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East Notes: Devils surging, Ads hit the road

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Adirondack has played just 12 games thus far, fewest in the Eastern Conference and tied with Toronto and Milwaukee for fewest in the league… Jon Matsumoto became the first Phantoms player this season to score goals in three consecutive games (4-2-6) when he tallied the team’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss at Albany on Saturday… Matsumoto paces the Phantoms in both goals (6) and points (13) through 12 contests… Adirondack has killed off 25 straight shorthanded situations over a span of five games and has not surrendered a power play goal since Oct. 23 vs. Hartford… The Phantoms host Binghamton and Bridgeport this weekend.
 
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After Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss at Syracuse, Albany is 0-2 in shootouts this season but 2-0 when the game is decided in overtime… The River Rats took a pair of come-from-behind victories last weekend, capturing a 5-4 overtime win over Lowell on Friday after trailing 3-0, and climbing out of a 1-0 deficit to score three straight en route to a 3-1 win over Adirondack on Saturday… Jerome Samson (2-3-5) and Stefan Chaput (1-4-5) are both riding three-game scoring streaks for the Rats… Albany hosts division rivals Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk this weekend to conclude a stretch that has the River Rats playing 12 of their first 17 games at home.
 
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Jason Bailey tallied his first professional goal against Hamilton on Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, and it turned out to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory for the Senators… Captain Denis Hamel (1-3-4) and Kaspars Daugavins (3-1-4) each registered multiple points in both of Binghamton’s games at Norfolk on Tuesday and Wednesday… Ryan Keller has found the scoresheet in four of his last five contests (2-3-5)… Binghamton has scored just nine first-period goals through its 15 games, compared to 18 in the second period and 16 in the third frame… The Senators visit Adirondack on Friday before hosting Manchester on Saturday.
 
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Bridgeport is currently on a five-game losing skid, its longest since dropping five in a row from Feb. 21 to Mar. 2, 2007… Overall this season, the Sound Tigers are 3-10-0-0 since a 4-0-0-0 start… Bridgeport hosted a crowd of 8,035 for its annual “Cool Fun 101” matinee game on Nov. 4 vs. Adirondack… Greg Mauldin has netted a goal in four of his last six games (5-1-6) and leads the team with seven goals overall (7-2-9)… Brett Westgarth scored his first goal in a Bridgeport uniform in Friday’s 5-2 loss at Springfield… The Sound Tigers are in the midst of a stretch in which they play 27 of 30 games within the Atlantic Division.
 
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Hartford has scored at least four goals in six of its eight victories this season, and has scored three or fewer goals in all seven of its losses… The Wolf Pack’s four-game winning streak ended on Wednesday with a 2-1 loss at Manchester… Rookie goaltender Chad Johnson was in net for all four victories and posted a 1.47 GAA and .947 save percentage over that span… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has collected a point in seven straight games (6-7-13), and Corey Locke is riding a five-game scoring run (3-9-12)… Rookie Evgeny Grachev has a point in three straight contests (2-3-5)… The Wolf Pack host Manchester on Friday and travel to Worcester on Saturday.
 
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Hershey finished 3-1-0-0 on its four-game New England road trip and has won six of its last seven games overall… Goaltender Michal Neuvirth stopped a combined 52 of 54 shots (.963) in capturing wins over Manchester and Providence last weekend to conclude the trip… Fellow goaltender Jason Bacashihua had surrendered four goals through his first four appearances before allowing five in a 5-0 loss at Portland on Friday… Rookie defenseman Zach Miskovic, who led all NCAA rearguards in goals last season for St. Lawrence, tallied his first AHL goal on Saturday at Manchester… The Bears, who have played 10 of their first 15 games on the road, host Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this weekend at Giant Center.
 
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Lowell has scored seven goals in each of its first two visits to Worcester this season and has totaled 19 goals in three games against the Sharks overall… The Devils are currently on a three-game winning streak and have a point in four straight (3-0-1-0) to climb into second place in the Atlantic Division… Lowell’s power play ranks fourth in the AHL on the road (24.5 percent) but 28th at home (7.7 percent)… Rookie Nathan Perkovich has a goal in three straight games (3-3-6) and posted a season-high three points (1-2-3) in the team’s 7-3 win at Worcester on Wednesday… The Devils host the Sharks on Friday and welcome Providence to town on Saturday.
 
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Manchester has gone four straight games without scoring more than two goals, but snapped a three-game winless skid (0-1-1-1) by rallying for a 2-1 triumph over Hartford on Wednesday… Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov scored the game-winner in that one and has notched two of his four goals this season against the Wolf Pack… Rookie Andrei Loktionov has registered a point in four straight games (0-4-4) and eight of his last nine outings (2-8-10)… Loktionov paces all AHL rookies with 14 points (5-9-14) in 14 games thus far… The Monarchs hit the road this weekend for games in Hartford on Friday and Binghamton on Saturday.
 
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Brandon Bochenski racked up a season-high four points (2-2-4) in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over Binghamton, marking his third game this year with at least three points… Blair Jones has posted a goal and two assists in two of his last three outings, and defenseman Mike Lundin has found the scoresheet in five of his last six tilts (2-3-5)… Paul Szczechura, who shows 14 points in 14 AHL games this year, was recalled by parent-club Tampa Bay on Wednesday… The Admirals surrendered 28 goals through their first 13 games this season (2.15); last year, they allowed 52 over the same span (4.00)… Norfolk begins a season-high eight-game road trip this weekend at Hershey and Albany.
 
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Portland dropped to 1-8-0-0 on the road this year with a 6-1 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday… The Pirates have managed just two goals in two defeats since taking a 5-0 win over Hershey on Friday… Travis Turnbull scored his first professional goal in that victory, converting a partial breakaway attempt down the left wing… Mark Mancari has a point in eight of his last nine contests (4-5-9) but has registered multiple points just once in that span, posting a goal and an assist in a 6-5 win at Norfolk on Oct. 24… The Pirates have surrendered a league-high 3.67 goals per game thus far… Portland takes on Rochester at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Thursday before enjoying both Friday and Saturday off.
 
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Providence is currently on a three-game losing skid and has just one win in its last eight outings (1-6-1-0) since starting the season at 4-2-0-0… The P-Bruins remain without potent forwards Vladimir Sobotka (4-6-10 in 6 GP), Brad Marchand (6-2-8 in 6 GP), and Trent Whitfield (3-5-8 in 6 GP), all of whom are on recall to parent-club Boston… Mikko Lehtonen earned a recall and played for the NHL Bruins last Thursday, then was returned to Providence and promptly scored a pair of goals vs. Hartford on Friday… Still looking for their first road win of the year (0-5-0-0), the Bruins travel to Syracuse on Friday, Lowell on Saturday, and Worcester on Sunday.
 
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Springfield has earned at least a point in all six of its home games so far (4-0-1-1) and has won three of its last four road contests after an 0-4-1-0 start… Charles Linglet has a point in five of his last six games (2-6-8) and paces the Falcons with 17 points (5-12-17) and a plus-9 rating in 15 tilts overall… Colin McDonald has notched a goal in his last two games, and Colton Fretter shows a point in three of his last four contests (1-4-5)… Springfield’s power play is up to sixth in the league at 20.9 percent, including a fourth-best mark of 26.9 percent at home… The Falcons host Bridgeport and Albany this weekend, with an off-day on Saturday in between.
 
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After Wednesday’s come-from-behind 4-3 shootout win over Albany, Syracuse has collected two of its five victories this season in games where it trailed after the second period (2-5-1-1)… Dan Fritsche has a point in three straight games (2-2-4) for the Crunch, and Trevor Frischmon shows four points (2-2-4) in his last three games after totaling one assists through his first 11 outings this season… Syracuse’s power play is currently in an 0-for-31 drought and ranks 28th in the AHL at 9.2 percent overall (6-for-65)… Syracuse hosts Providence on Friday before traveling to Hamilton on Saturday to kick off a three-game road swing.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had totaled just eight goals in its previous six games before erupting for six scores in a 6-1 win over Portland on Wednesday… Goaltender John Curry has stopped 47 of 49 shots (.959) during the Penguins’ current mini two-game winning streak… Mark Letestu snapped the Penguins’ 0-for-18 power play drought with a first-period tally in a 2-1 win at Worcester on Saturday… Two of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s four regulation losses this year have come at the hands of rookie goaltenders, most recently a 30-save effort by Norfolk’s Dustin Tokarski in a 2-1 Admirals win on Friday… The Pens visit Albany and Hershey this weekend.
 
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Worcester has lost consecutive games for the first time all season following a 7-3 defeat to Lowell on Wednesday afternoon… The Sharks have surrendered seven goals on two occasions this year, both on home-ice to the Devils… Rookie Logan Couture returned from NHL recall on Wednesday, posted a goal and two helpers, and now has a point in six straight AHL contests (5-7-12)… Boston native Benn Ferriero was assigned to Worcester from parent-club San Jose and posted two assists in his AHL debut on Wednesday… Torrey Mitchell, who made his pro debut with Worcester late in the 2006-07 season, is back with the club on a conditioning assignment.