Welcome to the final AHL update of 2012. This week we’ll once again look at the Player of the Week, along with the usual assortment of hot streaks, cold streaks, and other news of note.
- T.J. Brennan of the Rochester Americans was named Player of the Week after recording an impressive 6 points during 3 games. However, 5 of those points came during the same game on Wednesday night, so not a great week really, more of an excellent game. Still, he’s now trailing only Justin Schultz in both goals and points by a defenseman.
- The Bridgeport Sound Tigers won both of their games last week to extend their winning streak to 4. They’ve now won 7 of their last 10 and are quickly closing the gap on Springfield for the division lead. Nino Niederreiter had 3 goals last week, while Brock Nelson had a goal and 3 assists.
- Chris Bourque of the Providence Bruins scored a single goal on both Friday and Saturday night to extend his goal scoring streak to 4 games. It was only a matter of time before the puck started to go in more consistently as he’s been in the top 10 league wide for shots on goal throughout most of the season. He continues to lead the Bruins in scoring with 25 points in 29 games.
- The Toronto Marlies continue to pick up points, winning 2 games last week while losing the other in a shootout. They haven’t lost a game in regulation since back on December 9th. Matt Frattin had a goal and 3 assists last week and looks to be back on track after going pointless for 4 games.
- The Hamilton Bulldogs have fallen to last place in the AHL after losing 6 of their last 7 games. They’re the lowesst scoring team in the league and could really use better production from the likes of Louis Leblanc (6 points in 19 games) and Aaron Palushaj (10 points in 21 games), both of whom were expected to be key contributors this season.
- Braden Holtby picked up his 4th shutout of the season on Wednesday for the Hershey Bears. It was the 3rd shutout in his past 5 starts and he hasn’t allowed more than 3 goals in a game since way back on December 1st.