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April 9, 2014

Last Week's Results
Friday, April 4 - Norfolk Admirals 2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1 (SO)
Saturday, April 5 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 (SO)
Sunday, April 6 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Albany Devils 3

This Week's Games
Friday, April 11 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at Worcester Sharks
Saturday, April 12 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, April 13 (5:00) - Utica Comets at Adirondack Phantoms

Just two weeks remain with six total games to go and only two more at the Glens Falls Civic Center. After away games Friday and Saturday, the Phantoms will return home this Sunday evening for a 5:00 game against the Utica Comets.

The Phantoms are coming off a thrilling homestand in which they took 5 out of 6 points going 2-0-1. Exciting, wild and well-played games were the hallmark of the weekend that included a record-setting performance from goalie Carsen Chubak who made a franchise-high 50 saves on Sunday. And don't forget Jason Akeson who broke the team's single-season points record on his way to his second career hat trick. Thank you, fans! The loyalty and support in these last ever games of the Adirondack Phantoms continue to humble us. We passed the 5-figure mark for the previous weekend drawing 10,031 fans in less than 48 hours!

Adirondack Phantoms (27-36-7, 61 points)
Goals: Jason Akeson (24), Tye McGinn (20), Kris Newbury (14), Ben Holmstrom (12)
Assists: Jason Akeson (40), Kris Newbury (22), Brandon Manning (22)
Points: Jason Akeson (64), Kris Newbury (36), Tye McGinn (35)
Games: Jason Akeson (69), Ben Holmstrom (69), Mark Alt (69), Rob Bordson (69)
PIM: Brandon Manning (225), Zack FitzGerald (224), Kris Newbury (182)
GAA: Cal Heeter (2.64), Carsen Chubak (2.63)
Sv Pct: Cal Heeter (.913), Carsen Chubak (.925)

Saratoga Spine Player of the Week
Carsen Chubak is our Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week. The rookie goalie set a Phantoms' franchise record with 50 saves in last Sunday's win against the Albany Devils breaking the old record of 49 saves in a game set by Scott Munroe in January, 2009. Facing more shots than ANY goalie EVER in the 18-year history of the Phantoms' franchise, Chubak recorded his 2nd win of the year in just his 4th start. The Niagara University product from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan excelled in his first game in about a month. Congratulations to Carsen Chubak on his spectacular 50-save win!

Akeson Makes His Mark
Jason Akeson became just the third Adirondack Phantom to record his second career hat trick when he scored even-strength, shorthanded, and on the power play last Sunday against Albany. Others to score two hat tricks for the Adirondack Phantoms include Brayden Schenn and Michael Ryan. Akeson now rates ninth in the AHL with 64 points and is fourth in the Eastern Conference. After Akeson's second goal of the game on Sunday, the shorthanded tally late in the first period, public address announcer Dan Miner informed the crowd that Akeson had broken Jon Matsumoto's single-season scoring record of 62 points. Akeson received a warm standing ovation for the accomplishment and would go on to boost his total to 64 points when he brought the hats flying a period later. The third-year pro is also the Adirondack Phantoms all-time leader for career goals (58), assists (114) and points (172).

Last Week
Friday, April 4: Norfolk Admirals 2 - Adirondack Phantoms 1 (SO)
Cal Heeter and John Gibson cranked up the Wow-Meter in one of the great goaltender matchups of the season. Still 0-0 after 51 minutes, Nick Cousins broke through with a laser of a top-shelf goal to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead with just nine minutes to go that capped an exciting sequence in which Norfolk had just missed on their 3-on-1 back at Adirondack's end. But the Admirals responded with 5:31 left to tie the game. This was a fast-paced game featuring a number of terrific scoring opportunities on both ends of the ice and Adirondack matched the intensity of the Admirals' team who were fighting for their playoff lives. Adirondack had a huge chance in the overtime with a 4-on-3 power play but were unable to close out the win. Heeter was touched for just one goal in the shootout but the Phantoms were unable to break Gibson as Norfolk came away with the second standings point at the end of the crazy contest.

Saturday, April 5: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 (SO)
It was Holmstrom vs. Holmstrom on Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center with Ben Holmstrom's younger brother, Josh, making his professional debut for the Sound Tigers. What a special night for Ben to be able to play in the same game as his brother's first game. As for the contest itself, Tyler Brown, Petr Straka and Brandon Alderson all scored to give the Phantoms a 3-1 lead. But Bridgeport rallied in the final seven minutes to tie the game on a pair of goals by Chris Langkow. Nick Cousins scored the winner in the fifth round of the shootout on a spectacular move going well wide to his left and then curling the puck way back around to his right for the winner. Phillippe Trudeau was impressive in net in just his second pro game while Heeter made 33 saves on his way to the win.

Sunday, April 6: Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Albany Devils 3
It was a night for the record books in Glens Falls in the weekend finale. Carsen Chubak in his first game in about a month saw more pucks than any goalie in Phantoms' franchise history making a record 50 saves on his way to a spectacular win. But that wasn't the only record in the game. Jason Akeson scored three goals for his second career hat trick and on his shorthanded goal late in the first period for a 2-1 lead broke the Adirondack Phantoms single-season scoring record formerly held by Jon Matsumoto who had 62 points in 2009-10. Akeson now has 64 points this year, the most of any player in the five season of the Adirondack Phantoms. Adirondack's penalty kill was tested at the end needing to kill off a 6-on-3 power-play for a few seconds to complete the win but Rob Bordson won a key faceoff and Cullen Eddy and Rob Bordson had back-to-back clears the length of the ice as the deafening cheering reached a closing crescendo.

Upcoming Opponents
Worcester Sharks (34-31-6, 74 points) - Affiliation, San Jose Sharks - Friday, April 11 (7:30) - DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Standings - 10th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Adirondack leads 1-0
Last Meeting - December 31, ADK 2 - WOR 1
Top Scorers - Freddie Hamilton (21-19-40), Travs Oleksuk (18-19-37), Dan Dasilva (17-19-36)
Info - Roy Sommer broke the all-time AHL record for games as a head coach last March with his 1,257th game. He has spent his entire head-coaching career at the helm of the San Jose Sharks affiliate for 15 straight seasons beginning with the Kentucky Thoroughblades in 1998-99 and then the Cleveland Barons from 2001-2006 and then the Worcester Sharks from 2006 until today.
Rookie goalie Troy Grosenick out of Union College has split time with Finland native Harri Sateri. Clifton Park native Nick Petrecki is no longer with the Sharks having been dealt to the Buffalo organization a few weeks ago and assigned to Rochester in the AHL. The Sharks are the best shootout team in the league with a 10-2 record.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (27-33-7, 61 points) - Affiliation, New York Islanders
Saturday, April 5 (7:00) - Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT

Standings - 13th place, Eastern Conference
Season Series - Phantoms are 1-5-0 against Bridgeport this season.
Last Meeting - April 5, ADK 4 - BRI 3 (SO)
Top Scorers - Alan Quine (7-19-26), Scooter Vaughan (7-7-14)
Info - It's Holmstrom vs. Holmstrom Part 2. Exactly one week after Ben's younger brother, Josh Holmstrom, made his pro debut (in Ben's 249th Phantoms game), the two siblings meet again and will be more likely to dispense with the niceties this time around. Both Ben and Josh were previously captain for UMass-Lowell.
All six games between the Phantoms and Sound Tigers have been decided by one goal. Bridgeport's roster has been completely raided by the New York Islanders. Six of the top seven scorers 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.

Utca Comets (31-30-9, 71 points) - Affiliation, Vancouver Canucks
Sunday, April 13 (5:00) - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Standings - 11th place, Western Conference
Season Series - Adirondack is 3-0-0 vs. Utica.
Last Meeting - March 21, ADK 4 - UTI 3
Top Scorers - Pascal Pelltier (18-40-58), Benn Ferriero (19-20-39), Cal O'Reilly (5-34-39)
Info - Jason Akeson scored a pair of shorthanded goals the last time the Phantoms played the Comets and established a new Phantoms' franchise record in the process. Utica blew a three-goal lead in the final two minutes at Syracuse last Friday eventually losing the game in overtime. Leading 5-2 with 1:40 left, the Comets stunningly surrendered three straight including two shorthanded goals. Utica is five points back of Rochester for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with only six games remaining. Utica head coach Travis Green previously played for the Capital District Islanders for all three seasons of their existence at the Houston Field House in Troy, NY from from 1990-93.

Points (Career)
1. Jason Akeson 172
2. Ben Holmstrom 120
3. Denis Hamel 96
4. Erik Gustafsson 95
5. Danny Syvret 88
6. Tye McGinn 79
7. Rob Bordson 76
8. Mike Testwuide 70
9. Eric Wellwood 66
9. David Laliberte 66
11. Garrett Roe 65

Points (Season)
1. Jason Akeson 64 (13-14)
2. Jon Matsumoto 62 (09-10)
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)

Phantoms Franchise Record Book (1996 - Current)
Saves (Single Game, Regular Season)
1. Carsen Chubak 50 vs Albany April 6, 2014
2. Scott Munroe 49 at Hershey January 17, 2009
3. Michael Leighton 48 vs Worcester April 14, 2012
4. Neil Little 47 at Binghamton November 1, 1996
4. Scott Munroe 47 at Binghamton January 17, 2007


Friday, April 11 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at Worcester Sharks

Saturday, April 12 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Sunday, April 13 (5:00) - Utica Comets at Adirondack Phantoms - Sunday Family FunPacks for only $43

Wednesday, April 16 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Friday, April 18 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms - Fond Farewell Night!
Last Adirondack Phantoms Home Game

Saturday, April 19 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears

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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