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AHL Quick Hits: Devils host Sharks in battle for fourth


LOOKING BACK:
On Thursday night, Tim Brent tallied a hat trick and added an assist to lead Rockford over Milwaukee, 4-1… John Lammers broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and Houston held on for a 4-3 win over Iowa… In Wednesday’s action, Jiri Tlusty scored five times to lead Toronto past Syracuse, 8-5… Kyle Greentree and Jamie Lundmark each had a goal and an assist as Quad City won its fifth straight, 3-2 over Lake Erie… Yan Stastny potted two shorthanded goals and Manny Legace made 26 saves as Peoria blanked San Antonio, 5-0.

Wed 2/18
Bridgeport 1, HARTFORD 0
LOWELL 3, Albany 2 (SO)
TORONTO 8, Syracuse 5
BINGHAMTON 6, Norfolk 3
Grand Rapids 2, ROCHESTER 1 (SO)
CHICAGO 3, Iowa 2 (OT)
PEORIA 5, San Antonio 0
QUAD CITY 3, Lake Erie 2

Thu 2/19
Rockford 4, MILWAUKEE 1
HOUSTON 4, Iowa 3


LOOKING AHEAD: ahllive_300.jpg
Manitoba, 12-0-0-2 in its last 14 road games, plays four times in five nights to conclude its 10-game road swing, including tilts Friday at second-place Grand Rapids and Saturday and Tuesday at West-leading Milwaukee… The Moose enter one game shy of the AHL record for longest road points streak (15), set by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2005 and matched by Rockford last season… Manitoba leading scorer Jason Krog (19-40-59) shows five goals and seven points in three games against Grand Rapids this year… Cory Schneider (20-3-1) leads the league in GAA (1.62) and has more shutouts (four) than losses (three)… The Griffins halted a five-game winless slide with a 2-1 shootout win at Rochester on Wednesday… Justin Abdelkader shows 11 points (4-7-11) in his last nine tilts, and Francis Pare tallied three points (2-1-3) in the Griffins’ 6-4 loss to Manitoba on Jan. 16.

Winners of four straight games and six of seven, Manchester travels to Providence on Friday… The Monarchs, who enter the weekend three points out of a playoff spot, are 4-0-0-0 against the Bruins this season, including a 3-1 win on Dec. 14 in their only prior trip to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center… Manchester’s Trevor Lewis has 10 points (3-7-10) in four games against the P-Bruins this season… Teddy Purcell has racked up seven goals and 16 points during his current eight-game scoring streak, which matches a career long… Mikko Lehtonen leads the Bruins with 19 goals (19-14-33) on the year, and fellow rookie Brad Marchand has nine points (4-5-9) in his last nine contests… Tuukka Rask is 0-3-0 against Manchester this season after leading the B’s to a four-game sweep of the Monarchs in the first round of last spring’s playoffs… Providence is just 3-6-0-0 in its last nine home games.

The AHL’s two most senior franchises square off for the 434th time in the regular season on Friday when Hershey visits Rochester… The Bears are 200-180-53 all-time against the Amerks, including an 8-3 win on Oct. 26 in the teams’ first meeting of the campaign… Hershey’s Keith Aucoin (19-51-70) and Alexandre Giroux (38-26-64) continue to rank first and second overall in scoring; Aucoin is on seven-game scoring run (2-8-10), and Giroux has a point in 28 of his last 29 games (29-22-51)… Hershey is 28-5-0-3 when it scores a game’s first goal… Americans rookie Michal Repik has registered 14 points (6-8-14) in his last 11 tilts and leads the team with 33 points overall (13-20-33)… Jacob Micflikier had three points (1-2-3) against the Bears on Oct. 26… Janis Sprukts shows a team-high 15 goals (15-16-31) for Rochester.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 2/20
Manitoba @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Hartford @ Lowell, 7:00
Hamilton @ Toronto, 7:00
Portland @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Manchester @ Providence, 7:05
Binghamton @ Norfolk, 7:15
Worcester @ Springfield, 7:30
W-B/Scranton @ Syracuse, 7:30
Hershey @ Rochester, 7:35
San Antonio @ Quad City, 8:05
Milwaukee @ Chicago, 8:30
Lake Erie @ Rockford, 8:30

Sat 2/21
Rochester @ Toronto, 4:00
Lake Erie @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
W-B/Scranton @ Hamilton, 7:00
Portland @ Hartford, 7:00
Philadelphia @ Hershey, 7:00
Lowell @ Manchester, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Springfield, 7:00
Providence @ Worcester, 7:05
Binghamton @ Norfolk, 7:15
Chicago @ Peoria, 8:00
Manitoba @ Milwaukee, 8:30
Iowa @ Houston, 8:35

Sun 2/22
Portland @ Bridgeport, 1:00
San Antonio @ Grand Rapids, 4:00
Syracuse @ Hamilton, 4:00
Worcester @ Lowell, 4:00
Hartford @ Manchester, 4:00
Quad City @ Peoria, 4:00
Manitoba @ Chicago, 4:00
Springfield @ Providence, 4:05
W-B/Scranton @ Albany, 5:00
Toronto @ Rochester, 6:05

Mon 2/23
No games scheduled

Tue 2/24
Providence @ Manchester, 7:00
Manitoba @ Milwaukee, 8:00
San Antonio @ Iowa, 8:05


ALUMNI WATCH:
On Thursday, Dan Bylsma earned his first NHL coaching win as Pittsburgh edged Montreal, 5-4… Recalled from Manitoba earlier in the day, Raymond Sawada celebrated his 24th birthday by scoring a goal in his NHL debut to help Dallas past Edmonton, 4-2… Lukas Kaspar, who has 33 points in 44 AHL games with Worcester this season, scored 34 to help San Jose over Los Angeles, 4-2… Peter Olvecky recorded an assist for his first NHL point in Minnesota’s 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary.


BY THE NUMBERS:
18 — AHL players in the last 20 years to score five goals in a game… On Wednesday, Toronto’s Jiri Tlusty added his name to a list that includes current NHL’ers Pavol Demitra, Jason Pominville, Kyle Wellwood and Brendan Morrison.


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