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AHL Quick Hits: Bears entertain Moose again


LOOKING BACK:
In Thursday’s only AHL action, Wade Flaherty made 23 saves as Rockford beat Houston, 4-0, to end the Aeros’ seven-game winning streak… On Wednesday, Geoff Platt scored twice, including the overtime game-winner, in Portland’s 3-2 victory at Albany… Darren Haydar’s buzzer-beater at the end of regulation gave Chicago a 3-2 win over Hamilton.

Wed 3/12
Portland 3, ALBANY 2 (OT)
MANCHESTER 3, Springfield 1
W-B/SCRANTON 5, Norfolk 3
Binghamton 6, BRIDGEPORT 3
GRAND RAPIDS 7, Toronto 1
San Antonio 3, WORCESTER 1
CHICAGO 3, Hamilton 2
Lake Erie 6, QUAD CITY 3

Thu 3/13
Rockford 4, HOUSTON 0


LOOKING AHEAD:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, winners of five straight, kicks off a three-game weekend road trip on Friday in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers, who enter three points out of a playoff spot… The East Division rivals will lock horns four times over the season’s final month… Tim Brent leads the Penguins with 48 points (15-33-48) and has found the scoresheet in five of his last six games (2-4-6)… Midseason acquisition Dave Gove is coming off a hat trick on Wednesday for Wilkes-Barre, and seven of his 17 goals this season have been game-winners… The Penguins’ John Curry leads all AHL rookie goaltenders with a 2.18 GAA in 28 games (17-8-2)… As of Friday morning, each of Bridgeport’s top five scorers this season was on NHL recall to the parent N.Y. Islanders… Among active Sound Tigers, their top point-getters are rookies Sean Bentivoglio (8-19-27), Trevor Smith (13-11-24) and Kyle Okposo (8-15-23).

San Antonio concludes its four-game New England swing with weekend dates in Hartford, Providence and Springfield… The Rampage dropped a 2-1 decision to the Wolf Pack last Saturday, with Josh Gratton scoring the game-winner against his former team… Friday’s game marks San Antonio goaltender Al Montoya’s return to Hartford, where he went 66-34-1 for the Wolf Pack from 2005-08… Rampage leading scorer Matt Murley (16-33-49) eliminated the Wolf Pack from the 2004 playoffs with a Game 7 overtime goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Eastern Conference Finals… Mike Zigomanis has two goals and four assists in his last four games for San Antonio… P.A. Parenteau has 13 points (8-5-13) over his last nine home games for Hartford… David LeNeveu has stopped 73 of 77 shots in three starts since going from the Rampage to the Wolf Pack… Hartford has been held to just three goals in its last four games.

After visiting Philadelphia on Friday to conclude a franchise-record nine-game road swing, Hershey returns to the Giant Center to host Manitoba on Saturday and Sunday… The Bears and Moose split a pair of games in Winnipeg two weeks ago… Alexandre Giroux enters the weekend with four goals and four assists in eight games since rejoining Hershey on Feb. 26… Jay Beagle scored a goal in three straight games last weekend… Daren Machesney is 11-0-2 (2.05, .931) this season and 13-0-3 (1.99, .934) in his career at Giant Center… The Moose have outscored their opponents 10-2 during their current four-game winning streak… Rookie Cory Schneider has won six straight starts and is 11-3-1 since Dec. 15… Jason Jaffray has 13 points (7-6-13) over his last eight contests, including a hat trick against the Bears on Feb. 28.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 3/14
San Antonio @ Hartford, 7:00
Worcester @ Lowell, 7:05
Providence @ Manchester, 7:05
Albany @ Binghamton, 7:05
Hershey @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Portland @ Norfolk, 7:15
W-B/Scranton @ Bridgeport, 7:30
Rochester @ Syracuse, 7:30
Peoria @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Iowa @ Quad City, 8:05
Lake Erie @ Chicago, 8:30

Sat 3/15
Hamilton @ Toronto, 4:00
Manchester @ Hartford, 7:00
Worcester @ Springfield, 7:00
W-B/Scranton @ Albany, 7:00
Philadelphia @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Manitoba @ Hershey, 7:00
Lake Erie @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Rochester @ Binghamton, 7:05
San Antonio @ Providence, 7:05
Portland @ Norfolk, 7:15
Peoria @ Chicago, 8:00
Quad City @ Iowa, 8:07
Rockford @ Houston, 8:35

Sun 3/16
Binghamton @ Syracuse, 3:00
Grand Rapids @ Toronto, 4:00
San Antonio @ Springfield, 4:00
W-B/Scranton @ Providence, 4:05
Manchester @ Lowell, 4:05
Hartford @ Worcester, 4:05
Manitoba @ Hershey, 5:00
Peoria @ Milwaukee, 5:00
Portland @ Philadelphia, 5:05

Mon 3/17
Quad City @ Houston, 8:05

Tue 3/18
Chicago @ Lake Erie, 7:00


ALUMNI WATCH:
On Thursday, 2006 AHL All-Star Valtteri Filppula notched a goal and two assists to help Detroit past Dallas, 5-3… Two-time AHL All-Star Peter Harrold picked up an assist and goaltender Erik Ersberg made 38 saves as Los Angeles dropped Nashville, 4-1… On Wednesday, Chris Minard scored his first career NHL goal in Pittsburgh’s 7-3 triumph over Buffalo; Minard leads the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 21 goals in 47 games this season.


BY THE NUMBERS:
298 — Career victories by Rockford’s Wade Flaherty during his 19-year professional career, including 135 in the American Hockey League… Flaherty earned his 21st career AHL shutout on Thursday.


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