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Eastern Conference notebook

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Albany finished 2-1-0-1 on its four-game homestand, and the team hits the road for games this weekend in Wilkes-Barre and Hershey… Jamie Johnson has three goals in his last two games, including a pair in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Syracuse… Jerome Samson’s two assists on Wednesday gave him points in four straight games (2-4-6) and five of six overall (3-4-7)… Samson’s seven points is a team-high… That victory over the Crunch snapped goaltender Michael Leighton’s personal three-game winless skid (0-2-1).
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Winger Danny Bois played in 218 regular-season AHL games before registering his first career shorthanded goal, but the 24-year-old now has two man-down tallies in his last three games… Bois leads the Senators overall through five games with five points (2-3-5)… Rookies Alexander Nikulin and Ilya Zubov each have four points (1-3-4 for each) to put them second on the team behind Bois… Denis Hamel notched his 400th career AHL point with an assist in Binghamton’s 5-2 win over Hershey on Oct. 13…The Sens host the Bears again on Friday.
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Steve Regier’s goal in Wednesday’s 4-3 win at Lowell gave him points in four of his last five contests (2-2-4)… Leading scorer Ben Walter notched two assists to extend his points streak to four games (3-3-6)… Bridgeport’s only game this weekend is Saturday at Norfolk, a team they shut out by a 2-0 score at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Oct. 12… Saturday’s game will be the Sound Tigers’ second of a four-game road stretch.
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Second-year pro Greg Moore tallied two assists in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Providence, and he now has points in five of six games this season (3-4-7)… The Wolf Pack have dropped their first two home contests for the second season in a row, as last year they wound up going 0-3-0-0 before posting their first home-ice win… Hartford’s penalty kill is currently last in the AHL, having allowed 10 power play goals in only 33 man-down situations (69.7% kill rate).
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The Bears are 1-0-0-0 at home and 0-3-0-0 on the road so far this season… The team is four games into a stretch in which they play nine of 12 away from the Giant Center to open the season… Kyle Wilson has points in all four games (1-3-4) for Hershey thus far… Chris Bourque, who leads the team with five points (3-2-5), saw his three-game point-scoring streak end on Saturday, but the Bears still beat Rochester, 3-1… Defenseman Jame Pollock tallied a goal and an assist in that game, his first points of the season and first regular-season AHL goal since Mar. 26, 2004, as a member of the Worcester IceCats.
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Mark Fraser has tallied an assist in four of his last five games (0-4-4), and his four points are tied for the team lead with Benoit Mondou (1-3-4)… Fraser leads the Devils with a +5 rating through the season’s first six games… Wednesday’s 4-3 win over Bridgeport moved the Devils’ to 2-0-0-0 against the Sound Tigers this season, both at home… Lowell makes its first visit of the season to Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday.
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Second-year pro Gabe Gauthier leads the team and is tied for the league lead with 11 points (3-8-11) and has recorded at least one in all six of Manchester’s games… Rookie Teddy Purcell is on a four-game assist streak (2-7-9)… Matt Moulson, who led the Monarchs with 25 goals a season ago (25-32-57), is pacing the team with five so far in the new campaign (5-3-8)… The Monarchs begin their 10-game season series against Lowell at home on Friday; Manchester went 8-0-1-1 against the Devils last season.
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In last Friday’s 5-1 win over Binghamton, 13 different Admirals found the scoresheet, with seven recording their first points of the season… On the team’s list of largest home-opener crowds, Friday’s gathering of 5,627 trailed only a showing of 6,184 for the Admirals’ inaugural game on Oct. 6, 2000… Norfolk is now 5-2-1-0-0 all-time in home openers… Kyle Wanvig leads the Admirals with eight points (3-5-8) in six games, and he has recorded multiple-point efforts in three of the six.
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Kyle Greentree figured into all three Phantoms goals in their 6-3 loss to Providence last Saturday, picking up a goal and two assists… Rookie Jonathan Matsumoto’s season-opening five-game point-scoring streak (3-4-7) was snapped in the defeat… The date marked the 40th anniversary of the first Flyers game at Wachovia Spectrum on Oct. 19, 1967… The Phantoms wore throwback jerseys during the game, which were auctioned off after the contest… After playing just one game in the last 11 days, Philadelphia plays three-in-three this weekend.
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Jason King scored the 3,500th goal in the 15-year history of the Pirates as part of last Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win over Manchester… The goal extended King’s point-scoring streak to five games (5-2-7), a run that was snapped the next day against Springfield… Goaltender Mike McKenna stopped all 10 combined shootout attempts against him last weekend in victories over the Monarchs and Falcons… Portland concludes its three-game homestand with a tilt against 4-0-0-0 Worcester on Friday.
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Petteri Nokelainen, a first-round draft pick in 2004, has points in all five games he has played this season (3-3-6), including a pair of game-winning goals… During their 5-1-0-0 start, the P-Bruins have outshot their opponent, and recorded at least 30 shots, in every game… Providence sports the league’s fifth-best penalty kill at 89.7%… The P-Bruins have four more games on their season-opening 10-game road stretch, including a contest on Saturday at Lowell, where they took a 4-1 win on Oct. 17.
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Three of the Falcons’ first eight games have come against Portland, and they have a record of 2-0-0-1 in the three games… Springfield has scored 15 of its 27 goals this season in the third period, outscoring opponents 15-8 in the final stanza… Patrick Thoresen had his five-game points streak (5-3-8) snapped in the Falcons’ shootout loss at Portland on Sunday, and rookie Liam Reddox saw his four-game goal streak (4-2-6) go by the boards in that same game… The pair still lead Springfield overall with nine and eight points, respectively.
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Jeff Taffe tallied his third career hat trick in last Saturday’s 6-1 win at Bridgeport… It was the Penguins’ second hat trick of the month, as Chris Minard registered one in the team’s 5-4 opening-night win over Hershey on Oct. 3… The Penguins are 0-3-0-0 against the Philadelphia Phantoms and 3-0-0-0 against all other opponents thus far… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Albany and Binghamton this weekend in its first meetings of the season with both clubs.
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Rookie forward Nate Raduns, who never scored more than six goals in his four years at St. Cloud State, leads the Sharks with five (5-1-6) through four games this season… Raduns tallied the game-winner in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Lowell and added two more in a 5-3 victory over Providence on Sunday… Rookie netminder Taylor Dakers earned his first professional win on Saturday, stopping 25 of 26 shots… At 4-0-0-0, Worcester is the lone remaining perfect team in the Eastern Conference.