AHL Power Rankings: Week 2

The second week of the AHL season brought on some high-scoring games and new franchises seeing their first league action. However, some teams still played a lighter schedule and did not see much movement in this week’s power rankings.

There is a new top team this week, so read on to find out where your favorite team stands at the mid-point of October.

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1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Last Week: 5

Weekly Record: 2-0

The Penguins won their home opener against the arch-rival Hershey Bears by a score of 3-1 on Saturday, with Brian Gibbons scoring a shorthanded goal. Their luck continued on Sunday against the Syracuse Crunch, as they came back from behind to win 6-3. Newcomer Nick Drazenovic had three points in the win.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday, October 18 vs. Adirondack Phantoms, Saturday, October 19 at Worcester Sharks

 

2. Springfield Falcons

Last Week: 11

Weekly Record: 2-0

Springfield is also undefeated to start the year after beating Worcester 4-3 on Saturday. Jake Hansen picked up two goals in the win. The Falcons then beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-1 on Sunday and picked up shorthanded and power-play goals.

Upcoming Schedule:  Friday at Providence Bruins, Saturday at Adirondack

 

3. Toronto Marlies 

Last Week: 2

Weekly Record:  1-0

After going 2-0 last week, the Marlies beat the St. John’s IceCaps 6-3 on Saturday in their only game of the week. T.J. Brennan led the way with four points as Toronto picked up its third straight victory.

T.J. Brennan, now a member of the Toronto Marlies, had four points to help Toronto stay undefeated. (Wikipedia)
T.J. Brennan, now a member of the Toronto Marlies, had four points to help Toronto stay undefeated. (Wikipedia)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Rochester Americans, Sunday, October 20 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs

 

4. Hartford Wolf Pack

Last Week: 18

Weekly Record: 2-0

The Wolf Pack took both games from the Adirondack Phantoms this week and have a three-game win streak headed into Week 3. They won in a shootout on Friday night before getting two points from Tommy Hughes in Saturday’s 3-2 win.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Manchester Monarchs, Saturday at Portland Pirates

 

5.  Manchester Monarchs

Last Week: 21

Weekly Record: 3-0

Manchester got off to a hot start that helped goaltender Martin Jones earn AHL Player of the Week honors. He made 38 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory over Bridgeport on Saturday, and the Monarchs added on to that performance by getting shootout wins over Portland and Providence in their other two games.

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Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Hartford, Saturday vs. Providence

 

6.  Charlotte Checkers

Last Week: 3

Weekly Record: DNP

The Checkers are on a long break from play and will resume action this weekend.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday vs. Iowa Wild

 

7. Grand Rapids Griffins

Last Week: 1

Weekly Record: 1-0

The Griffins jumped out to a 2-1 record to start the season after defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-3 in a shootout. They only needed one attempt on four tries to seal the victory. Grand Rapids’ only loss so far came on October 5 against Toronto.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Milwaukee Admirals, Saturday at Rockford IceHogs

 

8. Chicago Wolves

Last Week: 6

Weekly Record: 1-1

Chicago split a weekend series with the San Antonio Rampage, taking Saturday’s game by a score of 3-1. Top goalie prospect Jake Allen made 30 saves on 31 shots in the victory. However, the Wolves fell to the Rampage on Sunday, 4-2. Mark Mancari’s unassisted goal was one of the bright spots.

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Jake Allen allowed just one goal in a win over Western Conference rival San Antonio this weekend. (Ross Bonander/THW)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Rockford, Saturday at Milwaukee

 

9. Providence Bruins 

Last Week: 17

Weekly Record: 1-1

The Bruins picked up a point in a shootout loss to the Monarchs on Friday, but scored just one goal on four attempts. However, they bounced back on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Portland. Ryan Spooner led the way with three points.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Springfield, Saturday at Manchester

 

10. Binghamton Senators

Last Week: 9

Weekly Record: 1-1

After a 5-0 shutout loss to the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, the Senators bounced back on Saturday to beat Norfolk 4-1. Jim O’Brien helped seal the deal with an empty-net shorthanded goal.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Syracuse Crunch, Saturday vs. Syracuse

 

11. Syracuse Crunch

Last Week: 7

Weekly Record:  1-1

Syracuse has gone 1-2 to start the year, but it picked up a 5-1 win over Rochester on Saturday. Nikita Kucherov had four points as the Crunch capitalized on as many power-play opportunities. However, they lost 6-3 to playoff foe Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday despite holding a lead twice in the game.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Binghamton, Saturday at Binghamton

 

12. Norfolk Admirals

Last Week: 13

Weekly Record: 1-1

Alex Grant was the star of Friday’s shutout win against Binghamton with a hat trick, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves. Although the Admirals lost 4-1 on Saturday, they still have a 2-2 record to start the season.

Norfolk newcomer Alex Grant had a hat trick on Friday to lead the Admirals to a 5-0 shutout win over Binghamton. (Alison Myers/THW)
Norfolk newcomer Alex Grant had a hat trick on Friday to lead the Admirals to a 5-0 shutout win over Binghamton. (Alison Myers/THW)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday vs. Albany Devils

 

13. Abbotsford Heat

Last Week: 8

Weekly Record: 1-1

The Heat opened their 2013-14 season on Friday with a 3-2 overtime win over the Milwaukee Admirals. Corban Knight had two assists, and Greg Neimsz had the winning goal. However, the Admirals got revenge on Saturday to beat the Heat 2-1 in a shootout. Abbotsford failed to score on any of its four opportunities.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday vs. Oklahoma City, Sunday at Texas Stars

 

14. Hershey Bears

Last Week: 14

Weekly Record: 0-1

The Bears are still in search of their first win of the year and lost their only game of the week to the Penguins on Saturday. Tomas Kundratek had Hershey’s only goal in the 3-1 defeat.

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Tomas Kundratek had the lone goal for a Hershey team that is struggling early in the season. (M. Richter/Capitals Outsider)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday at St. John’s IceCaps 

 

15. Hamilton Bulldogs

Last Week: 26

Weekly Record:  1-1

Hamilton earned a 3-2 win over St. John’s on Friday, and new goaltender Dustin Tokarski stood out with 33 saves on 35 shots. Mike Blunden added a plus-three rating. However, the Bulldogs dropped a shootout to the Griffins on Saturday. Robert Mayer put in another solid goaltending performance with 38 saves on 41 shots.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Lake Erie Monsters, Sunday at Toronto

 

16. Texas Stars

Last Week: 16

Weekly Record: DNP

Texas gets back to work on Tuesday on the road against the Oklahoma City Barons.

Upcoming Schedule: Tuesday, October 15 at Oklahoma City Barons, Friday at San Antonio Rampage, Saturday vs. San Antonio, Sunday vs. Abbotsford

 

17. Rockford IceHogs

Last Week: 23

Weekly Record: 1-1

The IceHogs got two goals from Drew LeBlanc on Friday to defeat the Lake Erie Monsters 5-1. However, they lost the rematch on Saturday by a score of 5-1 and have started the season at .500.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Chicago, Saturday vs. Grand Rapids

 

18. San Antonio Rampage

Last Week: 10

Weekly Record: 1-1

San Antonio scored just once for the second time in three games in a loss to Chicago on Saturday. However, the Rampage bounced back with a 4-2 win in Sunday’s rematch and got two goals from Vincent Trocheck.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Texas, Saturday at Texas

 

19. Iowa Wild

Last Week: 15

Weekly Record:  1-1

Iowa won its first AHL game against the Barons by a score of 1-0. Johan Gustafsson made 27 saves in the shutout. However, the Wild then lost 4-2 on Sunday. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper still managed 28 saves on 32 shots.

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Upcoming Schedule: Saturday and Sunday at Charlotte

 

20. Milwaukee Admirals

Last Week: 20

Weekly Record: 1-1

Milwaukee pulled out a win this week, but it was in a shootout against the Heat. The Admirals then picked up an extra point with an overtime loss in the second game of their series with Abbotsford.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Grand Rapids, Saturday vs. Chicago 

 

21. Adirondack Phantoms

Last Week:  12

Weekly Record: 0-1-0-1

The Phantoms dropped two games to the Wolf Pack this weekend, but got two assists from Petr Straka in Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss. However, they lost 3-2 in regulation on Saturday. Cal Heeter made 27 saves on 30 shots in defeat.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Saturday vs. Springfield

 

22. Oklahoma City Barons

Last Week: 29

Weekly Record: 1-1

The Barons broke a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 4-2 win over the new Iowa Wild. Derek Nesbitt and Andrew Miller each had three points in the victory.

Upcoming Schedule: Tuesday vs. Texas, Friday and Saturday vs. Abbotsford

 

23. Rochester Americans

Last Week: 30

Weekly Record: 1-1

Although the Americans defeated the Utica Comets 4-1 on Friday thanks to two goals from Luke Adam, they scored just once for the second time in four games on Saturday. They are now 1-2 to start the year.

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Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Chicago, Saturday vs. Grand Rapids

 

24. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Last Week: 19

Weekly Record:  0-2

The Sound Tigers have lost three of their first four games and were shut out 3-0 against the Monarchs on Saturday. Johan Sundstrom had a shorthanded goal in Sunday’s game with Springfield, but it was the only offense Bridgeport generated in a 3-1 loss.

Upcoming Schedule: Sunday vs. Binghamton

 

25. Worcester Sharks

Last Week: 25

Weekly Record: 0-1

Worcester lost its only game so far against Springfield by a score of 4-3. Bracken Kearns led the Sharks with three assists.

Upcoming Schedule: Saturday vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sunday vs. Portland

 

26. Lake Erie Monsters

Last Week: 24

Weekly Record: 1-1 

Lee Moffie picked up two assists in Friday’s 5-2 loss against Rockford, and the Monsters bounced back on Saturday to win 5-2. Andrew Aggozzino was the Monsters’ standout player with three points. The victory was a step, but Lake Erie has started the year with a 2-3 record.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Hamilton

 

27. Utica Comets

Last Week: 22

Weekly Record: 0-2

Utica dropped its first games in the Comets era by scores of 4-1 against Rochester and 3-2 against Albany. Alexandre Grenier had two points in Saturday’s game.

 

Upcoming Schedule: Saturday at Rochester

 

28. Albany Devils 

Last Week: 28

Weekly Record: 1-0

The Devils stay at No. 28 this week after getting a 3-2 win in their only game of the week against Utica. Scott Timmins and Eric Gelinas each had two points.

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Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday at Norfolk

 

29. St. John’s IceCaps

Last Week: 4

Weekly Record: 0-2 

St. John’s has yet to win a game this season and dropped both of its games in regulation this weekend. The IceCaps fell by one goal to Hamilton in a 3-2 game on Friday, but they followed that up with a 6-3 loss over the Marlies.

Upcoming Schedule:  Friday and Saturday vs. Hershey

 

30. Portland Pirates

Last Week: 27

Weekly Record: 0-2

Portland opened its 2013-14 season with a shootout loss to Manchester on Wednesday, getting two goals from Tobias Rieder despite the defeat. However, Saturday’s loss dealt a bigger blow, as the Pirates fell 5-2 against the Bruins. Brandon Gormley contributed two points.

Upcoming Schedule: Saturday vs. Hartford, Sunday at Worcester