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LOOKING BACK:
In Thursday’s only action, Jeff Hoggan and Brett MacLean each scored twice in San Antonio’s 6-3 win at Houston… On Wednesday, Jhonas Enroth made 39 saves to lead Portland to a 2-0 shutout win in Manchester… Brad Mills scored his first two goals of the season in Lowell’s 5-3 win over Adirondack… Aaron Rome netted both goals as Manitoba edged league-leading Rochester, 2-1… Julian Talbot and Lars Eller tallied shootout goals to lift Peoria over Milwaukee, 4-3.

Wed 12/2
Providence 2, BRIDGEPORT 1 (SO)
LOWELL 5, Adirondack 3
Portland 2, MANCHESTER 0
Peoria 4, MILWAUKEE 3 (SO)
ROCKFORD 3, Chicago 2
MANITOBA 2, Rochester 1

Thu 12/3
San Antonio 6, HOUSTON 3


LOOKING AHEAD:
Provincial rivals Hamilton and Toronto, who have not met since each club’s first game of the season on Oct. 4, lock horns for a home-and-home set this weekend beginning on Friday in the Steel City… Bulldogs goaltenders Curtis Sanford (16 saves) and Cedrick Desjardins (32 saves) combined to post back-to-back shutouts at Lake Erie last weekend… Second-year pro Brock Trotter has a team-high 19 points (5-14-19) in 13 games for Hamilton, and David Desharnais has a point in eight of nine outings (5-6-11) since returning from injury, including two game-winning goals… The Marlies, who captured a 3-2 shootout win over Hamilton in the teams’ first meeting, have managed just one goal in dropping their last two games overall (0-1-1-0)… Rookie Viktor Stalberg has found the scoresheet in five of his last seven tilts (2-6-8) for Toronto, and Andre Deveaux shows four assists in his last three contests.

With 11 wins in its last 15 contests (11-2-0-2), Hershey begins a three-game weekend on Friday with its first trip of the year to Albany, which has earned a point in three straight games (2-0-1-0)… Bears second-year pro Francois Bouchard registered three points (1-2-3) in a 4-1 win over the River Rats back on Oct. 31… Kyle Wilson (3-1-4) and Andrew Gordon (3-1-4) are each riding three-game goal-scoring streaks for the Bears; Boyd Kane shows five goals (5-0-5) in his last four outings; and rookie Michael Dubuc has a point in all three games (2-2-4) since rejoining the team… Albany’s offense has been bolstered by the addition of former NHL first-round draft pick Jiri Tlusty, acquired by parent-club Carolina on Thursday after putting up 15 points (8-7-15) in 19 AHL games for Toronto this year… Jerome Samson boasts a team-high 20 points (8-12-20) for the River Rats, who have won five of their last six home games (5-1-0-0).

Providence heads north this weekend for a two-game set against red-hot Portland, beginning in Lewiston, Maine, on Friday night… The Bruins have won six of their last eight games (6-2-0-0) but take on a Pirates club which has won three stree straight and earned a point in 10 in a row (7-0-3-0)… Felix Schutz has netted a goal in four of his last five games (5-1-6) for Portland after going his first 14 outings this season without scoring… Tyler Ennis has an AHL rookie-high 22 points in 25 games for the Pirates but is scoreless in his last two outings… Goaltender Patrick Lalime, on a conditioning assignment from parent-club Buffalo, is expected to start both games this weekend… Mikko Lehtonen leads the Bruins with nine goals (9-13-22) and has a point in seven of his last nine games (4-5-9)… Defenseman Andy Wozniewski is tied for the AHL defensemen scoring lead with 22 points (6-16-22) in 24 contests… Providence is just 5-6-0-0 when it scores the game’s first goal.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 12/4
Hershey @ Albany, 7:00
Rockford @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Lowell, 7:00
Providence vs. Portland, 7:00*
Syracuse @ Binghamton, 7:05
Norfolk vs. Adirondack, 7:30 **
Toronto @ Hamilton, 7:30
Hartford @ Manchester, 7:30
Worcester @ Springfield, 7:30
Texas @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Manitoba @ Peoria, 8:00
Houston @ San Antonio, 8:00
Lake Erie @ Chicago, 8:30

Sat 12/5
Hamilton @ Toronto, 4:00
Albany @ Adirondack, 7:00
Springfield @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Peoria @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Norfolk @ Hershey, 7:00
Worcester @ Manchester, 7:00
Providence @ Portland, 7:00
Hartford @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Binghamton @ Syracuse, 7:30
Texas @ Chicago, 8:00
Lake Erie @ Rockford, 8:05
Manitoba @ Milwaukee, 8:30
Rochester @ Abbotsford, 9:00

Sun 12/6
Adirondack @ Springfield, 3:00
Portland @ Worcester, 3:05
Manchester @ Lowell, 4:00
W-B/Scranton @ Albany, 5:00
Hartford @ Hershey, 5:00
Manitoba @ Rockford, 5:05
Texas @ San Antonio, 6:00
Rochester @ Abbotsford, 9:00

Mon 12/7
No games scheduled

Tue 12/8
No games scheduled

* at Lewiston, ME
** at Philadelphia, PA


ALUMNI WATCH:
On Thursday, Matt Moulson tallied a hat trick and former AHL All-Star Trent Hunter had four points (2-2-4) as the N.Y. Islanders defeated Atlanta, 4-1… Loui Eriksson chipped in two assists to help Dallas past Anaheim, 3-1… On Wednesday, former AHL All-Star Andrew Ebbett tallied the overtime game-winner as Minnesota outlasted Nashville by a 5-4 count.


BY THE NUMBERS:
.712 — Worcester’s all-time points percentage against Springfield (23-9-0-1), including a 3-0-0-0 mark this season… The Sharks bring their overall five-game winning streak into the MassMutual Center on Friday to take on the Falcons.


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