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LOOKING BACK:
On Wednesday, Jon Sim notched a hat trick and a shootout goal in his AHL season debut to lift Bridgeport past Springfield, 6-5… Aaron Palushaj recorded three points (1-2-3) and a shootout tally in Hamilton’s 5-4 win over Manitoba… Six different Marlies scored as Toronto opened a 10-game road swing with a 6-1 victory in San Antonio… Chris Terry’s late third-period goal gave Charlotte a 5-4 triumph over Portland.

Wed 11/3
BRIDGEPORT 6, Springfield 5 (SO)
CHARLOTTE 5, Portland 4
HAMILTON 5, Manitoba 4 (SO)
Manchester 4, HARTFORD 1
Rockford 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (SO)
Toronto 6, SAN ANTONIO 1

Thu 11/4
No games scheduled


LOOKING AHEAD:
New East Division rivals Norfolk and Charlotte square off in a home-and-home set this weekend, beginning on Friday in North Carolina… The Checkers got out to a 2-6-0-0 start this year but have started to rebound, posting a 2-0-1-1 mark in their last four contests… Chris Terry has netted three goals in his last two games for Charlotte, and his six goals overall (6-2-8) are one behind Jerome Samson (7-4-11) for the team lead… Checkers points leader Zach Boychuk (5-7-12) brings a six-game scoring streak (3-5-8) into the weekend, and Nick Dodge has a goal in three of his last four outings (3-0-3)… Norfolk is winless in three straight (0-1-1-1) and is just 1-2-1-1 since starting the season with four consecutive victories… Admirals forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot is tied for second in the AHL with 16 points (3-13-16) and has found the scoresheet in eight of his first nine games… Johan Harju (3-3-6), Matt Fornataro (2-3-5), and James Wright (2-2-4) are all riding three-game scoring streaks for the Admirals, who are averaging a league-leading 4.56 goals per contest thus far.

Interconference foes Hamilton and Binghamton are set to do battle on Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, home of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens… The North Division-leading Bulldogs have a point in nine of 10 games to start the year (6-1-1-2), and the Senators bring a five-game points streak (3-0-1-1) into the weekend… Bulldogs forward David Desharnais ranks sixth in the AHL with 14 points (3-11-14) and has opened the year on a 10-game scoring streak… Aaron Palushaj has racked up nine points (2-7-9) in his first five games of the season for Hamilton, and Max Pacioretty shows three multiple-point efforts in his last four outings (3-4-7)… Binghamton has played four consecutive one-goal games, including three straight which have extended beyond regulation (1-0-1-1)… Sens forward Bobby Butler is tied for third among AHL rookies with five goals in his first nine pro games (5-2-7)… Corey Locke, a 2007 Calder Cup champion with Hamilton, has a point in eight of his first nine games with the Senators (3-7-10)… Hamilton boasts the AHL’s second-ranked power play (24.4 percent).

Oklahoma City kicks off an eight-game homestand with its first-ever battle against Texas on Friday before hosting Houston and Toronto, respectively, to close the weekend… The Barons, tied for first place in the West Division, are riding a four-game winning streak – all on the road – and have put together a 7-2-0-0 run since starting out 0-2-1-0… Linus Omark has a point in three straight games (1-3-4) and eight of his last nine (4-7-11) for the Barons, and his 11 points overall (4-7-11) are one shy of Alexandre Giroux (6-6-12) for the team lead… As a member of Hershey, Giroux totaled six points (2-4-6) vs. Texas in the 2010 Calder Cup Finals… The Stars (6-4-0-0) are coming off back-to-back losses to Houston last weekend… Travis Morin shows a team-best eight points (4-4-8) and plus-8 rating through 10 games, but he has just one assist in his last four contests… Texas is only 1-for-20 (5.0 percent) in road power play attempts thus far, and Oklahoma City has the AHL’s third-ranked penalty kill overall (52-for-56, 92.9 percent)… Fifteen of the Stars’ 27 goals have come in the third period or later.

(all times Eastern)

Fri 11/5
Norfolk @ Charlotte, 7:00
Manitoba @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Hartford @ Manchester, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Providence, 7:05
Binghamton vs. Hamilton, 7:30*
Chicago @ Lake Erie, 7:30
Adirondack @ Portland, 7:30
Syracuse @ Springfield, 7:30
Albany @ Worcester, 7:30
W-B/Scranton @ Rochester, 7:35
Peoria @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Texas @ Oklahoma City, 8:05
Toronto @ Houston, 8:35
San Antonio @ Abbotsford, 10:00

Sat 11/6
Rochester @ Albany, 7:00
Hartford @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Chicago @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Providence @ Portland, 7:00
Manchester @ Worcester, 7:00
Adirondack @ Binghamton, 7:05
Syracuse @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Charlotte @ Norfolk, 7:15
Toronto @ Texas, 8:00
Houston @ Oklahoma City, 8:05
Manitoba @ Rockford, 8:05
San Antonio @ Abbotsford, 10:00

Sun 11/7
Hershey @ Charlotte, 3:00
Providence @ Albany, 4:00
Grand Rapids @ Lake Erie, 5:00
Chicago @ Milwaukee, 5:00
Syracuse @ Binghamton, 5:05
W-B/Scranton @ Rochester, 5:05
Rockford @ Peoria, 5:05
Toronto @ Oklahoma City, 6:05
Bridgeport @ Hartford, 7:00

Mon, 11/8
Houston @ Abbotsford, 10:00

Tue, 11/9
Hershey @ Charlotte, 7:00
Toronto @ Hartford, 7:00
Peoria @ Rockford, 7:35
San Antonio @ Oklahoma City, 8:05
Houston @ Abbotsford, 10:00

* at Montreal, Que.


ALUMNI WATCH:
2007 AHL All-Star Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves for his third shutout of the season as St. Louis blanked San Jose, 2-0, on Thursday… Elsewhere, Jonathan Quick earned his first NHL shutout with 24 stops in Los Angeles’ 1-0 win over Tampa Bay… Four recent AHL graduates scored their first NHL goal in Wednesday’s action – Jon Matsumoto (Carolina), Brad Mills (New Jersey), Brad Marchand (Boston), and reigning Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Kyle Palmieri (Anaheim).


BY THE NUMBERS:
11 — AHL record for consecutive wins to start a season, set by Rochester in 1983-84… This year’s Americans have two chances this weekend to stop 8-0-0-0 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from tying that mark, as they host the Pens on Friday and Sunday.


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