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
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.
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
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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
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.