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)
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).
Player of the Week
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the
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
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,
1/3/14 Cal Heeter vs Hersey Bears (29 saves, 1-0,
12/6/13 Cal Heeter vs Hartford Wolf Pack (24 saves,
11/9/13 Yann Danis at Albany Devils (28 saves,
11/8/13 Cal Heeter at Springfield Falcons (26
11/3/12 Scott Munroe vs Albany Devils (26 saves,
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
3/13/11 Michael Leighton at Springfield Falcons
(28 saves, 3-0)
2/12/11 Michael Leighton at WBS Penguins (28 saves,
2/5/11 Michael Leighton at Hamilton Bulldogs (20
12/28/10 Nic Riopel at Syracuse Crunch (26 saves,
3/13/10 Jeremy Duchesne vs Providence Bruins (28
11/18/09 Johan Backlund vs Toronto Marlies (25
11/1/09 Johan Backlund vs Syracuse Crunch (20
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
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
When allowing two or fewer, Adirondack's record
The Adirondack Phantoms are 14-1-1 when scoring
the first goal and are 10-2-2 when leading after
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
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.
January 4: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Albany Devils
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
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.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (20-10-4,
34 points) - Pittsburgh Penguins
Friday, January 10 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic
Center, Glens Falls, NY
Phantom Harry Zolnierczyk (11-8-19) is one of
the Penguins leading scorers. "Harry Z"
has also played in nine games for Pittsburgh this
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
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
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.
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
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.