On Wednesday night, Albany scored twice in the final 3:07 of regulation and came away with a 3-2 shootout win over Peoria… Darren Haydar scored two goals and assisted on two others as Chicago rolled to a 6-1 win in San Antonio.
ALBANY 3, Peoria 2 (SO)… Chicago 6, SAN ANTONIO 1
A pair of teams off to good starts meet up for a home-and-home series this weekend as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on East Division foe Albany… Both clubs enter Friday’s contest at Pepsi Arena at 3-1-0-0, with the River Rats fresh off Wednesday’s come-from-behind 3-2 shootout win over Peoria… Matt Murley, who played three seasons in Wilkes-Barre (2002-05), had a goal and an assist before potting the deciding shootout goal on Wednesday… The Rats begin the weekend without forwards Keith Aucoin, Ryan Bayda and David Gove, all on recall to the Carolina Hurricanes… Erik Christensen and Jonathan Filewich lead the Penguins with six points apiece in three games… Albany, victorious in three straight entering the weekend, has not had a four-game winning streak since April 2005.
A busy three-game weekend for Bridgeport starts on Friday with its home opener against in-state rival Hartford… The Sound Tigers have won two of their first three games, including a 6-3 victory over the Wolf Pack a week ago which saw Bridgeport score five times in the third period… The Tigers are then off to Hershey for the Bears’ home opener and championship celebration on Saturday night, before hosting former head coach Steve Stirling and Springfield on Sunday… Rookie Blake Comeau has nine points in three games, triple the output of anyone else on the Bridgeport roster and good for a hand in 75 percent of the Sound Tigers’ offense for the season.
Rochester’s perfect start gets a pair of tests this weekend as the Americans host Peoria on Friday night and visit Toronto on Saturday afternoon… The Amerks have outscored their opponents by a 17-6 count in starting off 4-0-0-0, their best start since winning nine straight to begin the 1999-2000 season… Craig Anderson sports a 1.30 GAA and .944 save percentage in his three starts; Adam Dennis made 40 saves in his pro debut last Saturday at Binghamton… Clarke MacArthur and Daniel Paille lead Rochester with five points each, while Greg Jacina and Drew Stafford are tops with three goals apiece… Friday’s game is the second stop on a six-game trip for Peoria.
(all times Eastern)
W-B/Scranton at Albany, 7:00… Lowell at Portland, 7:05… Worcester at Providence, 7:05… Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:15… Hartford at Bridgeport, 7:30… Toronto at Hamilton, 7:30… Peoria at Rochester, 7:35… Manchester at Springfield, 7:35… Houston at Grand Rapids, 8:00… Manitoba at Milwaukee, 8:00… Syracuse at Omaha, 8:00… Chicago at San Antonio, 8:00
Rochester at Toronto, 4:00… Houston at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Peoria at Hamilton, 7:00… Portland at Hartford, 7:00… Bridgeport at Hershey, 7:00… Lowell at Worcester, 7:00… Manchester at Providence, 7:05… Binghamton at Springfield, 7:05… Albany at W-B/Scranton, 7:05… Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:15… San Antonio at Omaha, 8:00… Syracuse at Iowa, 8:05
Springfield at Bridgeport, 4:00… Peoria at Toronto, 4:00… Binghamton at Portland, 4:05… San Antonio at Iowa, 6:05
No games scheduled
Manitoba at Chicago, 8:00
On Thursday night, Alexander Semin scored his seventh goal, tied for the NHL lead, in Washington’s 4-3 shootout loss to Atlanta… Brian Gionta scored twice for New Jersey in a 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville… Glen Murray scored twice and Brad Boyes once as Boston edged Calgary, 3-2… Mathieu Garon made 40 saves as Los Angeles shut out Phoenix, 4-0… Joey MacDonald stopped 13 of 15 shots in 45 minutes of relief work in his NHL debut in Detroit’s 5-1 loss to San Jose.
BY THE NUMBERS:
146 — Number of former first- and second-round draft picks who have already played in an AHL game during the 2006-07 season, including rookies Jiri Tlusty (Toronto), Benoit Pouliot (Houston), Marek Zagrapan (Rochester), Drew Stafford (Rochester), Sasha Pokulok (Hershey), Boris Valabik (Chicago) and Alexander Radulov (Milwaukee), all former top-15 picks.
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