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The AHL Report

by David Winkelsas
March 16, 2001 - American Hockey League (AHL)

The AHL Report

by David Winkelsas

Going Up, Going Down

The Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) recalled left wing Casey Hankinson (29g, 49pts) from the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals also announced that NHL veteran center Mark Janssens (3g, 12pts) will not be on the team's playoff roster and has been reassigned to the Houston Aeros of the IHL. Hankinson is making his first trip to the NHL after leading the Admirals in scoring. Janssens has played 13 seasons in the NHL with 7 teams (New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, and Chicago Blackhawks), scoring 43 goals and 70 assists to go along with 1,422 penalty minutes.

The Detroit Red Wings (NHL) recalled defensemen Jiri Fischer (2g, 8pts) from the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. Fischer has appeared in 97 career games with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring no goals and 16 assists.

The Portland Pirates recalled defensemen Jean-Francois Fortin (0g, 5pts) from the Richmond Renegades (ECHL). In 19 games with Richmond, Fortin has 4 assists. Fortin split time last season between the Portland Pirates and the Hampton Roads Admirals of the ECHL

The Montreal Canadians (NHL) reassigned center Eric Landry to the Quebec Citadelles. In 17 games this season with the Citadelles, Landry has 11 goals and 10 assists. In 66 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadians, Landry has 5 goals and 8 assists.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) reassigned defenseman Nathan Dempsey to the St. John's Maple Leafs. Dempsey has 9 goals and 26 assists in 44 games this year with St. John's. In 45 career games with Toronto, Dempsey has 2 goals and 12 assists.

The Boston Bruins (NHL) reassigned goalie John Grahame to the Providence Bruins. In 10 appearances with Providence this season, Grahame is 1-5-2 with a 3.08 GAA. In 34 career NHL appearences with Boston, Grahame is 10-14-5 with a 2.74 GAA.

Player of the Week

Mark Rycroft (22g, 43pts) of the Worcester IceCats was named the Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week. The 22 year old rookie had 5 goals and an assist in three games last week. Rycroft, a native of Penticton, British Columbia, signed with the St. Louis Blues in May 2000 after three seasons at Denver University where he scored 51 goals and 52 assists. He leads all AHL rookies in power play goals with 12.

What A Game!

The Norfolk Admirals scored 5 goals in the third period on Saturday, March 10, to shock the Quebec Citadelles 5-3.

Entering the 3rd period, down 3-0, Norfolk wasted no time beginning their comeback when team captain Aaron Downey (6g, 19pts) scored his sixth goal of the season 30 seconds in. Just 62 seconds later, Josef Marha (14g, 38pts) knocked the puck past Quebec goalie Christian Bronsard (1-3-0 3.42GAA), trimming the lead to 3-2. The scoring barrage did not stop there when only 15 seconds later, Geoff Peters (9g, 17pts) beat Bronsard in front of the net, tying the game at 3-3 in just 90 seconds.

Norfolk would get a goal with 7:22 remaining from defender Jeff Paul (4g, 10pts) to take the lead. The Admirals sealed the game when Casey Hankinson (29g, 49pts) hit an empty net with seven seconds to play. The five third period goals was a Norfolk team record.

"The first goal came quick, then with the next shift, you are on a roll and we didn't quit...we knew if we could get one, we could get another and build off of that, it was the matter of getting the first one", said the Admirals' Blair Atcheynum (10g, 17pts) after the game.

News and Notes

The Saint John Flames, Kentucky Thoroughblades, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Worcester IceCats, and Norfolk Admirals have clinched playoff spots...Kentucky leads the league with 86 goals third period goals...Last week, Yuri Butsayev (27g, 41pts) of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks scored a hat trick in an 8-5 win over Springfield Falcons...Jeff Maund (17-10-4 2.26 GGA) of the Norfolk Admirals recorded the week's only shutout, a 24 save, 1-0 win over the Hershey Bears.

David Winkelsas joined OurSports Central in early 2001 as our primary AHL correspondent.

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