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East Notes: Sharks, B’s, Rats rolling

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Adirondack snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-1-0) with a 3-2 overtime victory at Springfield on Sunday… Defenseman Danny Syvret scored his first goal of the season for the game-winner and now has five points (1-4-5) in six games since joining the Phantoms from parent-club Philadelphia… Jon Matsumoto has a point in four of his last five outings (2-3-5) on the heels of a season-high three-game drought… The Phantoms embark on their second straight “three-in-three” weekend this week, visiting Syracuse on Friday before hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Albany enters the week winners of four straight games, matching a season high that was originally achieved from Oct. 9-17… The River Rats have outscored opponents 14-5 during the four games, and at 14-10-1-2 overall, the Rats are as many as four games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2007-08 season at 43-30-3-4… Stefan Chaput (1-5-6) and Jerome Samson (3-1-4) each has a point in all four victories, and Samson has netted a goal in his last three outings… Mike Angelidis has a point in three straight games (1-3-4) and four of his last five (2-4-6)… Albany hosts Hershey and Providence this weekend before a Sunday visit to Hartford.
 
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Binghamton has outscored opponents 21-1 during their current four-game home winning streak, including a 17-0 mark over their last three tilts at the Broome County Arena… Goaltender Chris Holt pitched shutouts in his first two AHL appearances of the season, blanking Rochester (27 saves) on Nov. 28 and Syracuse (26 saves) on Friday… Josh Hennessy is riding a six-game scoring streak (7-5-12) and had a goal in five straight contests from Nov. 21 to Dec. 4… The Sens have scored a league-high 35 third-period goals, outscoring opponents 35-21 in the final 20 minutes… Binghamton visits Wilkes-Barre on Friday before hosting Syracuse on Saturday.
 
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Bridgeport has played 29 games thus far (14-13-0-2), more than any other team in the Eastern Conference… The Sound Tigers netted a season-high seven goals on Saturday in their 7-3 win over Springfield… Goaltender Scott Munroe only had to save 12 shots in that game to pick up his second shutout in his last four outings… Justin DiBenedetto scored a pair of goals on Saturday after going his previous 10 tilts without finding the back of the net… Defenseman Mark Wotton shows four assists in his last two outings… Bridgeport hits the road this weekend for divisional games in Springfield and Hartford.
 
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Hartford lost three road games in as many days last weekend, extending its overall winless skid to five games (0-3-1-1)… The last time the Wolf Pack had gone without a win in even as many as four games was Nov. 9-13, 2005 (0-3-0-1), and the Pack hadn’t been winless in five straight since Nov. 14-26, 2004, when they had an 0-3-1-1 run… The Pack surrendered a franchise-worst six goals in the first period of Sunday’s 9-2 loss at Hershey… Hartford is 1-6-0-1 against East Division clubs this year and 12-5-1-1 within their own Atlantic Division… The Wolf Pack open a five-game homestand this weekend by welcoming Portland, Bridgeport, and Albany.
 
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Hershey scored a season-high nine goals on Sunday in a 9-2 win over Hartford… It marked the Bears’ highest goal output since posting a 9-0 victory over Philadelphia on Nov. 29… Hershey outscored the Wolf Pack by a combined margin of 15-2 in taking both games of the teams’ 2009-10 season series, having captured a 6-0 win in Hartford on Oct. 30… Two-time Calder Cup champion Chris Bourque, who returned to the organization after beginning the year in the NHL with Pittsburgh, racked up five points (3-2-5) in his first two games with Hershey… After Friday’s visit to Albany, the Bears will play each of their next three games against Rochester.
 
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Lowell scored two shorthanded goals in a game for the first time in its history on Dec. 2 in a 5-3 win over Adirondack… After totaling two goals during a three-game losing skid from Nov. 25-28, the Devils have scored five markers in each of their last three outings, resulting in two wins and a 6-5 loss to Manchester on Sunday… The Devils have been perfect at home this season when leading after the first period (8-0-0-0) and second period (8-0-0-0)… Matt Halischuk had three points (1-2-3) on Sunday in his first game of the year for Lowell after being assigned by New Jersey… The Devils visit Providence and Manchester this weekend.
 
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Manchester suffered a 2-0 shutout to Portland on Dec. 2 but has racked up 18 goals in capturing three consecutive wins since… Kevin Westgarth is riding a four-game scoring streak (5-1-6) for the Monarchs and scored two goals in back-to-back games on Dec. 4-5… Rookie Corey Elkins has a point in three straight games (0-5-5) and seven of his last eight (2-7-9), and Gabe Gauthier also boasts a three-game scoring run (0-7-7) and has a point in six of his last seven (2-9-11)… Rookie defenseman Alec Martinez has netted a goal in three consecutive outings (3-0-3)… The Monarchs host Worcester and Lowell this weekend before a Sunday trip to Providence.
 
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Norfolk has suffered losses in six of its last eight games (2-6-0-0), but all of the losses have come by either a one- or two-goal margin… Overall, 26 of the Admirals’ 27 games thus far have been decided by either one or two goals… Before missing a pair of contests due to NHL recall last week, Blair Jones had played in 155 straight games for Norfolk… Jones (2-3-5), Ryan Craig (2-4-6), and Radek Smolenak (1-5-6) all have points in four straight games for the Admirals… Mitch Fritz played in his 500th professional game on Saturday at Hershey… Norfolk hosts Manitoba for the first time ever on Friday and Saturday.
 
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Portland is winless in three straight games (0-1-0-2) but has picked up a standings point in 12 of its last 13 contests (7-1-3-2)… On a conditioning stint from parent-club Buffalo, Patrick Lalime started in net for the Pirates vs. Providence on both Friday and Saturday… Defenseman Mike Weber, who has a team-best plus-11 rating, is currently riding a four-game scoring streak (0-4-4)… Reigning AHL rookie of the year Nathan Gerbe, who has 20 points (5-15-20) in 23 games for the Pirates this year, scored in his first career NHL goal in Buffalo’s 3-0 win over Washington on Wednesday… Portland continues a four-game road swing in Hartford and Springfield this weekend.
 
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Providence has won a season-high four straight games, all on the road, and is 9-3-0-0 in 12 outings since falling to 5-8-1-0 on the year following a 5-1 loss to Hershey on Nov. 8… Each of the Bruins’ four victories during the current streak has been by a one-goal margin, including a pair of shootout decisions and one in overtime… Brad Marchand scored the decisive goal – two in a shootout and one regulation – in all three Providence victories last week, and he matched a season high with three points (1-2-3) in Saturday’s 4-3 win at Portland… Mikko Lehtonen is riding a four-gamer scoring run (2-2-4)… The Bruins host Lowell and Manchester this weekend, with a Saturday visit to Albany in between.
 
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Springfield is winless in seven straight games (0-5-1-1) since capturing a 3-2 shootout victory at Hershey on Nov. 21… The Falcons have not won in regulation since a 4-3 decision over Lowell on Nov. 18… Colton Fretter paces Springfield with 11 goals (11-11-22) in 26 games, seven of which have come on the power play… Fretter is tied for second in the league in power play scores… Chad Wiseman snapped a season-high three-game points drought with a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Adirondack… The Falcons welcome division rivals Bridgeport and Portland to the MassMutual Center this weekend.
 
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Syracuse’s most recent two losses have come by a combined score of 11-0, with a 3-2 win over Binghamton on Saturday’s mixed in between… The Crunch are 7-3-1-1 on home ice this season and an AHL-worst 2-10-1-1 on the road… Saturday’s win marked the first time the Crunch scored two power play goals in a game since a 4-3 shootout loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Oct. 17… Dan Fritsche continues to lead Syracuse with 18 points (7-11-18) in 23 contests, while Alexandre Picard shows a team-high eight goals (8-8-16) in 21 tilts… The Crunch host Adirondack on Friday and travel to Binghamton on Saturday.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had dropped four of its last five games (1-4-0-0) prior to Wednesday’s 6-0 victory at Syracuse… That improved the Penguins’ mark to 3-1-0-0 this season against the Crunch… Goaltender Adam Berkhoel made his AHL season debut and earned the shutout with 25 saves in net… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 4-1 win over Hartford on Saturday marked its first home win over the Wolf Pack since a 5-0 triumph on Dec. 28, 2005… The Pens have received 11 game-winning goals from 10 different players; rookie Eric Tangradi is the only player to have netted two… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Binghamton on Friday before a two-game road set at Adirondack.
 
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Worcester’s six-game winning streak ended on Saturday in a 5-4 shootout loss to Manchester, but the Sharks extended their points streak to a franchise-record eight games (7-0-0-1) with a 3-2 shootout win over Portland on Sunday… The Sharks have not lost in regulation since a 3-1 setback at Portland on Nov. 20, which dropped them to 8-10-0-1 on the season… Rookie goaltender Alex Stalock has surrendered two or fewer goals in seven straight outings – all wins – since allowing four goals in four straight appearances from Nov. 11-18… Rookie Logan Couture shows a league-leading six game-winning goals on the season… Worcester visits division-leading Manchester on Friday for its lone game of the weekend.