AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

1. Rockford IceHogs (7-2-1)

Rockford takes over the top spot after winning three of its four games this past week, including both of its weekend matchups. Adam Clendenning is tied for third in the AHL with eight assists.   ahl logo

Upcoming Schedule: Thursday, October 31 vs. Charlotte Checkers, Friday, November 1 at Milwaukee Admirals, Sunday, November 3 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

 

2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (6-1-0-1)

The Penguins suffered their first two losses of 2013-14. A comeback effort in Binghamton fell short in the shootout, while Brian Gibbons scored the team’s only goal on Saturday against Norfolk.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Hershey Bears, Saturday, November 2 at Hershey

 

3. Springfield Falcons (5-1-0-1)

Springfield, the league’s only other undefeated team prior to the past weekend, also lost for the first time. Veteran forward Ryan Craig was recently re-assigned to the team from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Falcons’ AHL affiliate.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday, October 30 at Adirondack Phantoms, Friday and Saturday vs. Hartford Wolf Pack

 

4. Manchester Monarchs (6-1-1-2)

Manchester split a two-game set with the St. John’s IceCaps and defeated the Worcester Sharks by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday. Third-year forward Tyler Toffoli is tied for second in the AHL with seven goals and has 12 points through the Monarchs’ first 10 games.

Tyler Toffoli (right) is one of the Monarchs' top scorers this season. (Josh Weinreb Photo)
Tyler Toffoli (right) is one of the Monarchs’ top scorers this season. (Josh Weinreb Photo)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Providence Bruins, Saturday vs. Providence

 

5. Binghamton Senators (5-3-0-0)

Binghamton’s last two wins have come by way of overtime and the shootout, and it handed rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first loss of the season on Friday. The Senators’ power play is first in the AHL at 32.3 percent, and forward Mike Hoffman has three goals when the Sens are on the man advantage.

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

 

6. Texas Stars (5-3-1-0)

Texas scored four goals in a victory over Oklahoma City, but could only combine for the same number in losses against Milwaukee and Rockford. Travis Morin, who was recently called up to Dallas, is still tied for the league lead with eight goals.

Travis Morin (Ross Bonander / THW)
Travis Morin is the AHL’s leading goal scorer so far. (Ross Bonander / THW)

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday at Milwaukee, Friday and Saturday at Iowa Wild

 

7. Charlotte Checkers (4-2-0-1)

Charlotte played three games in three days this weekend and shut out the Griffins and Chicago Wolves by identical scores of 5-0. Goaltender John Muse earned AHL Player of the Week honors, as he had 57 saves combined in those two contests.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday at Grand Rapids, Thursday at Rockford, Saturday at San Antonio Rampage

 

8. Hamilton Bulldogs (4-2-0-2)

Hamilton caught fire this past week, winning two games in overtime and taking a 3-2 regulation victory from the Utica Comets. Louis Leblanc is tied for the AHL lead with two game-winning goals.

Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc has been a key part of the Bulldogs' rise in the AHL. (Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE)
Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc has been a key part of the Bulldogs’ rise in the AHL. (Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Toronto Marlies, Saturday vs. Abbotsford Heat

 

9. Norfolk Admirals (5-2-2)

The Admirals held the Phantoms and Penguins to one goal in two games before losing to Hershey on Sunday by a 4-2 margin. Top goaltending prospect John Gibson had a record of 3-1-2 with a 1.44 GAA and .953 save percentage.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Albany Devils, Saturday at Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Sunday at Hershey

 

10. Grand Rapids Griffins (4-2-1-1)

Grand Rapids bounced back from a 5-0 loss to Charlotte with identical 3-2 wins on Saturday and Sunday. Goalie Tom McCollum is undefeated in four games and boasts a .923 save percentage and a 2.18 GAA.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday vs. Charlotte, Friday at Lake Erie, Sunday at Rockford

 

11. Rochester Americans (4-2-1-0)

The Amerks are trying to bounce back after a slow start and got points in their games on Friday and Saturday. Luke Adam is tied for fifth in the AHL with 10 points and second with seven goals.

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Luke Adam has been one of the league’s top scorers and is helping Rochester find its footing. (Micheline/SynergyMax)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Syracuse Crunch

 

12. Hartford Wolf Pack (6-2-0-1)

Hartford had a tough week, losing to a mediocre Portland team and dropping a one-goal game to Albany. It finished things off by beating Hershey on Saturday. Aaron Johnson and Danny Syvret each have eight goals, and Johnson has 11 points to rank fourth in the league.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday vs. Bridgeport, Friday and Saturday at Springfield

 

13. Albany Devils (5-2-0-1)

Albany scored four goals apiece against Utica and Hartford, but couldn’t have a perfect week and lost to Portland 5-2 on Saturday. Goalies Scott Wedgewood and Keith Kinkaid have each played four games and only have two losses between them.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday vs. Syracuse, Friday vs. Norfolk, Saturday at Adirondack

 

14. Abbotsford Heat (4-4-0-1)

After being spotted for nine goals against Texas on October 20, the Heat responded by splitting a two-game set with the Lake Erie Monsters. Corban Knight and Paul Byron are tied for the team scoring lead with seven points apiece.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday and Friday at Utica, Saturday at Hamilton

 

15. Toronto Marlies (5-3-0-0)

The Marlies have lost three of their last five games, but two of those losses were one-goal games against top Western Conference clubs in Rockford and Hamilton. Toronto still sits in third place in the conference.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Hamilton

 

16. Syracuse Crunch (4-2-1-0)

The Crunch have won three games in a row going back to October 19 at Binghamton. They trounced Bridgeport 5-0 on Saturday and picked up a shootout win over the Comets. Nikita Kucherov leads all AHL rookies with six goals and 11 points.

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Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday at Albany, Friday vs. Rochester, Saturday at Binghamton

 

17. Providence Bruins (4-2-0-2)

The Bruins handed Springfield its first loss of the season on Friday in a 4-3 shootout. Matt Fraser then scored twice on Saturday to give Providence a win over the IceCaps. Nick Johnson has eight points through the first eight games.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Manchester, Saturday at Manchester

 

18. Milwaukee Admirals (3-0-2-0)

The Admirals of the West played just one game this week, a 4-2 victory over the Stars. Colton Sissons had two goals and leads Milwaukee with four goals and six points.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday vs. Texas, Friday vs. Rockford, Sunday at Iowa

 

19. Portland Pirates (2-3-0-1)

Portland scored nine goals in its wins over Albany and Hartford. Daine Todd had three assists on Wednesday. The Pirates could be in trouble headed into this week’s action, as top scorers Andy Miele and team captain Jordan Szwarz were both recalled to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday and Friday vs. St. John’s

 

20. Oklahoma City Barons (4-5-0-1)

In Oklahoma City’s only win of the week against San Antonio, Linus Omark had his second career four-goal game. Unfortunately, the Barons lost the rematch to the Rampage and also dropped a contest to the Stars.

Linus Omark (Ross Bonander / THW)
Linus Omark had four goals to help the Barons take a win over the Rampage. (Ross Bonander / THW)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday vs. Chicago Wolves

 

21. St. John’s IceCaps (3-5-1-0)

The IceCaps went 1-2 on the first half of a six-game road swing, surrendering five goals to both Manchester and Providence. Eric O’Dell and Andrew Gordon each have two power-play goals on a unit that is ranked ninth in the league with a 20 percent success rate.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday and Friday at Portland, Saturday at Worcester Sharks

 

22. Adirondack Phantoms (2-4-0-2)

Adirondack was shut out on Friday against Norfolk, but came back to beat Binghamton 3-1 on Saturday. Cal Heeter had a solid night in goal with 35 saves on 36 shots.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday vs. Springfield, Friday vs. Binghamton, Saturday vs. Albany

 

23. Lake Erie Monsters (4-4-0-0)

The Monsters couldn’t put together a winning streak after taking two games in a row between Weeks 2 and 3. Mark Olver had three helpers in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Abbotsford, but Lake Erie won’t get to make up much ground with only one upcoming game.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Grand Rapids

 

24. Hershey Bears (2-3-1-0)

Hershey won its first home game of the season on Sunday by a score of 4-2 over Norfolk. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov leads the Bears with six points despite playing in just four games.

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Upcoming Schedule: Friday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Saturday vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sunday vs. Norfolk

 

25. Worcester Sharks (2-3-0-0)

The Sharks are struggling to find consistency in the early going and have yet to score more than three goals a game. However, Daniil Tarasov is tied for fourth in the AHL with five goals, while Bracken Kearns has seven assists to share fourth place in that category.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday vs. Bridgeport, Saturday vs. St. John’s

 

26. San Antonio Rampage (3-5-0-0)

The Rampage and Barons split two games this weekend, and Vincent Trocheck posted three points in Saturday’s 4-2 win. The rookie is tied for fourth in the league with five goals and is second in scoring among first-year players with nine points in eight games.

Upcoming Schedule: Saturday vs. Charlotte

 

27. Iowa Wild (4-2-0-0)

Iowa picked up a shootout win over a weak Chicago Wolves team before losing to Grand Rapids on Sunday. Despite their winning record, they are in 11th place in a tight Western Conference. Carson McMillan has six points in the team’s first six contests, but the Wild don’t have a standout player as of now.

Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday vs. Texas, Sunday vs. Milwaukee

 

28. Chicago Wolves (3-5-0-1)

The Wolves are on a three-game losing streak, and their worst loss of the week was a 5-0 shutout against the Checkers. Mark Mancari leads the team with four goals, while Corey Locke, one of the AHL’s top centers, is first with seven points.

Corey Locke (Ross Bonander / THW)
Corey Locke has been one of the bright spots of the Wolves’ three-game losing streak. (Ross Bonander / THW)

Upcoming Schedule: Friday and Saturday at Oklahoma City

 

29. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-4-1-0)

Bridgeport is on a four-game losing skid and has been shut out twice in its first six games. The schedule will not be getting any easier this week, as the Sound Tigers will face two of the Eastern Conference’s better teams. Despite the bleak outlook, Ryan Strome has a point in every game so far.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday at Hartford, Friday at Worcester, Saturday vs. Norfolk

 

30. Utica Comets (0-5-0-1)

The Comets are still searching for their first win in franchise history. They haven’t been blown out, but have only scored more than two goals once, a 6-4 loss to Rochester on October 19. AHL veteran Pascal Pelletier has eight points for Utica.

Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday and Friday vs. Abbotsford