Flyers Country: On loan to the Phantoms

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Michael Leighton continues to experience problems in his leg, delaying his return to the Flyers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Michael Leighton continues to experience problems in his leg, delaying his return to the Flyers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

On Monday, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren announced that goaltender Michael Leighton will remain on long-term injured reserve and will play two more games with the Phantoms. Leighton said he was still experiencing some pain in his left leg and was not yet at 100-percent. Holmgren also said that once Leighton returned, he would carry three goalies, meaning some moving will have to occur to get the Flyers under the salary cap.

The Philadelphia Flyers will receive the “Team of the Year” award at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet on Jan. 31. Ian Laperriere will represent the team at the dinner.

Flyers defenseman Matt Walker welcomed his first child to the world on Thursday. Georgia Isabel Walker was born at 5:32 a.m. Walker was loaned to the Phantoms for conditioning purposes Friday. He has not played a single game this season after injuring himself in the preseason.

Tim McManus of the Glen Falls Post-Star reported that the Phantoms signed Denis Hamel to a one-way contract on Thursday.

Phantoms players Stefan Legein and Andrew Rowe skated in non-contact jerseys Thursday afternoon. Legein is out for at least one more week. Jon Kalinski is now out for the weekend with an upper-body injury. No timetable for a return.

Garrett Klotz, who started the season with the Phantoms before being sent down to Greenville, has now been assigned to the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the CHL.

Greenville’s Dov Grumet-Morris was named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday after his 3-0-0 record with one shutout, a 0.67 goals-against average and .976 save-percentage. Grumet-Morris is the second goalie to receive this honor for Greenville this season.

Greenville’s Brendan Connolly and Justin Bowers were recalled to the Phantoms and Portland Pirates of the AHL on Friday.

Andrew Carroll was returned to the Road Warriors Tuesday from his 13-game stint with the AHL Abbotsford Heat.


On the first anniversary of Peter Laviolette’s hiring as head coach, the Flyers gave him a win over the New York Islanders, 3-2, Sunday afternoon. Not only just a win, but the Flyers reclaimed the lead in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers hung on to a 1-0 lead until the Islanders pounced with 2 goals in 36 seconds early in the third period. But the power play finally struck after going 2-for-44 when Andreas Nodl scored to tie the game and Danny Briere scored the game winner 2:42 later.

13:42 of the 1st: PHI Matt Carle (1) – Assists: Andrej Meszaros (7) & Mike Richards (18)
05:12 of the 3rd: NYI PA Parenteau (5) – Assists: Rob Schrempt (2) & Radek Martinek (5)
05:48 of the 3rd: NYI Frans Nielsen (3) – Assists: Mark Eaton (1)
11:34 of the 3rd: PHI Andreas Nodl, PPG (7) – Assists: Andrej Meszaros (8) & Claude Giroux (12)
14:16 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere (14) – Assists: Ville Leino (15) & Scott Hartnell (12)

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (14-4-2): 28 saves on 30 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) NYI Dwayne Roloson (2-11-1): 24 saves on 27 shots – 58:59 TOI

The Flyers faced the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night, a team they have not beaten in a decade. Things looked good early in the third period when they took a 4-1 lead, but penalties once again hurt the team as they let the Sharks climb back and tie the game. The 4-4 tie headed into overtime and Mike Richards and the rest of the Flyers thought they won the game when his shot got past Sharks goaltender Antero Niittymaki with no time left, but Father Time beat the puck and the Flyers missed winning the game by less than a second. They Flyers lost, 5-4, in the shootout.

19:55 of the 1st: SJS Ryane Clowe (6) – Assists: Niclas Wallin (1) & Jason Demers (6)
06:21 of the 2nd: PHI Claude Giroux (14) – Assists: Jeff Carter (11) & Braydon Coburn (7)
10:20 of the 2nd: PHI Ville Leino (6) – Assists: Scott Hartnell (13) & Kimmo Timonen (12)
11:09 of the 2nd: PHI Nikolay Zherdev (9) – Assists: Matt Carle (11) & Claude Giroux (13)
06:15 of the 3rd: PHI Scott Hartnell (7) – Assists: Matt Carle (12) & Ville Leino (16)
07:33 of the 3rd: SJS Jason Demers (1) – Assists: Dany Heatley (16)
10:51 of the 3rd: SJS Logan Courture (13) – Assists: Ryane Clowe (18) & Justin Braun
11:28 of the 3rd: SJS Joe Pavelski, PPG (9) – Assists: Joe Thornton (19)

PHI Danny Briere – Save
SJS Logan Courture – Goal
PHI Claude Giroux – Miss
SJS Ryane Clowe – Goal

(L) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (14-4-3): 29 saves on 33 shots – 64:45 TOI
(W) SJS Antero Niittymaki (9-3-3): 31 saves on 35 shots – 65:00 TOI

The Flyers bounced back quickly Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, proving to themselves and the fans that they can hold on to a 3-goal lead. Briere had a 3-point night (2G, 1A), moving him into fifth in the league in goals with 16. Andrej Meszaros and Sean O’Donnell are both tied for the league-lead in plus.minus with a plus-18. Briere is tied for fourth with plus-16. The Flyers dominated in faceoffs, winning 68-percent of them. Jeff Carter led they way, winning 13-of-14 for 93-percent.

11:13 of the 1st: PHI Ville Leino, PPG (7) – Assists: Kimmo Timonen (13) & Mike Richards (19)
12:32 of the 1st: PHI Chris Pronger (4) – Assists: Danny Briere (7) & Matt Carle (13)
12:18 of the 2nd: PHI Danny Briere (15) – Assists: Andrej Meszaros (9) & Sean O’Donnell (5)
16:14 of the 2nd: TOR Mikhail Grabovski (8) – Assists: Clarke MacArthur (13) & Dion Phaneuf (5)
17:17 of the 2nd: PHI Danny Briere (16) – Assists: Andrej Meszaros (10) & Jody Shelley (2)

(W) PHI Brian Boucher (4-3-2): 31 saves on 32 shots – 59:58 TOI
(L) TOR Jean-Sebastien Giguere (6-6-2): 24 saves on 28 shots – 59:28 TOI

A battle of goaltenders broke out Saturday night in Boston, Mass. between Tim Thomas and Brian Boucher. Boucher got the upper hand and the Flyers defeated the Bruins, 2-1, in overtime. Richards scored in the extra session with time once again running out, and this time he could breathe a sigh of relief – his goal came with three seconds to spare.

18:39 of the 2nd: PHI James van Riemsdyk (5) – Assists: Claude Giroux (14) & Jeff Carter (12)
09:43 of the 3rd: BOS Nathan Horton (11) – Assists: David Krejci (16) & Milan Lucic (11)
04:57 of OT: PHI Mike Richards (11) – Assists: None

(W) PHI Brian Boucher (5-3-2): 35 saves on 36 shots – 64:57 TOI
(L) BOS Tim Thomas (14-2-3): 31 saves on 33 shots – 64:57 TOI

For the second straight night, Leighton started in net and once again recorded a loss, 4-2, to the Albany Devils Sunday night. His rehab stint with the team is finished, so the Phantoms are likely to return to Nic Riopel as their starting goaltender. The Devils struck twice early into the game and despite to attempts at a comeback, the Phantoms could not pull it off. This marks their 10th consecutive loss. They have also lost 20 of their last 21. In his two rehab starts, Leighton has a 3.55 goals-against average and .875 save-percentage.

05:28 of the 1st: ALB Nick Palmieri (5) – Assists: David McIntyre
08:16 of the 1st: ALB Adam Henrique (7) – Assists: Matt Anderson
13:13 of the 1st: ADK Kevin Marshall (1) – Assists: Mike Testwuide
04:46 of the 3rd: ALB Trevor Kell, SHG (1) – Assists: None
05:42 of the 3rd: ADK Luke Pither (3) – Assists: Denis Hamel & Mike Testwuide
13:53 of the 3rd: ALB Michael Swift (5) – Assists: Trevor Kell & Tim Sestito

(L) ADK Michael Leighton (0-2-0-0): 23 saves on 27 shots – 60:00 TOI
(W) ALB Jeff Frazee (8-7-0-0): 26 saves on 28 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms were smiled upon by the Hockey Gods Friday night when they defeated the Syracuse Crunch, 5-2, for only their fourth win of the season. They converted on three of their six power plays. Erik Gustafsson had a monstrous game with 5 points (1G, 4A). Hamel had 3 points (1G, 2A) and Leighton stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. With the win, the Phantoms ended their 10-game losing streak and finally broke 10 points on the season.

02:04 of the 2nd: SYR Trevor Smith (6) – Assists: David Laliberte
05:22 of the 2nd: ADK Denis Hamel, PPG (7) – Assists: Erik Gustafsson & Danny Syvret
07:39 of the 2nd: ADK Mike Testwuide (1) – Assists: Dan Jancevski & Erik Gustafsson
16:04 of the 2nd: SYR Josh Green (5) – Assists: Patrick Maroon & Mat Clark
16:39 of the 2nd: ADK Erik Gustafsson, PPG (3) – Assists: Denis Hamel
07:00 of the 3rd: ADK Michael Ryan, PPG (2) – Assists: Denis Hamel & Erik Gustafsson
18:38 of the 3rd: ADK Eric Wellwood, SHG-EN (7) – Assists: Erik Gustafsson & Michael Ryan

(W) ADK Michael Leighton (1-2-0-0): 29 saves on 31 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) SYR Jean-Philippe Levasseur (3-5-1-2): 30 saves on 34 shots – 58:43 TOI

The Phantoms played with a new spark Saturday night against the Portland Pirates, but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates scored 2 goals in the third period to win, 2-1. Leighton has gone 1-3-0-0 with the Phantoms in his rehab starts with a 2.78 goals-against average and .906 save-percentage.

12:58 of the 2nd: ADK Luke Pither (4) – Assists: Mike Testquide
00:21 of the 3rd: POR Paul Byron, PPG (8) – Assists: None
08:35 of the 3rd: POR Derek Whitmore (8) – Assists: Drew Schiestel

(L) ADK Michael Leighton (1-3-0-0): 28 saves on 30 shots – 58:40 TOI
(W) POR Jhonas Enroth (8-6-0-1): 28 saves on 29 shots – 59:51 TOI

The Road Warriors keep rolling along with their seventh straight win, defeating the Gwinnett Gladiators, 5-1, Sunday night. Connolly scored his team-leading 13th goal, which also ties him for first in the league. Greenville went 3-for-4 on the power play. Grumet-Morris has allowed 2 goals or less in seven out of the 10 games he’s played in.

09:38 of the 1st: GRN Brendan Connolly (13) – Assists: Chris Chappell
05:59 of the 2nd: GRN Mark Voakes, PPG (9) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Paul McIlveen
10:46 of the 2nd: GRN Blake Parlett, PPG (4) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Wes Cunningham
13:17 of the 2nd: GRN Brandon Wong, PPG (4) – Assists: Brendan Connolly & Marc-Olivier Vallerand
16:26 of the 2nd: GWT Tim Miller, PPG (5) – Assists: Michael Forney & Andy Brandt
13:21 of the 3rd: GRN Mark Voakes (10) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Jimmy Kilpatrick

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (8-2-0-0): 35 saves on 36 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) GWT Chris Carrozzi (7-4-0-3): 17 saves on 22 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors’ seven-game win streak was broken Wednesday night with a 3-2 loss in the shootout to the divisional rival Florida Everblades. Grumet-Morris recorded only his third loss in 11 games played. Greenville looks to avenge the loss Friday night when they face Florida again.

01:05 of the 2nd: FLA Matthew Pistilli (14) – Assists: Mike McKenzie & Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll
04:24 of the 2nd: GRN Justin Bowers (9) – Assists: Mark Voakes
09:21 of the 2nd: FLA Jared Staal (3) – Assists: Mathieu Roy & Bobby Raymond
17:31 of the 3rd: GRN Mark Voakes (11) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Wes Cunningham

FLA Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll – No Goal
GRN Justin Bowers – No Goal
FLA Mitch Fadden – Goal
GRN Mark Voakes – No Goal
FLA Francis Lemieux – Goal
GRN Jimmy Kilpatrick – Goal
FLA Matthew Pistilli – Goal
GRN Brendan Connolly – Goal
FLA Alex Hutchings – No Goal
GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand – No Goal

(L) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (8-2-0-1): 21 saves on 23 shots – 65:00 TOI
(W) FLA Bobby Goepfert (9-5-0-0): 27 saves on 29 shots – 65:00 TOI

The Road Warriors scraped by the Everblades with a 2-1 win Friday night. Marc-Olivier Vallerand changed the momentum in favor of Greenville with his shorthanded goal in the second period. Grumet-Morris received his sixth consecutive start.

10:41 of the 1st: FLA Mitch Fadden (10) – Assists: Ross Carlson & Mike McKenzie
05:23 of the 2nd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand, SHG (12) – Assists: Julien Brouillette
13:43 of the 2nd: GRN Brandon Wong (5) – Assists: Chris McKelvie

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (9-2-0-1): 19 saves on 20 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) FLA Bobby Goepfert (9-6-0-0): 27 saves on 29 shots – 59:00 TOI

The Road Warriors dominated the Everblades in their third meeting of the week Saturday night in a 5-2 win. Players are standing up in the absence of top performers Connolly and Bowers. Julien Brouillette had a 3 point night (2G, 1A) along with Mark Voakes (1G, 2A). Grumet-Morris notched his 10th win of the season.

07:17 of the 1st: GRN Julien Brouillette, PPG (10) – Assists: Mark Voakes & Blake Parlett
10:11 of the 1st: FLA Ross Carlson (3) – Assists – David Fischer & Mitch Fadden
05:07 of the 2nd: GRN Mark Voakes (12) – Assists: None
07:23 of the 2nd: GRN Julien Brouillette, PPG (11) – Assists: Mark Voakes & Blake Parlett
09:46 of the 2nd: FLA Alexandre Imbeault, PPG (14) – Assists: Mitch Fadden & Ethan Graham
15:23 of the 3rd: GRN Brandon Wong, PPG (6) – Assists: Blake Parlett & Connor Shields
19:18 of the 3rd: GRN Connor Shields, EN (6) – Assists: Julien Brouillette & Marc-Olivier Vallerand

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (10-2-0-1): 25 saves on 27 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) FLA Jaroslav Janus (7-5-0-0): 25 saves on 29 shots – 59:27 TOI


The Flyers face a tough week playing three teams who are currently in playoff position, and two of which lead their respective divisions. The Pittsburgh Penguins come into the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night, riding a 12-game win streak. Then the Flyers head north to the Northeast Division leading Montreal Canadiens Wednesday before returning home to face the rival New York Rangers Saturday afternoon.

The Phantoms finish the weekend Sunday night at the Connecticut Whale and have a short layoff before facing the Whale again at home Wednesday. Their homestand continues Friday and Saturday against the Hershey Bears and Heat, respectively.

The Road Warriors have a two-day break and begin their stretch of three home games Tuesday against the Gladiators, Wednesday against the Eveblades and Friday against the Gladiators.


Philadelphia Flyers
19-7-5 – 42 pts (2nd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
4-21-2-0 – 10 pts (8th in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors
18-5-1-1 – 38 pts (1st in South Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)


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