Five Phantoms receive suspensions
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The AHL handed down six suspensions for the line brawl at the end of Sunday’s game between the Adirondack Phantoms and Portland Pirates, five of those landing on Phantoms players.
Adirondack hosts the Albany Devils on Friday in Glens Falls, and the Phantoms will be without center Kris Newbury (four games), goalie Cal Heeter (three), left wing Zack FitzGerald (two), center Ben Holmstrom (one) and left wing Tye McGinn (one).
Portland’s Kyle Hagel was banned two games.
Newbury, McGinn and Holmstrom are the team’s second-, third- and fourth-leading scorers. In 42 games, Newbury has 13 goals and 20 assists, along with 161 penalty minutes. In 43 games, McGinn has 14 goals and 11 assists. In 50 games, Holmstrom has 10 goals and 14 assists, along with 119 penalty minutes. FitzGerald has played 24 games and amassed 158 penalty minutes.
Heeter is 15-19-0 with a goals-against average of 2.48 and a save percentage of .916. Against Albany, he is 3-3-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .915 save percentage.
FitzGerald has played just twice against Albany, showing seven PIM and a minus-one. Newbury has 32 PIM in eight games against the Devils, but also leads the team with three goals and four assists. Holmstrom and McGinn both have a pair of goals and a pair of assists against Albany, in 10 and eight games, respectively. Holmstrom has a plus-three rating in those games and McGinn a minus-four.