AHL Quick Hits: Battle of Ontario at Copps Coliseum

In Thursday’s action, Mike Santorelli had a game-high four points (2-2-4) and Ryan Jones added two goals and an asisst as Milwaukee rallied past Hamilton, 5-4… Chad Kolarik and Jeff Hoggan both posted a goal and an assist as San Antonio snapped a 17-game winless streak with a 3-0 win over Syracuse… On Wednesday, Nicholas Drazenovic scored the game-winner on a penalty shot with 4:50 remaining in regulation as Peoria outlasted Chicago, 7-6.

Wed 12/3
ALBANY 3, Norfolk 2 (SO)
Hartford 4, BRIDGEPORT 3 (OT)
LOWELL 6, Springfield 4
W-B/Scranton 4, WORCESTER 1
Peoria 7, CHICAGO 6

Thu 12/4
Manitoba 3, HOUSTON 2 (SO)
Milwaukee 5, HAMILTON 4
SAN ANTONIO 3, Syracuse 0

ahllive_300.jpgLowell, 6-1-0-0 in its last seven games, travels to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday to take on Providence, which has won three straight overall and six in a row at home… The fourth-place Devils sit just six points back of the first-place Bruins in the Atlantic Division… Patrick Davis posted a goal and two assists in Lowell’s 6-4 win over Springfield on Wednesday… Chad Wiseman has netted a goal in five straight games (5-3-8) for Lowell and shows a point in nine of his last 10 contests (6-6-12)… Nicklas Bergfors has registered seven points (4-3-7) over his last six games… Linemates Vladimir Sobotka (1-4-5), Martins Karsums (3-1-4) and Martin St. Pierre (2-1-3) all have three-game scoring streaks for the Bruins… Providence is without AHL leading defensemen scorer Johnny Boychuk (4-19-23), currently on NHL recall to Boston… The B’s boast the AHL’s best penalty-killing unit (89.2%) and third-best power play (21.1%).

Just four points separate second-place Rockford from seventh-place Quad City as the in-state rivals square off Friday at the I Wireless Center in Moline, Ill… The IceHogs enter 3-0-0-1 in their last four games, while the Flames have a standings point in six straight (3-0-2-1)… Reigning Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Pascal Pelletier has netted a goal in four straight games (7-2-9) and five of his last six (8-3-11) for the IceHogs… Rockford’s Petri Kontiola (2-8-10) and Jack Skille (5-5-10) boast seven-game scoring streaks, and Tim Brent is on a four-game run (0-6-6)… Kris Chucko has a goal in four of five (5-3-8) for the Flames, and he shows a team-high three goals (3-1-4) in three games against Rockford this season… Quad City rookie John Armstrong has a point in five straight games (2-6-8)… Jamie Lundmark was the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November, putting up 5-14-19 in 13 games.

Grand Rapids welcomes Toronto to Van Andel Arena on Friday for the teams’ second meeting of the season… Grand Rapids has won three straight overall and is 5-0-0-2 in its last seven home tilts… Griffins rookie Justin Abdelkader has a point in four of his last five games (1-4-5) after managing one point in his previous 10 outings… Ville Leino is pacing the Grand Rapids offense with 20 points (4-16-20) in 20 games… Three-time Norris Trophy winner Chris Chelios is scheduled to begin a conditioning stint with the Griffins this weekend… Tim Stapleton is on a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) for the Marlies and has nine points (3-6-9) in his last seven outings… Brent Aubin’s only two goals of the season came against the Griffins in a 7-3 loss on Oct. 19… Toronto has the AHL’s best road power play (25.5 percent), but Grand Rapids has killed off 54 of 56 shorthanded situations at home this year (96.4 percent).

(all times Eastern)
Fri 12/5
Norfolk @ Albany, 7:00
Toronto @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Binghamton, 7:05
Hartford @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Lowell @ Providence, 7:05
Worcester @ Manchester, 7:30
Portland @ Springfield, 7:30
Iowa @ Rochester, 7:35
Chicago @ Peoria, 8:00
Manitoba @ San Antonio, 8:00
Rockford @ Quad City, 8:05

Sat 12/6
Norfolk @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Hartford @ Hershey, 7:00
Portland @ Lowell, 7:00
Manchester @ Springfield, 7:00
Milwaukee @ Toronto, 7:00
Binghamton @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Albany @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Iowa @ Lake Erie, 7:30
Hamilton @ Grand Rapids, 8:00
Rockford @ Chicago, 8:00
Quad City @ Peoria, 8:00
Syracuse @ Houston, 8:35

Sun 12/7
Bridgeport @ Lowell, 4:00
Springfield @ Providence, 4:05
Portland @ Worcester, 4:05
Toronto @ Hamilton, 5:00
Norfolk @ Hershey, 5:00
Iowa @ Lake Erie, 5:00
Philadelphia @ W-B/Scranton, 5:05
Manitoba @ San Antonio, 6:00
Albany @ Rochester, 6:05

Mon 12/8
No games scheduled

Tue 12/9
Manchester vs. Portland, 7:00 (at Orono, Maine)
Rochester @ San Antonio, 8:00

On Thursday night, Matt D’Agostini scored his second goal in as many games and added an assist as Montreal took a 6-2 win over the N.Y. Rangers… Craig Anderson made 45 saves in Florida’s 2-1 win over Buffalo… On Wednesday, 2008 AHL All-Star Rob Schremp collected an assist for his first career NHL point as Edmonton dropped Dallas, 5-2.

5-0-0-1 — Manchester’s record on Fridays this season heading into tonight’s date with Worcester at the Verizon Wireless Arena… The Monarchs are 4-8-0-2 during the rest of the week in 2008-09.

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