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Phantoms Weekly - Poster Night

March 27, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) Adirondack Phantoms

This Week's Games

Friday, March 29 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Saturday, March 30 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms

Last Week's Scores

Tuesday, March 19 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Norfolk Admirals 1

Wednesday, March 20 - Norfolk Admirals 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

Saturday, March 23 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Connecticut Whale 2

Sunday, March 24 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Portland Pirates 2

Top Scorers Goals Assists Points

Jason Akeson 14 30 44

Danny Syvret 6 28 34

Brayden Schenn 13 20 33

Sean Couturier 10 18 28

Tye McGinn 14 12 26

Goalies

W-L-SOL

GAA SVS

Scott Munroe 12-16-0 2.78 .913

Brian Boucher 4-5-1 2.60 .906

Cal Heeter 10-13-2 2.89 .909

Upcoming

The Phantoms have a pair of games this weekend as they travel to Binghamton on Friday to face the Senators and then return home on Saturday taking on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders.

Saturday is Phantoms Poster Night for the first 3,000 fans presented by Glens Falls Printing featuring a team autograph session after the game in Heritage Hall.

Saturday night we will also honor the Saratoga Blue Streaks hockey team who captured the city's first state championship since 1999. They clinched the title on March 10 in Utica with a 5-0 win over McQuaid Jesuit after winning 22 out of 26 on the season. And we want to honor the area champs and will do so Saturday night!

In the meantime, the Adirondack Phantoms enter this coming weekend having won two straight and their last three out of four. Adirondack also has points in seven of their last 10 going 6-3-1 in their recent surge.

The Adirondack Phantoms have eight more home games remaining in the 2012-13 regular season with so many great promos you won't believe it! There's still lots of terrific hockey left at the Glens Falls Civic Center this year. Call the Phantoms to get your tickets in advance and save: 518-480-3355.

Vote For Dax!

The AHL is conducting a Mascot Madness Tournament in which you get to vote for the most awesome mascot around. Wednesday is the Northeast Division round and Dax is ready to rack up the big votes!

Please go to https://www.facebook.com/theahl and like the Dax picture to vote for your favorite giant orange beaver mascot! Your vote has to be submitted today!!

Phantoms in the Community

Upcoming appearances with the Phantoms players next week:

Monday, April 1 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) - Phantoms at Johnny Rockets! A couple of Phantoms players will be appearing to hang out with the fans. Plus lots of specials are available including half-price appetizers, $3 domestic drafts and $1 PBR. Big-screen Wii set up for the kids...to take on the Phantoms players.

Wednesday, April 3 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) - Phantoms at Dango's on Maple in Glens Falls - A couple of Phantoms players will be appearing as guest celebrity bartenders once again serving them up just for you!

The Phantoms players, staff and Dax combine to make over 300 community appearance per year!

To find out more about the Phantoms in the community or to inquire about the Phantoms at your local charity or school function or community event, please contact Phantoms Director of Fun and Community Development, Andrew Hill at 518-480-3355 or ahill@phantomshockey.com

Promotions!

Lots of great home game promos on the way. Here are some of the big ones!

Saturday, March 30 (7:00) - Phantoms Poster Night presented by Glens Falls Printing. Team Autographs.

Saturday, April 6 (7:00) - Fan Appreciation Night presented by Stored Tech. Hundreds of great prizes and giveaways for the fans including Phantoms gear and Fan-Experience prizes such as bench-seats during warm-ups. Plus Philadelphia Flyers gear as well as valuable coupons and merchandise from our awesome sponsors.

Saturday, April 13 (7:00) - Dan Miner Bobblehead Night (first 2,500 fans) and tribute to the long-time voice of Adirondack hockey. "Not Tonight - Actually, Yes...TONIGHT!"

Also, Faith and Family Night. Post-Game Concert.

Saturday, April 20 (7:00) - Scoville Jewelers Gemstone Giveaway Night. 500 great gemstones ranging in value given away....plus one Phantoms Orange gemstone valued at $500 that includes a big prize package too. More details to be announced soon.

Season Ticket Renewal Incentive - Sign Up Now!

It's the 25th season of AHL hockey excitement in Glens Falls and it's coming this October. Sign up for new or renewal season tickets for your chance to win a TV! But you must put down the season ticket deposit by THIS FRIDAY to be eligible for the TV drawing.

Milestones

Danny Syvret - Achieved 200th career AHL assist on Sunday against Portland.

David Laliberte - Played in 200th career with Phantoms franchise last week.

Jason Akeson - 99 points for ADK, most in ADK Phantoms history

Erik Gustafsson - 95 points for ADK, 3rd all-time in ADK Phantoms history.

Jon Sim- 196 points in the AHL, 394 points in his pro career

Terry Murray- 1 win away from 600 Pro wins. Coach Murray has won 499 games in NHL, 83 wins in AHL, and 17 wins in the old IHL (which was a similar level to AHL in the 1990s).

Phantoms 100-Point Club

Jason Akeson became the all-time point-leader in Adirondack Phantoms' history on Saturday night at Connecticut passing Denis Hamel for the lead. Akeson now has 99 career points with the Adirondack Phantoms, Hamel had 96, and Erik Gustafsson is close behind with 95 career Phantoms points.

Akeson and Gustafsson are set to become the 22nd and 23rd players to join the Phantoms franchise 100-Point Club. 21 players have recorded 100 points with the Phantoms in the last 17 seasons dating back to the beginning of the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1996. Two of those players are currently on the Phantoms: Danny Syvret (140) and David Laliberte (121) both of whom also played for the Phantoms in Philadelphia as well as in Adirondack.

100-Point Club, Phantoms Franchise (1996 - 2013)

1. Peter White 472

2. Mark Greig 372

3. John Slaney 293

4. Kirby Law 222

5. Shawn McCosh 196

6. Jared Ross 191

7. Boyd Kane 178

8. Jon Matsumoto 173

9. Jim Montgomery 161

10. Mike Maneluk 149

11. Craig Darby 146

12. Danny Syvret 140

13. Paul Healey 138

14. Stefan Ruzicka 125

15. Mark Freer 123

16. Bruce Coles 122

17. David Laliberte 121

18. Tony Voce 115

19. Patrick Sharp 114

20. Thomas Divisek 112

21. Patrick Maroon 106

Transactions

Mar 19 - Harry Zolnierczyk (F) - Returned to Adirondack on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)

Mar 19 - Derek Mathers (F) - Signed to ATO with ADK

Mar 20 - Harry Zolnierczyk (F) - Recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)

Mar 21 - Cal Heeter (G) - Reassigned by Philadelphia from Trenton (ECHL) to ADK (AHL)

Mar 21 - Kyle Flanagan (F) - Signed to ATO with ADK

Mar 25 - Tye McGinn (F) - Recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)

Kyle Flanagan joined the Phantoms last weekend from St. Lawrence University. The Canton, NY native is one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award this year. Flanagan was captain of the Saints for the last two seasons. Derek Mathers also made his season-debut with the Phantoms this weekend. The 19-year-old tough-guy with the Peterborough Petes played in nine games for Adirondack at the end of last year.

Keep an eye out for the newest Adirondack Phantoms; #39 Kyle Flanagan and #32 Derek Mathers.

Phantoms Week in Review

Tuesday, March 19 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Norfolk Admirals 1

Tye McGinn led the way with a four point night including two goals and two assists to lead the Phantoms to a 4-1 victory at Norfolk. McGinn's empty-netter in the last seconds of the game clinched his fourth career multi-goal game, two of which have come at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Erik Gustafsson and Danny Syvret blasted the other goals for the Phantoms. Brian Boucher was brilliant witha 27-save victory and came about nine minutes away from his first AHL shutout since the 2007-08 season.

Wednesday, March 20 - Norfolk Admirals 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 0

Adirondack was now able to sweep the season series as Norfolk finally defeated the Phantoms in their last chance. The Phantoms would have to settle for a 3 games to 1 win in the season series.

Scott Munroe may have taken the loss but he was clearly the star of the game for Adirondack making a season-high 45 saves.

Trailing 2-0 in the third period, Adirondack had some great chances to mount a comeback but weren't able to break Norfolk rookie goalie Frederik Andersen. Marcel Noebels missed an open-net from right in front and Jason Akeson blasted a shot off the iron. Those were the closest of the many near-misses for Adirondack.

Kyle Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly scored for Norfolk in the first period. The Admirals finished the night's scoring on Sami Vatanen's blast in the third period.

Saturday, March 23 - Adirondack Phantoms 5 - Connecticut Whale 2

The Phantoms lit it up on the power play and converted on their first four man-advantage chances in a row on their way to a 5-2 victory in Hartford on Saturday night.

Jason Akeson's three-point night vaulted him past Denis Hamel into the all-time Adirondack Phantoms points lead. He had one goal and two assists while Garrett Roe had his first multi-goal game and also had an assist. Tye McGinn finished with three assists. Danny Syvret and Marcel Noebels also scored for Adirondack.

Everything was working for the Phantoms who were 4-for-4 on the power play going into the last couple minutes when they were awarded another opportunity but were finally unable to convert and finished 4-for-5. Cal Heeter had 30 saves for the win.

Adirondack finished their 7-game road-trip with a 3-3-1 record.

Sunday, March 24 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Portland Pirates 2

Cal Heeter was magnificent. And the Phantoms needed him to be. The rookie goalie from Ohio State made 40 saves and Adirondack pulled out a 4-2 victory over a high-flying Portland club despite being outshot 42-18 in the game. It was a nice homecoming for Adirondack who were playing back in Glens Falls for the first time in 15 days.

Adirondack lost two of their more experienced forwards early in the game when Tyler Brown and Rob Bordson left with injuries. So the Phantoms skated the majority of the game with only 10 forwards, including two who were playing in only their second game of the season with the club (Kyle Flanagan and Derek Mathers).

But the Phantoms were able to generate enough offense on their 18 shots to get the victory. It began with a quick start as Tye McGinn notched his team-leading 14th goal of the season just nine seconds into the game, the fastest goal in Adirondack Phantoms' history. Jeff Dimmen and Marcel Noebels both scored as well. And Eric Wellwood's breakaway goal at the end of the second period to extend the lead to 4-2 was a big one.

But Heeter was clearly the big star with his dazzling saves on several close-range opportunities in one of the best games of his career.

Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Tye McGinn

Tye McGinn returned to the Phantoms and rang up eight points in four games last week scoring three goals and dishing out five assists. "Ginner" had a career high four-point game on Tuesday at Norfolk with two goals and two assists. On Sunday he scored the fastest goal in Adirondack Phantoms' history when he lit the lamp just nine seconds into the game against Portland.

McGinn is in his second season as a pro and is tied for the Phantoms team lead with 14 goals. He has also scored three goals with the Philadelphia Flyers in 17 games in the NHL this season. Following his tremendous week, he was rewarded with another call-up to the NHL.

Key Team Stats

The Phantoms are...

- 25-8-3 when tied or leading after two periods. (14-2-1 if leading after two. 11-6-2 if tied after two)

- 12-3-1 when leading after one period.

- 21-4-2 when score 3 or more goals

- 15-1-1 when they score 4 or more goals

- 2-2 in overtimes and 4-3 in shootouts for a combined 6-5 in games decided after regulation.

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

- 18-5-1 when scoring the first goal.

- 15-14-1 at home

- 23-15-2 when scoring at least one PPG

Upcoming Opponents

Binghamton Senators, 39-20-6 (Ottawa Senators)

Friday, March 29 (7:00) - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton NY

Adirondack is 3-3-0 against Binghamton this year. The Phantoms knocked off the B-Sens in their last encounter 3-2 on March 15 with Tyler Brown blasting home the game winner with 4:25 remaining in regulation.

Binghamton just keeps on winning it seems regardless of who is in their lineup. The Senators' 84 points is second-most in the Eastern Conference but only gives them the four-seed in the standings right now due to being in the same division as top-dog Syracuse. Ottawa has called up a number of their top players and Binghamton has filled the gaps with various ECHL products primarily while many of the rookie talents have met or exceeded expectations in their debut seasons.

Nathan Lawson has taken over the goaltending reigns while both Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner are up with Ottawa. Binghamton allows just 2.52 goals per game which is 3rd out 30 in the AHL.

Stephane Da Costa - 12-22-34. 9 games with Ottawa this year and 22 last year as a rookie out of Merrimack College.

Corey Cowick - 12-16-28. Scored 2 goals including overtime winner a couple weeks ago against Rochester. Thriving in first season as full-time AHL'er after splitting last two seasons between Binghamton and ECHL Elmira.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau - 7-21-28. Speedy rookie out of the QMJHL Chicoutimi was 4th round pick of OTT in 2011.

Shane Prince - 16-12-28. Rookie prospect. 2nd round selection of Ottawa Senators in 2011 out of Ottawa 67's (OHL) where he had 43-47-90 last year.

Nathan Lawson - 9-4-1, 2.22, .938. Defeated Michael Leighton and Adirondack last year 1-0 in overtime while with Hamilton. ECHL and AHL goalie since 2007-08 out of University Alaska-Anchorage. Also 10 NHL games with NY Islanders in 2010-11.

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.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 27-26-11 (New York Islanders)

Saturday, March 30 (7:00), Glens Falls Civic Center - Phantoms Poster Night and Post-Game Autographs!

This is game 5 out of 6 in the season series and is the Sound Tigers' last visit to Glens Falls this year. The last time the Islanders' affiliate invaded the Civic Center was on December 31 in Glens Falls in which Adirondack overcame a 3-0 deficit to the score and earn a standings point before eventually falling in a shootout.

The Phantoms played at Bridgeport on March 2 in a match-up of Sound Tigers alums.Rick DiPietro of Bridgeport defeated Scott Munroe of Adirondack 4-3 in that one on a late game-winner by Brock Nelson of the Sound Tigers shortly after Matt Konan's first career professional goal had tied it for Adirondack. It was DiPietro's first win in Bridgeport since 2002.

Bridgeport is allowing 3.23 goals per game which is 29th out of 30 in the AHL and last in the Eastern Conference.

Rick DiPietro - 5-3-0, 2.70, .901. The most famous Bridgeport Sound Tiger who was sent down from the Islanders about a month ago. The #1 overall pick in the draft in 2000 out of Boston University has a career NHL record of 130-133-8-28, 2.86, .903 with the Islanders. This season, he went 0-3 in three games for New York with a 4.09 goals-against. He had last suited up for Bridgeport in 2009-10 playing in four games going 1-2. His last AHL win was December 19, 2009 at Springfield and his last AHL game was January 3, 2010 vs. the Worcester Sharks in a loss.

Head Coach Scott Pellerin - 1992 Hobey Baker Award winner from the University of Maine might be remembered by long-time fans in the area when he played for the Albany River Rats for three seasons including on their Calder Cup Championship team in 1995. He also played in 536 career NHL games mostly with New Jersey and St. Louis. In first season as AHL head coach after serving as an assistant coach with Manchester for six years.

Nino Niederreiter - 26-19-45. 20 year old Swiss prospect. 5th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft while Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn was the fifth overall selection in the 2009 draft (by the Los Angeles Kings). 55 games with Islanders last year scoring 1 goal. 41 goals with Portland (WHL) in 2010-11.

Brock Nelson, 18-25-43. Another 2010 first-rounder (30th overall). Joined the team last season out of the University of North Dakota.

Aaron Ness, 3-21-24. In second full season with Bridgeport. Second-round pick in 2008 out of the University of Minnesota.

UPCOMING

Friday, March 29 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Saturday, March 30 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms. Phantoms Poster Night for first 3,000 fans presented by Glens Falls Printing. Post-Game Autograph Session with the whole team!

Monday, April 1 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour on Q101.7. With special guests Kyle Flanagan and Mitch Wahl.

Friday, April 5 (7:00) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft Beer Specials.

Saturday, April 6 (7:00) - Rochester Americans at Adirondack Phantoms. Fan Appreciation Night with Hundreds of great giveaways and prizes from the Phantoms, Philadelphia Flyers, and our awesome corporate partners.

Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and SAVE! 518-480-3355.

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