AHL Quick Hits: Division leaders collide in Providence

In Wednesday’s action, Joey Crabb tallied a hat trick and four points as Chicago upended Peoria, 5-1… Ryan Vesce extended his scoring streak to 15 games with three points (1-2-3) as Worcester rallied past Portland, 5-3… Corey Crawford made 31 saves to lead Rockford over Rochester, 2-1… Six different Monarchs netted goals to help Manchester double up Hartford, 6-3… Syracuse rallied for two third-period goals to take a 2-1 win at Hamilton.

Wed 2/4
Manchester 6, HARTFORD 3
Worcester 5, PORTLAND 3
BINGHAMTON 4, San Antonio 3
Rockford 2, ROCHESTER 1
Syracuse 2, HAMILTON 1
CHICAGO 5, Peoria 1
Grand Rapids 3, QUAD CITY 2

Thu 2/5
No games scheduled

ahllive_300.jpgThe top two teams in the West Division collide at the Bradley Center on Friday when Milwaukee (31-12-2-2, 66 points) hosts Rockford (27-19-0-4)… The Admirals enter on a three-game winning streak but will face an IceHogs team that has won the first four games of a seven-game road swing… 2009 AHL All-Stars Cal O’Reilly (3-2-5), Cody Franson (2-3-5) and Mike Santorelli (2-3-5) all have five points for the Admirals against Rockford this season… Milwaukee goaltender Drew MacIntyre leads the league in victories (23-9-1, 2.48, .916)… Adam Pineault is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-4-5) for the IceHogs, and Pascal Pelletier has a goal in three of his last four games… Goaltenders Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi each have two victories in Rockford’s current winning streak.

An inter-conference clash of division leaders pits Manitoba at Providence on Friday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center… The Moose are kicking off a 10-game road stretch with their first tilt against the Bruins since ousting the B’s from the 2003 Calder Cup Playoffs… Ex-Bruin Jason Krog paces the Moose with 50 points (17-33-50) and is closing in on his fourth 20-goal season in the AHL… Defenseman Shaun Heshka has five assists over his last three games for Manitoba… The Moose have matched a franchise record with an eight-game road winning streak, but Providence is 17-8-0-0 at home this season… Bruins rookie Mikko Lehtonen shows three goals in his last two games… The Bruins’ fifth-ranked power play (19.3 percent) will go up against Manitoba’s second-ranked penalty kill (86.7 percent)… The Moose and Bruins enter the weekend holding one-point leads atop their respective divisions.

Longtime rivals Hershey and Philadelphia square off for the 151st time in the regular season on Friday at the Wachovia Spectrum… The Bears are 5-1-0-2 against the Phantoms this year and hold a 16-1-2-3 mark in Philadelphia since the start of the 2005-06 season… Chris Bourque has a point in seven straight games (4-4-8) and 16 of his last 17 (5-13-18) for the Bears… Hershey’s Keith Aucoin (17-43-60) and Alexandre Giroux (36-21-57) rank first and second in the league in scoring; Giroux has 10 points (6-4-10) in eight games against the Phantoms this season… Philadelphia sits four points out of the East Division’s final playoff spot… Danny Syvret leads all league defensemen with 42 points (6-36-42) for the Phantoms… Jared Ross paces the Phantoms with 19 goals, and his 42 points are tied with Syvret for the team lead… Rookie Patrick Maroon shows four points (1-2-3) in his last three games.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 2/6
Chicago @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Hershey @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Manitoba @ Providence, 7:05
San Antonio @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Bridgeport @ Norfolk, 7:15
Binghamton @ Hamilton, 7:30
Syracuse @ Lake Erie, 7:30
Worcester @ Manchester, 7:30
Lowell @ Springfield, 7:30
Rockford @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Peoria @ Quad City, 8:05
Houston @ Iowa, 8:05

Sat 2/7
Binghamton @ Rochester, 2:05 (NHL Network)
Portland vs. Albany at Glens Falls, N.Y., 5:00
Lake Erie @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
San Antonio @ Hershey, 7:00
Hartford @ Springfield, 7:00
Syracuse @ Toronto, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Norfolk, 7:15
Milwaukee @ Chicago, 8:00
Rockford @ Iowa, 8:05
Houston @ Quad City, 8:05

Sun 2/8
Manitoba @ Manchester, 4:00
Hartford @ Lowell, 4:00
Grand Rapids @ Toronto, 4:00
Worcester @ Providence, 4:05
Lake Erie @ Hamilton, 5:00
Portland @ Hershey, 5:00
Binghamton @ Springfield, 5:00
Peoria @ Milwaukee, 5:00
Bridgeport @ Philadelphia, 5:05
Norfolk @ W-B/Scranton, 5:05
Houston @ Chicago, 6:00
San Antonio @ Rochester, 6:05

Mon 2/9
No games scheduled

Tue 2/10
Albany vs. Portland at Buffalo, N.Y., 7:00
Grand Rapids @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Rochester @ Iowa, 8:05

On Thursday, Jakub Petruzalek notched an assist in his NHL debut, helping Carolina to a 4-3 shootout win at San Jose… Rookie Ryan Jones, who has 22 points in 25 AHL games with Milwaukee, netted a goal in Nashville’s 4-2 win over Anaheim… On Wednesday, 2004-05 AHL All-Rookie forward Thomas Vanek recorded a natural hat trick to lead Buffalo past Toronto, 5-0… Joel Perrault scored for a second consecutive game, but Phoenix fell to Detroit, 5-4.

7 — Shorthanded goals scored at home by Hamilton this season, most in the league… The Bulldogs on Friday host Binghamton, which is one of just three teams yet to allow a shorthanded goal on the road.

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