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Phantoms Weekly - 6 Left at Home

March 26, 2014

Last Week's Results
Friday, March 21 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Utica Comets 3
Saturday, March 22 - Hartford Wolf Pack 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
Sunday, March 13 - Syracuse Crunch 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

This Week's Games
Wednesday, March 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Comets
Friday, March 28 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Saturday, March 29 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Fan Appreciation Night!

Upcoming
The Adirondack Phantoms have just 12 games remaining and only 6 home games left. After Wednesday and Friday away games at Springfield and Syracuse, the Phantoms return home on Saturday for their big Fan Appreciation Night with Adirondack hosting the Springfield Falcons. Hundreds of prizes will be given away including game-worn and replica jerseys, sticks, Phantoms merchandise, bobbleheads and much more. Your entire ROW might win a prize!

Saturday is also Community Appreciation Night as we thank all of our great charities and non-profit organizations who have been a part of our season. The Phantoms have helped raise over $50,000 for local organizations this season! Check out the tables in the front-lobby during the game and feel free to ask how you can help some of these great causes and initiatives.

Recent Transactions
Mar 14 - Maxim Lamarche (D) Reassigned to ADK from Elmira
Mar 14 - Andrew Johnston (F) Reassigned to ADK from Orlando
Mar 20 - Kyle Bushee (D) Signed by ADK to PTO from Elmira
Mar 23 - Tye McGinn (LW) Recalled by PHI
Mar 24 - Robert Hägg (D) Signed to ATO with ADK

Tye McGinn is up with Philadelphia for the fifth time this season and played in his ninth game with the Flyers this year on Monday night against Los Angeles. McGinn has 20 goals with the Phantoms this year and has also scored three with Philadelphia.

19-year-old prospect Robert Hägg joins the Phantoms from Sweden after signing his entry-level contract with Philadelphia this week. He was a second-round selection of the Flyers (#41 overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and also helped lead Sweden to a Silver Medal at the 2014 World Juniors Championships. Hägg's Phantoms debut will also be his first game in North America.


 

 

Adirondack Phantoms (25-34-5, 55 points)
Goals: Jason Akeson (20), Tye McGinn (20), Kris Newbury (14), Ben Holmstrom (11)
Assists: Jason Akeson (37), Kris Newbury (22), Brandon Manning (20)
Points: Jason Akeson (57), Kris Newbury (36), Tye McGinn (35)
Games: Jason Akeson (64)
PIM: Brandon Manning (217), Zack FitzGerald (203), Kris Newbury (182)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.58), Carsen Chubak (2.53)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.914), Carsen Chubak (.917)

Saratoga Spine Player of the Week
Jason Akeson is our Saratoga Spine Player of the Week. Last Friday, Akeson scored two shorthanded goals in the same game becoming the first player in the 18-year history of the Phantoms franchise to do so. No player in the entire league had accomplished the feat in over two seasons. Akeson leads the team in points for the third season in a row and his 165 career points are the most of any Adirondack Phantom. He currently stands at 57 points this year placing him just five away from the team's single-season record of 62 points held by Jon Matsumoto.

Last Week

Friday, March 21: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Utica Comets 3
Jason Akeson became the first player in Phantoms' history to score two shorthanded goals in the same game and Adirondack held off a late Utica surge for a 4-3 road victory. Tye McGinn and Ben Holmstrom added power-play goals for the Adirondack attack. Akeson's shorties could not have played a bigger role. His first coming with about nine minutes remaining came just as Adirondack had killed a pivotal 5-on-3 to maintain a precarious one-goal lead. His next shortie was with just over four minutes remaining with Adirondack again leading by one at the time. The Phantoms were out-shot in the third period 21-4 but were able to turn three of those four shots into goals to make a winner of Yann Danis.

Saturday, March 16: Hartford Wolf Pack 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2
This time the Phantoms couldn't shake off their own penalty issues. A couple of key infractions late in the second period led to back-to-back power-play goals by Hartford's Jesper Fast as the visiting Wolf Pack broke a 2-2 tie and then held off the Phantoms through the team's third-period surge. Adirondack and Hartford traded goals in the first period with Derek Whitmore and Tye McGinn both lighting the lamp. McGinn's was his 20th of the year to tie for the team-lead with Jason Akeson. A terrific and enthusiastic Saturday night crowd of 4,602 filled the Glens Falls Civic Center. Among the fans in attendance was the President and CEO of the American Hockey League, David Andrews.

Sunday, March 16: Syracuse Crunch 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
The Phantoms had their chances early in this penalty-filled game. Six power plays in the first-period alone and eight for the entire game but Adirondack's recently red-hot power play which had struck seven times in the previous three games ran out of steam in this one. Latvian Olympic sensation Kristers Gudlevskis showed his skills again through a 31-save shutout including a number of quick-reaction, snappy kick-stops on low Phantoms' drives. 150 combined penalty minutes for doled out pretty evenly for each side with tempers and testosterone rising in the somewhat chippy affair. Adirondack held the Crunch to only nine shots in the final 40 minutes of the game but were simply unable to break Gudlevskis. Cal Heeter was penciled in late as the starting goalie for Adirondack in place of Yann Danis who took an injury during pregame warm-ups. The Crunch exacted revenge from a 3-0 loss they suffered in their last visit to Glens Falls three weeks earlier.

Upcoming Opponents

Springfield Falcons (39-20-6) - Affiliation, Columbus Blue Jackets

Wednesday, March 26 (7:00) - Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
Saturday, March 29 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Standings - 2nd place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Adirondack is 3-2-1 vs. Springfield this season. This weekend marks the end of the 8-game series.
Last Meeting - March 8, SPR 5 - ADK 3
Top Scorers - Michael Chaput (18-20-38), Tim Erixon (5-28-33), Sean Collins (13-19-32)
Info - The Falcons are trying to hang on to the finish for their second consecutive Northeast Division crown but the hard-charging Albany Devils are only five points back in the race with 11 games remaining. Springfield stood at 20-4-3 at the Holiday Break for the top record in the league but have been somewhat less invincible since then at 19-16-3. The Falcons had recently shaken out of a tough stretch by stringing together a five-game win streak but that ended last weekend when they dropped back-to-back games against the current top teams in the conference, Manchester and St. John's.
Leading scorer Jonathon Marchessault is now with Syracuse after Columbus dealt him to the Tampa Bay organization in exchange for forward Dana Tyrell and defenseman Matt Taormina.
Their top active scorer, Michael Chaput, was originally a Philadelphia Flyers selection in the third round of the 2010 draft. He was traded to Columbus while still in Major Juniors along with Greg Moore of the Phantoms in exchange for Tom Sestito on February 27, 2011. At only 21 years old, Chaput has also played in 17 games with Columbus this year.
Goalie Mike McKenna has local ties; his wife Rachael is from Queensbury.
Second-year head coach Brad Larsen was a long-time Hershey Bear for parts of six seasons from 1997-2004 and also played almost 300 NHL games with Colorado and Atlanta.

Syracuse Crunch ( 25-29-10) - Affiliation, Tampa Bay Lightning
Friday, March 28 (7:00) - Onodonga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY


Standings - 13th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Phantoms are 1-2-1 against Syracuse. This is Game 5 out of 6.
Last Meeting - March 23, SYR 3 - ADK 0
Top Scorers - Jon Marchessault (15-29-44), Vladislav Namestnikov (17-23-40), Brett Connolly (17-25-42)
Info - Syracuse advanced to the Calder Cup Finals last year and much of the team were with Tampa's previous affiliate in Norfolk the season before when they won it all. But this year has been a bit different for them. Struggling through injuries and call-ups, the Crunch have not had as much success. They recently dealt defenseman Matt Taormina and forward Dan Tyrell to the Blue Jackets organization and received high-scoring Jonathan Marchessault.
Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis became world-famous when he led Latvia in their attempted upset-bid of Canada at the Olympics. The 21-year-old posted a spectacular goaltending performance with 55 saves on 57 shots in a 2-1 loss to the high-powered Team Canada squad. Shea Weber's power-play goal with 6:54 remaining broke the late 1-1 tie as Canada out-shot Latvia 57-16 in the February 19 quarterfinal classic. Gudlevskis again showed his skills with his fifth shutout of the season last Sunday evening in Glens Falls.
Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler played two seasons for Terry Murray a couple decades ago in 1993-94 and 1994-95 with the Philadelphia Flyers. Zettler had been a long-time NHL assistant coach with San Jose and Toronto prior to his appointment as Crunch head coach after Jon Cooper went up to Tampa Bay late last year.

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS RECORD BOOK SNAPSHOT
Points (Career)
1. Jason Akeson 165
2. Ben Holmstrom 117
3. Denis Hamel 96
4. Erik Gustafsson 95
5. Danny Syvret 88
6. Rob Bordson 76
6. Mike Testwuide 70
8. Tye McGinn 69
9. Eric Wellwood 66
9. David Laliberte 66
11. Garrett Roe 65

Points (Single Season)
1. Jon Matsumoto 62 (09-10)
2. Jason Akeson 57 (13-14)
3. Jason Akeson 55 (11-12)
3. Jason Akeson 53 (12-13)
5. Denis Hamel 50 (10-11)
6. Erik Gustafsson 49 (10-11)
7. Denis Hamel 46 (11-12)
7. Jared Ross 46 (09-10)
7. David Laliberte 46 (09-10)
10. Pat Maroon 44 (09-10)


Upcoming

Wednesday, March 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Friday, March 28 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Saturday, March 29 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms -
Fan Appreciation Night as we thank you fans for your wonderful support and give away a CRAZY amount of great prizes!

Friday, April 4 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms

Saturday, April 5 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms

Sunday, April 6 (3:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms

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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