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AHL Quick Hits: October 20

LOOKING BACK:
Brad Winchester scored twice, including the winning goal early in the third period, as Edmonton improved to 2-1-0-0 with a 4-3 win over San Antonio at Rexall Place on Monday… Mathieu Roy and Jamie Wright each recorded two assists in the victory.

Mon 10/18
EDMONTON 4, San Antonio 3

Tue 10/19
No games scheduled

LOOKING AHEAD:
Lowell hosts Portland on Wednesday in a clash of unbeatens in the AHL’s Atlantic Division… Eric Staal and 2004 AHL All-Star Game MVP Mike Zigomanis lead the Lock Monsters in scoring with three points each in two games, and rookie Justin Taylor scored twice on Sunday, including his first pro goal on a penalty shot against Wilkes-Barre’s Marc-Andre Fleury… The Pirates opened their 12th season with a pair of home wins over St. John’s… Brooks Laich, who scored one goal in 22 regular-season games with Portland last year, netted one in each of the weekend contests… The Pirates have earned a point in each of their last five trips to Tsongas Arena (3w-0l-1otl-1t).

Albany visits Bridgeport on Wednesday for the second time in five days, having dropped a 4-1 decision to the Sound Tigers on Saturday night… Rookie Zach Parise is the only River Rat with a point in each of their first two games, with a goal and two assists; Aleksander Suglobov leads the team in scoring thanks to a four-point effort on opening night against Binghamton… Ryan Kraft (1g, 2a) and Justin Mapletoft (3a) each recorded three points against Albany on Saturday, and Wade Dubielewicz made 23 saves for the win in net… Bridgeport has six wins and a tie to show for its last seven regular-season home games, and is 10-1-2 all-time against the River Rats at the Arena at Harbor Yard, outscoring Albany by a 42-15 margin.

Houston hits the road on Wednesday to take on Chicago for the first of 10 meetings this season between the clubs… The Aeros, who split their first two games last weekend, have gotten exactly one point from nine different scorers to start 2004-05; Steve Maltais has scored all three goals for the Wolves during the first 0-2-0-0 start in the franchise’s 11-year history… Former Aeros forward Cory Larose has three assists for Chicago, and Travis Roche, a member of Houston’s 2003 Calder Cup championship team, picked up an assist on Saturday for his first point in a Wolves uniform… The Aeros are winless in their last eight trips to Allstate Arena (0w-5l-2otl-1t).

(all times Eastern)
Wed 10/20
Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:00… Portland at Lowell, 7:00… Albany at Bridgeport, 7:05… Wilkes-Barre at Norfolk, 7:30… Houston at Chicago, 8:00… San Antonio at Edmonton, 9:00… Manchester at Utah, 9:05

Thu 10/21
Syracuse at St. John’s, 6:05

Fri 10/22
Bridgeport at Albany, 7:00… Hershey at Binghamton, 7:05… Worcester at Hartford, 7:05… Hamilton at Philadelphia (at Wachovia Center), 7:05… Springfield at Portland, 7:05… Lowell at Providence, 7:05… Wilkes-Barre at Norfolk, 7:30… Grand Rapids at San Antonio, 8:00… Edmonton at Manitoba, 8:30… Cleveland at Houston, 8:35

BY THE NUMBERS:
24-8-0-1: Record of home teams through the first 33 games of the AHL’s 2004-05 regular season, good for a .742 points percentage… Last season, home teams boasted a .585 points percentage over the entire year.

AHL-TV:
Wednesday, Houston at Chicago — Comcast Cable (Chicago) — 7:00 CT
Wednesday, Manchester at Utah — Altitude Sports & Entertainment — 7:05 MT
Thursday, Syracuse at St. John’s — Rogers Television 9 (St. John’s) — 7:35 NT
*Friday, Hamilton at Philadelphia — Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia) — 7:05 ET
*also available in HD