AHL Western Division Week 10—–Rivermen paddling along

Peoria Rivermen (STL)

Peoria has not lost a game in regulation game since Nov. 17, the longest streak since the 2008-09 season with points in 10 consecutive games. The Rivermen became the first team in the AHL this season to complete a 10-game point streak, topping both Hamilton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton who both amassed points in nine straight games.

The Rivermen and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are the only two teams in the AHL who have both of their goaltenders in the top 15 in the league in goals-against average. Jake Allen is in first place (1.59) while Ben Bishop is 9th (2.24) for the Rivermen.

After their longest break of the season, the Rivermen were still a hot team, winning Saturday 3-2 over the Grand Rapids Griffins. They will continue their break for another five days.

Adam Cracknel scored his fourth goal of the year at 1:48 in the first period, triggering the “Teddy Bear Toss”, benefiting the Salvation Army and the Crittenton Centers. Ryan Reaves scored his second goal of the year at 9:25. On the first Peoria shot on goal in the third, at the 0:23 mark, Reaves netted his seconf of the game, the first multi-goal game of his career. Ben Bishop made 23 saves in the win.

Peoria will have the week off before seeing Grand Rapids again on Friday and Saturday, Lake Erie on Sunday.

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

The Barons didn’t start their week out well on Tuesday hosting the Houston Aeros and losing 4-3 in a shootout. Brad Moran’s goal at 13:45 in the first got the scoring started for the Barons. Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead at 19:02 on a goal from Jeff Petry. Alex Giroux scored in his second straight game at 3:30 of the third period to put the Barons ahead 3-1. the Areos would tie the game in the third. Jeff Deslauriers received a double minor for roughing in the third at 15:13, showing the fans why the Barons lead the league in penalty kill (0.897) and forcing overtime. Deslauriers made 35 saves for the night.

Friday, the Barons took the ice knowing that team mate Alex Giroux was named captain for the AHL’s Western Conference All Star Team. It will be his fourth appearance at the AHL All Star Classic. Giroux has appeared in three Calder Cup Finals and was named the AHL MVP for the 2008-09 season

He proved once again, his worth to his team, as he scored twice to help the Barons to a 4-2 win over the Manitoba Moose. Milan Kytnar scored the first goal of the game at 3:37 in the first. Giroux would tie the game at 12:36 in the second. A “Bobby Orr” like goal from Jeff Petry at 16:32 put the Barons ahead. Giroux scored his 10th of the year at 6:44 in the third to seal the win. Giroux’s two goals were the 317th and 318th of his AHL career, moving him into 14th place. He sits one point shy of 600.Martin Gerber stopped 25 shots on goal.

The Barons traveled north Saturday, beating the Rockford Icehogs 6-5. Liam Reddox scored his 14th goal of the season at 15:51 on a short hander, getting the goal extravaganza started in the first period. Chris Vandevelde scored his fifth, just :28 seconds into the second period. Colin Mcdonald netted his 13th at 6:09, followed by Teemu Hartikainen, adding his goal at 6:51. Petry closed out the second period scoring for the Barons at 14:13. The Icehogs tied up the game in the third, taking the game into overtime. Hartikainen got the game winner for the Barons at 1:59 into OT. Deslauriers made 30 saves for the win.

Sunday OKC traveled to Milwaukee, who stole the 2-1 win over the Barons. Reddox, who shares the league lead with six “first goals” in games this season, scored the Barons lone goal at 5:33 in the first. Martin Gerber had his 10-game unbeaten streak snapped, making 19 saves

Okc head to North Division leader Hamilton on Friday; Saturday to San Antonio.

Chicago Wolves (ATL)

Back at home, the Wolves didn’t bring any luck with them, falling 5-2 to the San Antonio Rampage at the Allstate Arena Wednesday night. Being down 3-0, Ryan Garbutt scored finally for the Wolves at 1:27 in the second period. Jared Ross scored the other Chicago goal at 7:27, also in the second.Peter Mannino had 22 saves in the loss.

Heading on the road again, Chicago again suffered an overtime loss, 4-3 to the Abbotsford Heat Friday night. The Wolves got on board on a power-play goal at 2:41 in the secon by Spencer Machacek. Nigel Dawes’ first goal came at 1:11 in the third, scoring his second at 13:46 to tie the game, sending it to overtime. Mannino thwarted 32 shots in the loss.

Saturday’s rematch against Abbotsford fard better for the Wolves, picking up the 5-2 win. Chicago opened the scoring at 9:54 into the first period by Angelo Esposito. Andre Deveaux scored a power-play goal at 13:09 into the first period. Garbutt gained a two goal lead for Chicago at 11:20 into the second. With the second power-play goal of the night, Dawes netted a puck at 13:51 into the second period. The final power-play goal came at 17:08 in the third, again by Deveaux. Mannino stopped 29 of 31 shots in the win.

The Wolves remain on the road for a Wednesday and Friday game against Rockford. Saturday back home for a faceoff with Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

The Grand Rapids Griffins bested the Milwaukee Admirals for the second time in less than a week with a 3-2 win Wednesday night. Forward Ryan Thang scored his first goal of the season at 17:55 in the first period, getting Milwaukee on the board. Teemu Laakso scored a power play goal at 15:06 to bring the score within one. Netminder Jeremy Smith made 20 saves in the loss.

Friday, goalie Chet Pickard earned his first AHL win since Feb. 5, 2010 as Milwaukee defeated Rockford in a shootout Friday night, 4-3. Pickard stopped 29 IceHogs shots. The night also marked the second straight game in which Milwaukee was penalized twice in the first two minutes. Milwaukee got on the board at 2:44 of the second period, by Linus Klasen, with his team-leading 13th goal of the season. Johnathan Blum scored a power play goal at 5:44 in the third., followed by a Jamie Lundmark goal at 18:39 to tie and force overtime.

Saturday, Milwaukee fell o the Texas Stars 3-2 in front of 4,477 home fans. The overtime game was the tenth this season for Milwaukee. Grant Lewis netted his first goal of the season at 2:06 into the first period. Gabriel Bourque was able to tie the game at 16:02 in the third. Chet Pickard turned aside 33 shots on the night.

Sunday the Admirals redeemed themselves with a 2-1 win over the Barons. Mark Santorelli scoredfor Milwaukee at 11:23 in the second. Chris Mueller was able to put away the game-winner at 1:39 into the third. Jeremy Smith picked up the win for Milwaukee, turning away 23 Baron shots to earn his fourth win of the season and his first on Bradley Center ice. The win moves the Admirals into a third-place tie with the Barons in the West Division at 15-8-2-4.

Milwaukee sees Lake Erie on Friday, Chicago on Saturday.

Texas Stars (DAL)

Texas defeated the Manitoba Moose 5-2 on Tuesday night in front of 3,217 fans at Cedar Park Center. Richard Bachman stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win. A goal by Francis Wathier at 7:28 in second got the scoring started for Texas. Just 44 seconds later, Stars scored again to take a 2-1 lead. Cody Chupp netted a wraparound goal at 8:12 for his third tally of the year. Sean Backman scored at 13:59 also in the second. Just 3:24 into the third period, Raymond Sawada continued the scoring for Texas. Greg Rallo scored an empty-net goal for his seventh goal of the year at 19:53.

Wednesday the Stars faced Rockford, losing 8-5. Tomas Vincour netted a goal at point blank range 2:06 in the first period. Luke Gazdic scored as well in the first at 13:17. Dan Spang scored at 12:38 in the second, Raymond Sawada at 10:17. Spang picked up this second goal of the evening at 17:00 in the third. Tyler Beskorowany made 30 saves,taking the loss.

Friday the Stars traveled to Grand Rapids, defeated the Griffins 4-3. Goalie Tyler Beskorowany made 44 saves for his first AHL victory. The Stars first goal came at 6:16 by right winger Sean Backman. Mathieu Tousignant scored at 15:23, both in the first period. Travis Morin rounded out the first period scoring at 18:57. A power-play goal at 4:09 by Greg Rallo finished off the win for the Stars.

Texas defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night. Tyler Beskorowany made 33 saves, getting his second straight win. Colton Sceviour tied the game for the stars at 11:02 in the third for his fourth goal of the year. Sean Backman at 13:25 netted his fifth goal of the year. Travis Morin finished off the win just 17 seconds into overtime.

Texas was defeated by Grand Rapids the next night, 4-2 in the rematch. Beskorowany made 37 saves in the loss. Morin scored his team-leading 12th goal of the year at 4:46 with a short handed goal. Raymond Sawada scored on a breakaway at 9:21 in the third.

Tuesday the Stars see Manitoba; San Antonio on Friday and Hamilton on Saturday.

San Antonio Rampage (MIN)

Wednesday had the Rampage facing Chicago, winning 5-2. Matt Watkins gave the Rampage the 1-0 lead at 10:31 into the game, Brett MacLean following at 16:25 of the first period. Maxim Goncharov, just :56 into the second, scored what would be the game winner for San Antonio. Peter Macarthur at 14:52 and Mikkel Boedker at 19:33 on a enpty netter rounded out the scoring for the Rampage. Matt Climie posted 24 saves in 40 minutes of action after relieving starter Al Montoya, who posted eight saves in 19:45 in net during the first period.

San Antonio had their four-game winning streak snapped as they fell 5-3 to the Houston Aeros on Friday. Petr Prucha put the rampage on the board at 2:20 in the second. Brett Maclean’s 13th goal of the season came at 17:01 in the second. MacLean scored again in the third at 14:24 to make it 5-3. Making 19 saves on 24 Houston shot attempts, Climie was pulled, replaced with netminder Joe Fallon for the remainder of the contest. Fallon made 4 stops in 24 minutes of play.-

San Antonio defeated the Manitoba Moose 5-4 in a shootout in front of a sold-out crowd of 6, 035 for their 7th Annual Salute the Badges Night on Saturday night. The Rampage raised $15,025 from their postgame jersey auction to benefit the Alamo Area Fire and Police Memorial. The Rampage earned their 20th win of the season, remaining atop of the Western Conference standings with 41 points. Brett MacLean recorded his seventh multiple-point game with two assists on the night leaving him one point shy of the franchise all-time point record of 133 currently held by Joel Perrault. Garrett Stafford beat Manitoba netminder Tyler Weiman at 16:21 into the second. Alex Picard netted his 10th goal of the season at the 2:07 mark of the third period. Picard second goal of the game came at 4:20. Mikkel Boedker at 7:38 into the third period tied the game. Climie finished 36 saves. He earned his fourth shootout victory of the season improving his shootout save percentage to 93.3%, the second best in the league.

Friday the Rampage see Texas; OKC Sat. and Hamilton Sunday.

Rockford Icehogs (CHI)

Wednesday night, the IceHogs scored five goals in the second period to beat the Texas Stars 8-5, tying an IceHogs AHL franchise record for most goals in a period, while the eight points matched a single-game AHL-high. Shawn Lalonde started the scoring for Rockford at 5:09 in the second. Kyle Hagel slapped one in the goal at 6:34. Jeff Taffe at 14:09, Ryan Potulny with a team-leading seventh of the season at 17:24 and Hagel with his second of the night at 17:46 rounded out the second period scoring.

Peter LeBlanc scored his first goal of the season at 7:47 in his first game back with the IceHogs, after being recalled from the Toledo Walleye. Brandon Bollig scored, making it 7-4 at 8:25. Texas pulled Beskorowany with under-two minutes remaining in the game. Mathis Olimb notched his first goal of the season from 55 feet at 17:09. Hannu Toivonen made 25 saves in the win.

Friday saw the Icehogs face Milwaukee, losing to the Admirals 4-3. Kyle Beach scored at 1:58 of the first to give the IceHogs an early lead. Igor Makarov scored on a rebound shot at 11:06 for the cushion. Mathis Olimb made his second goal of the season at 3:14 in the third. Toivonen turned away 25 shots and was saddled with the loss.

Saturday brought the OKC Barons to town, who defeated the Icegos 6-5 in overtime. Olimb slapped in his third goal of the season in as many games at 17:04, bringing in the storm of 1,215 teddy bears. Ben Smith scored his fifth goal of the season at 8:16. Peter LeBlanc notched his second goal in three games at 16:47. Shawn Lalonde made it 5-4 at 11:06 in the third. Taffe at 13:26, tying the game.

Rockford will see Chicago on Wednesday and Friday, Lake Erie on Saturday

Houston Aeros (MIN)

The Aeros traveled to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, taking the win 4-3 in a shootout. Matt Kassian scored the first goal of the game at 3:33 with his second goal of the season. After three unanswered goals by OKC, Robbie Earl scored for Houston at the 4:10 mark of the third and then tied the game on the power play at 14:07. Earl missed the Aeros last game on Saturday due to injury, his second goal moving him into a tie for the team lead with seven goals on the season. Anton Khudobin made 27 saves for the win.

Houston ended San Antonio’s four-game winning streak in a 5-3 win on Friday night. Casey Wellman scored his first goal of the night at 2:37, producing a shower of stuffed of animals onto the ice to celebrate the annual Teddy Bear Toss. He followed up at 12:40 and again at 15:42 on the 11th and 12th Aeros shots, all in the first period. Wellman notched his fourth goal at 11:59 in the second, becoming the third player in Aeros history to record four goals in a game and is the first to bag a natural hat trick in the opening 20 minutes. Cody Almond scored on the power play at 14:19 to put the Aeros up 5-1. Khudobin made 30 saves in the win.

Houston began their run of five road games Sunday against the Lake Erie Monsters, taking 5-2 loss and

snapping Houston’s three-game win streak. Chad Rau scored his first goal of the season just 1:58 into the game. Carson McMillan bagged his fifth goal of the year just 58 seconds later at 2:56 with a shor handed goal. Khudobin started the game, making 8 saves, before being replaced with Matt Hackett who made 7 in the loss.

Next up for Houston, Tuesday with Hamilton. Wednesday vs Grand Rapids and Manitoba Fri. & Sat.

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