Week 1 Recap:
Everything went very well last Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center, everything except the outcome. From the pre-game block party to the standing-room-only crowd of 5,411 fans packing the Civic Center to the high-tempo action on the ice, each component helped to create a very festive atmosphere to mark the return of AHL hockey to Glens Falls. Adirondack gave up the game’s first goal, but sent the raucous crowd into a frenzy midway through the second period when Andreas Nodl slammed home a pass from Jon Kalinski
to tie the game. Then Patrick Maroon scored at 2:27 into the third period to give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead. Adirondack had several opportunities to add an insurance goal on the power play, but could not pad their lead. Worcester’s power play came alive in the final stanza, as Sharks forward Steven Zalewski tied the game at 12:04. With 65 seconds left in the game Adirondack forward Jonathon Kalinski was whistled for hooking, setting up another Worcester power play. With just 11.3 on the game clock Jamie McGinn tipped a Danny Groulx shot from the point up over the shoulder of rookie goaltender Nic Riopel and into the top corner of the net, shocking the home fans and spoiling the opening night party in Glens Falls. Week 2 Preview:
On Monday the team got away from the rink and headed up towards Lake George for an unusual team-bonding exercise. The Phantoms tackled the various rope courses at Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course in Bolton Landing, NY. Harnessed in for safety as they were suspended at least 50-feet above the ground, and at some times even higher, the players were challenged physically, mentally and emotionally as they had to work together to get through the courses.
On the ice two Phantoms returned from the Flyers, as Philadelphia returned goaltender Johan Backlund and defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to Adirondack on Monday. Backlund dressed as Ray Emery’s backup for both of the Flyers first two games at Carolina and at New Jersey; Bourdon practiced and traveled with the team, but did not suit up for the games. On Tuesday the Flyers reassigned Michael-Lee Teslak from Adirondack to the Elmira Jackals (ECHL), leaving three goaltenders on the Phantoms roster. The Phantoms double their workload this week as they host the Springfield Falcons Friday night in Glens Falls and then make their first road trip on Saturday as they travel to Syracuse to tango with the Crunch. Week 2 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 9 – 7:30 pm – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
vs. Springfield Falcons (1-1-0-0, 2 pts)
Fifth Place, Atlantic Division
• The Falcons got off to a strong start as they opened the season with a 5-2 win over the Portland Pirates last Friday at the MassMutual Center. Newcomer Chris Minard, who played for the Penguins last season, made his mark right away scoring the team’s first goal of the season. Minard scored the first goal on Sunday as well, but Providence scored the next five goals, on their way to a 6-2 win over the Falcons. Springfield’s special teams have been strong so far, going 4-for-10 on the power play (40.0%) and killing off 15-of-16 penalties (93.8%).
• Leading Scorers: Chris Minard (C) – 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 2 GP and Taylor Chorney (D) – 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 2 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Devan Dubnyk (G) – 4.20 GAA, 0.917 save pct., 1-1-0 in 2 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Chris Minard (C) – 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) and a +1 rating in his first two games played. Taylor Chorney (D) – 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in two games played. Charles Linglet (LW) – 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a +4 rating in his last six games played.
Saturday, October 10 – 7:30 pm – Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter – Syracuse, NY
at Syracuse Crunch (0-1-0-0, 0 pts)
Tied-Fourth Place, East Division
|Jon Kalinski and the Adirondack Phantoms dropped their home-opener to Worcester on October 3. (photo by Andy Camp) |
• Syracuse made it’s East Division debut down at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last Saturday night; due to the geographic proximity, the Crunch have faced all of the teams in the Division each year, but this season there are more direct playoff implications. The Crunch never led in the game, falling behind 2-0 after just two minutes of the second period, but Alexander Picard’s goal late in the second period made it a 3-2 Penguins lead going into the third. It was neck and neck until Chris Conner scored with five minutes left to double Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s advantage and close the door on a Syracuse comeback effort. Pascal Pelletier, who has 100 goals and 225 points in 277 AHL games over the last four seasons with Providence and Rocker, scored the first goal for the Crunch in his Syracuse debut.
• Leading Scorers: Pascal Pelletier (RW) – 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 1 GP; Alexandre Picard (LW) – 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 1 GP and Brent Regner (D) – 2 assists in 1 GP.
• Leading Goaltender: Kevin Lalande (G) – 4.07 GAA, 0.875 save pct., 0-1-0 in 1 GP.
• Who’s Hot: Pascal Pelletier (RW) – 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and an Even plus-minus rating in his first game played. Alexandre Picard (LW) – 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in one game played. Brent Regner (D) – 2 assists in his first game played. Week 1 Game Results:
October 3, 2009 - Worcester 3 @ Adirondack 2 Phantoms Player of the Week (Week 1)
Andreas Nodl – RW – #14
1 GP, 1 Goal (First team goal of season), +1 rating
Right wing Andreas Nodl got his 2009-10 season off to a strong start as Adirondack opened against the Worcester Sharks. The Vienna, Austria native brought the standing room only crowd at the Civic Center to its feet as he scored the first Phantoms goal in Glens Falls, tying the game midway through the second period. Nodl’s line, with Jon Kalinski
and Ryan Dingle, clicked early in the game and generated several strong scoring chances. Phantoms Quick Hits:
· A NIGHT OF FIRSTS – Saturday’s game was the Adirondack Phantoms’ first in their new home at the Glens Falls Civic Center. David Laliberte took the team’s first penalty; Garrett Klotz got into the first fight. Andreas Nodl scored Adirondack’s first goal, with the first assist going to Jon Kalinski
. Nic Riopel made the first start in goal and the game’s first save. Thanks to a standing-room-only crowd, the game also marked Adirondack’s first sell-out.
· DEBUTANTES – Nic Riopel, Joonas Lehtivuori and Kevin Marshall all played in their first career pro games on Saturday night against Worcester, while Joey Mormina, Jason Ward, Ryan Dingle and Lukas Kaspar all made their Phantoms debuts. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon will be looking to make his pro debut and goaltender Johan Backlund will be looking to make his North American pro debut this week against Springfield.
· SPECIAL TEAMS – Adirondack’s penalty kill looked unbeatable in the first two periods, limiting Worcester’s shots on goal in the Sharks’ first two power plays and also generating multiple short-handed scoring opportunities. But the Sharks turned the tables in the third period, tying the game at 2-2 with a power play goal at 12:04 and then shocking the crowd with another power play strike to win the game will 11.3 seconds left on the clock. The Phantoms were 0-for-6 on the power play, including a chance to double their 2-1 lead with a 30-second two-man advantage in the early half of the third frame.
· ATTENDANCE RECORD – The new Phantoms faithful helped the team set a new Adirondack AHL attendance record, well above the seating capacity of 4,816. The sell-out crowd of 5,411 fans was the largest crowd to watch an opening night AHL game in Glens Falls; the previous record of 5,243 was set by the Adirondack Red Wings on October 7, 1989. The all-time regular season single-game attendance record at the Glens Falls Civic Center is 5,989 set on April 6, 1980 vs. Binghamton.
· BACKLUND RETURNS – Adirondack lost their starting goaltender even before the season began. After a stirring debut in a 2-1 pre-season shootout win over Albany on September 25th, the Flyers recalled Johan Backlund to the big club to back up Ray Emery while Brian Boucher recovered from a minor injury. With Boucher cleared to return to action, the Flyers returned Backlund on Sunday, setting the stage for the Skelleftea, Sweden native’s potential North American pro debut Friday, October 9th vs. Springfield.