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East Notes: B’s come to life, Pens’ streak ends

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Heading into Thursday’s tilt against Toronto, Adirondack is winless in nine straight games (0-8-1-0), which is tied for the longest such skid in the franchise’s 15-year history… The Philadelphia Phantoms were winless in nine straight outings from Dec. 17, 2000 to Jan. 5, 2001, and again from Oct. 26, 2005 to Nov. 12, 2005… Veteran forward Denis Hamel scored three goals in his first two games with the Phantoms, including a pair on Saturday at Binghamton, where he spent six seasons as a player… Eric Wellwood, the younger brother of Kyle Wellwood, earned an NHL call-up to Philadelphia for three games last week… Thursday’s contest is the start of three home games in three nights, as Adirondack will also host Norfolk and Abbotsford.
 
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Albany is 4-1-0-0 through its first five road games but just 2-5-0-0 at the Times Union Center thus far… Overall, the Devils have lost three straight games and surrendered six goals in all three contests after not allowing more than three goals in any of their previous eight outings… Matt Anderson is riding a four-game scoring streak (4-1-5), while Vladimir Zharkov shows a point in each of his last three contests (2-2-4)… Zharkov (4-4-8) is tied for the team lead in goals along with Brad Mills (4-2-6)… Goaltender Mike McKenna is 2-3-0 on the season, and both victories have been shootout wins – on Oct. 15 vs. Hartford and on Friday at Worcester… Albany hosts Syracuse on Friday before visiting Portland on Saturday.
 
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Just one game after posting a 5-0 shutout of Syracuse on Sunday, Binghamton dropped a 6-4 decision to Rochester on Wednesday… Rookie Bobby Butler scored in the loss and now has a goal in three straight games (5-2-7) and five of his last six (7-3-10)… Butler’s 10 goals overall are tied for second in the entire AHL, and his 15 points in 13 games rank second among league rookies… Jim O’Brien (4-2-6) and rookie Colin Greening (1-5-6) each boast a four-game scoring streak for the B-Sens, and leading scorer Corey Locke (4-15-19) has a point in seven straight (3-10-13)… Binghamton visits Wilkes-Barre and Hershey this weekend, with a Saturday home game vs. Toronto in between.
 
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Bridgeport went 1-2-0-0 in a three-games-in-three-nights stretch last weekend… The Sound Tigers were outscored 13-2 in the two losses, with a 4-1 win over Hartford wedged in between; Bridgeport then dropped a 7-1 decision to the Wolf Pack the next night… Bridgeport has managed just one goal in six of its first 12 games this season… Rookie goaltender Kevin Poulin (3-1-0) ranks third in the AHL in goals-against average (1.75) and tied for second in save percentage (.940) through four appearances… Defenseman Travis Hamonic shows an assist in three straight games (0-3-3) and four of his last five (1-4-5)… Jesse Joensuu has a point in seven of his last eight outings (3-7-10)… The Sound Tigers play in Charlotte on Thursday and Friday before returning to host Norfolk on Saturday.
 
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Charlotte had collected a standings point in seven straight games (4-0-1-2) prior to Tuesday’s 5-2 setback to Hershey… Chris Terry scored a goal in that loss, extending his scoring streak to six consecutive games (5-3-8)… Terry already has eight goals in 16 games this year (8-5-13), nearly halfway to the 17 he totaled (17-30-47) while playing all 80 games for the Albany River Rats as a rookie in 2009-10… Oskar Osala has registered a single point in five of his last six games (1-4-5), but Drayson Bowman’s three-game scoring run (1-3-4) came to an end in Tuesday’s loss… The Checkers’ 16 games played thus far (6-7-1-2) are tied with Hartford for most in the Eastern Conference… Charlotte hosts Bridgeport on Thursday and Friday.
 
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Hartford erupted for a season-high seven goals in a 7-1 win over Bridgeport on Sunday before suffering their second shutout of the year in a 4-0 loss to Toronto on Wednesday… It marked the eighth time in their last 11 games in which the Wolf Pack managed either one or zero goals… Sunday’s win over the Sound Tigers featured a hat trick and four point game by rookie Mats Zuccarello along with a three-point effort (2-1-3) by Jeremy Williams… Rookie Kelsey Tessier snapped an 11-game goal drought by scoring his third of the year in that victory… Tim Kennedy shows five assists in four games since returning from a four-game injury absence… Hartford hosts Springfield on Saturday in its lone game of the weekend.
 
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Hershey is 5-2-0-0 in its last seven games after beginning the season 2-2-0-1… The Bears earned a split of their first-ever visit to Charlotte this week, dropping a 4-2 decision on Sunday before taking a 5-2 victory on Tuesday… Kyle Greentree nabbed two goals in both North Carolina contests, and the first-year Bear is now riding an eight-game scoring streak overall (5-6-11)… Greentree (7-8-15) shows a point in 11 of Hershey’s first 12 games of the year, with a 3-2 loss to Rochester on Oct. 16 the lone exception… The Bears have outscored opponents by a whopping 20-6 margin in the third period thus far… Hershey hosts Toronto and Binghamton this weekend, with a Saturday visit to Syracuse in between.
 
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Manchester has been idle since dropping a 3-2 decision in Worcester on Saturday, and the Monarchs will have a chance for revenge when they host the Sharks this Friday… Manchester, which is beginning a five-game homestand, also welcomes Providence and Springfield to Verizon Wireless Arena this weekend… Second-year pro Andrei Loktionov has recorded four points (1-3-4) in three games since being assigned to Manchester by parent-club Los Angeles… Rookie goaltender Martin Jones has stopped 74 of 78 shots in three appearances thus far (2-0-0, 1.48, .949)… Manchester is 6-0-0-1 when scoring the game’s first goal and 1-4-1-0 when allowing it.
 
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Norfolk kicked off a five-game road swing with a 6-3 win at Albany on Wednesday, the Admirals’ second win in as many trips to New York’s capital on the season… Paul Szczechura has recorded two goals and three points in those two contests, and his six goals overall (6-6-12) are tops on the team… Admirals leading scorer Marc-Antoine Pouliot (4-14-18) has a point in 10 of his first 12 games this year… Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Charlotte marked just the seventh time since Norfolk joined the AHL in 2000-01 that the Admirals played a Saturday home game the night after playing a Friday road game; Norfolk won a 3-2 shootout decision in Charlotte on Friday… The Admirals continue their trip this weekend with games at Adirondack, Bridgeport, and Worcester.
 
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Portland will enter the weekend with a league-best 23 points through 15 games this season (11-3-1-0)… The Pirates hold a seven-point lead on Manchester atop the Atlantic Division, though the Monarchs have played two fewer games… Luke Adam, who leads the AHL with 11 goals and paces all rookies with 19 points, registered his fifth multiple-point effort of the season (1-1-2) in Wednesday’s 4-2 win at Springfield… Dennis McCauley is now riding a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4), and defenseman Dennis Persson has a point in his last four games played (2-3-5)… Portland has scored first in 10 of 15 games thus far (8-2-0-0)… The Pirates host Albany on Saturday in their only game of the weekend.
 
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Providence went 3-0-0-0 last weekend, putting together a winning streak for the first time this season… The Bruins combined for 17 goals in the three victories after totaling 18 goals in their first nine games of the season (2-5-1-1)… Jamie Arniel scored in all three contests (3-2-5), and Jordan Knackstedt (4-2-6), Joe Colborne (4-1-5), Steven Kampfer (0-5-5), and Kirk MacDonald (0-3-3) all had at least three points on the weekend as well… Colborne is riding a four-game scoring streak (5-1-6) for the B’s… Providence handed division-leading Portland its first home loss of the season by taking a 5-4 overtime decision on Saturday… The Bruins host Abbotsford twice this weekend, with a Saturday trip to Manchester in between.
 
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Springfield’s four-game points streak (3-0-0-1) ended on Wednesday in a 4-2 loss to Portland… The loss dropped the Falcons to 3-4-0-0 on home ice this season, compared with a 4-1-0-1 mark on the road… Rookie defenseman John Moore’s four-game scoring streak (1-4-5) came to an end in that loss, but first-year forward Matt Calvert picked up an assist to run his own scoring streak to three contests (3-1-4)… Falcons leading scorer Tom Sestito (6-8-14) has a point in six of his last seven games (3-4-7)… Ben Guite played in his 500th career AHL game on Wednesday… Springfield is 5-0-0-0 on Fridays and 2-5-0-1 on all other days… Springfield visits Hartford and Manchester this weekend.
 
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Syracuse suffered its first shutout of the season on Sunday in a 5-0 setback at Binghamton… That loss also snapped the Crunch’s points streak at four games (2-0-1-1), and Nicolas Deschamps saw his eight-game scoring streak come to an end… Sunday marked the first time this season Syracuse lost a game by more than a one-goal margin… Rookie Brandon McMillan recorded his first multiple-point game of the season on Saturday with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Syracuse ranks 28th in goals per game (2.33) but seventh in goals allowed per game (2.75)… The Crunch visit Albany on Friday before hosting Hershey on Saturday.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season-opening winning streak ended at nine games on Saturday when the Pens dropped a 4-3 decision to Syracuse… After Sunday’s 2-1 win at Rochester, the Penguins still own the AHL’s top points percentage overall at 10-1-0-0 (.909)… Wilkes-Barre, which is a league-best 6-0-0-0 on the road, did not earn its sixth road win last season until Dec. 18 at Syracuse… Penguins teammates Dustin Jeffrey and Joe Vitale are tied for the league lead with two shorthanded goals apiece… Brett Sterling has a point in three straight games (3-1-4) since missing four contests to injury… Ryan Craig was named the Penguins’ team captain on Thursday… The Pens host Binghamton on Friday and visit Worcester on Saturday.
 
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Worcester has earned a point in four straight games (3-0-0-1) to move to 5-3-1-2 on the season overall… The Sharks boast the AHL’s top-ranked penalty kill (91.2 percent) and are tied with Grand Rapids for its best power play (27.8 percent)… Defenseman Sean Sullivan has recorded a goal and an assist in two of his last three games after totaling just one helper through his first eight games in a Sharks uniform… Team leading scorer Jonathan Cheechoo (5-8-13) has a point in six of his last seven contests (3-5-8)… Reigning AHL All-Rookie goaltender Alex Stalock has won back-to-back games for the first time this season… Worcester visits Manchester on Friday before hosting East Division foes Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk to close the weekend.