On Wednesday, Kyle Wilson scored the winning goal with 2:31 left in regulation, helping Hershey to a 4-2 victory over Albany… Mathieu Darche had two goals and an assist in Worcester’s 6-2 win over Springfield… Mark Mancari’s second goal of the night came 1:42 into overtime and gave Rochester a 3-2 win over Grand Rapids.
Hershey 4, ALBANY 2… WORCESTER 6, Springfield 2… ROCHESTER 3, Grand Rapids 2 (OT)… Lowell 2, HARTFORD 1… W-B/SCRANTON 3, Binghamton 2… OMAHA 3, Hamilton 1
Peoria 3, IOWA 1
After picking up three assists in his Penguins debut on Wednesday, Robert Nilsson faces his former teammates as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Bridgeport on Friday night… Nilsson was the Sound Tigers’ leading scorer this season before being traded to Edmonton in the Ryan Smyth deal earlier this week… Rob Schremp had two goals and an assist in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Binghamton… The Penguins are 5-3-0-1 since Feb. 9, with all five wins coming against the Senators… Bridgeport, which enters the weekend on a four-game losing streak, has been outscored 10-2 in its first two visits to the Wachovia Arena in 2006-07… Jeff Tambellini has 22 goals and 22 assists in 41 games for the Sound Tigers this season.
Worcester hosts Providence on Friday night in the ninth meeting of the season between the New England rivals… The Bruins have won four of the last five get-togethers, most recently a 5-4 overtime decision on a Ben Walter goal on Feb. 9… Walter scored another OT goal two nights later, but has not found the net in seven games since… Jordan Sigalet is 10-2-1 in his last 13 decisions for Providence, which as a team is 17-5-0-1 in its last 23 games… The Sharks have won three straight to remain tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Division entering the weekend… Mike Iggulden has scored a goal in four consecutive games for Worcester (4g, 2a), and joins Graham Mink (3g, 3a) with six points each in that span.
Hamilton enters the weekend still two points out of first place in the North Division as its road trip continues in Milwaukee on Friday and Chicago on Saturday… With Jaroslav Halak still on NHL recall to Montreal, the Bulldogs added former AHL All-Star goaltender Philippe Sauve on loan from the Boston Bruins on Thursday… Andre Benoit scored the only Bulldogs goal in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss in Omaha… Pekka Rinne and the Admirals have allowed exactly one goal in each of Milwaukee’s last three games… The Ads’ Rich Peverley is tied for seventh in the AHL in scoring with 62 points in 60 games… Hamilton has outscored Milwaukee by a margin of 9-1 in the teams’ first two meetings this season.
(all times Eastern)
Norfolk at Lowell, 7:05… Binghamton at Philadelphia, 7:05… Bridgeport at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Albany at Syracuse, 7:30… Hamilton at Milwaukee, 8:00… Houston at Omaha, 8:00… Providence at Worcester, 8:00… Toronto at Manitoba, 8:30
Binghamton at Hershey, 7:00… Norfolk at Worcester, 7:00… Providence at Lowell, 7:05… Hartford at Philadelphia, 7:05… Manchester at Portland, 7:05… Albany at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:30… Hamilton at Chicago, 8:00… Houston at Peoria, 8:00… San Antonio at Iowa, 8:05… Toronto at Manitoba, 8:30
Springfield at Worcester, 4:00… Norfolk at Portland, 4:05… Hartford at Hershey, 5:00… Houston at Peoria, 5:00… Albany at Binghamton, 5:05… San Antonio at Chicago, 6:00… Grand Rapids at Rochester, 6:05
San Antonio at Milwaukee, 8:00
Peoria at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Binghamton at Philadelphia, 7:05
On Thursday night, Josh Harding made 30 saves for his second career NHL shutout, leading Minnesota past Edmonton, 5-0… Scottie Upshall‘s goal with 9.9 seconds left in overtime gave Philadelphia a 4-3 win over Boston… 2003 Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Johan Holmqvist stopped all 10 shootout attempts to lead Tampa Bay over Washington, 5-4… Jeff Finger scored his first career NHL goal in Colorado’s 6-1 win over Chicago… Bill Thomas scored twice in Phoenix’s 4-3 loss to Vancouver… On Wednesday, two-time AHL All-Star Ray Emery made 27 saves in Ottawa’s 2-0 win over Carolina.
BY THE NUMBERS:
25 — Consecutive games with a point by Chicago’s Jason Krog before his NHL recall on Dec. 12… The streak is considered intact as he returns to the Wolves on Saturday night.
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