On Thursday afternoon, Miroslav Kopriva made 42 saves before going 4-for-4 in the shootout to lead Houston past Milwaukee, 3-2… Roman Voloshenko had a regulation goal and a shootout goal for the Aeros, who killed off 12 of 13 Admirals power plays on the day.
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HOUSTON 3, Milwaukee 2 (SO)
Two teams heading in opposite directions collide at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday when Providence hosts Portland in the rivals’ fourth meeting in the last 14 days… The Bruins have earned points in 10 straight games (9-0-0-1), outscoring their opponents by a 47-23 count… The Pirates, meanwhile, have lost six in a row and are 3-10-1-2 since Dec. 23, falling four points out of the last playoff spot in the Atlantic Division… Portland is 13-for-47 (27.7%) on the power play in the season series; Providence is 14-for-55 (25.5%)… Bruins forwards Pascal Pelletier (7g, 6a) and Kris Versteeg (5g, 8a) share the scoring lead with 13 points each against the Pirates… Additions to the Portland lineup over the last week include forwards Joe Motzko and Shane Endicott and defensemen Joe Rullier and Eric Weinrich.
An intriguing interdivisional matchup sends Hershey to the Hartford Civic Center on Friday night… At 29-9-4-5, the Bears have the fewest regulation losses in the league, but the Wolf Pack have won five in a row and are 12-1-1-0 since Dec. 31 and 22-6-2-0 in their last 30 games… Ryan Callahan, who scored the winning goal to lift PlanetUSA over Hershey head coach Bruce Boudreau’s Canadian team at Monday’s AHL All-Star Game, has seven goals in his last seven games for Hartford… Al Montoya has won nine of his last 10 starts for the Pack… Dave Steckel has seven goals and an assist in his last six games for Hershey… The Bears’ Alexandre Giroux, Chad Wiseman and Dean Arsene are all former Wolf Pack players.
Manitoba tries to snap a four-game losing streak when Chicago visits the MTS Centre for games on Friday and Saturday… The Moose’s skid comes on the heels of a stretch during which they earned points in 12 straight games, but they are still 9-1-1-1 in their last dozen home outings… Manitoba won the only previous meeting this season between the teams, a 7-4 decision on Oct. 24 in which Jason Jaffray scored four goals… After losing five in a row and seven of eight, Chicago is on a 4-0-0-2 run, scoring 30 goals in those six games… Cory Larose has recorded points in eight straight contests for the Wolves (6g, 10a)… An NHL trade between Atlanta and Tampa Bay has sent Andy Delmore, the AHL’s leader with 12 goals this season, and Andre Deveaux to the Wolves from Springfield in exchange for Kyle Wanvig and Stephen Baby.
(all times Eastern)
Binghamton at Albany, 7:00… Hershey at Hartford, 7:00… Bridgeport at Worcester, 7:00… Manchester at Lowell, 7:05… Hamilton at Philadelphia, 7:05… Portland at Providence, 7:05… W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:15… Springfield at Syracuse, 7:30… Toronto at Rochester, 7:35… Houston at Milwaukee, 8:00… San Antonio at Omaha, 8:00… Chicago at Manitoba, 8:30
Springfield at Toronto, 4:00… Worcester at Albany, 5:00… Peoria at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Hershey at Lowell, 7:05… Bridgeport at Portland, 7:05… Hamilton at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:15… Rochester at Syracuse, 7:30… Providence at Manchester, 7:35… San Antonio at Omaha, 8:00… Milwaukee at Iowa, 8:05… Chicago at Manitoba, 8:30
Bridgeport at Providence, 2:05… Springfield at Binghamton, 3:05
Chicago at Toronto, 7:30
Omaha at Houston, 8:05… San Antonio at Iowa, 8:05
On Thursday night, 2005 Calder Cup champion Alexandre Picard recorded five assists – a franchise rookie record – in Philadelphia’s 6-5 overtime loss to New Jersey… Recalled from Bridgeport earlier in the day, 2006 AHL All-Star Jeff Tambellini dished out three assists to help the N.Y. Islanders past Atlanta, 5-2… Krys Barch netted his first NHL goal and 2007 AHL All-Star Joel Lundqvist had a goal and an assist as Dallas beat San Jose, 4-2… 2003 Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Johan Holmqvist made 31 saves as Tampa Bay shut out Carolina, 4-0.
BY THE NUMBERS:
19 — Consecutive regular-season divisional home games for Norfolk since its last regulation loss, a 5-2 defeat to Bridgeport on Mar. 11, 2006… The Admirals are 18-0-1-0 at home against the East since then (14-0-1-0 this season).
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