AHL Quick Hits: Griffins look for sweep in Winnipeg

In Thursday’s AHL action, Josh Tordjman made 41 saves for his third shutout in eight days as San Antonio won its fifth in a row and ended Hershey’s win streak at 11 games, 3-0… Barry Brust stopped 33 shots to help Houston past Quad City, 4-1… Julian Talbot and Josh Soares scored in Peoria’s’ 2-1 win at Hamilton… On Wednesday, former Falcon Ryan Vesce’s goal 48 seconds into overtime lifted Worcester over Springfield, 3-2… Mark Letestu notched two goals and an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton knocked off Norfolk, 7-3… Hartford’s Miika Wiikman made 15 saves for his first shutout of the season, a 2-0 win over Providence.

Wed 12/10
HARTFORD 2, Providence 0
W-B/Scranton 7, NORFOLK 3
Rochester 2, HOUSTON 1 (SO)
WORCESTER 3, Springfield 2 (OT)
Milwaukee 5, QUAD CITY 3
LAKE ERIE 3, Peoria 2

Thu 12/11
Peoria 2, HAMILTON 1
HOUSTON 4, Quad City 1
SAN ANTONIO 3, Hershey 0
ROCKFORD 2, Iowa 1

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Norfolk continues a five-game homestand when Bridgeport visits Scope for games Friday and Saturday nights… The teams opened their 2008-09 season series on Dec. 6 with the Admirals claiming a 6-3 victory at Harbor Yard… Bracken Kearns and Brandon Bochenski each scored twice for Norfolk in that win, and Grant Potulny added a goal and two assists… Potulny has recorded eight points (3-5-8) in nine games since joining the Admirals… The Sound Tigers’ line of Trevor Smith (4-1-5), Mike Iggulden (3-4-7) and Kurtis McLean (0-7-7) has combined for 19 points in the team’s last four games… Bridgeport has won seven of its last nine on the road… The Tigers are 11-4-0-1 within the East Division this season; the Admirals are 2-6-1-2.

Chicago begins a big weekend on Friday night in Des Moines, where Iowa returns home after a successful seven-game road swing (5-1-0-1)… The Chops enter the weekend atop the West Division, but just four points separate the top six teams… Andrew Ebbett scored the Chops’ only goal in Thursday’s 2-1 loss in Rockford, and the third-year pro now has points in seven straight games (3-8-11)… Drew Miller is tied for second in the AHL with four game-winning goals, including one in each of Iowa’s two wins at Lake Erie last weekend… The Wolves, off since a 6-1 decision over Rockford on Dec. 6, are looking to string together back-to-back wins for the first time since a five-game win streak from Nov. 1-14… Jeff Hamilton has 14 points (2-12-14) in Chicago’s last 12 games after being out of the lineup the previous dozen.

Grand Rapids and Manitoba open their four-game season series this weekend when the Griffins visit Winnipeg for games Friday and Saturday… The weekend marks a reunion between Grand Rapids forward Darren Haydar and Manitoba’s Jason Krog, who combined for 233 regular-season and playoff points for the 2008 Calder Cup champion Chicago Wolves… Mark Cullen, the Griffins’ second-leading scorer in 2007-08, is tied for Manitoba’s team lead with 20 points this season… Ville Leino (4-16-20) continues to pace Grand Rapids in scoring this year but has gone five games without a point… The Griffins are coming off a 5-2 loss to Hamilton on Dec. 6, their first regulation loss this season to a North Division foe (5-1-2-1)… The Moose have won nine of their last 10 at the MTS Centre.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 12/12
Worcester @ Hartford, 7:00
Lake Erie @ Toronto, 7:00
Portland @ Binghamton, 7:05
Lowell @ Providence, 7:05
Bridgeport @ Norfolk, 7:15
Albany @ Manchester, 7:30
Philadelphia @ Springfield, 7:30
W-B/Scranton @ Syracuse, 7:30
Peoria @ Rochester, 7:35
Rockford @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Chicago @ Iowa, 8:05
Grand Rapids @ Manitoba, 8:30

Sat 12/13
Binghamton @ Albany, 7:00
Worcester @ Lowell, 7:00
Providence @ Manchester, 7:00
Springfield @ Hartford, 7:00
Portland @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Bridgeport @ Norfolk, 7:15
Rochester @ Lake Erie, 7:30
Toronto @ Syracuse, 7:30
Quad City @ San Antonio, 8:00
Milwaukee @ Iowa, 8:05
Chicago @ Rockford, 8:05
Grand Rapids @ Manitoba, 8:30
Hershey @ Houston, 8:35

Sun 12/14
Hamilton @ Toronto, 4:00
Manchester @ Providence, 4:05
Hartford @ Worcester, 4:05
Portland @ Albany, 5:00
Peoria @ Lake Erie, 5:00
W-B/Scranton @ Philadelphia, 5:05
San Antonio @ Chicago, 6:00
Syracuse @ Rochester, 6:05

Mon 12/15
No games scheduled

Tue 12/16
Manchester @ Manitoba, 8:30

On Thursday night, Joakim Lindstrom scored his first NHL goal of the season in Phoenix’s 3-1 win over Minnesota… Teddy Purcell recorded an assist in his season debut with Los Angeles, helping the Kings past St. Louis, 6-2… On Wednesday, AHL goal-scoring leader Alexandre Giroux netted the game-winner in Washington’s 3-1 victory over Boston… 2008 Calder Cup champion Joey Crabb scored his first career NHL goal in Atlanta’s 3-2 overtime loss to the N.Y. Rangers.

1.98, .940 — Goals-against average and save percentage for Lowell rookie Jeff Frazee (6-1-2), both of which rank first among active AHL goaltenders entering the weekend.

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