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East Notes: ‘Tigers roar out of the gate

 

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Andreas Nodl scored on the Phantoms’ first penalty shot try of the season in Adirondack’s 4-3 win over Springfield on Friday, which was also the club’s first victory… Krys Kolanos played in his 200th career AHL game on Friday; he now shows 188 points (99-93-188) in 201 career AHL contests… Lukas Kaspar posted a goal and two assists in two games for the Phantoms last weekend… Jonathon Kalinksi has a point in all three games thus far (1-2-3), and Josh Beaulieu shows a point in two straight (1-1-2) after missing Adirondack’s season opener… The Phantoms host Hershey and Albany this weekend before a Sunday visit to Bridgeport.
 
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Albany’s penalty kill is a perfect 15-for-15 on the campaign, and the River Rats boast the AHL’s fifth-best power play in the early going at 28.6 percent (6-for-21)… Rookie goaltender Mike Murphy played his first professional game and earned the victory in the River Rats’ 6-1 win over Rochester on Saturday… Rookie Zach Boychuk (1-5-6) and third-year pro Jerome Samson (3-5-8) each has a point in all four of Albany’s games thus far; Samson’s eight points are in a three-way tie for tops in the AHL… The River Rats hit the road for the first time this weekend with visits to Adirondack on Saturday and Worcester on Sunday.
 
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Binghamton captain Denis Hamel (2-3-5) and newcomer Martin St. Pierre (3-4-7) have each registered a point in all four of the Senators’ games thus far, and Ryan Keller has notched a goal in three of four (3-2-5)… Defenseman Craig Schira and right wing Keegan Dansereau both registered their first professional goal in the Sens’ 6-2 win over Syracuse on Friday… Binghamton has scored the first goal in three of its four games and shows a 1-1-1-0 mark in those contests… The Sens host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey this weekend to wrap up a stretch of playing five of their first six games at home.
 
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Bridgeport is off to its first 4-0-0-0 start in its nine-year history, and all four victories have come by a one-goal margin… Sean Bentivoglio netted the game-winner with just 10 seconds left in regulation to give the Sound Tigers a 2-1 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday; each of their other three games has required overtime or the shootout… Three different goaltenders – Scott Munroe, Mikko Koskinen, and Nathan Lawson – already have at least one victory apiece on the young season… Bridgeport has Friday off and then hosts Norfolk and Adirondack on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
 
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Hartford was awarded penalty shots in consecutive games for the first time in team history last week when Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau converted on Saturday vs. Springfield and Dale Weise cashed in on Sunday at Providence… After being pulled after two periods in his pro debut on Friday at Providence, goaltender Chad Johnson bounced back with consecutive wins on Saturday and Sunday… Parenteau has a point in all four games thus far (4-3-7)… Corey Locke (5-1-6) was held off the scoresheet for the first time on Sunday… The Wolf Pack hit the road for games in Portland and Springfield this weekend.
 
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Hershey, which registered an 8-1 win at Binghamton on Saturday, reached the eight-goal plateau four times by the end of November last season… Alexandre Giroux had been held without a goal in the Bears’ first two games of the season before scoring twice on Saturday and adding Hershey’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Manchester on Sunday… Giroux (3-4-7) does have a point in all four tilts thus far, as does Andrew Gordon (4-4-8), who is tied for the league lead in scoring… The Bears begin a three-game road swing with stops in Adirondack and Binghamton this weekend.
 
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With his 38-save shutout performance in Lowell’s 4-0 win over Portland on Sunday, ex-Pirate Mike McKenna became the second goaltender to record a shutout in his Devils debut; Scott Clemmensen made 35 saves to blank Worcester on Feb. 21, 2007… Nathan Perkovich’s first professional goal was the eventual game-winner on Sunday vs. the Pirates… Eight Lowell players have recorded multiple-point efforts over the first three games of the season, and 16 of the 19 skaters that have appeared in a game have recorded a point… Lowell makes divisional visits to Providence and Worcester on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
 
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Manchester has played each of its first four games against non-divisional opponents, all on the road, and posted a 3-1-0-0 record… After a visit to Springfield on Friday, the Monarchs will host Portland in their home opener on Saturday to kick off a six-game homestand… Second-year goaltender Jonathan Bernier is out to a 3-0-0 start and stopped a combined 75 of 77 shots (.974) in victories at Norfolk on Friday and at Hershey on Sunday… Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Norfolk marked the first time the Monarchs had been blanked since a 2-0 loss to Hamilton on Dec. 19, 2008… Defenseman Drew Bagnall ended a 102-game goal-scoring drought on Friday at Norfolk; his only other goal for the Monarchs came on Feb. 1, 2008 vs. Portland, into an empty net.
 
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At 1-3-0-0, Norfolk has dropped three of its first four games for the third consecutive season… The Admirals have managed only five goals in the four games but have surrendered just eight themselves… Brandon Bochenski has accounted for three of Norfolk’s five goals and has scored one in three straight contests… With his 26-save shutout of Manchester on Saturday, rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski joined teammate Riku Helenius as the only Norfolk goaltenders to pitch a shutout for their first AHL win; Helenius blanked Bridgeport on Feb. 6, 2009, at the Scope… The Admirals’ power play is off to an 0-for-18 start this year.
 
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Portland’s 4-0 loss at Lowell on Sunday marked the first time the Pirates had been blanked since Game 1 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals, a 2-0 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on May 14, 2008; and the first time in the regular season since a 2-0 loss at Manchester on Mar. 26, 2008… The Pirates did not suffer a shutout during the entire 2008-09 regular season and postseason… Paul Byron registered his first professional goal for the game-winner in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Providence… Portland has been outscored 14-6 during the first and second periods thus far… The Pirates host Hartford on Friday before visiting Manchester on Saturday and Providence on Sunday.
 
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Rookie goaltender Matt Dalton made his professional debut on Sunday, making 28 saves in a 3-2 loss to Hartford… Second-year pro Brad Marchand has netted a goal in all four games thus far (5-0-5), and Vladimir Sobotka has a point in four straight (1-3-4) to begin the season… Providence has tallied a power play goal in each of its four games and is tied for third in the league at 30.8 percent (8-for-26)… In the early going, the Bruins are 0-2-0-0 when they score the game’s first goal but 2-0-0-0 when they allow it… Providence is the only team in the AHL with this Saturday off; the B’s host Lowell on Friday and Portland on Sunday to continue a four-game homestand.
 
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Springfield has been outscored 17-8 in dropping three straight games since taking a 5-2 win over Portland in its season opener on Oct. 3… Defenseman Taylor Chorney had registered a point in three straight games (2-3-5) to begin the campaign before he was held scoreless on Saturday at Hartford… Ryan Potulny had back-to-back multiple-point efforts last weekend, collecting a goal and an assist on both Friday at Adirondack and Saturday in Hartford… Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who led the AHL in minutes played last season (3,635), has started all four games for the Falcons thus far.
 
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Syracuse’s lone win was by a 6-1 score over Adirondack on Saturday, and its three losses have been by a combined score of 14-5… The Crunch scored six unanswered goals on Saturday vs. the Phantoms after surrendering six unanswered on Friday at Binghamton… Six different members of the Crunch netted goals on Saturday… Pascal Pelletier had begun the campaign on a three-game scoring streak (2-4-6) prior to his scoreless effort in Monday’s 4-1 loss at Rochester… Pelletier’s six points lead the team, while Alexandre Picard shows five points (2-3-5) in the early going… The Crunch host Norfolk on Friday and visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has totaled just one goal in a pair of losses since taking a 4-2 win over Syracuse to open its season on Oct. 3… Opposing goaltenders have made 73 saves on 74 shots (.986) during the last two contests, and the lone Penguins score in that span came off the stick of Luca Caputi on Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Bridgeport… Wyatt Smith (2-1-3) and Chris Conner (1-2-3) are tied for the club scoring lead with three points apiece, all coming in the season opener… The Penguins play their first road game of the campaign on Friday at Binghamton before hosting Syracuse again on Saturday.
 
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Each of Worcester’s first three games – all on the road – has been decided by one goal, resulting in two wins and a shootout loss… The Sharks have scored the first goal in all three contests… Rookie Brandon Mashinter has three goals in his last two games (3-1-4), and Dan DaSilva is the only member of the Sharks with a point in all three games thus far (1-2-3)… Worcester has the AHL’s second-ranked power play in the early going, having gone 5-for-16 (31.3 percent) thus far… Sharks head coach Roy Sommer is now five wins shy of 400 for his AHL career… Worcester plays its home opener vs. Lowell on Saturday and then hosts Albany on Sunday.