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.
- TORONTO at OKLAHOMA CITY: These two teams don’t play very often — they’ve only faced off six times in the last five years — so there’s not a long history here. However, of note, Will Acton will be facing off against his former team for the first time since leaving the Marlies to head to the Barons this past summer. Oklahoma is coming into the game having lost back-to-back games in regulation, and are hoping to avoid a slide that would put them ever further back in the West. Already near the basement, the Barons are on the verge of losing their season if they can’t right the shit. A loss to the Marlies would not help their cause.
- ROCHESTER 4, CHICAGO 1: The Wolves struck just fifteen seconds into the game, but they wouldn’t pot another. After Adam Cracknell’s opening salvo, the Amerks held steadfast and came back in waves potting four unanswered. Goals for Rochester came from Kevin Porter, Brayden McNabb, Colton Gillies, Alex Hutchings. Johan Larsson contributed with a pair of helpers, and the Amerks have pushed their streak to five.
- SAN ANTONIO 4, TEXAS 2: There are dominating, three-period shot-barrage type wins, and then there are what you could call goalie wins. For San Antonio, you could call the victory over Texas a goalie win, as Michael Houser stopped 44 of 46 shots sent his way. Jed Ortmeyer had two tallies for the Rampage, including the game-winner which came in the first frame. In the loss, Stars goaltender Josh Robinson allowed four goals on just 18 shots.
- BINGHAMTON 6, WORCESTER 3: The Mike Hoffman show rolled into Worcester as the Binghamton forward potted his 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd goals of the year. A five point night for Hoffman — he added an assist, just for good measure — helped the Sens handily defeat Worcester. Forward Scott Fleming made his debut for the Sharks after getting the call to the ‘A’ from the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets.
(Moves, news, and notes after the jump.)
Artyom Demkov (F) To: Elmira Jackals
Myles Harvey (D) From: Wheeling Nailers
Lake Erie Monsters
Kent Patterson (G) To: Denver Cutthroats
Stefan Warg (D) To: Utah Grizzlies
Jack Downing (F) To: South Carolina Stingrays
Ryan Grimshaw (D) To: South Carolina Stingrays
St. John’s IceCaps
Paul Postma (D) From: Winnipeg Jets
Cody Sol (D) To: Ontario Reign
News & Notes:
- While Brian Rafalski may have seen his comeback tour cut short and re-retired, there’s a success story taking place in the ‘A’. Scott Fleming, sidelined two years with a concussion and some doubt, was urged to suit up for a tryout with the Fort Wayne Komets. Last night, he made his AHL debut with the Worcester Sharks. [Journal Gazette]
- Mikael Samuelsson heads back to Grand Rapids, but with more than just hope to rejuvenate his career; he’s looking to find the fun again. [MLive]
- Ryan Murphy, who was assigned to the Checkers by the Carolina Hurricanes solely for the purpose of being able to play during the Olympic break, is looking to make the best of his time back in the ‘A’. [Checkers]