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AHL Quick Hits — November 8-9, 2006

LOOKING BACK:
In Tuesday’s only AHL action, Manitoba got power-play goals from Jason Jaffray and Brandon Reid and ended a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Grand Rapids.

Mon 11/6
No games scheduled

Tue 11/7
MANITOBA 2, Grand Rapids 1


LOOKING AHEAD:
A familiar face returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena when Yanick Lehoux and the San Antonio Rampage begin a three-game New England road trip in Manchester on Wednesday night… Lehoux, who leads the Rampage with 12 points in 11 games this season, recorded 149 points over parts of four seasons with the Monarchs from 2002-06… San Antonio has lost 13 straight on the road going back to last season, but won its last two contests at home before heading out on this trip… Forward Noah Clarke and defenseman Eric Werner share the Monarchs’ team scoring lead with nine points each… All five of Lauri Tukonen’s goals this season have come on the Manchester power play, which ranks second in the league (27.6 percent)… Of the Monarchs’ nine games this season, eight have been decided by one-goal margins; the ninth was decided by one goal plus an empty-netter.

Omaha puts its 5-0-1-0 road mark to the test when it begins a four-game swing on Thursday at the Air Canada Centre, taking on the Toronto Marlies in a game to be televised by Rogers Sportsnet in Canada (7:30 ET)… The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights earned a point in nine straight games to start the season, but have dropped two straight in regulation entering the week… Rookie Dustin Boyd, with his team-leading 13 points and three game-winning goals, is back with Omaha after making his NHL debut with Calgary last week… Erik Westrum is tops on the Marlies with 15 points in 12 games, having found the scoresheet in all but one contest to date… Toronto goaltender Justin Pogge has been busy in his last three starts, turning aside 121 of 126 shots (1.67, .960).

Albany and Milwaukee meet for the first time ever on Thursday night at the Bradley Center… Keith Aucoin has nine points in his last four AHL games for the River Rats, who earned three of a possible four points last weekend after losing their previous five contests… The Admirals, who have a league-low six games under their belt, are starting a stretch that will see them play 16 games in 25 nights… Alexander Radulov is back in Milwaukee after a two-week NHL stint with Nashville; the rookie sniper has seven points in three games for the Admirals… Scott Reid has appeared in all six of Milwaukee’s matches, posting a 2.30 GAA and .922 save percentage… The River Rats are 4-2-1-0 when scoring at least three goals in a game; in their other four games, they have been shut out.

(all times Eastern)
Wed 11/8
W-B/Scranton at Hartford, 7:00… San Antonio at Manchester, 7:05… Grand Rapids at Manitoba, 8:30

Thu 11/9
Omaha at Toronto, 7:30 (Air Canada Centre)… Albany at Milwaukee, 8:00… Houston at Iowa, 8:05

Fri 11/10
Milwaukee at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Omaha at Hamilton, 7:00… San Antonio at Worcester, 7:00… Manchester at Lowell, 7:05… Bridgeport at Philadelphia, 7:05… Norfolk at Providence, 7:05… Chicago at Syracuse, 7:30… Binghamton at Rochester, 7:35… Portland at Springfield, 7:35… Houston at Iowa, 8:05… Hershey at Manitoba, 8:30… Albany at Peoria, 8:30


ALUMNI WATCH:
On Tuesday night, Brad Winchester scored his first career NHL regular-season goal for Edmonton in a 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal… Two-time AHL All-Star Miikka Kiprusoff made 25 saves to lead Calgary over Dallas, 3-1… On Monday, Alexander Semin had three assists and 2001 Calder Cup champion Chris Clark scored in overtime as Washington rallied past Ottawa, 4-3.


BY THE NUMBERS:
192
— Consecutive games played by the Albany River Rats within the Eastern time zone, since a visit to Winnipeg on Feb. 24-25, 2004… That streak ends on Thursday when the Rats invade Milwaukee.


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