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Phantoms Weekly - Bobbles and Conga
April 10, 2013


This Week's Games

Friday, April 12 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, April 13 (7:00) - Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, April 14 (3:00) - Binghamton Senatos at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Last Week's Scores

Friday, April 5 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (OT)
Saturday, April 6 - Rochester Americans 5 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 (SO)
Sunday, April 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 1


Top Scorers Goals Assists Points
Jason Akeson 16 32 48
Danny Syvret 6 30 36
Brayden Schenn 13 20 33
Sean Couturier 10 18 28
Tye McGinn 14 12 26

Goalies W-L-SOL GAA SVS
Scott Munroe 12-16-0 2.78 .913
Brian Boucher 5-6-1 2.63 .904
Cal Heeter 10-15-3 2.98 .907

Upcoming

It's one of the biggest weekends of the season for the Phantoms including three home games in three days for the only time this season.

Saturday night is Dan Miner Bobblehead Night for the first 2,500 fans also featuring a rock concert after the game with The Wrecking as part of Faith and Family Night.

Sunday afternoon includes an official World Record Attempt as the Phantoms and their fans hope to break the world record for longest on-ice conga-line on skates. Yes, there really is a record for such a thing. And we want to break it! Bring your skates and join us in our efforts to make it happen. All fans participating in the World Record Attempt will receive a free ticket for our game on Friday, April 19.

The Phantoms have a six game unbeaten-in-regulation streak at home (4-0-2) since March 8 to improve to 16-14-3 overall at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack also has points in 10 of their last 15 games overall going 7-5-3.

It's the second-to-last weekend of the regular season but there is still lots of terrific hockey left at the Glens Falls Civic Center this year. Call the Phantoms to get your tickets in advance and save: 518-480-3355.


Promotions!

Lots of great home game promos on the way. Here are some of the big ones!

Saturday, April 13 (7:00) - Dan Miner Bobblehead Night (first 2,500 fans) and tribute to the long-time voice of Adirondack hockey. "Not Tonight?" Actually, Yes...TONIGHT!"
Also, Faith and Family Night. Post-Game Concert.

Sunday, April 14 (3:00) - World Record Night! Be a part of a verified world record as we invite the fans to join us for what will officially be the World's Longest On-Ice Conga Line!! Yes, we're actually serious...haha! All participants in our World Record Attempt receive a free ticket for Friday, April 19.

Saturday, April 20 (7:00) - Scoville Jewelers Gemstone Giveaway Night. 500 great gemstones ranging in value from $5 to $50 to be given away....plus one Phantoms Orange gemstone valued at $500 that includes a big prize package too. This one is hard to believe. I'ts an incredible promotion with even more specials involved which we will announce in the future.
Also, Super-Fan Cameron Hughes presented by Tackett Chiropractic.





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. Don't forget our unlimited ticket exchange policy. Your unused tickets are good for any other Phantoms games.

This month, we're giving away a new laptop computer. That's right...a laptop! You must purchase your season tickets by April 19 and pay 50% of your balance to be eligible. Call the Phantoms to find out more about season tickets at 518-480-3355.



Transactions

Apr 6 - Nick Cousins - Reassigned to ADK from Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Apr 8 - Mark Alt (D) - Signed to ATO

The newest Phantoms are Nick Cousins and Mark Alt. The 19-year-old Cousins had 103 points with Sault Ste. Marie this year to finish third in the OHL. 21-year-old Alt is a 6'4" defenseman from the University of Minnesota who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes and then traded to the Flyers with Brian Boucher in January.

Check out #25 Nick Cousins and #4 Mark Alt along with the other new members of the Phantoms getting their first tastes of pro hockey; #8 Brandon Alderson, #32 Derek Mathers, #39 Kyle Flanagan.





Adirondack Phantoms Single-Season Top 10's

Points

1. Jon Matsumoto (2009-10) 62
2. Jason Akeson (2011-12) 55
3. Denis Hamel (2010-11) 50
4. Erik Gustafsson (2010-11) 49
5. Jason Akeson (2012-13) 48
6. Denis Hamel (2011-12) 46
6. Jared Ross (2009-10) 46
6. David Laliberte (2009-10) 46
9. Patrick Maroon (2009-10) 44
10. Michael Ryan (2010-11) 41
10. Ben Holmstrom (2011-12) 41

Assists

1. Erik Gustafsson (2010-11) 44
2. Jason Akeson (2011-12) 41
3. Jared Ross (2009-10) 34
4. Patrick Maroon (2009-10) 33
5. Jason Akeson (2012-13) 32
5. Garrett Roe (2011-12) 32
5. Jon Matsumoto (2009-10) 32
8. Danny Syvret (2012-13) 30
9. David Laliberte (2009-10) 28
10. Danny Syvret (2010-11) 26
10. Ben Holmstrom (2011-12) 26

Phantoms Week in Review

Friday, April 5 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (OT)

Shane Harper's tying goal with 6:44 remaining helped Adirondack earn a standings point for their fifth consecutive home game but Alex Grant of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blasted home the game-winner in overtime in a 3-2 decision Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack improved to 4-0-1 in their last five home games.

Harper's goal on the power play came on a backdoor feed by newcomer Kyle Flanagan. It was Harper's first game back with the Phantoms after spending all of March with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL where he excelled.

Garrett Roe scored his 10th of the season early in the second period. And Brian Boucher played some dazzling hockey between the pipes especially down the stretch to get Adirondack into the extra-period and earn the standings point.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a power play at the end of the third that carried over into the overtime and Adirondack was able to kill off both ends of the man-advantage. But the Phantoms were still pinned in their zone and that ultimately led to Alex Grant's game-winning blast from center-point.

Saturday, April 6 - Rochester Americans 5 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 (SO)

Saturday night had a little bit of everything...in the game AND in the stands! Adirondack and Rochester battled in an intense and entertaining game with the Americans eventually pulling it out in the shootout for a 5-4 victory. The standings-point with the shootout loss was the sixth in a row at home for the Phantoms who are now 4-0-2 at the Glens Falls Civic Center since March 8.

And in the stands, hundreds of fans received gifts and prizes courtesy of the Phantoms, Flyers, and our Corporate Partners on Fan Appreciation Night as the merchandise and gift-certificates were flying fast and furious all around the building.

Jon Sim scored two goals and an assist and then added another goal in the shootout in one of the his top games of the year. Garrett Roe (11th) and Marcel Noebels (12th) lit the lamp for the other tallies for the Phantoms. Roe has goals in back-to-back games this weekend and now has racked up six goals in his 11 games.

Both teams had chances down the stretch. Nick Bailen out of RPI was playing in just his second pro game for Rochester and almost won the game in the overtime as his center-point slapshot rang off the crossbar.

Sunday, April 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 1

Jason Akeson scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season and prospect Nick Cousins made his season-debut for the Phantoms but Adirondack lost on the road to Bridgeport 4-1 on Sunday evening.

David Ulstrom had two goals and one assist to pace the Sound Tigers and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves in the win as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers avenged a setback by the exact same score in Glens Falls eight days ago. Adirondack's power play, which had been so hot lately, cooled off going 0-for-7.

Eric Wellwood left the game in the second period with a scary injury after a skate-slice to the back of his lower right-leg that came from his own skate. He was rushed out of the ice from the bench while the puck was still in play leaving a trail of blood on his way to the locker-room door. Wellwood had surgery at a local hospital to repair the initial damage and then was transported to Philadelphia for another surgery later in the week.

Nick Cousins played his first professional game of the season and the second of his career as he suited up wearing #25. He was initially paired on a line with Zack FitzGerald and Derek Mathers. But after the injury to Wellwood forced Terry Murray to juggle his lines, Cousins would be reunited with his Major Juniors line-mate Brandon Alderson on several shifts.


Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Garrett Roe

Garrett Roe is the Saratoga Spine Player of the Week after notching goals in back-to-back games last weekend. The second-year pro out of St. Cloud State scored on a deflection late in Saturday night's game against Rochester for a 4-4 tie helping the Phantoms earn a point in a 5-4 shootout loss.

Roe has 11 goals this season and is one of the hottest scorers on the team of late with six goals in the last 11 games. That's a great turnaround after scoring only five goals in his first 40 games played of the season.




Lighting it Up!

The Adirondack Phantoms have scored 4 or more goals in 5 of their last 9 games for one of their best offensive surges of the season.

But it actually goes back a bit further as well. The Phantoms have been held to fewer than 2 goals in a game only twice in the last 19 games.

Jason Akeson has scored 10 goals on the power play out of his 16 total goals this season.

Key Team Stats

The Phantoms are...

- 26-8-3 when tied or leading after two periods. (15-2-1 if leading after two. 11-6-2 if tied after two)
- 13-3-1 when leading after one period.
- 22-4-3 when score 3 or more goals
- 16-1-2 when they score 4 or more goals
- 2-3 in overtimes and 4-4 in shootouts for a combined 6-7 in games decided after regulation.
- 13 of the Phantoms wins have come when they have held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.
- 19-5-2 when scoring the first goal.
- 16-14-3 at home
- 24-16-4 when scoring at least one PPG

Power Play Streak Ends

The Phantoms had scored a power play goal in six straight games, their longest such stretch of the season. The streak came to a crashing halt on Sunday at Bridgeport when the Phantoms went 0-for-7 on the man-advantage. Adirondack is 10-for-33 (30.3%) in their last seven games.

have been lighting it up especially well on the power play. All the more impressive when one considers the various promotions to Philadelphia and all the roster moves and near-constant changes to the personnel on the team's man-advantage.

Adirondack has moved up to 14th in the AHL (out of 30) at 17.1% after hovering around the mid-20's earlier in the season.


Upcoming Opponents

Springfield Falcons, 41-20-9 (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Friday, April 12 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center - $2 Draft Beer Specials

The Falcons clinched the Northeast Division crown last week and in so doing are locked in for their first playoff berth in 10 years ending the longest such drought in AHL history. Now Springfield has their sights set on the conference title and the #1 seed heading into the postseason. They currently sit two points back of the Providence Bruins for the top spot. Springfield is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

The Phantoms are 1-2-1 against Springfield this year with two games remaining in the regular-season series, both in Glens Falls. Adirondack defeated Springfield 2-1 on March 8 with Oliver Lauridsen's only goal of the season breaking a 1-1 tie early in the third period.

Springfield allows 2.4 goals per game for the second-best defense in the AHL trailing only Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Young head coach Brad Larsen played for the Portland Pirates in 2009-10. Also played several seasons for the Colorado Avalanche and Hershey Bears as well as Atlanta and the Chicago Wolves.

Matthew Ford - 7-13-20. Traded by Flyers to Columbus for future considerations last month. Had 4-9-13 with ADK in 35 games. 3-4-7 for SPR in 13 games.

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault - 20-43-63. 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.

Ryan Craig - 20-27-47. 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 - 0-2-2. 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 - 28-14-3, 2.25, .924, 9 shutouts to lead the AHL and set all-time Springfield AHL single-season record.


Connecticut Whale, 35-28-8 (New York Rangers)
Saturday, April 13 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center -
Dan Miner Bobbleheads - Post-Game Concert


Adirondack is 3-2 against Connecticut this season including a 5-2 thrashing of the Whale in Hartford on March 23 the last time the two teams met. Adirondack went 4-for-5 on the power play in that game.

The Whale went on a hot streak winning seven out of nine to solidify their hold on one of the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Connecticut has stuck in the 7-spot for a few weeks and currently hold a three-point lead over 8th place teams Hershey and Norfolk in the last-season playoff scramble.

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 - 11-11-22 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. 2-1-3 in 17 regular season games with Rangers this year. 6 goals for World Juniors USA Gold Medal team in 2010. Won 2 NCAA titles with Boston Coll. 23-22-45 in 44 games last season.

Kris Newbury, 18-41-59 - 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, 24-19-43 - 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, 8-7-15. 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, 25-24-1, 2.56, .919. 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.


Binghamton Senators, 40-23-7 (Ottawa Senators)
Sunday, April 14 (3:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center
Post-Game World Record Attempt, Longest Conga-Line On Skates!


Adirondack is 3-4-0 against Binghamton heading into the last game of the season series.

The Senators went from Calder Cup Champions in 2011 to dead-last out of 30 in 2012. Now entering the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, the B-Sens are one of the top teams in the league and continue to succeed despite the large influx of ECHL players due to a rash of call-ups of their top talent to Ottawa. But the Senators have faded a little bit lately going 0-2-1 in their last three games.

Binghamton has clinched a playoff spot and trails East Division leading Syracuse by two points for one of the coveted top-3 seeds. Binghamton allows just 2.54 goals per game which is 4th out 30 in the AHL.

Stephane Da Costa - 12-23-35. 9 games with Ottawa this year and 22 last year as a rookie out of Merrimack.

Corey Cowick - 13-16-29. Thriving in first season as full-time AHL'er.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau - 7-22-29. Speedy rookie out of the QMJHL Chicoutimi was 4th round pick of OTT in '11

Shane Prince - 17-14-31. Rookie prospect. 2nd round selection of Ottawa in 2011 out of Ottawa 67's (OHL) where he had 43-47-90 last year.

Nathan Lawson - 10-6-2, 2.28, .936. Defeated Michael Leighton and Adirondack last year 1-0 in overtime while with Hamilton. ECHL and AHL goalie since 2007-08 out of University Alaska-Anchorage. Also 10 NHL games with NY Islanders in 2010-11.

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.

UPCOMING

Friday, April 12 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft Beer Specials

Saturday, April 13 (7:00) - Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms. Dan Miner Bobbleheads (first 2,500 fans). Faith and Family Night featuring Post-Game Concert with Christian rock band, The Wrecking!

Sunday, April 14 (3:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. World Record Night. Be a part of the official World's Longest Conga-Line On-Ice...No, we're not kidding!!!

Monday, April 15 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 With Brandon Alderson and Nick Cousins.

Friday, April 19 (7:00) - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft Beer Specials

Saturday, April 20 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms. Scoville Jewelers Gemstone Giveaway (first 500 fans) including $25 gift-cards. One grand-prize package $1,000 value including large Phantoms Orange Gemstone. Plus, Super-Fan Cameron Hughes, presented by Tackett Chiropractic.

Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and Sunday Family 3-Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355

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