Wednesday, November 13, 2002

AHL Quick Hits

LOOKING BACK:
Casey Hankinson scored twice and Michael Leighton made 26 saves as Norfolk upped its record to 11-1-1-2 with a 4-2 win at Rochester on Monday. With the victory, the Admirals caught Houston atop the AHL's overall standings with 25 points, and improved to 7-1-1-1 on the road, where they played 10 of their first 15 games. Peter White recorded an assist in what would be his final game with Norfolk; the AHL's active leader in career scoring was loaned by the parent Chicago Blackhawks to the Philadelphia Phantoms on Tuesday.

Marc Lamothe needed just 15 saves for his seventh career AHL shutout, a 4-0 decision over Manitoba in a special Tuesday matinee at Van Andel Arena. Tim Skarperud had a goal and an assist and Mark Mowers recorded an assist for his team-leading 16th point of the season. The Griffins scored three times on the power play en route to extending their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2).

Mon 11/11
LOWELL 5, Worcester 3... Norfolk 4, ROCHESTER 2... SPRINGFIELD 4, Providence 1

Tue 11/12
Saint John 4, ALBANY 3 (OT)... GRAND RAPIDS 4, Manitoba 0... SAN ANTONIO 4, Milwaukee 1

LOOKING AHEAD:
Saint John continues its nine-game road trip in Worcester tonight (7:05 ET, 8:05 AT) following Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win in Albany. Rookie Matt Lombardi scored his second OT goal of the season to give the Flames a victory in their first road outing of 2002-03. Worcester dropped a 5-3 decision in Lowell on Monday afternoon, but the IceCats are still 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games. Former Flame Sergei Varlamov leads Worcester with 11 assists, and owns a share of the team scoring lead with 15 points.

The top two teams in the West Division clash on "Guaranteed Win Night" at the Compaq Center on Thursday (7:00 CT), with Houston (12-1-1-0) hosting Milwaukee (6-1-4-1). An Aeros victory pads their eight-point lead over the second-place Admirals, and means free tickets for everyone in attendance. Houston's Jean-Guy Trudel and Cory Larose have combined for 36 points in 14 games; rookie Darren Haydar is the only Milwaukee player in double digits with 17 points on the year.

Hershey visits Cleveland on Thursday (7:05 ET) in a battle between two of the most storied cities in AHL history. The Bears and the original Barons franchise combined for 17 Calder Cup championships and 32 finals appearances, going head-to-head for the title in 1941, 1945 and 1954. This year's Bears are off to a 6-3-1-1 start, but are just 1-2-0-1 away from their new den, the Giant Center. The Barons are in the midst of a five-game homestand which comes on the heels of a 2-6-0-0 road trip.

(all times local)

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

Thu 11/14
Hershey at Cleveland, 7:05... Milwaukee at Houston, 7:00

Fri 11/15
Worcester at St. John's, 7:35... Hamilton at Albany, 7:00... Syracuse at Binghamton, 7:05... Rochester at Cleveland, 7:05... Bridgeport at Philadelphia, 7:05... Portland at Providence, 7:05... Houston at Grand Rapids, 7:30... Wilkes-Barre at Norfolk, 7:30... Hershey at Cincinnati, 7:35... Saint John at Manchester, 7:35... Lowell at Springfield, 7:35... Chicago at Milwaukee, 7:12... San Antonio at Manitoba, 7:30... Hartford at Utah, 7:00

ALUMNI WATCH:
Reigning "Baz" Bastien Award winner Martin Prusek made 29 saves for Ottawa, including his second penalty shot save in as many games, to earn his first NHL win, a 5-3 decision over the N.Y. Islanders on Tuesday... Eleven former Springfield Falcons, including Nikolai Khabibulin, Daniel Briere and Shane Doan, squared off on Monday as Tampa Bay defeated Phoenix, 4-2.

ON THE AIR:
Wednesday, Hamilton at Wilkes-Barre -- Adelphia 63/WNEP-DT 16-2 (NE Pennsylvania) -- 7:05 ET
Friday, Saint John at Manchester -- AT&T 3 (Hockey Night New England) -- 7:35 ET
Saturday, Chicago at Utah -- CLTV (Chicago) -- 8:00 CT