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East Notes: Reversal for ‘Pack, Bears heat up

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Adirondack has combined to score nine goals in a pair of victories since suffering a 3-0 shutout loss at Toronto on Friday… Goaltender Johan Backlund has won three straight starts and has only lost once in regulation for the season, a 6-1 defeat at Syracuse on Oct. 10… Jon Matsumoto converted a penalty shot attempt on Sunday vs. Syracuse, making the Phantoms 2-for-2 in penalty shot tries this season; Hartford is the only other AHL club with two successful tries on the young campaign… Defenseman Joey Mormina went scoreless in his first nine games before posting a goal and two helpers in Wednesday’s 4-2 win at Bridgeport… The Phantoms visit Albany on Saturday in their lone game of the weekend.
 
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Albany is winless in four straight games (0-3-0-1) and is just 1-5-0-1 overall since starting the season 4-1-0-0… The River Rats scored six and five goals, respectively, in wins over Portland and Rochester on Oct. 9-10, but the Rats have not topped the three-goal plateau in nine games since… Jerome Samson continues to lead Albany with 12 points (4-8-12) in 12 games thus far… River Rats captain Pat Dwyer shows a team-high five goals (5-4-9)… Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Hershey marked the first time that the River Rats dropped a game in which they scored the first goal (4-1-0-0)… Albany hosts Lowell and Adirondack at the Times Union Center this weekend.
 
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Jesse Winchester had a point in the first three games (2-2-4) of his conditioning stint from parent-club Ottawa prior to being held off the scoresheet in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Albany… Martin St. Pierre’s goal on Wednesday was just his second in 10 games since tallying a hat trick on opening night, Oct. 3 vs. Hartford… Goaltender Mike Brodeur’s shutout of the River Rats was his first whitewash since Dec. 14, 2008, when he blanked Syracuse while a member of the Rochester Americans… Josh Hennessy has a point in four of his last five contests (1-4-5)… The B-Sens tangle with Hamilton this weekend in a pair of games at NHL arenas.
 
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Bridgeport has dropped seven of 10 games (3-7-0-0) since beginning the season on a four-game winning streak… After scoring a power play goal in three straight games, the Sound Tigers are a combined 0-for-15 in their last two contests, both losses… Greg Mauldin has notched a goal in three straight games (4-0-4) after going scoreless in his previous four outings… Trevor Smith’s three-game scoring streak (2-1-3) came to an end in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Adirondack… Bridgeport plays three games this weekend, visiting Springfield on Friday before hosting Hartford on Saturday and Lowell on Sunday.
 
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Hartford’s 6-0 loss to Hershey on Friday matched its worst shutout loss in team history… The Wolf Pack then turned around and blanked Providence by a 7-0 count on Saturday, which represented the team’s second-most lopsided regular-season shutout victory ever, surpassed only by an 8-0 win over Bridgeport on Mar. 30, 2003… Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, who recently spent time on NHL recall, has registered nine points (4-5-9) in his last four games with Hartford… Corey Locke’s goal at 4:59 of overtime on Sunday vs. Manchester marked the latest Hartford has ever scored an extra-session tally… The Wolf Pack hit the road this weekend for games in Providence and Bridgeport.
 
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Hershey has won a season-high four straight games and outscored opponents 18-5 during that span… Massachusetts native Keith Aucoin returned from an NHL recall and tallied a hat trick in the Bears’ 5-2 win at Lowell on Wednesday… Alexandre Giroux registered three assists in that contest and has racked up 10 points (4-6-10) in his last three AHL outings… Andrew Gordon has a point in three of his last four games (2-4-6), and Oskar Osala has found the scoresheet in five of six tilts (3-2-5) after going scoreless in his first six games this year… The Bears continue their New England road trip with games this weekend in Portland, Manchester, and Providence.
 
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Lowell had been 3-0-0-0 all-time at home vs. Hershey prior to Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Bears… Second-year goaltender Jeff Frazee took the loss and remains winless on the season (0-3-0, 3.90, .842)… Rookie Nick Palmieri notched his first professional goal on Saturday at Springfield and followed it up with another goal vs. Hershey on Wednesday… Matt Taormina leads the Devils in scoring and paces all AHL rookie defensemen thus far with 11 points (4-7-11) in 12 games… Tim Sestito’s team-leading seventh goal – an overtime game-winner on Saturday at Springfield – was his first since scoring four times at Worcester on Oct. 17.
 
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Eastern Conference-leading Manchester has scored the first goal in 10 of its first 12 games this season (9-1-0-0)… Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov, a second-round draft pick by the parent Los Angeles Kings in 2008, is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-1-3)… Rookie Andrei Loktionov (2-6-8) and second-year pro Oscar Moller (3-3-6) both have a point in six of their last seven contests… Monarchs goaltenders Jonathan Bernier and Jeff Zatkoff have combined to allow either one or zero goals in eight of the Monarchs’ 12 games thus far… Manchester visits Worcester on Friday before hosting defending Calder Cup champion Hershey on Saturday.
 
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Norfolk swept a pair of games at Manitoba this week in the first-ever meetings between the teams… The Admirals have won three straight road games overall since starting the year 0-3-0-0 away from home… After surrendering three power play goals in its season opener at Hershey on Oct. 3, Norfolk has killed 30 of 31 opponent power play tries (96.8 percent) in 10 games since… Martins Karsums had a point in both games against the Moose (1-1-2) after going scoreless in his first six contests this season… Defenseman Mike Lundin has a point in four of his last five outings (0-5-5)… The Admirals wrap up a four-game road swing with visits to Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse this weekend.
 
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Portland is 3-0-0-0 this season when scoring four or more goals and just 1-8-0-0 when netting fewer than four goals… The one victory in the latter group came on Friday at Lowell, a 3-2 overtime decision in which Mark Mancari notched the game-winner… Mancari boasts a six-game scoring streak (2-5-7) and paces the Pirates with 11 points (3-8-11) in 12 games overall… Rookie Tyler Ennis continues to lead Portland with six goals (6-4-10) in 12 games but has gone three straight contests without lighting the lamp… The Pirates have scored the first goal in just three of their 12 games thus far (2-1-0)… Portland hosts Hershey on Friday and Springfield on Sunday this weekend.
 
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Providence snapped a four-game winless skid (0-3-1-0) with a 4-3 victory over Bridgeport on Sunday… That win improved the Bruins to 5-1-1-0 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season, but they show an 0-4-0-0 mark on the road thus far… Defenseman Jeff Penner (1-2-3) and former first-round draft pick Zach Hamill (0-3-3) each had a season-high three points against the Sound Tigers… Jordan Knackstedt posted a goal and an assist after going scoreless in his first six outings… Providence has outscored opponents 25-18 in the first and second periods this season, but has been outscored 16-8 in the third period and overtime.
 
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Springfield’s five-game points streak (2-0-2-1) came to an end on Sunday in a 4-1 loss at Worcester… The Falcons have still yet to suffer a regulation loss through five home games this season (3-0-1-1)… Charles Linglet is currently on a four-game scoring streak (2-5-7) and is tied for second in the AHL with 16 points (5-11-16) in 13 games… Linglet is already approaching the eight goals and 25 points that he totaled last season between Peoria and Springfield… Chris Minard leads the league with nine goals (9-4-13) in just 11 games… The Falcons host Bridgeport on Friday and travel to Portland on Sunday.
 
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Each of the Crunch’s last three games has featured a shutout, as the Crunch posted a 2-0 win at Norfolk on Friday in between a 3-0 loss at Rochester on Oct. 25 and a 5-0 defeat at Adirondack this past Sunday… The victory over the Admirals marked Syracuse’s first on the road this season (1-5-0-1)… Goaltender Dan LaCosta made 32 saves in that tilt to earn his first shutout of the campaign… The Crunch have killed off 15 consecutive opponent power plays… Syracuse wraps up a four-game road swing at Rochester on Friday before returning home to battle Norfolk on Saturday.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton totaled just five goals in posting a 1-1-1-1 mark on its recent four-game road swing, which concluded with three games in Canada last week… Goaltender John Curry posted a 23-save shutout in the one victory, a 1-0 overtime triumph at Manitoba on Oct. 29… With eight career shutouts, Curry is now two shy of tying the Penguins’ all-time record of 10, held by Sebastien CaronRyan Bayda netted the overtime winner against the Moose on his first shot of the game… After scoring seven power play goals in their first six games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 0-for-13 with the man advantage in its last four contests.
 
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Worcester head coach Roy Sommer, who recently earned his 400th AHL coaching victory, won the 1984 Calder Cup as a player with the Maine Mariners; that Maine club was coached by John Paddock, who is one of the three men Sommer has now joined in the 400-win club… Steven Zalewski scored the fourth shorthanded goal of his career on Sunday vs. Springfield, tying him for first on Worcester’s all-time list… Defenseman Danny Groulx has a point in six of his last seven games (1-8-9)… The Sharks host first-place Manchester on Friday and welcome Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to town on Saturday.