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Phantoms Weekly - Sunday Family FunDay!

February 27, 2014

Last Week's Results
Friday, February 21 - Albany Devils 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
Saturday, February 22 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

This Week's Games
Friday, February 28 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Utica Comets
Saturday, March 1 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Sunday, March 2 (5:00) - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms

The Phantoms play the first of several "three-in-three" weekends coming up meaning it's three games in three days. Friday and Saturday find the Phantoms traveling to Utica for the first time ever and to Syracuse for the first time this season.

The Adirondack Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Sunday at 5:00 to host the Syracuse Crunch in their home-and-home series. Bring your skates to join the Phantoms players on the ice for our Postgame Open Skate with the team. Purchase your Sunday Family Fun Pack for only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program. Call the Phantoms for more information at 518-480-3355.



Philadelphia Game
The Phantoms played to another huge crowd at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last Saturday. And it was even more fans than last time! 17,585 were on hand for the big night which beat the previous mark of 16,183 when the Phantoms played there on February 1. Among the fans cheering for Adirondack in the major-league venue were many fans who made the long trip down from Glens Falls including a bus-full of fans who came down courtesy of Upstate Transit. The Adirondack Phantoms fans received the VIP treatment with their own luxury suite where they enjoyed the game in style!

Adirondack Phantoms (22-27-3, 47 points)
Goals: Jason Akeson (18), Tye McGinn (14), Kris Newbury (13), Ben Holmstrom (10)
Assists: Jason Akeson (30), Kris Newbury (20), Brandon Manning (15), Petr Straka (15)
Points: Jason Akeson (48), Kris Newbury (33), Tye McGinn (25), Ben Holmstrom (24)
Games: Three with (52) - Jason Akeson, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning
PIM: Brandon Manning (193), Kris Newbury (161), Zack FitzGerald (158)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.48), Yann Danis (2.69)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.916), Yann Danis (.903)
Wins: Cal Heeter (15)

Saratoga Spine Spotlight Player of the Week
Oliver Lauridsen is our Saratoga Spine Spotlight Player of the Week. The "Great Dane" has one goal and seven assists for the Adirondack Phantoms so far this season. "Ollie" is a third-year pro from Denmark who previously played at St. Cloud State in Minnesota. The hulking 6-foot-6 defenseman is 7th all-time for the Adirondack Phantoms with 178 career games and is one of only three players to have skated in every game this season. Last year, he played in 15 games for the Philadelphia Flyers making his debut on March 30 and then scoring his first two career NHL goals in back-to-back games on April 23 and April 25.
That's our Saratoga Spine Spotlight Player of the Week, Oliver Lauridsen.

Last Week

Friday, February 21: Albany Devils 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
A pair of shorthanded goals would spell trouble for the Adirondack Phantoms as they fell at home to their Northway Rivals 4-2. Albany took a 6 games to 5 lead in the season series over Adirondack and a 23-22 lead in the all-time series with one game remaining. Kyle Flanagan received #2 Star of the Game honors with a goal and an assist. Matt Mangene added a goal and Tyler Brown had a pair of helpers. Rod Pelley's top-shelf backhander on a shorthanded rush late in the second period would hold up as the game-winner.

Saturday, February 22: Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
In front of 17,585 at Wells Fargo Center including a bus-load of fans who traveled down from Glens Falls, the host Adirondack Phantoms fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2. Bridgeport overcame a third-period deficit with a pair of goals in the come-from-behind win.
Carsen Chubak earned just his second start of the season for Adirondack and made 26 saves in front of the big, major-league crowd.
Nick Cousins scored his fifth of the year early in the second period. Chris VandeVelde's ninth of the year on a 5-on-3 backdoor slam early in the third period pushed Adirondack out in front but the lead was short-lived as the Sound Tigers would respond just 22 seconds later with a shorthanded goal to equalize. Aaron Ness scored with 10:39 remaining for the game-winner and Anders Nilsson stopped 26 shots between the pipes for the win. The Phantoms had no shortage of chances; a 1-for-10 performance on the power play was the key stat of the night.

Upcoming Opponents
Utica Comets (22-25-7,51 points) - Affiliation, Vancouver Canucks
Friday, February 28 (7:00) - Memorial Auditorium, Utica NY

Standings - 14th place, Western Conference
Season Series - Phantoms lead 1-0. This is Game 2 out of 4.
Last Meeting - December 7, ADK 3 - UTI 1
Top Scorers - Pascal Pelletier (10-32-42), Benn Ferriero (17-20-37), Alexander Grenier (15-17-32)
Info - The newest entry into the American Hockey League crawled out to a weak start with a 10-game winless streak to open the season (0-8-2). Since that dismal beginning, the Comets have gone a respectable 22-17-5. Utica was recently on a four-game win streak but have now lost their most recent two with a 2-1 setback to Albany on Sunday and then a 3-0 loss against San Antonio on Wednesday. This is the first trip to Utica for an AHL Adirondack team since February 5, 1993 when the Adirondack Red Wings defeated the Utica Devils 2-1 at Memorial Auditorium. The last professional game between the two markets before this season was February 16, 2001 when the Adirondack IceHawks and Mohawk Valley Prowlers squared off in the United Hockey League. Memorial Auditorium was built in 1959 in downtown Utica and was also a part-time home for the legendary Clinton Comets who mostly dominated the old Eastern Hockey League from 1954-73.

Syracuse Crunch (20-23-9, 49 points) - Affiliation, Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, March 1 (7:00) - Onodonga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY
Sunday, March 2 (5:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Standings - 12th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Crunch lead 1-0. Games 2 and 3 out of 6 are this weekend.
Last Meeting - November 30, SYR 1 - ADK 0
Top Scorers - Vladislav Namestnikov (15-19-34), Cedric Paquette (14-18-32), Brett Connolly (13-19-32)
Info - The defending Eastern Conference Champions have certainly fallen on harder times in 2013-14. Syracuse had a dismal stretch recently in which they won only one out of 12 (1-8-3) but bounced back last weekend to post impressive victory over Hershey by scores of 5-0 and 5-2. The Crunch were founded in 1992 and are part of a long and storied history of professional hockey in Syracuse, NY including the Syracuse Blazers of the EHL and NAHL from 1967-77 among other teams. The Syracuse Stars were the first ever AHL Calder Cup Champions in 1937 when they defeated the Philadelphia Ramblers 3 games to 1. That remains the only AHL title in Syracuse hockey history. The old War Memorial at Oncenter has hosted Syracuse sports and other events since its opening in 1951. That includes the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA who played there from 1951-1963 before moving to become the Philadelphia 76ers.

Points (Single Season)

1. Jon Matsumoto 62 (09-10)
2. Jason Akeson 55 (11-12)
3. Jason Akeson 53 (12-13)
4. Denis Hamel 50 (10-11)
5. Erik Gustafsson 49 (10-11)
6. Jason Akeson 48 (13-14)
7. Denis Hamel 46 (11-12)
7. Jared Ross 46 (09-10)
7. David Laliberte 46 (09-10)
10. Pat Maroon 44 (09-10)


Friday, February 28 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Utica Comets

Saturday, March 1 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Sunday, March 2 (5:00) - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms - Sunday Family FunDay. Postgame Open-Skate with the Phantoms players! Purchase your Sunday Family Fun Pack for only $43: 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn, 1 program.

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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