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February 13, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) Adirondack Phantoms

This Week's Games

Friday, February 15 (7:00) - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms

Saturday, February 16 (7:00) - Worcester Sharks at Adirondack Phantoms

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

Last Week's Scores

Wednesday, February 6 - Binghamton Senators 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

Friday, February 8 - Syracuse Crunch 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

Sunday, February 10 - Adirondack Phantoms 6 - Syracuse Crunch 1

Top Scorers Goals Assists Points

Brayden Schenn 13 20 33

Sean Couturier 10 18 28

Danny Syvret 3 21 24

Jason Akeson 7 17 24

Harry Zolnericzyk 9 8 17

Goalies

W-L-OTL

GAA SVS

Scott Munroe 10-11-0 2.58 .917

Brian Boucher 2-2-0 2.71 .908

Cal Heeter 7-11-0 2.97 .906

February Home Game Promotions

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 (5:00) 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

Adirondack faces another three-in-three weekend with a couple home games on Friday and Saturday followed by a road-game on Sunday at 3:00.

First, it's the Time Warner Cable Cup rival Albany Devils coming to town Friday night at 7:00 for the 9th out of 12 meetings this year between the two Northway foes. Also $2 Draft Beer Specials.

Then it's Dax Bobblehead Night on Saturday as the Phantoms take on the Worcester Sharks. The mini-statuettes of everyone's favorite giant orange beaver mascot will be given away Saturday night to the first 2,500 fans in attendance.

Call the Phantoms for tickets for both of these home games at 518-480-3355.

Sunday afternoon, the Phantoms have a tough challenge in store as they play the top team in the league, the Springfield Falcons.

Valentine's Deliveries by Dax!

Have a giant orange beaver mascot deliver flowers and Phantoms tickets to your loved one. Call today!

Time and Tye McGinn...Again!

Tye McGinn is certainly having a successful stay up ni the NHL with the Flyers. He has scored goals in back-to-back games this week on Monday and Tuesday nights at Toronto and Winnipeg. And it Tuesday's game he also got in another impressive scrap. Check it out here:

Tye McGinn Fight

Transactions

Veteran goalie Brian Boucher was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers this week. His call-up on Saturday was the result of an injury to Michael Leighton. Cal Heeter was summoned from Trenton to take his place on the roster with the Phantoms but, of course, had been with the Phantoms for most of the season.

Harry Zolnierczyk was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday and played his first NHL game of the season that night at Winnipeg. "Harry Z" played in 37 games with the Flyers last year and had three goals. This season with Adirondack he has nine goals and eight assists.

Phantoms Week in Review

Wednesday, February 6 - Binghamton Senators 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

Robin Lehner and Brian Boucher engaged in an impressive goalie-duel in a battle of youth vs. experience. The 21-year-old Senators' prospect, Lehner, won out over the 36-year-old veteran Boucher.

It was really a 1-0 game that Binghamton was finally able to put away late with a power play goal at the end followed by a long empty-netter. For the duration of the third period, the Phantoms kept charging at Lehner and challenging the Swedish netminder only be turned away each time they tried to even the score.

Early in the second period with the score still 0-0 came a quick two-goal swing. Rob Bordson would be denied point-blank on his chance to give Adirondack the first goal and then the speedy Binghamton team rushed back the other and Corey Cowick converted in front to make it 1-0 for the Senators instead.

Boucher was terrific in allowing just the two goals all game and keeping the Phantoms in the game. Similarly, Robin Lehner showed why he is considered perhaps the top goalie in the AHL with his 29-save shutout to improve his league-leading saves percentage to almost .950.

Friday, February 8 - Syracuse Crunch 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

Zack FitzGerald had a terrific game despite the losing final score at Syracuse. The well-known and immensely-popular tough guy engaged in two fights with Eric Nielson AND also scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway. For "Fitzy" it was just his 11th career goal in 8 AHL seasons.

David Laliberte scored on a breakaway as well, shortly after FitzGerald's second fight, and the Phantoms rallied from a 2-0 deficit to the the game at 2-2. Adirondack played extremely well in the second period in their comeback and seemed to rally off the spark provided by FitzGerald's bout.

But with 11 minutes remaining in the third period, Rickard Panik would have a friendly bounce of a blocked shot come right back to his stick to convert on his team-leading 21st goal of the season. And a sharp-angle deflection late by Brett Connolly would conclude the scoring.

Sunday, February 10 - Adirondack Phantoms 6 - Syracuse Crunch 1

Adirondack enjoyed their largest margin of victory this season as 5 different players scored 6 goals which included 3 defensemen getting into the act.

David Laliberte led the way with his 9th career AHL multi-goal game and his 1st in Glens Falls. Matt Mangene, Jeff Dimmen, Cullen Eddy and Erik Gustafsson all scored too.

Scott Munroe had the best performance of the game though with 42 saves as he fell just 1:22 shy of his second shutout of the season before Tyler Johnson would finally get Syracuse on the board with a late power-play goal.

In the first period, Munroe had to dive across on a rebound that squirted over to the other side and somehow he was able to lay his stick out and deny Syracuse captain Mike Angeledis on the back-door to keep the Phantoms ahead 1-0 at the time.

Jason Akeson weaved and circled and dangled around three different Syracuse defenders with an amazing series of moves to set up Laliberte on the back-door for the team's last goal of the game and perhaps the most impressive.

Adirondack finished the season series vs. Syracuse with a 4-4-0 record.

Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - David Laliberte

David Laliberte is the Saratoga Spine Player of the Week.

With his parents in the stands cheering him on, the Quebec native scored two goals Sunday to lead the attack in the Phantoms' 6-1 win. And he also had a goal on Friday night on the road to make it a three-goal weekend.

Laliberte rejoined the Phantoms in January after recovering from a knee injury suffered last season in Europe. Laliberte is one of the original Adirondack Phantoms and scored 18 goals in 2009-10 before being traded early the next season. He also played in 11 NHL games that year and scored in his NHL debut against Michael Leighton who was with Carolina at the time. Laliberte had a career-high 28 goals in 2008-09 for the Philadelphia Phantoms.

The 26-year-old Laliberte says he is extremely happy to be back with the Phantoms and the Flyers organization and looks forward to trying to make it back to the NHL.

Key Team Stats

The Phantoms are...

- 18-4-1 with tied or leading after two periods. (8-1-0 if leading. 10-3-1 if tied)

- 8-1-0 when leading after one period.

- 14-2-2 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.

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

Upcoming Opponents

Albany Devils, 20-16-9 (New Jersey Devils)

Devils have won 3 straight...all last weekend.

Albany leads the season series over Adirondack 6 games to 2.

Last meeting, January 28 at Albany: Devils 5 - Phantoms 2

Record - 20-16-9

Division - 3rd place (Northeast Division)

Head Coach - Rick Kowalsky (3rd season)

Home Arena - Times Union Center

Offense - 2.7, 18th (out of 30)

Defense - 2.7, 14th

Power Play - 11.8%, 28th

Penalty Kill - 84.8%, 10th

Matt Anderson - 10-18-28. Leading scorer. Named CCM/AHL Player of Week last week with 3 goals, 4 assists.

Joe Whitney - 12-14-26

Steve Zalewski - 7-17-24

Andrei Loktionov - 7-15-22. Just acquired from Los Angeles Kings organization.

Keith Kinkaid - 16-9-4, 2.49, .913. 2nd year goalie out of Union College.

Worcester Sharks, 22-18-6 (San Jose Sharks)

Adirondack leads season series 1-0.

This is Worcester's only trip to Glens Falls this year.

Last meeting, Jan 19: Adirondack 2 - Worcester 1

Record: 22-18-6

Division - 3rd place (Atlantic Division)

Arena - DCU Center

Head Coach - Roy Sommer (16th Season)

Offense - 2.5, 22nd

Defense - 2.8, 16th

Power Play - 16.6%, 14th

Penalty Kill - 82.5%, 18th

Head Coach Roy Sommer - The longest tenured coach in the AHL became just the 4th in AHL history to reach the AHL plateau on January 14, 2011. He is also one of only four coaches to reach 500 wins which he hit on February 11, 2012 (trailing former Phantoms coach John Paddock who is third with 589 wins).

Tim Kennedy - 13-24-37

Bracken Kearns - 12-14-26

Jon Matsumoto - 10-14-24. Led Phantoms in goals in 2009-10 with 30

Harri Sateri - 10-9-2, 2.51, .914

Springfield Falcons, 28-11-6 (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Springfield has won 2 straight and also 8 of last 10.

First place in Eastern Conference. Best win percentage in AHL.

This is Game 2 of 6 in season series between Phantoms and Falcons.

Last meeting, Oct 14 at SPR: Springfield 4 - Adirondack 0

Record: 28-11-6

Division - 1st place (Northeast Division)

Arena - Mass Mutual Center

Head Coach - Brad Larsen (1st season)

Offense - 3.4, 2nd (out of 30)

Defense - 2.4, 3rd

Power Play - 21.6%, 2nd

Penalty Kill - 85.2%, 7th

The Falcons have one of the highest scoring teams as well as top defenses in the AHL. A solid recipe to have the top winning percentage in the league as they look to bust into the playoffs for the first time in several years.

Young head coach Brad Larsen played for the Portland Pirates in 2009-10 before retiring to advance into coaching and is an early candidate for AHL Coach of the Year honors in his first season at the helm. He also played several seasons for the Colorado Avalanche and Hershey Bears as well as Atlanta and the Chicago Wolves.

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault - 16-29-45

Nick Drazenovic - 15-29-44

Ryan Craig - 14-20-34

Curtis McElhinney - 20-7-2, 2.22, .928, 7 shutouts to lead the AHL and set all-time Springfield Falcons single-season record.

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 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.

UPCOMING

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

Monday, February 18 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 with player guest Scott Munroe.

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

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