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AHL Quick Hits: Rats resume playoff push in Bridgeport


LOOKING BACK:
On Tuesday night, Sean Sullivan scored twice as San Antonio wrapped up its 13-game road trip at 4-5-2-2 with a 4-3 shootout win at Iowa… Jason Krog had a pair of goals for Manitoba, which concluded its stretch of 10 straight road games (5-3-0-2) with a 4-2 victory in Milwaukee… Daniel Taylor made 45 saves to help Manchester to a 3-2 shootout win over Providence.

Mon 2/23
No games scheduled

Tue 2/24
MANCHESTER 3, Providence 2 (SO)
San Antonio 4, IOWA 3 (SO)
Manitoba 4, MILWAUKEE 2


LOOKING AHEAD:

Albany returns to action for the first time since last Thursday’s bus accident with a trip to Bridgeport, marking its first visit to the Arena at Harbor Yard since Nov. 2… The River Rats are 2-3-0-0 against the Sound Tigers this season, and all five meetings have been decided by either one- or two-goal margins… Dwight Helminen (4-2-6) and Jerome Samson (2-4-6) both bring four-game scoring streaks into tonight’s action for the River Rats, and Jakub Petruzalek shows a point in five of his last six contests (1-7-8)… Helminen (1-3-4) and defenseman Mark Flood (1-3-4) each has four points against Bridgeport this season… The Sound Tigers enter on a seven-game points streak (5-0-0-2), matching a season high initially attained from Nov. 5-18… Ben Walter is coming off a two-goal afternoon on Sunday against Portland, and now has a point in five straight (3-3-6)… Kurtis McLean has registered a point in six of his last seven outings (3-5-8)… Bridgeport has a league-high nine wins (9-10-1-0) when trailing after two periods.

Fourth place in the Atlantic Division is on the line when Lowell (27-23-1-5, 60 points) visits Worcester (28-25-1-2, 59 points) in the back end of a home-and-home… The Devils took a 4-3 overtime decision from the Sharks on Sunday at Tsongas Arena, with rookie Michael Swift tallying the game-winner in the extra session… Lowell is kicking off a stretch that has it playing nine of its next 11 games on the road, where the Devils are an even 12-12-1-1… Rod Pelley scored twice vs. Worcester on Sunday and has racked up nine points (4-5-9) in his last six contests… Nicklas Bergfors (4-4-8) and rookie Matt Halischuk (3-5-8) are each riding six-game scoring streaks for the Devils… Worcester, which plays eight of its next nine at the DCU Center, has just one win in its last seven outings (1-5-1-0)… Rookie Jamie McGinn has six goals and seven points in his last five AHL games for the Sharks, and Tom Cavanagh shows a point in four of his last five outings (2-3-5)… Sharks leading scorer Ryan Vesce (18-38-56) has eight points (2-6-8) in seven games against Lowell.

Rockford kicks off a four-game road swing with a visit to intra-state rival Peoria in the teams’ eighth meeting of the season… The IceHogs enter with a six-point lead on Peoria for the fourth and final guaranteed playoff spot in the West Division… Rockford captain Tim Brent has racked up six goals and nine points in his last five games and netted the IceHogs’ fourth hat trick of the season last Thursday in Milwaukee… Pascal Pelletier paces the IceHogs with 24 goals (24-22-46) but hasn’t lit the lamp in five games since Rockford’s last visit to Carver Arena on Feb. 11… Pelletier shows four goals and seven points in seven games against Peoria this season… 2009 AHL All-Star Petri Kontiola continues to lead Rockford with 48 points (13-35-48)… Peoria second-year pro Julian Talbot scored the overtime winner in the Rivermen’s 2-1 victory over Quad City on Sunday and has a goal in his last two outings… 2009 AHL All-Star defenseman Jonas Junland has tallied four of his 10 goals on the season against Rockford… The Rivermen have potted a league-high 13 shorthanded goals on the season, including eight at home, and Trent Whitfield is tied for the individual lead with four shorthanders.

(all times Eastern)
Wed 2/25
Albany @ Bridgeport, 7:00
Syracuse @ Lake Erie, 7:00
Portland @ Springfield, 7:00
Hershey @ Binghamton, 7:05
Hartford @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Lowell @ Worcester, 7:05
Rockford @ Peoria, 8:00

Thu 2/26
No games scheduled


ALUMNI WATCH:
In Tuesday’s NHL action, Byron Bitz tallied his first two-goal game in the NHL to help Boston to a 6-1 win over Florida… Claude Giroux, the Reebok Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for December, netted a goal as Philadelphia rallied past Washington, 4-2… 2007 AHL All-Star Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead Montreal over Vancouver, 3-0… Rich Peverley had the game-winning goal and an assist as Atlanta edged Colorado, 4-3.


AHL CHAT ROOM:
Hartford Wolf Pack rookie defenseman and 2009 AHL All-Star Bobby Sanguinetti will enter the AHL Chat Room to answer fans’ questions on Friday, Feb. 27… Visit theahl.com for more information and to submit your question(s).


AHL LIVE:
AHL Live brings AHL action to your computer all season long with live video webcasts and highlights of every AHL game, as well as behind-the-scenes features and interviews in the Video On Demand section… Visit theahl.com or ahllive.com for details.