AHL Quick Hits — Playoff races rage on

On Tuesday night, Charles Linglet scored two goals and assisted on three others to lead Peoria to an 8-2 win in Houston… Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves as Omaha defeated Iowa, 2-1.

Mon 4/2
No games scheduled

Tue 4/3
Peoria 8, HOUSTON 2… Omaha 2, IOWA 1

A pair of 100-point teams go head-to-head as Norfolk hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the opener of a two-game set on Wednesday night… The home team has won 13 consecutive meetings between the clubs, including all eight this season… The Admirals are 32-4-2-0 on Scope ice, one win shy of tying the AHL record for home victories in a season… Pierre Parenteau is riding a 12-game scoring streak for Norfolk (5g, 14a), the fifth double-digit run by an Admiral in 2006-07… Jack Skille, a first-round draft choice by Chicago in 2005, has recorded five points (3g, 2a) in his first four pro games for the Ads… Jean-Francois Jacques is expected to rejoin the Penguins following an 18-game stint in the NHL with Edmonton… Jonathan Filewich has 29 goals this season, two shy of the Wilkes-Barre team record held by Michel Ouellet and Toby Petersen.

Worcester rolls into April with seven straight wins and first-place Manchester coming to the DCU Center on Wednesday night… The Sharks have also won six in a row at home, and have a two-point lead over fifth-place Lowell in the Atlantic Division… Beginning with a 2-1 win over the Monarchs on Feb. 24, Worcester has gone 12-3-0-2 in its last 17 games… Thomas Greiss has gotten the decision in each of those 17 contests, including 16 starts and one relief outing… Mathieu Darche has recorded 20 points and Graham Mink has scored 12 goals since Feb. 24… Matt Ryan ended a 26-game drought with a goal – and added two assists – in the Monarchs’ 4-2 win over Hartford on Sunday… Marty Murray has tallied nine points (2g, 7a) in his last seven games for Manchester.

Manitoba continues its seven-game road trip in Omaha on Wednesday night, coming in three points ahead of the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights for the top mark in the Western Conference… The Moose have scored just six goals in four games on the trip so far, half of them coming in a 3-2 win at the Omaha Civic Auditorium on Saturday night… Jason Jaffray has three goals and three assists in three meetings with the Knights this season… Omaha, which has clinched its first Calder Cup Playoff berth, has moved into a tie for first place in the West Division as it opens up a five-game homestand… Rookie Kris Chucko has scored in back-to-back games for the Knights… Manitoba ranks first in the AHL on the penalty kill (89.4 percent); Omaha ranks second (86.6 percent).

(all times Eastern)
Wed 4/4
Portland at Hartford, 7:00… Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:00… Manchester at Worcester, 7:00… Hershey at Binghamton, 7:05… Bridgeport at Philadelphia, 7:05… Toronto at Rochester, 7:05… Albany at Springfield, 7:05… W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:15… Manitoba at Omaha, 8:00

Thu 4/5
Syracuse at Hamilton, 7:30

Fri 4/6
Toronto at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Hartford at Worcester, 7:00… Albany at Binghamton, 7:05… Hershey at Philadelphia, 7:05… W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:15… Providence at Bridgeport, 7:30… Lowell at Manchester, 7:35… Hamilton at Rochester, 7:35… Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:00… San Antonio at Omaha, 8:00… Manitoba at Iowa, 8:05… Houston at Peoria, 8:30

On Tuesday night, two-time AHL All-Star Wade Dubielewicz made 36 saves to lead the N.Y. Islanders to a 3-2 shootout win over the N.Y. Rangers… 2005 AHL All-Rookie forward Thomas Vanek scored his 40th goal of the season as Buffalo clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh… 2007 AHL All-Star Jaroslav Halak earned his second NHL shutout and recorded an assist as Montreal blanked Boston, 2-0… D.J. King scored his first NHL goal to help St. Louis to a 5-2 win over Phoenix.

— AHL teams that have used only two goaltenders in game action during the 2006-07 season… Albany’s tandem of Tyler Weiman and Justin Peters has carried the load for the River Rats through their first 73 games.

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