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AHL Quick Hits: Crunch hit the road in search of points


LOOKING BACK:
On Tuesday, Tim Wallace’s second straight two-goal performance and Reid Cashman’s first career AHL goal paced Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-1 win at Philadelphia… Alexandre Bolduc posted a goal and an assist to lead Manitoba to its second straight win over Lake Erie, 3-2… Josh Soares and Mike Keane each had a goal and an assist and Cory Schneider pitched a 17-save shutout in the Moose’s 5-0 victory on Monday.

Mon 2/2
MANITOBA 5, Lake Erie 0

Tue 2/3
W-B/Scranton 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
MANITOBA 3, Lake Erie 2


LOOKING AHEAD: ahllive_300.jpg
An Atlantic Division battle pits third-place Worcester (26-20-0-2, 54 points) at fourth-place Portland (25-19-1-2, 53 points) on Wednesday… It’s the second game of a seven-game road swing for the Sharks, who are coming off a 2-1 loss in Providence on Sunday… Captain Ryan Vesce brings a 14-game scoring streak (7-14-21) into Wednesday’s action, the longest active run in the AHL… Vesce shows nine points (3-6-9) in six games against Portland this season, while Lukas Kaspar has eight points in the season series (2-6-8)… Worcester rookie Steven Zalewski has a point in seven straight games (4-4-8), including a goal in three straight… Portland first-year pro Tim Kennedy shows a four-game assist run (0-4-4), but is still without a goal since Nov. 19… Ex-Shark Mathieu Darche has racked up six points (2-4-6) in six games for Portland against his former team this year… The Pirates are 9-1-2-1 all-time against the Sharks at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Binghamton and San Antonio clash for the second time in seven days on Wednesday at the Broome County Arena in New York’s Southern Tier… The Senators took a 2-1 win over the Rampage in Texas on Jan. 29, receiving first-period goals from Marc Cavosie and Derek Smith… Sens goaltender Martin Gerber stopped 37 of 38 shots in that tilt and is 3-2-0 (2.23, .937) since being reassigned from parent-club Ottawa… Binghamton will be playing its first game without former head coach Cory Clouston, who was named to the same post with Ottawa on Monday… The Rampage opened a 13-game road trip with a 5-1 loss in Worcester on Saturday… San Antonio is 7-3-0-0 in its last 10 road games since starting 0-10-0-1 away from the AT&T Center… David Spina has seven points (2-5-7) in his last seven outings for San Antonio… Two of the Rampage’s top four scorers – Joel Perrault (8-21-29) and captain Jeff Hoggan (18-10-28) – are on NHL recall to Phoenix.

Rockford heads into the Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday to battle Rochester… The IceHogs opened a seven-game road swing with three wins in three days last week, and hold a three-point lead on Iowa for second place in the West Division… Captain Tim Brent (3-2-5) and rookie Mike Radja (1-4-5) both show five points in their last two games for Rockford, while rookie Judd Blackwater has scored three goals on five shots over his first three career AHL contests… Rookie Michal Repik has three points (1-2-3) in his last two games for the Americans, who are looking to break out of a 1-3-0-1 slump… With Janis Sprukts on recall to Florida, Repik (8-14-22) and rookie defenseman Jason Garrison (3-19-22) lead the active roster with 22 points apiece… IceHogs head coach Bill Peters (Spokane) and Amerks bench boss Benoit Groulx (Gatineau) guided their junior squads to the 2008 Memorial Cup tournament, with Peters’s Chiefs winning the championship.

(all times Eastern)
Wed 2/4
Manchester @ Hartford, 7:00
Worcester @ Portland, 7:00
San Antonio @ Binghamton, 7:05
Rockford @ Rochester, 7:05
Syracuse @ Hamilton, 7:30
Peoria @ Chicago, 8:00
Grand Rapids @ Quad City, 8:05

Thu 2/5
No games scheduled


ALUMNI WATCH:
Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, an AHL All-Rookie forward in 2007-08, was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for January… In Tuesday’s action, Luca Caputi netted a goal in his NHL debut for Pittsburgh in a 4-2 loss at Montreal… Artem Anisimov made his NHL debut for the N.Y. Rangers, but fellow 2009 AHL All-Star Joe Motzko scored a goal to help Atlanta to a 2-1 shootout win at MSG… Tampa Bay/Norfolk goaltender Mike McKenna and referee Ghislain Hebert made their NHL debuts on Long Island… Davis Drewiske made his NHL debut in Los Angeles’s 1-0 win at Ottawa, helping spoil Cory Clouston’s debut behind the Senators bench… David Schlemko made his NHL debut for Phoenix at Nashville.


BY THE NUMBERS:
72 — Players in AHL history to record at least 500 career points… Knocking on the door to gain membership in the club are Grand Rapids’ Darren Haydar (495) and Hershey’s Keith Aucoin (493).


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