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Phantoms Weekly - Heeting Things Up!

January 9, 2014

Last Week's Results
Tuesday, December 31 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Worcester Sharks 1
Friday, January 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 1 - Hershey Bears 0 (OT)
Saturday, January 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Albany Devils 0

This Week's Games
Friday, January 10 (7:00) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (20-11-4) at Adirondack Phantoms (18-13-2)
Saturday, January 11 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms (18-13-2) at Binghamton Senators (22-10-3)

The Phantoms are on a tear and look to finish a perfect five-game homestand when they play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night. Adirondack has won four in a row, all at home, led by goaltender Cal Heeter who put together back-to-back shutouts last weekend against Hershey and Albany on his way to the top of the AHL in several statistical categories and a CCM/AHL Player of the Week Award. And the defense overall is now rated #1 in the AHL out of 30 teams allowing just 2.30 goals per game.

Several opponents lately have learned they just can't handle the Heet!

The Phantoms are 18-13-2 overall and have moved into a Top 8 spot in the Eastern Conference based on win percentage. Adirondack is 9-3-0 in its last 12 games and is 17-9 in its last 26 games dating back to October 26.

After a Saturday night away game at the Binghamton Senators, the Phantoms return to Glens Falls for three more big home games next week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, January 15-18. The game on Saturday, January 18 is Dax's Big Birthday Bash with all of his Mascot Friends! More big home games later in January include Pink in the Rink on Sunday, January 26 presented by Glens Falls Hospital and Pack the House Night presented by Curtis Lumber on Friday, January 31 with discount tickets available while they last.

Adirondack Phantoms (18-13-2, 32 points)
Phantoms Leaders
Goals: Kris Newbury (9), Jason Akeson (8), Rob Bordson (7), Chris VandeVelde (7)
Assists: Jason Akeson (19), Brandon Manning (11), Petr Straka (10)
Points: Jason Akeson (27), Kris Newbury (18), Brandon Manning (16)
Games: Five with (33) - Jason Akeson, Rob Bordson, Ben Holmstrom, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (97), Kris Newbury (96), Brandon Manning (95)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.03)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.932)
Wins: Cal Heeter (13)

Jason Akeson - 100th career professional assist on January 4 with assist on Kris Newbury goal.
Rob Bordson - Has played in 133 consecutive ADK Phantoms games dating back to 2/24/12
Ben Holmstrom - 42 career goals with ADK Phantoms. Jason Akeson 41 career goals with ADK Phantoms. Both are chasing Denis Hamel record (48).

CCM/AHL Player of the Week
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week
Cal Heeter put on a show last weekend to vault to the top of the league in several statistical categories and become the first Adirondack Phantom to win AHL Player of the Week honors in three years.
Heeter turned away all 63 shots he faced last weekend in recording a
1-0 overtime shuotut of the Hershey Bears and then a 4-0 win against Albany.
The 25-year-old from St. Louis now leads the league in shutouts with four, save percentage at .932 and goals-against average at 2.03.
Heeter's shutout streak currently stands at 126:04. And he has allowed only one goal in his last 233:02.
Congratulations to the CCM/AHL Player of the Week and our Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week, Cal Heeter.

Adirondack Phantoms Record Book Snapshot
ADK Phantoms Shutouts
1/4/14 Cal Heeter vs Albany Devils (33 saves, 4-0)
1/3/14 Cal Heeter vs Hersey Bears (29 saves, 1-0, OT)
12/6/13 Cal Heeter vs Hartford Wolf Pack (24 saves, 3-0)
11/9/13 Yann Danis at Albany Devils (28 saves, 2-0)
11/8/13 Cal Heeter at Springfield Falcons (26 saves, 3-0)
11/3/12 Scott Munroe vs Albany Devils (26 saves, 4-0)
3/23/12 Michael Leighton at W-B/Scranton Penguins (24 saves, 1-0)
10/21/11 Michael Leighton at Portland Pirates (35 saves, 3-0)
4/4/11 Michael Leighton vs Rochester Americans (24 saves, 6-0)
4/2/11 Michael Leighton vs Syracuse Crunch (25 saves, 3-0)
3/13/11 Michael Leighton at Springfield Falcons (28 saves, 3-0)
2/12/11 Michael Leighton at WBS Penguins (28 saves, 1-0)
2/5/11 Michael Leighton at Hamilton Bulldogs (20 saves, 4-0)
12/28/10 Nic Riopel at Syracuse Crunch (26 saves, 2-0)
3/13/10 Jeremy Duchesne vs Providence Bruins (28 saves, 4-0)
11/18/09 Johan Backlund vs Toronto Marlies (25 saves, 2-0)
11/1/09 Johan Backlund vs Syracuse Crunch (20 saves, 5-0)

Defense Gets it Done
Led by some tremendous goaltending, the Phantoms have moved to the top of the chart in team defense in the AHL. Adirondack ranks 1st out of 30 allowing just 2.3 goals per game with a narrow lead over Grand Rapids (2.37), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2.41) and Springfield (2.41). Adirondack has incredibly allowed 0 or 1 goal in 15 games this season including the last four games in a row, all wins. The team's record for that in a single season is 16 games in 2011-12. The Phantoms could potentially equal that record before the midway point of the season!
The Phantoms also allowed 0 or 1 goal in all six games of an earlier win streak from October 26 through November 9.

Penalty Kill Dominance
Adirondack's penalty kill rates second in the AHL at 88.7% trailing only Springfield (90.1). The Phantoms have killed the last 21 consecutive power plays against them dating back to December 26.
At home, the Phantoms are tops in the AHL at 92.0% allowing just 6 out of 75. 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. In its last 12 games, Adirondack is converting at 26.1% (12-for-46). The Phantoms have scored a power-play goal in four straight games (6/14, 42.8%) as well as 12 of their last 17 games. On the season, the Phantoms have a record of 12-3-1 when they score at least one PPG.

First to Three
The Phantoms are 14-3-1 when scoring three or more goals and are 4-0-1 when scoring four or more.
When allowing two or fewer, Adirondack's record is 15-3-0.

Strike Early
The Adirondack Phantoms are 14-1-1 when scoring the first goal and are 10-2-2 when leading after one.

Late Night Warriors
Adirondack is 5-2 in "extra hockey" this year including a 3-0 record in overtime decisions and 2-2 in shootouts. Their two losses in overtimes and shootouts combined is the fewest in the Eastern Conference. Only the Charlotte Checkers in the West have only one such loss.
The Phantoms have won four in a row in games that have gone past regulation. Adirondack has not lost a decision after 60 minutes since October 19.

Last Week
Tuesday, December 31: Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Worcester Sharks 1
Happy New Year, Adirondack Phantoms! The team closed out 2013 with a bang as Kris Newbury blasted home the game-winner with just 1:13 remaining in an exciting 2-1 victory over the Worcester Sharks. Cal Heeter and Harri Sateri were engaged in an late, scoreless goaltenders' duel when Ben Holmstrom would swat a rebound out of mid-air to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead midway through the third period.
Worcester responded with just over five minutes remaining and it appeared the game might be destined for overtime when Jason Akeson launched a high line-drive bank-pass from the right-defensive boards that went all the way over Kris Newbury's head and bounced off the left-wing wall and into the Sharks' zone. Newbury chased down the puck in the left-circle and cranked a tremendous
one-timer that beat Sateri to the far post over his glove-hand for the game-winner.

Friday, January 3: ADK Phantoms 1 - Hershey Bears 0 (OT)
The first goal of 2014 was a biggie! Finally and belatedly received their first power play of the New Year in overtime. And Jason Akeson rockets his third career overtime winner of the left-iron for the only goal of the night.
It was another terrific goaltending battle at the Glens Falls Civic Center and this one would carry the full 60 minutes...and a little more. Cal Heeter recorded his third shutout of the season with a 29-save masterpiece. Riley Gill was the hard-luck loser for the Bears in his first ever full AHL game with 33 saves on 34 shots.
Akeson is the all-time leader for the Adirondack Phantoms in overtime winners with three. Brandon Manning is the only other Phantom with multiple overtime winning goals.
Adirondack is 2-0 against Hershey this season with both triumphs coming in OT.

Saturday, January 4: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Albany Devils 0
The Devils couldn't stand the Heet and Cal Heeter was able to swat away all 33 offerings for his second straight shutout. Kris Newbury led the way with two goals and one assist. Jason Akeson recorded his 100th career professional assist (92 with Adirondack and 8 with Trenton, ECHL) on the second goal of the night. Bruno Gervais and Tye McGinn also scored. It was the most lopsided win of the year for Adirondack and was also the most lopsided loss for Albany this year. For the Devils, they suffered only their second regulation loss in their last 15 games as Adirondack took a 4-3 lead over Albany in this season's Northway Rivalry series.
Heeter allowed one goal on 87 shots through the week for a save percentage of .989.
Zack FitzGerald was honored in a pregame ceremony while 2,500 Big-Face Fitzy Heads presented by Liberty Graphics rocked the GFCC in a somewhat surreal and hilarious setting.

Upcoming Opponents

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (20-10-4, 34 points) - Pittsburgh Penguins
Friday, January 10 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Former Phantom Harry Zolnierczyk (11-8-19) is one of the Penguins leading scorers. "Harry Z" has also played in nine games for Pittsburgh this year.
Veteran Tom Kostopoulos is the team's captain and their top active scorer at 12-9-21. The 34-year-old is returning to his old stomping grounds where he began his career from 1999-2003. He has over 1,000 career pro games and recently passed the 500 points milestone.
The Penguins team-defense is barely behind league-leading Adirondack's 2.3 goals allowed per game. WBS gives up just 2.41.
Adirondack won the last meeting 3-1 in Glens Falls on November 27. Ben Holmstrom helped the spark the team from a sluggish start when he dropped the gloves with Bobby Farnham at the end of the first period. Brandon Manning, Petr Straka and Chris VandeVelde scored in the game as Yann Danis recorded the win.

Binghamton Senators (22-10-3, 47 points) - Affiliation, Ottawa Senators
Saturday, January 11 (7:00) - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

The Phantoms travel to the Southern Tier for their first away game of 2014. Binghamton will return the favor to Glens Falls next Wednesday to complete the two-game home-and-home series.
Binghamton leads the league in offense with 3.6 goals per game as they matchup with Adirondack's league=leading defense allowing just 2.3. Binghamton's power play is second at 24.3% and Adirondack's penalty kill also rates second at 88.7%.
Mike Hoffman (16-24-40) in his fourth season with the B-Sens is second in the AHL in points. Paris, France native Stephane Da Costa (12-20-32) Cole Schneider (12-17-29) are also in the top 15.
Mark Stone, Cody Ceci and J.G. Pageau all currently up with Ottawa. Nathan Lawson (13-5-0, 2.51, .923) and Andrew Hammond (8-5-3, 3.43, .892) have split goaltending duties.
They have won seven of their last eight. A 6-game win streak ended last Sunday with a 4-1 loss against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton but the B-Sens bounced back for a 3-1 win at Rochester on Wednesday.
They won seven in a row earlier in the year as well. But in early December, the Senators dropped seven straight. Adirondack and Binghamton are even against each other this season at 2-2.


Friday, January 10 (7:00) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms

Saturday, January 11 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Wednesday, January 15 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms
$1 Hot Dogs

Friday, January 17 (7:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Pregame Happy Hour, $2 Draft Beer Specials 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 18 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Dax's Big Birthday Bash! With All of Dax's Friends. It's Mascot-Mania!!

Sunday, January 26 (3:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Pink in the Rink presented by Glens Falls Hospital
Sunday Family Fun Pack for $43 = 3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large popcorn, 1 program

Friday, January 31 (7:00) - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
Pack the House Night presented by Curtis Lumber. Special Discounted Tickets Available for a limited time.

When you order your tickets in advance, you save! Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355

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.






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