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  • Albany snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime win over Syracuse on Dec. 23, with Frank Doyle making 45 saves and Krisjanis Redlihs getting the winning goal.
  • Doyle made his fifth consecutive start in net for the River Rats on Monday in Binghamton.
  • Ivan Khomutov ended an eight-game drought with a goal in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Senators at the Broome County Arena.
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  • Binghamton improved to 3-1-0-1 in its last five games with Monday’s 4-2 win over visiting Albany.
  • Captain Denis Hamel had a goal and two assists on Monday, giving him 18 points (8g, 10a) in his last nine games and 40 for the year, good for fourth in the AHL.
  • Steve Martins also had a goal and two assists Monday, his fourth straight multiple-point game.
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  • Brideport faced two of the AHL’s top teams in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford last week and came away with three of a possible four points.
  • Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Hartford marked the Sound Tigers’ first foray into the shootout this season. All 27 AHL teams have now participated in at least one shootout.
  • Bridgeport will be home Saturday for a New Year’s Eve matinee, hosting Lowell at 1:05 p.m.
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  • Hartford is still unbeaten in regulation since a 5-3 loss in Portland on Nov. 20, going 9-0-1-3 in its last 13 games.
  • The Wolf Pack’s six regulation losses on the season are second only to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three.
  • Dwight Helminen is currently on a nine-game scoring streak, with nine goals and six assists during that time.
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  • Following an impressive 21-game stretch in which they lost just once in regulation (15-1-2-3), the Bears have dropped three of their last four (1-3-0-0).
  • Hershey has dropped from first in the league on the penalty kill to fourth, surrendering 11 power-play goals in those four games after giving up 22 PPG in their first 29 outings.
  • Chris Bourque scored five goals for Team USA in Monday’s 11-2 win over Norway to open the 2006 World Junior Championships.
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  • Lowell’s winless slide reached seven games (0-5-0-2) with a 3-2 shootout loss in Providence on Monday.
  • The Lock Monsters have scored just 16 goals in 12 games during the month of December (2-8-0-2).
  • Keith Aucoin has eight points in nine games this month after leading the AHL with 21 points in 13 games during November.
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  • Adam Hauser is tied for second in the AHL with 14 victories this season.
  • Brad Smyth leads all AHL forwards with a plus-16 rating on the year.
  • Jeff Giuliano scored his first NHL goal in Los Angeles’s 4-2 win over Calgary last Wednesday.
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  • Norfolk established a club record with 52 shots on goal in last Wednesday’s 8-6 win over Binghamton.
  • Martin St. Pierre has recorded a point in seven straight games (4g, 6a) and an assist in five straight.
  • Norfolk takes a six-game points streak (5-0-0-1) into this week’s games against division rivals Philadelphia, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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  • Now scoreless in his last three games, John Slaney remains with 452 career points entering the week, one shy of Steve Kraftcheck’s career scoring record for an AHL defenseman.
  • Matt Ellison, who played the last two seasons for rival Norfolk, made his Phantoms debut on Friday night.
  • Ben Eager scored his first two NHL goals in the Flyers’ 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Monday night.
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  • Corey Perry extended his scoring streak to 13 games (10g, 14a) with an assist in Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Manchester. Perry has a point in every game he has played as a Pirate.
  • Dieter Kochan made 35 saves in his Portland debut on Friday night.
  • Tim Brent leads the club with 13 goals on the season.
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  • Nathan Robinson is on a torrid eight-game scoring streak, with 15 points (8g, 7a) and a plus-11 rating in that span. He also scored the deciding shootout goal in Monday’s win over Lowell.
  • Pascal Pelletier, who made his AHL debut on Dec. 16, has five points in his last three games for Providence.
  • The Bruins are playing five games in six days this week, closing out 2005 with visits to Springfield (Tuesday), Lowell (Wednesday), Portland (Friday) and Hartford (Saturday).
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  • Jason Jaspers, Norm Milley and rookie Ryan Vesce are locked in a three-way tie for Springfield’s scoring lead, each with 30 points in 30 games.
  • After playing two games in a 15-day span from Dec. 12-26, the Falcons close out the calendar year with four games in five nights.
  • Of the 118 AHL alumni named to Olympic rosters last week, 12 are former Falcons, including Nikolai Khabibulin, Shane Doan, Robert Esche, Sami Kapanen and Marek Malik.
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  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-2-0-0 since the Dec. 15 coaching change, outscoring the opposition 18-6.
  • The Penguins became the first AHL team in nearly seven years (Providence, Feb. 3, 1999) to score seven goals in a period during Monday’s 8-1 win over Hershey.
  • New assistant coach Al Sims, who played parts of seven seasons in the AHL with Rochester and New Haven, made his Wilkes-Barre debut on Monday.