Week 16 Recap:
Things are looking up for the Phantoms, who rattled off their first three-game winning streak of the season in Week 16, securing victory in all three of their games and moving up into a tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for third place in the East Division standings. They began the week with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday in Glens Falls, coming back from a 2-1 third period to earn a sweep of the four-game season series with Bridgeport. Trailing by a goal with less than three minutes left in regulation, Krys Kolanos
tied the game on a scramble in the crease to force overtime. In the shootout Kolanos, Andreas Nodl and Jonathon Kalinski all scored goals and goaltender John Grahame stopped 4-of-7 shooters for his first career Phantoms win.
Adirondack then made their first of two trips this year to Norfolk and won both games of the weekend series. Friday night the Phantoms gave up a 2-1 lead midway through the third period, but All-Star Jon Matsumoto rescued the points by potting his 17th goal of the season with just 2:55 left to play. Saturday night the Phantoms again needed some third period magic to reach victory; trailing 1-0 after two periods, Ryan Dingle and Rob Bellamy each scored in the first seven minutes of the third period to grab the lead and Krys Kolanos
iced the game with an empty net goal, his third goal of the week, for a 3-1 win over the Admirals. Saturday’s game was Adirondack’s 40th this year, marking the halfway point of the 2009-2010 season; it was also Head Coach Greg Gilbert’s 600th career AHL game behind the bench.
Week 17 Preview:
|The Phantoms' Jon Matsumoto won the AHL All-Star Skills accuracy shooting competition in Portland, Maine on Jan. 18, 2010. (photo by Steve Feldman) |
Adirondack is currently enjoying a few days off during the All-Star Break, but their lone All-Star Jon Matsumoto made an immediate impression up in Portland, Maine. Matsumoto won the Ducks Unlimited Accuracy Shooting event, hitting all four targets in just five shots; his closest competition hit four targets on seven shots. Matsumoto and the Canadian AHL All-Stars won the Skills Competition 18-12 over the PlanetUSA All-Stars and the two squads will face each other Tuesday night in the AHL All-Star Game at 8:00 pm.
The Phantoms have enjoyed great goaltending recently; Johan Backlund has won six consecutive starts and John Grahame won his last two appearances, including his first Phantoms victory in Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win over Bridgeport and a masterful 28-save performance Saturday night in a 3-1 win at Norfolk. Adirondack also received goals from four players outside of the team’s leading point producers. Joonas Lehtivuori scored his second goal of the season on Wednesday, Josh Beaulieu had his second of the year on Friday night and on Saturday Ryan Dingle scored his third goal and Rob Bellamy had his first to spark a third period comeback. There is a chance that injured left wing Patrick Maroon could return to the lineup. Maroon has missed the Phantoms last 9 games due to an injury suffered at Albany on December 30th on a hit from behind by Nicolas Blanchard during a scrum well after the whistle; Blanchard was suspended for three games for the hit.
This week Adirondack returns from the All-Star Break with three games over three days in three different cities. The Phantoms travel to Binghamton on Friday, January 22nd for their fourth meeting with the Senators at 7:05 pm, Saturday they host the Albany River Rats for Round Eight of the Time Warner Cable Cup series at 7:00 pm in Glens Falls and then they travel to Rochester on Sunday, January 24th for their first meeting of the season with Americans at 5:00 pm at Blue Cross Arena. Week 17 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, January 22 – 7:05 pm – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena – Binghamton, NY @ Binghamton Senators (17-18-3-1, 38 pts)
Tied-Fifth Place, East Division
• The Phantoms and Senators will play three games over nine days in the next two weeks; they will face each other a total of ten times during the 2009-2010 season. The B-Sens won the first two meetings by a combined score of 12-0, but Adirondack won the last encounter 3-2 on December 26th at Binghamton. Trailing 2-0 going into the third period the Phantoms got goals from Ryan Dingle, Patrick Maroon and Matt Clackson to complete a remarkable comeback win – their first of the season when trailing after 40 minutes. Binghamton has lost three of its last four games; they blanked Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3-0 last Friday night, but were beaten by Springfield 5-2 on Saturday. Goaltender Chris Holt has started six of the team’s last eight games and is 2-4-0 over that span. The Senators are in the middle of a five-game home stand. Saturday, January 23 – 7:00 pm – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY vs. Albany River Rats (23-16-2-2, 50 pts)
Second Place, East Division
• The River Rats have won four of their last five games and are eight points clear of the third place Phantoms, although Adirondack does have three games in-hand on Albany. The Rats had a nightmarish game Friday night as they hosted the first place Hershey Bears. Hershey scored five goals in the first period and led 10-1 in the third period before Albany added three goals to lose 10-4. It marked Albany franchise records in goals allowed in one period (5) and one game (10). However the River Rats rallied strongly over the weekend as they beat Bridgeport 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, tying the game on a Jonathan Paiement goal with 14.5 seconds left in regulation and Nick Dodge scored the winner in overtime. Sunday in Providence Albany forward Jacob Micflikier registered his first career AHL hat trick in a 4-1 win over the Bruins. All-Star goaltender Justin Peters has started six straight games for Albany; rookie backup Mike Murphy suffered and injury during a brief relief appearance on Friday vs. Hershey, forcing Albany to recall Mike Murphy from the Florida Everblades (ECHL). Sunday, January 24 – 5:00 pm – Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, NY @ Rochester Americans (25-15-2-0, 52 pts)
Second Place, North Division
• This will be the first meeting between the Phantoms and Americans this season; they will play again next Sunday, January 31st at Blue Cross Arena and then twice Glens Falls on February 10th and March 5th. The Amerks got off to the hottest start of any team in the AHL (18-3-1-0), winning 11-straight games and 15-of-16 from October 12th to November 27th. They were closer to .500 in December and closed out 2009 and began 2010 with a five-game losing streak. They have since stopped the bleeding and have won their last three games (their first three wins of 2010). During their most recent winning streak they bashed Binghamton 6-1 on January 10th, edged first place Hamilton in Ontario 6-5 in a shootout last Friday and then snuck by Syracuse on the road 4-3 on Saturday. They have a busy three-game week at home, hosting Hamilton on Friday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday and Adirondack on Sunday at Blue Cross Arena. All-Star rookie goaltender Alexander Salak has four straight games. Left wing Daniel Steiner, who made his AHL debut with Adirondack on November 28th at Hershey, has scored 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 9 games with Rochester. Week 16 Game Results:
January 13, 2010
Bridgeport 2 @ Adirondack 3 – SO
January 15, 2010
Adirondack 3 @ Norfolk 2
January 16, 2010
Adirondack 3 @ Norfolk 1 Phantoms Player of the Week: (Week 16) Krys Kolanos
– LW – #36
3 GP, 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists), +3, 0 PIMs
Left wing Krys Kolanos
had his best week of the season, helping to lead the Phantoms their first sweep of their weekly schedule. The Calgary, Alberta native started the week by scoring the game-tying goal with 2:13 left in regulation, adding an assist and scoring in the shootout in Adirondack’s 3-2 shootout win over Bridgeport. Friday night in Norfolk Kolanos scored the Phantoms first goal of the game and then assisted on Jon Matusmoto’s game-winning goal in a tight 3-2 win over the Admirals. The next night Kolanos scored an empty net goal as the Phantoms beat the Admirals 3-1 to record a two-game weekend sweep in Virginia. In three games this week Kolanos lit the lamp in each of the three games, had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +3 rating. On the season he has 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists) in 27 games for Adirondack. Phantoms Quick Hits:
· 600 CLUB – Head Coach Greg Gilbert tallied his 600th career AHL game as a head coach during Saturday’s 3-1 win at Norfolk. Gilbert has a career AHL record of 288-228-41-43, a 0.550 winning percentage with Worcester, Toronto and Adirondack; in 54 career Calder Cup Playoff games his record is 24-30 (0.444). Gilbert needs 12 more wins to record his 300th career AHL victory.
· A NEW ACCOUNT – RW Rob Bellamy scored his first goal of the season last Saturday at Norfolk in dramatic fashion, the game-winner in a third period 3-1 comeback win over the Admirals. In 32 games this season for the Phantoms Bellamy has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and 6 penalty minutes.
· HEATING UP – LW Krys Kolanos
has scored goals in each of his last three games and is one game away from equaling Stefan Legein
’s team-high four-game goal streak this year. Legein scored six goals over four games from December 5th vs. Albany to December12 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
· 400 CLUB – Goaltender John Grahame played in his 400th career pro game on Saturday at Norfolk and earned the game’s first star honor with a masterful 28 saves performance, allowing one goal in Adirondack’s 3-1 win. In his 12-year professional career Grahame has played 22,482 minutes, posting a record of 178-163-30 (0.520 winning percentage), a career 2.91 goals-against average, a 0.900 save percentage and 22 career shutouts. He has played in 220 regular season NHL games, 160 AHL games and 20 KHL games (Russia).
· APPROACHING MILESTONES – LW Jason Ward needs 3 GP to reach his 350th career AHL game. D Sean Curry needs 9 GP for his 500th career AHL game. LW Krys Kolanos
is 2 assists away from his 100th career AHL assist, while C Jared Ross needs 3 assists for his 150th career Pro assist and LW Jason Ward is 2 assists away from his 150th career AHL assist.