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Phantoms Weekly - Shutout City

November 13, 2013

Last Week's Results

Friday, November 8 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Springfield Falcons 0
Saturday, November 9 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Albany Devils 0
Sunday, November 10 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

This Week

Friday, November 15 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

The Phantoms play only one game this week. In the strange scheduling quirk, the Phantoms will not even have a game on Saturday which is fairly unusual for them. The Adirondack Phantoms just had a team-record six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday at Bridgeport.

Adirondack heads to Binghamton on Friday night in a showdown of two of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. The Senators are 9-4-0 and on a four-game win streak. They are also looking for revenge against the Phantoms. Two of Binghamton's four losses this year have come at the hands of the Phantoms.

Penalty Kill Dominance
Okay, now back to the hockey!
Adirondack's penalty-kill has turned aside the last 25 consecutive power plays and have improved to 90% overall on the season to take over the #1 spot in the league. The Phantoms penalty-kill is also perfect at home this year at 25-for-25 for 100%. In Friday night's matchup at Binghamton, Adirondack will put their league-leading P.K. up against the AHL's top power play. The Senators are clicking at 29% on the power play to place first out of 30 in the circuit.

The Phantoms strung together a six-game winning streak from October 26 through November 9 to push their way up the division and conference standings. The streak is the longest ever for the Adirondack Phantoms. It is the longest for the Phantoms franchise since March, 2009 when the Philadelphia Phantoms won six straight. Adirondack also put together consecutive shutouts with Cal Heeter turning in the first of his career on Friday at Springfield followed by Yann Danis notching the shutout on Saturday at Albany. Heeter and Danis also combined for over 168 consecutive shutout minutes, believed to be a new team record. Adirondack recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since April 2-4, 2011 when Michael Leighton posted consecutive goose-eggs against Syracuse (3-0) and Rochester (6-0).

Phantoms Leaders
Goals: Rob Bordson (5), Chris VandeVelde (5)
Assists: Jason Akeson (7), Nick Cousins (6)
Points: Nick Cousins (9), Jason Akeson (8)
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (53)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.12)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.932)
Wins: Cal Heeter (4), Yann Danis (3)

Saratoga Spine Player of the Week - Chris VandeVelde
Chris VandeVelde is the Saratoga Spine Player of the Week. The fourth-year pro from the University of North Dakota scored goals in two of the three games this past weekend. "Vandy" had five goals this season to tie for the team lead with Rob Bordson and has scored four of those in the last six games.
VandeVelde played for Oklahoma City in the Edmonton Oilers organization the past three seasons and was teammates with goalie Yann Danis when they went to the conference finals in back-to-back years. He has played 28 career games in the NHL, all with Edmonton, scoring 1-2-3. Last year with OKC he scored 7-13-20 in 57 games played

November 6 - Tye McGinn (LW) Loaned to Adirondack (by Philadelphia)
November 9 - Kris Newbury (C) Loaned to Adirondack (by Philadelphia)

Last Week
Friday, November 8: Adirondack Phantoms 3 - Springfield Falcons 0
Cal Heeter racked up 26 saves for his first career professional shutout as the Phantoms extended their win-streak to five. Chris VandeVelde (4th), Tye McGinn (3rd) and Matt Mangene (1st) scored for Adirondack who improved to 2-0-1 against the Falcons this year. It was the first shutout for Adirondack in almost exactly a year and was also Heeter's fourth straight victory.

Saturday, November 9: Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Albany Devils 0
Yann Danis picked up where Cal Heeter left off as the veteran goalie recorded his 18th career professional shutout. Rob Bordson and Ben Holmstrom both scored puck-luck goals. Bordson's was off the skate of an Albany defenseman and Holmstrom's tip-in was actually the second touch of a Mark Alt slapshot that had already been deflected by Nick Cousins. But Yann Danis was the story of the day. A spectacular breakaway save on Chris McKelvie in the second period and then an impressive kick-save on a penalty shot with only 4:11 remaining in the game would keep the shutout streak going. And the big stops would also help extend the Adirondack Phantoms' team record winning streak to six.

Sunday, November 10: Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
This time the bounces went against the Phantoms as a road-weary Adirondack team fell at Bridgeport 3-2 after initially leading 2-0. A shot bouncing into the air off Cal Heeter's blocker would inadvertently be deflected into his net for the deciding goal. Marcel Noebels and Chris VandeVelde scored late in the first and early in the second when the Phantoms led 2-0 on the road. But playing their third away game in less than 48 hours cost the Phantoms dearly as did an 0-for-9 performance on the power play. The Adirondack Phantoms team-record shutout streak ended at 168 consecutive minutes. Kenny Reiter of the Sound Tigers finally recorded his first career AHL victory in his 15th game.

Upcoming Opponents

Binghamton Senators (9-4-0) - Affiliation, Ottawa Senators
Friday, November 15 (7:00) - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

Adirondack is 2-0-0 against the Senators this year thanks to some spectacular goaltending by Cal Heeter in both wins. This is Game 3 out of 6 in the season series. Binghamton is on a four-game winning streak which included three W's in three days last week. In the middle was a seven-goal outburst against Rochester on Saturday. Stephane Da Costa from France is the AHL Player of the Week with 2-5-7 last week. Mike Hoffman is their leading scorer with 8-8-16. The Phantoms have the top penalty kill in the league at 90% while Binghamton's power play is #1 in the circuit at 29%.

Rob Bordson - Has now played in 114 consecutive ADK Phantoms games dating back to 2/24/12.
Ben Holmstrom - Played 200th career professional game Friday. Now at 195 games with Adirondack.
Ben Holmstrom - 96 career points with ADK. Would join Jason Akeson in 100-point club with ADK Phantoms and is currently tie with Denis Hamel for 2nd most all-time.
Kris Newbury - 688 career professional games. 12 away from 700 milestone
Jason Akeson - 150th game with Adirondack Phantoms last Friday at Springfield.
Jason Akeson - 81 career assists with Adirondack Phantoms. All-time record is 82 by Erik Gustafsson.
Cullen Eddy - 182 games with Adirondack Phantoms is currently tied for 3rd all-time with Jon Kalinski.

Adirondack Phantoms Record Book Snapshot
Adirondack Phantoms Shutouts

11/9/13 Yann Danis at Albany Devils (28 svs)
11/8/13 Cal Heeter at Springfield Falcons (26 svs)
11/3/12 Scott Munroe vs Albany Devils (26 svs)
3/23/12 Michael Leighton at W-B/Scranton Penguins (24 svs)
10/21/11 Michael Leighton at Portland Pirates (35 svs)
4/4/11 Michael Leighton vs Rochester Americans (24 svs)
4/2/11 Michael Leighton vs Syracuse Crunch (25 svs)
3/13/11 Michael Leighton at Springfield Falcons (28 svs)
2/12/11 Michael Leighton at WBS Penguins (28 svs)
2/5/11 Michael Leighton at Hamilton Bulldogs (20 svs)
12/28/10 Nic Riopel at Syracuse Crunch (26 svs)
3/13/10 Jeremy Duchesne vs Providence Bruins (28 svs)
11/18/09 Johan Backlund vs Toronto Marlies (25 svs)
11/1/09 Johan Backlund vs Syracuse Crunch (20 svs)


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

Wednesday, November 27 (7:00) -Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms
Thanksgiving Eve Game. Blades for Grades for area schools. $1 Hot Dogs.

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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