from Hartford this Saturday night.

The Admirals are one of the hottest teams in the league having gone 11-4-2 since February 4 in their late-season push.

Of course, that road-trip finale in Hartford on Saturday is a rematch of the last home game the Phantoms played on March 9. In that game, the Phantoms dramatically overcame a 3-1 deficit with 6:00 remaining by scoring three straight goals capped by Jason Akeson's hat-trick winner with 2:48 left.

Adirondack has already traveled to Albany, Portland, Binghamton and Hershey so far on the road-trip as they have continued to rack-up the miles.

Adirondack finally returns for their first home-game in 15 days on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 and we want you there to welcome them home! The game is against the Portland Pirates on Dax's Kids Club Day featuring a Post-Game Skate with the Phantoms players after the game presented by Glens Falls Hospital. Get your Sunday Family 3-Packs for only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program. Call the Phantoms to order yours at 518-480-3355.


NHL Experience

Both Tye McGinn and Erik Gustafsson have recently bolstered their NHL experience as they returned to the Phantoms last week. Both played their first games back with the Phantoms last Wednesday at Portland.

McGinn joined Philadelphia on January 21 to make his NHL debut and played in 16 games with the Flyers before getting in a fight on February 25 and suffering an injury. He scored 3 goals and 2 assists and also got into a couple of impressive fights.

Gustafsson was recalled on February 16 to play his first NHL game of the season and he stayed with the Flyers for 11 games recording 2 assists.

Ten different players who have been on this year's Adirondack Phantoms have been called up to the Philadelphia Flyers this year....and counting! The list includes Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood, Tye McGinn, Andreas Lilja, Erik Gustafsson, Brian Boucher, Harry Zolnierczyk, Michael Leighton.

Seven current Phantoms have played with the Flyers either this season or in the past:
Brian Boucher, Erik Gustafsson, Andreas Lilja, Brandon Manning, Tye McGinn, Danny Syvret, Eric Wellwood.



The Race is On!

Now that Erik Gustafsson has returned to the Adirondack Phantoms it should be a very interesting race to see who takes over the all-time career points record first and also who achieves the 100 point milestone first.

Jason Akeson now has 93 points in his Adirondack Phantoms career while Erik Gustafsson has 92 with the team. Gustafsson also has 7 points with the Flyers so has 99 as a pro and will reach that 100 professional-point milestone before he gets to 100 as a Phantom.

Denis Hamel is the all-time Adirondack Phantoms points-leader with 96 career points but that record is at risk to fall to one or both of these players in the coming weeks.

In career assists, Gustafsson (79) and Akeson (66) are already 1 and 2 with the Adirondack Phantoms.




Phantoms in the Community

Dax loves St. Patrick's Day! And he showed it last Sunday in the annual Lake George St. Patty's Day parade.

Dax also appeared at Spare Time Bowling in South Glens Falls for a fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

The Phantoms players, staff and Dax combine to make over 300 community appearance per year!

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 ahill@phantomshockey.com



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Milestones

Zack FitzGerald - Played in 400th career professional game on March 17 at Hershey.

Brian Boucher - Passed 3,000 career saves with Phantoms on March 17 at Hershey.

Danny Syvret - 3 assists away from 200 in his AHL career

Jason Akeson - (93 points) 1 point ahead of Gustafsson (92 points) for 2nd most points in ADK Phantoms history. Is 3 away from tying Denis Hamel (96) for most in ADK Phantoms history.

David Laliberte - 2 games away from 200 in his Phantoms career

Erik Gustafsson - 1 point away from 100 in his pro career


Adirondack Phantoms All-Time Leaders

Career Games

1. Kevin Marshall 185
2. Jon Kalinski 182
3. Ben Holmstrom 181
4. Mike Testwuide 161
5. Cullen Eddy 158
6. Eric Wellwood 155
7. Dan Jancevski 150
8. Rob Bordson 147
9. Marc-Andre Bourdon 142
10. Denis Hamel 140
10. Erik Gustafsson 140

Career Points

1. Denis Hamel 96
2. Jason Akeson 93
3. Erik Gustafsson 92
3. Ben Holmstrom 90
5. Danny Syvret 78
6. Mike Testwuide 70
7. Jon Kalinski 63
8. Jon Matsumoto 62
8. Eric Wellwood 62
10. David Laliberte 61

Career Assists

1. Erik Gustafsson 80
2. Jason Akeson 66
3. Danny Syvret 59
4. Ben Holmstrom 54
5. Denis Hamel 48
6. Garrett Roe 41
7. Jon Kalinski 38
7. Mike Testwuide 38
9. David Laliberte 37
10. Pat Maroon 36


Phantoms Week in Review

Wednesday, March 13 - Portland Pirates 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 3

Adirondack trailed 5-1 late in the third-period and started to mount an impressive comeback with back-to-back power-play goals. But the Pirates would hang on to the victory on their home-ice 6-3.

Matt Mangene scored in his first game back to his college state. He starred for the University of Maine Black Bears last season not far from Portland in Orono, ME. And his first-period goal for the Phantoms drew a number of cheers from Black Bears fans in attendance.

The game was also a homecoming of sorts for head coach Terry Murray who resides just a few miles away in Scarborough, Maine. Murray won back-to-back Calder Cups in the late 1970's playing in that building with the old Maine Mariners who were the Philadelphia Flyers affiliate at the time.

Mitch Wahl scored his first goal with Adirondack since being acquired in a trade from Calgary for Mike Testwuide a couple weeks ago. And Jason Akeson added his 12th of the season.


Friday, March 15 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Binghamton Senators 2

Binghamton had gained momentum with a game-tying goal with less than six-minutes remaining on their home-ice to make the score 2-2. But Adirondack quickly recovered and Tyler Brown's NHL-caliber shot from the left-wing with 4:25 left would hold-up as the game-winner for the Phantoms on just his third tally of the season.

And in other positive news, Brown escaped the celebration smothering by Zack FitzGerald unharmed.

Garrett Roe and Matt Mangene scored consecutive power-play goals just 14 seconds apart late in the first period to take a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. They were the fastest goals in succession for Adirondack this season. Roe's was 5-on-3 and Mangene's was 5-on-4 and also represented the second game in a row for his to light the lamp.

Brandon Manning assisted on all three Adirondack tallies and Brian Boucher was solid in net for the victory.

Binghamton out-shot the Phantoms 12-3 to begin the game and then Adirondack out-shot the Senators 27-10 over the next 30 minutes through the end of the second period.

Binghamton had the first three power plays of the game but Adirondack stayed out of the box after that and were able to induce a number of Senators penalties. The Phantoms drew eight consecutive power plays after the shaky start in the first period.


Sunday, March 17 - Hershey Bears 5 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

This game actually was looking to be a big win for Adirondack at the beginning, not the other way around. The Phantoms were dominating in the Hershey zone all throughout the first period and were outshooting the Bears 12-1 when Hershey head coach Mark French called timeout to right the ship.

21-year-old rookie goalie Phillip Grubauer made a number of tremendous saves to keep the score 0-0 including back-to-back point-blank saves on Jason Akeson.

Somehow, the bounces and the St. Patrick's Day fortune would start to tilt Hershey's way. They surprisingly took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. Jeff Taffe scored a couple along the way. Another goal bounced in on a defenseman's skate. And Hershey led 4-0 early in the third period.

Adirondack again dominated another 20-minute stretch when they out-shot Hershey 17-4 in the third period. The Phantoms scored two goals to break the Grubauer shutout curse with Marcel Noebels scoring his 7th of the season against his fellow countryman and friend from Germany. And Garrett Roe scored for the second game in a row in the closing minutes for the 5-2 final.



Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown is the Saratoga Spine Player of the Week. What Can Brown Do For You?!?!

"Brownie" came through clutch in the closing minutes of last Friday's game on the road at Binghamton with a perfect shot from the left-wing with just 4:25 remaining for a 3-2 win against the Senators.

It was Brown's third goal of the year. The Wasaga Beach, Ontario had nine goals with the Phantoms last season as a rookie and the year before that had 25 goals in his last year of Major Juniors with the Plymouth Whales of the Ontario Hockey League prior to signing with the Phantoms.

Key Team Stats

The Phantoms are...

- 22-8-3 when tied or leading after two periods. (11-2-1 if leading after two. 11-6-2 if tied after two)
- 10-3-1 when leading after one period.
- 18-4-2 when they score 3 or more goals
- 12-1-1 when they score 4 or more goals
- 2-2 in overtimes and 4-3 in shootouts for a combined 6-5 in games decided after regulation.
- 11 of the Phantoms wins have come when they have held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.
- 16-5-1 when scoring the first goal.
- 14-14-1 at home
- 20-15-2 when scoring at least one PPG


Upcoming Opponents

Norfolk Admirals, 29-27-5 (Washington Capitals)
Tuesday, March 19 (7:15) and Wednesday, March 20 (7:15)

Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

Adirondack leads the season series over the Admirals 2 games to 0 as they play their only games in southeast Virginia this year.

Norfolk had four-game win streak snapped Saturday night at Binghamton. The Admirals are five-points back of Connecticut for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Norfolk won the Calder Cup Championship with an historic and record-shattering 28-game win streak at the end of the regular season. Current Phantom Jeff Dimmen won the championship with last year's Norfolk team in his rookie season.

Patrick Maroon - 17-19-36. Two weeks ago, AHL/CCM Player of the Week, 4-2-6 in 3 games for week ending March 10. Called up to Anaheim and scored his second career NHL goal. Just sent back to NOR. Had 11-33-44 with ADK in 2009-10 and 23-31-54 with Philadelphia Phantoms in 2008-09. Traded to Anaheim with David Laliberte in exchange for Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret in November, 2010.

Luca Caputi - 3-15-18. Had seasons with 18 and 23 goals with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Has spent 15 games in ECHL with Ft. Wayne this year. Only 10 goals in 39 games last year with Toronto Marlies while missing half-season with injury.

Sami Vatanin - 6-31-37. Rookie prospect from Finland. Round 4, 2009 by ANA. 3rd in points among defenseman and 9th overall among AHL rookies.

Nate Guenin - 3-16-19. Former Philadelphia Flyer and Phantom from 2006-09 out of Ohio State. 12 career games with Flyers and 207 career games with Phantoms scoring 7-36-45.

Frederik Andersen, 16-12-1, 2.20, .928. Perhaps the top active goalie in the AHL now. 2nd among active goalies in goals-against and first in saves percentage. Denmark native left Norfolk last month to join national team in Olympic qualifying efforts. One of top rookie goalies in the AHL. Round 3 selection of ANA in 2012 out of Swedish Elite League.


Connecticut Whale, 30-25-8 (New York Rangers)
Saturday, March 23, 2013 (7:00)

XL Center - Hartford, CT

The Whale are barely holding down the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Whale have won three straight since a dramatic loss in Glens Falls on March 9.

This is Game 5 of the 6-game season series between the Northeast Division rivals and affiliates of NHL rivals Flyers and Rangers. Adirondack is 2-1-1 against Connecticut this year. 2 of the games have gone to overtime. The last time these two teams played was two weeks ago in which Adirondack trailed 3-1 with 6:00 left but would score three straight to dramatically win capped by Jason Akeson's hat-trick game-winner with 2:48 left.

The last time ADK came to Hartford on January 23, 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 Segal's goal.

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 Hartford.

Chris Kreider - 11-8-19 1st round and #19 overall selection in draft in 2009. Scored 5 goals in NHL playoffs upon joining the Rangers last year to quickly garner attention and become a fan-favorite at Madison Square Garden. 1-1-2 in 11 regular season games with Rangers this year. 6 goals for Team USA Gold Medal team in 2010 and 4 more in 2011 winning bronze. Won 2 NCAA titles with Boston College. 23-22-45 in 44 games last season there.

Kris Newbury, 18-37-55 - 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. Was on the receiving end of several punches in Tye McGinn's first NHL fight on January 25 in Philadelphia vs. New York Rangers game.

Brandon Segal, 18-19-37 - 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, 6-6-12. 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, 21-24-1, 2.66, .916. 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.


Portland Pirates, 34-22-5 (Phoenix Coyotes)
Sunday, March 24 (3:00)

Glens Falls Civic Center -
Dax's Kids Club Game - Post-Game Skate with Players presented by Glens Falls Hospital

The Pirates lead the season series 2-1. This is the last meeting of the year between Adirondack and Portland.
Both teams have won games by 6-3 decisions. Adirondack defeated Portland 6-3 in the season opener for both teams on Opening Night, October 13, 2012. The Pirates won by the exact same score this past Wednesday back in Portland.

The Pirates have only one win in their last five games as they hang on to the #5 spot in the Eastern Conference.

Alexandre Bolduc - 22-24-46 - AHL veteran since 2005-06, Mostly with Manitoba and also 55 NHL games with Vancouver and Phoenix

Andy Miele - 13-25-38 - Hobey Baker Winner with Miami (Ohio) in 2011 scoring 24-47-71 in 39 games. Had 16-38-54 in rookie season with Pirates last year.

Chris Brown - 23-12-35 - Rookie out of University of Michigan. Round 2, #36 overall 2009 by PHX

Chris Conner 12-20-32. AHL and NHL veteran since 2005-06 out of Michigan Tech. Played with Dallas, Pittsburgh and Detroit as well as Iowa Stars, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Grand Rapids Griffins. 147 NHL games, 17-26-43.

Chad Johnson - 16-13-1, 2.87, .909 - Former CT/Hartford goalie in Rangers system out of University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Head Coach - Ray Edwards, 4th year as head coach of PHX team in AHL. 2 years with San Antonio and now 2nd year with Portland. Played in ECHL in 1990's with Dayton Bombers and Huntington Blizzard.

 

UPCOMING

Tuesday, March 19 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals

Wednesday, March 20 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals

Saturday, March 23 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Connecticut Whale

Sunday, March 24 (3:00) - Portland Pirates at Adirondack Phantoms. Finally back at home!! Dax's Kids Club Game. Post-Game Skate with the Phantoms presented by Glens Falls Hospital. Sunday Family 3-PacksFriday, March 29 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Saturday, March 30 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms Poster Night for first 3,000 fans presented by Glens Falls Printing

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