Loading Scoreboard...

West Notes: Hamilton surges atop North

 Also see… East Notes

 
syr_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Abbotsford is an even 2-2-0-0 thus far on its eight-game homestand, which continues this weekend with a pair of tilts against San Antonio… Newcomer Matt Keith leads the Heat thus far with seven goals (7-0-7), which have come in seven different games; Keith brings a three-game goal-scoring streak into the weekend… Rookie Carter Bancks has a point in three of his last four games (1-2-3) and boasts a team-best nine points (2-7-9) through 12 games overall… The Heat have scored first in only four of 12 games to begin the year… Abbotsford has struck for a league-best five shorthanded goals in the early going, including three on home ice.
 
Schedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Chicago avoided its first three-game losing skid of the season on Saturday with a 3-2 win over intra-state rival Rockford… Goaltender Peter Mannino, who was an impressive 26-5-1 (2.34, .921) in 38 appearances for Chicago last season, made his Wolves season debut on Saturday and stopped 22 of 24 shots in the winning effort… Jared Ross is currently on a four-game scoring streak (1-3-4), and Ross’s eight points overall (2-6-8) are tied with Jason Krog (1-7-8) for second on the team behind Darren Haydar (3-7-10)… Seven of Chicago’s 10 games this season have been decided by a single goal, including all five victories… The Wolves launch an eight-game road trip this weekend at Lake Erie, Grand Rapids, and Milwaukee.
 
gr_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Grand Rapids has earned a point in four straight games (3-0-0-1) since a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on Oct. 22… The Griffins are 3-0-0-0 against Manitoba this season, and Friday’s home game against the Moose will already mark the teams’ final regular-season meeting of 2010-11… Jan Mursak is riding a career-high six-game scoring streak (5-3-8), while Cory Emmerton’s five-game run (2-7-9) also marks a personal best… Jamie Tardif has notched three goals in his last two games after going his first seven contests without a goal… Grand Rapids enters the weekend boasting the AHL’s top-ranked power play (28.2 percent)… The Griffins are 5-0-0-1 within the North Division thus far but 0-2-0-1 against West Division foes.
 
ham_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Hamilton is currently on a four-game winning streak and has picked up at least one standings point in nine of 10 games to begin the season (6-1-1-2, 15 points), lifting the Bulldogs to first place in the North Division… Hamilton’s power play (11-for-45, 24.4 percent) sits tied for second in the AHL… Yannick Weber’s six goals currently lead all AHL defensemen, and his 10 points are good for a share of second among rearguards… Bulldogs leading scorer David Desharnais (3-11-14) has picked up a point in all 10 games so far… Max Pacioretty shows multiple points in three of his last four outings (3-4-7)… Hamilton battles Binghamton in Montreal’s Bell Centre on Friday in its lone game of the weekend.
 
hou06_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Houston’s four victories this season (4-5-1-0) have come against two teams – a pair of wins apiece over Oklahoma City and Texas… The Aeros swept both ends of a home-and-home with the Stars last weekend, and Carson McMillan notched the game-winning goal on both occasions… Goaltender Anton Khudobin turned aside 63 of 66 shots (.955) during the two contests… Rookie defenseman Nate Prosser netted his first two professional goals last weekend… The Aeros are 4-0-0-0 when leading after the first period but 0-3-0-0 when trailing after 20 minutes of play… Houston hosts Toronto on Friday before starting a five-game road trip on Saturday in Oklahoma City.
 
lem_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Lake Erie goaltender Jason Bacashihua surrendered six goals on 21 shots in Friday’s 6-3 loss to Manitoba, but the veteran rebounded to make 36 saves on 37 shots (.973) in two victories to close the weekend, including a 19-save shutout of the Moose in Sunday’s rematch… The Monsters’ penalty-killing unit is a perfect 18-for-18 on home ice through three games… Ben Walter was held to just one assist in his first six games this season but has a point in five straight games since (2-4-6)… Rookie defenseman Joel Chouinard boasts a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) to begin his pro career… Lake Erie hosts Chicago and Grand Rapids this weekend, enjoying Saturday night off.
 
mtb_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Manitoba has been a streaky team in the early going – the Moose began the year with two straight wins, then lost two, then won three in a row, and is currently winless in their last four outings (0-3-0-1)… Rookie Lee Sweatt (3-2-5) leads all AHL defensemen with 38 shots on goal, and his plus-6 rating is presently tops on the Moose… After opening the season with visits to Peoria and Rockford, each of the Moose’s last nine games have been against either Grand Rapids, Hamilton, or Lake Erie… Manitoba concludes its season series with the Griffins on Friday before making another visit to Rockford on Saturday.
 
mil_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Admirals rookie Linus Klasen is on a four-game AHL scoring streak (3-4-7) and also made his NHL debut with parent-club Nashville last week, appearing in one game… Defenseman Aaron Johnson is on a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) after going without a point in his first seven contests this season… Mark Dekanich’s 1.96 goals-against average through seven appearances (4-1-1) is tied for fourth-lowest in the AHL… Milwaukee has been to overtime three times thus far but has come away with a pair of shootout losses and an overtime loss… The Admirals host Peoria and Chicago this weekend before embarking on a 10-game road swing.
 
peo_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Oklahoma City is riding a four-game winning streak and shows a 7-2-0-0 mark overall since beginning the year 0-2-1-0… The Barons’ surge has lifted them into a share of first place in the West Division with San Antonio… Linus Omark has a point in three straight games (1-3-4) and eight of his last nine games (4-7-11) since going without a point in three straight to begin the year… Martin Gerber leads all AHL goaltenders in both wins (6) and minutes played (613) thus far while ranking third in total saves (261)… The Barons kick off a season-high eight-game homestand with three tilts this weekend, welcoming Texas, Houston, and Toronto to the Cox Convention Center.
 
peo_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Peoria had been in an 0-for-23 drought on the power play before Chris Porter scored with the man advantage in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Oklahoma City… With the tally, Porter snapped a seven-game goal-scoring drought… That Saturday tilt marked the Rivermen’s first home game since Oct. 12, after completing a season-high seven-game road trip in the state of Texas… Peoria will not visit the Lone Star State again until a trip to Houston on Feb. 12… The Rivermen are 7-0-0-0 when allowing two goals or fewer this season but 0-4-0-0 when allowing three or more… Peoria visits Milwaukee on Friday, has Saturday off, and hosts Rockford on Sunday this weekend.
 
roc06_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Rochester collected a point in all four games of its recent road trip (3-0-1-0), including three straight victories to close the swing… Bill Thomas has racked up five points (2-3-5) in his last two games after totaling three points (1-2-3) in his first nine outings this season… Kenndal McArdle is on a six-game scoring streak (4-3-7) since being assigned to the Amerks by parent-club Florida on Oct. 19… Michal Repik (2-3-5) and Evgeny Dadonov (3-2-5) are both riding four-game scoring streaks… Rochester has scored 14 of its 34 goals and allowed 16 of its 35 goals in the third period of games thus far… The Amerks host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton twice this weekend, with a Saturday visit to Albany in between.
 
rfd_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Four of Rockford’s last six games have extended beyond regulation, resulting in a pair of shootout wins, a shootout loss, and an overtime win… The IceHogs’ 4-3 shootout loss to Texas on Oct. 27 dropped Rockford to 0-5-1-1 against the Stars at the MetroCentre… Defenseman Brian Connelly’s three-game assists streak (0-5-5) ended on Wednesday in a 3-2 shootout triumph at Milwaukee… With last week’s recalls of Ben Smith and Ryan Potulny, parent-club Chicago has already summoned five players at one time or another this season, matching the Blackhawks’ recall total from all of 2009-10… Rockford has Friday off before hosting Manitoba on Saturday and visiting Peoria on Sunday.
 
sa_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
San Antonio’s six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Wednesday in a 6-1 loss to Toronto, which entered the night 2-6-0-0 on the season… Mathieu Beaudoin (eight games), Alexandre Picard (seven), and Viktor Tikhonov (seven) each had lengthy scoring streaks end on Wednesday, but Brett MacLean (2-3-5) and defenseman Garrett Stafford (2-3-5) are now each riding three-game streaks… Goaltender Al Montoya (2-2-0) has surrendered six goals in each of his two losses but only one goal in each of his two victories… The Rampage visit Abbotsford for a pair of games this weekend and travel to Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
 
syr_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
Texas lost back-to-back games for the first time this season when it dropped both ends of a home-and-home with Houston last weekend… The Stars have been the AHL’s most disciplined team thus far, having averaged only 10.90 penalty minutes per game… Texas captain Brad Lukowich played in his 900th career professional game on Oct. 26 vs. Peoria… Goaltender Richard Bachman has dropped two straight games on the heels of two straight wins in which he stopped 78 of 81 shots (.963)… Counting shootouts, the Stars have scored 15 of their 27 goals so far in the third period or later… Texas visits Oklahoma City on Friday before hosting Toronto on Saturday.
 
tor05_200.jpgSchedule/ScoresPlayer Stats
Goalie Stats
At 3-6-0-0 overall, Toronto has totaled 16 goals in its three wins (5.33 per game) and 12 goals in its six losses (2.00 per game)… Wednesday’s 6-1 win at San Antonio to open a 10-game road swing marked the Marlies’ highest offensive output since collecting a 6-5 overtime win over Hamilton on Dec. 5, 2009… Rookie Jerry D’Amigo notched his first professional goal on Wednesday, one of six different Marlies to score… Second-year pro Justin Hodgman, who totaled 12 points (7-5-12) in 38 games for Toronto in 2009-10, already boasts four goals and six points through his first five games this year… The Marlies continue their road trek this weekend with games in Houston, Texas, and Oklahoma City.