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Phantoms Weekly - 7-Game Road Trip

March 13, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Adirondack Phantoms News Release

This Week's Games

Wednesday, March 13 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Portland Pirates

Friday, March 15 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Sunday, March 17 (5:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears

Tuesday, March 19 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals

Wednesday, March 20 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals

Last Week's Scores

Friday, March 8 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Springfield Falcons 1

Saturday, March 9 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Connecticut Whale 3

Sunday, March 10 - Albany Devils 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2

Top Scorers Goals Assists Points

Jason Akeson 12 23 35

Brayden Schenn 13 20 33

Sean Couturier 10 18 28

Danny Syvret 4 24 28

Rob Bordson 9 9 18




Scott Munroe 12-14-1 2.66 .915

Brian Boucher 2-4-1 2.57 .907

Cal Heeter 8-13-2 2.96 .906


The Phantoms hit the road this week and will be logging on the miles in their most extended sojourn of the 2012-13 season. Actually, the seven-game roadie already began this past Sunday with their afternoon game in Albany.

But now the team gets into the real teeth of their road-trip that takes them to Portland, Binghamton, Hershey and Norfolk before wrapping up with a game on Saturday, March 23 in Hartford. The Phantoms don't return for their next home game until Sunday, March 24.

Safe travels, guys...Let's get some of those hard-to-earn road W's!


It's been a busy-week on the roster-wire for the Phantoms who have had a bit of a goaltender-carousel the past few days and also welcome back some other big-names like Tye McGinn and Erik Gustafsson.

The Phantoms welcomes Michael Leighton for a couple games on his injury-recovery stint, then brought in Cal Heeter as a backup while the Phantoms were transitioning goalies, and then welcomed back Brian Boucher who played in Sunday's game at Albany. Last weekend, the Phantoms had four different goalies on the roster at different points.

Mar 6 - Eric Wellwood (F) - Returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)

Mar 9 - Cal Heeter (G) - Reassigned from Trenton (ECHL) to ADK

Mar 9 - Michael Leighton (G) - Recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)

Mar 9 - Brian Boucher (G) - Loaned to ADK from Philadelphia (NHL)

Mar 10 - Cal Heeter (G) - Reassigned to Trenton (ECHL) from ADK

Mar 11 - Tye McGinn (F) - Returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)

Mar 12 - Matthew Ford (F) - Traded by Philadelphia to Columbus for future considerations

Mar 12 - Erik Gustafsson (D) - Returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)

NHL Experience

Both Tye McGinn and Erik Gustafsson have recently bolstered their NHL experience as they return to the Phantoms this week.

McGinn joined Philadelphia on January 21 to make his NHL debut and played in 16 games with the Flyers before getting in a fight on February 25 and suffering an injury. He scored 3 goals and 2 assists and also got into a couple of impressive fights.

Gustafsson was recalled on February 16 to play his first NHL game of the season and he stayed with the Flyers for 11 games recording 2 assists.

Ten different players who have been on this year's Adirondack Phantoms have been called up to the Philadelphia Flyers this year....and counting! The list includes Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood, Tye McGinn, Andreas Lilja, Erik Gustafsson, Brian Boucher, Harry Zolnierczyk, Michael Leighton.

Eight current Phantoms have played with the Flyers either this season or in the past:

Brian Boucher, Erik Gustafsson, Andreas Lilja, Brandon Manning, Tye McGinn, Danny Syvret, Eric Wellwood, Harry Zolnierczyk.

The Race is On!

Now that Erik Gustafsson has returned to the Adirondack Phantoms it should be a very interesting race to see who takes over the all-time career points record first and also who achieves the 100 point milestone first.

Jason Akeson now has 91 points in his Adirondack Phantoms career while Erik Gustafsson has 90 with the team. Denis Hamel is still the all-time leader with 96 career points but that record is at risk to fall to one or both of these players in the coming weeks.

In career assists, Gustafsson (79) and Akeson (64) are already 1 and 2 with the Adirondack Phantoms.

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Phantoms players and Dax appeared at Glens Falls Hospital, area schools, youth hockey practices, and Dango's as celebrity bartenders in just the past few days. Wow...They get around!

Below are pics of Oliver Lauridsen and Marcel Noebels visiting the children's wing of Glens Falls Hospital and Dax at Greenfield Elementary in Saratoga Springs.

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


Danny Syvret - 4 assists away from 200 in his AHL career. Just achieved 200 assists with Phantoms

Zack FitzGerald - 2 games away from 400 in his AHL career

Brian Boucher - 34 saves away from 3,000 in his Phantoms career

Jason Akeson - currently tied with Holmstrom for 3rd most points in ADK Phantoms history (90). 6 points away from Denis Hamel (96) for most in Phantoms history

David Laliberte - 2 games away from 200 in his Phantoms career

Erik Gustafsson - 5 points away from Denis Hamel (96) for most in Phantoms history. 2 points away from 100 in his pro career and 10 points away from 100 points with the Phantoms.

Adirondack Phantoms All-Time Leaders

Career Games

1. Kevin Marshall 185

2. Jon Kalinski 182

3. Ben Holmstrom 181

4. Mike Testwuide 161

5. Cullen Eddy 158

6. Eric Wellwood 152

7. Dan Jancevski 150

8. Rob Bordson 144

9. Marc-Andre Bourdon 142

10. Denis Hamel 140

Career Points

1. Denis Hamel 96

2. Erik Gustafsson 91

3. Jason Akeson 90

3. Ben Holmstrom 90

5. Danny Syvret 77

6. Mike Testwuide 70

7. Jon Kalinski 63

8. Jon Matsumoto 62

8. Eric Wellwood 62

10. David Laliberte 61

Phantoms Week in Review

Friday, March 8 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Springfield Falcons 1

The Adirondack Phantoms avenged their worst loss of the season and knocked off the first-place team in the league with a solid effort against the Springfield Falcons.

Oliver Lauridsen broke out of his shell to join the rush and score the game-winning goal early in the third-period on a big shot from the left circle.

Rookie Marcel Noebels scored his 7th of the year. And Michael Leighton turned in a 31-save performance en route to being named #1 Star of the Game. It would be Leighton's second, and last, game with the Phantoms on his recent stint. Less than 24 hours later, he was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Saturday, March 9 - Adirondack Phantoms 4 - Connecticut Whale 3

Down but not out. That was the mantra of the Phantoms on Saturday night in front of a big crowd. Trailing 3-1 with less than six minutes remaining, the Phantoms forged a ferocious comeback with three goals in about the next three minutes for the exciting win.

Jason Akeson recorded the first hat trick of his professional career. His second goal of the game made the score 3-2 with just under 6:00 to go. Then just 29 second later, Eric Wellwood's blast from the right-circle would tie the game at 3-3.

With 2:48 left, Akeson dove hard into the crease on a long and extended battle for the puck following a Jon Sim wrap-around try. Akeson was able to get enough to nudge it across the goal-line for the game-winner. Although the goal first had to be confirmed by video-review and then the crowd had to wait for the announcement to know for certain that Akeson was to be credited with the hat trick.

It was one of the most exciting games of the year and several fans commented they lost their voices from all of their cheering!

Akeson's hat-trick was the 9th all-time for the Adirondack Phantoms and the 2nd recorded this year. It was the 5th Phantoms hat-trick at the Glens Falls Civic Center and the first since October 14, 2011.

Adirondack Phantoms Hat Tricks

Mar 09, 2013 Jason Akeson vs. Connecticut Whale (4-3)

Nov 14, 2012 Brayden Schenn at Manchester Monarchs (4-1)

Apr 07, 2012 Matt Ford at Albany Devils (5-3)

Oct 14, 2011 Brayden Schenn vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6-3)

Apr 08, 2011 Michael Ryan vs. Albany Devils (4-1)

Apr 04, 2011 Denis Hamel vs. Rochester Americans (6-0)

Apr 01, 2011 Mike Testwuide vs. Albany Devils (9-5)

Feb 05, 2011 Denis Hamel at Hamilton Bulldogs (4-0)

Jan 29, 2011 Michael Ryan at Syracuse Crunch (6-4)

Sunday, March 10 - Albany Devils 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (SO)

Jason Akeson scored his fourth goal of the weekend to begin the team's away game at Albany. Joe Whitney scored his 21st of the year and 7th against the Phantoms and then Mike Sislo beat Brian Boucher in the second period to give Albany the lead.

Jon Sim's third with the Phantoms and ninth goal overall this year tied the game at 2-2 by the end of the second period and neither side was able to convert on some glorious chances that developed after that. In overtime, Matt Anderson hit the crossbar for Albany while Jason Akeson had two close-calls for the Phantoms in his efforts to fire home the game-winner.

Albany rookie goalie Scott Wedgewood made several more key saves as Adirondack out-shot Albany 36-20 in the game and then the Devils pulled out the win in the shootout session for the extra standings point to spoil Adirondack's bid for a perfect weekend. The Phantoms earned one standings point with the loss and made it five oints out of a possible six during their three-game weekend.

Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Jason Akeson

Jason Akeson is the Saratoga Spine Player of the Week.

The 22-year-old recorded his first career hat trick in the Phantoms exciting comeback win on Saturday night against Connecticut. Akeson is a second-year pro who led the team in points last year with 55. This season, he is topping the team again with 35 points on 12 goals and 23 assists.

He is just 10 away from potentially becoming the first Adirondack Phantom to reach 100 points in a career.

Key Team Stats

The Phantoms are...

- 20-8-2 when tied or leading after two periods. (10-2-1 if leading. 10-6-1 if tied)

- 9-3-1 when leading after one period.

- 17-3-2 when they score 3 or more goals

- 12-1-1 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.

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

- 4-2-3 on Sundays

- 16-5-1 when scoring the first goal.

- 14-14-1 at home

- 19-14-2 when scoring at least one PPG

Upcoming Opponents

Portland Pirates, 33-21-5 (Phoenix Coyotes) - Wednesday, March 13 (7:00)

Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME

The Phantoms and Pirates are tied in the season series 1-game each.

Adirondack played the Pirates in Lewiston, ME on December 29 in a 2-1 loss. The Phantoms prevailed over Portland on Opening Night in Glens Falls 6-3 back on October 13, 2013.

Alexandre Bolduc - 21-23-44 - AHL veteran since 2005-06, Mostly with Manitoba and also 55 NHL games with Vancouver and Phoenix

Andy Miele - 11-24-35 - Hobey Baker Winner with Miami (Ohio) in 2011 scoring 24-47-71 in 39 games. Had 16-38-54 in rookie season with Pirates last year.

Chris Brown - 22-11-33 - Rookie out of University of Michigan. Round 2, #36 overall 2009 by PHX

Chad Johnson - 15-12-1, 2.86, .909 - Former CT/Hartford goalie in Rangers system out of University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Mark Visentin - 11-9-1, 2.85, .909 - Rookie prospect. 2010 1st round selection (#27 overall) out of Niagara (OHL). Last year in Major Juniors was 30-9-2, 1.99, .926.

Head Coach - Ray Edwards, 4th year as head coach of PHX team in AHL. 2 years with San Antonio and now 2nd year with Portland. Played in ECHL in 1990's with Dayton Bombers and Huntington Blizzard.

Binghamton Senators, 36-17-6 (Ottawa Senators) - Friday, March 15, 2013 (7:00)

Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

Adirondack is 2-3-0 against Binghamton this year. The Phantoms knocked off the B-Sens in their last encounter 2-1 on February 24 at the GFCC all while wearing dashing and ridiculous Dax Birthday Jerseys.

Senators are on a 6-game point streak going 5-0-1 and have second-most points in the AHL trailing only Syracuse.

Stephane Da Costa - 10-20-30. 9 games with Ottawa this year and 22 last year as a rookie out of Merrimack College.

Corey Cowick - 11-16-27. Scored 2 goals including overtime winner last Saturday vs. Rochester.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau - 6-20-26

Shane Prince - 15-10-25. 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 - 6-2-1, 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.

Hershey Bears, 28-24-8 (Washington Capitals) - Sunday, March 17 (5:00)

Giant Center, Hershey, PA

Phantoms and Bears are tied 1-1 in the season series. Adirondack defeated Hershey 3-1 on November 24 in Glens Falls. The Bears triumphed 3-0 on February 23 back in Hershey.

The Bears have one more trip scheduled to the North Country on April 14.

Hershey is on a three-game losing streak as they dropped all of their decisions last weekend including a two-game sweep at Norfolk.

Three former Adirondack Phantoms players include Kevin Marshall, Jon Kalinski and Matt Clackson. Also former Philadelphia Phantoms Boyd Kane and Ryan Potulny.

Jeff Taffe - 16-37-53. AHL and NHL veteran since 2002-03. 180 NHL games mostly with PIT, PHX, FLA. Last year, 18-35-53 with Houston.

Jon DiSalvatore - 16-24-40. AHL veteran of 700+ games since 2003-04 with Cleveland Barons, Worcester IceCats, Peoria Rivermen, San Antonio Rampage, Lowell Devils and last three years with Houston Aeros.

Ryan Potulny 12-18-30 - AHL and NHL veteran since 2005-06. Played in 44 games for Flyers from 2006-08. 88 games for Philadelphia Phantoms 2006-08 scoring combined 33-40-73 in 88 games. Scored winning goal in April 22, 2008 epic playoff marathon in 5th overtime for Philadelphia Phantoms vs. Albany River Rats. Winning goalie was Scott Munroe. Losing goalie was Michael Leighton.

Dany Sabourin, 8-10-3, 2.79, .902. AHL veteran goalie since 2000-01 with St. John Flames. AHL Goalie of te Year in 2005-06 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with league-leading 2.26 goals-against.

Phillip Grubauer, 8-5-1, 2.06, .928. Had first career shutout in spectacular 40-save effort in 3-0 win over Adirondack on February 23

Norfolk Admirals, 27-26-5 (Washington Capitals) - Tuesday, March 19 (7:15) and Wednesday, March 20 (7:15)

Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, VA

Adirondack leads the season series over the Admirals 2 games to 0 as they play their only games in southeast Virginia this year.

Patrick Maroon - 17-19-36. Last week's AHL/CCM Player of the Week was called up to Anaheim and scored his second career NHL goal. Had 11-33-44 with ADK in 2009-10 and 23-31-54 with Philadelphia Phantoms in 2008-09. Traded to Anaheim with David Laliberte in exchange for Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret in November, 2010.

Luca Caputi - 3-13-16. Had seasons with 18 and 23 goals with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Has spent 15 games in ECHL with Ft. Wayne this year. Only 10 goals in 39 games last year with Toronto Marlies while missing half-season with injury.

Sami Vatanin - Rookie prospect from Finland. Round 4, 2009 by ANA.

Nate Guenin - Former Philadelphia Flyer and Phantom from 2006-09 out of Ohio State. 12 career games with Flyers and 207 career games with Phantoms scoring 7-36-45.

Frederik Andersen, 15-11-1, 2.11, .931. Denmark native left Norfolk last month to join national team in Olympic qualifying efforts. One of top rookie goalies in the AHL. Round 3 selection of ANA in 2012 out of Swedish Elite League.


Wednesday, March 13 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Portland Pirates

Friday, March 15 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators

Sunday, March 17 (5:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears

Tuesday, March 19 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals

Wednesday, March 20 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals

Saturday, March 23 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Connecticut Whale

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