Last Week's Results
Friday, December 20 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 -
Norfolk Admirals 4
Saturday, December 21 - Norfolk Admirals 3 - Adirondack
This Week's Games
Thursday, December 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
(13-12-2) at Springfield Falcons (20-4-3)
Friday, December 27 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms
(13-12-2) at Albany Devils (17-8-3)
Saturday, December 28 (7:00) - Providence Bruins
(14-9-6) at Adirondack Phantoms (13-12-2)
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) - Worcester Sharks
(12-11-2) at Adirondack Phantoms (13-12-2)
Hello again, Phantoms fans! We hope you had a
very Merry Christmas and are enjoying this holiday
season. The Adirondack Phantoms are returning
from their quick Holiday Break and will barely
have time to catch their breath as they get right
back at it with three games in three days. No
practices are allowed for any teams during the
holiday break and most of the players made their
way home for the past few days to spend their
holidays with family and friends.
The Phantoms have won four of their last six
and have gone 12-8-0 in their last 20 games since
October 26 as they resume play following the break.
The team holds practice on Thursday morning at
the Glens Falls Civic Center and then it's off
to Springfield to take on the top team in the
American Hockey League that night. The Falcons
are 20-4-3 this season for the top win percentage
(.796) and fewest regulation losses of any team.
Of Springfield's four regulation losses, half
of them have come against the Phantoms.
The Phantoms play rival Albany on Friday night
down at Times Union Center where Adirondack has
won their last two visits. Adirondack leads the
Northway Rivalry series 3-2 entering Game 6 out
Saturday and Tuesday the Phantoms are back at
the Glens Falls Civic Center facing a couple opponents
for the first time this year. The Providence Bruins
roll into town on Saturday night on Phantoms Youth
T-Shirt Night presented by UniFirst for the first
1,000 kids age 14 and younger. It is the only
visit to Glens Falls this season for the Baby
Tuesday against the Worcester Sharks is a special
5:00 PM start-time for the big New Year's Eve
game which is a Glens Falls hockey tradition dating
back to the beginning of the Adirondack Red Wings
Fans can save when they purchase their tickets
in advance. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms (13-12-2, 28 points)
Goals: Rob Bordson (7), Chris VandeVelde (7) Kris
Assists: Jason Akeson (16), Petr Straka (8), Bruno
Gervais (8), Ben Holmstrom (8), Brandon Manning
Points: Jason Akeson (22), Bordson (14), Five
with (13) VandeVelde, Holmstrom, Newbury, Straka,
Games: Six players with (27) - Akeson, Bordson,
Gervais, Holmstrom, Manning, Lauridsen
PIM: Brandon Manning (91), Kris Newbury (80),
Oliver Lauridsen (76)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.41)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.919)
Wins: Cal Heeter (9)
Kris Newbury - Played 700th career professional
game last Saturday, December 21 at Norfolk
Rob Bordson - Has played in 127 consecutive ADK
Phantoms games dating back to 2/24/12
Cal Heeter - 50th game last Saturday, December
21. Third goalie for ADK Phantoms to reach 50
games joining Michael Leighton (88) and Johan
Jason Akeson - 130 career points, most all-time
for ADK Phantoms. 14th for Phantoms franchise.
13th is Paul Healey (138 from 1996-98) and then
11th/12th are Danny Syvret and Colonie native
Craig Darby at 146.
Ben Holmstrom - 41 career goals with ADK Phantoms
is seven away from equaling Denis Hamel record
Spine Player of the Week - Kris Newbury
Last Saturday night, Kris Newbury played in his
700th career professional game.
Before achieving the milestone, he scored a goal
and an assist last Friday night in Adirondack's
5-4 win at the Norfolk Admirals. This season,
Newbury is third on the Phantoms in points with
13 on six goals and seven assists.
The 31-year-old veteran center from Brampton,
Ontario began his professional career in 2003
with the St. John's Maple Leafs and has also played
in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies, Grand Rapids
Griffins and Hartford Wolf Pack. In the NHL, Newbury
has played in 76 games with the Philadelphia Flyers,
New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto
Phantoms Record Book Snapshot
1. Denis Hamel 48
2. Ben Holmstrom 41
3. Jason Akeson 39
4. Eric Wellwood 34
5. Mike Testwuide 32
6. Tye McGinn 31
7. Jon Matsumoto 30
8. Stefan Legein 29
9. Rob Bordson 27
10. Michael Ryan 25
10. Jon Kalinski 25
Penalty Kill Dominance
Adirondack's penalty kill rates third in the AHL
at 87.2% trailing only Springfield (90.2) and
Norfolk (88.0). On home ice, the Phantoms are
tops in the league at 90.8% allowing just 6 out
of 65 opportunities total. The Phantoms began
the year turning aside 31 straight home power
plays they faced before the Albany Devils finally
tallied on the man-advantage in Glens Falls on
Power Play Turnaround
After a sluggish start to the season, the power
play for the Phantoms has really started to click.
In its last six games, Adirondack is converting
at 22.7% (5-for-22). The Phantoms have scored
a power-play goal in seven of their last 11 games.
On the season, the Phantoms have a record of 7-3-1
when they score at least one power-play goal.
First to Three
The Phantoms are 11-3-1 when they score three
or more goals in a game. That includes a record
of 3-0-1 in games when scoring four or more goals.
Adirondack is just 3-10-2 when allowing three
or more goals. In games in which the Phantoms
allow two goals or fewer their record is 10-2-0.
The Adirondack Phantoms are 10-1-1 when scoring
the first goal of the game and are 8-2-2 when
they have the lead at the first intermission.
Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Norfolk Admirals 4
The Phantoms took the opener of their weekend
series in southeast Virginia in a wild and back-and-forth
affair. Bruno Gervais blasted a power-play slapper
with 10 minutes left to break a 4-4 tie and then
Cal Heeter made several spectacular stops in the
closing minutes to secure the win.
Brandon Manning had a memorable performance with
his first career two-goal game that was part of
a big "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" (goal,
assist and fight in the same game). Jason Akeson
notched three assists whil Kris Newbury and Rob
Bordson also scored goals against Norfolk's John
The two teams combined for six goals in just the
second period with each side scoring three times
in the frame. Two different occasions saw Adirondack
and Norfolk trade rapid-fire goals in quick succession
just nine seconds apart and then 10 seconds apart.
It was a season-high for goals in a game for the
Phantoms as well as goals in a period.
The game saw a pair of fights including the first
bout for Zack FitzGerald since his injury on October
Saturday, December 21: Norfolk Admirals
3 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
6'6" tall Russian goalie Igor Bobkov prevented
the Phantoms from sweeping the series on the road
with 28 saves on 29 shots. Jason Akeson put the
Phantoms on the board about six minutes into the
third period to cut a 2-0 deficit down to 2-1.
And Adirondack had a golden opportunity late via
a power play with 2:12 remaining and then a pulled
goalie a few seconds later to set up a 6-on-4
attack but they were unable to score the equalizer.
Norfolk would finish matters with 13 seconds remaining
with a long empty-netter.
Steven Delisle entered the lineup for the first
time since October and had an impressive performance
including a big slapshot off the pipe in the first
couple minutes of the game just missing his first
career AHL goal and then a dominating fight with
John Kurtz landing several punishing blows. Also
dropping the gloves in the game were Derek Mathers
with tough-guy Zack Stortini and Nick Cousins
in his first career professional fight going up
against fellow under-size rookie Charlie Sarrault.
Springfield Falcons (20-4-3, 43 points)
- Affiliation, Columbus Blue Jackets
Thursday, December 26 (7:00) - Mass Mutual Center,
Springfield has dominated almost all of their
opponents this season, except for the Adirondack
Phantoms who have gone 2-0-1 thus far against
the league's top team. Against all opponents NOT
Adirondack, Springfield's record is an astounding
19-2-3. The defending Northeast Division champs
are on a seven-game point streak (6-0-1) and have
a .796 win percentage that leads the AHL and only
four regulation losses which is fewest. Adirondack's
previous visit to Western Mass on November 8 was
a 3-0 win in Cal Heeter's first career shutout.
Springfield's penalty kill is tops in the AHL
at 90.2% and their defense allows just 2.33 per
game to rate second.
Following the call-up of Mike McKenna to Columbus,
Jeremy Smith (13-3-3, 2.43, .911) has been their
regular in goal.
Jonathan Marchessault leads the Falcons with 8-12-20
after scoring 21-46-67 last year. Frederic St.
Denis is next at 6-11-17. Jake Hansen was teammates
with Mark Alt at the University of Minnesota.
Alex Aleardi played with Jason Akeson on the Kitchener
Rangers (OHL). Last year, Head coach Brad Larsen
led Springfield to their first playoff appearance
in 10 years in his first season at the helm.
Albany Devils (17-8-3, 37 points)
- Affiliation, New Jersey Devils
Friday, December 27 (7:00) - Times Union Center,
Adirondack leads the season series 3-2 entering
Game 6 of the 12-Game Northway Rivalry. The Phantoms
have emerged victorious in each of their previous
two visits to the Capital District including an
overtime win on November 29 when Bruno Gervais
sniped home the winning blast.
Albany recently strung together a franchise-record
six-game win streak before dropping back-to-back
games last weekend 3-2 at Binghamton in overtime
and then 4-3 at Bridgeport in regulation.
Third-year pro Joe Whitney from Boston College
is their leading scorer again at 10-19-29. The
5'6" tall speedster scored 6-6-12 in 11 games
last year against Adirondack and is 2-2-4 in five
games of the season series so far this year.
Union College product Keith Kinkaid has been tremendous
in net at 11-4-1, 2.09, .919 rating second in
goals-against and leadong in shutouts with three.
Stefan Matteau was a Round 1 selection (#29 overall)
of the Devils in 2012 and is the son of NHL veteran
Stephane Matteau who scored a famous goal for
the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern
Conference Finals in double overtime against New
The Phantoms barely have the edge in the all-time
Northway Rivalry series against the Albany Devils
by a 20-19 margin.
Northway Rivalry Series History: Adirondack
Phantoms 20 - Albany Devils 19
2013-14 - Adirondack Phantoms lead 3-2
2012-13 - Albany Devils win series 8-4
2011-12 - Adirondack Phantoms win series 7-3
2010-11 - Series tied 6-6 (Phantoms win season
series based on total points)
Providence Bruins (14-9-6, 34 points)
- Affiliation, Boston Bruins
Saturday, December 28 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic
Center, Glens Falls, NY
The Baby Bruins make their only visit to Glens
Falls this year and enter the week lacking some
of their scoring punch. Their top two scorers,
Ryan Spooner (5-18-23) and Matt Fraser (16-5-21)
have both been up with Boston for a couple of
But AHL Goalie of the Year (Baz Bastien Memorial
Award) Nick Svedberg is back for the defending
Eastern Conference Champions. After putting up
some incredible numbers as a rookie at 37-8-2,
2.17, .925 the 24-year-old from Sweden has had
a slight sophomore slump at the professional ranks
going 10-5-3, 3.08, .901.
Former Dartmouth College star Nick Johnson, previously
in the Penguins and Wild organizations, is their
top active scorer at 11-9-20 having recently returned
from Boston. Carter Camper was one of the top
collegiate scorers at Miami (Ohio) University
and has scored 4-15-19 in his third season with
Providence. Joe Morrow was a first-round selection
(#23 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011.
The Bruins are sixth in the East with 34 points.
Their power play clicks at 23.3% which is best
in the conference and fourth out of 30 in the
AHL and their offense scores 3.4 goals per game
which is also fourth in the league. Their penalty
kill is vulnerable at 75.7% for 28th in the circuit
and their overall defense is also 28th allowing
3.28 goals per game.
Worcester Sharks (12-11-2, 26 points)
- Affiliation, San Jose Sharks
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) - Glens Falls Civic
Center, Glens Falls, NY
Another new opponent makes their lone visit to
the North Country for the traditional New Year's
Eve game when the Sharks pay a visit. Closing
out the last day of the year with a game at the
Civic Center is a tradition which dates back to
the start of the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979.
The Adirondack Phantoms are 2-1-1 all-time in
their New Year's Eve contests.
The Sharks won two out of three away games last
weekend including a 4-1 win at Wilkes-Barre followed
by a Saturday/Sunday split of their two-game set
at Hershey. Veteran journeyman Bracken Kearns
leads the scoring at 5-13-18 followed by Moscow,
Russia product Danil Tarasov with 9-8-17 and Freddie
Hamilton with 9-6-15. Finland native Harri Sateri
(6-9-1, 3.01, .884) has struggled in his third
season patrolling the crease but rookie Troy Grosenick
(6-3-0, 2.01, .924) of Union College has stepped
up to the challenge when called upon. Grosenick
last year with the Dutchmen was 17-10-5, 2.12,
.926. He led Union to their first ever Frozen
Four appearance in 2012 and then helped them to
the Regional Finals in 2013. Clifton Park native
Nick Petrecki is one of the team's tougher players
with 100+ PIM in each of his last four seasons
but has been limited to only 12 games this season.
Travis Oleksuk was previously teammates with Rob
Bordson at University of Minnesota-Duluth. Curt
Gogol had played on the same blue-line as captain
Brandon Manning for the Chilliwack Bruins (WHL)
Thursday, December 26 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Springfield Falcons
Friday, December 27 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Albany Devils
Saturday, December 28 (7:00) -
Providence Bruins at Adirondack Phantoms
Youth T-Shirt Night for the first 1,000 kids in
attendance age 14 and younger courtesy of UniFirst
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) -
Worcester Sharks at Adirondack Phantoms
Traditional New Year's Eve Game in Glens Falls!
Friday, January 3 (7:00) - Hershey
Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
First game of 2014!! Pregame Happy Hour - $2 Beer
Specials 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 4 (7:00) -
Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Zack FitzGerald Tribute Night! Big Face Fitzy
on a Stick for first 2,500 fans courtesy of Liberty
25 Terrific Seasons
Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season
hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins
an elite group of just 9 other active markets
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. In their 20-year
tenure at the Glens Falls Civic Center through
1999, the Red Wings won four Calder Cups. The
Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls
in 2009-10 and are in their fifth season bringing
exciting AHL action to the North Country.