Phantoms Win Big Again
The goals and wins keep coming for the Phantoms continuing a tremendous final homestand of the 2010-11 campaign.
Adirondack extended their win streak to six straight at the Glens Falls Civic Center blowing past the Rochester Americans 6-0 on Monday night in another all-around impressive display. Denis Hamel celebrated his second hat trick of the season while Michael Leighton earned back-to-back shutouts for the second time of the year en route to his AHL modern-era record 34th all-time AHL shutout and fifth this season.
It was the second time this season that Hamel and Leighton would combine for a hat trick and shutout in the same game. The talented veteran duo did the same thing in a February 5 victory at Hamilton 4-0.
The Phantoms have outscored their opponents by an incredible 18-5 margin over their first three games of the homestand which has also included 9-5 victories Friday over Albany and 3-0 over Syracuse on Saturday. The six goal margin was the Phantoms most lopsided victory of the year breaking the previous four goal mark which they did two previous times including the homestand opener.
Michael Ryan scored two goals and Mike Testwuide had the other. Erik Gustafsson had a season high five assists and Matt Read chipped in three helpers. Hamel had a couple close calls gunning for his fourth of the night. Ryan had a chance or two in his efforts to make it double hat tricks for the Phantoms on the night but was unable to match Hamel with the feat.
It was a matter of more crisp and quick puck movement for the Adirondack Phantoms setting up many of the goals. The quality passing has been a trademark of the Phantoms six game home win streak.
Adirondack is an incredible 9-1-1 in their last 11 games at home since February 26. They are also 10-1-3 at home since February 13.
Denis Hamel started the scoring for Adirondack at the 18:51 mark of the first period. Matt Read sent a headman pass to Hamel up the right-wing for a partial breakaway. Hamel's blast past netminder Marc Cheverie blocker-side gave Adirondack the 1-0 lead. It was Hamel's 600th career point and the first of his three goals on the night.
With only 2.6 seconds remaining in the period, Michael Ryan scored the first of his two goals giving the Phantoms a 2-0 lead. After an Erik Gustafsson shot from the point, Ryan scored his 21st of the year putting home the rebound on the power play. It was the latest into a period the Phantoms have scored a goal this season.
Mike Testwuide extended the Phantoms to 3-0 lead at the 3:46 mark of the second period. Testwuide moved in from the right wing circle and backhanded one past the right skate of Cheverie. It was Testwuide's 17th goal of the season giving him sole possession of the goal scoring lead among Phantoms rookies while Ben Holmstrom and Eric Wellwood each have 16 goals.
Denis Hamel scored his second of the game at the 16:49 mark of the second as he beat Cheverie to give Adirondack a 4-0 lead. Matt Read and Erik Gustafsson picked up the assists.
Just 12 seconds into the third period, Michael Ryan scored his second goal of the game on a give from Matt Read. Ryan's 22nd goal of the season came on the power play giving the Phantoms a 5-0 lead. It was the fastest goal in a period for Adirondack this season eclipsing the previous mark of 16 seconds with Holmstrom accomplished in early March.
Adirondack took a 6-0 lead on Denis Hamel's second hat trick of the season on a blast from the slot on a feed from Stefan Legein.
Michael Leighton finished the game with 24 saves to pick up his 34th career AHL shutout while Amerks goaltender Marc Cheverie stopped 29.
Since December 17, the Phantoms are 25-14-8. Under Head Coach Joe Paterson, Adirondack is 23-14-8.
The Phantoms went 3-for-7 on the power play while the Americans finished 0-for-1.
Adirondack finished 2-2 against Rochester on the year.
The Phantoms improved to 18-15-6 overall at the Civic Center with their sixth straight victory on home ice. Overall, the Phantoms have won three straight and five of their last seven. Adirondack is 8-4 in their last 12.
Adirondack returns to action on Wednesday night against their Northway Rival, the Albany Devils. The Devils lead the season series 6-5 but with a regulation win, the Phantoms would take the Time Warner Cable Cup which will be presented to the winner of the series after the game. If the Devils get a point in the final game (with an overtime loss or a victory) then they would win the Cup.
It is the last home game of the season for the Phantoms on Fan Appreciation Night featuring many great giveaways including autographed memorabilia.
Phantoms Notes: Ben Holmstrom was recalled to the Flyers on Monday joining defenseman Danny Syvret in Philadelphia. This is Holmstrom's second call-up to the NHL this season. Holmstrom was the last Adirondack Phantom to have appeared in every game this season. Defensemen Mike Matczak, Matt Walker, Olivier Lauridsen, Logan Stephenson and Forward Tom Sestito were the scratches for Adirondack.
Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. - Albany Devils at Adirondack Phantoms - Fan Appreciation Night - Last home game of the year featuring many great giveaways including autographed Phantoms memorabilia.
Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Manchester Monarchs
Saturday, April 9, 7:05 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Binghamton Senators
Sunday, April 10, 3:05 p.m. - Adirondack Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Phantoms Season Tickets for 2011-12 are on sale now! Full season ticket holders get an Adirondack Phantoms stadium blanket while supplies last and also will be in the Phantoms mug club for $1 sodas and coffees in Heritage Hall all season long.
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