AHL Quick Hits: Aeros host Bulldogs in Sunday action

On Thursday, Mark Cullen netted a hat trick to help Manitoba post a 5-2 win over San Antonio… In Wednesday’s action, Scott Munroe posted a 31-save shutout to help Philadelphia past Albany, 5-0… Kris Newbury had a game-high three points (1-2-3) in Toronto’s 5-2 win at Rochester… 2007-08 OHL scoring champion Justin Azevedo recorded three assists in his return to Ontario as Manchester defeated Hamilton, 4-2.

Wed 11/19
Portland 4, HARTFORD 2
Chicago 5, LAKE ERIE 4
Toronto 5, ROCHESTER 2
W-B/SCRANTON 3, Syracuse 0
WORCESTER 4, Norfolk 3
Manchester 4, HAMILTON 2

Thu 11/20
MANITOBA 5, San Antonio 2

ahllive_300.jpgLOOKING AHEAD:
The top two teams in the Atlantic Division square off on Friday when Portland (12-1-1-0) visits the Dunkin’ Donuts Center to take on Providence (9-5-1-0)… The Pirates have won eight in a row and are 10-0-1-0 since suffering their lone regulation loss of the season, a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Bruins on Oct. 19… The Pirates’ Tim Kennedy (5-16-21) leads all AHL rookies in scoring, while teammate Nathan Gerbe ranks second (12-8-20)… Mark Mancari ranks second in the league overall with 25 points (11-14-25), and Mathieu Darche has netted a goal in his last four outings (6-2-8)… Martins Karsums shows a three-game goal-scoring run (3-2-5) for the Bruins, and Vladimir Sobotka (2-4-6) and Martin St. Pierre (0-6-6) also have three-game point streaks… Providence’s Johnny Boychuk leads AHL defensemen in scoring (4-14-18).

Second place in the West Division is on the line Friday as Rockford (9-6-0-1) hosts Peoria (9-6-1-0) for the second time in six days… The IceHogs took a 4-1 win over the Rivermen on Sunday, their second straight victory following a six-game slide… Petri Kontiola paces the Rockford offense with 15 points (6-9-15) and has found the scoresheet in four of his last five contests (1-4-5)… IceHogs goaltender Antti Niemi ranks fourth in the league with a 1.63 goals-against average in nine games (5-3-1)… Chris Conner has scored a goal in five straight games (5-2-7) for the Rivermen and, with Steve Regier on NHL recall, leads the active roster with nine goals and 14 points overall… Peoria’s Julian Talbot shows six goals (6-6-12), five of which have come on the power play… Rockford’s power play ranks second in the league at 22.1 pecent (21-for-95).

Bridgeport visits Hershey on Saturday in a battle of the East Division’s first- and second-place teams… The Sound Tigers, idle Friday, are 6-0-0-1 in their last seven games and show a league-high 28 points overall (13-3-0-2), while the Bears, who open the weekend in Philadelphia, have outscored opponents 19-5 in posting three straight wins… Mike Iggulden (11-9-20) and Kurtis McLean (6-14-20) are tied for the Bridgeport team scoring lead… McLean and rookie Jesse Joensuu each scored twice in the Sound Tigers’ 4-1 win over Hershey on Nov. 9… The Bears’ Keith Aucoin leads the league with 26 points (7-19-26) following his five-point effort (1-4-5) on Sunday against Binghamton… Alexandre Giroux shows six points (2-4-6) in his last two games entering the weekend… The Bears are averaging an AHL-high 4.39 goals per game.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 11/21
Syracuse @ Albany, 7:00
W-B/Scranton @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Lowell @ Hartford, 7:00
Toronto @ Binghamton, 7:05
Hershey @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Portland @ Providence, 7:05
Norfolk @ Springfield, 7:30
Manchester @ Rochester, 7:35
Milwaukee @ Iowa, 8:05
Chicago @ Quad City, 8:05
San Antonio @ Manitoba, 8:30
Peoria @ Rockford, 8:30

Sat 11/22
Manchester @ Lake Erie, 1:00
Norfolk @ Lowell, 1:30
W-B/Scranton @ Toronto, 4:00
Bridgeport @ Hershey, 7:00
Hartford @ Portland, 7:00
Providence @ Springfield, 7:00
Philadelphia @ Binghamton, 7:05
Albany @ Syracuse, 7:30
Grand Rapids @ Chicago, 8:00
Hamilton @ Peoria, 8:00
Milwaukee @ Iowa, 8:05
Quad City @ Rockford, 8:05
Worcester @ Houston, 8:35

Sun 11/23
Philadelphia @ Bridgeport, 4:00
Springfield @ Lowell, 4:00
Binghamton @ Syracuse, 4:00
Hartford @ Providence, 4:05
W-B/Scranton @ Lake Erie, 5:00
Worcester @ San Antonio, 6:00
Hamilton @ Houston, 6:05
Grand Rapids @ Iowa, 6:05

Mon 11/24
No games scheduled

Tue 11/25
Manchester @ Chicago, 8:00
Hamilton @ San Antonio, 8:00

In Thursday’s action, two-time AHL All-Star Jiri Hudler netted a pair of goals as Detroit edged Edmonton, 4-3… On Wednesday, 2007-08 AHL All-Rookie forward Bobby Ryan – who leads the AHL’s Iowa Chops with 19 points this season – scored twice and added an assist for Anaheim in a 6-4 loss to Washington.

183:00 — Current shutout streak for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Adam Berkhoel, who has posted three straight shutouts and has four on the season… The Penguins begin a three-game North Division road swing in Grand Rapids on Friday.

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