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AHL Quick Hits: Conference final rematch tonight

LOOKING BACK:
On Tuesday night, Daniel Winnik scored twice and Yanick Lehoux added a goal and two assists as San Antonio scored four times in the third period and beat Iowa, 4-1… Miroslav Kopriva made 36 saves and was 4-for-4 in the shootout to lead Houston over Omaha, 2-1.

Mon 2/5
Chicago 8, TORONTO 1

Tue 2/6
HOUSTON 2, Omaha 1 (SO)… San Antonio 4, IOWA 1


LOOKING AHEAD:
Portland visits Hershey on Wednesday night in the teams’ first meeting since May 30, 2006, when the Bears advanced to the Calder Cup Finals with a 5-4 overtime win over the Pirates in Game 7 of their epic Eastern Conference championship series… Wednesday’s contest kicks off a five-game trip for Portland, which is winless in its last 10 road games (0-6-2-2)… Matt Keith had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Bridgeport, snapping the Pirates’ seven-game losing streak… Hershey had a 17-game home points streak (11-0-3-3) end their last time on Giant Center ice, a 4-3 defeat to Norfolk on Jan. 27… Chad Wiseman has recorded four goals and five assists for nine points in the Bears’ last six games.

Chicago continues its road trip with a visit to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton on Wednesday night… The Wolves are 4-1-0-1 with three games left on their nine-game jaunt… Monday’s 8-1 win in Toronto marked the 11th time this season that Chicago had scored at least seven goals in a game… Brett Sterling potted a pair of goals on Monday to give him 42 on the season, and Cory Larose extended his scoring streak to 11 games (6g, 15a) with two assists… The Bulldogs are 5-0-0-1 in their last six games overall and have won four straight at Copps… Defenseman Andre Benoit had a goal and two assists in the Bulldogs’ 6-3 win over Chicago on Jan. 13… Andrei Kostitsyn (3g, 6a) and Mikhail Grabovski (3g, 7a) are both riding five-game scoring streaks for Hamilton.

Syracuse can close the gap in the North Division playoff race with a win over Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday night… A four-game winning streak has the Crunch six points behind the fourth-place Griffins, and three of those wins have come via the shutout, including back-to-back efforts by Dan LaCosta last weekend… Geoff Platt has registered three goals, two assists, 13 shots and a plus-4 rating in Syracuse’s last two games… Thanks to the All-Star break and a postponement due to snow, Grand Rapids has been off since Jan. 27… Matt Hussey has points in each of his last four games with the Griffins (2g, 2a)… Wednesday marks the first meeting of the season between the clubs; Grand Rapids has won eight straight from Syracuse and nine of 10 all-time, with the Crunch’s only win coming in a 3-2 decision on Jan. 10, 2003.

(all times Eastern)
Wed 2/7
Syracuse at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Portland at Hershey, 7:00… Rochester at Binghamton, 7:05… Springfield at Lowell, 7:05… W-B/Scranton at Philadelphia, 7:05… Hartford at Providence, 7:05… Albany at Norfolk, 7:15… Worcester at Bridgeport, 7:30… Chicago at Hamilton, 7:30… San Antonio at Peoria, 8:00

Thu 2/8
Omaha at Houston, 8:05

Fri 2/9
Worcester at Providence, 7:05… Portland at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Albany at Norfolk, 7:15… Hershey at Bridgeport, 7:30… Chicago at Hamilton, 7:30… Lowell at Manchester, 7:35… Philadelphia at Rochester, 7:35… Hartford at Springfield, 7:35… San Antonio at Milwaukee, 8:00… Grand Rapids at Iowa, 8:05… Syracuse at Manitoba, 8:30


ALUMNI WATCH:
On Tuesday night, 2007 AHL All-Star Sheldon Brookbank earned an assist in his NHL debut for Nashville in a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh… Tampa Bay’s Blair Jones and Los Angeles’s Mike Weaver both scored their first NHL goals in the Lightning’s 3-2 shootout win over the Kings… Zack Stortini scored his first NHL goal in Edmonton’s 5-2 loss to Vancouver… Brandon Bochenski scored in his Boston debut, helping the Bruins to a 3-2 shootout win over Washington… On Monday night, two-time AHL All-Star Jiri Hudler scored one of Detroit’s three third-period goals in a 4-3 comeback win over the N.Y. Rangers.


BY THE NUMBERS:
999
— Professional regular-season games as a head coach for Hershey’s Bruce Boudreau, who works the bench for number 1,000 Wednesday night vs. Portland… Boudreau has won 311 of his 609 games coached in the AHL.


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