On Thursday, Jeff Taffe scored 1:14 into overtime as San Antonio edged Omaha, 3-2… Jeremy Colliton had a goal and three assists as Bridgeport handed Norfolk a 6-3 defeat on Wednesday night… Darren Haydar extended his scoring streak to 22 games and Jason Krog made it 21 straight with a point in Chicago’s 5-2 win over Iowa.
BRIDGEPORT 6, Norfolk 3… CHICAGO 5, Iowa 2… Hamilton 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (SO)… Manitoba 5, HERSHEY 4 (OT)… LOWELL 6, Binghamton 2… TORONTO 4, Milwaukee 2… Syracuse 5, W-B/SCRANTON 3
SAN ANTONIO 3, Omaha 2 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey renew their rivalry on Friday night with just one point separating them atop the East Division… The Bears (31 points) actually own the best points percentage in the conference (.775), but have played one fewer game than the Penguins (32 pts.)… Alexandre Giroux has four goals in two games against Wilkes-Barre this season, and seven goals in his last four games overall… Eric Fehr ran his scoring streak to 16 games (10g, 14a) with an assist in the Bears’ 5-4 overtime loss to Manitoba on Wednesday… J.F. Jacques has recorded a point in each of his five games since joining the Penguins last week (2g, 4a)… Jeff Deslauriers is 8-2-0 on the season for the Pens and has won his last four decisions.
Hamilton and Toronto wage a North Division battle at Copps Coliseum on Friday night (7:30 ET, Rogers Sportsnet)… The Bulldogs have won four in a row to climb into second place, while the Marlies have earned a point in four straight (3-0-1-0) and sit a point out of the fourth spot in the division… 21-year-old goaltender Jaroslav Halak is coming off a remarkable November (7-1-0, 0.82, .972, 4 SO) for Hamilton… Bulldogs defenseman Mathieu Roy, who leads the league with his plus-15 rating, has seven points in his last five games (3g, 4a)… Former ’Dog Boyd Devereaux’s hat trick led Toronto to a 4-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday… Erik Westrum recorded a pair of assists in that win, giving him five points in his last three games.
The tight Atlantic, with four points separating second place from sixth, sees several intradivision match-ups this weekend, including Friday’s battle between Lowell and Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center… The Devils won the teams’ first meeting of the season, a 2-0 decision last Sunday with Frank Doyle making 28 saves for his second AHL shutout… Lowell’s Justin Papineau had two goals and two assists in Wednesday’s 6-2 win over Binghamton, giving him 13 points in his last seven games… The P-Bruins have dropped three in a row, and are 5-7-1-0 against Atlantic opponents this season… Rookie Kris Versteeg had 16 points in 12 games during November… Jonathan Sigalet leads all AHL defensemen with six goals on the year.
(all times Eastern)
Rochester at Grand Rapids, 6:30… Milwaukee at Albany, 7:00… Syracuse at Binghamton, 7:05… Manitoba at Philadelphia, 7:05… Lowell at Providence, 7:05… Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Worcester at Norfolk, 7:15… Toronto at Hamilton, 7:30… Springfield at Manchester, 7:35… Iowa at Peoria, 8:00… Omaha at San Antonio, 8:00
Rochester at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Manchester at Hartford, 7:00… Manitoba at Hershey, 7:00… Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00… W-B/Scranton at Binghamton, 7:05… Bridgeport at Lowell, 7:05… Albany at Portland, 7:05… Providence at Springfield, 7:05… Worcester at Norfolk, 7:15… San Antonio at Chicago, 8:00… Houston at Omaha, 8:00… Peoria at Iowa, 8:05
Milwaukee at Toronto, 4:00… Springfield at Lowell, 4:05… Bridgeport at Manchester, 4:05… Albany at Providence, 4:05… Worcester at Hershey, 5:00… Houston at Peoria, 5:00… Manitoba at Philadelphia, 5:05
No games scheduled
Iowa at Chicago, 8:00… Rochester at Manitoba, 8:30
On Thursday, two-time AHL All-Star Kari Lehtonen made 36 saves in Atlanta’s 5-0 win over Toronto… Two-time AHL All-Star Ray Emery made 31 saves at Ottawa shut out Florida, 6-0… 2004 AHL All-Star Game MVP Mike Zigomanis scored twice in Phoenix’s 7-4 win over Los Angeles.
BY THE NUMBERS:
499 — Regular-season games coached by Randy Cunneyworth of the Rochester Americans… On Friday, he will join Worcester’s Roy Sommer and Hershey’s Bruce Boudreau as the only active coaches with at least 500 games.
AHL CHAT ROOM:
Chicago Wolves rookie forward Brett Sterling will enter the AHL Chat Room on Mon., Dec. 4, to talk about his and his team’s early-season success. Questions for Brett can be submitted now at theahl.com.
AHL ON B2 NETWORKS:
B2 Networks brings AHL action to your computer all season long with live video webcasts of nearly every AHL game… Visit theahl.com for details.