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December 3, 2004 - American Hockey League (AHL) News Release

On Wednesday, Tom Lawson made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season as Hershey beat Albany, 3-0… Fredrik Sjostrom had three points, including the game-winning goal with 4:12 left, to lead Utah past Chicago, 4-3… On Thursday, Lee Goren’s hat trick paced Manitoba to a 4-1 win over Cincinnati… Ryan Miller made 40 saves as Rochester beat Houston, 3-2.

Wed 12/1
Norfolk 1, BRIDGEPORT 0... Hershey 3, ALBANY 0... PHILADELPHIA 3, Wilkes-Barre 2 (SO)... ST. JOHN’S 4, Binghamton 2... UTAH 4, Chicago 3

Thu 12/2
Rochester 3, HOUSTON 2... MANITOBA 4, Cincinnati 1


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LOOKING AHEAD:
Manchester looks to continue its dazzling start with three games this weekend, including a home-and-home against Providence and a clash with Hartford… The Monarchs come into the weekend with 11 straight wins and an 18-1-0-0 record, and leading the league in both offense and defense, outscoring the opposition by a whopping 89-33 margin… Yanick Lehoux, the AHL’s leading scorer with 33 points, and Brad Smyth are each riding nine-game scoring streaks… Manchester players occupy five of the top 10 spots in the AHL scoring race and 10 of the top 20 in plus/minus rating, led by defenseman Joe Rullier at plus-21… Tom Kostopoulos has already scored five game-winning goals this season… Mathieu Garon has won 12 of his 13 decisions this year, posting a league-high four shutouts as well.

The top two teams in the West Division collide on Friday when Milwaukee hosts Grand Rapids for the clubs' first meeting of the season… The Admirals are 13-2-2-1, while the Griffins are 13-5-1-0, including a perfect 6-0-0-0 on the road… Niklas Kronwall continues to lead Grand Rapids with 19 points this season, including three goals and five assists in his last eight games… Joey MacDonald ranks third in the league with 11 wins and seventh with his 1.89 GAA… Simon Gamache (3g, 10a), Vern Fiddler (4g, 7a) and Andrew Hutchinson (2g, 8a) have been hot for the Admirals over the last seven games… Milwaukee is 11-for-44 on the power play (25.0%) at home this season; Grand Rapids is 11-for-41 (26.8%) on the road.

Saturday at the Wachovia Center, first-place Philadelphia takes on second-place Norfolk in an East Division battle… The Phantoms have won 18 of their last 19 overall and are 12-0-0-0 on home ice this season… R.J. Umberger was the Reebok AHL Rookie of the Month for November, with eight goals and 14 points in 14 games… The Admirals are in the midst of an eight-game road trip that will wrap up in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday and Monday… Michael Leighton, coming off a shutout of Bridgeport on Wednesday, is 1-1-1 with a 0.98 GAA in his last three starts for Norfolk.

(all times Eastern)
Fri 12/3
Syracuse at Albany, 7:00... Utah at Cleveland, 7:00... Lowell at Hartford, 7:05... Manchester at Providence, 7:05... Hershey at Worcester, 7:05... Chicago at Hamilton, 7:30... Binghamton vs. St. John’s (at Toronto), 7:30... Wilkes-Barre at Bridgeport, 7:35... Portland at Springfield, 7:35... Grand Rapids at Milwaukee, 8:00... San Antonio at Houston, 8:35... Cincinnati at Edmonton, 9:00

Sat 12/4
Hamilton at Cleveland, 1:00... Lowell at Bridgeport, 7:05... Norfolk at Philadelphia (Wachovia Center), 7:05... Hershey at Portland, 7:05... Albany at Springfield, 7:05... Hartford at Worcester, 7:05... Utah at Grand Rapids, 7:30... St. John’s at Syracuse, 7:30... Providence at Manchester, 7:35... Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:00... Rochester at San Antonio, 8:00... Binghamton at Manitoba, 8:30... Cincinnati at Edmonton, 9:00

Sun 12/5
Binghamton at Manitoba, 3:00... Springfield at Lowell, 4:00... Hartford at Manchester, 4:05... Worcester at Portland, 4:05... Hershey at Providence, 4:05... Norfolk at Wilkes-Barre, 5:05... Chicago at San Antonio, 6:00

Mon 12/6
Norfolk at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05... Rochester at Utah, 9:05

Tue 12/7
Grand Rapids at St. John’s, 6:05... Chicago at San Antonio, 8:00


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BY THE NUMBERS:
3 – Defensemen currently leading their teams in scoring (through Thursday): Niklas Kronwall in Grand Rapids, Brett Clark in Hershey and Dennis Wideman in Worcester.


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AHL-TV:
Friday, Manchester at Providence -- Cox Sports Television (Providence) -- 7:05 ET (live)
Friday, Binghamton vs. St. John's -- TSN -- 7:30 ET (live)
Friday, Chicago at Hamilton -- Cable 14 (Hamilton) -- 7:30 ET (live)
Friday, Chicago at Hamilton -- Comcast Cable (Chicago) -- 6:30 CT (live)
Saturday, Milwaukee at Chicago -- Comcast Cable (Chicago) -- 7:00 CT (live)
Sunday, Chicago at San Antonio -- Comcast Cable (Chicago) -- 5:00 CT (live)
Tuesday, Grand Rapids at St. John’s -- Rogers Television 9 (St. John’s) -- 7:35 NT (live)
Tuesday, Chicago at San Antonio -- Comcast Cable (Chicago) -- 7:00 CT (live)


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