Eastern Conference notebook

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Bobby Hughes’ game-tying goal on Friday against Hershey came with just 0.7 seconds left in regulation, a game the River Rats would eventually lose in a shootout… Hughes, Jerome Samson, and Brett Carson all scored their first goals of the season last weekend… Michael Ryan posted a goal and two assists in Bridgeport on Sunday to help the River Rats to a 4-3 victory, snapping a six-game winless skid (0-4-1-1)… Mike Angelidis was unsuccessful on a penalty shot in the game against the Sound Tigers… Albany hosts Eastern Conference powers Hershey and Providence at the Times Union Center this weekend.
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The Senators have lost three straight games in regulation since a 4-0-1-1 start to the season, including a pair of home-ice losses to Bridgeport last weekend… Forward Ryan Shannon (4-3-7) and defenseman Brendan Bell (2-4-6) are each riding a six-game scoring streak… Second-year forward Ilya Zubov set a new career high with three points (2-1-3) in the B-Sens’ 6-5 loss to Bridgeport on Saturday… November is Binghamton’s busiest month of the season, as they will play 15 games in the month’s 30 days… The Sens host a pair of games outside the division this weekend, welcoming Syracuse and Worcester to the Broome County Arena.
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Bridgeport’s 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday moved the Sound Tigers to 8-3-0-1 (17 points) for the season, good for a share of first place overall in the AHL with Hershey and Hamilton… Blake Comeau, who scored the game-winner in that tilt, is now riding a four-game scoring streak (1-5-6)… Kurtis McLean also shows a four-game scoring run (1-4-5) and has a point in seven of his last eight outings (2-6-8)… Tim Jackman has found the scoresheet in five of his last six contests (5-1-6)… The Sound Tigers’ power play is clicking at 21.5 percent (17-of-79) thus far on the campaign.
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The Wolf Pack jumped above the .500 mark last week by winning two out of three home games, running their record to 5-4-0-1 for 11 points through 10 contests… Hartford finishes off a season-high seven-game homestand by hosting division rivals Worcester on Friday and Springfield on Saturday…… Rookie defenseman David Urquhart scored 28 seconds into his first AHL shift on Saturday against Albany… The Pack’s 3-1 win in that game stretched their winning streak over Albany to 12 games, extending a franchise record for consecutive wins against a single opponent… Their last loss to the River Rats came on Jan. 14, 2005, a 5-1 loss in Albany.
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Hershey in winless in two straight games for the first time this season, having dropped both ends of a home-and-home set to Philadelphia last weekend, the latter loss coming via the shootout… The Bears are now in the midst of a five-game road swing, tied for their longest of the campaign, and will visit Albany, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Bridgeport this weekend… Oskar Osala tallied two goals and an assist Sunday in Philadelphia and now leads all AHL rookies with eight goals (8-2-10) on the season… Goaltender Bobby Goepfert won his first AHL start on Friday at Albany, a 4-3 shootout victory… Hershey is scoreless on 29 straight power play opportunities.
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Lowell has lost three straight games since a 4-2-0-1 start to the season… Wednesday’s 3-1 home-ice loss to Philadelphia dropped the Devils to 1-4-0-0 at Tsongas Arena, including four consecutive losses since a 6-4 win over Worcester in their home opener on Oct. 11… Alexander Vasyunov netted his first career AHL goal in the loss to the Phantoms… Pascal Rheaume is setting the offensive pace with nine points (3-6-9) through the first 10 games… Lowell has scored the game’s first goal just twice in those 10 contests… The Devils hit the road this weekend for East Division match-ups with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport.
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Manchester is winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1) since a 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Oct. 24… Forward Denny Johnston tallied his first professional goal for the Monarchs in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Worcester… Gabe Gauthier (2-5-7) and Trevor Lewis (2-5-7) are pacing the Manchester offense with seven points apiece after eight games… Lewis has a point in six out of eight games thus far… Friday’s home game against Philadelphia begins a stretch that sees the Monarchs play nine consecutive games outside of the division… Manchester is 2-5-0-1 overall, and both victories have come on Fridays (Oct. 17 and Oct. 24).
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Norfolk held Portland’s power play – which entered as the fourth-best unit in the league – scoreless on nine tries during the teams’ two-game set last weekend… The Admirals dropped both games, though, and are now winless in seven straight overall (0-5-0-2)… Brandon Segal registered his second two-goal performance of the season on Saturday against the Pirates… Segal leads Norfolk with six goals and is ranked second with 11 points… Paul Szczechura has found the scoresheet in three of his last four outings (2-2-4)… The Admirals host Rockford for a pair of games this weekend before embarking on a seven-game Atlantic Division road trip.
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Philadelphia’s 3-1 victory at Lowell on Wednesday marked the team’s 500th win in franchise history, moving the Phantoms’ all-time record to 500-346-65-40-20 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL), good for 1,125 points… The Phantoms have also now won five straight games overall, which comes on the heels of a five-game losing skid… Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who began the year at 0-4-0, is on a personal three-game winning streak and shows a 1.95 GAA over that span… Boyd Kane’s hat trick on Saturday at Hershey was the first by a Phantom since Ryan Potulny accomplished the feat on Nov. 9, 2007, vs. Bridgeport.
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Portland returns home after going 3-0-1-0 on its four-game road swing, including three straight wins to close it out… The first-place Pirates are now 7-1-1-0 (15 points) overall and have scored at least four goals in six of their nine contests… Rookie Nathan Gerbe tallied his first pro hat trick and third multiple-goal game of the season in Wednesday’s 5-3 win at Worcester… Gerbe leads all AHL rookies with 10 goals and ranks second with 13 points (10-3-13), trailing only teammate Tim Kennedy, who shows 15 points (3-12-15)… Mark Mancari has posted two consecutive three-point games and leads the Pirates with 17 points overall (7-10-17), good for third-most in the AHL.
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After two weeks worth of road games, Providence returns to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday to host Chicago… The Bruins went 3-2-1-0 on their six-game road swing, including a 6-0 loss to the Wolves on Oct. 29… Jeremy Reich registered his first career hat trick in Saturday’s 5-1 win at San Antonio… Brad Marchand posted a goal and two assists in that game… After going without a point in a game for the first time this season in the loss at Chicago, defenseman Johnny Boychuk posted an assist in each of Providence’s two games in Texas last weekend… Boychuk continues to lead the Bruins in scoring with 13 points (2-11-13).
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The Falcons swept a home-and-home set with intra-state rival Lowell last weekend, outscoring the Devils 7-3 in the pair of games… Ryan Potulny collected three goals in the two games and now has a team-high eight tallies on the season… 2008 AHL All-Star Rob Schremp has now registered at least one assist in six of seven games (0-8-8) since joining the Falcons from parent-club Edmonton on Oct. 11… Second-year goaltender Devan Dubnyk has received the decision in all nine of Springfield’s games thus far (5-4-0, 2.89, .902)… The Falcons visit division rivals Portland and Hartford this weekend.
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wrapped up its season-high seven-game road swing at 4-3-0-0 and will play five of its next six tilts at the Wachovia Arena beginning on Friday against Lowell… The Pens’ recent road swing was their longest since a nine-game stretch from Feb. 12-26, 2006… Chris Minard boasts a league-leading 11 goals and a team-high 17 points, and he has netted at least one goal in three straight games and seven of his last eight… Jeff Taffe has lit the lamp in five of his last six contests (7-6-13)… Janne Pesonen has registered a point in eight of nine games overall (2-10-12).
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Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Portland prevented the Sharks from extending their winning streak to what would have been a season-high three games… Tom Cavanagh netted a goal for a third straight game (4-2-6), and rookie Steven Zalewski posted his first multiple-point game (1-1-2) of the campaign… Mike Morris has four points (2-2-4) over his last two outings, and Cory Larose has a point in five of the six games he’s played this season (4-3-7)… Worcester is allowing a league-low 23.11 shots on goal per game… The Sharks hit the road this weekend for games in Hartford and Binghamton… The latter will be Worcester’s first meeting with the Senators since the 2006-07 campaign.