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East Notes: Tigers, Whale making move

 

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Adirondack has now lost 10 straight games (0-9-1-0) and is 1-18-2-0 since beginning the season 2-2-0-0… This is the longest the franchise has gone without a victory in its 15-history, eclipsing a pair of nine-game winless skids when the team was based in Philadelphia… Denis Hamel tallied six goals in his first five games with the Phantoms but hasn’t scored in any of his nine outings since, collecting three assists in that span… Rookie Luke Pither shows three goals in his last six contests after going without a goal in his first 14 appearances… The Phantoms visit Syracuse on Friday, host Portland on Saturday, and travel to Connecticut on Sunday.
 
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Albany was denied on Wednesday in its bid to win three straight games for the first time since Oct. 15-20, dropping a 3-2 decision to Hershey… It marked the Devils’ second 3-2 loss to the Bears on home ice in a span of six days… Albany is now 4-10-0-0 at home overall, compared with a 7-4-0-0 mark on the road… Michael Swift is now on a three-game scoring streak (2-1-3) and has a point in five of his last six outings (3-2-5)… Rookie Adam Henrique, who also has point in three straight (2-1-3), missed his first game of the year on Wednesday… The Devils visit Binghamton on Friday, host Worcester on Saturday, and oppose Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday.
 
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Binghamton is currently on a season-worst four-game losing skid and has totaled just five goals in that span, including a pair of shutouts… The B-Sens have not won since collecting a 5-2 decision over league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thanksgiving Day… The Senators are currently without AHL leading rookie scorer Bobby Butler (15-8-23), who earned his first NHL recall to Ottawa on Sunday… Corey Locke has recorded his one assist in his last five contests on the heels of a 12-game scoring streak… Binghamton hosts Albany on Friday before playing a home-and-home set with Rochester to close the weekend.
 
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With Wednesday’s 5-3 victory over Springfield, Bridgeport has now won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Manchester and Springfield on Oct. 29 and Nov. 3… The Sound Tigers have a point in seven of their last eight overall (5-1-1-1) and have climbed into a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division… Rookie Rhett Rakhshani has gotten hot with a point in three straight (2-4-6) and six of his last seven outings (4-6-10)… Former first-round draft pick Josh Bailey shows three goals and six points in six games since joining Bridgeport, and Tomas Marcinko has 2-2-4 in his last three games… Bridgeport has Friday off before visiting Syracuse on Saturday and Worcester on Sunday.
 
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Charlotte became the second AHL team this season to score 10 goals in a game on Monday in a 10-3 win over Syracuse, and the Checkers’ eight second-period goals were the most since Providence scored 10 against the Crunch in the first period on Nov. 25, 1998… Charlotte is 10-3-0-0 in its last 13 games overall, and the Checkers now have the AHL’s fourth-ranked offense (3.46 goals per game)… Former first-round draft pick Zach Boychuk has a point in seven of his last eight games (3-9-12), and Jerome Samson has one in six of seven (3-8-11)… Rookie Riley Nash, another ex-first-rounder, tallied the first multi-goal game of his career on Monday… The Checkers host Hershey for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Connecticut has extended to the shootout in four of its last six games, winning twice and losing twice in that span… Overall, the Whale are 6-1-0-2 in their last nine games and 4-0-0-1 since rebranding themselves from the Hartford Wolf Pack on Nov. 27… Oren Eizenman’s game-winning goal in Friday’s 3-1 win at Providence was his second goal in four games with the Whale, doubling the career total he had accrued in 49 AHL games prior to joining Connecticut… Goaltender Cameron Talbot has surrendered just one goal on 69 shots in two outings vs. Providence (.986)… The Whale host Manchester and Adirondack this weekend.
 
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Hershey is currently on a three-game winning streak, and Steve Pinizzotto has tallied the game-winning goal in two of those contests… Three of Pinizzotto’s five goals on the season have been game-winners… The Bears, who are also 5-1-0-0 in their last six, are on their first three-game winning streak since Oct. 23-29… Jay Beagle has notched a goal in three straight games (3-0-3) and has four goals in his last seven outings… Hershey has now outscored opponents 32-17 in the third period, and the Bears’ average of 3.68 goals per game places them second in the AHL… The Bears make their second visit of the year to Charlotte this weekend for a pair of games.
 
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Manchester went 1-2-0-0 last weekend, losing to Norfolk 7-2 on Friday before beating Springfield on Saturday by that same score… The Monarchs then dropped a 2-1 decision in Providence on Sunday… Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made a season-high 45 saves on Sunday in the losing effort… Andrei Loktionov has recorded three points in three of his last five contests (2-7-9) and continues to lead the club with 20 points (4-16-20) in just 17 games overall… Marc-Andre Cliche shows 5-6-11 in his last 10 outings after failing to record a point in his first nine games of the year… The Monarchs host Worcester and Portland this weekend, with a Saturday trip to Connecticut in between.
 
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Each of Norfolk’s last three games has extended beyond regulation, resulting in a pair of wins and a 4-3 overtime loss to Syracuse on Wednesday… The Admirals are 12-4-2-0 on the road but have just three victories in eight home contests thus far (3-2-2-1)… Blair Jones has a point in all four games (2-4-6) since returning from an NHL stint in Tampa Bay, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot has 4-1-5) in five games since coming back from his own recall… Johan Harju, who paces the Admirals with 13 goals in 17 games, notched his first career NHL tally for the Lightning on Tuesday… Norfolk plays a home-and-home with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this weekend.
 
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Portland began the season 13-3-1-0 but is just 1-5-0-1 since, tumbling from first place to third in the Atlantic Division race… The slide coincides with the period in which rookie standout Luke Adam (11-8-19) has been on NHL recall with Buffalo… Adam tallied his first career NHL goal for the Sabres on Tuesday at Boston, with current Pirates leading scorer Mark Mancari (12-14-26) earning an assist on the play in his NHL season debut… Rookie Corey Tropp is on a four-game scoring streak (3-2-5) for the Pirates, with a goal in three of those four contests… Portland begins a four-game road swing this weekend with visits to Providence, Adirondack, and Manchester.
 
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Providence halted a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over Manchester on Sunday, but the Bruins have still failed to score more than two goals in any of their last six contests (2-4-0-0)… Rookie goaltender Michael Hutchinson (7-4-0, 2.73, .909) has allowed exactly one goal in three of his last five appearances… Rookie Joe Colborne snapped a five-game goal-scoring drought with the game-winning marker on Sunday… Rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer, who shows 1-5-6 in his last six games for Providence, earned his first NHL recall to Boston on Wednesday… The Bruins host Portland on Friday before beginning a home-and-home set with Springfield on the road Saturday.
 
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Springfield is winless in three straight games (0-2-1-0) for the first time all season and has just two victories in its last nine contests (2-6-1-0)… The Falcons have fallen below .500 on the year at 12-13-1-1 and are tied with Bridgeport for fourth place in the Atlantic Division… Veteran Jay Pandolfo has recorded six points (2-4-6) in eight games since joining the lineup, and Michael Blunden is on a three-game scoring run (2-1-3)… Rookie Matt Calvert is without a point in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game drought from Oct. 23-30… Springfield has surrendered three or more goals in 14 of its last 15 tilts… The Falcons play a home-and-home with Providence this weekend.
 
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Syracuse bounced back from its 10-3 loss at Charlotte on Monday to post a 4-3 overtime win in Norfolk on Wednesday despite blowing a 3-0 lead in the game… Josh Green scored the game-winner and now has a point in five of seven games (3-3-6) since rejoining the lineup… Ex-Adirondack forward David Laliberte scored his first two goals in a Crunch uniform on Wednesday… Seven of Syracuse’s nine wins on the season have been decided by one goal, as have 18 of the club’s 25 games overall (7-7-1-3)… The Crunch are one of four teams yet to allow a shorthanded goal this season… Syracuse hosts Adirondack and Bridgeport this weekend.
 
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its winning streak to six games on Wednesday vs. Toronto, but Dustin Jeffrey’s goal-scoring run came to an end at five games (6-4-10)… Robert Bortuzzo has a point in four straight games (1-4-5) after totaling just 0-2-2 in his previous 13 outings… Goaltender John Curry, who earned his 90th career victory on Wednesday, is on a personal six-game winning streak since dropping back-to-back outings on Nov. 6 and 12… The Penguins now rank second in the AHL in defense (2.16 goals allowed per game), just behind Peoria (2.15)… Wilkes-Barre, 21-4-0-0 on the year, plays a home-and-home with Norfolk this weekend and battles Albany in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday.
 
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Worcester is currently on a four-game points streak (3-0-0-1) and is 6-2-0-1 in its last nine games to move into second place in the Atlantic Division, three points back of first-place Manchester… Second-year goaltender Alex Stalock has appeared in 22 of the team’s 25 games, including each of the last nine in a row… Stalock, who 61 appearances for the Sharks as a rookie, ranks second in the AHL in minutes (1258), first in total saves (572), and tied for second in wins (12-8-2)… Jonathan Cheechoo has a point in three straight (2-4-6) and four of his last five games (3-5-8), and Kevin Henderson has scored in three of his last four (3-0-3)… The Sharks visit Manchester and Albany this weekend before hosting Bridgeport on Sunday.