AHL Today: February 26th, 2014

Photo from Portland Pirates Twitter, taken by Ron Morin.

Yesterday’s Results

Game 801: Rockford IceHogs defeat Iowa Wild, 4-1

Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011905

-. Jeremy Morin scored twice in the contest for the IceHogs, and is also on a ten-game point streak with 17 points in the month of February so far. Jason Labarbera gets the win as he improves to 7-0-0 during the streak, 11-6-2 overall.
-Iowa takes their second straight loss, giving up another game in hand to teams close behind in the standings. Jonathan Blum scored the lone goal for the Wild, his seventh of the season. John Curry stopped 33 shots in the loss as he falls to 7-5-2 on the season.

Game 802: Texas Stars defeat Lake Erie Monsters, 2-1

Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011906

-Texas takes sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with the win, their third in a row. Both goals came on the power play as Mike Hedden scored his 20th of the season, and Curtis McKenzie netted his 19th. Cristopher Nilstorp improves to 20-12-3 with the win.
-Lake Erie drops to 4-5-0-1 in their last ten as they sit at the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference. Garrett Meurs scored the only goal for Lake Erie, his third of the month and sixth of the season. Calvin Pickard made 21 saves as he falls to 12-14-3.

Game 803: Hartford Wolf Pack defeat Portland Pirates, 4-3

Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011907

-David LeNeveu started the game in net for Hartford, but was pulled after giving up three goals in the first period. Dov Grumet-Morris stepped in and turned away 16 shots to earn the win and improve to 9-11-5 this season.
-Three goals in a 9:11 span of the first period wasn’t enough as the Pirates gave up the 3-0 lead in the next forty minutes. 24 saves for Louis Domingue in the loss as he falls to 1-6-0 in the month of February, 7-9-2 on the season.

Game 804: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeat Hershey Bears, 6-5

Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011908

-Spencer Machacek scored the final two goals for the Penguins and the eventual game-winner as WBS scored four times in the third period to break their six-game winless streak. Eric Hartzell was pulled after giving up the fourth goal to Hershey, and Jeff Deslauriers finished things off to earn the win and improving to 18-14-3 on the season.
-Hershey takes their third straight loss and falls to 9th in the Eastern Conference by way of points percentage. The Bears scored the last goal of the game, but couldn’t convert on a power play they earned four seconds after. Dane Byers earned his ninth and tenth goals of the season as David Leggio takes the loss. Leggio falls to 15-14-2 on the season.


The Standings

Pos Team Points Pts % Pos Change
1 * – Manchester Monarchs 80 0.690
2 * – Springfield Falcons 71 0.645
3 * – Binghamton Senators 70 0.660
4 St. John’s IceCaps 68 0.618
5 Albany Devils 66 0.611
6 WBS Penguins 65 0.591 ↑3
7 Providence Bruins 65 0.591 ↓1
8 Norfolk Admirals 64 0.604
9 Hershey Bears 64 0.593 ↓1
10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 55 0.509
11 Worcester Sharks 50 0.481
12 Syracuse Crunch 49 0.471
13 Hartford Wolf Pack 48 0.453 ↑2
14 Adirondack Phantoms 47 0.452 ↓1
15 Portland Pirates 47 0.443 ↓1


Pos Team Points Pts % Pos Change
1 * – Texas Stars 73 0.652
2 * – Grand Rapids Griffins 69 0.639
3 * – Toronto Marlies 66 0.635
4 Abbotsford Heat 71 0.645
5 Chicago Wolves 68 0.630
6 Rockford IceHogs 65 0.570
7 Rochester Americans 61 0.587
8 Milwaukee Admirals 58 0.547
9 Iowa Wild 54 0.509
10 San Antonio Rampage 54 0.500
11 Oklahoma City Barons 53 0.491
12 Charlotte Checkers 51 0.490
13 Hamilton Bulldogs 51 0.481
14 Utica Comets 51 0.481
15 Lake Erie Monsters 49 0.471


Today’s Games

Game 805: Texas Stars at Lake Erie Monsters
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011909

-Rematch from yesterday morning as Lake Erie looks for revenge.

Game 806: Grand Rapids Griffins at Milwaukee Admirals
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011910

-Big divisional matchup as Grand Rapids looks to create separation between themselves and Chicago, while Milwaukee looks to widen the gap between 8th and 9th in the conference.
-Grand Rapids is on a two-game winning streak.
-Milwaukee is on a four-game winless streak (0-3-0-1).

Game 807: Charlotte Checkers at Norfolk Admirals
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011911

-East vs. West matchup as Charlotte tries to work their way back into the playoff picture. Meanwhile, Norfolk has a chance to move up a few spots in the Eastern conference.

Game 808: Binghamton Senators at Toronto Marlies
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011912

-Battle between division leaders and both teams sit in 3rd in their respective conferences.
-Binghamton is 6-3-1-0 in their last ten, five points ahead of WBS in the East Division.
-Toronto is on a three-game winning streak, five points ahead of Rochester in the North Division.

Game 809: San Antonio Rampage at Utica Comets
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011913

-San Antonio looks to bounce back from their two-game losing streak, while Utica tries to keep pace with Charlotte and their hopes of making it back into the playoff picture.


Yesterday’s Transactions