The American Hockey League is the Triple-A affiliate league for the NHL. They are the top minor league for the NHL. They began this season two weeks ago, and now RealSport brings you post to post coverage of the AHL.
The American Hockey League announced four people received a selection to the American Hockey League Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Jim Bartlett, Don Biggs, Brian Kilrea, and Glenn Merkosky will be immortalized in the AHL Hall of Fame on January 29, 2018, at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York.
The Hershey Bears will play the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, January 20th, 2018 at Hersheypark Stadium. The Home of the Hershey Wildcats (A league soccer franchise) and the Hershey FC (NPSL soccer club) will host an outdoor game between the Washington Capitals affiliate (Bears) and the affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers (Phantoms). The game will also have an alumni scrimmage the night before.
(These are from the first two weeks of the season)
Third Star – Lucas Wallmark, center (Charlotte Checkers)
Wallmark sits tied for the league lead in points with 11 (3g 8a). Wallmark, a fourth-round pick (#97 overall) in the 2014 draft, is a member of the Carolina Hurricanes organization. He played in eight games last season with the Hurricanes, recording two points and two penalty minutes.
Second Star – Teemu Pulkkinen, left wing (Chicago Wolves)
Pulkkinen shares the league lead in points with Wallmark at 11 (4g 7a). The 111th overall selection in the 2010 draft (by Detroit) is now in the Vegas Golden Knights system. Pulkkinen spent time with Minnesota and Arizona last season before being selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.
First Star – Thatcher Demko, goaltender (Utica Comets)
A second-round pick (#36) in the 2014 draft by Vancouver, Demko is one of the shining young stars in the Canucks’ farm system. He has a 3-1-0 record in the AHL this season with a .960 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.26. Demko is in his second professional season after playing four with Boston College.
The game that was
(This section is dedicated to the best AHL game of the week, not to be confused with the AHL Game of the Week that has yet to be played)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Laval Rocket 5 in overtime Friday, October 20, 2017
The Baby Pens and Team Rocket blasted off to a six-goal first period, three coming to each side. Daniel Sprong recorded his first two, but it took a goal by Tom Kostopoulos with less than a minute in the period to tie the score.
Laval took the lead in the second on an Eric Gelinas goal at 5:15. They would have the lead for 14 seconds as Wilkes-Barre tied the game at 5:29 on a goal from Gage Quinney. With 100 seconds remaining in the middle frame, Michael McCarron put Laval in the lead with his second of the season.
There was only one goal scored in the third, and it was not just a game-tying goal, but it gave Daniel Sprong the hat trick. At 10:41 of the third, he tallied his third of the game, and seventh of the season, on the power play.
Tristan Jarry turned away the only two shots of overtime he would see. His mates scored on the first attempt at Rocket goaltender Charlie Lindgren. Teodors Blugers scored his first of the season and ended the contest in front of 3,712 fans at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Place in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
|Lehigh Valley Phantoms||5||1||0||1||11|
|Bridgeport Sound Tigers||2||4||0||0||4|
|San Antonio Rampage||5||1||0||0||10|
|San Jose Baracuda||3||3||0||0||6|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||2||3||0||1||5|
|San Diego Gulls||2||3||0||0||4|
|Teemu Pulkkinen||Chicago Wolves||4||7||11|
|Lucas Wallmark||Charlotte Checkers||3||8||11|
|Daniel Sprong||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins||7||3||10|
|Danick Martel||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||7||3||10|
|Andrew Mangiapane||Stockton Heat||3||7||10|
|Matt Taormina||Laval Rocket||1||9||10|
What to look forward to
Rockford Ice Hogs at Cleveland Monsters Tuesday, October 31 at 7:15 EST
Rockford leads the Central Division with a 5-1-0 record and will go into Cleveland looking to put some distance between them and the current second place Milwaukee Admirals. Cleveland sits at fifth in the Central with a 2-2-1 record, tied for ninth in the conference.
However, this game gets the nod over others because, well, how can you not pick a game where the Monsters are playing on Halloween?
Cleveland is a great city and should have all kinds of fun stuff going on during the spookiest night of the year.
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