AHL Quick Hits — November 17-19, 2006

On Wednesday, Kelly Guard made 42 saves to lead Binghamton to a 4-0 win over Albany… Geoff Platt scored twice as Syracuse earned its first road win of the year, 5-2 in Philadelphia… Jason LaBarbera had 37 stops in Manchester’s 4-2 win over Toronto… Erik Christensen and Rob Schremp scored shootout goals to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton past Bridgeport, 3-2.

Wed 11/15
W-B/Scranton 3, BRIDGEPORT 2 (SO)… Syracuse 5, PHILADELPHIA 2… BINGHAMTON 4, Albany 0… MANCHESTER 4, Toronto 2… SPRINGFIELD 3, Hershey 2 (SO)… Houston 4, MILWAUKEE 2

Thu 11/16
No games scheduled

The co-leaders in the Atlantic Division square off at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night as Portland makes its first visit of the season to Providence… The teams have split two meetings already in 2006-07, with Pirates Drew Miller and Pierre Parenteau leading all scorers with five points apiece… Portland’s Zenon Konopka is the reigning CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week, with eight points and a plus-6 rating in his last three games… Providence has won four straight at home and seven of its last eight games overall… Martins Karsums has three goals in his last two games, including the game-tying and game-winning strikes in the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime win against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last Sunday… Rookie Kris Versteeg leads the B’s with 13 points on the year, including eight in his last five outings.

Rochester has won 12 of 13 to start the season, including a 6-3 win over Manitoba on Oct. 8; the Moose are back to visit the Blue Cross Arena on Friday… Rochester is 7-0-0-0 at home this season, outscoring the opposition, 30-11… Clarke MacArthur is coming off a four-point game, including his first AHL hat trick, in last Sunday’s 7-3 win over Chicago… Amerks rookie Martin Lojek is tied for the AHL lead among defensemen with a plus-12 rating… The Moose are 2-4-1-1 on the road this season as they prepare to play seven of their next nine away from the MTS Centre… Dany Sabourin, last year’s Baz Bastien Award winner as the AHL’s top goaltender, has been assigned to Manitoba on a conditioning assignment after spending the first six weeks of the season in the NHL with Vancouver.

Houston and Omaha kick off their 10-game season series on Saturday when the teams meet at the Civic Auditorium… The Aeros enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak and with five straight road victories, back at the .500 mark after an 0-5-0-1 start to the season… After ending October with eight wins in a row, the Knights have lost four of their first six in November, but still hold a share of the West Division lead coming into Friday’s action… The Aeros garnered an impressive 16 of a possible 20 points against Omaha last season (7-1-1-1)… Benoit Pouliot leads Houston in goals (8) and plus/minus (+7) entering the weekend; fellow rookie Dustin Boyd paces the Knights with eight goals, 10 assists and 18 points.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 11/17
Syracuse at Albany, 7:00… Peoria at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Bridgeport at Worcester, 7:00… W-B/Scranton at Philadelphia, 7:05… Portland at Providence, 7:05… Binghamton at Norfolk, 7:15… Lowell at Manchester, 7:35… Manitoba at Rochester, 7:35… Toronto at Springfield, 7:35… Milwaukee at Omaha, 8:00… Hamilton at Iowa, 8:05… San Antonio at Houston, 8:35

Sat 11/18
Toronto at Manchester, 2:05… Binghamton at Norfolk, 2:30… Philadelphia at Albany, 5:00… Bridgeport at Hershey, 7:00… Providence at Worcester, 7:00… Lowell at Portland, 7:05… Manitoba at Syracuse, 7:30… Springfield at Rochester, 7:35… Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00… Houston at Omaha, 8:00… Milwaukee at Peoria, 8:00… Hartford at San Antonio, 8:00… Hamilton at Iowa, 8:05

Sun 11/19
Worcester at Lowell, 4:05… Manchester at Portland, 4:05… Hershey at Providence, 4:05… Peoria at Chicago, 5:00… Hartford at Houston, 6:05

Mon 11/20
No games scheduled

Tue 11/21
Manchester at Norfolk, 7:15… Manitoba at Hamilton, 7:30… Iowa at Milwaukee, 8:00… Houston at San Antonio, 8:00

On Thursday, 2005 AHL All-Star Patrice Bergeron scored 34 seconds into overtime to give Boston a 2-1 win over Toronto… 2005 AHL All-Star Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists to help Minnesota to a 7-6 shootout win over Nashville… 2005 Calder Cup champion R.J. Umberger scored two late goals to lift Philadelphia past Los Angeles, 4-3… Karl Stewart scored his first career NHL goal in Chicago’s 3-2 loss at Phoenix.

— Save percentage in four November starts for Hamilton’s Jaroslav Halak, stopping 108 of 110 shots in four wins… The 21-year-old Slovak netminder has five shutouts in just 19 career AHL games with the Bulldogs.

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