East Notes: Bourque on fire, Hamel close to milestone

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Captain Pat Dwyer scored his seventh goal in a five-game span on Saturday vs. Philadelphia and became the second River Rats forward to reach the 20-goal milestone this season… Michael Ryan paces the club with 25 goals on the campaign… Goaltender Justin Peters came on in relief on Saturday and blanked Philadelphia over the final 40:32 of action… Albany’s five-goal third period vs. Norfolk on Mar. 11 was one short of the franchise-record six that the Rats scored in the first period of an 8-5 win at Springfield on Apr. 2, 1994.
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Denis Hamel (267-232-499) needs one point to become the 75th AHL player – and the third this season – to reach the 500-point plateau… Peter Regin is riding an 11-game scoring streak (7-13-20) and has five points (1-4-5) in two games for Binghamton since returning from an NHL stint with Ottawa… Greg Mauldin has four straight multiple-point games and has set new career highs in goals (19), assists (25), and points (44)… The Senators have accrued a combined record of 21-4-4-1 against the Atlantic, North, and West Divisions this season… The Sens visit Norfolk and Philadelphia this weekend.
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Bridgeport dropped games in Hartford and Hershey to close last weekend, just its second stretch of consecutive regulation losses all season and first since Jan. 14-16, which ironically also came at the hands of the Wolf Pack and Bears… The Sound Tigers open a four-game homestand – all against the Atlanitc Division – on Friday when Worcester visits… Jon Sim has scored a goal in six of seven games (7-2-9) since joining the Sound Tigers, Junior Lessard is on a five-game scoring streak (3-3-6), and Ben Walter shows a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4)… Goaltender Michael Mole made his AHL debut on Sunday at Hershey.
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Hartford has totaled just two goals in its last two games but took a 1-0 win over Lowell on Wednesday as Miika Wiikman posted an 18-save shutout… The Wolf Pack are 11-2-1-0 in their last 14 games overall and have won five straight at home… Patrick Rissmiller, a product of Worcester’s Holy Cross College, posted a three points (1-2-3) in two visits to Worcester last week, giving him four points in three games there this season… Hartford had registered a point in nine straight Atlantic Division games (8-0-1-0) before Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Sharks.
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Hershey holds a one-point lead atop the East Division on both Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport but has two games in hand on both teams… Chris Bourque is riding a seven-game scoring streak (4-7-11) for the Bears… Alexandre Giroux scored the game-winning goal on Sunday vs. Bridgeport and has a league-leading 47 tallies for the campaign… Hershey is an impressive 32-7-1-4 this season when scoring the game’s first goal… The Bears hit the road for three games against Atlantic Division opponents this weekend, visiting Lowell, Portland, and Manchester.
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Lowell is just 2-7-1-1 in its last 11 games and has not scored more than three goals in any of those contests… The Devils’ last four-goal effort came in a 4-3 overtime victory against Worcester on Feb. 22… During this stretch, rookie goaltender Jeff Frazee has suffered two regulation losses in games in which he surrendered only one goal… Nicklas Bergfors recorded his team-leading ninth and 10th multiple-point games on Mar. 10 vs. Bridgeport and Sunday at Providence… The Devils did not receive a power play in their 6-1 loss at Portland on Saturday.
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Manchester has followed up a six-game winning streak with a three-game losing skid, its longest since a three-game slide leading into the All-Star break from Jan. 21-24… Defenseman Tom Preissing, assigned to the Monarchs from parent-club Los Angeles on Mar. 4, scored his first career AHL goal on Wednesday vs. Portland… Scott Parse is riding a season-high four-game scoring streak (1-3-4)… Manchester is 28-4-0-2 this season when it scores three or more goals in a game… The Monarchs visit Springfield on Friday, have Saturday off, and host Hershey on Sunday.
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Norfolk’s 5-3 loss to Binghamton on Wednesday kicked off a seven-game homestand, which will mark the end of the Admirals’ home slate this season… The home team won all eight games in the season series between Norfolk and Albany this year… The Admirals’ three goals in a 59-second span on Saturday at Binghamton were the fastest three goals by a Norfolk team since the 2004-05 campaign… Captain Zenon Konopka is on an eight-game scoring streak (2-8-10) and has a point in 12 of his last 14 games (3-13-16)… Pete Zingoni has a point in four of his last five outings (2-2-4).
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Four of Philadelphia’s last five games have been decided by one goal (2-0-0-2), and the Phantoms are 18-6-2-3 overall in one-goal games this season… Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin appeared in three straight games from Mar. 7-14, the first time he has done so since Nov. 1-3… Jared Ross has a point in five straight games (3-4-7) and eight of his last nine tilts (5-7-12)… Wednesday’s 3-2 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton began a stretch that has the Phantoms playing their final 15 games over a 25-day span… Philadelphia hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Binghamton this weekend before visiting Albany on Sunday.
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Portland has outscored its opponents 11-3 in winning consecutive games for the first time since a three-game run from Jan. 23-30… Colin Murphy has four points (2-2-4) in the two victories, and five other Pirates have registered three points each in that span… Mathieu Darche (3-2-5), Mark Mancari (3-1-4), and Felix Schutz (1-3-4) are each on three-game scoring streaks… Jhonas Enroth ranks second among AHL rookie goaltenders with 20 wins thus far (20-19-5)… The Pirates host Hartford and Hershey this weekend and travel to Bridgeport on Sunday.
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Providence has followed up a season-high five-game winless skid (0-3-0-2) by matching its season high with a four-game winning streak… The Bruins also won four straight from Jan. 31 to Feb. 8… Goaltender Tuukka Rask has been in net for all four wins and ranks second in the league with 29 victories overall (29-19-2)… Martin St. Pierre is on a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5), and rookie Mikko Lehtonen shows a three-game run (2-1-3)… Rookie defenseman Jeff Penner and second-year forward Zach Hamill each registered his first two-goal game of the season in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Lowell.
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Springfield is on a three-game points streak (1-0-0-2) but still shows just one win in its last nine outings (1-6-0-2)… Charles Linglet has recorded a point in four of his last five games (3-2-5) and has totaled 12 points (5-7-12) in 13 games since joining the Falcons from Peoria… Shane Willis played in the 600th game of his professional career on Friday vs. Bridgeport… Tyler Spurgeon scored on Saturday vs. Providence for his first goal since Jan. 19 at Lowell… The Falcons host divisional rivals Manchester, Hartford, and Worcester at the MassMutual Center this weekend.
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Janne Pesonen has broken the Penguins’ single-season scoring record with 70 points (26-44-70) in 59 games thus far… The old record was set by Toby Petersen, who registered 67 points as a rookie in 2000-01… Pesonen has found the scoresheet in four of his last five games (4-8-12)… Mark Letestu shows a point in three straight games (1-3-4) and eight of his last nine (4-9-13), and rookie Dustin Jeffrey has six points (3-3-6) in his last six games… The Penguins, 5-1-0-0 in their last six games and one point out of first place in the East, visit Philadelphia and Norfolk this weekend.
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Worcester has won its last two outings and will go for its first three-game winning streak since late November when it travels to Bridgeport on Friday… The Sharks also visit Lowell and Springfield this weekend before returning to Bridgeport again on Tuesday… Tom Cavanagh is on a seven-game scoring streak (4-5-9) for the Sharks, and defenseman Patrick Traverse has a point in four straight (1-4-5)… T.J. Fox has scored in back-to-back games for the first time all season… Riley Armstrong shows four goals and six points in his last seven contests.