Monday, November 11, 2002

AHL Quick Hits

LOOKING BACK:
Thirteen different Bulldogs found the scoresheet as Hamilton rolled over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night, 6-1. Jarret Stoll and Marcel Hossa led the attack with a goal and an assist each, and Eric Fichaud made 26 saves in net. On Sunday, Mike Komisarek notched three assists as Hamilton made it two in a row with a 3-1 win in Philadelphia.

With their winless skid in danger of reaching 13 games, Rochester scored three times in the final 6:03 of play to post a 4-2 win over Cleveland on Friday. Jason Botterill recorded a hat trick and assisted on Norm Milley's game-winner to give the Amerks their first victory of the season. Two nights later, Denis Hamel's three-goal, four-point effort boosted Rochester to a 5-2 win over Chicago.

Daniel Tkaczuk scored twice and Rick DiPietro stopped 25 shots as Bridgeport held on for a 2-1 win over Binghamton on Sunday evening. Tkaczuk, the sixth overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, was loaned to the Sound Tigers by St. Louis on Wednesday, and finished the weekend with four points in four games. The win allowed Bridgeport to move back into a tie with Hartford atop the East Division.

Portland ended Manchester's 10-game unbeaten streak with a 4-0 win on Sunday. Sebastien Charpentier made 35 saves for his second shutout in as many AHL appearances, while the Pirates struck for four goals on just 20 shots against the Monarchs' Cristobal Huet. Charpentier now has a 1.75 GAA and a .947 save percentage in five games with Portland this season.

Fri 11/8
BINGHAMTON 4, Hershey 2... BRIDGEPORT 4, Portland 2... HAMILTON 6, Wilkes-Barre 1... MANCHESTER 4, Worcester 3 (OT)... MANITOBA 3, Lowell 1... PHILADELPHIA 3, Norfolk 1... Hartford 5, PROVIDENCE 2... ROCHESTER 4, Cleveland 2... SAINT JOHN 3, St. John's 3 (OT)... Albany 4, SPRINGFIELD 0... Chicago 5, SYRACUSE 3... Milwaukee 2, UTAH 1

Sat 11/9
Norfolk 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (OT)... CINCINNATI 3, Cleveland 0... HARTFORD 6, Bridgeport 2... HERSHEY 4, Chicago 1... MANCHESTER 6, Albany 3... MANITOBA 2, Lowell 1... PORTLAND 5, Providence 2... St. John's 4, SAINT JOHN 2... Worcester 7, SPRINGFIELD 4... SYRACUSE 2, Wilkes-Barre 0... Grand Rapids 2, UTAH 1

Sun 11/10
BRIDGEPORT 2, Binghamton 1... CLEVELAND 4, Cincinnati 3... HOUSTON 5, San Antonio 1... Hamilton 3, PHILADELPHIA 1... PORTLAND 4, Manchester 0... ROCHESTER 5, Chicago 2

LOOKING AHEAD:
The week begins with three holiday matinees today, including a game in Rochester (4:05 ET) that puts the Admirals to work on Veterans' Day. Norfolk comes into play with a mark of 10-1-1-2 after Burke Henry's fourth career overtime goal (of 14 goals total) provided Saturday's 4-3 overtime win in Binghamton. Norfolk's defense, third in the AHL at 2.36 goals against per game, faces an Amerks' offense that has nine goals in their last two games after finding the net just 18 times in the previous 12.

Saint John begins a nine-game road trip at the Pepsi Arena in Albany on Tuesday (7:00 ET, 8:00 AT), where the River Rats are 4-1-1-0 in their last six. The Flames went 4-5-1-0 on their season-opening 10-game homestand, and hit the highway winless in their last four. Albany rookie Chris Hartsburg, the son of Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Craig Hartsburg, scored his first three pro goals over the weekend, including two on Friday at Springfield.

(all times local)

Mon 11/11
Worcester at Lowell, 2:00... Norfolk at Rochester, 4:05... Providence at Springfield, 4:05

Tue 11/12
Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 12:00... Saint John at Albany, 7:00... Milwaukee at San Antonio, 7:00

Wed 11/13
Springfield at Bridgeport, 7:05... Hamilton at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05... Saint John at Worcester, 7:05... Hartford at Utah, 7:00

ALUMNI WATCH:
Former AHL All-Star Eric Manlow scored his first NHL goal in the N.Y. Islanders' 3-2 win over Dallas on Sunday... J.S. Giguere stopped 26 shots on Sunday to help Anaheim to a 1-0 win over Minnesota... 1994 Calder Cup champion Olaf Kolzig made 43 saves in Washington's 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday.

ON THE AIR:
Friday, Saint John at Manchester -- AT&T 3 (Hockey Night New England) -- 7:35 ET
Saturday, Chicago at Utah -- CLTV (Chicago) -- 8:00 CT

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