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Preview: Phantoms at Falcons

Friday, November 8, 2013

Today's Matchup: Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Arena: MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA

Time: Game-time is 7:00pm. Broadcast coverage begins at 6:30pm on Q101.7. Click here to listen

Adirondack Phantoms - Philadelphia Flyers
Springfield Falcons - Columbus Blue Jackets

Info: The Phantoms carry a 4-game win streak into their first 3-in-3 weekend of the season. After tonight's game at Springfield, the Phantoms head to Albany on Saturday and then to Bridgeport on Sunday.

Season Series: Adirondack is 1-0-1 vs. Springfield. This is the Phantoms first trip to the MassMutual Center this year. This is Game #3 out of 8 between the two teams. Adirondack won the last meeting against the Falcons 3-nine days ago by a 2-1 score on Wednesday, October 30 in Glens Falls. The game was especially tight. The Falcons Patrick McNeil was about an inch away from tying it when he clanged a blast off the post with 34 seconds remaining. ADK held SPR to 0-for-6 on the power play during the game and successfully battled through a 4-on-6 disadvantage in the last minute.

Adirondack Phantoms: 5-4-2
Springfield Falcons: 7-2-1

Leading Scorers:
Adirondack - Nick Cousins (3-5-8), Petr Straka (2-5-7), Jason Akeson (1-6-7), Bruno Gervais (2-4-6)
Springfield - Tim Erixon (2-7-9), Jake Hansen (4-4-8), Frederic St. Denis (1-7-8)

Last Time Out:
Adirondack - The Phantoms won their 4th straight with a 3-1 victory over the Albany Devils on Saturday. Rookie Petr Straka scored the first two goals of his professional career.
Springfield - Won back-to-back games vs. Hartford by identical 3-2 scores last weekend. Friday's win was in a shootout and Saturday's victory was in regulation.

Phantoms Tidbits: Tye McGinn has returned to the Phantoms after a brief callup to Philadelphia. Kris Newbury on a 4-game point streak has been recalled by the Flyers.

Cal Heeter has 98 saves on 101 shots in his last three stars for a .971 saves percentage. He made 27 saves on 28 shots against Springfield on October 30.

The Phantoms have successfully killed the last 18 consecutive power plays. Adirondack's penalty kill is at 88% which is good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference (out of 15) and 3rd in the AHL overall (out of 30).

Tonight is Ben Holmstrom's 200th career professional game. He has played 7 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and it will be his 193rd game with Adirondack.

Rob Bordson has played 111 consecutive games for the Phantoms in a streak that dates back to February 24, 2011. Tonight would be the 112th game of the streak.

Adirondack's most recent home game was November 2 and their next home game is November 22. The 20-day gap between home games will be the longest of the season for the Phantoms. The Glens Falls Civic Center will remain busy with the Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo this weekend and high school volleyball tournament matches next week.

Falcons Facts: Springfield's defense is allowing 2.3 goals per game, 4th best in the AHL and 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

Goalie Mike McKenna is married to a Glens Falls area woman. They met while they were both in college at St. Lawrence University.

Springfield won the Northeast Division crown last year and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by Syracuse. It was Springfield's first postseason appearance in 10 years.


Friday, November 8 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Saturday, November 9 (5:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils

Sunday, November 10 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Tuesday, November 12 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE from Recovery Sports Grill airs on Q101.7 With special player guests Jason Akeson and TBD.

Friday, November 15 (7:05) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Friday, November 22 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms
Scoville Jewelers Diamond Dig. Chance to win a $1,000 Diamond!
Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive - Bag of Canned Goods = Free Ticket to Future Game

Saturday, November 23 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Youth Jersey Night presented by Glens Falls Hospital (1st 1,000 kids age 14-under)
25th Season in AHL Jerseys. Postgame Auction.
Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive - Bag of Canned Goods = Free Ticket to Future Game


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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