AHL Quick Hits: Moose visit IceHogs tonight

In Wednesday’s action, former Bear Marc Denis registered a 37-save shutout as Hamilton blanked high-powered Hershey, 6-0… Ondrej Pavelec made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season in Chicago’s 6-0 win over Providence… Jared Ross found the net in overtime for his first goal of the season as Philadelphia edged Norfolk, 5-4… Steve Mason made 32 saves in his pro debut as Syracuse took a 2-1 shootout decision in Grand Rapids.

Wed 10/29
Syracuse 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1 (SO)
HARTFORD 3, Portland 2 (OT)
Lowell 4, MANCHESTER 3 (SO)
Philadelphia 5, NORFOLK 4 (OT)
HAMILTON 6, Hershey 0
CHICAGO 6, Providence 0
Manitoba 4, QUAD CITY 2

Thu 10/30
No games scheduled

ahllive_300.jpgLOOKING AHEAD:
The AHL’s two hottest teams square off Friday night when Manitoba brings its five-game winning streak to the MetroCentre to take on Rockford, winners of six in a row… Second-year forward Michael Grabner has three goals in his last two games for the Moose and a team-high four on the season (4-1-5)… Michel Ouellet paces Manitoba with seven points (2-5-7) but has been held scoreless in his last two outings… Petri Kontiola leads the IceHogs with five goals (5-4-9), four of which have come on the power play… Rockford goaltender Antti Niemi is 4-1-0 (1.56, .951) to begin his North American career… The IceHogs boast the league’s top-ranked power play (26.0 percent), but the Moose rank first in penalty killing (90.0%).

An East Division battle pits Bridgeport at Binghamton for games Friday and Saturday… The Sound Tigers (5-2-0-1) enter one point up on the Senators (4-1-1-1) for second place in the division… Mike Iggulden shows a team-high five goals and nine points for the Sound Tigers… Tim Jackman has scored in his last two games, and Sean Bentivoglio has a goal in two of his last three outings… Bridgeport goaltender Peter Mannino leads the league in both GAA (0.65) and save percentage (.980) through three outings (2-0-1)… Ryan Shannon has a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5) for the B-Sens and leads the team with seven points overall (3-4-7)… Rookie Zack Smith sports a team-high five goals (5-1-6) but is without a point in his last two games… Josh Hennessy posted 10 points (2-8-10) in eight games vs. Bridgeport last year.

Winners of three straight games, Hartford continues a seven-game homestand Friday when Worcester visits the XL Center… The Wolf Pack’s last loss came at the hands of the Sharks, a 5-4 shootout decision in Worcester on Oct. 22… Cory Larose, who played for the Wolf Pack from 2002-04, scored the tying goal in regulation and the clinching goal in the shootout for Worcester in that one… Ryan Vesce, a former AHL All-Star, is pacing the Sharks with five points (1-4-5)… Fourth-year forward Tom Cavanagh racked up a team-high six points (3-3-6) in eight games against Hartford last season… Artem Anisimov leads the Wolf Pack with six points (1-5-6) and has found the scoresheet in four of his last five outings… Dane Byers shows a team-high four goals and posted a goal and a helper against the Sharks in the first meeting.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 10/31
Hershey @ Albany, 7:00
Worcester @ Hartford, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Binghamton, 7:05
Portland @ Norfolk, 7:15
Lowell @ Springfield, 7:30
Lake Erie @ Hamilton, 7:30
Toronto @ Rochester, 7:35
Grand Rapids @ Milwaukee, 8:00
Quad City @ Peoria, 8:00
W-B/Scranton @ San Antonio, 8:00
Chicago @ Iowa, 8:05
Manitoba @ Rockford, 8:30
Providence @ Houston, 8:35

Sat 11/1
Lake Erie @ Toronto, 4:00
Albany @ Hartford, 7:00
Philadelphia @ Hershey, 7:00
Springfield @ Lowell, 7:00
Milwaukee @ Grand Rapids, 7:00
Bridgeport @ Binghamton, 7:05
Manchester @ Worcester, 7:05
Portland @ Norfolk, 7:15
Hamilton @ Rochester, 7:35
Providence @ San Antonio, 8:00
Chicago @ Iowa, 8:05
Manitoba @ Quad City, 8:05
Syracuse @ Rockford, 8:05

Sun 11/2
Albany @ Bridgeport, 4:00
Hamilton @ Toronto, 4:00
Hershey @ Philadelphia, 5:05
W-B/Scranton @ Houston, 5:05
Syracuse @ Chicago, 6:00
Manitoba @ Peoria, 6:00

Mon 11/3
No games scheduled

Tue 11/4
No games scheduled

Jamie McGinn, who has four goals and five points in six AHL games with Worcester this season, tallied his first career NHL goal and added an assist as San Jose dropped Detroit, 4-2, on Thursday… Derick Brassard posted a goal and an assist as Columbus doubled up Colorado, 4-2.

5 — Brother combinations currently in the AHL: Milwaukee’s Mark and Mike Santorelli; Springfield’s Tim and Syracuse’s Tom Sestito; Manchester’s Kevin and Worcester’s Brett Westgarth; twins Ryan (Hamilton) and Kris (Syracuse) Russell; and Nolan (Houston) and Peter (Providence) Schaefer, who face off against each other for the first time when the Aeros host the Bruins on Friday.

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