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Phantoms Weekly - Olympic Style Jerseys!

February 20, 2014

Last Week's Results
Friday, February 14 - Portland Pirates 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (SO)
Saturday, February 15 - Albany Devils 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
Sunday, February 16 - Portland Pirates 2 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

This Week's Games
Friday, February 21 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, February 22 (7:30) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Adirondack Phantoms at Philadelphia

It's the 34th Anniversary Weekend of the Lake Placid Miracle on Ice. And we're also commemorating this year's exciting Winter Games with our special Olympic Themed jerseys this Friday. The spectacular looking jerseys will be worn for one game only and then will be auctioned off immediately after the game. Catch the Olympic Spirit at the Phantoms game this Friday and then get bidding in the postgame auction for your chance to own a piece of history!

Saturday night, the Phantoms play their second game of the season at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia when they tangle with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Adirondack has already played one game at the home of the Philadelphia Flyers on February 1 when they defeated the Hershey Bears 4-1 in front of over 16,000 fans!

Bus to Philly
Upstate transit is proud to announce that their Bus #1 is already sold-out and will be packed full of Adirondack Phantoms fans traveling to Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for Saturday night's game. Upstate will arrange for a second bus to go as well IF there are enough fans signed up. You must add your name to the wait-list right away. Call Upstate Transit if you are interested: 518-584-5252.

Record Week
The Adirondack Phantoms established various records in each of their three games last weekend in a rather interesting an unpredictable sequence of games.
It all started with a massive number of attempts on goal in a Valentine's Day Shot-Fest. 55 shots is the most in Adirondack Phantoms history and 100 combined shots broke the Phantoms franchise record of 98 that happened in 1998 in a game between the Philadelphia Phantoms and Hamilton Bulldogs. Mark Visentin of Portland thwarted the Phantoms attack with 53 saves, the most in the AHL in over four years.
The next night at Albany, it was a shot-record of a different sort. 16 shots in the game against the Devils is tied for the fewest ever for the Adirondack Phantoms.
Then Sunday it was the fireworks from a huge brawl at the Portland Pirates. 194 penalty minutes is the most in the AHL in over 10 years as was the combined 329 penalty minute total.
Five players have been suspended for the Phantoms beginning with this Friday's game: Kris Newbury (4 games), Cal Heeter (3 games), Zack FitzGerald (2 games), Tye McGinn (1 game), Ben Holmstrom (1 game).

Adirondack Phantoms (22-25-3, 47 points)
Goals: Jason Akeson (18), Tye McGinn (14), Kris Newbury (13), Ben Holmstrom (10)
Assists: Jason Akeson (29), Kris Newbury (20), Brandon Manning (15), Petr Straka (15)
Points: Jason Akeson (47), Kris Newbury (33), Tye McGinn (25), Ben Holmstrom (24)
Games: Four with (50) - Jason Akeson, Ben Holmstrom, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning
PIM: Brandon Manning (164), Kris Newbury (161), Zack FitzGerald (158)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.48), Yann Danis (2.57)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.916), Yann Danis (.907)
Wins: Cal Heeter (15)

Saratoga Spine Spotlight Player of the Week
Mark Alt is our Saratoga Spine Spotlight Player of the Week. The big defenseman has two goals and 11 assists so far this season including one helper last weekend. The son of a former Pro Bowl football lineman in the NFL, Mark excelled at both hockey and football in high school but elected to stick with hockey exclusively at the University of Minnesota. Last season on April 15, Mark in one of his first ever pro games was called upon to end the second-longest shootout in AHL history when he scored in the 15th round against the Binghamton Senators. That's our Saratoga Spine Spotlight Player of the Week: Mark Alt.

Last Week

Friday, February 14 - Portland Pirates 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (SO)
Both teams were in love with their shooting prowess in this Valentine's Day Shot-Fest at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack racked up 55 shots in the game including 21 in the third period. Jason Akeson finally broke through with 3:39 remaining off a Kris Newbury faceoff-win to even the score at 2-2 which ultimately earned the Phantoms a standings point in the shootout loss. Ben Holmstrom had scored his 10th of the year earlier in the game deflecting a Newbury shot. The Adirondack Phantoms broke the team-record for shots on goal which used to be 53 but they fell shy of the Phantoms franchise record of 60 shots in a game established in 1999 by the Philadelphia Phantoms. The 100 combined shots broke the old franchise record of 98 combined shots that took place in a game in 1998. Yann Danis was stellar for Adirondack with 42 saves but Mark Visentin's 53 stops earned him the shootout victory.

Saturday, February 15: Albany Devils 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 1
From 55 shots in a game to 16 shots just one day later. Maybe Adirondack had used them all up in their Friday game?! Adirondack's 16-shot total was equal to their all-time low as a team. Chris VandeVelde struck early for the Phantoms on a nice give-and-go with Kyle Flanagan. VandeVelde's first goal since December 6th (partly due to his call-up to Philadelphia for five weeks) gave Adirondack the 1-0 lead just a couple minutes into the game. Yann Danis allowed one goal in the first period to Tim Sestito but made several dazzling stops after that to keep the Phantoms in the game. But Albany scored them back-to-back a couple minutes apart in the second period and then added an empty-netter at the end.
Albany tied the season series against Adirondack at 5-5 with the win and also tied the all-time series between the two teams at 22-22 heading into Game #45 in the rivalry this Friday night.
It was the last game at Times Union Center for the Adirondack Phantoms who finished with a 3-3-0 record in the home of their Northway Rivals this year.


Sunday, February 16: Portland Pirates 2 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
The game drew attention in the national media for the wild brawl at the end of the contest. But before the punches and penalty-minutes were flying, the Phantoms and Pirates were engaged in a hard-fought and competitive game at Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. A 0-0 deadlock after 40 minutes was anything but unexciting. Both teams had terrific chances but Cal Heeter for Adirondack and Louis Domingue for Portland were in a tremendous goaltenders' battle with one great save after another. Portland would score a couple power-play goals in the third period and then the two goalies would engage in a different battle in one of the several fights that broke out in the remaining seconds of the contest.
Although the box score did not show it, the game was a much better performance than the night before for the Phantoms.

Upcoming Opponents
Albany Devils (26-17-8, 60 points) - Affiliation, New Jersey Devils
Friday, February 21 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Standings: 9th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series: Tied 5-5. Adirondack is 2-2-0 against Albany at the Glens Falls Civic Center this year.
Last Meeting: Feb 15, ALB 4 - ADK 1
Top Scorers: Joe Whitney (19-22-41), Scott TImmins (10-18-28), Kelly Zajac (7-20-27)
Info: 40 year old Johan Hedberg came out of retirement from his current scouting position to join the Albany Devils as a backup goalie last week. Keith Kinkaid is out with injury as is Maxime Clermont in the ECHL. Hedberg played relief in the team's Sunday loss at Bridgeport. Albany lost at Bridgeport 7-3 just one day after defeating the Phantoms 4-1 on Saturday and Hedberg entered the game to make 17 saves on 19 shots.
At one time rated fourth in the Eastern Conference, the Devils have tumbled down the standings all the way to ninth having won just three of their last 12 (3-6-3) since January 19.

All-Time Northway Rivalry Series History: Adirondack Phantoms 22 - Albany Devils 22
2013-14 - Series Tied at 5-5
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)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (22-24-5, 49 points) - Affiliation, New York Islanders
Saturday, February 22 (7:30) - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA

Standings: 12th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series: Bridgeport is 3-0-0 against the Adirondack Phantoms. This is Game 4 out of 8.
Last Meeting: Feb 9, BRI 5 - ADK 4
Leading Scorers: Ryan Strome (13-33-46), Anders Lee (19-19-38), Mike Halmo (17-18-35)
Info: The Sound Tigers have won three straight and eight of their last 10. They have scored 17 goals in their last three games including a 5-4 win against the Phantoms a couple weeks ago and a 7-3 victory over Albany in their most recent game last Sunday.

Record Book Snapshot
Largest AHL Indoor Crowds
Of the 7 largest indoor crowds in AHL history, 5 were Phantoms games at Wells Fargo Center.
1. 20,672 - Jan 18, 1997 Greensboro, N.C. Carolina 5 - Kentucky 4
2. 20,103 - Jun 10, 2005 Philadelphia, Pa. Phantoms 5 - Chicago 2 (Game 4, Calder Cup)
3. 19,730 - Feb 10, 2001 Philadelphia, Pa. Phantoms 5 - Syracuse 5 (OT)
4. 19,561 - Feb 22, 2013 Philadelphia, Pa. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 - Phantoms 1
5. 19,532 - Feb 28, 1999 Philadelphia, Pa. Phantoms 3 - Kentucky 3 (OT)
6. 19,070 - Dec 28, 2012 Buffalo, N.Y. Rochester 4 - Lake Erie 1
7. 18,907 - Feb 20, 1998 Philadelphia, Pa. Phantoms 2 - Hartford 1

The Phantoms are 5-2-2 all-time when backed by 18,000 or more fans in Philadelphia
45,653 - Jan 6, 2012 Phantoms 4 - Hershey 3 (OT) (Outdoor Classic)
20,103 - Jun 10, 2005 Phantoms 5 - Chicago 2 (Game 4, Calder Cup Finals)
19,730 - Feb 10, 2001 Phantoms 5 - Syracuse 5 (OT)
19,561 - Feb 22, 2013 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 - Phantoms 1
19,532 - Feb 28, 1999 Phantoms 3 - Kentucky 3 (OT)
18,907 - Nov 20, 1998 Phantoms 2 - Hartford 1
18,202 - Jan 13, 2001 Phantoms 3 - Portland 2
18,076 - Mar 18, 2000 Rochester 7 - Phantoms 6
18,056 - Jan 21, 2011 Phantoms 4 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2


Friday, February 21 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. Special Olympic-Theme Jerseys! Postgame Auction. Own your piece of history as the Phantoms wear Red, White and Blue

Saturday, February 22 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms. At Philadelphia

Tuesday, February 25 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour Radio Show LIVE at Recovery Sports Grill. With Special Player Guests; Bruno Gervais and Steven Delisle.

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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