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LOOKING BACK:
On Thursday, Eddie Lack turned aside all four shootout tries as Manitoba edged Hamilton, 4-3… In Wednesday’s action, Michael Swift’s late third-period goal vaulted Albany to a 2-1 win over Charlotte… Brett MacLean, Bracken Kearns, and Ryan Hollweg notched third-period goals as San Antonio rallied past Lake Erie, 4-2… On Tuesday, Martin Gerber posted a 35-save shutout to lead Oklahoma City over Lake Erie by a 3-0 count… Derek Whitmore converted in the ninth shootout round as Portland outlasted Manchester, 3-2.

Tue 10/19
PORTLAND 3, Manchester 2 (SO)
HAMILTON 5, Rochester 2
OKLAHOMA CITY 3, Lake Erie 0

Wed 10/20
ALBANY 2, Charlotte 1
Norfolk 5, HARTFORD 1
Abbotsford 3, CHICAGO 0
SAN ANTONIO 4, Lake Erie 2

Thu 10/21
MANITOBA 4, Hamilton 3 (SO)


LOOKING AHEAD:
West Division-leading Peoria continues its seven-game road trip Friday at Houston before moving to Cedar Park to battle the Texas Stars on Saturday… The Rivermen are a perfect 3-0-0-0 on the trip and have won five straight overall since a season-opening 4-3 loss to Manitoba on Oct. 8… Newcomers Graham Mink (4-8-12) and T.J. Hensick (2-6-8) are pacing Peoria’s offense along with returnee Nicholas Drazenovic, who shows a team-high five goals (5-3-8)… Veteran Dave Scatchard is riding a four-game scoring streak (2-5-7) for the Rivermen, and goaltender Ben Bishop (4-1-0, 2.41, .933) has won four straight… Houston began its season with back-to-back wins at Oklahoma City but has been outscored 11-4 in losing two straight since, including a 3-2 setback to Peoria on Oct. 16… Jean-Michel Daoust leads the Aeros with five points (2-3-5), while Petr Kalus shows a team-best three goals (3-1-4) thus far.

Arch-rivals Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tangle for the second time this season on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena… Wilkes-Barre claimed a 4-3 shootout decision in the first battle on Oct. 9, part of the Penguins’ 4-0-0-0 start overall… Returnees Dustin Jeffrey (2-3-5), Tim Wallace (3-1-4), and Nick Johnson (2-2-4) are atop the Penguins’ scoring list in the early going, and two-time AHL All-Star Brett Sterling has three points (1-2-3) in his first four games for Wilkes-Barre… Second-year pro Joe Vitale has scored twice (2-1-3) for the Pens, and both have been game-winners… Hershey, 2-1-0-1 on the year, has been idle since a 3-2 loss to Rochester on Oct. 16… Andrew Gordon has a goal in three straight games (3-3-6), and both he and reigning AHL MVP Keith Aucoin (3-6-9) show a point in all four games on the year… Hershey’s Brian Willsie has put up six points (2-4-6) in his last two outings… The Bears have struck for the first goal in each of their first four contests in 2010-11.

Atlantic Division-leading Portland makes its first visit of the year to Springfield on Friday… The Pirates are 5-0-0-0 at home thus far but lost their only road tilt, 4-1 at Bridgeport on Oct. 17… The Pirates’ Luke Adam, who put up 1-3-4 in his club’s 4-2 win over Springfield on Oct. 16, leads all AHL rookies with five goals and 10 points through six contests… Adam’s totals are tied for the team lead with two-time AHL All-Star Mark Mancari (5-5-10), who also boasts a plus-7 mark… Portland has converted just two of 37 power play tries in the early going (5.4 percent)… The Falcons have posted a 3-1-0-0 mark on the road but are still looking for their first home victory (0-2-0-0)… Springfield goaltender Dan Taylor (2-2-0) surrendered seven goals on 53 shots (.868) in his two losses but has stopped 72 of 74 shots (.973) in a pair of victories… Tom Sestito, who totaled 17 points in 36 games for AHL Syracuse last season, already shows seven points (3-4-7) in six games this year to pace the Falcons in scoring.

(all times Eastern)

Fri 10/22
Milwaukee @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Binghamton @ Hartford, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Manchester, 7:00
Hershey @ W-B/Scranton, 7:00
Norfolk @ Syracuse, 7:30
Portland @ Springfield, 7:30
Charlotte @ Adirondack, 7:30
Abbotsford @ Rockford, 8:05
San Antonio @ Oklahoma City, 8:05
Hamilton @ Manitoba, 8:30
Lake Erie @ Texas, 8:30
Peoria @ Houston, 8:35

Sat 10/23
Oklahoma City @ Toronto, 5:00
Norfolk @ Albany, 7:00
Manchester @ Springfield, 7:00
Providence @ Worcester, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Portland, 7:00
Adirondack @ Hershey, 7:00
Syracuse @ Hartford, 7:00
Binghamton @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Grand Rapids @ Rochester, 7:35
Abbotsford @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Houston @ San Antonio, 8:00
Peoria @ Texas, 8:00
Chicago @ Rockford, 8:05

Sun 10/24
Oklahoma City @ Hamilton, 1:00
Charlotte @ Manchester, 3:00
Norfolk @ Worcester, 3:00
Milwaukee @ Chicago, 4:00
Peoria @ Chicago, 4:00
Adirondack @ Hershey, 5:00
Grand Rapids @ Toronto, 5:00
Lake Erie @ Houston, 5:05

Mon, 10/25
Rochester @ Abbotsford, 10:00

Tue, 10/26
Peoria @ Texas, 8:30
Rochester @ Abbotsford, 10:00


ALUMNI WATCH:
Artem Anisimov, who led AHL Hartford with 37 goals and 81 points in 2008-09, tallied the eventual game-winning goal on Thursday as the N.Y. Rangers downed Toronto, 2-1… Former AHL forwards Michael Grabner, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, and Matt Moulson scored as the N.Y. Islanders edged Tampa Bay in overtime, 3-2.


BY THE NUMBERS:
0 — Home games played so far this season by the Worcester Sharks, making them the only AHL team yet to open at home… The Sharks finally take the DCU Center ice on Saturday when division rival Providence comes to town.


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