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LOOKING BACK:
On Thursday, goaltenders Daniel Larsson (34 saves) and John Curry (23 saves) pitched shutouts to lead Grand Rapids and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton over Houston and Manitoba, respectively… On Wednesday, Tim Stapleton scored the lone shootout goal to lift Chicago past Rockford, 3-2… Leland Irving posted a 25-save shutout as Abbotsford topped Milwaukee, 2-0.

Wed 10/28
CHICAGO 3, Rockford 2 (SO)
Abbotsford 2, MILWAUKEE 0

Thu 10/29
GRAND RAPIDS 2, Houston 0
W-B/Scranton 1, MANITOBA 0 (OT)


LOOKING AHEAD:
Hartford plays three home games in three days this weekend, beginning with a Friday tilt against defending Calder Cup champion Hershey… The Wolf Pack are a perfect 3-0-0-0 at the XL Center on the young season… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, tied for the league scoring lead with 8-6-14, remains on recall to the N.Y. Rangers… Corey Locke has put up six goals and 10 points in his first nine games for the Wolf Pack, and Dane Byers brings a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4) into the weekend… Andrew Gordon paces the Bears with six goals and 11 points in nine contests… Former Wolf Pack forward Alexandre Giroux, who shows 5-5-10 in six games, is back with Hershey after missing three contests while on NHL recall… Oskar Osala is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) for the Bears after going scoreless in his first six outings… Hartford has the AHL’s top-ranked power play both at home (44.4 percent) and overall (29.2 percent).

Adirondack visits Toronto on Friday for an interconference clash with the Marlies… Phantoms head coach Greg Gilbert was the Marlies’ bench boss from 2006-09, leading Toronto to two playoff berths and a conference finals appearance in 2008… Third-year forward Jon Matsumoto is on a three-game scoring run (2-3-5) for Adirondack and paces the club with seven points overall (2-5-7)… Second-year pro Patrick Maroon has collected a point in four of his last give contests (1-4-5) for the Phantoms… The Marlies enter the weekend just 1-3-1-1 in their last six outings… Jiri Tlusty, who has scored six of Toronto’s 23 total goals on the season, was recalled by the parent Maple Leafs on Thursday, while defenseman Viktor Stalberg and goaltender Joey MacDonald were sent to the Marlies… Mike Zigomanis shows five assists in three games since joining Toronto.

Hamilton, the only AHL team still without a regulation loss, puts its 6-0-1-2 record on the line against Abbotsford on Friday at Copps Coliseum… The Bulldogs return home after going 2-0-0-1 on a three-game Texas road swing last week… Tom Pyatt (3-2-5) and Ryan White (2-3-5) both have a point in three of their last four games for Hamilton… Defenseman Yannick Weber netted his first goal of the season on Tuesday at Houston… Bulldogs goaltender Curtis Sanford shows a 1.28 GAA and two shutouts in his first six appearances (4-1-1)… Abbotsford is 1-3-0-0 thus far on its six-game road trip but is coming off a 2-0 win at Milwaukee on Wednesday… Kris Chucko (5-5-10) and Jamie Lundmark (5-5-10) are tied for the Heat’s scoring lead; Chucko snapped an eight-game goal-scoring drought on Wednesday… Carsen Germyn has collected a goal in two straight games and three of his last five for Abbotsford.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 10/30
Springfield @ Albany, 7:00
Houston @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Hershey @ Hartford, 7:00
Lowell @ Portland, 7:00
Adirondack @ Toronto, 7:00
Rochester @ Binghamton, 7:05
Bridgeport @ Worcester, 7:05
Syracuse @ Norfolk, 7:15
Abbotsford @ Hamilton, 7:30
Peoria @ Lake Erie, 7:30
Providence @ Manchester, 7:30
Rockford @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Texas @ San Antonio, 8:00
W-B/Scranton @ Manitoba, 8:30

Sat 10/31
Peoria @ Lake Erie, 1:00
Lowell @ Springfield, 3:00
Providence @ Hartford, 7:00
Albany @ Hershey, 7:00
Worcester @ Manchester, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Portland, 7:00
Chicago @ Texas, 8:00
Milwaukee @ Rockford, 8:05

Sun 11/1
Manchester @ Hartford, 3:00
Springfield @ Worcester, 3:05
Peoria @ Hamilton, 4:00
Abbotsford @ Lake Erie, 4:00
W-B/Scranton @ Toronto, 4:00
Bridgeport @ Providence, 4:05
Syracuse @ Adirondack, 5:00
Rockford @ Chicago, 6:00
Houston @ Texas, 6:00

Mon 11/2
Norfolk @ Manitoba, 8:30

Tue 11/3
Norfolk @ Manitoba, 8:30


ALUMNI WATCH:
Two-time AHL All-Star Pekka Rinne made 22 saves on Thursday as Nashville shut out Chicago, 2-0… Scott Parse notched his first-ever NHL goal in Los Angeles’ 2-1 shootout loss to Vancouver… On Wednesday, 2008-09 AHL All-Rookie forward Tim Kennedy netted his first career NHL goal as Buffalo topped New Jersey, 4-1… Just recalled from AHL Hartford, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored his first NHL goal in the N.Y. Rangers’ 3-1 loss to the N.Y. Islanders.


BY THE NUMBERS:
85.7 — Percentage of Manitoba’s wins this season (six out of seven) that have come by a one-goal margin… Manitoba is 6-0-2-0 in one-goal contests, and four of the Moose’s last five games have extended beyond regulation.


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