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Transactions - Akeson and Heeter to Flyers, Phantoms Sign Matt Weninger

April 12, 2014

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced they have recalled right wing Jason Akeson and also goaltender Cal Heeter from the Adirondack Phantoms, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. The Adirondack Phantoms have also announced they have signed goaltender Matt Weninger to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO).

For Akeson, there is a certain amount of deja-vu involved. It is the second season in a row in which he has been recalled just in time for the last game of the regular season. In his NHL debut in the final game of last season, he scored a goal in just his second career shift in front of friends and family in his hometown of Ottawa.

Jason Akeson has been the leading scorer for the Adirondack Phantoms for all three of his seasons with the team and this year has set career highs with 24 goals and 64 points. He is coming off his second career hat trick last Sunday against the Albany Devils in which he also broke the Adirondack Phantoms single-season scoring record. Akeson leads the team with 64 points. The former team-record for points in a season was 62 by Jon Matsumoto in 2009-10. Akeson currently rates 9th in the AHL in points and 4th in the Eastern Conference.

"I'm really happy for him," head coach Terry Murray said. "His third year leading the team in scoring. I just got a call late (on Saturday afternoon) that they were requesting he get up there and be ready to play (Sunday) in the final game against Carolina. He's really excited about it. I had a talk on the phone with Jason and then I met him in the hotel lobby (in Bridgeport) for a little bit of another talk. He's pumped. He's gonna go up there and I hope he has a real big game for them."

Akeson is also the all-time leader for the Adirondack Phantoms (2009-14) in career goals (58), assists (114) and points (172) and is fourth all-time in career games (208). His total of 172 points rates ninth in Phantoms' franchise history (1996-2014) trailing Jon Matsusmoto by one for eighth-place. The 23-year-old free-agent signed with the Flyers organization following his league-leading 108-point campaign with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League in 2010-11.

Heeter, 25, has appeared in 44 games for the Phantoms this year. He has posted a record of 16-25-2 with a 2.65 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He was recalled by the Flyers on February 28 but did not appear in a game before being returned to Adirondack on March 13. Heeter has yet to make his NHL debut. The second-year pro out of Ohio State University won AHL Player of the Week honors following his back-to-back shutouts of Hershey and Albany on January 3 and January 4.

Matt Weninger, 25, joins the Phantoms from St. Lawrence University where he had previously been teammates with Phantoms' rookie Kyle Flanagan. Weninger had also been teammates in juniors with Adirondack's Andrew Johnston when both were with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in 2009-10.

Weninger recently completed his senior season for the St. Lawrence Saints posting a 13-16-3 record with a 3.29 goals-against average and an .878 save percentage. His best year came in his junior season when he went 18-16-4, 2.79, .915.

The Phantoms return home Sunday evening for their second-to-last home game taking on the Utica Comets at 5:00 p.m. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355 for Sunday Family FunPacks for only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program. Add to your pack an extra ticket, hot dog and soda for only an additional $15.


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

Tuesday, April 15 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour Radio Show LIVE from Recovery Sports Grill on Q101.7 with special player guests Mark Alt and Brandon Alderson

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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