AHL Week 27-Regular season comes to an end. Playoffs are here.

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Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

Milwaukee finished the regular season as the West Division and Western Conference Champions, accumulating 102 points with a 44-22-6-8 record. The Admirals got their fourth division crown in the past eight seasons after taking a 2-2 record in their final week of the regular season.

Starting the week with a 2-1 loss from the Grand Rapids Griffins Wednesday, it was only the third time this season they have gone two consecutive games without earning a point. Milwaukee’s lone goal was scored by Andreas Thuresson at 2:02 of the second period, his 14th goal of the season. Tender Jeremy Smith made 17 saves in his seventh loss this season, snapping his four-game winning streak.

The Admirals continued their slide with a 3-2 loss to the Texas Stars on Friday night. Scoreless the first two periods, Admiral defensemen Grant Lewis finally put Milwaukee on the board on a power-play goal at 6:18 in the third. Right winger Mike Bartlett scored his first power-play goal of the season at 19:32. Jeremy Smith made 20 stops in the loss.

Setting an AHL record by recording a point in its 16th straight road game, the Admirals took a 4-3 win at Peoria Saturday night. The win clinched the Western Conference Championship as well as the West Division title for the Admirals. Chris Mueller scored first for the Ad’s with a power play goal in the first period,his 24th goal of the season and fourth on the power play. The newest Admiral, Ben Ryan, also got his first professional point with a goal at 15:06. On their second power play chance, at 17:02, Cory Conacher netted his first goal as an Admiral and second in the AHL. Ryan Thang scored the game-winning goal with 6.5 seconds left in regulation, his 13th of the season.

The Admirals ended the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday afternoon. Center Cory Conacher scored two goals on the night in the first and third periods. Ryan Thang started the scoring in the first period at 6:23. Brett Palin scored on an empty-net to get the last goal of the regular season. Atte Engren turned away 36 shots of the 37 for the win.

Milwaukee’s playoff schedule for week one is as follows……..

Milwaukee Admirals vs. Texas Stars

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 14 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00

Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 16 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00

Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30

Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30

*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Texas, 7:30

*Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00

*Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Texas at Milwaukee, 7:00


Houston Aeros (MIN)

With the entire week off, Houston was in perfect form to win their lone game on Sunday, earning 46 wins, leading the Western Conference for the first time since the team began play in the AHL. The Aeros hosted the Oklahoma City Barons on Sunday, taking a 6-3 win for the final regular season meeting. The Aeros finished the regular season series against the Barons with a 9-1-0-0 record. Goaltender Matt Hackett turned aside 30 shots in the victory and improved to 13-5-2 on home ice. Warren Peters scored twice and had an assist, Robbie Earl getting three assists in the win. Chad Rau and Patrick O’Sullivan each had a goal and an assist, Cody Almond netting the game winning goal with 42 seconds left in the second period. Jed Ortmeyer also put in a power play goal in the third.

Houston Aeros vs. Peoria Rivermen

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 13 – Peoria at Houston, 7:05 CT

Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 15 – Peoria at Houston, 7:35 CT

Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 18 – Houston at Peoria, 7:05 CT

Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Houston at Peoria, 7:05 CT

*Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Houston at Peoria, 7:05 CT

*Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Peoria at Houston, 7:35 CT

*Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 24 – Peoria at Houston, 4:05 CT


Peoria Rivermen (STL)

The Rivermen finished their season off with a record of 42-29-3-5 and 92 points. Peoria started their playoff run with a 3-2 win over the Texas Stars on Wednesday. Nick Drazenovic scored his 21st goal of the season at 12:31 in the first period. Nathan Oystrick evened the game up at 9:54 of the third. Jake Gannon scored the game winning goal at 18:05 in the third. Goaltender Jake Allen finished with 20 saves and earned his 24th win of the season – the most of any Rivermen goaltender in their AHL era.

Peoria clinched their playoff spot on Friday, in front of their home fans, with a 5-2 win against the division rival Chicago Wolves. The second period saw a season-high 22 shots. At the 5:23 mark of the period, Stefan Della Rovere got the scoring started for the Rivermen. Akim Aliu at 18:07 tied the game up for the Rivermen. Starting the third period on the power play, Nathan Oystrick notched his 15th of the year at just :42 seconds in, putting himself tied for most among all AHL defenseman. Anthony Nigro and Nick Drazenovic rounded out the Rivermen scoring in the third. Jake Allen made 22 stops in the win.

The Rivermen dropped their last game of the regular season to the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 on Saturday night. Nick Drazenovic scored on their first power play of the game at the 14:50 mark of the first. T.J. Hensick, in the second period, netted his career-high 21st of the year. Just 41 seconds later, Daryl Boyle tied up the game with his first goal of the year, his last being in the final game of the regular season last year in Manitoba. Jake Allen had only 14 saves in the loss.

Peoria Rivermen vs Houston Aeros

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 13 – Peoria at Houston, 7:05 CT

Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 15 – Peoria at Houston, 7:35 CT

Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 18 – Houston at Peoria, 7:05 CT

Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Houston at Peoria, 7:05 CT

*Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Houston at Peoria, 7:05 CT

*Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Peoria at Houston, 7:35 CT

*Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 24 – Peoria at Houston, 4:05 CT


Texas Stars (DAL)

Texas defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 on Friday night, ending a three game losing streak. Goalie Richard Bachman stopped 30 shots in the win, as the Stars clinched a spot in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. Center Travis Morin scored two goals, including the game-winning goal at 16:41 in the third. Raymond Sawada also had a goal and an assist in the win.

Texas and Oklahoma City met for the tenth and final time this season, ending in a 2-0 loss on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 6,863 fans. Richard Bachman made 30 saves in the loss.

The Stars closed out the regular season with a 1-0 loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday night. Goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped 27 of 28 shots in the one-goal loss.

Texas Stars vs Milwaukee Admirals

Game 1: Texas at Milwaukee on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

Game 2: Texas at Milwaukee on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM

Game 3: Milwaukee at Texas on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM

Game 4: Milwaukee at Texas on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 PM

Game 5: Milwaukee at Texas on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM

*Game 6: Texas at Milwaukee on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 PM

*Game 7: Texas at Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 PM


Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

Oklahoma City finished their first regular season 40-29-2-9 and fifth in the West Division. They’ll occupy the “crossover” spot in the playoffs to become the No. 4 seed in the North Division. Colin McDonald earned the Willie Marshall Award for his league-leading 42nd goals and was also named the AHL player of the week.

The Barons’ started their final regular season weekend with a 7-2 win over San Antonio on Friday. Colin McDonald made his player of week start with his second hat trick of the season, making a four-goal game. Ben Ondrus, Milan Kytnar and Mark Arcobello each scored the other Barons goals in the win.Netminder Jeff Deslauriers earned his third straight win, stopping 19 shots. The Barons out-shot San Antonio 38-21.

The Barons took a 2-0 win over the Texas Stars, clinching and beating out the three remaining teams vying for the final playoff spot with 91 points. Mylan Kytnar opened the scoring for OKC at 6:47 of the second period, now getting points in six straight games. McDonald scored his 41st of the season at 19:42 of the second period. Jeff Deslauriers recorded his third shutout in the Barons’ final four games stopping 22 Texas shots.

With their “B” line getting ice time, Oklahoma City took a 6-3 loss from Houston on Sunday, ending the season with a record of 1-6-1-2 against the Aeros. Mark Arcobello opened the games scoring at 17:47 of the first period. Philip Cornett also scored for the Barons at 17:48 in the second period. Colin McDonald scored on a power play chance in the third, taking the goal-scoring title. Martin Geber was back in net after an injury last month and made 23 saves.

Oklahoma City vs Hamilton Bulldogs

April 14 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 6:30 p.m.

April 16 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 3 p.m.

April 19 Hamilton Bulldogs @ OKC 7:05 p.m.

April 20 Hamilton Bulldogs @ OKC 7:05 p.m.

April 22 Hamilton Bulldogs @ OKC 7:05 p.m.*

April 24 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 3 p.m.*

April 25 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 6:30 p.m.*


Chicago Wolves (CHI)

Chicago finishes the season with 89 points, marking the 17th time in 17 season of the franchise that the team has finished above .500.

Chicago ended their season with a pair of losses and a win over the weekend, starting with the 5-2 loss from the Peoria Rivermen on Friday night. Goaltender Peter Mannino matched a season high with 37 saves in the loss. Forwards Andre Deveaux and Jason Krog put Chicago up by two in the first, left wing Fredrik Pettersson adding two assists. The Wolves could not hold the lead, giving up five straight after the first period.

On Saturday, the Wolves responded by scoring four goals in a span of 4:08 in the second period, holding on to earn a 5-3 victory over San Antonio before 10,519 fans at the Allstate Arena Saturday night. Forwards Andre Deveaux, Spencer Machacek, Ryan Garbutt, Darren Haydar and Sergio Somma all scored in the team’s largest offensive strike in five games. Edward Pasquale made 20 saves for the win.

Despite an early 4-1 lead, the Rockford IceHogs rallied and took a 5-4 overtime victory over Chicago before 10,091 fans Sunday night. Forwards Riley Holzapfel, Fredrik Pettersson, Tim Miller and defenseman Mark Matheson each scored for the Wolves. Pasquale made 33 stops in the loss.


San Antonio Rampage (PHX)

The Rampage had a long last week of play, but it could not bump them into the playoffs. They finished the 2010-11 season with a 40-33-4-3 record good for 87 points, tying them for the second-most points in a season. Their 40 wins marks the second time in franchise history that they have reached the milestone, their 23 home victories ties a franchise high.

San Antonio dropped a 4-2 decision to the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday evening. Forwards Matt Watkins and Dane Byers each tallied a goal and an assist on the night, Watkins extends his point streak to four games with his 14th of the season. Climie stopped 25 of 28 shots in the loss.

Woes continuing, the Rampage fell 7-2 to the Oklahoma City Barons in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,084 fans on Friday night. A power play goal from Alex Picard at 9:01 in the first, his team-leading 24th goal of the season, ended OKC’s netminder Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers 135:30 scoreless streak. Left wing Dane Byers scored a shorthanded goal at the 8:54 mark of the final period. Matt Climie turned aside 31 of 38 Barons shots.

The Rampage then dropped a 5-3 decision to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night, their last road contest of the 2010-11 season. San Antonio finishes the season with a 4-2-0-0 advantage over the Wolves in the season series, the first time in franchise history that the Rampage have had a winning record against Chicago. Rampage defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson started the scoring at 11:03 in the second. Matt Watkins also scored at 10:24 in the third period. Defenseman Brandon Gormley netted his first goal shorty after at 11:50. Joe Fallon made 20 saves on 25 Wolves shots.

The Rampage blanked the Texas Stars 1-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,909 fans on Sunday afternoon in the last game of the season. Joe Fallon earned his first shut out in the win, making 27 stops. Right wing Viktor Tikhonov scored the lone goal for the Rampage at 6:06 after the initial puck drop.


Rockford Icehogs (CHI)

Rockford finished the 2010-11 season strong, winning all four contests in their last week and 10 of their final 11 games on the season. They tied a season best five-game winning streak and improved to a season best five games over .500, missing out on the postseason for the first time in six seasons, finishing with a record of 38-33-4-5.

The Icehogs took a 4-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage, ending five-game road trip on Tuesday. Jeff Taffe, Rockford’s leading goal scorer, put the Icehogs on the board at 12:58 in the second period. Kyle Beach netted his 15th goal of the season at 5:55 in the third, followd by a goal from rookie Ben Smith, his 19th goal of the season. Beach would end up with the empty net goal at 18:54. Alec Richards put up 27 saves in the win.

Rockford proved to be too much for the Lake Erie Monsters, the Hogs taking a 4-2 win on Friday. Rob Klinkhammer scored at 13:45 in the first period. Brandon Pirri put the Hogs up 2-1 at 1:08 in the second period. Peter LeBlanc at 7:43 kept the scoring going for Rockford. Brian Connelly on the two-man advantage fired a shot from the blue line that gave the Icehogs a 4-1 lead at 17:16, also in the second. Hannu Toivonen turned away 26 shots, picking up his team leading 20th win of the season.

In their final home game of the season Saturday, the IceHogs beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2 in front of 6,153 fans at the Rockford MetroCentre. Mathis Olimb scored on a shorthanded chance at 4:33 in the opening frame. Rob Klinkhammer hit the back of the net at 13:40 and Philippe Paradis scored his first professional goal 17:40, still in the first. Jeff Taffe found a loose puck in the IceHogs zone and sent it into the empty net to seal the win. Richards got his 17th win of the season after stopping 34 shots.

Sunday brought Rockford to Chicago, defeating the Wolves 5-4 in overtime at the Allstate Arena. Being down 4-1, Rockford’s rookie winger David Gilbert scored first in the second period, then started the comeback at 3:19 of the third, Joe Lavin recording his first career assist on the goal. Rob Klinkhammer netted his 17th goal of the season at 13:49, Mathis Olimb tied the game with 39 seconds left in the game after the Icehogs pulled Hannu Toivonen for the extra attacker. Jeff Taffe ended the contest with his 30th goal of the season at 3:33 of overtime. Toivonen made 37 saves to earn his 21st win of the season.

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  1. puckchk says:

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