AHL West Division week 16 recaps—Peoria back on top

Peoria Riverman (STL)


The Rivermen grabbed a 5-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday, ending Peoria’s three-game losing streak and pushing them back to the top spot in the West Division with 57 points. T.J Hensick scored the first goal on the team’s first shot of the game at 4:04 of the first period, adding to his team lead in points. In the second period, Brett Sonne at 11:42, Graham Mink at 12:04 for his 13th, and Nick Drazenovic with his 10th of the season finalized the run away game for Peoria. Nikita Nikitin scored the final Rivermen goal in a third period that saw 41 of the game’s 53 penalty minutes issued. Jake Allen made 24 saves in the win.

Wednesday saw the Rivermen take a loss to the Abbotsford Heat in a 2-0 loss. Abbotsford tender Jean Philippe Lamoureux became just the second goaltender this season to shutout the Rivermen, his first of the year. He stopped 22 Peoria shots including seven Rivermen power plays. The Rivermen’s Allen made 35 stops in the loss.

Things did not improve for the Rivermen on Saturday, taking a second straight game being held off the board with a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Marlies. Allen, again in net, made 22 stops.

Sunday Peoria turned it around on Sunday, securing their top stop in the West, with a Sunday afternoon win over the Lake Erie Monsters 3-1. His turn in net, Ben Bishop stopped 29 shots, giving him his 11th win of the year. At 2:36 of the third, Anthony Nigro ended the Rivermen’s scoring drought, his sixth of the year. It ended the Rivermen scoreless streak of 173:42 minutes. Just 1:21 later, at 3:57, Chris Porter netted his fifth of the year on the power play. The scoring ended at 9:31 with a goal from Nick Drazenovic, his 11th of the year.

Peoria will next see Rockford on Tuesday, Milwaukee on Friday and Grand Rapids on Saturday.


Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)


Milwaukee hosted the Oklahoma City Barons on Thursday, losing 4-3 in a shootout, ending their five game home winning streak. Mark Van Guilder gave Milwaukee the early lead at 2:34 of the first period. The Ad’s retained a 2-1 at 1:36 of the third period with a goal from Andreas Thuresson.

With just 40 seconds remaining in regulation, Roman Josi tied the game for Milwaukee on a power play goal, his first power play goal of the season. Mark Dekanich made 30 saves on the night.

The Ad’s continued their slide, dropping a 7-5 decision to the San Antonio Rampage Friday, giving up four unanswered goals. Milwaukee got on board first at 2:47 of the first period with a goal from Blake Geoffrion. At 17:03 of the first period, Linus Klasen increased the Admirals lead. Just 17 seconds later, Kelsey Wilson put the Admirals up 3-0. That lead could not save the Ad’s, however. Klasen scored his second goal of the night at 9:35 in the second. Josi’s goal helped the Admirals keep in the game at 15:17 of the third period. Dekanich surrendered a season high six goals while making 26 saves.

Milwaukee continued their winless streak to three games with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Texas Stars Saturday, dropping to second place in the West, tied with Oklahoma City and Houston at 56 points. Goalie Jeremy Smith stopped 25 shots in the loss. Milwaukee tied up the game on a power play goal just 20 seconds into the third period by Roman Josi. Josi has recorded a goal in three straight games.

Milwaukee will see Peoria on Friday and Saturday Rockford.


Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)


The Lake Erie Monsters killed the Barons’ four-game win streak on Tuesday, handing the Barons a 3-1 in their last meeting between the teams. Bryan Helmer scored OKC’s only goal at 3:53 into the second, his fourth of the season in his seventh game and came on a two-man advantage.

The Barons rebounded quickly, taking their next three games, starting with a shoot out win over the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 on Thursday. Milan Kytnar scored twice for the Barons in the second and third period, Alex Giroux scoring as well on a power play chance. Martin Gerber in net made 20 stops.

OKC’s next opponant, the Rockford Icehogs fell as well 4-3 on Friday, ending Rockford’s three game win streak. Colin McDonald scored two goals in the contest, taking second in the AHL for scoring leader and teammate Giroux scored the game winner at 17:11 of the second period, taking third place in the AHL. Jeff Deslauriers made 26 saves for the Barons in the win.

The Barons took a 2-1 win from the Chicago Wolves Sunday afternoon, bringing their road trip to a 6-1-0 successful end, placing them back into third place in the West, one point from leader Peoria. Colin McDonald continued his scoring run, scoring first for the Barons at the 5:50 of the second. Brad Moran scored another power play goal for OKC,his 12th of the season, at 7:14 in the third period. Gerber stopped 21 in the win.

Oklahoma City has little rest coming back home, being back on the ice Wednesday in a rematch with Chicago. Friday they see Texas and then Chicago once again on Saturday.


Houston Aeros (MIN)


The Aeros took a 3-1 win over the Texas Stars before 6,309 Friday night at Toyota Center. Casey Wellman scored the Aeros first goal at 15:46 in the first period. Robbie Earl gave Houston the 2-1 lead on a power play goal at 5:05 of the second period. Jon DiSalvatore netted an empty-net goal late in the third to secure the win. Netminder Matt Hackett made 30 saves in the win.

Houston won for the eighth time in their last 10 games, beating the Lake Erie Monster in a 2-1 victory Saturday. Anton Khudobin turned aside 25 shots in their third-straight on the road. Earl scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season 7:25 in the first period. Warren Peters made it 2-0 for Houston with a power play tally in the final minute of the second.

The Houston win streak came to an end on Sunday, taking a 4-2 defeat from the Toronto Marlies. The loss dropped the team into a three-way tie with Oklahoma City and Milwaukee for the No. 2 position in the West Division, sitting one point out of first place. Carson McMillan put Houston up with a 1-0 lead with his eighth goal of the season at 1:55 in the first. Warren Peters scored for the second time in as many games at 13:44 into the second. Matt Hackett took the loss with 22 stops. The game also marked an achievement from J.M. Daoust, playing in his 400th pro game. His next point will be his 300th as a pro.

Houston will face Saracuse on Wednesday and Abbotsford on Friday.


Chicago Wolves (ATL)


The Wolves started off great with a 4-1 win against Grand Rapids on Friday. Drew MacIntyre stopped 35 shots in the win. Chicago’s first goal was not netted until 8:28 in thesecond period by Spencer Machacek. Darren Haydar also scored with a power-play goal at 3:08 in the third period. Michael Davies and Riley Holzapfel were each able to score an empty net goal with under a minute left in the game to close out scoring for the Wolves.

In the rematch Saturday, Chicago grabbed the early lead and took a 5-3 victory from the Griffins yet again. Scoring was opened at 7:18 into the first from a top shelf shot by Machacek. Andrew Kozek at 5:13, and just over a minute later, Michael Davies, scored in the second period. Andre Deveaux scored on a power play chance at 7:34 in the third, Haydar at 10:14. MacIntyre stopped 35 of 38 shots in his third straight win.

The Wolves couldn’t stop the Oklahoma City Barons, taking a 2-1 loss at home Sunday, ending a three-game win streak. Center Jared Ross scored the lone goal for Chicago at 17:15 in the third period. MacIntyre posted 20 saves for Chicago in the loss.

Chicago now travels to Oklahoma City to take on the Barons on Wednesday and Saturday. Friday they face San Antonio.


San Antonio Rampage (PHX)


San Antonio took a 2-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Monday afternoon. Andrew Ebbett scored the lone goal for the Rampage with his 11th of the season. Matt Climie turned aside 35 shots, earning him second star of the game.

The Rampage were able to pull out a 7-5 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night. An early 3 goal lead by Milwaukee in the opening 17 minutes of the contest led head coach Ray Edwards to replace Climie with fellow netminder Al Montoya. The Admirals lead was then cut to 3-1 when Bracken Kearns scored the Rampage’s first goal with 39 seconds remaining in the first period. A power-play goal at the 8:24 mark of the second period by Alex Picard and Michael Stone at the 12:14 mark of the second period extended San Antonio’s spree. Ned Lukacevic, Mathieu Beadoin, Matt Watkins, and Ryan Hollweg with an empty net goal all rounded out the scoring for the Rampage. Climie ended the night with 10 saves, Montoya with 18 in the win. Picard and Beaudoin each recorded a four-point night with one goal and three assists, both players returning to the lineup after missing a combined 25 games due to injury.

The Rampage had their second straight victory, a 4-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs Saturday night. The Rampage scored first with a goal from Jamie Bates at 12:48 in the first period. Right winger Matt Beaudoin scored his 14th goal of the season at the 5:21 mark of the second period. Lukacevic scored his goal at 5:30 in the third. Bracken Kearns scored the empty net goal. Montoya finished the night with 31 saves on 32 IceHogs shot attempts.

The Rampage see Texas on Monday, Abbotsford on Wednesday and Chicago Friday.


Rockford Icehogs (CHI)


Rockford defeated the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 on Monday afternoon, extending their winning streak to a season-high three-games. In a repeat of the previous Saturday, the Hogs were scoreless entering the third period. Evan Brophey at 13 seconds in the third finally broke through for Rockford. Hugh Jessiman scored the Icehogs sceond goal at 8:20, his 100th career professional goal, and his 192nd professional point. Hannu Toivonen picked up his third straight win, stopping 24 shots.

Friday night the Oklahoma City Barons came to town and handed the Icehogs a 4-3 defeat. The loss marked the first time all season the IceHogs scored three goals and didn’t pick up a point. Jeff Taffe at 11:50 in the first, netted his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Igor Makarov slapped in his fifth goal of the season at 4:22 in the second, chopping away at OKC’s lead. Peter LeBlanc opened the third period with a goal at 1:51, Rockford’s last goal of the game. Toivonen was tagged with the loss making 10 saves, Alec Richards turning away six third period shots in relief in the third period. The Icehogs were able to hold the Barons to a season low 20 shots-against.

Rockford wasn’t able to come back Saturday for win, falling 4-1 to the San Antonio Rampage in front of a crowd of 6,267, the largest of the season and the IceHogs second sellout of 2010-11. Alec Richards made 21 saves on 24 shots in a losing effort. Rockford did hold off the AHL’s best power-play, killing off all five shorthanded opportunities. Jeff Taffe at :54 in the third period scored Rockford’s only goal.

Rockford will see Peoria on Tuesday, Grand Rapids on Friday and Saturday Milwaukee.


Texas Stars (DAL)


Texas had a tough fight, being defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night in front of 4,412 fans. Brandon Segal put Texas on the board first at 6:04 in the first with a power play goal. Jordie Benn notched his first career AHL goal in the defeat, 2:04 into the third period. Texas took a 3-2 lead at 7:11 with a power-play goal by center Mathieu Tousignant. Richard Bachman stopped 14 shots in the loss.

Stars’ Tousignant was suspended for two (2) games as a result of his actions in the game, a hit on Griffins’ Tardif, resulting in a concussion. Tousignant missed Friday and Saturday’s games.

The Stars suffered yet another defeat, falling 3-1 to the Houston Aeros. Bachman stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss. Texas struck first at 9:41 with a power play goal by rookie left winger Michael Neal, his first goal in his first game with the Stars this season.

Texas finally bounced back and were able to pull out the win over the Milwaukee Admirals 2-1 in front of a sold out crowd of 6,863 fans at Cedar Park Center on Saturday night. The Stars improved to 12-7-3-1 at home with the win. Richard Bachman stopped 28 of 29 shots in regulation, as well as four of five in the shootout to preserve the win. Right wing Greg Rallo scored the team’s lone regulation goal, 8:44 into the second period. Colton Sceviour and Ray Sawada each scored in the shootout for Texas.

Monday, Texas will take on San Antonio, Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday Abbotsford.


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