In Tuesday’s action, Mark Mancari tied a franchise record with five assists as Portland dropped division-leading Manchester, 6-1… Rookie Colin Wilson posted a goal and two assists in Milwaukee’s 5-1 win over Texas… On Monday, Houston scored twice in a 2:43 span during the first period and never looked back en route to a 3-1 win over visiting Abbotsford.
HOUSTON 3, Abbotsford 1
Norfolk returns home from a 6-0-1-0 road trip to battle division-rival Hershey on Wednesday night as Jim Johnson makes his Scope debut as head coach… The Bears have won eight in a row and 20 of their last 21 games, the only loss coming at the hands of the Admirals, 4-3, on Jan. 13… Norfolk’s points streak has lifted them back to .500 for the season (23-23-1-1) and from seventh place to third in the East Division… Matt Fornataro shows 5-2-7 during the streak after going scoreless in his first seven games with the Admirals this season… Norfolk defenseman Ty Wishart has collected 3-6-9 in his last nine outings… Admirals rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski is riding a personal five-game winning streak and has stopped 72 of 74 shots (.973) in his last two contests… Hershey’s league-leading duo of Keith Aucoin (28-43-71) and Alexandre Giroux (26-40-66) each show 16-game point-scoring streaks, and Aucoin’s 16-game assist streak is one short of a league record… Boyd Kane has an eight-game scoring streak (5-7-12) for the Bears, and Mathieu Perreault has a point in three straight outings (2-3-5).
San Antonio takes its six-game points streak (3-0-0-3) – which matches a season high – into Hamilton on Wednesday for stop number four on its 14-game road trip… The Rampage also earned a point in six straight games from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6 (5-0-0-1)… Brett MacLean (2-3-5) and Kevin Porter (1-4-5) both have a point in three of their last four games for the Rampage, while 2010 AHL All-Star defenseman Sean Sullivan is riding a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5) and has found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight (4-4-8)… Former first-round draft pick Kyle Turris snapped a five-game points drought with a goal and two assists in San Antonio’s 5-3 win at Lake Erie on Saturday… The North Division-leading Bulldogs are returning home after sweeping four road games in five nights last week… David Desharnais boasts an 11-game scoring streak (1-14-15) for Hamilton and has a point in 13 of his last 14 contests (2-16-18)… Hamilton forward Brock Trotter ranks fourth in the AHL in goals (24) and tied for fourth in points (50) through 48 games… Goaltender Curtis Sanford posted a 23-save shutout at San Antonio on Oct. 23 as the Bulldogs took a 3-0 win in the teams’ first meeting of the campaign.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Adirondack on Wednesday in a match-up of teams fighting to get into the East Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff position… The home team has captured each of the first four meetings between these clubs on the season… The Penguins collected a 3-1 win over Manitoba in their last outing on Sunday but are just 2-7-0-0 in their last nine games overall… Goaltender John Curry (17-14-1, 2.68, .900) stopped 31 of 32 shots to pick up the win over the Moose… Second-year pro Luca Caputi has tallied a goal in four straight games (5-1-6) for the Penguins and has a point in five straight (5-4-9) since returning from an NHL stint with Pittsburgh… Pens rookie Eric Tangradi is riding a four-game scoring streak (1-3-4)… Phantoms forward Jon Matsumoto shows four goals and five points in four games vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season… David Laliberte has notched Adirondack’s lone goal in its last two games and has scored in four straight tilts overall (4-1-5)… Patrick Maroon is riding a four-game scoring streak (2-4-6) for the Phantoms.
(all times Eastern)
Syracuse @ Albany, 7:00
Rochester @ Lake Erie, 7:00
Hartford vs. Lowell, 7:00*
Worcester @ Springfield, 7:00
Adirondack @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Hershey @ Norfolk, 7:15
San Antonio @ Hamilton, 7:30
Peoria @ Houston, 8:05
Grand Rapids @ Rockford, 8:05
Chicago @ Abbotsford, 10:30
* at Newark, N.J.
On Tuesday, Brandon Yip scored twice and T.J. Galiardi chipped in four assists as Colorado rolled to a 5-1 win over Columbus… In Monday’s action, Mark Letestu, who shows 39 points (16-23-39) in 36 AHL games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, tallied his first career NHL goal to help Pittsburgh to a 5-1 win over Buffalo.
BY THE NUMBERS:
8 — Different members of the Lowell Devils who have scored 10-plus goals thus far on the season, tied with Hershey for most in the AHL… Lowell tangles with Hartford on Wednesday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
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