AHL week 6 Western Division–San Antonio back on top

Texas Stars (DAL)

An easy playing week for the Stars, they only had one game scheduled for the week. Wednesday the Stars took on the Chicago Wolves, winning 3-2 in front of 4,090 home town fans. Francis Wathier scored at 12:39 in the second period, 37 seconds after the Wolves scored, tieing the game at 1-1. Greg Rallo scored at 2:34 of the third period.Wathier scored his second goal of the night, the eventual game-winner, at 15:35 of the third period. Brent Krahn recorded 20 saves for the night.

Texas will take on Chicago once again on Tuesday, then travel to Oklahoma City on Friday. Sat the Stars will return home to take on Milwaukee and then travel to Houston on Sunday.

Rockford Icehogs (CHI)

After a loss on Sunday to Peoria, the Icehogs pulled off the win on Tuesday by way of a convincing 4-1 decision. The two teams combined for 158 penalty minutes, coming from eight fights, 14 minor penalties and five misconducts. Kyle Beach netted his fourth of the year at 7:42 in the first period. Jeremy Morin tapped in the goal at 12:36 and Ben Smith netted his goal at 19:45 also in the first period. Ryan Potulney scored the fourth and final goal for Rockford at 1:55 on a power play in the second. Alec Richards got the win turning away 20 shots.

Thursday and Friday, the Icehogs took on San Antonio, losing both games. On Thursday, it was a tough 1-0 loss for netminder Richards, who made 37 stops. Friday, Rockford finally got on the board but still dropped the game 3-2. Hugh Jessiman netted one in at 9:37 of the second period,on a power play chance, for the first Icehog goal. Nick Leddy scored at 3:20 of the third period but it just wasn’t enough for Rockford, accumulating a team season-high 38 shots on goal. Richards took the loss with 26 saves.

Next up for Rockford, Thursday and Friday taking on Manitoba; Sunday Peoria.

Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

Milwaukee played a special 11:00 am start game on Wednesday, so kids from Grand Rapids area schools were able to field trip to the game. The Admirals won 1-0 in shootout over the Griffins. Mark Dekanich continued his hot streak as he stopped all 35 shots he faced in regulation and overtime and then turned aside four Grand Rapids shoot-out attempts. The shutout was his first of the season.

Milwaukee next took on Lake erie in back-to-back games on Fri. and Sat., winning both match-ups. Friday night, in Dekanich’s second shut-out in a row, the Ad’s put up a 4-0 win. Dekanich extended his shutout streak to 172:34 and currently leads the AHL with a 0.945%. Chris Mueller, in his first of three points in the game, scored what would prove to be the game-winning point on a shorthanded goal at 14:29 of the first period. At 5:11 of the second period, Aaron Johnson netted the Ad’s second goal. Matt Halischuk got his fifth goal of the season at 2:02 of the third period. Mueller knocked in an empty net goal with 2:02 to play in the game for his second goal of the night.

Saturday didn’t fare much better for Lake Erie, letting the Admirals knock them off 3-2. Chris Mueller had a great weekend against his former team, with his second straight two-goal game against them. Mueller scored his third goal in two games at 5:59 of the first period, his fourth goal of the season. Roman Josi scored at 5:49 in the second for his first of the year. Mueller once again hurt his former team at 18:53 in the third, on a short handed goal and the game winner. The win gave Jeremy Smith his first career AHL win, stopping 25 shots in his first AHL start.

Milwaukee will next face San Antonio, Texas and Oklahoma City on the road over the weekend.

Peoria Riverman (STL)

Facing the Rockford Icehogs on Tuesday, the Rivermen lost 4-1. Ben Bishop was tagged with his fifth loss on the season. Mark Cundari, on a 5 on 3 advantage, scored Peoria’s only goal at 3:53 in the second period. Rockford finished out the weekend playing Houston, with a win each per team. Saturday resulted in a Riverman 3-0 win. Matt McIlvane at 9:24 of the second frame, playing in his first game of the season with Peoria, netted his first goal. At 2:40 in the third, Derek Nesbitt, also playing in his first game with the Rivermen, tapped in his first of the year. It was Nesbitt’s 300th professional point. Jake Allen made 22 saves for the night. Sunday proved to be a different story for Peoria as the Aeros defeated the Riveremen 5-2. Allen was pulled after allowing four goals on 21 shots after 33:55, replaced by Bishop who came aways with eight saves and one goal allowed. T.J Hensick put Peoria ontheboard in the second period at 1:20 in. Ian Cole, about a minute later, scored again for Peoria at 2:37 for his first of the season. After that,it was all Aeros.

Peoria next faces San Antonio on Wednesday, then Abbotsford on Fridayand Saturday. They will finish out the weekend with Rockford on Sunday.

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

The Barons came into Tuesday night’s game a top the Western Division in the Western Conference with 19 points. Their foe, San Antonio, came in just two points behind. However the standings, the Barons fell 6-3 to the Rampage. Starting out looking good, Jean-Francois Jacques, with his first goal as a Baron, scored just 17 seconds into the first period. Gregory Stewart also scored at the 16:03 in the first as well. At 14:00 of the second period, Hartikainen scored on a powerplay chance and gave OKC the lead, but things soon fell apart. San Antonio went on to score four unanswered goals for the win. Jeff Drouin- Deslauriers, in his first start in goal for OKC after being sent down from Edmonton, took the loss, making 27 saves.

Friday brought the Chicago Wolves to OKC, who suffered the Barons revenge on the previous loss, defeating the Wolves 6-2. Liam Reddox got the scoring started for the Barons at 3:24 into the first period when he scored on a short-handed breakaway. Colin McDonald made the Barons’ lead 2-0 at 14:57 also in the first. Reddox scored his second of the night at 5:53 into the second period. After a comeback start by Chicago in the second, OKC dominated the scoring in the third period with goals by Chris Vandevelde at 13:02, Brad Moran at 15:11 and finished off with a goal by Shawn Belle at 18:23. Martin Gerber started and continued his win streak making 35 stops.

Oklahoma City, after a nice week off, will face Texas at home on Friday and Milwaukee on Sunday.

Houston Aeros (MIN)

Monday had the Aeros losing to Abbotsford in shoot out 3-2. It was the second game in a row the Aeros took a 2-0 lead on power play goals in the first and second periods. Matt Hackett stopped 31 shots in regulation time. Cody Almond at 9:22 in the first period and Jean-Michel Daoust at 13:22 in the second period were both assisted by Jon DiSalvatore and Marco Scandella. Saturday and Sunday had the Aeros taking on the Peoria Rivermen, losing 3-0 Sat. and winning 5-2 Sun.

Anton Khudobin, who had been in an unbeaten in regulation streak of five games, made 21 saves in the loss. Hackett started Sunday, earning the win for with 24 saves. All goals from both teams in the game were scored in the second period. Petr Kalus first put Houston on the board at 0:28 into the period.

After two goals netted by Peoria, Jared Spurgeon scored at 4:50 on a power-play chance. Maxim Noreau-10:36, Joel Broda-13:55 PP and Carson McMillan-15:13 on a short-handed chance rounded out the scoring for Houston.

Next up for the Aeros, Chicago on Wednesday, Grand Rapids Friday,Chicago again on Saturday and finishing off with Texas on Sunday.

Chicago Wolves (ATL)

The Wolves have had a tough time lately with five losses back to back. They are currently sitting on a 6-9-1 record and at the bottom of the Western Division. On Wednesday, the Wolves dropped a 3-2 decision against the Texas Stars. Chicago opened the scoring in the second at 12:02 on a short handed goal Angelo Esposito. Fredrik Pettersson notched the other Chicago goal at 8:45 in the third on a power-play. Edward Pasquale stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Friday the Chicago road trip landed in Oklahoma City to take on a hot Barons team. Even after a strong comeback, the Wolves shut down and the scoring stopped. Entering the third period down 3-2, they then gave up three unanswered goals to a lead to a 6-2 defeat. Spencer Machacek scored both goals for Chicago, at 8:00 and 14:42 in the second. Peter Mannino stopped 37 pucks in the loss.

Sunday gave the Wolves a 5-2 loss to San Antonio. Jason Krog put Chicago on the board at the 12:21 mark of the first period. At the 6:26 mark of the second period, Paul Postma’s power-play goal gave the Wolves their second goal. After letting in four goals in the opening 20 minutes, Drew MacIntyre was substituted for Pasquale who finished with 13 saves on 17 shot attempts. MacIntyre stopped 20 shots in his time.

Chicago has two games remaining on its season-high eight game road trip with games at Texas and Houston. They return home on Saturday to face Houston again, then Lake Erie on Sunday

San Antonio Rampage (PHX)

Now standing alone at the top of the Division, the Rampage are still rolling through everyone. Tuesday had the Rampage destoying the Barons 6-3. Tim Stapleton 4:06 into the opening period tied the game with a goal by on the power play. 1:56 later Jed Ortmeyer scored again for the Rampage at 6:02. Brett MacLean at 14:17 of the second period to tie the game, leading into the scoring route. At 45 seconds into the third, Mathieu Beaudoin scored, then Maxim Goncharov scored at 9:18 for their first two goal lead. Andrew Ebbett scored an empty-net/short-handed goal at 19:00 to cement the win. Netminder Al Montoya stopped 32 in the win.

Thursday the Rampage had a tougher time knocking off Rockford, taking a 1-0 win in the third. Matt Climie finished the night with 30 saves and his second shutout. Alexandre Picard at 8:03 grabbed the win from Rockford.

Friday was the second meeting against the Icehogs, with another Rampage win, final tally 3-2. Brett MacLean flipped in his eighth goal of the season at 8:06 of the second. With an expiring power-play, Mathieu Beaudoin netted his ninth goal of the season at 16:57 also in the second. Mikkel Boedker at 18:04 of the second period was the last tally for San Antonio. Montoya with another strong performance, stopped 36 shots on goal.

Sunday the Wolves came to try and get a win in their road trip, but had no luck up against the Rampage who took the 5-2 win. Four of the goals, coming in the first period. Alex Picard tallied his fourth power-play goal of the season at 4:23 opening the scoring for the Rampage. Ryan Hollweg at 4:56, Bracken Kearns with a PP goal at the 15:27 mark, and Mikkel Boedker’s power-play goal at the 17:41 finished the first period scoring. Viktor Tikhonov solidified the Rampage victory with a goal 2:23 in the third period. Climie turned aside 25 shots on goal in the win.

Next up for San Antonio are the Rivermen on Wed., Milwaukee on Friday.

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