Visiting teams went a perfect 3-0-0-0 in Tuesday’s AHL action… Mike McKenna made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season as Albany blanked Worcester, 2-0… 2011 AHL All-Star Corey Locke extended his league-leading point total to 55 with two goals and two assists to lead Binghamton past Portland, 5-2… Nicolas Blanchard tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the third period as Charlotte edged Norfolk, 2-1, improving to 5-0-0-0 at the Norfolk Scope this season.
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Clinging to a one-point lead atop the North Division, Hamilton welcomes Lake Erie to Copps Coliseum tonight in the opener of a three-game homestand… The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-3-0-0 road trip and are playing at home for the first time since a 3-2 win over Lake Erie on Dec. 30… Hamilton is just 8-10-0-1 since racing out to a 13-3-1-3 start to the year by Nov. 26… J.T. Wyman is the Bulldogs’ hottest scorer; the third-year pro is coming off consecutive two-goal efforts and shows 6-0-6 in his last five games after totaling four goals in his first 33 outings this season… Dustin Boyd has just one goal in the four games since his seven-game goal-scoring run (10-0-10) came to an end… Led by 2011 AHL All-Star goaltender Curtis Sanford (13-7-1, 1.82, .936), the Bulldogs rank fifth in team defense (2.51 goals allowed per game)… Lake Erie, which is just 6-13-1-2 on the road in 2010-11, sits six points back of the North Division’s final guaranteed playoff spot… Ben Walter paces the Monsters with 28 points (10-18-28) overall and also shows a team-best five points (3-2-5) in three clashes with Hamilton, two of which have resulted in Lake Erie victories… Named a 2011 AHL All-Star on Tuesday, Monsters forward Ryan Stoa (14-11-25) has netted a goal in four of his last five contests (4-2-6)… Lake Erie has scored eight shorthanded goals, tied for second in the AHL.
Atlantic Division-leading Manchester continues its nine-game road swing with games in Charlotte Thursday and Friday nights before traveling up to Binghamton for a Saturday night tilt… The Monarchs are an even 2-2-0-0 on the trip thus far following Sunday’s 4-3 overtime triumph at Bridgeport… Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov nabbed the game-winner in that one, part of a two-goal effort for the 2011 AHL All-Star… Voynov is now tied for second among AHL rearguards with 29 points (8-21-29) in 37 games overall… Bud Holloway has a goal in two straight games (2-0-2) and four of six (4-0-4) for the Monarchs, and rookie goaltender Martin Jones (14-3-0) continues to lead the AHL in goals-against average (1.75) while ranking second in save percentage (.943)… Manchester earned a 2-1 home-ice victory back on Oct. 24 in these teams’ only prior meeting to date… Charlotte is coming off a 2-1 win in Norfolk on Tuesday, which put the Checkers (22-13-1-4) two points up on the Admirals for second place in the East Division… Chris Terry is riding a four-game scoring streak (3-1-4) for the Checkers, while Brandon Sutter shows a point in his last three outings (1-2-3)… 2011 AHL All-Star Jerome Samson (20-20-40) leads Charlotte in both goals and points and has clinched his fourth straight 20-goal season.
Sitting just one point back of Peoria for first place in the West Division, Milwaukee visits Manitoba – and former head coach Claude Noel – for a two-game set on Thursday and Saturday… The Admirals bring a four-game winning streak to town, one shy of their season-best five-game run achieved from Nov. 5-13… Milwaukee rookie Blake Geoffrion has totaled 4-5-9 in 16 games since returning from injury and notched the game-winner in the Admirals’ 3-2 triumph over Hamilton on Sunday… Milwaukee leading scorer Linus Klasen (16-13-29) has a point in five of his last six AHL tilts (3-4-7), a stretch broken up by NHL recall to Nashville… The Admirals’ Mark Dekanich (15-5-3, 1.77, .938) and the Moose’s Eddie Lack (13-8-2, 2.07, .926) are both among the AHL’s top performing goaltenders through the first half of 2010-11… Sergei Shirokov has a goal in five straight games (6-0-0) and nine of his last 10 (9-2-11) for the Moose, who have used a 9-2-0-0 surge since Dec. 14 to pull within a point of first-place Hamilton in the North Division… Manitoba’s Marco Rosa has found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight contests (4-6-10)… The Moose, who dropped a 6-3 decision in Milwaukee on Dec. 1, have lost five in a row to the Admirals overall since earning a 4-2 road victory on Feb. 24, 2009.
(all times Eastern)
Texas @ Chicago, 12:00
Lake Erie @ Hamilton, 7:00
Houston @ Rockford, 7:35
Manchester @ Charlotte, 7:00
Grand Rapids @ San Antonio, 8:00
Oklahoma City @ Peoria, 8:05
Milwaukee @ Manitoba, 8:30
On Tuesday, Nick Spaling netted a pair of goals to lead Nashville past Minnesota, 5-1… 2007 AHL All-Star Clarke MacArthur scored twice and goaltender James Reimer made 40 saves as Toronto double up San Jose, 4-2… 2009 AHL All-Star Mike Santorelli notched his 12th goal of the season as part of Florida’s 4-3 overtime win over Washington… 2005 AHL All-Star Patrice Bergeron notched his first career NHL hat trick in Boston’s 6-0 win over Ottawa.
BY THE NUMBERS:
36 — Games played by Rockford this season (16-15-1-4), fewer than any other AHL team to date… The IceHogs, who are eighth in the West Division despite their plus-.500 record, play four games in the next six days beginning with tonight’s tilt vs. Houston.
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