Around The AHL In 80 Seconds: February 23rd, 2014

(Or longer, if you can’t read that fast.) Photo courtesy of Ryan Bretag (@ryanbretag) as his five-year-old son Finn attends his first Chicago Wolves game.

A busy Sunday in the AHL with ten games taking place, and we have a new number one in the Western Conference. Here’s Sunday’s results:

Game 791: Albany Devils defeat Utica Comets, 2-1

-Albany completed a perfect three-games-in-three-nights weekend, capping it off with the win over Utica. A busy second period resulted in all of the goals, with Mike Sislo and Reid Boucher picking up both for Albany. Scott Wedgewood turned aside 15 shots in the win, improving to 9-11-3 this season.
-Utica was also finishing off a three-in-three weekend, having won the two previous games of the weekend and their last four overall. Jeremy Welsh had the lone goal for the Comets, his second of the season, which came in the second period. Joe Cannata stopped 26 shots in the loss, falling to 6-11-1.
-Standings positions after game:
Albany (66 points), stays static at 2nd place in Northeast Division, improves two spots to 5th in Eastern Conference.
Utica (51 points), falls one spot to 4th place in North Division, falls one spot to 14th in Western Conference.

Game 792: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeat Providence Bruins, 2-1

-Joel Broda gets his second goal in three games for the Sound Tigers and Anders Lee gets his team-leading 22nd goal of the season. Kenny Reiter made 40 saves in the win, improving his record to 10-9-2 and extending the Sound Tigers winning streak to six games.
-Providence’s lone goal came 2:34 into the game from Justin Florek, his 14th of the season. The loss snaps the Bruins’ seven game unbeaten streak, their first regulation loss since February 1st. Malcolm Subban made 15 saves in the loss, falling to 9-7-3 as he suffers his first regulation loss in 2014 (last one came December 28th).
-Standings positions after game:
Bridgeport (55 points), stays static at 3rd place in Northeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference.
Providence (65 points), stays static at 3rd place in Atlantic Division, falls one spot to 6th in Eastern Conference.

Game 795: Hamilton Bulldogs defeat San Antonio Rampage, 3-1

-Hamilton gets a win among their slump, improving to 3-6-0-1 in their last ten games. Martin St. Pierre netted a pair of goals while Mike Blunden scored to put the Bulldogs up by two. Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves in the win to improve to 17-13-2, 2-3 in the month of February.
-The Rampage lose back-to-back games since the beginning of 2014 and deals a big blow to a team that previously had a 12-game point streak. Quinton Howden had the lone goal for San Antonio as Jacob Markstrom turned away 28 shots in the loss to fall to 11-11-3 this season.
-Standings positions after game:
Hamilton (51 points), improves two spots to 3rd place in North Division, improves two spots to 13th in Western Conference.
San Antonio (54 points), stays static at 3rd place in West Division, 10th in Western Conference.

Game 796: Manchester Monarchs defeat Worcester Sharks, 4-2

-Nick Shore scored his second of the game and the go-ahead goal with 1:07 remaining in regulation time to give the Monarchs their seventh game in a row earning a standing point. Colin Fraser scored his second goal in as many nights, while Mathias Neiderberger earned his first career AHL win, improving to 1-0-1 on the season.
-Brodie Reid tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as Manchester made the late charge. Troy Grosenick made 15 saves in the loss, falling to 11-9-0 on the season as the Sharks dropped their sixth game in a row in regulation time.
-Standings positions after game:
Manchester (80 points), remains static at 1st place in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference.
Worcester (50 points), remains static at 4th place in Atlantic Division, 11th in Eastern Conference.

Game 798: Norfolk Admirals defeat Springfield Falcons, 3-2

-Norfolk snapped a two-game losing streak with help from Zack Stortini and Chris Wagner in the first period. Springfield tied it, but Richard Rackell scored the game-winner in the third to secure the win. Brad Thiessen made 28 saves for the win, improving to 3-2-2 on the season.
-Springfield suffered their second loss in as many nights, as Darryl Boyce and Sean Collins hit the scoresheet for the Falcons. Jeremy Smith made 22 saves on the night as he fell to 17-11-3 this season.
-Standings positions after game:
Norfolk (64 points), improves one spot to 3rd in East Division, improves one spot to 8th in Eastern Conference.
Springfield (71 points), remains static at 1st place in Northeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference.

Game 793: Chicago Wolves defeat Abbotsford Heat, 2-0

-It took two power play goals to get on the board, but that was all the Wolves needed from Evan Oberg and Ty Rattie. Jake Allen earned his third shutout of the year as he improved to 23-12-2 on the season.
-The Heat put 21 shots on net, but none of them could get past Jake Allen. Aaron Dell turned away 19 shots and falls to 0-1-0 in his second appearance of the season as the Heat drop their second straight game.
-Standings positions after game:
Chicago (68 points), remains static at 2nd place in Midwest Division, 5th in Western Conference.
Abbotsford (71 points), falls one spot to 2nd place in West Division, falls three spots to 4th in Western Conference.

Game 797: St. John’s IceCaps defeat Portland Pirates, 6-5

-The IceCaps rode a five-goal third period to sprint ahead of the Pirates with five different goal-scorers. John Albert had two of the six IceCaps goals in the win, as Tyler Beskorowany made 31 saves to earn his first win of the season in his first appearance of the season.
-Portland led 3-1 after two periods, but couldn’t hold on despite a two-goal spurt in the final minute of regulation. Tobias Rieder had a two-goal game, the first and last goals of the game. Mark Visentin was in net to start for the Pirates, turning away 30 shots, but was pulled mid-way through the third. Louis Domingue came on in relief, and being in net for the game-winning goal by STJ, earns the loss.
-Standings positions after game:
St. John’s (68 points), remains static at 2nd place in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference.
Portland (47 points), remains static at 5th place in Atlantic Division, 14th in Eastern Conference.

Game 800: Toronto Marlies defeat Oklahoma City Barons, 4-1

-A two-goal night from Greg McKegg pushed the Marlies past the Barons, adding to four straight goals by Toronto en route to the win. Toronto improves to a three-game winning streak as Garret Sparks turned away 38 shots to improve to 6-5-0 on the season.
-Anton Lander scored the lone goal for the Barons on the power play in the second period. Richard Bachman started his 10th straight game for Oklahoma City, his third in as many nights, and made 27 saves to fall to 15-14-3. Oklahoma City sits with a two-game losing streak.
-Standings positions after game:
Toronto (66 points), remains static at 1st place in North Division, 3rd in Western Conference.
Oklahoma City (53 points), remains static at 4th place in West Division, 11th in Western Conference.

Game 794: Grand Rapids Griffins defeat Milwaukee Admirals, 1-0

-Four out of five shooters scored in the shootout for the Griffins as the improve to a two-game win streak. Petr Mrazek improved to 13-5-1 and earned his second shutout of the season.
-Scott Darling earned his fourth shutout of the season, but couldn’t come out on top in the shootout, falling to 8-4-1. Three-of-five shooters scored for the Admirals as they fall to a four-game winless streak.
-Standings positions after game:
Grand Rapids (69 points), remains static at 1st place in Midwest Division, 2nd in Western Conference.
Milwaukee (58 points), remains static at 4th place in Midwest Division, 8th in Western Conference.

Game 799: Syracuse Crunch defeat Hershey Bears, 5-2

-Richard Panik had a four-point night for the Crunch, and two other players added multi-point nights as well as the Crunch defeated the Bears for the second time in as many nights. Cedrick Desjardins turned away 24 shots in the game to improve to 6-14-2 this season, giving Syracuse a three-game point streak.
-Hershey tied it early in the second period, but it was all Syracuse after that. Goals by Jeff Taffe and Nicolas Deschamps weren’t nearly enough as the Bears dropped their second in a row and fourth in their last ten. Philipp Grubauer takes the loss, falling to 11-7-1.
-Standings positions after game:
Syracuse (49 points), remains static at 5th place in East Division, 12th in Eastern Conference.
Hershey (64 points), remains static at 2nd place in East Division, falls one spot to 7th in Eastern Conference.