Beyond The Benches

AHL Northeast Division Round-up

Going into this weekends games the Adirondack Phantoms will have a new face. Forward Derek Whitmore has come on loan from the Hershey Bears. Forward Kris Newbury will be heading in the opposite direction. Whitmore has appeared in 26 games for the Bears this campaign and has totalled nine points. Those consist of four goals and five assists. The first of those tallies coming in the Bears opening game, against the Phantoms. Newbury departs having played in 46 contests and scoring 14 goals to go along with 22 assists. Adirondack have three straight road games coming up, starting on Friday in Hartford. The following night sees the Phantoms face Hershey and on Sunday they are in Bridgeport. Adirondack had a awful time of it last week losing all three of their games. Those defeats leave the Phantoms at the foot of the table on 52 points.

Two wins out of three last week moved the fourth placed Hartford Wolf Pack onto 56 points. Divisional home successes over Springfield, 6-2 and Albany, 4-3, could not be matched when Hartford traveled to Manchester. The Monarchs are the top side point wise in the AHL, but the Wolf Pack did keep it close, losing only 3-2. After their game with the Phantoms Hartford pack their bags and head to Albany and Providence over the weekend.

There will also be some new faces at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Forward Jeremy Langlois joins Bridgeport from the Springfield Falcons, with defenseman Dallas Jackson making the reverse trip. Langlois started the season in Springfield going pointless in five outings. The Evansville Icemen, (ECHL), is where Langlois called home after that and in 49 games registered 52 points. The majority of that number coming from the 36 assists Langlois recorded. Jackson suited up in 53 games, getting three goals, one of those against the Falcons and 21 assists. Also joining the ranks is forward Dimitry Antipin, who has been signed to an amateur tryout contract. Antipin played 25 games this year for the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, tallying eight goals out of 11 points. The third placed Sound Tigers lost back to back games, 3-2, in St John’s last week to stay on 58 points. A trip to Manchester on Friday kicks Bridgeport’s week off, before home clashes with Worcester and Adirondack the following two days.

The score of, 4-3, prove popular for the second placed Albany Devils on their road tip last week. Sadly on two of those occasions it was not in their favour. First up the Devils defeated Portland in a shootout, but then lost the following night in Hartford. The last leg saw Albany lose in a shootout to Worcester. This week the Devils get a chance to close the eight point gap between themselves and the Falcons. The two clash in Springfield, before Albany heads home to face Hartford and Syracuse.

Two wins last week moved the division leading Springfield Falcons onto 78 points. A disappointing 6-2 defeat in Hartford was soon forgotten as the Falcons road trip continued. The following two days saw Springfield, first defeat Adirondack, 5-3 and then hammer Providence, 9-3. It is home sweet home for the Falcons this week as after Albany they welcome Providence.


Staff Writer: Each week you can find me here as I keep an eye on the stories in the Northeast Division and I can also be found on twitter @673martin were you can follow me to keep abreast of all the latest AHL news and scores.