Last Week's Results
Thursday, December 26 - Adirondack Phantoms 3
- Springfield Falcons 2 (SO)
Friday, December 27 - Albany Devils 2 - Adirondack
Saturday, December 28 - Adirondack Phantoms 3
- Providence Bruins 1
This Week's Games
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) - Worcester Sharks
(13-12-3) at Adirondack Phantoms (15-13-2)
Friday, January 3 (7:00) - Hershey Bears (13-12-5)
at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, January 4 (7:00) - Albany Devils (19-8-4)
at Adirondack Phantoms
Happy New Year, hockey fans! Your Adirondack Phantoms
close out 2013 and then ring in 2014 with some
big promotions as part of their longest homestand
of the year. The Phantoms are playing five straight
at the Glens Falls Civic Center as well as eight
of their next nine carrying us well into January.
The Phantoms enter the week in the thick of the
Eastern Conference race as they pass the 30-game
mark of the regular season. Adirondack is 15-13-2
for 32 points this year, just three points back
of eighth-place St. John's for the eventual postseason
Tuesday at 5:00 is a Glens Falls hockey tradition
which dates back to 1979; Adirondack hockey on
New Year's Eve. All tickets for Tuesday's game
are just $10! Come celebrate the end of 2013 with
the Adirondack Phantoms against the Worcester
Friday night it's the Hershey Bears arriving for
another Pregame Happy Hour game featuring $2 beers
from 6:00-7:00 PM.
And Saturday it's Fitzy Face on a Stick Night
presented by Liberty Graphics paying tribute to
tough-guy Zack FitzGerald when the Phantoms host
the Albany Devils in Round 7 out of 12 in this
season's Northway Rivalry.
Fans can save when they purchase their tickets
in advance. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Adirondack Phantoms (15-13-2, 32 points)
Goals: Rob Bordson (7), Chris VandeVelde (7) Jason
Assists: Jason Akeson (16), Petr Straka (10),
Ben Holmstrom (9), Brandon Manning (9), Mark Alt
Points: Jason Akeson (23), Petr Straka (15), Bordson
(14), Newbury (14), Holmstrom (14), Manning (14)
Games: Five with (30) - Jason Akeson, Rob Bordson,
Ben Holmstrom, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen
PIM: Brandon Manning (95), Kris Newbury (82),
Oliver Lauridsen (76)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.31)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.923)
Wins: Cal Heeter (10)
Rob Bordson - Has played in 130 consecutive ADK
Phantoms games dating back to 2/24/12
Jason Akeson - 131 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.
Jason Akeson 40 career goals with ADK Phantoms.
Both are chasing Denis Hamel record (48).
The Phantoms have been busy on the transaction-front
due to a recent wave of injuries.
December 27 - Maxim Lamarche (D) Reassigned to
Adirondack from Elmira (ECHL)
December 28 - Mike Matczak (D) Signed to PTO by
Adirondack from Kalamzoo (ECHL)
December 30 - Doug Clarkson (F) Recalled from
loan by Adirondack from Reading (ECHL)
Spine Player of the Week - Carsen Chubak
Carsen Chubak is our Saratoga Spine Player of
the Week. Last Saturday, the rookie goalie made
his first career AHL start a memorable one with
a dazzling 38-save performance in a 3-1 victory
over the Providence Bruins. Chubak made several
spectacular and acrobatic stops during a long
5-on-3 penalty kill in the second period which
brought the fans to their feet and also to a deafening
roar. Chubak seized his big moment and opportunity
with an impressive win.
He was one of the top collegiate goalies in the
country last year with Niagara University. Congratulations
to the native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan,
Saratoga Spine Player of the Week, Carsen Chubak!
Adirondack Phantoms Record Book Snapshot
New Year's Eve Games (2-1-1)
Dec 31, 2009 - Albany River Rats
1 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
(Mike Murphy over John Graham. Zack Boychuk
Dec 31, 2010 - ADK Phantoms 3
- Springfield Falcons 2 (SO)
(Brian Stewart 27-save win. Goals: Jon Kalinski,
Dec 31, 2011 - Adirondack Phantoms
2 - Albany Devils 1 (OT)
(Mike Testwuide OT Winner. Jason Akeson goal.
Jason Bacashihus 26 saves)
Dec 31, 2012 - Bridgeport Sound
Tigers 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO)
(Phantoms rally from 3-0 deficit to tie and
earn standings point sparked by Cal Heeter relief
Penalty Kill Dominance
Adirondack's penalty kill rates second in the
AHL at 88.2% trailing only Springfield (88.9).
At home, the Phantoms are tops in the AHL at 91.3%
allowing just 6 out of 69. The Phantoms began
the year turning aside 31 straight home power
plays they faced before finally allowing one at
home on November 23.
Power Play Turnaround
After a sluggish start to the season, the power
play for the Phantoms has really started to click.
Last Saturday, the Phantoms notched a season-high
three power play goals in a 3-1 win against Providence.
In its last nine games, Adirondack is converting
at 22.5% (9-for-40). The Phantoms have scored
a power-play goal in nine of their last 14 games.
On the season, the Phantoms have a record of 9-3-1
when they score at least one PPG.
First to Three
The Phantoms are 13-3-1 when scoring three or
more goals and are 3-0-1 when scoring four or
more. Adirondack is 3-10-2 when allowing three
or more. When allowing two or fewer, Adirondack's
record is 12-3-0.
The Adirondack Phantoms are 11-1-1 when scoring
the first goal and are 9-2-2 when leading after
Thursday, December 26:
Adirondack Phantoms 3 -
Springfield Falcons 2 (SO)
The Phantoms returned from the holiday break with
an exciting win at Springfield when Kyle Flanagan
scored in the ninth round of the shootout for
a 3-2 final. The Phantoms sure do have Springfield's
number. The Eastern Conference front-running Falcons
had posted an astonishing 19-2-3 record against
the rest of the AHL but Adirondack is now 3-0-1
against Springfield. Brandon Alderson scored a
couple minutes into the game and Brandon Manning
added a power-play goal in the second period.
Cal Heeter was tremendous in his 10th win of the
season with 29 saves as well as eight out of nine
in the shootout.
Friday, December 27: Albany Devils
2 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
Cal Heeter did his part and kept the Phantoms
in the game with a number of terrific stops. But
an early first-period goal by Scott TImmins for
the Devils would hold up for the duration of the
contest and then Albany would add an empty-netter
with just four seconds left for the 2-0 final.
Keith Kinkaid recorded a 19-save shutout for his
league-leading fourth of the season as he lowered
his AHL-best goals-against average to below two.
Kinkaid didn't have to do quite as much in his
win however. Albany's defense stifled the Phantoms
to a season-low 19 shots as the Devils evened
the Northway Rivalry series 3-3 at the midway
Saturday, December 28: Adirondack
Phantoms 3 - Providence Bruins 1
4,466 fans inside the Glens Falls Civic Center
at times sounded like triple that number in their
support of Carsen Chubak's AHL starting debut.
Through an incredible 5-on-3 penalty-kill in the
second period, the crowd rose to a deafening roar
with Chubak's acrobatic and scrambling stops.
Carsen Chubak said he had never been a part of
a game in which the crowd had played that much
of a factor. The fans boosted him to a 38-save
win while Adirondack scored a season-high three
power-play goals off the sticks of Kyle Flanagan,
Jason Akeson and Brandon Alderson.
Sharks (13-12-3, 29 points) - Affiliation, San
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) - Glens Falls Civic
Center, Glens Falls, NY
The Worcester Sharks invade the Glens Falls Civic
Center for their lone appearance of 2013-14. The
Sharks went 1-1-1 last weekend including a 3-2
shootout loss to Hartford in their most recent
contest on Saturday. They are led by the longest-tenured
coach in the AHL, Roy Sommer, who has been the
head coach for San Jose's AHL affiliate since
1998-99 including his current eight-year stint
with the Worcester Sharks beginning in 2006. He
is one of only four AHL head coaches to reach
500 wins or 1,000 games. The Sharks are 5-1 in
shootouts this season for the top win-percentage
in the AHL in that category.
Second-year pro Freddie Hamilton (11-7-18) and
Moscow, Russia import Daniil Tarasov (9-9-18)
are the club's top scorers. Finland native Harri
Sateri (7-10-1, 2.91, .892) has struggled as their
top goalie this year. Union College product Troy
Grosenick (6-4-0, 2.27, .916) has put up better
numbers in fewer games.
33-year-old Rob Davison brings veteran experience
to the blue-line with over 200 NHL games. The
former San Jose Shark began his career under Sommer
in 2000-01 with the Kentucky Thoroughblades and
also played for the Lowell Devils and Albany Devils
in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Clifton Park native Nick Petrecki out of Boston
College has not played the past few weeks due
Hershey Bears (13-12-5, 31 points)
- Affiliation, Washington Capitals
Friday, January 3 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center,
Glens Falls, NY
Adirondack and Hershey have not met since the
first game of the season in which Brandon Manning
scored an overtime winner at Giant Center on October
The Bears began the season sluggishly with a 1-4-2
record just like the Phantoms. But they are beginning
to make their move and have recently boosted their
roster bringing back Ryan Potulny who is also
an ex-Phantom. Potulny was slated to play in the
KHL this year prior to a preseason shoulder injury.
The 29-year-old debuted with the Flyers and Philadelphia
Phantoms in 2006-07 scoring 19 goals in his first
season including seven in the NHL. Potulny has
scored 52-54-106 in just the past two seasons
with Hershey including a 33-goal campaign in 2011-12
to finish third in the AHL. He scored 38 goals
in 2008-09 with Springfield.
Former Toronto Marlie and Syracuse Crunch Nicolas
Deschamps (9-8-17) leads the Bears in scoring
and was AHL Player of the Week a couple weeks
ago. 30-year-old veteran Brandon Segal (4-13-17)
scored 24 goals for Connecticut last year and
has played over 100 NHL games. He notched an overtime
winner against Adirondack last January after the
Phantoms had rallied from a 5-1 deficit against
Ironman David Leggio (8-10-2, 2.76, .913) is now
the top goalie for Hershey after patrolling the
pipes in 64 games for Rochester last year. He
has moved up to the #1 spot following the call-up
of Philipp Grubauer.
Devils (18-8-4, 42 points) - Affiliation, New
Saturday, January 4 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic
Center, Glens Falls, NY
The Devils are on a roll. With points in 12 of
their last 13 games that began with a franchise-record
six-game win streak, Albany's 42 points are third-best
in the Eastern Conference.
This year's Northway Rivalry Series between the
Phantoms and Devils is tied 3-3 following a 2-0
decision for the Devils last Friday at Times Union
Center. The all-time series between the Adirondack
Phantoms and Albany Devils is even at 20-20.
Third-year pro Joe Whitney from Boston College
is their leading scorer again at 12-20-32. The
5'6" tall speedster scored 6-6-12 in 11 games
last year against ADK and is 2-3-5 in six games
of the season series so far this year.
But point to Union College product Keith Kinkaid
(13-4-1, 1.92, .927) as the primary reason for
their success. The Devils' goalie leads the league
with his microscopic 1.92 goals-against average
that was helped in part by his fourth shutout
of the season last Friday against the Phantoms.
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
All-Time Northway Rivalry Series History:
Adirondack Phantoms 20 - Albany Devils 20
2013-14 - Series Tied 3-3
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)
Tuesday, December 31 (5:00) -
Worcester Sharks at Adirondack Phantoms
All tickets are $10! 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.