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On the Farm: Phantoms charging up AHL standings

Recent streak puts Phantoms in playoff position

Sunday, 01.5.2014 / 4:24 PM ET / News
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On the Farm: Phantoms charging up AHL standings

Just like their parent club, the Adirondack Phantoms are turning around their season and climbing the standings in the American Hockey League.

Kris Newbury posted two goals and an assist, Tye McGinn had a goal and an assist, while Jason Akeson added two helpers to lead the Phantoms to a 4-0 victory on Saturday night over the Albany Devils.

The win was their fourth straight victory and improved their record to 18-13-0-2 for 38 points to sit in third place in the Northeast Division and eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.

The Phantoms have out-scored the opposition by a 10-2 margin during their current streak.

Goaltender Cal Heeter has been the backbone of the club during the resurgence. He has posted two consecutive shutouts, stopping all 62 shots he has faced.

"He's been moving his game along here in the last month I think," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said following their win on Saturday.

"You know, we had a long break at Christmas. We came back and played three in a row. He played two very good games, even the game we lost in Albany last week; he's the one player that had a pretty good night. So his game is moving, and it's good to see. He puts a lot into it and it's good to see him rewarded."

Heeter was signed by the Flyers to a two-year contract on Mar. 6, 2012 out of Ohio State University.

Getting a majority of the starts for Adirondack, Heeter has posted a record of 13-10-0 in his second season of pro hockey.

He leads all AHL goaltenders with a .932 save percentage and is ranked second in the league with a 2.03 goals-against average in 23 appearances.

Since the injury to back-up goaltender Yann Danis, Heeter has started 13 of the last 14 games for the Phantoms, going back to Nov. 29.

Jason Akeson leads the Phantoms in assists (19) and overall points (27) and is currently riding a four-game point streak (2g-3a).

Brandon Manning leads the Phantoms D with 16 points (5g-11a) in 33 games so far and has recorded points in five of his last eight games.

The Phantoms success doesn't start with their current streak. The club is 9-3-0 in their last 12 games since December 6 and 17-9-0 in their last 26 games.

Flyers fans will get to see the future of the team when the Phantoms visit the Wells Fargo Center in February to take on the rival Hershey Bears on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. and again on Saturday, Feb. 22 when they face-off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:30 p.m.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
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S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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