AHL Western Division week 8 recap…Road Trip

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

Oklahoma City finished up an eight-game homestand Tuesday evening with a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. Linus Omark scored the game’s first goal at the 10:03 mark of the opening period on a power-play goal, his 11 of the season. On a second power play goal, Colin McDonald increased the Barons lead to 2-0 at 11:49 in the second period. Liam Reddox, at 54 seconds into the third period, scored on a clear breakaway shot. Omark scored his second goal of the night in the third at 14:46. Jeff Deslauriers, in goal for the Barons, made 24 saves.

High powered defenseman Shawn Belle headed back to the Barons after a four game stint with the Edmonton Oilers. Belle did not record a point, but averaged more than 16 minutes per game.

Friday the Barons kicked off their road trip, facing the Lake Erie Monsters. Jeff Deslauriers won his third straight start, making 25 saves, in the 3-2 win in the first of two against Lake Erie. Liam Reddox notched his 11th and third shorthander of the season at 6:47 of the first, getting the scoring started for OKC. Providence alum Colin Mcdonald scored at the 15:15 mark of the third, tying the game and sending it into overtime. McDonald also scored the game winning goal at the 3:01 mork in overtime.

The Monsters got their revenge on Saturday, destroying the Barons 5-3. It wasn’t until 36 seconds into the third period when OKC finally mounted a come back. Jeff Petry scored the Barons first goal on a power play chance. Brad Moran tied the game up for OKC at 3:42. McDonald once again came to life, scoring his 11th goal of the season at 10:19 but it just wasn’t enough to pull out the win. Deslauriers stopped 13 shots in the loss, while the Barons put up 31 shots on goal.The Barons entered the game with the number-one ranked penalty-killing unit in the AHL. That status took a hit as the Barons allowed three power-play goals. Oklahoma City now sits at an 0.880 ranking.

Next up for OKC on their roadtrip- Texas on Tuesday then to Manitoba for a Friday and Saturday game.


Texas Stars (DAL)


The Stars went 3-0 on the weeks games, starting off defeating the Houston Aeros 5-3 in front of 4,489 fans on Wednesday. With a power-play goal, Ondrej Roman at 9:29 in the first opened the scoring streak for Texas. Aaron Gagnon struck at 12:54 and 16:46,also in the first period, extending the lead to 3-0 for the Stars. Fabian Brunnstrom at 3:59 of the second period netted another for the Stars. Texas netted their second power-play goal late in the period by Travis Morin, who scored his seventh of the year with 44 seconds remaining to give the Stars a 5-2 edge. Richard Bachman stopped 25 shots and also gained an assist in the victory.

Friday the Stars went up against Milwaukee, defeating the Admirals 1-0 in front of 5,198 fans. Bachman stopped 28 shots in the win.

Texas defeated powerhouse San Antonio Rampage 5-2 in front of 5,961 fans on Saturday night. The temperture for the game was set immediately, 24 seconds into the first period with a goal by Star’ Raymond Sawada. Sean Backman at 18:21 in the first put Texas up 2-0. Francis Wathier scored on a power-play goal at 10:17 in the second. With 1:06 remaining in regulation, Greg Rallo scored a power-play goal, bringing the score to 4-2 for Texas. Fabian Brunnstrom added an empty-net goal for the win. Bachman stopped 19 shots on goal.


Rockford Icehogs (CHI)

Wednesday, 4,704 Icehogs fans came to watch their team, unfortunately, fall to the Lake Erie Monsters 4-2 for a Thanksgiving Eve match-up. Jeff Taffe fired a high wrister at 3:56 in the second to get Rockford on the board. Ben Smith managed to score another goal at 15:53 in the third on a shorthanded chance. Lake Erie, at 19:13 in the second, scored against Rockford, the first time this season the Icehogs have given up a shorthanded goal. Hannu Toivonen was tagged with the loss after making 26 saves.

Friday had Rockford facing Grand Rapids, winning in a shootout 3-2. Rookie goalie Alec Richards made 40 saves in the win. Brandon Pirri start the scoring at 10:51 in the first period. At 12:12, Ryan Potulny scored on a power-play in the second.

Saturday the Icehogs were handed a huge defeat by the Peoria Rivermen by way of a 5-0 shut out. With 31 shots on goal, not one could find it’s way in for Rockford. Goalie Alec Richards was pulled after 20 minutes of play and former Rivermen Hannu Toivonen replaced him after three goals on eight shots, 2 of those goals within less than a minute of each other.

Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

After a loss to Oklahoma city on Sunday, the Admirals stayed in town for the rematch on Tuesday night. The Barons once again dominated Milwaukee, handing out a 4-1 defeat. Chris Mueller broke up Jeff Deslauriers shutout with the only Admiral’ goal at 15:36 in the third. Mark Dekanich stopped 22 pucks in the loss.

On Friday, Milwaukee traveled to Texas, defeating the Stars 1-0. Dekanich this night stopped 29 shots for his third shutout of the season and ending the Admirals four-game losing streak. Center Steve Begin grabbed the goal and game winner at 13:26 in the third period.

Saturday the Ad’s traveled on to Houston, taking a 2-1 shoot out loss. Aaron Johnson slid in a backhander at 13:15 in the third, tying the game and sending it into overtime. Dekanich stopped 26 shots for the night.

Milwaukee’s raod trip came to an end in big fashion Sunday, defeating division leading San Antonio 5-3. Goalie Jeremy Smith earned his second AHL win with 33 saves in the win. With a power play goal at 15:54 of the first period, Chris Mueller started the scoring. In a second power play, Steve Begin scored at 18:38. After three unanswered goals in the second period by the Rampage, Milwaukee scored first in the third and took home the win. Gabriel Bourque scored first at 11:40, Linus Klasen at 16:55 and Kelsey Wilson at 19:48 with the empty netter, rounded out the scoring for the Admirals.


Peoria Rivermen (STL)

Friday’s opponent, the Chicago Wolves, defeated the Rivermen 3-2 in front of a home crowd of 6,018. The night marked the first overtime loss of the season for Peoria. Derek Nesbitt scored just 55 seconds into the first period, his second since being brought up from the ECHL seven games ago. Dave Scatchard tied the game at 4:43 into the third frame but Peoria could not score in overtime. Ben Bishop recorded 25 saves in the loss.

Saturday’s 5-0 win proved to be record breaking for one memner of the Rivermen. Jake Allen’s 31 saves earned him the Peoria Rivermen single-season shutout record and it only took him eight starts to do it. He now has four shutouts, the most in the AHL. They also pushed him past Manny Legace on the single-season shutout list, who had three in 2008-09. His goals-against average dropped to 1.27 while his save percentage improve 0.962, top in the AHL. Anthony Nigro scored his second of the year at 7:20 of the first period,starting off the score fest. Less than a minute later on the power play, at 8:06, Derek Nesbitt scored his second goal in as many nights. Nick Drazenovic scored at 13:00 for the last point in the period. After a scoreless second period, Graham Mink put one in at 1:17 in the third on their first shot of the period. Mark Cundari closed out the scoring at 2:43.

Sunday had the Rivermen traveling to Grand Rapids for the first time this season, defeating the Griffins with a 3-2 win. Jake Allen stopped 36 shots abd brought the Rivermen within one point of first place in the division. Peoria finally got on the board at 10:25 in the first on Anthony Peluso’s first goal of the year. Phil McRae scored his seventh of the year, which is tied for the team lead, at 13:52 of the second. Della Rovere scored the game winner at 6:38 in the third.


Houston Aeros (MIN)


Wednesday the Aeros lost to the Stars with a 5-3 final front of 4,489 Texas fans. After allowing three goals on eight shots, Matt Hackett entered the game, replacing Anton Khudobin. Hackett finished with 20 saves on 22 shots in 43:02 of action. Maxim Noreau put the Aeros on the board at 18:48 in the first on a power play goal. Jon Disalvatore scored the second power play goal at 11:12 in the second. Jean-Michael Daoust finished the scoring at 5:56 in the third for Houston.

The Aeros had a 2-1 shootout victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in front of 5,168 fans Saturday night. Jared Spurgeon scored Houston’s lone goal at the 5:12 in the third period. He then later scored the deciding goal of the shootout. Khudobin made 28 saves in the win.


Chicago Wolves (ATL)


Finally back home, the Wolves matched a season high six goals, collecting their third straight win with a 6-3 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday. Spencer Machacek started the scoring for the Wolves at 7:28 of the first period, followed by Jason Krog at 9:51 and Machacek with his second at 12:10. Nigel Dawes kept the scoring going for Chicago at 9:59 of the second period. Michael Davies,also in the second, scored at 12:04 for his first professional goal. Dawes netted his second gaol of the night at 5:59 of the third period. Peter Mannino posted 15 saves.

Wolves had a 3-2 victory over Peoria on Friday night. Mannino saved 33 of 35 shots to collect his fourth straight win. Paul Postma put in Chicago’s first goal at 7 minutes in the first. Jared Ross netted a goal at 10:36 in the second period. Spencer Machacek lit the lamp 2:07 into overtime for the game winner.

Saturday night proved to be an offensive melee for the Wolves and Grand Rapids, who combined for 18 goals. The Griffins grabbed the victory with a 10-8 win before 7,535 Chicago fans. The two teams combined for 10 goals in the second period, a Wolves record. The Griffins’ 10 goals against were the most ever scored by a Wolves opponent at home. Chicago’s five power-play goals were a season high. The madness started just seven minutes into the game with a shorthanded goal by center Ryan Garbutt. A goal from Darren Haydar at 16:58 was the end of the first period scoring. Andre Deveaux at 29 seconds into the second period scored his fifth power play goal of the season. At 4:58 of the second, Haydar scored his second of the night with a power-play goal. Edward Pasquale, who started the game, was sent to the bench in favor of backup Peter Mannino in the second. Just 17 seconds after Mannino got into the game, Griffins’ Jordan Owens gave the Griffins a 6-4 lead,prompting Pasquale to come back into the game to replace Mannino. Mannino made four saves on seven shots in 3:59 of action.

Michael Davies netted one at 18:14 of the second period for Chicago. A power-play goal from Fredrik Pettersson at 6:00 mark, followed by a goal from Dawes 24 seconds later, and Jared Ross at 11:22 of the third period, kept the Wolves hopes up. Grand Rapids’ Chris Minard scored an empty net goal with 36 seconds left in the game to round out the scoring extravaganza and capture the win. Pasquale posted 18 saves in the high-scoring game.


San Antonio Rampage (PHX)

The Rampage won their seventh straight game to tie a franchise record with a 5-3 victory over the Houston Aeros on Friday, the last time being in 2009. Brett MacLean also tied an individual franchise record scoring his 60th goal in a Rampage jersey to tie him with Joel Perrault on the all-time goal scoring list. Goalie Al Montoya picked up his fourth consecutive win turning aside 22 of 25 Aeros shot attempts. Tim Stapleton at 6:32 in the first with a power play goal put the Rampage on the board. At 43 seconds into the second period Viktor Tikhonov scored, followed by Andrew Ebbett at the 5:39 mark. San Antonio’s second power-play goal of the night and Brett MacLean’s ninth goal of the season was scored at 5:23 into the third. The Rampage capitalized on the empty net with a goal by Jed Ortmeyer to seal the victory with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Rampage dropped a 5-2 decision to the Texas Stars on Saturday, snapping a seven-game winning streak. Matt Climie made 27 saves in the loss. On the Rampage’s first power play opportunity of the game, Mikkel Boedker scored his sixth goal of the season, at 7:46 into the second period. Matt Beaudoin registered his 10th goal of the season at the 11:41 mark of the third period with another power play goal for the Rampage. San Antonio pulled Climie in favor of a sixth attacker with 36 seconds remaining in the contest, however, the Stars took advantage and scored the empty netter.

Despite a 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday, the Rampage still sit on top of the Western division with a 1 point lead. All 3 Rampage goals were scored in the second period with Petr Prucha scoring first at 4:14 for his first of the year. Matt Watkins also scored his first of the year at 7:08. Beaudoin closed out the scoring at 18:22 on a power play goal. Al Montonya made 27 in the loss.





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