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February 6, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) Adirondack Phantoms

This Week's Games

Wednesday, February 6 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms

Friday, February 8 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Sunday, February 10 (3:00) - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms

Last Week's Scores

Friday, February 1 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Norfolk Admirals 2

Saturday, February 2 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

Top Scorers Goals Assists Points

Brayden Schenn 13 20 33

Sean Couturier 10 18 28

Danny Syvret 3 19 22

Jason Akeson 7 14 21

Harry Zolnericzyk 9 8 17

Goalies

W-L-OTL

GAA SVS

Scott Munroe 9-11-0 2.65 .913

Brian Boucher 2-2-0 2.51 .911

February Home Game Promotions

Wednesday, February 6 vs Binghamton - $1 Hot Dogs

Sunday, February 10 (3:00) vs. Syracuse - Post-Game Skate presented by Glens Falls Hospital. Sunday Family Fun Pack 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 program, 1 popcorn all for only $43.

Friday, February 15 vs. Albany - Time Warner Cable Cup Rivalry Game. $2 Draft Beer Specials

Saturday, February 16 vs. Worcester - Dax Bobbleheads (first 2,500 fans)

Sunday, February 24 (3:00) vs. Binghamton - Dax's Birthday. Dax Jerseys plus post-game jersey auction.

Plus, another Sunday Family Fun Pack 3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 popcorn, 1 program all for only $43.

Call the Phantoms for tickets and Sunday Family Fun Packs at 518-480-3355.

Upcoming

It's Hot Dogs and Fun Packs, with a skate in between, as thee Phantoms play home games on Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Wednesday night against the Binghamton Senators it's $1 Hot Dog Night all game long.

Then on Friday the Phantoms hit the road to play at Syracuse.

Adirondack has a very unusual and rare Saturday without a game.

But they're back at home on Sunday at 3:00 against the Syracuse Crunch again. Sunday's game features a post-game open skate with the Phantoms presented by Glens Falls Hospital. And the Sunday Family Fun Pack is one of the best values around. It's 3 tickets, 3 sodas, 3 hot dogs, 1 large popcorn and 1 program all for only $43.

It's a tough stretch for the Phantoms this week as they tangle with two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference back to back. Adirondack will have to be on top of their game ore than ever taking on these tough customers. The Binghamton Senators at 27-11-4 for 58 points which trails only Springfield. And the Syracuse Crunch are 25-12-6 for 56 points and are the team that won the Calder Cup last year when their players operated as the Norfolk Admirals.

Season Ticket Renewal Drive

The Adirondack Phantoms Season Ticket Renewal Drive is ongoing right now! Earlier this year, it was announced that exciting AHL hockey would be returning to the Glens Falls Civic Center for a 25th season.

Fans can get on board and get some great deals for their season tickets for 2013-14. Fans who renew or join in for new season tickets AND pay 50% of their account by February 15 will be entered to win a free ipad.

Go Go Go, Tom Sestito

What an amazing night for Tom Sestito on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Not only did the Phantoms alum score his first goal with Philadelphia on a nifty backhand move. But then he pulled the same trick again in the third period with a similar move for his second goal of the night in a 2-1 victory for the Flyers.

Sestito had 11 goals across parts of two seasons playing 45 games for the Phantoms over the past couple of seasons.

Before the Tuesday game, Sestito had only scored two NHL goals in his career and those came back in 2010 with Columbus. The 6'5" forward from Rome, NY showed terrific hands on both of his tallies. He is the younger brother of Tim Sestito of the Albany Devils.

Boucher Returns to Glens Falls

36-year-old Brian Boucher recorded his first victory in Glens Falls since 1999 with his victory last Friday over the Norfolk Admirals.

On March 12, 1999 serving as the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Phantoms against the Adirondack Red Wings and in front of a crowd of 3,019, Boucher allowed a couple goals in the first two periods to Adirondack Red Wings Doug Houda and Dave Paradise and host Adirondack led 2-0 at the second intermission. The visiting Philadelphia Phantoms then rallied for five straight goals in the third period to pull out a 5-2 decision as Boucher, only 22-years-old at the time, made 28 saves on 30 shots for the win.

That 5-2 final score...would be the exact same score for Boucher's next victory in Glens Falls about 14 years later on February 1, 2013 over the Norfolk Admirals.

Boucher is now 4-1 all-time in Glens Falls with his lone loss coming a couple weeks ago against Albany. Prior to that game, Boucher had been undefeated at the Glens Falls Civic Center with a 3-0 career record. His other games in Glens Falls for the Philly Phantoms against the Adirondack Red Wings were in his 1997-98 rookie season with victories on January 27, 1998 (6-4) and January 10, 1998 (2-1 with 33 saves).

Boucher has payed in 324 NHL games with 120 wins. Before joining Adirondack this year, he had played in 120 AHL games with

Power On!

Adirondack had a streak of seven straight games scoring at least one power play goal ended on Saturday night at Wilkes-Barre. However, the number remain impressive. And even in the game without a PPG, the Phantoms hit the post twice. In the Phantoms last eight games,Adirondack's power play has gone 11-for-39 (28.2%).

On the season, the team has risen to 16.6% for 15th in the AHL out of 30 teams raising their season percentage by 2.4%.

Veteran Presence

The Phantoms beefed up the NHL experience on their roster once again and harkened back to some of the great Phantoms players from the past with the addition of 35-year-old Jon Sim. Sim has a pair of 17-goal season in NHL to his credit and has played for eight different teams in the NHL, most recently with the New York Islanders in 2010-11.

In 2004-05, Sim scored 35 goals in the regular season in helping lead the Philadelphia Phantoms to the Calder Cup Championship. He added 10 more goals in the post-season that year. Sim rejoined the Phantoms in last Friday's game against Norfolk. Prior to that, his last game for the Phantoms was on June 10, 2005 when he scored two goals in the capper of a four-game series sweep of the Chicago Wolves.

Sim joins fellow former Phantoms David Laliberte and Brian Boucher who have both rejoined the organization in the past couple of weeks. Other former Philadelphia Phantoms veterans who were brought back to the team at the beginning of the season include Scott Munroe and Danny Syvret.

Phantoms Week in Review

Friday, February 1 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Norfolk Admirals 2

Rob Bordson starred with the second multi-goal game of his career as he guided the Phantoms to a 5-2 victory over the Norfolk Admirals.

This one was a much closer contest than the final score makes it appear though. Entering the third period in a 2-2 tie, Jason Akeson would blast his 7th goal of the season on a power-play shot from the point. Bordson's second goal of the game with about six minutes remaining gave the Phantoms some distance on their lead. And then Birthday Boy Shane Harper would tack on an empty-netter to celebrate his special day.

Matt Mangene scored on a deflection of an Erik Gustafsson slapshot in the first period for his first professional goal. The University of Maine standout had 16 goals last year with the Black Bears so is no stranger to scoring and fans can expect it to be the first of several more to come.

Brian Boucher had a 28-save game in net for Adirondack in recording his first win in Glens Falls since 1999 when his Philadelphia Phantoms defeated the Adirondack Red Wings by the exact same 5-2 score.

Saturday, February 2 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

Reigning AHL Goalie of the Month Brad Thiessen turned aside 20 Phantoms shots in recording his fourth shutout in his last eight games. The former AHL Goalie of the Year on his defensive minded team got another one for the Pens just like they've been doing to many AHL teams.

It was almost a very different result. Adirondack began the game with three straight power plays including over one minute of five-on-three time. They hit the post a couple of times including one blast by Marcel Noebels that bounced across and then right on top of the goal-line before Thiessen was able to recover.

Then the Penguins got their bounces. A slapshot from the point glanced off the pants-leg of Warren Peters for a goal. And then a puck that popped up in the air from behind the goal landed at the side of the cage right on Alex Grant's stick and the Penguins made it 2-0 at the very end of the second period.

Scott Munroe took the loss for the Phantoms against his former team. Last year, he split goaltending duties with Brad Thiessen for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Rob Bordson

Rob Bordson is our Saratoga Spine Player of the Week.

Th third-year pro led the way with a pair of goals on Friday night in Adirondack's 5-2 victory over the Norfolk Admirals. It was the second multi-goal game of Bordson's AHL career having also scored a pair in January, 2011 in a 4-2 victory over Binghamton.

Bordson has found his way back to the organization for a third time and has also become one of the team's top faceoff go-to guys as well as a key penalty killer. The Duluth, Minnesota native has 6 goals and 7 points this season for 13 points.

Transactions

January 31 - Jon Sim (F) signed to Professional Tryout Contract

February 5 - Blake Kessel (D) reassigned from Adirondack to Trenton (ECHL) by Philadelphia

Key Team Stats

The Phantoms are...

- 17-4-1 with tied or leading after two periods. (7-1-0 if leading. 10-3-1 if tied)

- 7-1-0 when leading after one period.

- 13-2-2 when they score 3 or more goals

- 2-2 in overtimes and are 4-2 in shootouts for a combined 6-3 in games decided after regulation.

- 8 of the Phantoms wins have come when they have held the opponents to 0 or 1 goals.

Upcoming Opponents

Binghamton Senators, 27-12-4 (Ottawa Senators)

Binghamton leads the season series 2 games to 1. This is Game 4 out of 8.

Adirondack won the last meeting 3-2 in a shootout on January 11 at Binghamton.

Binghamton's last visit to Glens Falls was November 30 in a 7-4 victory. Harry Zolnierczyk's amazing shorthanded goal tied the game at 4-4 but then Binghamton put it away late while Ben Bishop made a number of remarkable saves for the Senators.

Record - 27-12-4

Division - 1st place (East Division)

Head Coach - Luke Richardson (First)

Home Arena - Broome County Veterans Memorial

Offense - 3.1, 8th (out of 30)

Defense - 2.4, 3rd

Power Play - 15.2%, 22nd

Penalty Kill - 87.6%, 2nd

Head Coach Luke RIchardson - Former Philadelphia Flyer defenseman at the bench for Binghamton for his first season as head coach. Had played for Philly for five seasons from 1997-98 through 2001-02. Also played for Toronto, Edmonton, Columbus, Tampa Bay, Ottawa in 20 year career from 1987-88 through 2008-09 amassing 1,417 games. 26th all-time in NHL in games played. Had been assistant coach with Ottawa last three seasons.

Similar to other teams, Binghamton's top talents from the first half of the season have advanced to their NHL team. Goalie Ben Bishop and skaters Jakob Silfverberg, Andre Benoit, Stephane Da Costa and Patrick Wiercioch are up with Ottawa.

But 21-year-old Swedish talent Robin Lehner continues to dominate in the AHL. He leads the league with a whopping .946 saves percentage and is third in goals against average at 1.86 on his way to a 16-7-0 record.

Mike Hoffman - 12-12-24. Active leading scorer on the Senators now. Former teammate of Sean Couturier with Drummondville (QMJHL). 21-28-49 last year with Binghamton.

High Jessiman - 8-12-20. Imposing 6'6" big man who was a first-round selection (#12 overall) of the Rangers in 2003 out of Dartmouth. Scored 27 goals last year with Lake Erie and Abbotsford. 20 goals in back-to-back seasons with Milwaukee 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Derek Grant - 13-6-19. Leads B-Sens in goals. Round 4 selection in 2008 out of Michigan State. 8-15-23 last year as a rookie.

Syracuse Crunch, 25-12-6 (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Season series tied at 3-3. These are games 7 and 8 between ADK and SYR to complete the 2012-13 head-to-head schedule.

Last game: Danny Syvret scored in the 7th round of the shootout as ADK won 4-3 at SYR on December 21.

All three of Adirondack's wins over Syracuse have been in overtime or shootout. December 8 in Glens Falls, Garrett Roe slid home the shootout winner 4-3. And October 28 in Syracuse, Brandon Manning blasted the overtime winner after Brayden Schenn had tied the game at 3-3 with just 1:02 remaining.

Record: 25-12-6

Division - 2nd place (East Division)

Arena - Onodonga County War Memorial at Oncenter

Head Coach - Jon Cooper (3rd Season)

Offense - 3.4, 2nd

Defense - 2.8, 17th

Power Play - 18.7%, 11th

Penalty Kill - 83.4%, 14th

This is not the same Syracuse team the Phantoms faced earlier in the season. They are mostly intact but the absence of reigning league MVP Cory Conacher to the Tampa Bay Lightning is certainly noticeable. After 39 goals with their team operating in Norfolk last year and then 12 more with Syracuse this season, Conacher has been off to a quick NHL season start with Tampa Bay with 5 goals in 8 games.

Alex Killorn and his 16 goals are also gone.

Tyler Johnson - 20-19-39 - Still around with the Crunch and among the league leaders in scoring. Had 30 goals for Norfolk last year on their way to the Calder Cup. Had 53 goals with Spokane (WHL) in 2010-11.

Brett Connolly - 16-19-36. Spent all of last year with Tampa Bay. But has stayed with Syracuse following the end of the lockout despite his scoring success. Tampa Bay's first round pick (#6 overall) in the 2010 draft.

Mike Angeledis- 6-6-12. Captain of the Crunch and former captain of the Albany River Rats The center played for Albany for four seasons from 2006-10. Will take many of the team's key face-offs.

Riku Helenius - 8-7-0, 3.11, .876. Had shutout of ADK on Dec 15. First round pick of TB in 2006 (#15 overall). Back in the U.S. after last three seasons in Finland and Sweden. His last season in the AHL was 2008-09 with Norfolk (9-15-0, 2.72, .918)

Dustin Tokarski - 10-7-4, 2.339, .903. Last yr 32-11-0, .913, 2.23 with Norfolk helping lead the team to Calder Cup. Broke Michael Leighton's Norfolk record for most career wins. Leighton had 75 victories, Tokarski, 81.

Led Spokane to 2008 Memorial Cup. Played on Team Canada fifth consecutive gold at 2009 World Juniors.

Jon Cooper - Was an easy shoe-in for Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award for AHL Coach of the Year honors leading Norfolk to Calder Cup championship, 28-game win streak, and 45-3 finish in regular and post-season combined from February through June.

Appearing at Our Games -

Be sure to support these groups and community efforts at upcoming Adirondack Phantoms home games. Look for their presence in the front lobby or at intermissions.

February 10 - World Awareness Children's Museum. Front lobby exhibit and fundraiser.

February 15 - South High Marathon Dance. Last year the kids at South High raised over $400,000 for charity!

Also, Sandy Hook Elementary First Responders Fundraiser

February 16 - Blondes vs. Brunettes Alzheimer's Association Fundraiser with an intermission tackle football game on ice! Proceeds to benefit Alzheimer's New York Chapter

February 24 - Northshore Mites (of Manchester, VT) Youth Hockey Fundraiser...Also appearing with players post-game for jersey auction.

March 3 - Love Your Library Day supporting Crandall Library of Glens Falls and other area libraries.

Phantoms in the Community

Dax and the Phantoms players are everywhere!

Sunday, February 3 - Dax joins the Albany MDA Walk.

Wednesday, February 6 - Dax at CWI Breakfast.

Tuesday, February 12 - Player appearance at Dango's in Saratoga.

Wednesday, February 13 - Player appearance at Dango's in Glens Falls.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, February 6 (7:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. $1 Hot Dogs.

Friday, February 8 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

Sunday, February 10 (3:00) - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms. Sunday Family Fun Pack - Exceptional Value! Post-Game Skate with the Phantoms presented by Glens Falls Hospital.

Monday, February 11 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7. With special guests Jon Sim and David Laliberte.

Friday, February 15 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft Beer Specials.

Saturday, February 16 (7:00) - Worcester Sharks at Adirondack Phantoms. Dax Bobbleheads (first 2,500 fans)

Sunday, February 17 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and Sunday Family Fun Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355

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