Friday, November 9 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Rochester Americans Saturday, November 10 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
The Adirondack Phantoms embark on a five-game stretch of road games beginning this Friday night at Rochester. The series will also take them to Albany this Saturday, Manchester next Wednesday and Binghaton and Syracuse the following Friday and Saturday. The slate of five represents the second-longest road-swing of the season for the Phantoms trailing only a seven-gamer facing the team next March.
Every year in early November, the Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo comes to the Glens Falls Civic Center prompting the only time all hockey season that the ice will be completely removed. After the rodeo concludes, the ice will be re-installed as if starting from scratch.
Plenty of quality NHL'ers will be battling it out against each other all weekend long. Adirondack features double-digit NHL goal-scorers Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn as well as the likes of Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood, Erik Gustafsson, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Harry Zolnierczyk.
Rochester's top guys from the NHL include Cody Hodgson who scored a combined 19 goals last year with Vancouver and Buffalo along with Luke Adam (AHL Rookie of the Year 2010-11) and Marcus Foligno (son of popular Buffalo Sabre, Mike).
The Albany lineup has Stanley Cup playoff hero Adam Henrique who scored in double-overtime in game 7 in the opening round last year against Florida as well as Swedish talents sent from the NHL; Adam Larsson and Jacob Josefson.
There is little doubt that with talent such as these standouts that Glens Falls is enjoying the best quality of hockey and caliber of talent that has ever been seen at the Civic Center.
Adirondack's next home game is still not for a couple more weeks. The Phantoms return on Wednesday, November 21 against Bridgeport to begin their longest homestand of the season, a six-gamer.
The Phantoms are 4-5-0 overall after splitting their weekend set of back-to-back home games against Syracuse and Albany culminating with an exciting 4-0 victory over the Devils.
Team Stats Offense - 21st (out of 30), 2.6 goals per game Defense - 24th, 3.3 Power Play - 22nd, 12.7 (7-55) Penalty Kill - 9th, 86.7 (6-45) Shots - 9th, 31.6 Shots allowed - 19th, 30.3 Player Stats Points: 11 - Brayden Schenn Goals: 4 - Brayden Schenn Assists: 8 - Sean Couturier Plus-Minus: +4 - Oliver Lauridsen
Looking Further Ahead
The longest homestand of the season gets underway on Wednesday, November 21 and features the annual Black Friday game on Friday, November 23 followed by another big one on Saturday, November 24 against the Hershey Bears on Youth Jersey Giveaway Night presented by the Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation Team combined with Mustache Jersey Night for the Phantoms presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union featuring a post-game jersey auction with part of the proceeds to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
Special "Ticket and a T-Shirt" packages to benefit area men's cancer organizations are available now for only $30 with $5 from every purchase benefiting these worthy causes.
Contact a Phantoms ticket representative to book your group of 15 or more fans and save big. Or order your 22-pack or 12-pack. If you plan on coming to more than one Phantoms game this season, then we have the ticket package for you to save some bucks! Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.
Phantoms Fight Cancer this month features players and staff growing mustaches to raise awareness and generate funds for men's cancer issues. Contribute in the donation cans at the Phantoms game for your favorite Phantoms mustache grower (even Dax!!)
The month will feature a Phantoms Mustache Jersey in our November 24 game presented by Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union with part of the proceeds from the post-game jersey auction to benefit the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Visit our special Movember site at mobro.co/phantomshockey
The mustaches are barely getting going right now but here's an early look at the top money generators based on the contributions in their photo cans: 1. Tye McGinn 2. Oliver Lauridsen 3. Matthew Ford 4. Eric Wellwood 5. Cullen Eddy 6. Cal Heeter
Help for Hurricane Sandy Victims
AMERICAN RED CROSS and THE ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS are teaming up to support Hurricane Sandy relief, and you can as well by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to Make a Donation. Help those in need. There are still parts of New York City and Long Island without power even now. Dozens lost their lives and hundreds more lost their homes or cars in this terrible weather disaster. Please give to help those struggling as we enter the holiday season.
Phantoms Week in Review
Friday, November 2 - Syracuse 4 - Adirondack 1
The Syracuse Crunch avenged their overtime loss to the Devils on their home ice just five days prior to even the season series at one-game apiece. Two of the young talents who led their previous team, the Norfolk Admirals, to the Calder Cup last year scored key goals. Reigning league MVP Cory Conacher scored his sixth of the year and fellow second-year pro Tyler Johnson also lit up his sixth.
Harry Zolnierczyk scored late in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The tipped Cullen Eddy shot was initially ruled as a Shane Harper goal but video-review confirmed the decision should be changed to credit Harry Z instead.
The Phantoms had some late chances but an 0-for-7 night on the power play cost them their best chances of a comeback.
The game had its share of nastiness including a brawl in the corner following a Shane Harper hit.
Oliver Lauridsen of the Phantoms dropped the gloves with Syracuse tough-guy Eric Nielsson in the second period.
Cal Heeter played well in the loss allowing three goals on 23 shots faced and keeping Adirondack within striking distance.
Saturday, November 3 - Adirondack 4 - Albany 0
In perhaps their most complete performance of the season, the Phantoms shut down and shutout the Albany Devils 4-0 in a game that was probably closer and more competitive than the final score would make it seem.
Special teams played a key role as Sean Couturier would glide in a smooth shorthanded goal behind Keith Kinkaid in the first period and then Ben Holmstrom and Erik Gustafsson would score power play goals in the second and third periods. Shane Harper's third period goal woudl be the only even-strength marker of the night.
Adirondack held Albany to 0-for-7 on the power play. They killed off back-to-back four minutes of power play in the second when they were preserving a 2-0 advantage. And then had to grind through two full minutes of 5-on-3 disadvantage in the third.
The Star of the Night though was Scott Munroe who made several dazzling saves in recording his 11th all-time shutout with the Phantoms and his first with Adirondack. It was his 19th career AHL shuotut as the veteran turned in a brilliant 26-save performance.
Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week - Scott Munroe
Scott Munroe is the Saratoga Spine Phantoms Player of the Week. The 30-year-old veteran recorded his 19th career AHL shutout Saturday against the Albany Devils with 26 saves in a 4-0 win.
Munroe's shutout total includes 11 with the Phantoms franchise, 10 of which came with the Philadelphia Phantoms from 2006-09. Last year he had five shutouts for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is also third all-time in Phantoms career victories with 67 placing him just four behind Antero Nittymaki for second in franchise history. Neil Little is the all-time wins leader in Adirondack/Philadelphia Phantoms history with 177.
Munroe has played in 139 games for the Phantoms in his career which places him five behind Nittymake for second all-time.
Striking First and Special Teams
An important aspect for Saturday night's win vs. Albany was the quality start and getting on the scoreboard first. The game marked the first time this season the Phantoms had struck for the first goal in what they hope is the beginning of a new trend.
Special teams continues to play a huge role and sometimes the stats lead to some extremely simple results. When Adirondack scores at least one power play goal, they win the game. If they go oh-fer on the power play, then they do not. It really has been as simple as that. 4-0 with a power play goal but 0-5 if their power play gets shut down.
Rochester Americans, 6-3-1 (Buffalo Sabres)
Two weeks ago, Rochester won the first encounter against the Phantoms 6-2. This is game 2 of a 4-game season series. The Amerks are the only Western Conference foe the Phantoms will face this year.
Record - 6-3-1 Division - North (Western Conference) Head Coach - Ron Rolston Offense - 3rd (out of 30), 3.9 goals per game. Defense - 28th, 3.5 goals allowed Power Play - 7th, 21.3% (13-61) Penalty Kill - 21st, 79.2% (11-53) Shots - 6th, 31.9 per game Shots allowed - 27th, 34.0
Leading scorer: Marcus Foligno - 5-6-11. 5th in AHL in scoring. Last year in NHL played 14 games and scored 6 goals and 7 assists. Younger brother of Nick Foligno (351 career NHL games with Ottawa, 61 goals) Son of Mike Foligno, popular Buffalo Sabre in the 1980s, 355 career NHL goals, former head coach of Hershey 1998-2003.
Cody Hodgson - 1-9-10 this season. 2nd in AHL in assists. #10 overall selection in 2008 draft by Vancouver. Acquired in trade last February. 19 combined goals in NHL last year with VAN and BUF.
Luke Adam - 2-3-5 this season. Buffalo Round 2 selection in 2008. 10 goals with Buffalo last year. 29 goals in AHL in 2010-11 with Portland and named AHL Rookie of the Year.
T.J. Brennan - 4-6-10 this season. 2nd AHL defenseman goals and 3rd defenseman points. 16-14-30 last year with Rochester. 11 games with Buffalo.
David Leggio - 6-3-0, 3.27, .902. 1st in AHL in wins, 1st in minutes (550), saves (275). Third year pro out of Clarkson University. Had string of 35 consecutive regular-season and playoff starts end when rookie Connon Knapp played at Hamilton last Saturday.
Head Coach Ron Rolston - Second season. Previously head coach of national USA under-18 team for seven seasons winning three IIHF gold medals. Younger brother of Brian Rolston (342 goals in 17 seasons with NJ, BOS, MIN).
Albany Devils, 2-5-1 (New Jersey Devils)
Game 3 out of 12 for the Time Warner Cable Cup. Devils lead the season series 1-0.
Albany's offense has been struggling with just one goal in their last three games. They lost 4-0 at Adirondack despite 26 shots on Scott Munroe. The night before that they outshot Connecticut 45-18 but ended up taking a 2-1 shootout loss. And last week they suffered a 3-0 loss at Hershey despite another big margin outshooting their opponent.
Record - 2-5-1 Division - Northeast Head Coach - Rick Kowalsky (3rd season) Offense - 29th (out of 30), 1.9 goals per game Defense - 6th, 2.5 goals allowed Power Play - 29th, 5.7% (2-35) Penalty Kill - 22nd, 78.9 (8-38) Shots - 12th, 30.6 Shots allowed - 2nd, 25.1
Jacob Josefson - Early scoring leader for Devils, 4 goals and 2 assists. 21-year-old center played in 41 games with New Jersey last year scoring two goals and seven assists. Also played in 28 games with New Jersey in 2010-11 with three goals.
Adam Larsson - Another Swedish NHL send-down. Has four assists with Albany. Played in 65 games with New Jersey last year in rookie season scoring two goals and 16 assists.
Adam Henrique - 16 goals for NJ during regular season. Game 7 double OT winner vs. Florida in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs. 25 goals for Albany in 2010-11. Former teammates with Eric Wellwood with Windson Spitfires (OHL) who won back-to-back Memorial Cups.
Tim Sestito - older brother of the Flyers' and Phantoms' Tom Sestito (currently with Sheffield in England). Played in 18 games with New Jersey last year. While with Albany, he logged 45 games and nine goals.
Darcy and Kelly Zajac - Younger brothers of 2004 NJ first-rounder Travis Zajac who has 91 goals, 423 games Darcy is in third full pro season. Scored 8 goals in 66 games with Albany last year. Also played in 2 games with Adirondack in 2009-20.
Kelly is a rookie out of Union College who has not played for the Devils yet due to injury.
Keith Kinkaid - Second-year pro goalie out of Union. Last year was 17-20-3, 2.94, .904 with three shutouts including one vs. Adirondack. This year is 1-4-0, .905, 2.62
Jeff Frazee - Second-round pick of NJ in 2005 out of University of Minnesota. Winner vs. Phantomson October 26. 12-19-2, .906, .267 last year. This season is 1-1-1, .919, 1.63
Rick Kowalsky is in his third year at the helm of the Devils. Was previously the head coach of Trenton (ECHL) for four years before being promoted to Albany. Inducted into Norfolk/Hampton Road Admirals Hall of Fame. Captain in scored game-winning goal for 2005 Kelly Cup Champion Trenton Titans of ECHL.
Time Warner Cable Cup
The Adirondack Phantoms and Albany Devils season-long rivalry is again being sponsored by Time Warner Cable. The Phantoms have won the last two Time Warner Cable Cups including a 7 games to 3 advantage last year that featured three overtime wins on home-ice for Adirondack. This season's series is even at 1-1.
The Phantoms and Devils are squaring off in three consecutive weekends. Adirondack travels back to the Times Union Center on Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 pm.
The two teams will face each other 12 times in 2012-13 including six encounters at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Adirondack Phantoms are 13-5-1 all-time against the Albany Devils. The lone Albany claim for the Time Warner Cable Cup came in 2009-10 when their team was still known as the Albany River Rats.