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Battles for first in AHL tonight

LOOKING BACK:
On Wednesday night, Chad Wiseman had three goals and an assist to lead Hershey past Philadelphia, 6-1… Wade Dubielewicz made 30 saves to lead Bridgeport to a 4-1 win over Binghamton.. Tomas Plihal scored with 2:27 left in regulation as Worcester beat Houston, 3-2… Marek Zagrapan and Michael Ryan had three points each and Craig Anderson made 44 saves as Rochester edged Grand Rapids, 5-4… On Thursday, Joel Perrault scored twice to lift San Antonio past Toronto, 4-2… Dan Ellis made 18 saves as Iowa shut out Milwaukee, 1-0.

Wed 1/24
ALBANY 4, Syracuse 2… OMAHA 4, Milwaukee 3 (SO)… WORCESTER 3, Houston 2… MANCHESTER 4, Springfield 2… Hershey 6, PHILADELPHIA 1… ROCHESTER 5, Grand Rapids 4… W-B/SCRANTON 4, Manitoba 2… BRIDGEPORT 4, Binghamton 1

Thu 1/25
San Antonio 4, TORONTO 2… Iowa 1, MILWAUKEE 0


LOOKING AHEAD:
Chicago has outscored Omaha by a 23-6 count in winning four straight meetings, but the Knights can move into first place in the West Division with a regulation win over the Wolves on Friday night… Omaha has won seven in a row, one shy of the eight-game binge the Knights put together in October… Chicago has gone 3-7-0-2 in its last dozen games, but has earned points in four straight (2-0-0-2) as it makes the second stop on a nine-game road swing… Darren Haydar has picked up five goals and seven assists for 12 points in five games against Omaha this season.

Hershey and Norfolk did not open their 2006-07 season series until Dec. 6, but the East Division powers collide for the eighth and ninth times since then with a big home-and-home heading into the All-Star break… The home team has won six of the first seven meetings this season, no real surprise as the clubs are a combined 35-2-5-4 on their respective home rinks in 2006-07… The Bears are 4-1-0-1 in their last six outings overall, and enter the weekend one point behind the Admirals atop the overall league standings… Dave Steckel has five goals and an assist in his last four games for Hershey, but has just one assist in six outings against Norfolk this year… Martin St. Pierre is on a four-game scoring run for the Ads (2g, 6a).

Providence and Portland go at it again at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday night, the ninth meeting of the season between the rivals… The Bruins are 7-0-0-1 in their last eight games, including a home-and-home sweep of the Pirates last weekend… David Krejci has points in all eight of those games for Providence (7g, 8a), while Kris Versteeg has added 13 points (5g, 8a)… Versteeg and Pascal Pelletier lead all scorers with 12 points each in the season series, which has seen each team win four games to date… Portland is 3-9-0-2 since Dec. 23, with all 14 games coming against Atlantic Division foes… Matt Keith has a goal and four assists in his last three games for the Pirates.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 1/26
Bridgeport at Hartford, 7:00… Binghamton at Worcester, 7:00… W-B/Scranton at Philadelphia, 7:05… Providence at Portland, 7:05… Hershey at Norfolk, 7:15… San Antonio at Hamilton, 7:30… Manitoba at Syracuse, 7:30… Houston at Manchester, 7:35… Grand Rapids at Rochester, 7:35… Lowell at Springfield, 7:35… Chicago at Omaha, 8:00… Iowa at Peoria, 8:30

Sat 1/27
W-B/Scranton at Bridgeport, 7:00… Toronto at Grand Rapids, 7:00… Manitoba at Hamilton, 7:00… Houston at Hartford, 7:00… Norfolk at Hershey, 7:00… Providence at Worcester, 7:00… Rochester at Binghamton, 7:05… Portland at Lowell, 7:05… Philadelphia at Springfield, 7:05… San Antonio at Syracuse, 7:30… Albany at Manchester, 7:35… Chicago at Iowa, 8:05… Peoria at Milwaukee, 8:30

Sun 1/28
2007 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition at Toronto, 7:00

Mon 1/29
2007 AHL All-Star Game at Toronto, 7:00

Tue 1/30
No games scheduled


ALUMNI WATCH:
On Wednesday night, 1998 AHL All-Star Daniel Briere was named MVP of the 2007 NHL All-Star Game after picking up a goal and four assists in the Eastern Conference’s 12-9 loss to the West in Dallas… 1998 AHL All-Star Zdeno Chara added two goals for the East.


BY THE NUMBERS:
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— Millions of households that will be able to watch the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, Sunday and Monday at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. Check the schedule on theahl.com for stations and air times in your area.


AHL ON B2 NETWORKS:
B2 Networks brings AHL action to your computer all season long with live video webcasts of nearly every AHL game… Visit theahl.com for details.