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East Notes: Calvert hot, SYR looks for goals

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Adirondack fell to 0-7-0-0 in its last seven road games with Wednesday’s 2-1 loss in Charlotte… The Phantoms’ lone roads victory of the season came on Oct. 9 at Albany, a 5-3 decision… Denis Hamel was held off the scoresheet on Wednesday for just the second time in six games since joining the Phantoms (6-0-6)… Rookie goaltender Nic Riopel made his AHL debut in that contest and made 24 saves in the losing effort… Erik Gustafsson continues to lead all AHL rookie defensemen with 10 assists (2-10-12) through 17 games… The Phantoms, in a stretch of playing eight of 10 on the road, have a rematch against the Checkers on Friday and then shift up to Norfolk for a game there Saturday night.
 
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Albany began the season by winning six of its first nine games (6-3-0-0) but has dropped six in a row in regulation since, and the Devils have managed just three goals in their most recent three games combined… The Devils are just 2-7-0-0 at the Times Union Center thus far but show a 4-2-0-0 mark on the road… Matt Anderson continues to lead the Devils with six goals on the year, and his eight points are in a three-way tie for the club lead with Vladimir Zharkov (4-4-8) and rookie David McIntyre (2-6-8)… Third-year defenseman Tyler Eckford broke a 12-game AHL goal-scoring drought to begin the year when he scored Albany’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday… The Devils visit Syracuse and Rochester this weekend.
 
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Binghamton goaltender Barry Brust is an even 6-6-1 on the season so far; the former AHL All-Star has surrendered just eight goals in his six victories (1.33 per game) but has allowed 27 goals in his seven losses (3.86 per game)… Brust has two shutouts on the year but has also surrendered seven and eight goals in a game… Bobby Butler, who leads the entire lead with 13 goals in 17 games, has moved into a tie for the AHL rookie lead with 19 points… Corey Locke, who is riding an 11-game scoring run (6-14-20), shows an AHL-high 19 assists and 26 points in his first 17 games for the Senators… Locke has been involved in 26 of Binghamton’s 55 total goals thus far… The Sens host Hershey and Hartford this weekend before visiting Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
 
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Pat Bingham took over as Bridgeport’s head coach on Monday following Jack Capuano’s promotion to the parent NY Islanders… The Sound Tigers dropped a 4-3 decision in Springfield on Tuesday in Bingham’s debut and fell to 1-4-0-0 in their last five games overall… Tony Romano has netted a goal in four of his last six games (4-1-5) after going his first six outings of the year without scoring… Rob Figren, who totaled three goals and seven points in 62 games as a rookie for Bridgeport in 2009-10, already boasts five goals and six points through 16 games this year… The Sound Tigers visit Providence on Friday before returning to host Manchester on Saturday and Portland on Sunday.
 
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Charlotte is currently on a season-high three-game winning streak and has collected a point in 10 of 11 games (7-1-1-2) since beginning the year with six regulation losses in eight games… The Checkers have already played 19 games in total, most in the Eastern Conference and tied with Abbotsford for tops in the AHL… Goaltender Justin Pogge is on a personal five-game winning streak, the longest run of his AHL career… Jerome Samson’s four-game scoring streak (4-2-6) ended in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Adirondack, as did Zac Dalpe’s five-game goal-scoring streak (6-2-8)… The Checkers host Adirondack on Friday and are then off until playing a home-and-home with Norfolk early next week.
 
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Hartford dipped to 1-9-2-1 in its last 13 games on Wednesday with a 4-3 loss at Manchester… The Wolf Pack, who are averaging a league-low 2.06 goals per game, have scored more than three in a game on just two occasions – a 4-2 opening-night win over Charlotte on Oct. 9 and a 7-1 rout of Bridgeport on Nov. 7… Jeremy Williams has provided most of Hartford’s offense recently, scoring a pair of goals in three of his last four games (6-1-7); Williams leads the Wolf Pack with 10 goals and 16 points in 18 games; no one else on the team has more than six tallies… After playing 11 of its first 17 games at home, Hartford is in the midst of a five-game road swing… The Pack visit Springfield, Binghamton, and Hershey this weekend.
 
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Hershey racked up a season-high eight goals in Sunday’s 8-3 win over Binghamton… The Bears and Senators have played twice this season, with Hershey taking both contests by a combined score of 15-4… The division rivals will battle again on Friday in Binghamton, after which Hershey will host Wilkes-Barre and Hartford on Saturday and Sunday, respectively… Reigning AHL MVP Keith Aucoin, who shows 18 points (5-13-18) in 11 contests this season, has missed four straight games to injury… Andrew Gordon already has six multiple-point efforts on the year, including six points (3-3-6) in his last two games… Hershey has outscored opponents 24-8 in the third period this season.
 
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After scoring only four goals during a three-game losing skid from Nov. 6-13, Manchester has scored four times in each of its last two games, both victories… The Monarchs have scored first in just seven of 17 games thus far but are 6-0-0-1 in those contests… Andrei Loktionov has a point in five of seven games (2-4-6) since joining the team, including one game-winning goal… Third-year defenseman Alec Martinez, who leads the Monarchs overall with 16 points (5-11-16) in 17 games, is already more than halfway to the 30 points (7-23-30) he registered in 55 games last year… Manchester hosts Worcester on Friday and Providence on Sunday, with a Saturday trip to Bridgeport in between.
 
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Norfolk has lost a league-high three games in overtime already, including back-to-back extra-session defeats at Adirondack and Bridgeport last weekend… The Admirals show just two victories in their last nine games but have earned a point in six of the nine (2-3-3-1)… Blair Jones had a six-game scoring streak (3-6-9) end on Friday at Adirondack… Paul Szczechura has netted a goal in three of his last four games (3-2-5)… Norfolk and Worcester have already finished their season series, with each team winning twice on home ice; against the Sharks, Norfolk is 5-2-1-1 all-time at home but just 2-7-0-0 at Worcester’s DCU Center… The Admirals visit Wilkes-Barre on Friday and return home to face Adirondack on Saturday.
 
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Portland has a point in four straight games (3-0-1-0) and eight of its last nine (7-1-1-0), and the Pirates’ 25 points through 16 games (12-3-1-0) are good for a five-point cushion atop the Atlantic Division… Second-year forward Travis Turnbull was without a goal through eight games this year but has netted four in his last seven outings (4-3-7)… Dennis McCauley is currently on a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5) after going his previous eight games without registering a point… Mark Mancari has a point in three of his last four games (0-4-4), and his 19 points overall (7-12-19) are tied for the team lead with rookie Luke Adam (11-8-19)… The Pirates are off Friday, host Worcester on Saturday, and visit Bridgeport on Sunday.
 
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Providence has won five of its last six games (5-1-0-0) after beginning the season 2-5-1-1… The Bruins have converted five of their last 15 power play opportunities (33.3 percent) after beginning the year just 4-for-44 (9.1 percent) on the man advantage… The B’s boast the AHL’s top-ranked power play on the road (28.0 percent) but rank 29th at home (5.9 percent)… Former first-round draft pick Zach Hamill is on a four-game assist streak (0-8-8) and leads the P-Bruins with 10 helpers in 14 games overall (0-10-10)… Jamie Arniel has a point in five of his last six outings (4-4-8), and Jordan Knackstedt shows one in four of his last five (4-4-8)… The Bruins host Bridgeport on Friday, have Saturday off, and visit Manchester on Sunday.
 
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Falcons rookie Matt Calvert is on a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-1-4) and has registered a point in his last six contests (6-2-8)… Among AHL rookies, Calvert is currently tied for third with eight goals and tied for fourth with 13 points overall… Veteran Ben Guite has a goal in three of his last four games (3-3-6) after going his first 12 games this season without scoring… First-year defenseman John Moore is also hot, with an assist in three straight (0-4-4) and seven of his last eight contests (1-8-9)… Dating back to Oct. 29, each of Springfield’s last five victories have come by as one-goal margin… The Falcons host Hartford on Friday before traveling to Syracuse on Saturday and Worcester on Sunday.
 
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After Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Binghamton, Syracuse has been shutout in back-to-back games and in three of its last four contests overall… The Crunch now rank 29th in the AHL in offense (2.07 goals per game), barely better than 30th-ranked Hartford (2.06)… Syracuse’s lone win in this span was also a shutout, a 3-0 victory at Albany on Friday… Rookie Nicolas Deschamps moved into a tie for the team lead with his seventh goal of the year (7-3-10) in that one; Deschamps’ 10 points also pace the Crunch… The Crunch, who have now lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time all season, look to rebound when they host the Devils on Friday… Syracuse then welcomes Springfield on Saturday and travels to Rochester on Sunday.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 8-0-0-0 on the road this season with a 4-1 win at Albany on Tuesday… Ryan Craig has netted the game-winning goal in each of the Penguins’ last three victories; Craig totaled two game-winners in 73 contests last season as a member of Norfolk… Craig’s three game-winners thus far are tied with Joe Vitale for the club lead… The Pens continue to pace the East Division at 12-2-0-0 (24 points) overall, and their .857 points percentage is tops in the AHL… Goaltender Brad Thiessen remains unbeaten on the campaign at 8-0-0 (1.74, .936); Thiessen ranks third in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage… Wilkes-Barre hosts Norfolk and Binghamton this weekend, with a Saturday trip to Hershey in between.
 
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Worcester has collected a point in six of its last seven games (5-1-0-1) since beginning the season 2-3-1-1… The Sharks have played only 14 games total, tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Texas for fewest in the AHL to this point… Dan DaSilva, who went scoreless in his first eight games this season, shows six points (1-5-6) in six games since… Defenseman Mike Moore scored his first two goals of the season for Worcester on Sunday vs. Norfolk, earned a recall to San Jose on Wednesday, and scored his first NHL goal that night at Colorado… Worcester continues to boast the AHL’s top-ranked power play (23.5 percent) and also shows its third-ranked penalty kill (89.8 percent)… The Sharks visit Manchester and Portland this weekend before hosting Springfield on Sunday.