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Phantoms Win Thriller in front of Record Crowd

Outdoor game produces largest-ever AHL crowd

Friday, 01.6.2012 / 11:07 PM ET / News
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Phantoms Win Thriller in front of Record Crowd
The AHL had the biggest crowd in its 76-year history when 45,653 fans turned out to see the Adirondack Phantoms battle the Hershey Bears.
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers aren't the only ones who can pack Citizens Bank Park.

Five days after the Flyers and Rangers battled in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic before a crowd of 46,967, the American Hockey League had the biggest crowd in its 76-year history when 45,653 fans turned out Friday night to see the Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL farm team, battle the Hershey Bears, Washington's top affiliate. Adirondack won 4-3 on Shane Harper's goal 58 seconds into OT after the Phantoms' Ben Holmstrom forced the extra period by scoring with 21 seconds left in regulation.

It was the third outdoor game in AHL history, and the crowd more than doubled the previous single-game attendance mark in the AHL. Last year's outdoor event between Connecticut and Providence drew 21,673 fans at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., and the inaugural outdoor game between Syracuse and Binghamton in 2010 saw a crowd of 21,508 fans pack the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

The city of Philadelphia is now home to both the regular-season and playoff records for single-game AHL attendance. In 2005, a capacity crowd of 20,103 fans packed the Wachovia Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) to watch the Phantoms clinch the Calder Cup championship. The Bears and Phantoms were fierce in-state rivals during the 13 seasons that the Phantoms called Philadelphia home before moving to Glens Falls, N.Y., in 2009.

The game will be rebroadcast in the United States on the NHL Network at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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