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Griffins look to continue home dominance

LOOKING BACK:
On Tuesday night, Darren Haydar’s second goal of the game came 44 seconds into overtime as Milwaukee beat Cleveland, 4-3… After surrendering a two-goal lead late in regulation, Peoria went 3-for-5 in the shootout to get past San Antonio, 4-3… On Monday afternoon, Quintin Laing and Matt Keith scored in the third period to give Norfolk a 4-3 win in Bridgeport… Dany Sabourin made 37 saves in Wilkes-Barre’s 3-2 win at Syracuse.

Mon 1/16
Norfolk 4, BRIDGEPORT 3… Wilkes-Barre 3, SYRACUSE 2

Tue 1/17
MILWAUKEE 4, Cleveland 3 (OT)… Peoria 4, SAN ANTONIO 3 (SO)

LOOKING AHEAD:
Grand Rapids, 14-1-1-2 in its last 18 home games, takes on Iowa at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday (7:00 ET), part three of a six-game homestand… The Griffins rank first in the league in scoring with 164 goals in 42 games, and first in power-play efficiency at 21.6 percent… Jiri Hudler is third in the AHL with 51 points on the season, and Donald MacLean is second with 24 goals, including 12 in his last 12 games… Junior Lessard has recorded 10 points in six games in January for the Stars (6g, 4a)… Dan Ellis has won nine of his last 12 decisions in the Iowa net… Now leading the first-year Stars, Dave Allison was also the first head coach of the Griffins (1996-98).

Manchester and Hartford duel on Wednesday (7:00 ET) for the seventh time this season… The Wolf Pack have not fallen to the Monarchs in regulation in 2005-06, with three wins, an overtime loss and two shootout defeats… Hartford is 5-2-0-0 in its last seven overall, both losses at the hands of division-leading Portland… Rookie Nigel Dawes, the reigning CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week, is coming off three consecutive two-goal games for the Pack… The Monarchs have posted shutout victories in three of their last six road games… Manchester’s Brad Smyth has tied Hartford assistant coach and former teammate Ken Gernander for 30th place on the AHL’s all-time scoring list with 624 career points.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squares off with Syracuse on Wednesday (7:05 ET) in a rematch of the Penguins’ 3-2 win on Monday… The Penguins have won six in a row at home – by a combined score of 21-3 – since a 2-1 loss to the Crunch in Joe Mullen’s debut behind the bench on Dec. 16… Erik Christensen picked up the game-winning goal on Monday, extending his AHL scoring streak to eight games (7g, 9a)… Matt Hussey has seven points (2g, 5a) in his three outings against Syracuse this year… Andy Delmore’s 15-game scoring streak, the longest by an AHL defenseman in 12 years, was snapped in Monday’s Crunch loss… Geoff Platt has two goals and three assists in five games since returning to Syracuse from the parent Columbus Blue Jackets.

(all times Eastern)
Wed 1/18
Norfolk at Albany, 7:00… Iowa at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Manchester at Hartford, 7:00… Portland at Lowell, 7:05… Syracuse at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05… Omaha at Chicago, 8:00

Thu 1/19
Omaha at Milwaukee, 8:00

Fri 1/20
Portland at Albany, 7:00… Toronto at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Wilkes-Barre at Binghamton, 7:05… Hershey at Philadelphia, 7:05… Hartford at Providence, 7:05… Cleveland at Syracuse, 7:30… Bridgeport at Lowell, 7:35… Norfolk at Springfield, 7:35… Manchester at Omaha, 8:00… Peoria at San Antonio, 8:00… Chicago at Iowa, 8:05… Hamilton at Manitoba, 8:30… Rochester at Houston, 8:35

ALUMNI WATCH:
On Tuesday, Norm Milley scored his first career NHL goal in Tampa Bay’s 4-1 win at Los Angeles… On Monday, 2005 AHL All-Star Patrice Bergeron scored in overtime to give Boston a 4-3 win over Anaheim… Patrick Eaves tallied two goals and an assist to help Ottawa to a 6-1 win over Minnesota.

BY THE NUMBERS:
16 — Career 20-goal seasons by Fred Glover, the record-holder in that category… Manchester forward Brad Smyth hit the 20-goal mark for the ninth time in his AHL career on Sunday.

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