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AHL Quick Hits: West race tightening up


LOOKING BACK:
In Tuesday’s action, Manchester used three-point performances from Teddy Purcell (2-1-3) and Scott Parse (1-2-3) to defeat Chicago, 7-2, for its fourth straight win… Ryan White tallied two goals and an assist and rookie Max Pacioretty broke a 3-3 tie with 7:34 left in the third period as Hamilton took a 5-3 road win over San Antonio.

Mon 11/24
No games scheduled

Tue 11/25
Manchester 7, CHICAGO 2
Hamilton 5, SAN ANTONIO 3


ahllive_300.jpgLOOKING AHEAD:
Philadelphia visits the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday for its second meeting of the season with intra-state rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… The Penguins took a 4-3 win over the Phantoms on Oct. 11… Chris Minard, who tallied a game-high three points (2-1-3) in that tilt for the Pens, ranks second in the AHL with 27 points in 18 games, including a league-high 16 goals… Minard (2-1-3) and Janne Pesonen (0-4-4) are riding three-game scoring streaks… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 in its last five home games… Phantoms rookie Claude Giroux has a point in seven of his last eight outings (6-4-10), and Jared Ross sports one in eight of his nine AHL games on the season (5-7-12)… Danny Syvret has already matched a career high with 20 points (5-15-20) in 20 games, a total which leads the Phantoms and ranks second among AHL defensemen… Philadelphia is concluding a stretch that had it play 14 of its first 21 games away from the Wachovia Spectrum.

Manchester, 4-0-0-0 thus far on a five-game road trip and over .500 for the first time this season at 7-6-0-3, concludes the swing tonight at Grand Rapids in the teams’ first-ever meeting… Thirteen different Monarchs tallied a point in Tuesday’s 7-2 win at Chicago… Teddy Purcell has a goal in five of his last six games (6-4-10) and a team-high eight on the season (8-7-15)… Gabe Gauthier posted two assists in Chicago and leads the Monarchs with 16 points (3-13-16) in 16 games… Manchester wing and Kalamazoo native Scott Parse began his pro career with Grand Rapids at the end of the 2006-07 season, netting seven points in 10 games… Darren Haydar has a goal in three of his last four games (4-1-5) for the Griffins, who are 5-1-0-2 at Van Andel Arena this season… Justin Abdelkader is tied with Haydar for the team lead in goals (eight) but has netted just one in his last 11 outings… Manchester went 2-for-3 on the power play on Tuesday, and eight of its 12 man advantage goals for the season have come on the road… Grand Rapids’ home penalty-killing rate of 95.3 percent (41-for-43) ranks second in the AHL.

Quad City, 5-2-0-1 in its last eight games, welcomes division-rival Iowa to the I Wireless Center on Wednesday… The Flames rank sixth in the West Division with 18 points but sit just three points back of the Chops, who are in a three-way tie for second… Jamie Lundmark is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) and leads the Flames overall with 21 points (4-17-21) in 20 games… Kris Chucko (2-2-4) and rookie John Armstrong (2-4-6) also show three-game scoring runs for Quad City… The Chops, who are kicking off a season-high seven-game road swing, are 1-2-1-0 since posting a three-game winning streak… Rookie Matt Beleskey is coming off back-to-back three-point performances last weekend (2-4-6), while Josh Green shows three goals and five points in his last two contests… Iowa has been outscored 42-34 over the first two periods but holds a 24-12 edge in the third.

(all times Eastern)
Wed 11/26
Rochester @ Toronto, 11:30 a.m.
Manchester @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Binghamton @ Hershey, 7:00
Providence @ Lowell, 7:00
Worcester @ Portland, 7:00
Philadelphia @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Springfield @ Norfolk, 7:15
Peoria @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Iowa @ Quad City, 8:05
San Antonio @ Rockford, 8:05

Thu 11/27
Albany @ Binghamton, 6:05


ALUMNI WATCH:
On Tuesday, 2004-05 AHL Rookie of the Year Rene Bourque netted a pair of goals in Calgary’s 6-2 win over Los Angeles… On Monday, Cal Clutterbuck – who had 24 points as a rookie with the AHL’s Houston Aeros in 2007-08 – tallied his first two career NHL goals in Minnesota’s 4-3 win over Washington.


BY THE NUMBERS:
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— Thanksgiving Day games played in Binghamton, N.Y., since professional hockey first came to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in 1973… The home team is an even 16-16-2, with the 35th installment set for Thursday when in-state rival Albany visits the Senators. .


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