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Phantoms Weekly - 3 Home Games

January 14, 2014

Last Week's Results
Friday, January 10 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
Saturday, January 11 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Binghamton Senators 1

This Week's Games
Wednesday, January 15 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators (23-11-3) at Adirondack Phantoms (19-14-2)
Friday, January 17 (7:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack (11-20-5) at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, January 18 (7:00) - Albany Devils (21-11-5) at Adirondack Phantoms
Monday, January 20 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons (25-8-4)

The Phantoms play three home games in four days this week as they look to continue their rise up the Eastern Conference standings. Adirondack is 9th in the Eastern Conference with 40 standings points but on win-percentage are actually ahead of eighth-place St. John's due to two games-in-hand.

This Saturday night will mark the official midway point of the 2013-14 regular season when Adirondack plays Game #38 out of 76. The Phantoms have been on an impressive roll and show no signs of slowing down. They are 5-1-0 in their last six games and are 10-4-0 in their last 14 games. Since October 26, Adirondack is 18-10-0 in its last 28 games.

The homestand begins with a Wednesday night rematch against the Binghamton Senators in the finale of their home-and-home series. Adirondack waltzed out of the Broome County Veterans' Memorial with a 4-1 win last Saturday and now the B-Sens are anxious for the opportunity to burn the Phantoms back in Glens Falls.

All seats for Wednesday's game are just $10 plus there are $1 Hot Dogs. Friday's game with Hartford features $2 Draft Beer specials during pregame Happy Hour until 7:00 PM. And Saturday night vs. the Albany Devils is Dax's Big Birthday Bash featuring all of his Mascot Friends.

Call the Phantoms in advance to save and to get the best seats available: 518-480-3355.

More big home games later in January include Pink in the Rink on Sunday, January 26 presented by Glens Falls Hospital raising funds for the C.R. Wood Cancer Center and including a tribute to those fighting breast cancer. And Pack the House Night presented by John Ray & Sons is Friday, January 31 with discount tickets only $7 currently available but only for the first 500 fans to take advantage of the special offer.

Adirondack Phantoms (18-13-2, 32 points)
Phantoms Leaders
Goals: Jason Akeson (11), Kris Newbury (10), Rob Bordson (8)
Assists: Jason Akeson (20), Brandon Manning (12), Petr Straka (10), Kris Newbury (10)
Points: Jason Akeson (31), Kris Newbury (20), Brandon Manning (17)
Games: Five with (35) - Jason Akeson, Rob Bordson, Ben Holmstrom, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (101), Kris Newbury (101), Brandon Manning (101)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.08)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.930)
Wins: Cal Heeter (13)

Jan 10 - Tye McGinn (LW) Recalled by Philadelphia Flyers
Jan 13 - Tye McGinn (LW) Returned on loan to Adirondack Phantoms
Jan 13 - Carsen Chubak (G) Loaned to Reading (PA) Royals, ECHL

Rob Bordson - Has played in 135 consecutive ADK Phantoms games dating back to 2/24/12
Jason Akeson 44 career goals with ADK Phantoms. 4 away from Denis Hamel record (48).

Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week
Jason Akeson is the Saratoga Spine Player of the Week. Akeson scored three goals and had one assist in two games last week including a two-goal night on Saturday in a 4-1 win on the road at Binghamton.
Akeson has been bringing the noise during his current six-game point-streak with nine points on five goals and four assists.
Akeson has led the Phantoms in points in each of the last two seasons and is the team-leader again this year with 31 points on 11 goals and 20 assists. His 44 career goals places him just four shy of the Adirondack Phantoms all-time record of 48 held by Denis Hamel.
Akeson is the all-time points leader in Adirondack Phantoms history with 139.

Adirondack Phantoms Record Book Snapshot
Career Games
1. Ben Holmstrom 216
2. Cullen Eddy 197
3. Rob Bordson 196
4. Kevin Marshall 185
5. Jon Kalinski 182
6. Jason Akeson 170
7. Eric Wellwood 164
8. Mike Testwuide 161
9. Oliver Lauridsen 160
10. Dan Jancevski 150

Heeting Things Up!
Cal Heeter leads the AHL in goals-against average (2.08, tied with Martin Jones of Manchester). He is second in save percentage (.930) and tied for first in shutouts (4). Heeter was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period from December 28 through January 5 following back-to-back shutouts.

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 2.31 goals per game with a narrow lead over Grand Rapids (2.34) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2.43). Adirondack has incredibly allowed 0 or 1 goal in 16 games this season which has tied the all-time team record for that statistic.

Penalty Kill Dominance
Adirondack's penalty kill rates second in the AHL at 88.4% trailing only Springfield (90.2). The Phantoms have killed 23 consecutive power plays before allowing a pair of 5-on-3 goals on January 10 vs. Wilkes-Barre.
At home, the Phantoms are tops in the AHL at 91.1% allowing just 8 out of 81. 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 14 games, Adirondack is converting at 24.1% (13-for-54). The Phantoms have scored a power-play goal in five of their last six games (7/22, 31.8%). Adirondack is 13-3-1 when scoring at least one PPG.

First to Three
The Phantoms are 15-3-1 when scoring three or more goals and are 5-0-1 when scoring four or more.
When allowing two or fewer, Adirondack's record is 16-3-0.

Last Week
Friday, January 10: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
Adirondack's four-game win streak was frozen by the visiting Penguins as a string of penalties in the second period ultimately cost the Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to break a 1-1 deadlock with back-to-back 5-on-3 goals. It almost went the other way for the Phantoms, even when it was shorthanded. Rob Bordson and Matt Mangene both had big breakaway chances out of their own penalty-kill but Penguins goalie Jeff Deslauriers made the key stops.
Cal Heeter played well but took the tough-luck loss allowing just one even-strength goal. Jason Akeson scored Adirondack's lone marker. Pens' captain Tom Kostopolopus scored two goals to lead the visitors while former Phantoms Harry Zolnierczyk iced the game away with his empty-netter.

Saturday, January 11: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Binghamton Senators 1
It had been six weeks since the last game for Yann Danis but you could hardly tell based on his impressive Saturday night performance in Binghamton. The veteran goalie made 33 saves on 34 shots and was able to hold the Senators to 0-for-8 on the power play. Jason Akeson scored two goals while Kris Newbury and Rob Bordson added the others. Akeson's power play goal late in the first period which made the score 2-0 saw the young talent deke his way around two Senators defenders. Akeson worked and weaved from the left-point to the high slot to bury the wrister with his series of highlight-reel caliber moves.
Danis had been injured in a collision at Albany on November 29 and was returning to the lineup for the first time since then. Binghamton goalie Nathan Lawson would go down six minutes into this game with his own lower-body injury but rookie goalie Andrew Hammond only allowed one goal the rest of the way until Rob Bordson's rebound "garbage-time" goal with just a few seconds remaining that came AFTER Akeson's empty-net tally sealed the win.
The Phantoms ended Binghamton's six-game home-ice win streak in their weekend finale bounce-back.

Upcoming Opponents

Binghamton Senators (23-11-3, 49 points) - Affiliation, Ottawa Senators
Wednesday, January 16 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center

Standings: 3rd place Eastern Conference, 1st place East Division
Season Series: ADK leads 3-2
Last Meeting: Saturday, January 11, ADK 4 - BNG 1
Top Scorers: Mike Hoffman (16-24-40), Stephane Da Costa (12-20-32), Cole Schneider (13-17-30)
Team Info: 2nd in AHL in Offense (3.51 goals per game)
4th in Power Play (22.2%)
Goaltender Nathan Lawson injured in Saturday's game vs. Phantoms.
Head Coach Luke Richardson, 2nd season. 1417 career NHL games including 5 seasons with Philadelphia 1997-2002.


Hartford Wolf Pack (11-20-5, 37 points) - Affiliation, New York Rangers
Friday, January 18 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center

Standings: 15th Place, Eastern Conference
Season Series: ADK is 2-1-1 vs. HFD
Last Meeting: December 13 at HFD, ADK 3 - HFD 2 (SO)
Top Scorers: Danny Kristo (13-12-25), Aaron Johnson (4-16-20), Oscar Lindberg (7-11-18)
Team Info: Former Phantoms/Flyers on Wolf Pack include Danny Syvret (2-16-18) and Darroll Powe (5-4-9).
Hartford is last (30th) in the AHL in offense (2.28 goals per game)
Hartford is 28th in defense (3.31 goals allowed per game)
Hartford has lost six straight (0-5-1) and are 2-12-3 in their last 17 games. The Wolf Pack has just four wins in their last 26 games (4-18-4).

Albany Devils (21-11-5, 47 points) - Affiliation, New Jersey Devils
Saturday, January 18 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center

Standings: 4th place Eastern Conf, 2nd place Northeast Div.
Season Series: ADK is 4-3-0 vs. Albany
Last Meeting: January 4, ADK 4 - ALB 0
Top Scorers: Joe Whitney (14-20-34), Scott Timmins (9-13-22), Kelly Zajac (4-16-20)
Team Info: Keith Kinkaid (14-7-0, 2.18, .915) rates as one of the top goalies in the AHL but backup Scott Wedgewood recorded his first pro shutout last week vs. Springfield.
Yann Danis (Nov 9) and Cal Heeter (January 4) have each recorded shutouts against the Devils this season.

All-Time Northway Rivalry Series History: Adirondack Phantoms 21 - Albany Devils 20
2013-14 - Adirondack Phantoms lead 4-3
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)


Wednesday, January 15 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms
$10 Tickets. $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!!

Monday, January 20 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Saturday, January 25 (2:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils

Sunday, January 26 (3:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms
Pink in the Rink presented by Glens Falls Hospital. Postgame Jersey Auction.
Special $25 packages available: Ticket, Pink the Rink T-Shirt, Entry into Exclusive Jersey Raffle.
Charity Proceeds to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.

Friday, January 31 (7:00) - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms
Pack the House Night presented by John Ray & Sons.
Special $7 Tickets now available while supplies left. Hurry...Only 500 of these are available!

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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