AHL Quick Hits

In Thursday’s lone action, rookie Ryan Flynn notched his first two pro goals to lead Milwaukee past Grand Rapids, 5-1… On Wednesday, Chicago’s Nigel Dawes (4-0-4) and Peoria’s Derek Nesbitt (4-1-5) each scored four goals as their teams collected 9-3 and 7-4 victories over Toronto and San Antonio, respectively… Tim Kennedy recorded a goal and an assist in Connecticut’s 2-0 win at Worcester… Adirondack won its fourth straight with a 3-2 shootout decision at Albany.

Wed 1/5
Adirondack 3, ALBANY 2 (SO)
Portland 5, BRIDGEPORT 3
W-B/Scranton 3, CHARLOTTE 2 (SO)
GRAND RAPIDS 3, Hamilton 2
Connecticut 2, WORCESTER 0
CHICAGO 9, Toronto 3
PEORIA 7, San Antonio 4

Thu 1/6
MILWAUKEE 5, Grand Rapids 1

Winners of five of its last six games (5-1-0-0), Hershey visits Manitoba for a two-game set this weekend in a rematch of the 2009 Calder Cup Finals… The Moose are also hot, showing an 8-1-0-0 mark in their last nine outings to pull within one point of first-place Hamilton in the North Division… Manitoba is 11-5-0-0 at the MTS Centre this season… 2010 AHL All-Star Sergei Shirokov has netted a goal in three straight games (4-0-4) and six of his last seven (7-2-9) for the Moose; Shirokov paces Manitoba in goals (13), points (28), and plus/minus (plus-11) through 35 games… Manitoba’s Marco Rosa has a point in five of his last six contests (3-4-7), and rookie goaltender Eddie Lack (13-7-2) ranks sixth in the AHL with a 1.98 goals-against average… Bears forward Keith Aucoin boasts 5-6-11 in just seven games since returning to the lineup from injury… Kyle Greentree has tallied a goal in four of his last six outings (5-2-7) for Hershey… Hershey goaltender Braden Holtby (10-3-1), who ranks among the AHL’s top-five in both goals-against average and save percentage, is coming off back-to-back shutouts… Manitoba is the only AHL club yet to surrender a shorthanded goal in 2010-11.

Riding a four-game points streak (2-0-0-2), Springfield begins a three-game weekend at Portland tonight before hosting Charlotte on Saturday and visiting Worcester on Sunday… The four-game run matches a season high for the Falcons, who went 3-0-0-1 from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5… Springfield begins the weekend without leading goal-scorer Matt Calvert (13-11-24) after the rookie was recalled by parent-club Columbus on Thursday… The Falcons’ Trevor Frischmon is on a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5)… Tonight could mark the Springfield debut for Trevor Smith, acquired this week after recording 12-15-27 in 35 games for Syracuse in 2010-11… The Falcons are above .500 on the road this year (9-6-0-2), but Portland enters with an impressive 10-2-3-1 record on home ice… Paul Byron has a point in five straight games (4-3-7) for the Pirates, including a goal in four of those five tilts… Byron has 13 goals overall (13-13-26), one shy of the 14 he totaled as a rookie last season… Mark Mancari continues to lead Portland in both goals (15) and points (35) through 32 games played.

A pair of Lone Star State rivals is set to collide tonight when Texas invades the AT&T Center to take on San Antonio… The teams have headed in different directions of late, with the Stars 5-0-1-1 in their last seven outings to pull within one point of the now third-place Rampage in the West Division, as San Antonio is on a season-long four-game losing skid… Fabian Brunnstrom is on a three-game goal-scoring run (3-0-3) for the Stars after going his previous 11 games without nabbing a goal… Travis Morin leads the Stars in goals (13), assists (17), and points (30) through 36 games, and he shows 2-3-5 in five games vs. San Antonio this season, in which the Stars have posted a record of 4-0-0-1… The Rampage are just 1-5-0-0 since the Christmas break and surrendered a season-worst seven goals in Wednesday’s 7-4 loss at Peoria… Andrew Ebbett has a point in four straight games (1-3-4) for San Antonio, and Matt Watkins shows a point in three straight (0-4-4) and four of his last five (3-4-7)… San Antonio brings the AHL’s second-best power play (22.9 percent) into the weekend.

(all times Eastern)

Fri 1/7
Charlotte @ Albany, 7:00
Springfield @ Portland, 7:00
Bridgeport @ W-B/Scranton, 7:00
Syracuse @ Binghamton, 7:05
Manchester @ Providence, 7:05
Connecticut @ Norfolk, 7:30
Texas @ San Antonio, 8:00
Toronto @ Rockford, 8:05
Peoria @ Oklahoma City, 8:05
Hershey @ Manitoba, 8:30
Lake Erie @ Houston, 8:35
Adirondack @ Abbotsford, 10:00

Sat 1/8
Syracuse @ Albany, 7:00
Charlotte @ Springfield, 7:00
Manchester @ Portland, 7:00
Providence @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Rochester @ Binghamton, 7:05
Peoria @ Oklahoma City, 7:05
Connecticut @ Norfolk, 7:15
Toronto @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Hamilton @ Chicago, 8:00
Houston @ San Antonio, 8:00
Worcester @ Bridgeport, 8:00
Lake Erie @ Texas, 8:00
Grand Rapids @ Rockford, 8:05
Hershey @ Manitoba, 8:30
Adirondack @ Abbotsford, 10:00

Sun 1/9
Hamilton @ Milwaukee, 2:00
Springfield @ Worcester, 3:00
Toronto @ Chicago, 4:00
Binghamton @ Providence, 4:05
San Antonio @ Houston, 5:05
Lake Erie @ Oklahoma City, 6:05
Manchester @ Bridgeport, 7:30

Mon 1/10
No games scheduled

Tue 1/11
Binghamton @ Portland, 6:30
Albany @ Worcester, 7:00
Charlotte @ Norfolk, 7:15

On Thursday, two-time AHL Goaltender of the Year Jason LaBarbera posted a 34-save shutout as Phoenix blanked Colorado, 2-0… Rookie netminder Kevin Poulin, who is 10-4-0 for AHL Bridgeport this year, made his NHL debut with 19 saves on 19 shots in relief in the N.Y. Islanders’ 2-1 loss to Edmonton… On Wednesday, Mats Zuccarello notched his first career NHL goal in overtime to lift the N.Y. Rangers past Carolina, 2-1.

4 — Points separating first place from fifth place in the West Division entering the weekend… Peoria (49) leads the group on the strength of a three-game win streak, followed by Milwaukee (48), San Antonio (47), Texas (46), and Chicago (45).

Watch live games, highlights and features, get video on demand and more all season long with AHL Live. Visit ahllive.com for more information.