AHL Quick Hits

On Thursday, Matt Climie posted a 25-save shutout to help Texas to a 2-0 win over Grand Rapids… In Wednesday’s action, Matt Anderson’s two goals in his season debut included the game-winner as Chicago rallied past Rockford, 5-4… Guillaume Desbiens scored in the fifth shootout round to lift Manitoba over Abbotsford, 5-4.

Wed 10/14
ALBANY 3, Norfolk 1
CHICAGO 5, Rockford 4
Milwaukee 5, PEORIA 2
MANITOBA 5, Abbotsford 4 (SO)

Thu 10/15
TEXAS 2, Grand Rapids 0

Familiar teams return to Glens Falls this weekend, as Adirondack hosts Hershey on Friday and Albany makes the short trip up the Northway on Saturday… The Bears and Phantoms met 154 times in the regular season when the Phantoms were based in Philadelphia, and Hershey had a long-standing rivalry with the old Adirondack Red Wings… Andreas Nodl (2-1-3), Jonathon Kalinksi (1-2-3) and Lukas Kaspar (1-2-3) pace Adirondack with three points apiece on the season… Josh Beaulieu has two points (1-1-2), including the game-winning goal vs. Springfield on Oct. 9, the Phantoms’ lone victory… Hershey’s Andrew Gordon (4-4-8) and Alexandre Giroux (3-4-7) are among the league scoring leaders; both are on early four-game scoring streaks.

Toronto visits Rochester on Friday in the front end of a home-and-home set… The new-look Americans are out to a 2-1-1-0 start, while the Marlies went 2-1-0-0 on a season-opening three-game homestand… Rochester is led early by newcomers Jeff Taffe (2-2-4) and Graham Mink (1-3-4), who boast eight 20-goal AHL seasons between them… Michal Repik also has four points (2-2-4) to begin his sophomore pro campaign, and veteran additions Mike York (1-2-3) and Chris Taylor (1-2-3) have each chipped in three points thus far… Former first-round draft pick Jiri Tlusty has scored three of Toronto’s eight regulation goals; five other skaters show one goal apiece… The Marlies have not surrendered a third-period goal through three games, while the Amerks have scored seven of their 12 in the third frame… Toronto won six of eight meetings from Rochester last season (6-1-1-0).

San Antonio takes its league-best nine points (4-0-1-0) into Toyota Center on Friday to kick off its 12-game season series with intra-state rival Houston… The Rampage have won three straight and are 3-0-1-0 on a four-game road swing… Third-year defenseman Sean Sullivan is tied for the league lead with eight points (2-6-8) for San Antonio; both he and Viktor Tikhonov (1-4-5) have registered a point in four of the club’s first five contests… Kevin Porter has racked up seven points (2-5-7) on the young season… Pete Zingoni and defenseman Clayton Stoner each has two goals for the Aeros, who are out to a 2-2-0-0 start… Aeros goaltender Anton Khudobin has earned both victories and shows a 1.44 GAA and .941 save percentage… Houston is a perfect 16-for-16 on the penalty kill through four games.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 10/16
Hartford @ Portland, 7:00
W-B/Scranton @ Binghamton, 7:05
Lowell @ Providence, 7:05
Toronto @ Rochester, 7:05
Hershey @ Adirondack, 7:30
Manitoba @ Lake Erie, 7:30
Manchester @ Springfield, 7:30
Norfolk @ Syracuse, 7:30
Hamilton @ Peoria, 8:00
Chicago @ Rockford, 8:05
San Antonio @ Houston, 8:35
Milwaukee @ Abbotsford, 10:30

Sat 10/17
Rochester @ Toronto, 3:00
Albany @ Adirondack, 7:00
Norfolk @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Portland @ Manchester, 7:00
Hartford @ Springfield, 7:00
Hershey @ Binghamton, 7:05
Syracuse @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Lowell @ Worcester, 7:05
Manitoba @ Lake Erie, 7:30
Hamilton @ Chicago, 8:00
Grand Rapids @ San Antonio, 8:00
Peoria @ Rockford, 8:05
Texas @ Houston, 8:35
Milwaukee @ Abbotsford, 9:00

Sun 10/18
Springfield @ Manchester, 3:00
Albany @ Worcester, 3:05
Adirondack @ Bridgeport, 4:00
Grand Rapids @ San Antonio, 4:00
Portland @ Providence, 4:05

Mon 10/19
Manitoba @ Hamilton, 7:30

Tue 10/20
Bridgeport @ Lowell, 7:00
Manitoba @ Hamilton, 7:30
Lake Erie @ Texas, 8:30
Toronto @ Abbotsford, 10:30

2008 AHL All-Star defenseman Jonathan Ericsson netted a goal in Detroit’s 5-2 win over Los Angeles on Thursday… Also Thursday, 2009 AHL All-Star Kyle Cumiskey notched a goal to help Colorado past Montreal, 3-2… On Wednesday, Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi improved to 3-0-0 on the season with 16 saves in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 win over Edmonton; Niemi went 18-14-3 (2.43, .913) in 38 appearances for AHL Rockford last season, his first as a North American pro.

5 — AHL teams yet to play their home opener… Rockford (Friday), Manchester (Saturday) and Worcester (Saturday) all open at home this weekend, with Grand Rapids (Oct. 23) and Milwaukee (Oct. 24) following next weekend.

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