San Antonio begins a four-game road swing with a Wednesday night visit to Grand Rapids… The Rampage outscored the Griffins 14-6 in taking back-to-back wins on Oct. 17-18 in San Antonio, but are just 3-10-1-1 in 15 games since… The Griffins are 2-4-0-0 in their last six outings but are coming off a 4-1 win over Peoria on Saturday… Kris Newbury (5-10-15) and Patrick Rissmiller (5-10-15) are tied for the Grand Rapids team scoring lead… Jeremy Williams shows a team-high nine goals (9-5-14) but has not scored in his last six contests… Jan Mursak has a point in five of his last six outings (2-4-6) for the Griffins… San Antonio’s Joel Perrault is riding a eight-game scoring streak (5-5-10), and his 10 goals overall (10-9-19) are tied with former AHL All-Star Brett MacLean for the team lead… Chad Kolarik has a point in four straight games (2-3-5) and five of his last six (3-3-6) for the Rampage.
Hamilton kicks off a three-game homestand on Wednesday with the first of two games this week against division-rival Abbotsford… The Bulldogs are riding a four-game points streak (3-0-1-0), which includes three consecutive shutout wins from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4… Cedrick Desjardins has a personal shutout streak of 157:51 going and ranks second in the AHL in goals-against average (1.63) and third in save percentage (.937) through 12 appearances (6-4-1)… Ryan Russell has netted a goal in three straight games (3-0-3) for Hamilton after totaling four goals in his first 22 tilts this season… Brock Trotter leads Hamilton with 21 points (6-15-21) in 25 games and has a point in his last four contests (2-4-6)… Abbotsford, which took a 2-1 shootout decision in its first trip to the Steel City on Oct. 30, is 7-3-0-0 in its last 10 road games overall… Jason Jaffray, who leads the Heat with 10 goals and 24 points in 28 games, has a point in three straight games (0-5-5) and four of his last five (1-5-6)… Colin Stuart shows four goals in his last three games for Abbotsford.
Syracuse hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday for the teams’ fourth meeting of the season, but first at the Onondaga County War Memorial… The Penguins, who enter just 1-4-0-0 in their last five games overall, have taken two of the teams’ first three clashes this year, including one in a shootout… Pens second-year pro Dustin Jeffrey shows 2-4-6 against the Crunch this season and a team-high 23 points (3-20-23) in 21 games overall… Fellow sophomore forward Luca Caputi leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with nine goals and ranks second to Jeffrey with 18 points while playing all 23 games thus far… The Crunch, who are 7-2-1-1 at home, are looking to win back-to-back games overall for just the second time all season… Dan Fritsche has a point in three of his last four games (3-2-5) for Syracuse and leads the team with 18 points (7-11-18) in 22 games for the season… Defenseman Brendan Bell, acquired on Tuesday from the St. Louis organization, shows 17 points (4-13-17) in 22 AHL games for Peoria this year.
Texas brings its three-game winning streak into a home date against Peoria on Wednesday… The Stars have outscored opponents 14-5 during the three victories after totaling 13 goals in their previous seven outings… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Mathieu Beaudoin has netted a goal in three straight games (5-0-5) for Texas after scoring just once in his first 24 games this season… Travis Morin (1-2-3) and defenseman Maxime Fortunus (1-2-3) each show three-game points streaks for the Stars… Aaron Gagnon (5-12-17) and Perttu Lindgren (5-12-17) are tied for the team scoring lead… Adam Cracknell is riding a five-game scoring streak (2-3-5) for the Rivermen, who are coming off a 4-1 loss at Grand Rapids on Saturday… Defenseman Bryce Lampman scored in overtime to give Peoria a 5-4 win over Texas on Nov. 11 in the teams’ only prior meeting this season… Newly acquired forward Pascal Pelletier (3-13-16) joins the Rivermen looking to snap a 15-game goal-scoring drought.
(all times Eastern)
San Antonio @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
W-B/Scranton @ Syracuse, 7:00
Abbotsford @ Hamilton, 7:30
Peoria @ Texas, 8:30
No games scheduled
Rookie Dan Sexton, who has three points in five games for AHL Manitoba this year, scored his first two career NHL goals in Anaheim’s 4-3 overtime win over Dallas on Tuesday… Also Tuesday, Claude Giroux and 2005 Calder Cup champions Mike Richards and Jeff Carter all scored twice as Philadelphia upended the N.Y. Islanders, 6-2.
BY THE NUMBERS:
7-0-2-2 — Syracuse’s record this season in games decided by a one-goal margin… The Crunch join Manitoba (11-0-4-0) and Toronto (6-0-2-2) as the only AHL clubs yet to drop a one-goal game in regulation this season.
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