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Phantoms Weekly - 3 Game Weekend!

April 2, 2014

Last Week's Results
Wednesday, March 26 - Springfield Falcons 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
Friday, March 28 - Syracuse Crunch 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 4
Saturday, March 29 - Springfield Falcons 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO)

This Week's Games
Friday, April 4 (7:00) - Norfolk Admirals at Adirondack Phantoms
Saturday, March 5 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, April 6 (3:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms

For the only time this season, the Phantoms will play three home games in three consecutive days. It's a great stretch of fun home games for Adirondack in the last homestand of multiple games for the team. Come watch Jason Akeson, Nick Cousins, Cal Heeter and all of your favorite players this Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon against Norfolk, Bridgeport and Albany!
There are just five home games in total remaining for the Adirondack Phantoms. Come to the Glens Falls Civic Center for some of your last opportunities to cheer for the Adirondack Phantoms!

Order your tickets in advance to save and don't forget about the great Sunday Family FunPacks for only $43. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

Adirondack Phantoms (25-36-6, 56 points)
Goals: Jason Akeson (21), Tye McGinn (20), Kris Newbury (14), Ben Holmstrom (12)
Assists: Jason Akeson (39), Kris Newbury (22), Brandon Manning (21)
Points: Jason Akeson (60), Kris Newbury (36), Tye McGinn (35)
Games: Jason Akeson (66), Ben Holmstrom (66), Mark Alt (66)
PIM: Brandon Manning (221), Zack FitzGerald (207), Kris Newbury (182)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.69), Carsen Chubak (2.53)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.911), Carsen Chubak (.917)

Saratoga Spine Player of the Week
Kevin Goumas is our Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the week. The newest addition to the Phantoms made quite the splash in his Glens Falls Civic Center debut with his first career professional goal on Saturday night in the third period to give the Phantoms the lead against Springfield. Then, to top it off, he added another in the shootout on a slick move in the second round. The speedy center from Long Beach, New York was signed as a free-agent by the Phantoms out of the University of New Hampshire just a few days earlier. Goumas scored 19 goals and 52 points in just 40 games with UNH this season. Welcome to the Phantoms, Kevin....and congratulations!

Last Week
Wednesday, March 26: Springfield Falcons 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0
The Adirondack Phantoms just weren't able to get their offense rolling against the division-leading Springfield Falcons. Jeremy Smith's 28-save shutout at home pushed the Falcons to a 3-0 victory. Cal Heeter had played a very strong game for Adirondack with 34 saves on 37 shots but it would not be enough. Andrew Joudrey, Ryan Craig and Jake Hansen scored goals for Springfield. Adirondack had their chances with a pair of double-minor power plays at the end of the first and beginning of second periods when they were trailing just 1-0 but the Phantoms previously red-hot power play was unable to break the Springfield penalty-kill. The game was 2-0 difference for most of the third period before Jake Hansen would salt the game away in the closing minutes.Adirondack was without Tye McGinn who had been called up to Philadelphia and were also absent Jason Akeson who missed his first game of the season due to the flu.

Friday, March 28: Syracuse Crunch 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 4
Adirondack's offense came alive on the road at Syracuse and the Phantoms took a few leads at different times on the road. But Syracuse surged in the second half of the game for a come-from-behind victory on their home ice. Adirondack led 3-1 at about the midway point of the game but Syracuse would blast home five of the game's last six total goals. Nick Cousins and Marcel Noebels pushed the Phantoms out in front 2-0 in the first period and Jason Akeson's intercept and breakaway goal made it 3-1. But Cedric Paquette scored back-to-back goals just 70 seconds apart late in the second period to tie the game before the next break. Ben Holmstrom's 12th of the year gave Adirondack the lead again in the opening minute of the third period but Syracuse recovered for the next three goals with Dalton Smith, Max Parent and Jon Marchessault finishing off the high-scoring evening.

Saturday, March 29: Springfield Falcons 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 3 (SO)
A tremendous crowd of 4,680 filled the Glens Falls Civic Center on Fan Appreciation Night and were treated to an exciting night of hockey that went down to the wire and was there for the taking for either team. The Phantoms went toe-to-toe with the second place team in the conference and overcame a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the third period before eventually falling in the sixth round of the shootout to the visiting Falcons.
Kevin Goumas broke a 2-2 tie with his first career professional goal in the third period. The University of New Hampshire product ignited the crowd in his Glens Falls debut on the back-door slam from the cross-ice feed from Ben Holmstrom. Later, Goumas would cap off his evening with a nifty move in the second-round of the shootout for another tally in that round. Brandon Manning's powerful slapshot late in the second period put the Phantoms on the board when they were trailing 2-0. And Mark Alt's rush to the right circle early in the third period set up his own five-hole drive on Mike McKenna. But Dana Tyrell scored about midway through the third just a few minutes after Goumas had tied the score and Springfield eventually came through with goals in the fifth and sixth rounds of the shootout for the win in the entertaining and hard-fought game.

Upcoming Opponents

Norfolk Admirals (34-24-9) - Affiliation, Anaheim Ducks
Friday, April 4 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Standings - 8th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Adirondack is 1-2-0 against Norfolk this season.
Last Meeting - December 21, NOR 3 - ADK 1
Top Scorers - Andre Petersson (20-27-47), Emerson Etem (17-23-40), Devante Smith-Pelly (27-16-43)
Info - One team that will be rooting hard for the Adirondack Phantoms in this game will be the Hershey Bears, who trail Norfolk by just one point for the eighth, and final, playoff spot. The Admirals looked to be in good shape a couple of weeks ago but have lost four straight home games in back-to-back weekend series against Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. And now the Admirals finish the season with nine consecutive away games beginning Friday night in Glens Falls. Ouch!
Long Beach, California native Emerson Etem was a Round 1(#29 overall) selection of the Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and scored 61 goals and 107 points in the Western Hockey League with Medicine Hat a couple seasons ago. Now in his second professional season, the highly skilled forward has 17 goals with Norfolk and also has scored 7-4-11 in 29 games in the NHL with Anaheim.
Andre Petersson was a pick-up a few weeks ago from Binghamton. 21-year-old Devante Smith-Pelley leads the team with 27 goals and was a second-round pick of the Ducks in 2010. He also has played in 72 career NHL games with Anaheim.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (27-33-7, 61 points) - Affiliation, New York Islanders
Saturday, April 5 (7:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Standings - 13th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Phantoms are 0-5-0 against Bridgeport this season.
Last Meeting - March 16, BRI 5 - ADK 4
Top Scorers - Andrew Clark (7-12-19), Aaron Ness (6-10-16)
Info - It's been quite the season-series for the Phantoms against the Sound Tigers. Five times they have met and all five have been one-goal decisions. And Bridgeport has taken all of the games so far including a couple of third-period come-from-behind decisions and some recent 5-4 finals. The last meeting was March 16 at Webster Bank Arena when the Phantoms found themselves down 3-0 but rallied to close the deficit to one goal a few different times but just weren't able to get the tying goal. Bridgeport's roster has been completely raided by the New York Islanders. The top six Bridgeport scorers this year, and eight of their top nine, are all no longer active on the Sound Tigers roster and most are getting their chance in the NHL. First-round selection Ryan Strome (13-36-49) and talented Notre Dame rookie Anders Lee (22-19-41) had previously led the way.

Albany Devils (35-21-12, 82 points) - Affiliation, New Jersey Devils
Sunday, April 6 (3:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Standings - 6th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Adirondack is 5-6-0 against Albany this season.
Last Meeting - February 21, ALB 4 - ADK 2
Top Scorers - Joe Whitney (21-29-50), Kelly Zajac (10-30-40), Mike Sislo (23-16-39)
Info - The sixth-place Albany Devils look good to qualify for the playoffs for the first time ever and hold a decent six-point advantage over ninth-place Hershey. It's the last game in the Northway Rivalry Series between the two teams. The four seasons have been extremely even. Currently, the Devils are leading by a single game at 23-22 entering the 46th, and last, all-time clash. Third-year pro Keith Kinkaid out of Union College has been a big part of the team's playoff-push. The top Devils goalie is 21-11-5, 2.40, .909 with four shutouts this season. Seedy Joe Whitney from Boston College is leading the Albany Devils in scoring for the second consecutive season. We just passed the three-year anniversary of one of the most memorable games in the rivalry; On April 1, 2011, the Phantoms scored six goals in the second period on their way to a crazy 9-5 win against Albany. Mike Testwuide was showered by the GFCC crowd with giveaway green foam-fingers when he finished his hat-trick.

All-Time Northway Rivalry Series: Albany Devbils 23 - Adirondack Phantoms 22
2013-14 - Albany lead 6-5
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)

Points (Career)
1. Jason Akeson 168
2. Ben Holmstrom 119
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 60(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)


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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