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Southeast AHL Affiliate Stats Pack: 4/4/11

The AHL’s regular season wraps up this coming weekend and the affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division teams should be well-represented when all is said and done.

The Hershey Bears and Charlotte Checkers have already clinched playoff berths and the Norfolk Admirals are on the doorstep, with five games left on the schedule and a magic number of three over Worcester. In the West, the Chicago Wolves are in a battle for a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs by way of the crossover rule, currently four points over the North Division’s Abbotsford Heat but trailing division rival Oklahoma City by a single point. Chicago and Oklahoma City each have three games remaining to Abbotsford’s five.

Only the Rochester Americans are sure to miss the AHL postseason this year, last in the North and well out of playoff contention.

With postseason berths at stake, the upcoming week is full of crucial games and once the playoff seeds are set, the focus of this weekly update will shift that way and include some more detailed recaps. Until then, let’s have a look back at the week gone by:

GAME RESULTS
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Tuesday, 3/29/11: Manitoba Moose 3, Rochester Americans 2
Rochester goal-scorers: Eric Selleck (3), Bill Thomas (14)
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Marc Cheverie (43/46)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Bill Sweatt, MTB; 2 – Marc Cheverie, RCH; 3 – Jason Jaffray, MTB

Wednesday, 3/30/11: Manitoba Moose 5, Rochester Americans 4 (SO)
Rochester goal-scorers: Mike Kostka (14), Triston Grant (7), Colby Robak (6), Bill Thomas (15)
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Marc Cheverie (38/42)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Marco Rosa, MTB; 2 – Bill Thomas, RCH; 3 – Nolan Baumgartner, MTB

Wednesday, 3/30/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4, Norfolk Admirals 3
Norfolk goal-scorers: Blair Jones (21), Troy Milam (14), Mattias Ritola (3)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (23/27)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Ryan Craig, WBS; 2 – Mattias Ritola, NOR; 3 – Brett Sterling, WBS

Thursday, 3/31/11: Chicago Wolves 5, Houston Aeros 3
Chicago goal-scorers: Spencer Machacek (20), Jared Ross (15), Riley Holzapfel (11), Andre Deveaux 2 (20)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Peter Mannino (18/21)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Andre Deveaux, CHI; 2 – Jared Ross, CHI; 3 – Robbie Earl, HOU

Friday, 4/1/11: Hershey Bears 6, Norfolk Admirals 3
Hershey goal-scorers: Andrew Gordon (25), Francois Bouchard (11), Sheldon Souray (4), Mathieu Perreault (11), Keith Aucoin (18), Steve Pinizzotto (17)
Norfolk goal-scorers: Troy Milam (15), Mattias Ritola (4), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (21)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Braden Holtby (35/38)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (17/22)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Sheldon Souray, HER; 2 – Keith Aucoin, HER; 3 – Troy Milam, NOR

Friday, 4/1/11: Rochester Americans 4, Manitoba Moose 1
Rochester goal-scorers: Hugh Jessiman (8), P.J. Fenton (5), Mike Kostka (15), Jordan Knackstedt (12)
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Marc Cheverie (36/37)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Marc Cheverie, RCH; 2 – Mike Kostka, RCH; 3 – Tim Kennedy, RCH

Friday, 4/1/11: Texas Stars 3, Chicago Wolves 2 (OT)
Chicago goal-scorers: Jaime Sifers (4), Andre Deveaux (21)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Peter Mannino (21/24)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Philip Larsen, TEX; 2 – Colton Sceviour, TEX; 3 – Andre Deveaux, CHI

Friday, 4/1/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Charlotte Checkers 3
Charlotte goal-scorers: Jacob Micflikier 2 (27), Zac Dalpe (22)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (26/31)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Bryan Lerg, WBS; 2 – Nick Petersen, WBS: 3 – Keven Veilleux, WBS

Saturday, 4/2/11: Charlotte Checkers 5, Albany Devils 3
Charlotte goal-scorers: Nicolas Blanchard (8), Cedric McNicoll (5), Jon Matsumoto (20), Matthew Pistilli (7), Jacob Micflikier (28)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (33/36)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Matthew Pistilli, CHA; 2 – Chad Wiseman, ALB; 3 – Jon Matsumoto, CHA

Saturday, 4/2/11: Houston Aeros 6, Chicago Wolves 1
Chicago goal-scorers: Darren Haydar (26)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Edward Pasquale (14/18), Peter Mannino (4/6)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Patrick O’Sullivan, HOU; 2 – Robbie Earl, HOU; 3 – Jon DiSalvatore, HOU

Saturday, 4/2/11: Hershey Bears 5, Norfolk Admirals 4
Hershey goal-scorers: Kyle Greentree 2 (30), Francois Bouchard (12), Patrick McNeill (7), Andrew Gordon (26)
Norfolk goal-scorers: Mattias Ritola (5), Marc-Antoine Pouliot 2 (23), Chris Durno (19)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Braden Holtby (27/31)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (12/16), Jaroslav Janus (15/16)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Kyle Greentree, HER; 2 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot, NOR; 3 – Patrick McNeill, HER

Saturday, 4/2/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4, Rochester Americans 3 (OT)
Rochester goal-scorers: Chris Taylor (10), Bill Thomas (16), Jeff LoVecchio (8)
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Marc Cheverie (40/44)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Geoff Walker, WBS; 2 – Zach Sill, WBS; 3 – Jeff LoVecchio, RCH

AHL STANDINGS UPDATE
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Hershey (45-24-3-5) cannot catch first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, who has already wrapped up first place in the East Division but the Bears have clinched a playoff berth. Charlotte (42-26-2-7) is in third and has also secured their spot in the Calder Cup playoffs. Five points behind the Checkers are the Norfolk Admirals at 37-24-8-6, whose magic number to clinch a playoff spot of their own sits at three. Any combination of points gained for Norfolk and lost by Worcester of three or more will launch Norfolk into the postseason party.

Rochester (31-36-5-4) is headed for a last-place finish in the Western Conference’s North Division, 9 points behind sixth place Grand Rapids. At 38-29-4-6, Chicago has fallen to sixth in the West Division and is in a neck-and-neck race for a playoff berth with fifth-place Oklahoma City. The Barons lead the Wolves by one point as we hit the final week of the AHL regular season.

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Zach Boychuk: 57-22-41-63-(+2)
2 – Chris Terry: 77-32-29-61-(-5)
3 – Jacob Mcflikier: 75-28-32-60-(+16)
4 – Jerome Samson: 53-26-28-54-(+7)
5 – Zac Dalpe: 58-22-32-54-(+5)

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Mike Murphy: 21-11-3, 2.53, .919, 2
2 – Justin Pogge: 21-17-4, 3.11, .908, 0

CHICAGO WOLVES LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Darren Haydar: 74-26-45-71-(+8)
2 – Jason Krog: 77-18-52-70-(-16)
3 – Jared Ross: 63-15-40-55-(+7)
4 – Spencer Machacek: 64-20-31-51-(+17)
5 – Paul Postma: 69-12-33-45-(-4)

GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Edward Pasquale: 10-10-1, 2.84, .903, 1
2 – Peter Mannino: 16-16-4, 3.09, .891, 0
3 – Ondrej Pavelec: 0-1-0, 3.10, .864, 0
4 – Chris Carrozzi: 0-1-0, 5.55, .778

HERSHEY BEARS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Keith Aucoin: 51-18-53-71-(+13)
2 – Brian Willsie: 76-30-38-68-(+27)
3 – Kyle Greentree: 72-30-32-62-(+21)
4 – Andrew Gordon: 48-26-29-55-(+18)
5 – Boyd Kane: 72-24-24-48-(+14)

HERSHEY BEARS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Braden Holtby: 16-9-2, 2.27, .921, 5
2 – Dany Sabourin: 14-9-0, 2.45, .908, 2
3 – Nolan Schaefer: 13-19-3, 2.87, .903, 0
4 – Todd Ford: 7-4-1, 2.94, .886, 0
5 – Shane Owen: 0-0-0, 3.08, .900
6 – Semyon Varlamov: 2-1-0, 3.36, .855, 0
7 – Jared DeMichiel: 2-1-0, 3.65, .873, 0

NORFOLK ADMIRALS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot: 64-23-43-66-(+14)
2 – Blair Jones: 51-21-27-48-(+15)
3 – Johan Harju: 58-21-27-48-(+12)
4 – Paul Szczechura: 75-19-29-48-(-10)
5 – James Wright: 75-16-29-45-(-9)

NORFOLK ADMIRALS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Mike Smith: 1-4-0, 1.83, .924, 1
2 – Cedrick Desjardins: 15-6-1, 2.59, .905, 1
3 – Dustin Tokarski: 21-19-4, 2.60, .903, 2
4 – Jaroslav Janus: 0-3-1, 4.58, .836, 0

ROCHESTER AMERICANS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Mike Kostka: 76-15-37-52-(-6)
2 – Tim Kennedy: 65-12-37-49-(+6)
3 – Clay Wilson: 65-10-36-46-(-12)
4 – Michal Repik: 53-11-34-45-(-9)
5 – Chris Taylor: 68-10-35-45-(-14)

ROCHESTER AMERICANS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Jacob Markstrom: 16-20-1, 2.98, .907, 1
2 – Tyler Plante: 13-16-2, 3.06, .912, 1
3 – Marc Cheverie: 2-5-1, 3.39, .910, 0

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE LEADING SCORERS
(PLAYER NAME, TEAM: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Corey Locke, Binghamton: 69-21-65-86-(+13)
2 – Alexandre Giroux, Oklahoma City: 68-32-42-74-(-2)
3 – Darren Haydar, Chicago: 74-26-45-71-(+8)
4 – Keith Aucoin, Hershey: 51-18-53-71-(+13)
5 – Jason Krog, Chicago: 77-18-52-70-(-16)

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE GOALTENDING LEADERS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Curtis Sanford, Hamilton: 22-13-2, 1.93, .930, 5
2 – Brad Thiessen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 34-7-1, 1.93, .922, 7
3 – Mark Dekanich, Milwaukee: 23-12-5, 2.02, .931, 4
4 – Eddie Lack, Manitoba: 28-20-4, 2.19, .928, 5
5 – Richard Backman, Texas: 27-17-5, 2.19, .927, 6

For full American Hockey League scoring and goaltending leaders, click here

TRANSACTIONS
3/28: Forward Kip Brennan loaned to Allen (CHL) by Chicago.
Goaltender Jaroslav Janus reassigned from Norfolk to Florida (ECHL) by Tampa Bay (NHL).
Defenseman T.J. Fast reassigned from Cincinnati (ECHL) to Rochester by Florida (NHL).
3/29: Goaltender Pat Nagle signed to amateur tryout contract by Norfolk.
Forward Mattias Ritola returned to Norfolk by Tampa Bay (NHL).
Defenseman Clay Wilson and goaltender Tyler Plante recalled from Rochester by Florida (NHL).
Goaltender Alex Petizian signed to professional tryout contract by Rochester.
3/30: Defenseman Andrew Hotham signed to amateur tryout contract by Rochester.
3/31: Goaltender Jaroslav Janus reassigned from Florida (ECHL) to Norfolk by Tampa Bay (NHL).
4/1: Defenseman Johann Kroll returned to South Carolina (ECHL) by Hershey.
4/2: Forward Patrick Rissmiller returned to Rochester by Florida (NHL).
4/3: Forward Adam Huxley released from professional tryout contract by Chicago.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
A pair of Norfolk Admirals share top honors this week. Despite their individual success coming amid three winless efforts for the Ads, forwards Mattias Ritola (3-5-8) and Marc-Antoine Pouliot (3-3-6) each deserve some recognition. Rochester goaltender Marc Cheverie heads the also-ran list, 1-1-2 last week, stopping 157 of 169 shots against (.929). Chicago Wolves honorees are Andre Deveaux (3-1-4) and Jared Ross (1-3-4) and Hershey’s Keith Aucoin (1-3-4) and Charlotte’s Zach Boychuk (0-4-4) also hit the list.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

A look at upcoming games for Southeast Division affiliates:

Monday, 4/4: Rochester at Adirondack, Norfolk at Charlotte
Wednesday, 4/6: Norfolk at Binghamton
Thursday, 4/7: Norfolk at Syracuse
Friday, 4/8: Worcester at Charlotte, Chicago at Peoria, Binghamton at Rochester, Hershey at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Saturday, 4/9: Worcester at Charlotte, San Antonio at Chicago, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Hershey, Norfolk at Syracuse, Rochester at Toronto
Sunday, 4/10: Rockford at Chicago, Norfolk at Connecticut, Syracuse at Hershey, Lake Erie at Rochester
END REGULAR SEASON

JJ
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