AHL Quick Hits — February 14-15, 2007

On Tuesday night, Yanick Lehoux‘s goal with 10:41 left in regulation lifted San Antonio to a 3-2 win at Iowa… On Monday, Wade Flaherty made 29 saves in his return from injury and Jason Jaffray added a goal and an assist as Manitoba doubled up Omaha, 4-2.

Mon 2/12
MANITOBA 4, Omaha 2

Tue 2/13
San Antonio 3, IOWA 2

Once unbeatable at home, Norfolk has dropped two straight at Scope; once hapless on the road, Portland has won two in a row on foreign ice… The teams go head-to-head again on Wednesday night… The Pirates’ 11-game road winless skid ended with a win in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 9, at the same time the Admirals’ 14-game home winning streak was being snapped by Albany… One night later, Simon Ferguson‘s tiebreaking goal with 2:52 left in the game propelled Portland to a 4-2 win in Norfolk… Joe Motzko has scored a goal in three straight games for the Pirates… The Admirals are without leading scorer Martin St. Pierre, recalled by the parent Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, but have gotten standout rookie Troy Brouwer back from the Hawks.

Syracuse heads down Interstate 81 to take on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday night… The Crunch’s four-game winning streak has been followed by their current 0-3-0-1 slide, dropping them 11 points out of the final playoff spot in the North Division… Syracuse is also winless in its last seven on the road (0-5-0-2), including a 2-0 defeat to the Penguins in their last meeting on Jan. 17… Geoff Platt has tallied seven points (5g, 2a) in the Crunch’s last six contests… Wilkes-Barre has won three of its last four but is 10-9-0-1 since Christmas, falling five points behind second-place Hershey in the East… Jean-Francois Jacques is on a five-game scoring streak for the Penguins (1g, 6a), who are 10-2-1-2 against the North Division this season.

San Antonio returns to Peoria on Wednesday night for the 12th stop on its 16-game road trip… The Rampage are going for their fourth win in a row, which would tie the five-year-old franchise’s record for consecutive road victories… Yanick Lehoux has recorded points in 16 of his last 17 games (8g, 12a) for San Antonio… Jeff Taffe has registered two goals, five assists and a plus-8 rating in his last six contests… Even with the Rampage’s 2-1 overtime win on Sunday, the Rivermen have dominated San Antonio since joining the AHL, going 13-1-1-1 in 16 meetings over the last two seasons…Peoria’s Jon DiSalvatore has eight points (3g, 5a) in his last seven contests… Beginning Wednesday, the Rivermen play a league-high 32 games over the final 61 days of the regular season.

(all times Eastern)
Wed 2/14
Lowell at Hartford, 7:00… Syracuse at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Portland at Norfolk, 7:15… Iowa at Milwaukee, 8:00… San Antonio at Peoria, 8:00… Omaha at Manitoba, 8:30

Thu 2/15
No games scheduled

Fri 2/16
Norfolk at Albany, 7:00… San Antonio at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Worcester at Hartford, 7:00… Portland at Philadelphia, 7:05… Springfield at Providence, 7:05… Binghamton at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Lowell at Bridgeport, 7:30… Toronto at Hamilton, 7:30… Manitoba at Syracuse, 7:30… Manchester at Rochester, 7:35… Peoria at Milwaukee, 8:00… Omaha at Iowa, 8:05

On Tuesday night, Brandon Bochenski, still fourth in the AHL in scoring this season, had a goal and two assists in Boston’s 3-0 win over Edmonton… 2002 AHL All-Star Rick DiPietro made 39 saves in the N.Y. Islanders’ 3-2 shootout win in Toronto… 2005 AHL All-Star Jay Bouwmeester scored the only goal in Florida’s 1-0 win over Montreal… 1999 AHL All-Star Martin St. Louis recorded a goal and two assists for Tampa Bay in a 5-3 win over Phoenix… 2001 AHL All-Star Jonathan Cheechoo picked up a goal and three assists to help San Jose defeat St. Louis, 6-5… On Monday, Michael Leighton, currently second in the AHL with a 2.14 GAA this season, made 31 saves as Philadelphia defeated Detroit, 6-1.

— Shorthanded goals allowed by the Norfolk Admirals this season, most in the league… Ironically, the Admirals also own the league’s top-ranked power play at 22.5 percent.

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