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Phantoms Weekly - Opening Night!
October 9, 2013

Last Week's Results

Saturday, October 5: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Hershey Bears 3 (OT)

This Week's Games
Friday, October 11 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, October 12 (7:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms (Opening Night!)
Monday, October 14 (2:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils


Opening Night is here! The celebration for the 25th AHL home opener in Glens Falls is Saturday night when the Phantoms take on the Hartford Wolf Pack. Tickets have been selling well and are going fast. The sales-pace is currently ahead of last year's Opening Night in which the Phantoms had a sellout. As of Wednesday, less than 600 seats remain. Once those are gone there will be standing-room tickets available. Fans should reserve their seats for the big night by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

Adirondack's opener in Glens Falls on Saturday is part of a home-and-home series that will begin in Hartford, CT on Friday night against the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers.

The Phantoms conclude their busy weekend of three games in four days with a Columbus Day visit to the Albany Devils on Monday afternoon at 2:00.

Sellout City!

Tickets are going fast for the home opener on Saturday night and the team's 10th Glens Falls sellout is a distinct possibility. Over 4,200 tickets have been sold for the game already. That's ahead of last year's pace leading into the Opening Night game that ended up as a sellout. Seating capacity at the Glens Falls Civic Center is 4,794. If attendance passes that mark then Standing-Room Only tickets will be made available.

PHANTOMS GFCC SELLOUTS (4,794 or higher)

Oct 03, 2009 5,411 vs. Worcester Sharks
Jan 23, 2010 5,309 vs. Albany River Rats
Mar 10, 2012 5,163 vs. Albany Devils
Nov 27, 2009 5,148 vs. Hershey Bears
Apr 10, 2010 4,968 vs. Albany River Rats
Feb 04, 2012 4,923 vs. Providence Bruins
Oct 17, 2009 4,912 vs. Albany River Rats
Mar 05, 2010 4,906 vs. Rochester Americans
Oct 13, 2012 4,801 vs. Portland Pirates

Last Week

Saturday, October 5: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Hershey Bears 3 (OT)

What a way to start the season! Defenseman Brandon Manning rushed into the crease to poke home a loose puck for his second career overtime winner and send Adirondack to a perfect 1-0-0 record to start the season. The goal came after Jason Akeson and Petr Straka just missed on a 2-on-1 attempt with Straka's chip knocked down by Bears goalie Phillipp Grubauer. Manning was hustling behind the play and rushed to the free puck for the tap-in before Grubauer could locate it immediately to his side.

Rookie Brandon Alderson benefited from a nice rush up ice and give to the right by defenseman Matt Konan to tie the game at 3-3 midway through the third period with his top-shelf tally. That goal, coming on the power play, was Alderson's first as a pro.

Ben Holmstrom and Tye McGinn both notched goals in the first four minutes of the game. For Holmstrom, his strike on the rebound of a Michael Raffl shot 1:13 in to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead came in his first shift in 10 months since suffering a knee injury last December.

Adirondack led 2-0 at the first intermission but then struggled in the second allowing three straight to the Bears including a pair of short-handed goals. Yann Danis held down the fort in his Phantoms debut to provide the opportunity for his teammates to mount the exciting comeback.

For the season opener it was not surprising that is was a game of first for many individuals. The 141st career AHL victory for Yann Danis was his first as a Phantom. Brandon Alderson scored his first pro goal. Michael Raffl and Petr Straka each recorded their first pro point on their assists as both also played in their first pro game.

Giant Center in Hershey has one of the strongest home-ice advantages in the American Hockey League. The Phantoms' victory last Saturday was their first in the building in their last seven tries encompassing the previous three seasons. Adirondack's most recent win at ChocolateTown had been four seasons ago on March 21, 2010.

Opening Night History

The Adirondack Phantoms are 3-1 in their home openers which includes a current three-season win streak.

The only time the Phantoms lost in their home opener was in their very first game in the history of the team on October 3, 2009. Tye McGinn's older brother, Jamie McGinn, scored the game-winner with just 12 seconds remaining for the Worcester Sharks. Tye was not part of that game. He would join the Phantoms two seasons later. The end to the game was a slight damper on an otherwise spectacular evening marking the return of the AHL to Glens Falls. The game featured the largest Civic Center attendance in Phantoms history with 5,411 fans cramming into witness the historic day.

In 2010, it was back-to-back goals with less than eight minutes left by Jon Kalinski and Eric Wellwood (his first pro goal) that gave the Phantoms an exciting 3-2 W over the Syracuse Crunch.

Hartford/Connecticut becomes the first team to travel to Glens Falls for multiple season openers. They were the opponents at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Current Philadelphia Flyer Kris Newbury had a hat trick against the Phantoms in that game as the Whale raced out to a 3-1 lead before the Phantoms scored the final five goals of the game. Denis Hamel, Eric Wellwood, Kevin Marshall and Luke Pither were among the goal scorers.

Last year, while wearing special retro-jerseys of the old Adirondack Red Wings, Brayden Schenn would notch his first two goals of the year while Sean Couturier and Tye McGinn each scored on the power play to put away Portland 6-3.

October 3, 2009 - Worcester Sharks 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
October 15, 2010 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Syracuse Crunch 2
October 8, 2011 - Adirondack Phantoms 6 - Connecticut Whale 3
October 13, 2012 - Adirondack Phantoms 6 - Portland Pirates 3

Adirondack vs. Hartford Rivalry

The Phantoms were 4-1-1 against the Hartford Wolf Pack last year when they were still known as the Connecticut Whale in a rivalry that was particularly exciting and had some while finishes. Three out of the six games went to overtime with Adirondack recording exciting victories in two of them. Jason Akeson has seen particular success against the Rangers' affiliate scoring seven goals and nine total points in just six games against them last year while recording his first career hat trick AND an overtime winner in different games.

Sean Couturier blasted the game-winner on January 5, 2013 for a 2-1 triumph in his last game for the Phantoms right before the end of the NHL lockout.

Perhaps the most exciting game in the series came on March 9, 2013 in Glens Falls in which the Phantoms overcame a 3-1 deficit with less than six minutes to go. Jason Akeson and Eric Wellwood would score 29 seconds apart to tie the game at 3-3 and then Akeson would score again with 2:48 left to complete his first career hat trick while blasting in the game-winner.

Jason Akeson's overtime game-winner was about a month after that, also in Glens Falls, as part of a two-goal game for him on April 13, 2013 in a 4-3 victory.

Even Adirondack's overtime loss against the current Hartford team was one to remember. On January 23, the Phantoms trailed at Connecticut 5-1 in the second period and were still down 5-3 with 1:40 left but would score two late ones by Jason Akeson and Marcel Noebels to tie the game and earn the standings point. Brandon Segal scored the overtime winner for the Whale.

The Captain is Back

Ben Holmstrom had quite the return to the lineup on Saturday at Hershey scoring a goal in his first shift back. Holmstrom had been out of action since knee surgery last December. The Colorado Springs, Colo. native is just four games away from breaking Kevin Marshall's all-time Adirondack Phantoms record of 185 career games played. If he plays every game then he will be slated to break the record on the road next Friday, October 18 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Adirondack Phantoms Record Book
Career Games:
1. Kevin Marshall 185
2. Ben Holmstrom 182
2. Jon Kalinski 182
4. Cullen Eddy 172
5. Eric Wellwood 164
6. Rob Bordson 162

NHL Experience
19 different players on the Adirondack Phantoms last year also shared time in the NHL. The list included a wide range of younger and more experienced talents including Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Erik Gustafsson, Eric Wellwood, Andreas Lilja and Brian Boucher.

On this year's Phantoms Opening Night roster are 10 players who have also played in the NHL before including Jason Akeson, Yann Danis, Zack FitzGerald, Bruno Gervais, Ben Holmstrom, Matt Konan, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning, Tye McGinn and Chris VandeVelde.

Bench Boss

Terry Murray brings more NHL coaching experience to an AHL bench than any other coach in league history as he enters his second season with the Adirondack Phantoms. Murray rates 19th all-time in NHL history with 1,012 career games and is 18th all-time in career wins with 499. Murray, 63, was the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1994 to 1997 leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997. He has been a part of the Flyers' organization off-and-on since initially signing with the team as a young defenseman in 1975. Murray has coached some of the greatest players in NHL history in a career that has also seen him lead the Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers.

Riley Cote returns for his fourth season as assistant coach with the Phantoms. The 31 year old originally from Winnipeg won a Calder Cup for the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2005 and played a combined 324 career games in Philadelphia for the Phantoms and Flyers from 2004 through 2010. He racked up a combined 1,980 penalty minutes with the two Philadelphia teams.

Broadcast Coverage

Once again, catch all the action of Adirondack Phantoms hockey home and away on the team's official flagship station Q101.7 and the Phantoms Radio Network presented by Curtis Lumber. Bob Rotruck enters his fourth season as the Voice of the Phantoms.

Fans are encouraged to now listen via the radio station's official website. Go to classichitswnyq.com and click the Listen Live link in the upper-right. Fans can also listen to Q101.7 on their mobile devices via the TuneIn App by typing WNYQ in the app's search-bar.

The Falls Farm and Garden Countdown to Faceoff Pregame Show begins 30 minutes prior to game-time and includes comments from Coach Murray, scratches and lineups, and much more. Listen on your drive home to the extended Great Meadow Federal Credit Union Post-Game Report including Audio Replay Highlights and player reaction and interviews from the locker room.


Friday, October 11 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack

Saturday, October 12 (7:00) OPENING NIGHT! - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Magnet Schedule Giveaway courtesy of Great Meadow Federal Credit Union.

Monday, October 14 (2:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils

Friday, October 18 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Saturday, October 19 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms

25 Terrific Seasons

Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins an elite group of only 12 other cities who can make such a claim. It's a great hockey tradition with an old-school feel that began with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979 who won four Calder Cups in their 20-year run at the GFCC. The Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls in 2009-2010 and are beginning their fifth season.





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