Joey Crabb and Jordan LaVallee each scored a shorthanded goal and second-year goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped 32 of 33 shots in net as Chicago took a 3-1 win over visiting San Antonio on Tuesday night… Pavelec and the Wolves have allowed a total of seven goals over the season’s first five games.
No games scheduled
CHICAGO 3, San Antonio 1
Lake Erie concludes a five-game season-opening homestand tonight when Milwaukee visits the Quicken Loans Arena in the first-ever meeting between the teams… The Monsters are out to a 2-1-0-1 start and have been led on offense by Brian Willsie, a 334-game NHL veteran and three-time 20-goal scorer in the AHL who has a goal in all four games… 2008 AHL All-Star T.J. Hensick (2-2-4) and former first-round draft pick Chris Stewart (1-3-4) have each collected four points for the Monsters… The Admirals are winless in their last three (0-2-0-1) since opening the season with a 3-1 win in San Antonio on Oct. 11… Three players are tied for Milwaukee’s scoring lead with four points apiece: Antti Pihlstrom (3-1-4), Cal O’Reilly (1-3-4), and Mike Santorelli (1-3-4)… Pihlstrom had a goal, and assist and 11 shots in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Rockford.
Provincial rivals Toronto and Hamilton square off for the first of 12 times this season tonight at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto… The Marlies won nine of 12 games in last year’s season series, including a 5-1-0-0 mark on home ice… Hamilton is out to a franchise-best 4-0-0-0 start and has trailed for a total of only 3:49 of play… Matt D’Agostini is tied for the Bulldogs’ scoring lead with five points (2-3-5) and posted a team-high nine points (2-7-9) against the Marlies last season… Mike Glumac boasts three markers thus far for Hamilton (3-1-4), as does rookie Ben Maxwell (3-1-4)… Hamilton’s power play ranks second in the league at 27.3 percent and its penalty kill is a perfect 20-for-20… The Marlies have split the first two games of a five-game homestand… Returnees Kris Newbury (2-1-3) and Brent Aubin pace the Marlies with a pair of goals apiece… Defenseman Jaime Sifers (1-2-3) and center Alex Foster (0-3-3) join Newbury in a three-way tie for the team lead in points.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton begins a three-game New England road swing tonight in Lowell, the second of seven in a row on the road overall… The Penguins have a point in three straight games (2-0-0-1) since dropping an 8-4 decision to Hershey in their season opener Oct. 8… Chris Minard, who was the Devils’ leading scorer in 2006-07, ranks third in the AHL with five goals (5-3-8) for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season… Minard has tallied the game-winning goal in both of the Pens’ victories, matching his total from all of last year… First-year North American pro Janne Pesonen ranks second on the Wilkes-Barre roster with six points (1-5-6) and has found the scoresheet in all four games… Jon DiSalvatore has a point in each of Lowell’s first four contests for a team-high total of seven (1-6-7)… The Devils’ Matt Halischuk leads AHL rookies with four goals and is tied for the top spot with six points… Pascal Rheaume brings a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) into tonight’s game for Lowell.
(all times Eastern)
Binghamton @ Albany, 7:00
Milwaukee @ Lake Erie, 7:00
W-B/Scranton @ Lowell, 7:00
Hamilton @ Toronto, 7:00
Hartford @ Worcester, 7:05
No games scheduled
Derek Dorsett, who posted 18 points in 64 AHL games as a rookie for Syracuse in 2007-08, tallied his first career NHL goal to help Columbus past Vancouver, 4-2, on Tuesday night… Also Tuesday, 2007 AHL All-Star Clarke MacArthur netted a goal and 2004-05 AHL All-Rookie Team member Thomas Vanek scored the decisive shootout marker as Buffalo edged Boston, 3-2.
BY THE NUMBERS:
8-0-0-0 — Hartford’s record against Worcester last season, the Wolf Pack’s first-ever sweep of a season series of at least eight games… The teams meet for the first time this year tonight at the DCU Center in Worcester.