Around The AHL In 80 Seconds: February 22nd, 2014

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All 30 AHL teams took to the ice on Saturday for just the second time this season. With the All-Star break concluded and teams beginning to hit the 20-games-to-go mark, the transition to playoff-push-mode is beginning to take effect. Here’s Saturday’s results:

Game 788: Toronto Marlies defeat San Antonio Rampage, 2-1
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011892
-Drew MacIntyre turned aside 22 shots to earn his 23rd win of the season, helping the Marlies improve to 30-17-2-2. A rebound goal by Tyler Biggs just ten seconds in, and a goal by Jerry D’Amigo a little over ten minutes later were all the Marlies needed to put away the Rampage. The now-two-game winning streak by the Marlies help keep separation from Rochester, who is on a four-game point streak as well.
-Michael Houser was pulled after the goal by D’Amigo at 10:24, earning the loss while turning aside seven shots. Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves in relief. The lone goal came from Bobby Butler, his sixteenth of the season, in the latter half of the third period. The loss puts an end to the Rampage’s 12-game point streak, and gives them their first regulation loss during their annual Rodeo Road Trip as they fall to 6-1-0-1.
-Standings positions after game:
Toronto (64 points), stays static at 1st place in North Division, 3rd place in Western Conference.
San Antonio (54 points), stays static at 3rd place in West Division, 10th place in Western Conference.

Game 777: Albany Devils defeat Norfolk Admirals, 4-1
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011881

-Stefan Matteau gave the Devils an early lead at the 4:38 mark of the first period, but Norfolk tied it up late in the period to make it a 1-1 game at the first break. 15 saves by Keith Kinkaid over the next forty minutes, and a pair of goals from Mike Sislo and Reid Boucher set up the empty netter by Kelly Zajac for the win. Albany currently sits on a two-game winning streak.
-Norm Ezekiel had the only goal for the NorAds in the first period, his second goal of the season. Viktor Fasth is in his second conditioning stint of the season with Norfolk, dropping to a 0-2-0 record this season and 1-4-0 all-time in the AHL. Norfolk hits their second-straight loss and drop to 5-4-0-1 in their last ten.
-Standings positions after game:
Albany (64 points), stays static at 2nd place in Northeast Division, improves one spot to 7th in Eastern Conference.
Norfolk (62 points), falls one spot to 4th in East Division, falls two spots to 9th in Eastern Conference.

Game 780: Grand Rapids Griffins defeat Oklahoma City Barons, 4-3
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011884

-Mitch Callahan struck on the power play twice and Adam Almquist added three assists to help the Griffins to the win over OKC in the second of a two-game set between the two teams. Calle Jarnkrok also finished the night with two assists. Petr Mrazek improved to 12-5-1 this season, making 36 saves in the win. The win couldn’t have come at a better time, as Chicago is breathing down the necks of the Midwest Division leaders.
-The Barons had their eight-game point streak snapped with the loss to the Griffins. C.J. Stretch scored 18 seconds into the game for the early lead but Grand Rapids matched OKC the entire way. Steve Pinizzotto netted his seventh of the season, while Mark Arcobello added a goal and an assist. Richard Bachman made 33 saves as he fell to 15-13-3 record.
-Standings positions after game:
Grand Rapids (67 points), stays static at 1st place in Midwest Division, 2nd place in Western Conference
Oklahoma City (53 points), stays static at 4th place in West Division, 11th place in Western Conference

Game 781: Syracuse Crunch defeat Hershey Bears, 5-0
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011885

-Allen York earned his second shutout of the season with his fourth team of the season, making 39 stops to secure the win for Syracuse, including a 20-shot barrage in the second period. Luke Witkowski, Richard Panik, and Maxime Langelier-Parent all earned their first goals of the season in the win – their second in their last ten games.
-Hershey’s loss snaps a five-game overall winning streak, while also ending a twelve-game winning streak at the Giant Center. Philipp Grubauer was in net for all five goals by the Crunch, taking the loss to fall to 11-6-1 this season.
-Standings positions after game:
Syracuse (47 points), stays static at 5th place in East Division, improves two spots to 12th place in Eastern Conference.
Hershey (64 points), stays static at 2nd place in East Divsion, falls two spots to 6th place in Eastern Conference.

Game 782: Lake Erie Monsters defeat Iowa Wild, 3-2
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011886

-An early goal by Andrew Agozzino put the Wild in a spot where they just couldn’t catch up. Michael Schumacher chipped in as well in the first period, but the Wild could only get within one goal each time they made a run. The eventual game-winner was scored by Colin Smith as he completed a multi-point night. Calvin Pickard made 29 saves as he improved to 12-13-3 this season.
-The Wild had a late charge in the third period as they outshot the Monsters 15-7 in the final frame of the game. Brian Connelly brought Iowa to within one at the 5:30 mark of the third, but Lake Erie held on for the win. Kris Foucault opened the scoring for the Wild, while Johan Gustafsson made 29 saves to fall to 8-12-2.
-Standings positions after game:
Lake Erie (49 points), improves one spot to 4th in North Division, improves one spot to 14th place in Western Conference.
Iowa (54 points), stays static at 5th place in Midwest Division, stays static at 9th place in Western Conference.

Game 783: Manchester Monarchs defeat Portland Pirates, 5-4
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011887

-Manchester trailed 4-2 after the second period, but Colin Fraser started a comeback in the third period by scoring his first AHL goal in over six seasons. Jordan Weal and Zach O’Brien completed the completed the comeback as Manchester scored the three goals over a 7:15 span. Martin Jones improved to 16-3-3 on the season as the Monarchs improved to a league-best 78 points.
-Brandon McMillan’s two-goal and three-point night could only do so much for the Pirates, giving up the two-goal lead for the loss. Dane Todd and Lucas Lessio chipped in the other goals for Portland, while Louis Domingue made 32 saves in the loss to falls to 7-7-2 on the season.
-Standings positions after game:
Manchester (78 points), remains static at 1st place in Atlantic Division, 1st place in Eastern Conference.
Portland (47 points), remains static at 5th place in Atlantic Division, falls one spot to 14th in Eastern Conference.

Game 786: Hartford Wolf Pack defeat Springfield Falcons, 4-3
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011890

-Hartford completed a three-goal comeback in a 2:57 span in the third period to force the win over the Northeast Division-leading Falcons. T.J. Hensick started things off, while Marek Hrivic tied it up, and Andrew Yogan scored the game-winner. David LeNeveu made 28 saves in the game to improve to 4-5-0 this season.
-Ryan Craig, J.F. Jacques, and Austin Madaisky had the Falcons up 3-1 after the second frame, but Mike McKenna gave up the three goals on eight shots in the third period as he falls to 15-7 this season. Springfield falls to 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games.
-Standings positions after game:
Hartford (46 points), remains static at 5th place in Northeast Division, 15th place in Eastern Conference.
Springfield (71 points), remains static at 1st place in Northeast Division, 2nd place in Eastern Conference.

Game 790: St. John’s IceCaps defeat Worcester Sharks, 3-1
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011894

-The IceCaps scored once a period, including a shorthander by John Albert in the first period to help St. John’s to their now-four-game point streak. A big game by Michael Hutchinson backstopped the IceCaps to the win, as he made 49 saves in the contest to improve to a 10-4-0 record on the season.
-Worcester’s lone-goal came in the second period by Freddie Hamilton, but Worcester had trouble finding the net despite making 50 shots. Harri Sateri made 18 saves for the Sharks, falling to 12-19-1 this season as the Sharks sit with a five-game losing streak.
-Standings positions after game:
St. John’s (66 points), stays static at 2nd place in Northeast Division, improves to 4th in Eastern Conference.
Worcester (50 points), stays static at 4th place in Northeast Division, 11th in Eastern Conference.

Game 778: Utica Comets defeat Binghamton Senators, 3-2
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011882

-Utica put their three-game winning streak on the line against the Senators’ four-game winning streak and came out on top. Nicklas Jensen tied the game at two-apiece just 19 seconds into the third period and Frank Corrado put away the game-winner as Utica improved to 6-3-1-0 in their last ten games. Joacim Eriksson improved to 16-15-2 with the win.
-Binghamton had their four-game streak snapped as they try to keep ahead of the Hershey Bears in the East Division. Mike Hoffman had both goals for the Senators, while Andrew Hammond made 27 saves in the loss to fall to 17-11-3 this season.
-Standings positions after game:
Utica (51 points), improves one spot to 3rd place in North Division, improves one spot to 13th in Western Conference.
Binghamton (70 points), remains static at 1st place in East Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference.

Game 784: Rochester Americans defeat Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-2
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011888

-Rochester gave up two power play goals, but Mike Zigomanis gave the Americans the go-ahead goal in the third period to secure the win. Rasmus Ristolainen had two assists on the night, while Mike Lieuwen made 27 saves to improve to 14-7-2 this season.
-Both Hamilton goals came on the power play by Gabriel Dumont, his 12th and 13th goals of the season. Robert Mayer made 24 saves in the loss to fall to 5-12-2 this season. The Bulldogs are now sitting at 2-7-1-0 in their last ten games.
-Standings positions after game:
Rochester (61 points), stays static at 2nd place in North Division, 7th in Western Conference.
Hamilton (49 points), falls one spot to 5th place in North Division, falls two spots to 15th in Western Conference.

Game 789: Providence Bruins defeat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-3 (SO)
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011893

-Providence earns their eighth shootout win of the season, improving their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-0-1). Justin Florek tied the game up in the latter half of the third period to send the game into OT and then the shootout. Three Bruins hit the net in the skills competition, and Niklas Svedberg added three shootout stops to his 17 saves to improve to 20-11-3 this season.
-The Penguins fall to 2-5-2-1 in their last ten games, falling to a six-game winless streak as well (0-3-2-1). Jeff Deslauriers stopped one of four shooters in the shootout, turning aside 24 shots in 65 minutes of play to fall to 17-14-3. Spencer Machacek added two goals for the Penguins, his fourth and fifth points in a WBS uniform this season.
-Standings positions after game:
Providence (65 points), stays static at 3rd in Atlantic Division, improves one spot to 5th in Eastern Conference.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (63 points), improves one spot to 3rd in East Division, improves one spot to 8th in Eastern Conference.

Game 776: Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeat Adirondack Phantoms, 3-2
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011880

-Bridgeport improves to a five-game winning streak, and are now 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games. A shorthanded goal by Chris Langkow tied the game at two-apiece after Adirondack briefly took the lead in the third period, with Aaron Ness scoring the game-winner for the Sound Tigers. Anders Nilsson made 26 saves in the win to improve to 11-14-2 this season.
-Chris VandeVelde put the Phantoms on top on a power play goal in the third period, but 22 seconds later, Bridgeport tied it up. Adirondack is currently on an eight-game winless streak, going 0-7-0-1 in that span, and are 1-8-0-1 in their last ten. Carsen Chubak made 26 saves to fall to 1-1-0 on the season.
-Standings positions after game:
Bridgeport (53 points), stays static at 3rd place in Northeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference.
Adirondack (47 points), stays static at 4th place in Northeast Division, falls two spots to 14th in Eastern Conference.

Game 779: Chicago Wolves defeat Abbotsford Heat, 5-3
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011883

-Five different goal-scorers for the Wolves helped the team to the win, with Adam Cracknell earning a goal and two assists on the night. Dmitrij Jaskin chipped in two assists as well for the multi-point night. Matt Climie made 34 saves to improve to 7-9-0 this season.
-The conference leading Heat needed the win to stay firmly ahead of Texas in the standings, but the loss ends up tying them for the top spot in the West Division. Goals by Brett Olson and Corban Knight tried to spark a comeback in the third period, but the Heat fell short in the bid. Olivier Roy made 16 saves in the loss, falling to 6-4-0 this season.
-Standings positions after game:
Chicago (66 points), stays static at 2nd place in Midwest Division, 5th in Western Conference.
Abbotsford (71 points), stays static at 1st place in West Division, 1st in Western Conference.

Game 785: Rockford IceHogs defeat Milwaukee Admirals, 4-1
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011889

-Four straight goals by the IceHogs dug a deep enough hole that the Admirals were unable to escape. Jason Labarbera was strong in net for Rockford, turning aside 36 shots to improve to 10-6-2 on the season and give Rockford their ninth-straight game earning a standing point (8-0-0-1).
-Milwaukee finally hit the board at the 9:13 mark as Vinny Saponari scored a power play goal to break the shutout bid for Rockford. Hannu Toivonen made 16 saves before getting chased after the second period to earn the loss, falling to 1-1-1 in the AHL this season. Milwaukee currently sits with a three-game losing streak.
-Standings positions after game:
Rockford (63 points), stays static at 3rd place in Midwest Division, 6th in Western Conference.
Milwaukee (57 points), stays static at 4th place in Midwest Division, 8th in Western Conference.

Game 787: Texas Stars defeat Charlotte Checkers, 3-2 (SO)
Gamesheet: http://theahl.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=1011891

-Colton Sceviour opened the scoring with his 31st goal of the season and again in the shootout, as it took extra innings for the Stars to put away the Checkers in the tiebreaker. Cristopher Nilstorp made 34 saves in the game, while turning aside 4-of-7 in the shootout to improve to 19-12-3 this season.
-Philippe Cornet and Mark Flood had the Checkers in the lead, but the Texas goal by Chris Mueller sent the game to OT. Justin Peters also made 34 saves for Charlotte, but couldn’t keep up in the shootout, turning aside 3-of-7 as he fell to 1-0-1 this season.
-Standings positions after game:
Texas (71 points), stays static at 2nd place in West Division, 4th in Western Conference.
Charlotte (51 points), stays static at 5th place in West Division, 12th in Western Conference.