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April 17, 2006 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Adirondack Frostbite News Release

LAST WEEK: Adirondack went 1-2-1 during the final week of the regular season to finish with an overall record of 46-24-6 for 98 points. The Frostbite finished in second place of the Eastern Division, and fifth overall in the United Hockey League.

Tuesday, April 11 @ Muskegon Fury 4 FROSTBITE 1
In what turned out to be a playoff preview, the Frostbite fell in Muskegon by a score of 4-1. They Fury scored three times in the first period, including twice on the power play, to take a 3-0 lead. Ryan Bennett put the Frostbite on the board with a power-play goal of his own midway through the second period. Muskegon set the final with a Todd Robinson goal just 53 seconds into the final period.

Wednesday, April 12 @ Kalamazoo K-Wings 3 FROSTBITE 1
Adirondack again found themselves down after one period as Kalamazoo took a 2-0 lead into the locker room through 20 minutes. The K-Wings scored again 11:52 into the second period to take a 3-0 lead. A Greg Koehler goal 15:56 into the second period got the Frostbite on the board, but that would be all they would get, as K-Wings' goaltender Joel Martin stopped 23 Frostbite shots on the night.

Friday, April 14 @ Elmira FROSTBITE 5 Jackals 4
Adirondack wrapped up the road portion of the regular season with a 5-4 win at First Arena. Scott Drevitch scored two goals, including the game-winner, and also added an assist, while J.F. Picard scored his first goal in a Frostbite sweater. Jason Saal turned aside 27 Elmira shots to record his first win with the Frostbite.

Saturday, April 15 vs. Elmira Jackals 2 FROSTBITE 1 (SO)
The two teams combined for 70 shots on goal, but just two goals through regulation as goaltenders Kris Tebbs and Tyson Gajda sparkled in their respective creases. Hugo Belanger scored the Frostbite's only goal, tallying his 31st 6:07 into the first period. Jason Sessa tied it 2:05 into the second period, and neither team was able to score over the final 37:55 of regulation, sending the game to the shootout. In the extra session, the Jackals scored on two of their four shots, while Gajda stopped all four Frostbite shooters to give Elmira the win.

THIS WEEK'S GAMES
FIRST ROUND OF COLONIAL CUP PLAYOFFS vs. MUSKEGON (BEST OF 7 SERIES)
Game 1 @ Muskegon - Friday, April 21 7:30 p.m. Walker Arena
Game 2 @ Muskegon - Saturday, April 22 7:30 p.m. Walker Arena
Adirondack meets Muskegon in the first round of the Colonial Cup Playoffs. The Fury won both regular-season meetings between the two clubs. Muskegon finished with the second-best record in the UHL (51-18-7, 109 points), but receives the fourth seed in the playoffs as a result of finishing in second place in the Central Division. Muskegon has won the last two Colonial Cup Championships, and has captured three of the last four league titles. The two teams have met once before in the playoffs, with the Fury sweeping the Adirondack IceHawks in two games during the 2000 Colonial Cup Playoffs.

FROSTBITE NOTES

- Adirondack's 46 wins this year are the second-most in the team's seven-year UHL history (48 in 2004-05).
- Adirondack set a new team record for fewest goals allowed in a season, allowing 229, six fewer than the previous team record of 235 (2000-01 and 2004-05).

- Hugo Belanger finished the regular season with 98 points, the first time since the 1996-97 season that he failed to reach the 100-point mark.

- Scott Drevitch led all UHL defensemen with five game-winning goals.
- The Frostbite were one of five UHL teams to win 20 games both at home and on the road this season.

FROSTBITE LEADERS
Goals Watters 36
Assists Belanger 67
Points Belanger 98
+/- Rapoza +35
Penalty Minutes Bennefield 273
Shots Watters 234
Power-Play Goals Cloutier 18
Shorthanded Goals Watters 3
Game-Winning Goals Watters/Hurtubise/Drevitch 5

FROSTBITE TICKETS
Tickets for Frostbite home games are available at the Glens Falls Civic Center Box Office (10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and two hours prior to game time on Sunday), or by calling the Box Office at (518) 798-0202. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.

FROSTBITE ON THE AIR
All Frostbite games can be heard on WCKM 98.5 FM and on-line at www.frostbitehockey.com with the Voice of the Frostbite, Joe Babik. Each broadcast begins 20 minutes prior to face-off with the Frostbite Pre-Game Show. In addition, all Frostbite games are available to watch on a pay-per-view basis in conjunction with B2 Networks. The B2 Networks feed can be accessed through the Frostbite website at www.frostbitehockey.com.

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