AHL Quick Hits — December 8-10, 2006

On Thursday, Omaha’s Curtis McElhinney (29 saves) and Houston’s Josh Harding (26 saves) dueled to a scoreless tie through 65 minutes before the Knights prevailed in a shootout, 1-0… On Wednesday, Frederic Cassivi became the 11th goalie in AHL history to record 200 career wins when Hershey beat Norfolk in overtime, 3-2… Jeff Tambellini had the game-winning goal in Bridgeport’s 3-2 OT decision over Binghamton.

Wed 12/6
Lowell 4, SPRINGFIELD 2… Hershey 3, NORFOLK 2 (OT)… BRIDGEPORT 3, Binghamton 2 (OT)… Rochester 3, MANITOBA 2… Hamilton 5, TORONTO 3

Thu 12/7
Omaha 1, HOUSTON 0 (SO)… Milwaukee 5, SAN ANTONIO 3

Hamilton hopes to continue its roll when East-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton visits Copps Coliseum on Friday night… The Bulldogs are 11-3-0-1 since Nov. 1, and goaltender Jaroslav Halak (7-2-0, 1.08, .963, 4 SO in that span) has been a big reason why… Duncan Milroy has recorded 16 points in his last 12 games for Hamilton (7g, 9a)… Kyle Chipchura scored twice in the Bulldogs’ 5-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday night… The Penguins, 10-2-1-1 on the road this season, have played six straight one-goal decisions away from home… Jeff Deslauriers is 10-2-0 on the year for the Pens, including six straight wins; he was 4-7-0 in 13 appearances for Hamilton last season… Kyle Brodziak snapped a 14-game scoring drought and potted the winning goal in Wilkes-Barre’s 2-1 win in Binghamton last time out (Dec. 2).

Hartford, which has played just one game in the last 11 days, gets back on the ice with a trip to the DCU Center in Worcester on Friday night… The Wolf Pack have won four in a row, including a 6-5 overtime decision against the Sharks on Nov. 26… Rookie Ryan Callahan has picked up nine goals and added five assists in his last eight games for Hartford, who have won four of their last five on the road… The Pack’s Daniel Girardi and Worcester’s Mathieu Biron are tied for second among AHL defensemen with 15 assists each… The Sharks’ Mathieu Darche is tied for second in the AHL with 19 goals, but has just one in his last six games… Worcester, which has dropped four straight at home, is coming off a 2-1 overtime win in Hershey and is looking to string together back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 10-11.

Chicago takes to the road for a two-game weekend trip to Pennsylvania, visiting Philadelphia on Friday and Wilkes-Barre on Saturday… Friday night’s game is a rematch of the 2005 Calder Cup Finals, in which the Phantoms swept the Wolves in four straight… This year’s Chicago club remains the top offensive squad in the AHL, averaging nearly five goals per game and boasting the top three point-getters in the league… The Wolves are also one of the top road teams in the league, going 10-2-0-0 on foreign ice and outscoring their hosts, 66-35… Rookie defenseman Boris Valabik continues to lead the league in both plus/minus (+17) and penalty minutes (106)… Derek MacKenzie, fourth on the team with 15 points, has two goals and three assists in his last three games.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 12/8
Springfield at Albany, 7:00… Toronto at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Hartford at Worcester, 7:00… Norfolk at Binghamton, 7:05… Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:05… Portland at Providence, 7:05… W-B/Scranton at Hamilton, 7:30… Lowell at Manchester, 7:35… Syracuse at Rochester, 7:35… Peoria at Manitoba, 8:30

Sat 12/9
Grand Rapids at Toronto, 4:00… Providence at Albany, 7:00… Norfolk at Hershey, 7:00… Springfield at Worcester, 7:00… Bridgeport at Binghamton, 7:05… Chicago at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Lowell at Hartford, 7:30… Philadelphia at Syracuse, 7:30… Portland at Manchester, 7:35… Hamilton at Rochester, 7:35… Milwaukee at San Antonio, 8:00… Omaha at Houston, 8:35

Sun 12/10
Peoria at Manitoba, 3:00… Binghamton at Toronto, 4:00… Worcester at Providence, 4:05… Norfolk at Hershey, 5:00… Hamilton at Syracuse, 5:00

Mon 12/11
No games scheduled

Tue 12/12
Chicago at Iowa, 8:05

On Thursday, former AHL All-Stars Martin St. Louis (1g, 4a), Dan Boyle (1g, 1a), Vaclav Prospal (1a), Eric Perrin (1a) and Doug Janik (1a) combined for 10 points and another, Marc Denis, earned the shutout in Tampa Bay’s 8-0 rout of Atlanta.

5 — Unassisted goals scored this season by Syracuse forward Joe Motzko, of his six goals total… The AHL record is 10 unassisted goals in one season, by Ralph Intranuovo in 1994-95.

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