Saturday's Morning Skate 10/15

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Jakub Vrana is an intriguing player to keep an eye on this season. Photo: Amanda Statland
Saturday's Morning Skate is back! The American Hockey League (AHL) began its 81st season last night, with eight games across the league. Tonight, all but two of the 30 teams will be in action.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms open their third season as an AHL franchise tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET against the new Springfield Thunderbirds franchise. We'll have full coverage of tonight's game, so stay tuned here and on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock.

Atlantic Division Standings (through 10/14's games)

1. Hartford Wolf Pack, 1 game played, 1-0-0-0 = 2 points (1.000 PCT)
2. Hershey Bears, 1 game played, 0-1-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)
3. Providence Bruins, 1 game played, 0-1-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)
4. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 0 games played, 0-0-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)
5. W-B/Scranton Penguins, 0 games played, 0-0-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)
6. Springfield Thunderbirds, 0 games played, 0-0-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)
7. Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 0 games played, 0-0-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)

Around The Atlantic

Albany - 3 at Providence - 1

The Albany Devils got off to a fast start, tallying three first period goals in a span of 3:58 - including two goals in 15 seconds - in route to a season opening win.

Ben Thomson, John Quenneville and Blake Pietila tallied their first goals of the season for the Devils in the win, while Scott Wedgewood turned in a strong 31-save effort to secure the two points in the final 40 minutes.

Peter Mueller got the PBruins on the board with 2:21 left before the second intermission, but Albany's defense-first style of play was too much to overcome in Providence's home opener Friday night. Malcolm Subban was pulled in the first period after surrendering three goals on seven shots. Zane McIntyre stopped all 11 shots he faced in the final 44:53 of regulation.

Hershey - 4 at Rochester - 5

In a back-and-forth game at the Blue Cross Arena, the Rochester Americans one-upped the Hershey Bears 5-4 in what was opening night for both teams.

Amerks forward Cole Schneider had a game-high four points (two goals, two assists) to pace Rochester's attack, while Nick Baptiste and Cal O'Reilly added a goal and an assist each in the win. Linus Ullmark improved to 1-0 on the season with 25 saves on 29 shots.

Joe Cannata wasn't overly impressive in the Bears' net, surrendering five goals on just 12 shots, but forward Jakub Vrana's two-goal night kept it close in the final half of the third period.

St. John's -3 at Hartford - 6

The Hartford Wolf Pack gave their fans at the XL Center a show, doubling up the St. John's IceCaps 6-3 in an entertaining opening night win.

Six different players tallied goals for Hartford, with Philip McRae leading the way offensively with a game-high three points (one goal, two assists). John Gilmour, Adam Tambellini and Crtioval Nieves all tallied a goal and an assist each in the win for the Wolf Pack while Magnus Hellberg earned the win with 28 stops on 31 shots.

Charles Hudon, Max Friberg and Chris Terry scored for St. John's but ultimately it wasn't enough to get the two points as Zachary Fucale allowed five goals on 29 shots.

Other AHL Scores

Rockford - 1 at Cleveland - 2
Chicago - 1 at Grand Rapids - 3
Manitoba - 3 at Iowa - 1
Charlotte - 2 at Texas - 6
Tucson -3 at San Diego - 5

Saturday's AHL Schedule

Utica at Toronto - 1:00 p.m. ET
St. John's at Albany - 5:00 p.m. ET
Rockford at Cleveland - 5:00 p.m. ET
Providence at Bridgeport - 7:00 p.m. ET
Rochester at Syracuse - 7:00 p.m. ET
Hershey at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Springfield at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Hartford at W-B/Scranton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Grand Rapids at Chicago - 8:00 p.m. ET
Manitoba at Iowa - 8:00 p.m. ET
Milwaukee at San Antonio - 8:00 p.m. ET
Charlotte at Texas - 8:00 p.m. ET
Ontario at San Diego - 10:00 p.m. ET
San Jose at Stockton - 10:30 p.m. ET


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