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AHL Quick Hits: Griffins out to turn tables on Admirals

In Thursday’s only AHL action, former Rampage defenseman Jamie Rivers scored the game-winning goal and ex-Rampage goalie Brent Krahn made 35 saves as Chicago edged San Antonio, 2-1… On Wednesday, Hartford scored two shorthanded goals in a 3-2 win over Providence… Nate Raduns scored in overtime to send Philadelphia to its sixth straight win, a 3-2 decision over Binghamton.

Wed 12/17
GRAND RAPIDS 5, Syracuse 1
HARTFORD 3, Providence 2
TORONTO 5, Lake Erie 4 (SO)
PHILADELPHIA 3, Binghamton 2 (OT)
NORFOLK 2, Albany 1
MILWAUKEE 2, Houston 1 (SO)
MANITOBA 3, Manchester 2

Thu 12/18
Chicago 2, SAN ANTONIO 1

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Toronto plays three games in snowy New England this weekend, beginning on Friday afternoon in Providence… The Marlies have won nine of their last 14 games overall (9-5-0-0) and three straight on the road… Tim Stapleton leads the Toronto offense with 25 points (4-21-25) in 27 games, including six multiple-point showings… Ben Ondrus has netted a goal in three straight games (4-0-4) and five of his last six (6-0-6) for the Marlies… Jiri Tlusty had three assists in regulation and two shootout goals in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Lake Erie… Providence enters Friday’s action in first place, but stuck in a season-high three-game winless skid (0-2-0-1)… Martin St. Pierre has a point in three of his last four outings (2-4-6), and Peter Schaefer shows four points (2-2-4) in his last three contests… Toronto has the AHL’s best road power play (28.6 percent); Providence boasts its fourth-best overall penalty kill (86.5%).

Houston continues a four-game road swing with tilts in Rockford on Friday and Saturday, the teams’ first meetings since the opening round of last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs… The Aeros have a standings point in six straight games (3-0-0-3) and sit one point back of the IceHogs for fifth place in the tight West Division… Two-time AHL All-Star Corey Locke is on a six-game scoring streak (5-6-11) for the Aeros and leads the team with 31 points overall (10-21-31)… Krys Kolanos has netted his team-high 15 goals (15-7-22) in just 19 AHL games this year… Houston’s Mike Hamilton has a point in four of his first five career AHL games (1-3-4)… Evan Brophey has a point in three of his last four games (1-3-4) for the IceHogs… Rockford leading scorer Petri Kontiola (7-21-28) has been held scoreless just eight times in 26 games this season… The IceHogs have outscored opponents 27-14 in the opening period in 2008-09.

Red-hot Milwaukee takes its six-game winning streak into Grand Rapids this weekend for a pair of clashes with the North Division’s Griffins… The Admirals have won 15 of 18 since Halloween night, and are 22-6-4-3 against Grand Rapids since Jan. 15, 2005 (including 4-0-0-0 this season)… Mike Santorelli is riding a 13-game scoring streak (8-16-24) for the Ads, one short of the AHL season high… Defenseman Alexander Sulzer shows a point in three straight games (2-2-4) and six of seven (4-7-11), and Cal O’Reilly leads Milwaukee with 32 points overall (5-27-32)… Rookie Justin Abdelkader has a point in six of seven (2-5-7) for the Griffins, who are 8-2-1-3 at Van Andel Arena this season… Ville Leino is pacing the offense with 23 points (5-18-23) in 25 games… Milwaukee has the AHL’s second-ranked power play (21.9 percent), while Grand Rapids ranks third in penalty killing (86.8 percent).

(all times Eastern)
Fri 12/19
Toronto @ Providence, 1:05
Springfield @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Milwaukee @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Syracuse @ Binghamton, 7:05
Lowell @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Hershey @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Albany @ Norfolk, 7:15
Hamilton @ Manchester, 7:30
Lake Erie @ Rochester, 7:35
Iowa @ Peoria, 8:00
Chicago @ San Antonio, 8:00
Quad City @ Manitoba, 8:30
Houston @ Rockford, 8:30
Portland @ Worcester, ppd.

Sat 12/20
Binghamton @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Milwaukee @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Hamilton @ Hartford, 7:00
Lowell @ Hershey, 7:00
Providence @ Portland, 7:00
Toronto @ Springfield, 7:00
Norfolk @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Albany @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Manchester @ Worcester, 7:05
Lake Erie @ Syracuse, 7:30
Peoria @ Iowa, 8:05
Houston @ Rockford, 8:05
Quad City @ Manitoba, 8:30

Sun 12/21
Lowell @ Bridgeport, 4:00
Rockford @ Chicago, 4:00
Toronto @ Hartford, 4:00
Worcester @ Portland, 4:00
Springfield @ Providence, 4:05
Lake Erie @ Hershey, 5:00
Iowa @ Milwaukee, 5:00
Houston @ Peoria, 6:00
Grand Rapids @ Rochester, 6:05

Mon 12/22-Thu 12/25
No games scheduled

On Thursday, David Krejci tallied his first NHL hat trick and former AHL All-Star Marc Savard had four points (1-3-4) in Boston’s 8-5 win over Toronto… In Wednesday’s action, rookie goaltender Steve Mason – who is 2-1-0 (1.63, .937) for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch this season – made 47 saves as Columbus edged league-leading San Jose in overtime, 2-1.

9 — Calder Cups apiece won by the cities of Cleveland and Hershey, tied for the most in AHL history… The municipal rivalry is renewed on Sunday when the Lake Erie Monsters visit the Hershey Bears at Giant Center.

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