Week 2 Recap:
The Phantoms recorded their first win of the year to open Week 2 and also registered their first comeback. Adirondack was out-shooting Springfield 15-0 in the first twelve minutes of the second period when the Falcons took the lead by scoring twice in the span of 33 seconds. Andreas Nodl turned the momentum three minutes later when he scored on a penalty shot and Oskars Bartulis slapped in a power play goal to tie the game. The Phantoms added goals from Jonathon Kalinski and Josh Beaulieu in the third period and held on for a 4-3 win. Saturday the team traveled west for their first road game of the season. It started out well as Lukas Kaspar scored on a wrap-around just 1:34 into the game and the Phantoms held that lead through the first period. The second period was a complete 180-degree shift as the Crunch stormed back with four goals, part of six unanswered goals as they beat Adirondack 6-1 at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. Week 3 Preview:
With mixed results in the first two weeks of the season, the game calendar amps up even more this week for the Phantoms as they play their first three-in-three schedule. Adirondack hosts the first place Hershey Bears, the defending Calder Cup Champions, on Friday night and then begins their 12-game Time Warner Cable Cup series with the Albany River Rats on Saturday at the Civic Center. Also on Saturday the Phantoms will be giving away their 2009-2010 Magnet Schedules to the first 5,000 fans in attendance. If those two games were not challenging enough, the Phantoms must finish off the week with a trip to Bridgeport on Sunday for a 4:00 pm afternoon matinee against the undefeated Sound Tigers.
The Phantoms should be able to see the return of two veterans who missed action last weekend. Both forward Jason Ward and defenseman Joey Mormina were out of the lineup on baby leave; Ward missed both games, while Mormina played in Friday’s win before heading out for the birth of his first child and missing Saturday’s trip to Syracuse. Week 3 Schedule:
(All games are broadcast LIVE on Classic Hits Q-101.7 FM and can also be heard for free over the Internet at www.phantomshockey.com and can be viewed via internet pay-per-view video on www.ahllive.com.)
Friday, October 16 – 7:30 pm – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
vs. Hershey Bears (3-1-0-0, 6 pts)
First Place, East Division
• The Bears celebrated their 10th Calder Cup as they opened the season raising their newest banner to the rafters at the Giant Center. They picked up right where they left off by winning their first three games, out-scoring their opponents 14-2. However, their roll was interrupted by Manchester on Sunday as the Monarchs came into Chocolatetown and beat the Bears 2-1. Andrew Gordon, who had a hat trick on opening night, leads the league in points (8), while teammate Alexandre Giroux is in a seven-way tie for second with 7 points. The third member of Hershey’s top line, Keith Aucoin has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) so far this season.
• Leading Scorers: Andrew Gordon (RW) – 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 4 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Braden Holtby (G) – 1.01 GAA, 0.967 save pct., 2-1-0 in 3 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Andrew Gordon (RW) – 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) and a +3 rating in his last four games played. Alexandre Giroux (LW) – 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) and a +3 rating in four games played. Rookie John Carlson (D) – 3 assists and a +3 rating in his last two games played.
Saturday, October 17 – 7:00 pm – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
vs. Albany River Rats (2-1-0-0, 4 pts)
Third Place, East Division
• After stumbling out of the gates in their home opener against Manchester on October 3rd, Albany’s talented group of young forwards came to life last weekend, out-scoring their opponents 11-3 as they secured home wins over Portland and Rochester to move up into third place in the East Division. Third-year right wing Jerome Samson has come sprinting out of the blocks and is tied for second in the AHL in assists (5) and points (7). Rookie forwards Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk are also off to a quick start. The pair are tied for the AHL lead in rookie scoring (5 points), Bowman is tied for the rookie lead in goals (3) and Boychuck in rookie assists (4). Albany’s power play has been a force to be reckoned with thus far, operating at 30% (6-for-20) and ranked fourth in the AHL. The Rats are tied for the league lead in penalty kill percentage (100%) as they have not allowed a power play goal against in 12 penalty kill situations.
• Leading Scorers: Jerome Samson (RW) – 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 7 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Justin Peters (G) – 4.00 GAA, 0.860 save pct., 1-1-0 in 2 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Jerome Samson (RW) – 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last two games played. Pat Dwyer (RW) – 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +3 rating in his last two games played. Zach Boychuk (C) – 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +3 rating in his last two games played.
|Lukas Kaspar had a goal and two assists in two games with the Phantoms last week. (photo by Andy Camp) |
Sunday, October 18 – 4:00 pm – Arena at Harbor Yard – Bridgeport, CT
@ Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4-0-0-0, 8 pts)
First Place, Atlantic Division
• Swapping divisions in the Eastern Conference has not affected the Sound Tigers in the least. Bridgeport’s four win start makes them the only team with a perfect record in the AHL after the first two weeks of the season. It wasn’t easy this week as they beat Worcester 4-3 in a shootout on Friday, then went on the road to narrowly edge Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2-1 and finally beat Binghamton 3-2 in overtime on Monday. The scoring has been balanced thus far, as seven players have three or more points. Former Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe, who ranks third on the Phantoms’ All-Time Goaltender Wins list (64)), has won both of his starts for his new team; the opening night win over Lowell and Monday’s overtime thriller against Binghamton. Along with Munroe, Bridgeport added veteran depth in the off season by signing forwards Greg Moore, Greg Mauldin, Trevor Gillies and defenseman Brett Westgarth, along with over a dozen returning players.
• Leading Scorers: Trevor Smith (LW) – 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) in 4 GP; Sean Bentivoglio (LW) – 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 4 GP and Tyler Haskins (C) – 4 points (1 goal, 3 assist) in 4 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Scott Munroe (G) – 2.40 GAA, 0.922 save pct., 2-0-0 in 2 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Trevor Smith (LW) – 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) in his last four games played. Jesse Joensuu (LW) – 3 points (1 goal, 2 assist) and a +3 rating in his last two games played. Andrew MacDonald (D) – 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in his last four games played. Week 2 Game Results:
October 9, 2009 Springfield 3 @ Adirondack 4
October 10, 2009 Adirondack 1 @ Syracuse 6 Phantoms Player of the Week: (Week 2)
Lukas Kaspar – LW – #23
2 GP, 3 Points (1 Goal, 2 Assists), +1 rating
Left wing Lukas Kaspar opened his scoring account this week, while making an impact for Adirondack in both games. The Litvinov, Czech Republic native had two assists on Friday night, including setting up the game-winning goal in the third period on a two-on-one rush as the Phantoms beat Springfield for their first-ever win in Glens Falls. Saturday Kaspar gave Adirondack an early 1-0 lead, scoring on a wrap-around goal just 1:34 into the game; it was the only goal for Adirondack in the game as they lost to Syracuse. Kaspar’s three-point week put him into a tie for the team lead in both assists (2) and points (3). Phantoms Quick Hits:
· MORE FIRSTS – It was the second game of the season, but the Adirondack Phantoms added to their list of “firsts.” Andreas Nodl was awarded and scored on the team’s first penalty shot. Oskars Bartulis scored Adirondack’s first power play goal. Right wing Josh Beaulieu scored the first game-winning goal and Phantoms goaltender Johan Backlund earned the team’s first win, beating Springfield 4-3; Friday’s victory was also the team’s first come-from-behind win. It was also Greg Gilbert’s first regular season win as Adirondack’s Head Coach.
· AHL MILESTONES – Friday night right wing Krys Kolanos
played in his 200th career AHL game; he has 188 points (99 goals, 93 assists) in 201 career AHL games. Three more Phantoms reached milestones on Saturday in Syracuse: defenseman Randy Jones played in his 150th career AHL game (he has 217 NHL under his belt as well), right wing David Laliberte played in his 100th career AHL game (58 career points) and defenseman Logan Stephenson made his Adirondack debut (his 208th career AHL game).
· THE BABY BUG – Hearty congratulations go out to the two Phantoms veterans who missed time this week in what is most likely the best possible reason for a pro athlete to miss games. Right wing Jason Ward and his wife welcomed their fourth child last Wednesday, a boy, causing Ward to miss both Adirondack games this past weekend. Defenseman Joey Mormina played Friday against Springfield, but missed Saturday’s road trip to Syracuse as he and his wife welcomed a baby girl, their first child.
· RARE COMPANY – Special thanks to the Post Star sports department for the following stat: Andreas Nodl joined a select group of Adirondack AHL players when he successfully scored on a penalty shot Friday night against Springfield goalie Devan Dubnyk. Nodl because just the fourth AHL player in Adirondack history to score a penalty shot goal; it was just the 16th penalty shot taken by an Adirondack player. The other scorers were: Mike Sillinger versus the Capital District Islanders on April 17, 1993; Jeff Rohlicek against the Springfield Indians on March 7 1993 and Andre St. Laurent versus the Fredericton Canadiens on March 7, 1984.