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AHL Quick Hits — December 13-14, 2006

On Tuesday, Cory Larose recorded five points, including a second-period hat trick, and Darren Haydar took over the AHL scoring lead with four assists as Chicago beat Iowa, 7-3… Brett Sterling scored twice and Fred Brathwaite made 28 saves for his seventh win in a row.

Mon 12/11
No games scheduled

Tue 12/12
Chicago 7, IOWA 3

Hartford entertains Philadelphia on Wednesday night with a chance to make up ground on the rest of the Atlantic Division… The Wolf Pack are in last place in the seven-team group, but sit just 10 points behind co-leaders Portland and Providence after winning five of their last six games… Hartford has added 2006 Second Team AHL All-Star defenseman Thomas Pock and forward Jed Ortmeyer on conditioning loans from the parent N.Y. Rangers… Rookie Ryan Callahan has scored a goal in six straight games for the Pack, a team record… The Phantoms have lost seven of their last nine to fall two points behind sixth-place Binghamton in the East Division… Matt Ellison has six points in Philadelphia’s last three games (3g, 3a), and 11 points in 12 AHL contests this season.

After going 5-4-0-1 on a 10-game road swing, Milwaukee returns home to battle Grand Rapids on Wednesday night in the first of three meetings this week between the teams… The Admirals have won seven straight against the Griffins, including a four-game sweep in the 2006 Western Conference finals and an 8-1 rout at Van Andel Arena on Nov. 14… Rich Peverley is riding a five-game scoring streak for Milwaukee (2g, 7a), and Jason Guerriero has points in four straight (3g, 4a)… Karl Goehring is 3-0-1 in his last four starts overall for the Admirals, but is winless at the Bradley Center this year (0-3-0, 5.01, .806)… Grand Rapids captain Matt Ellis has five goals and an assist in his last four outings, and ranks fifth in the league with 104 shots on goal… Jimmy Howard has appeared in each of the Griffins’ last 14 games, and is 5-1-1 in his last seven decisions.

The Houston Aeros play the 1,000th regular-season game in franchise history on Wednesday when Manitoba visits the Toyota Center… Scott Arniel, a member of the Aeros’ inaugural team in the IHL (1994-95), returns to Houston as the rookie head coach of the Moose… Houston is winless in its last four games (0-2-0-2) after a pair of shootout losses to Omaha last week… Rookie Benoit Pouliot continues to lead the Aeros with 12 goals on the year, but has gone four games without recording a point… Manitoba is coming off back-to-back wins in Peoria last week, with Drew MacIntyre stopping 62 of 63 shots total… The Aeros rank 26th in the 27-team AHL on the power play (12.6%), while the Moose are second on the penalty kill (88.1%).

(all times Eastern)
Wed 12/13
Philadelphia at Hartford, 7:00… Grand Rapids at Milwaukee, 8:00… Manitoba at Houston, 8:05

Thu 12/14
Houston at San Antonio, 8:00

Fri 12/15
Milwaukee at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Worcester at Hartford, 7:00… Norfolk at Binghamton, 7:05… Hershey at Philadelphia, 7:05… Manchester at Portland, 7:05… Lowell at Providence, 7:05… Toronto at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Hamilton at Rochester, 7:35… Syracuse at Springfield, 7:35… Manitoba at San Antonio, 8:00… Omaha at Chicago, 8:30… Iowa at Peoria, 8:30

On Tuesday, Joe Pavelski, the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for October 2006, scored his sixth and seventh NHL goals of the season in San Jose’s 3-1 defeat of Los Angeles… Jarkko Immonen had a goal and an assist in the N.Y. Rangers’ 3-1 win at Philadelphia… Jeff Hamilton, who set an AHL record with 15 game-winning goals in 2003-04, picked up his third GWG this season to help Chicago over St. Louis, 3-2 and spoil Marek Schwarz’s NHL debut in net for the Blues… 2005 AHL MVP Jason Spezza scored twice and two-time AHL All-Star Ray Emery made 43 saves as Ottawa beat Detroit, 3-2.

— Goals per game scored by the 1948-49 Providence Reds (347 goals in 68 games), the highest-scoring team in AHL history… The 2006-07 Chicago Wolves are averaging 4.74 goals per game through 27 contests.

Portland Pirates forward Zenon Konopka will enter the AHL Chat Room on Fri., Dec. 15… Questions for Zenon can be submitted now at theahl.com.

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