Phantoms Heating Up

imgresBy Tony Androckitis

There is no hotter team in the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Eastern Conference right now than the Adirondack Phantoms, whose recent four game win streak has them back in the playoff picture. In fact, the Phantoms (18-13-0-2) haven’t allowed a goal against yet in 2014, due in large part to the play of goaltender Cal Heeter.

Heeter was recently named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, winning all three of his starts last week, including two shutouts over the weekend, allowing just one goal on 87 shots for a 0.33 goals-against average and a .989 save percentage. In 23 appearances this season, Heeter (13-10-0), leads the AHL with a .932 save percentage, is tied for the league lead with four shutouts and ranks second with a 2.03 goals-against average, right behind Albany’s Keith Kinkaid (2.02 GAA).

Offensively, Phantoms forward Jason Akeson is on a four game points scoring streak, tallying five points (2G-3A) during his team’s four game win streak. On the season, Akeson leads the Phantoms in scoring with 27 points (8G-19A) in 33 games. Defenseman Brandon Manning has also been on the score sheet often lately, tallying an assist in three of the team’s last four games. Manning leads Phantoms defensemen with 16 points (5G-11A) in 33 games.

The Phantoms recent surge in the win column has them up to third place in the Northeast Division and they currently hold the 8th and final playoff spot in the conference. They’ll look to make it five straight wins when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Glens Falls, New York on Friday night.

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