Phantoms Reg. Season Notes/Stats

By Al Alven

The 2001-02 American Hockey League regular season is in the books, and all of the final results/statistics are in. The Philadelphia Phantoms finished the season with a record of 33-27-15-5, good for third place in the Southern Division. As the Western Conference’s eighth seed, the team will face the ninth-seeded Rochester Americans (32-30-5-3) in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Game one of the best-of-three qualifying series is slated for Tuesday night (7:05 p.m.) at the First Union Spectrum in Philadelphia. Games two and three (if necessary) will also be played in Philly on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

This marks the second straight season that these two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs. Last year, the Phantoms (36-34-5-5) upset the heavily-favored Amerks (46-22-9-3), three games to one. The Phantoms then went on to lose to the eventual Calder Cup runner-up — the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins — in the second round, four games to two. Surely, the revenge factor will play a role in Rochester’s preparation for this series. The Phantoms took the season series, 4-0-2.

The Phantoms enter the playoffs on a mini-roll, having gone 4-1-1 in their last six games. The team finished its final weekend of the regular season by winning two of three games, besting WBS on Friday (5-3) and the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday (4-2), and falling to the Hershey Bears (3-1) on Sunday in the final regular season game at Hersheypark Arena.

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End Notes…

-The Phantoms presented their 2001-02 team awards in a pregame ceremony before Saturday’s regular season home finale against Norfolk. The following is a list
of the winners:

Rookie of the Year: Guillaume Lefebvre
Most Coachable Player: Jim Vandermeer
Most Consistent Player: Bruno St. Jacques
Best Defenseman: John Slaney
Community Service Award: James Chalmers
Man of the Year: Dan Peters
Fans’ Choice Award: Neil Little

-John Slaney’s great week got even better on Sunday. Two days after the veteran defenseman was honored with his second straight Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s best defenseman, he was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers. With Chris McAllister gone for the season with a fractured left wrist and Eric Desjardins suffering from a lower back sprain, Slaney has a legitimate shot of sticking with the parent club for the playoffs. Slaney last played in the NHL with Pittsburgh during the 1999-2000 season. The 30-year-old veteran has played in 263 NHL games, also appearing for Washington, Colorado, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Nashville. He was originally a first round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Capitals in 1990.

-The AHL announced on Friday that the Phantoms had topped the league in average attendance for the sixth straight season. Over 40 home games in 2001-02, the team averaged 8,450 fans per game. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished second, averaging 8,337 fans per game at the First Union Arena. The Phantoms hosted 10,000 fans on 12 occasions this season, and own four of the top six individual game attendance figures in the league this season. The team drew its largest crowd of the season on March 29 (John
LeClair Bobblehead Night), when 15,043 fans attended a 2-0 win over Albany. The Phantoms total combined attendance this season was 564,051.

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Final Player Stats/Notes
The following is a short list of statistics for players who finished the 2001-02 season with the Phantoms. Only Phantoms stats are included…

#14 Eric Betournay (C)
Stats: No points in three games, -1, 2 PIMs, 1 shot

#7 Pavel Brendl (RW)
Stats: 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 64 games, -15, 22 PIMs, 7 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 2 GW goals, 144 shots (10.4 %)

#24 James Chalmers (C)
Stats: 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 61 games, +1, 67 PIMs, 46 shots (6.5 %)

#13 Todd Fedoruk (LW)
Stats: 1 assist in 7 games, -3, 54 PIMs, 4 shots

#5 Ian Forbes (D)
Stats: 1 goal in 18 games, -4, 50 PIMs, 10 shots (10 %)

#11 Mark Freer (C)
Stats: 51 points (15 goals, 36 assists) in 80 games, +6, 32 PIMs, 2 PP goals, 1 SH goal, 2 GW goals, 145 shots (10.3 %)

#9 Mark Greig (RW)
Stats: 59 points (22 goals, 37 assists) in 66 games, -2, 105 PIMs, 7 PP goals, 2 SH goals, 3 GW goals, 219 shots (10 %)

#33 David Harlock (D)
Stats: 4 assists in 11 games, -2, 14 PIMs, 21 shots

#30 Corey Hirsch (G)
Stats: Compiled 2-3-0 record in 5 games (299 MIN), 2.81 GAA, 1 SO, 106 saves (.883 %)

#12 Greg Koehler (C)
Stats: 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 22 games, -7, 34 PIMs, 5 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 3 GW goals, 57 shots (14 %)

#2 Kristian Kudroc (D)
Stats: 3 assists in 10 games, -5, 14 PIMs, 7 shots

#10 Kirby Law (RW)
Stats: 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 71 games, -14, 102 PIMs, 8 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 3 GW goals, 162 shots (11.1 %)

#17 Guillaume Lefebvre (LW)
Stats: 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists) in 78 games, +12, 111 PIMs, 1 PP goal, 3 SH goals, 2 GW goals, 131 shots (14.5 %)

#27 Mike Lephart (RW)
Stats: 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) in 43 games, -5, 18 PIMs, 2 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 4 GW goals, 66 shots (15.2 %)

#31 Neil Little (G)
Stats: Compiled 13-15-7 record in 35 games (2078 MIN), 2.02 GAA, 2 SO, 872 saves (.926 %)

#6 Dan Peters (D)
Stats: 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 66 games, +2, 91 PIMs, 2 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 0 GW goals, 92 shots (6.5 %)

#16 Vaclav Pletka (RW)
Stats: 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists) in 61 games, -11, 43 PIMs, 10 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 2 GW goals, 108 shots (18.5 %)

#32 Yves Sarault (LW)
Stats: 2 assists in 7 games, +3, 9 PIMs, 12 shots

#8 Jarrod Skalde (C)
Stats: 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists), -7, 23 PIMs, 1 PP goal, 0 SH goals, 0 GW goals, 41 shots (9.8 %)

#26 John Slaney (D)
Stats: 59 points (20 goals, 39 assists) in 64 games, +12, 26 PIMs, 9 PP goals, 1 SH goal, 6 GW goals, 185 shots (10.8 %)

#4 Bruno St. Jacques (D)
Stats: 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 55 games, +2, 59 PIMs, 1 PP goal, 0 SH goals, 1 GW goal, 87 shots (3.4 %)

#28 Brad Tiley (D)
Stats: 21 points (6 goals, 15 assists) in 56 games, -8, 14 PIMs, 3 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 2 GW goals, 119 shots (5 %)

#20 Jim Vandermeer (D)
Stats: 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists) in 74 games, -8, 88 PIMs, 107 shots (0.9 %)

#19 Peter Vandermeer (LW)
Stats: 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in 61 games, -2, 313 PIMs, 1 PP goal, 0 SH goals, 1 GW goal, 67 shots (7.5 %)

#25 Mike Watt (C)
Stats: 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 53 games, -11, 38 PIMs, 2 PP goals, 0 SH goals, 2 GW goals, 79 shots (13.9 %)