AHL Today: It’s Burger King day in Manchester!

AHL Today is a roundup of the night that was, the day ahead, and anything you may have missed. Your quick look at what’s going on around the league.

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Weekend Watch:

  • GRAND RAPIDS at TEXAS: The West’s top two teams will head into battle again tonight, and the Stars will look to even the season series at two games apiece. Recap of last night’s game below.
  • PORTLAND at MANCHESTER: For jersey fanatics, it’s like Christmas morning right now. Tonight, the Manchester Monarchs will wear the infamous Los Angeles Burger King jerseys. The atrocities threads will be on display as the Monarchs take on the visiting Pirates.

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    (Manchester Monarchs)

Last night:

  • TEXAS 6, GRAND RAPIDS 4: After jumping out to a 4-0 lead early in the second, the Stars sat back a bit allowing the Griffins to pull a little closer with two of their own. However, it was a short lived comeback, as a dazzling pass from Jamie Oleksiak to Mike Hedden restored the Stars’ three-goal lead.
    The Stars walked away with the win, and first place in the Western Conference. The West’s top dogs will suit up to battle again tonight in Cedar Park, where Texas will look to increase the gap between themselves and the Griffins to four points.
  • CHARLOTTE obliterated OKLAHOMA CITY 9-3 on the strength of a Zach Boychuk hat-trick.
  • Two goals from Casey Wellman were enough to down SYRACUSE, as HERSHEY rolled to a 4-1 victory.

Moves:

Russ Sinkewich (D) From: Toledo Walleye To: Texas Stars
Brock Montgomery (F) From: Idaho Steelheads To: Texas Stars
Cody Goloubef (D) From: Springfield Falcons To: Columbus Blue Jackets
Sami Aittokallio (G) From: Lake Erie Monsters To: Colorado Avalanche
Kent Patterson (G) From: Denver Cutthroats To: Lake Erie Monsters
Cody Beach (F) From: Chicago Wolves To: Kalamazoo Wings
Richard Pánik (F) From: Tampa Bay Lightning To: Syracuse Crunch
Chad Ruhwedel (D) From: Rochester Americans To: Buffalo Sabres
Mark Pysyk (D) From: Buffalo Sabres To: Rochester Americans

News & Notes:

  • ROCKFORD will be hosting Pink In The Rink night tonight, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, when they take on MILWAUKEE. [Rockford IceHogs]
  • Nice read on Joni Ortio, who has gone from backstopping the ECHL’s Alaska Aces to stepping between the pipes for the Heat. And playing well. From the story: “I knew where I was at and that I could play well, but going 9-0 to start the year that probably wasn’t in my mind,” Ortio said. “So it was kind of surprising, a pleasant surprise.” [AHL.com]
  • Goalie fight! Last night in Norfolk, Jeff Deslauriers and John Gibson got into a skirmish. Score it a draw.
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