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AHL preseason schedule set

ahl06_200.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today its composite 2007 preseason schedule, set to begin next week. The schedule comprises 38 games, to be played between Mon., Sept. 17 and Mon., Oct. 1.

The preseason kicks off next Monday when the Philadelphia Phantoms battle the Lowell Devils at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. The Quad City Flames get the first tune-up before their inaugural season on Sept. 26 when they visit Peoria; the Lake Erie Monsters debut on Sept. 27 against the Milwaukee Admirals; and the Rockford IceHogs hit the ice for the first time on Sept. 28 in Peoria.

The defending Calder Cup champion Hamilton Bulldogs have a three-game preseason slate, taking on North Division foes Toronto and Rochester.

Twenty-three of the 38 games on the AHL’s preseason schedule are set to be played at local community and neutral-site rinks.

The 2007 preseason will also feature four National Hockey League games played in AHL arenas. That schedule begins on Sept. 19, when the MTS Centre in Winnipeg hosts the Phoenix Coyotes and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena (Sept. 20, New Jersey vs. Boston), Lowell’s Tsongas Arena (Sept. 26, N.Y. Islanders vs. New Jersey) and Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard (Sept. 29, New Jersey vs. N.Y. Islanders) will also host NHL preseason action.

The American Hockey League’s 72nd regular season begins on Wed., Oct. 3, as 29 teams begin competition for the prestigious Calder Cup.

2007 AHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Mon., 9/17Philadelphia vs. LowellSovereign Bank Arena
Trenton, N.J.
2:00 ET
    
Sat., 9/22Hershey vs. W-B/ScrantonWachovia Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
    
Mon., 9/24Lowell vs. PhiladelphiaVirtua Center Flyers Skate Zone
Voorhees, N.J.
2:00 ET
    
Wed., 9/26Hershey vs. BinghamtonBroome County Arena
Binghamton, N.Y.
11:00 am ET
 Hartford vs. BridgeportTerry Conners Rink
Stamford, Conn.
7:00 ET
 Springfield vs. ProvidenceBoss Ice Arena
Kingston, R.I.
7:05 ET
 Toronto vs. HamiltonCentral Recreation Centre
Burlington, Ont.
*7:00 ET
 Milwaukee vs. ChicagoGlacier Ice Arena
Vernon Hills, Ill.
7:00 CT
 Quad City vs. PeoriaCarver Arena
Peoria, Ill.
7:00 CT
    
Thu., 9/27Lake Erie vs. MilwaukeeMullett Ice Center
Hartland, Wis.
7:00 CT
    
Fri., 9/28Syracuse vs. Albany*Houston Field House
Troy, N.Y.
7:00 ET
 Providence vs. BridgeportThe Rinks at Shelton
Shelton, Conn.
7:00 ET
 Binghamton vs. W-B/ScrantonWachovia Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
 Worcester vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:30 ET
 Hamilton vs. RochesterESL Sports Centre
Rochester, N.Y.
7:35 ET
 Lake Erie vs. ChicagoHoffman Estates Park District Ice Arena
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
7:00 CT
 Toronto vs. ManitobaMemorial Sports Centre
Fort Frances, Ont.
7:00 CT
 Rockford vs. PeoriaCarver Arena
Peoria, Ill.
7:00 CT
 Houston vs. San AntonioLaredo Entertainment Center
Laredo, Texas
7:30 CT
    
Sat., 9/29Rochester vs. HamiltonHagersville Memorial Arena
Hagersville, Ont.
4:00 ET
 Bridgeport vs. LowellTsongas Arena
Lowell, Mass.
6:05 ET
 Norfolk vs. HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
7:00 ET
 Manchester vs. PortlandCumberland County Civic Center
Portland, Maine
7:00 ET
 Hartford vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Albany vs. SyracuseWar Memorial at Oncenter
Syracuse, N.Y.
*7:30 ET
 W-B/Scranton vs. BinghamtonBroome County Arena
Binghamton, N.Y.
7:05 ET
 Worcester vs. ProvidenceNew England Sports Center
Marlborough, Mass.
7:05 ET
 San Antonio vs. HoustonFord Arena
Beaumont, Texas
7:00 CT
 Toronto vs. ManitobaRecreation Complex
Dryden, Ont.
7:00 CT
 Chicago vs. MilwaukeeKern Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 CT
 Peoria vs. RockfordCarlson Arctic Ice Arena
Loves Park, Ill
7:00 CT
 Iowa vs. Quad CityQuad City Sports Center
Davenport, Iowa
7:30 CT
    
Sun., 9/30Norfolk vs. PhiladelphiaPolonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone
Philadelphia, Pa.
1:30 ET
 Portland vs. ManchesterNotre Dame Arena
Berlin, N.H.
3:00 ET
 Bridgeport vs. HartfordChampions Skating Center
Cromwell, Conn.
5:00 ET
 W-B/Scranton vs. HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
5:00 ET
 Rochester vs. SyracuseCampus Center
Oswego, N.Y.
5:00 ET
    
Mon., 10/1Quad City vs. Iowa*95KGGO Arena
Urbandale, Iowa
7:07 CT


*Revised 9/21/07