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AHL announces suspension

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League today announced that Iowa Stars defenseman Matt Nickerson has been suspended for one (1) regular-season games as a result of his actions during an AHL game vs. the Chicago Wolves on Dec. 12.

Nickerson was assessed an instigator penalty within the final five minutes of the third period, resulting in an automatic one-game suspension under AHL Rule 47.21.

Nickerson will miss Iowa's game on Friday, Dec. 15, at Peoria.
 

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Oilers recall Roy, send Hejda to Bulldogs

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers announced today that the club has assigned defenceman Jan Hejda to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey league and recalled defenceman Mathieu Roy.

Hejda, 28, has appeared in eight games this season with Edmonton, posting one assist and four penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound defenceman made his NHL debut with the Oilers versus the Dallas Stars on November 3rd and picked up his first-career point, an assist, against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 10th.

The native of Prague, Czech Republic, was obtained from the Buffalo Sabres on July 10th in exchange for the Oilers' 7th round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Buffalo originally drafted Hejda in the 4th round, 106th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Roy, 23, joins the Oilers for the second time in his career and for the first time this season. The native of St-Georges, Quebec, currently leads all Bulldogs' defencemen in scoring with 16 points (6-10-16) and is tied for fourth in the AHL with a plus-16 rating in 25 games this season.

Roy made his NHL debut with Edmonton on February 12th, 2006 versus the St. Louis Blues and was held scoreless. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound blueliner was drafted by the Oilers in the 7th round, 215th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League is the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. Over 80 percent of NHL players are AHL graduates, and more than 350 AHL players were recalled to the NHL during the 2005-2006 season alone.

The Bulldogs return to action at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, December 15th when they travel to Rochester to take on the Americans at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. Fans can listen to every 'Dogs game this season on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, 820 CHAM "The Legend," beginning with the Park's Furniture Pre-Game Show 20 minutes prior to each scheduled game time. Fans can also listen or watch at Hamilton Bulldogs :: Bulldogs by clicking on the 'B2 Networks' or '820 CHAM' icon on the 'Dogs website.

The 'Dogs next home game is on Friday, December 22nd at Copps Coliseum against the Albany River Rats at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all 'Dogs home games (except home game #32) are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more, or through charge-by-phone at 905-527-7666.
 

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Former Aeros Wood, Fortunus score for Manitoba in Aeros loss

HOUSTON, Texas - Drew McIntyre made 35 stops for his third straight win, and former Aero defensemen Maxime Fortunus and Dustin Wood each scored a goal, as the Manitoba Moose topped Houston 4-1 at Toyota Center. Nathan Smith and Adam Keefe also scored for Manitoba (13-12-3-2), which has won three straight - all with MacIntyre in between the pipes instead of former Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Wade Flaherty.

Erik Reitz scored a goal and Josh Harding made 24 saves for Houston (10-14-0-3), which is 0-3-0-2 in its last five games and failed to pick up a point for the first time in five home games (2-1-0-2). The Aeros played their 1,000th regular season game in team history, and also their 500th home game.

The Aeros travel to San Antonio on Thursday before returning to Toyota Center to face Manitoba on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. You can buy tickets by calling 1.866.GO.AEROS, or online 24/7.

Just more than a minute in with Manitoba on the power play, Wood clipped the outside of the right post.

Both team spent a minute with the man advantage early, but through the game's opening 6:30, there were no shots on goal. Houston took another minute for its first attempt, and then held Manitoba without a shot for six minutes.

Just before the midway point of the first, Houston's Josh Olson tipped a Clayton Stoner point shot just off the post and wide of the net.

Manitoba nearly found the net first with 7:17 left in the first, scoring in the aftermath of a 2-on-1, but the puck was played by a high stick.

MacIntyre made fine saves on Roman Voloshenko and Ryan Hamilton back-to-back with 4:45 left in the first.

Manitoba solved Harding with 17.7 seconds left on the first-period clock, getting Smith's seventh goal of the season. Jannik Hansen flipped the puck in front of the net from the left corner and. Smith controlled it and fired a shot that went underneath Harding, ricocheting off his pads and just over the line.

The Aeros dominated play to begin the second period, getting 11 of the stanza's first 13 shots, but they couldn't get on the board and later saw Manitoba take a two-goal advantage.

Houston's Matt Foy, who arrived at Bush Intercontinental Airport aboard an Air Canada jet at 5:15 p.m., nearly got Houston even a minute into the second, getting loose in the right circle and transition and winding up with a slapshot. But MacIntyre made the save and didn't allow a rebound.

MacIntyre made a great glove save 4:13 into the second, when Peter Olvecky took control of a loose puck in the right circle and fired low.

Four minutes later, Alex Leavitt stole the puck deep in the Manitoba zone and fed Ben Thomson, whose slapper was gobbled up by MacIntyre.

Aeros 6-foot-8 rookie John Scott nearly lit the lamp at the midway point, but he popped a shot over the crossbar, and then was called for holding. With 29 seconds left in that man advantage, Harding was called for tripping, setting up a 5-on-3.

The Harding penalty cost dearly, as Fortunus scored his first goal of the season 14 seconds later. He found a Milan Gacij rebound in the right circle and fired into a nearly open net before Harding could get back to the other side with 8:46 left in the second.

Foy fired off the left post with 6:10 remaining in the middle period.

Harding was magnificent in keeping it a two-goal game late in the second, robbing J.J. Hunter from the low slot with a right pad save.

Bryan Lundbohm fed Olson in the left circle 2-on-1, three minutes into the second, but MacIntyre made the save.

Reitz finally got Houston on the board 4:41 into the third, with the teams 4-on-4. Foy carried the puck around the net and fed a pass through traffic to Reitz at the center point. Reitz wound up a one-timer that went under MacIntyre for his second goal of the season.

MacIntyre made his best save of the night with 8:58 left in the third. Lundbohm took the puck, and several defenders with him, deep in the right circle and threw a blind backhand pass to a cutting Olson low in the left circle. Olson redirected the puck at MacIntyre, who snared it with his glove.

Keefe added his first goal of the season with 6:14 remaining. An Aero blocked Joe Rullier's right point blast in the mid slot, but Keefe jumped on the puck and got it by Harding.

Wood, who scored one goal in 64 games for Houston last season, tacked on a power play goal with 3:42 remaining for the final margin.

Houston finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Manitoba went 2-for-5.

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Not dressing for the Aeros were Dieter Kochan, Mattias Weinhandl, Jason Morgan, Mark Rooneem, Chris Ovington, Benoit Pouliot and Joey Tetarenko.

Aeros second-year winger Joel Ward was recalled by NHL Minnesota prior to the game. It's the first NHL recall for Ward, a product of the Canadian College system.

The Aeros signed center Marco Rosa to a PTO prior to the game. He was joined in Houston by Texas Wildcatters teammate Mark Rooneem, who was there in case Foy's plane was delayed.

Fortunus has four goals in 124 AHL games. He played 25 games with the Aeros from 2003-05, registering two assists.

Harding has 29 penalty minutes in his three seasons with the Aeros. His 10 this season are just one shy of his career-high, set in his rookie season of 2004-05.
 

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Griffins Edge Admirals in Shootout, 2-1

MILWAUKEE - Both Josh Langfeld and Kip Miller scored during a shootout lifting the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals Wednesday night at the Bradley Center. Prior to the win the Griffins fell to the Admirals in seven consecutive contests dating back to the final game of the 2005-06 campaign.

Grand Rapids will conclude their home-and-home set with Milwaukee on Friday at Van Andel Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

Langfeld opened the scoring at 13:54 of the first period on an unassisted snipe from the left dot that flew over Karl Goehring's glove. The goal stood as the lone tally of the frame while the Griffins killed off three Milwaukee power play chances.

The middle period proved uneventful on the scoreboard as both teams struggled to find their offense and combined for just 10 shots. Of those 10 shots the Admirals had the edge with six and nearly capitalized on an odd-man break late in period, but Jimmy Howard made a flashy glove save to deny the quality scoring chance.

Milwaukee notched the equalizer at 7:19 of the third during a power play. Rich Peverley fed a cross-ice pass to the top of the left circle where Sheldon Brookbank launched a rocket into the far side of the net. The tally would ultimately force overtime as the Griffins could not answer during regulation and marked the second time this season the two teams dueled into an extra session.

Despite a Milwaukee power play with 19 ticks remaining and a Bracken Kearns shot that rung off the pipe, the five-minute four-on-four session was not enough to determine a winner of the contest.

The Griffins prevailed in the shootout thanks to goals from Langfeld and Miller, while at the other end Howard denied four chances and only allowed Peverley to sneak one by. Howard had another stellar performance in the crease with 33 saves and Goehring finished with 22.
 

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Admirals Fall to Grand Rapids 2-1

Milwaukee, WI-Coming off a solid performance during the team's longest road trip in franchise history, the Milwaukee Admirals fell just short of beating the Grand Rapids Griffins in their homecoming game at the Bradley Center. The 2-1 loss in a shootout ends their win streak, at seven games in-a-row including the playoffs, against the Griffins.

Unlike the previous meeting, an 8-1 victory by the Admirals, Wednesday night's game went into the record books as a goalie duel. The match-up featured Ads' goaltender Karl Goehring and Griffins' Jimmy Howard.

Grand Rapids found their way onto the scoreboard first when Josh Langfeld used Admirals defenseman Alex Henry as screen and sent a pristine shot into the top corner of Goehring's glove side at 13:54 of the first period.

While the Ad's offense struggled to find the back of the net, the Admirals defense did everything they could to prevent the Griffins from running away with the game in the second period. Captained by Sheldon Brookbank, they only allowed only four shots during the second session with one of those being turned aside by Goehring with diving stick save.

Trailing by only one goal, Milwaukee stepped onto the ice for the third period to the theme from "Rocky" hoping for a Rocky Balboa come from behind victory. While the finish failed to achieve the Hollywood ending it wasn't short of Hollywood theatrics.

In an intermission interview, Rich Peverley explained to the crowd that if the Admirals wanted to win they would have to, "Make sure we stay at the net." Two minutes in, Peverley took his advice a little too seriously. Crashing to the net between two Griffins, Peverley found the back of the net...literally. Peverley buried himself, without the puck, deep into the back of the net-pinning it to the boards and stopping play.

With 7:19 left in the game, Brookbank put himself into a two-way tie for team lead in goals when he ripped a power play one-timer at Howard's stick side. This time, it was the puck that saw the back of the net.

The Ads couldn't muster another tally and the game extended into a mostly uneventful overtime. Bracken Kearns was responsible for the period's only excitement when he clanked a shot off the post with a minute left in the extra time. Despite having some good shots on nineteen seconds of power play time to finish the period, the Admirals weren't able to secure a victory and the game entered into a shootout.

The Admirals elected to shoot first and put the pressure on the Griffins early when Peverley deeked out Howard and put in an off-angle shot from the goal line. Goehring made a furious save on Ryan Keller's fancy move that didn't prove fancy enough. But the Admirals were unable score again in the shootout, while Langfeld tied it when he sent another shot over Goehring's glove side and Kip Miller slipped one over the leg of Goerhing's stick side as the fifth and final shooter and gave the Griffins the victory, their first over the Admirals this season.

Coach Claude Noel gave his thoughts on the recent road trip and tonight's game in a post-game chat outside his locker room.

"The road trip was good for us. I'm seeing some improvement and that's really all you can ask."

Noel has been satisfied with his team's progress and is happy where they are at this point of the season, but has higher hopes for the team.

"I'd love us to be the Anaheim Ducks," he quipped, "but where not there yet."

Milwaukee now heads to Grand Rapids on Friday for a grudge match against the Griffins and will play in Illinois on Saturday against their arch-rival the Chicago Wolves. The Admirals return home Sunday, December 17th at 5:00, to face Grand Rapids for the fifth time this season and third time in five days. The Admirals hope to pack the Bradley Center as every seat will be reduced to $2 will all proceeds from the sales going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
 

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Monarchs Are Spreading Holiday Cheer

MANCHESTER, NH - The Monarchs Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Manchester Monarchs, will feature the fifth annual Teddy Bear Toss when the team hosts the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday, December 17 at 4:05 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Fans are encouraged to bring or purchase teddy bears at the game to throw on the ice during the second intermission. All teddy bears collected will be given to Easter Seals, Child & Family Services, Families In Transition, DCYF (Department of Corrections Youth Facility), Manchester Aids Project, Manchester Police, Manchester Fire, Hillsborough Sheriffs Department, CHaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) and David's House. Approximately 2,500 teddy bears were collected during last year's event.

The Monarchs hit the road to face the Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday, December 15 at 7:05 p.m. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGIR-AM 610 and at -= Manchester Monarchs Hockey =- Home Page. Watch the game live on B2 Networks for just $6 per game. Log onto -= Manchester Monarchs Hockey =- Home Page and click on the link to B2 Networks ten minutes prior to each Monarchs game to watch the game live!
 

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Monarchs Promote From Within

MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester Monarchs, the top affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have promoted Dave Lefchak to Game Operations Manager, Monarchs President Jeff Eisenberg announced today.

Lefchak has been a member of the Monarchs front office since February of 2005, when he became the club's Video Coordinator. The native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, will be in charge of game night operations for Monarchs games which includes directing the game, the oversight and planning of all promotional activities and maintaining a lead role in producing video content.

Prior to joining the Monarchs, Lefchak graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and worked for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Red Barons (AAA baseball) for three years. Before joining the Monarchs, he worked for DigiNovations, Inc. in Concord, Massachusetts, where he was an editor and videographer.

The Monarchs travel to Portland to face the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, December 15. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGIR-AM 610 and at -= Manchester Monarchs Hockey =- Home Page. Watch the game live on B2 Networks for just $6 per game. Log onto -= Manchester Monarchs Hockey =- Home Page and click on the link to B2 Networks ten minutes prior to each Monarchs game to watch the game live.
 

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Kings Return Harrold To Manchester

MANCHESTER, NH - The Los Angeles Kings, the parent club of the Manchester Monarchs, have activated defensemen Brent Sopel and Oleg Tverdovsky from the injured reserve list and have assigned defenseman Peter Harrold to the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Sopel, 29, has nine points (4-5=9) and four penalty minutes in 14 games with the Kings this season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Calgary missed 18 games with his injury (foot). Sopel has 162 points (38-124=162) and 203 penalty minutes in 384 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, New York Islanders and Vancouver. The Kings acquired Sopel and right wing Mark Parrish from the Islanders for left wing Jeff Tambellini, defenseman Denis Grebeshkov and a conditional third-round choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on March 8, 2006. Vancouver originally selected Sopel in the sixth-round (144th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Tverdovsky, 30, has three points and four penalty minutes in 12 games with the Kings this season. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound native of Donetsk, Ukraine, missed 12 games with his injury (groin). Tverdovsky has 316 points (77-239=316) and 285 penalty minutes in 699 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, Carolina, New Jersey, Anaheim and Phoenix/Winnipeg. The Kings acquired Tverdovsky and the rights to defenseman Jack Johnson from Carolina for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason on September 29, 2006. Anaheim originally selected Tverdovsky in the first-round (2nd overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Harrold, 23, who made his NHL debut and recorded his first NHL point (an assist) with the Kings at San Jose on November 22, has two points (0-2=2) and eight penalty minutes in 10 games with the Kings this season. In addition, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, has 13 points (2-11=13) and 10 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Monarchs this season. The Kings signed Harrold as an unrestricted free agent on April 12, 2006.

The Monarchs hit the road to face the Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday, December 15 at 7:05 p.m. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGIR-AM 610 and at -= Manchester Monarchs Hockey =- Home Page. Watch the game live on B2 Networks for just $6 per game. Log onto -= Manchester Monarchs Hockey =- Home Page and click on the link to B2 Networks ten minutes prior to each Monarchs game to watch the game live!
 

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Admirals Re-Assign D Mitch Maunu to Toledo Storm

NORFOLK, VA - The Norfolk Admirals have re-assigned defenseman Mitch Maunu to their ECHL Affiliate the Toledo Storm, Admirals General Manager Al MacIsaac announced today.

Maunu, 20, is a 6'1", 214 lb. defenseman from Thunder Bay, Ontario in his first professional season. He was recalled from Toledo on November 23 and appeared in six games for the Admirals during this call up with no points and six penalty minutes. He has played in a total of nine games for Norfolk this season going scoreless with eight penalty minutes.

Maunu has skated in ten contests with the Storm this season, recording two assists and 22 penalty minutes. He registered his first pro point on November 11 at Johnstown with an assist.

Maunu was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He signed an AHL Standard Player's Contract with the Admirals last August.

The Admirals will head to Binghamton to start the second half of their six-game road trip on Friday. They play the Senators at 7:05 p.m., and then visit Springfield at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday and Bridgeport at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Individual game tickets for all Admirals regular season games range from $11-$16 and are on sale at all TicketMaster outlets, charge-by-phone at (757) 671-8100 or at ticketmaster.com. Season tickets, ten-packs and group tickets remain on sale through the Admirals' office and through the Admirals' website. For more information, contact the Admirals at (757) 640-1212 or visit them online at norfolkadmirals.com.
 

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Houston looking to snap skid in San Antonio

Eight things you need to know
- Aeros RW Matt Foy, the team's leading scorer, was reassigned to the team yesterday afternoon by the NHL's Minnesota Wild. Foy, who landed in Houston less than two hours before gametime and got on the ice halway through warm-ups, didn't waste much time making an impact, assisting on D Erik Reitz' goal to push his point total to 23 points (11-12=23). Foy has eight points (5-3=8) in his last four games with Houston. This is Foy's second four-game point streak of the season. Only rookie LW Benoit Pouliot has also strung together four straight games with a point. Foy has an assist in three consecutive games. While reassigning Foy, the Wild recalled RW Joel Ward, who posted seven points (3-4=7) with the Aeros. Ward will look to make his NHL debut or Minnesota, which is in Edmonton tonight.
- Aeros veteran D Peter Ratchuk is averaging nearly a point per game over the last 12 contests, with three goals and seven assists in that span. Ratchuk's 14 points (3-11=14) tie him for 12th in the AHL in defensemen scoring.
- Houston has lost five straight games in regulation on the road dating back to its last victory - 11/15 in Milwaukee. That game was the Aeros' fifth straight road victory. Houston's five-game road regulation losing streak is the longest in team history, but still short of the team record for road winless slide. That was an 0-7-2-0 mark from 1/31-2/26/04. The Aeros have scored six goals in the last five road games, including a pair of shutouts in Omaha. Houston is tied with San Antonio for the longest regulation road losing streak in the AHL this season.
- Houston is winless at 0-3-0-1 in the last four meetings with San Antonio at AT&T Center. It's the Aeros' longest ever winless slide in San Antonio, and one shy of their five-game winless streak in Omaha as the longest current slide in an opposing city. Houston is 12-7-4-3 all-time at AT&T Center.
- The Aeros and Rampage have played just four times in the first two months of the season, but they match up four times in the next 17 days. Three of those four meetings are in a five-day stretch in late December. Four of the Aeros' seven games to end 2006 are versus San Antonio.
- Houston is 0-3-0-2 in its last five games, one behind its season-long six-game winless slide (0-5-0-1) to begin the season. Houston has scored five goals in its last five games and has led in just one of those contests - 12/9 against Omaha.
- The Aeros, who climbed as high as second in the league on the penalty kill, are down to eighth at 86.2 percent after allowing four goals on 12 chances for just a 66.7 percent kill rate in the last two games. It's the first time all season that Houston has allowed two PPG in consecutive games. Opponents are 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) with the man advantage in the last three road games. Tonight's opponent, San Antonio, is fifth in the AHL on the power play at 20.0 percent.
- Aeros third-year G Josh Harding has played in all but two of the Aeros' first 27 games. Harding ranks first in the AHL in games played (25) and minutes (1,478), shots faced (749) and saves (688). He is tied for sixth in wins (nine) but is 0-3-2 in his last five starts. Harding ranks tied for 11th in the AHL in gaa (2.48), and tied for seventh in save pct. (0.919). Harding is 9-7-2 with a 2.29 gaa and a .925 save pct. in his last 18 decisions since starting the season 0-5-1. Counting back to last season and including the playoffs, Harding has appeared in 34-of-36 games. The Aeros' record for most games played by a goalie in one season is 72 - set by Frederic Chabot in 1996-97 in an 82-game season. The AHL record is 74 - set by Baltimore's Mike O'Neill in 1995-96. O'Neill also made an AHL-record 2,005 saves that season.

Aeros at Rampage (Aeros are 34-9-6-3 overall, Aeros are 12-7-4-3 at San Antonio)
- Tonight is the 53rd all-time meeting between the teams - 27th in San Antonio.
- The Aeros are 19-4-2-1 in the last 26 overall meetings.
- Since a three-game winless slide in the series 12/27/03-1/17/04, the Aeros have unleashed a 24-5-3-2 mark.
- Aeros RW Matt Foy tallied a natural hat trick all in the game's final seven minutes as the Aeros rallied for a 5-3 win at Toyota Center 11/24. Foy scored the tying, winning and empty net goals.
- In the last meeting at AT&T Center, Rampage G Josh Tordjman made 55 saves to lead San Antonio to a 4-2 victory.
- Aeros G Josh Harding is 12-3-1 with a 2.11 gaa and a .928 save pct. in 16 career decisions against San Antonio.

Scouting the Aeros
The Aeros (10-14-0-3) have 23 points, one point behind Milwaukee for fifth place in the West...Houston plays host to Manitoba on Saturday...Team scoring leader RW Matt Foy (11-12=23) was returned by the NHL's Minnesota Wild yesterday...Next among forwards are a trio of rookies: LW Benoit Pouliot (12-4=16), RW Danny Irmen (7-6=13) and C Ben Thomson (6-7=13)...D Peter Ratchuk (3-11=14) and D Curtis Murphy (3-8=11) pace the blueline...G Josh Harding is 9-12-3 with a 2.48 gaa and a .919 save pct. this season...Rookie G Tony Quesada, a Holy Cross product, is 0-2-0 with a 4.30 gaa and a .901 save pct.

Scouting the Rampage
San Antonio (9-16-0-0), AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, beat Milwaukee 3-2 in a shootout last Saturday to snap a three-game skid...The Rampage, at 18 points in seventh place in the West Division, is 2-5-0-0 in its last seven, with both wins coming in extra time...San Antonio is playing game three of a six-game homestand...C Yanick Lehoux leads the Rampage in scoring with 25 points (10-15=25) - eight more than any other teammate...Veteran D Bryan Helmer paces the blueline with 10 points (4-6=10)...G Josh Tordjman is 4-4-0 with a 2.46 gaa...G David LeNeveu is 1-6-0 with a 4.09 gaa.

2006-07 meetings (5th of 12 meetings, Aeros are 2-1-0-1 overall, Aeros are 0-1-0-1 at San Antonio)
October 15 Houston 4 at San Antonio 5 (SO)
November 17 San Antonio 1 at Houston 4
November 21 Houston 2 at San Antonio 4
November 24 San Antonio 3 at Houston 5
Tonight Houston at San Antonio
December 26 San Antonio at Houston
December 29 Houston at San Antonio
December 30 San Antonio at Houston
January 7 San Antonio at Houston
January 14 Houston at San Antonio
April 14 Houston at San Antonio
April 15 San Antonio at Houston

Wednesday's game
Drew McIntyre made 35 stops for his third straight win, and former Aero defensemen Maxime Fortunus and Dustin Wood each scored a goal, as the Manitoba Moose topped Houston 4-1 at Toyota Center. Nathan Smith and Adam Keefe also scored for Manitoba. Erik Reitz scored a goal and Josh Harding made 24 saves for Houston.

Quick Hits
- Five of the Aeros' 10 victories have been in come-from-behind fashion.
- The Aeros are 4-4-0-3 in one-goal games. But after eight of their first 12 games were decided by one goal, just three of Houston's last 15 contests has been decided in that fashion.
- Thirty of Houston's 70 goals have come from rookies.
- Aeros G Josh Harding picked up a minor penalty for tripping last night, giving him 10 PIM's this season and 29 in his career. Last night's infraction moved him into third place on the team's all-time list, past former teammate and current Dallas Star Mike Smith (28). Up next on the list is Troy Gamble (45). Frederic Chabot has more PIM's than any other Aero (46).
- San Antonio is 8-7-0-0 at home, compared to a 1-9-0-0 road mark.
- The Rampage has been outscored 39-18 in the first period this season. Only Springfield (17) has scored fewer first-period goals.
- San Antonio ranks 27th and last in the AHL allowing 3.92 goals per game. But Houston is tied for 24th in offense at 2.60 gpg

Power play update
- Houston is 26th in the AHL with the man advantage at 12.1 percent.
- The Aeros are 3-for-32 (9.4 percent) on the power play in their last five games.
- Houston is 2-for-38 (5.3 percent) with the man advantage in their last six road contests. The Aeros have scored just seven PPG on the road all season in 85 chances (8.2 percent).
- San Antonio is 20th in the AHL on the PK at 80.8 percent.
- The Rampage has killed off 34-of-38 (89.5 percent) of its shorthanded opportunities in the last five games.
- Houston is 4-for-25 (16.0 percent) with the man advantage this season against San Antonio.

Penalty kill update
- Houston is eighth in the AHL on the PK at 86.2 percent.
- Opponents are 11-for-57 (19.3 percent) with the man advantage in the last eight games.
- San Antonio is fifth in the AHL on the power play at 20.0 percent.
- The Rampage has scored on 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) power play opportunities in the last five games.
- San Antonio is 3-for-15 (20.0 percent) with the man advantage this season against Houston.

Aeros/Rampage connections
- Rampage D Matt Jones enrolled at the University of North Dakota in 2001-02, a season after Aeros C Bryan Lundbohm left campus, and four after Aeros D Curtis Murphy graduated.
- Rampage D Nick Martens is an alum of the University of Michigan, as is assistant coach Cam Stewart.
- Houston LW Josh Olson played for San Antonio from 2002-05, while RW Joey Tetarenko skated with the Rampage in 2002-03
 

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DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars Director of Hockey Operations Scott White announced this morning that the National Hockey League's (NHL) Dallas Stars have recalled Center Joel Lundqvist from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.

A native of Are, Sweden, Lundqvist is in his first professional season in North America. In 25 games with Iowa, the 24-year-old is currently leading the team with 22 points, including a team-high 14 assists: 25(8/14/22). He has five multiple point games. Selected by the Dallas Stars with their third selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, he made his NHL debut with Dallas earlier this month. He appeared in four games during his initial recall and was held scoreless.

Prior to coming to North America, he played in 253 career regular season games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. While with the Goteborg-based club, he registered 55 goals, 82 assists, and 541 penalty minutes: 253(55/82/137)541.

Joel is the identical twin brother of Henrik Lundqvist who is currently playing goal for the New York Rangers. With Dallas and the Rangers squaring-off against each other tonight in Dallas, the Lundqvist's might become a part of NHL history.

According to the NHL Public Relations Department, prior to tonight, there are 11 active sets of brothers playing in the NHL this season, including Dallas' Mathias Tjarnqvist and his older brother Daniel, who is playing for Vancouver. There are even the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, who both skate for the Vancouver Canucks. There have been over 250 pairs of brothers that have played in the NHL since the League's inception 90 years ago. Thursday's game between Dallas and New York could be just the third time in NHL history that a set of twin brothers would play on opposite teams in the same game. The Sutter twins, Ron and Rich, played on the same team several times during their careers, but they also faced each other numerous times as well. Tonight's game will mark the first time since March 14th, 1994 when Rich, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Ron, playing for the Quebec Nordiques, will pit twin brothers against one-another.

Of note: Iowa Stars Head Coach Dave Allison (Montreal Canadiens) and his brother Mike (NY Rangers) both appeared in pre-game warm-ups during a 1983-84 game between the Canadiens and Rangers, however Mike did not dress for the actual game.

IOWA STARS INFO: The Stars play their next four games on the road and return to Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, December 22nd. The Dec. 22nd game is a 4 for $40 night. Get four $21 tickets for only $40! In addition, the first 1,500 fans will receive a FREE Iowa Stars Santa hat. Doors open for all home games one hour before face-off. Bring a group or hold your child's birthday at a Stars game! All ticketing information can be obtained by calling 515-23-STARS or by visiting IowaStarsHockey.com.
 

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STANDINGS...The Chiefs enter tonight's game tied for second place with the Tri-City Americans, who have one game in hand. Including tonight, the Chiefs will play three games before the holiday break. Friday and Saturday Spokane will play a home-and-home with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Chiefs will travel to KeyArena on Friday and host the T-Birds on Saturday.

TONS OF TEDDYS...Chiefs fans donated 3,032 Teddy Bears last Saturday when David Rutherford scored 1:47 into the first period versus the Portland Winter Hawks on The Spokesman-Review's Teddy Bear Toss. The bears will be donated back to the community through The Spokesman-Review's Christmas Fund.

HOME SWEET HOME...The Chiefs have won five in a row in the Spokane Arena and 10 of their last 11. The Chiefs are 12-4-0-1 overall at home.

RUTHERFORD'S RUN...David Rutherford has four goals and five points in his last two games and 19 goals and 23 points in his last 22 games. The 19-year-old had a six game goal scoring streak come to an end on November 8th at Kelowna. Rutherford has 19 goals (tied for 7th in the WHL) and 27 points in 30 games as a Chief.

DO AS ROMAN DOES...Rookie 17-year-old Ondøej Roman had a four game point scoring streak snapped on Tuesday, December 5th versus Kelowna. Roman had one goal and five assists during the streak. Roman had a six game point scoring streak come to an end on November 11th. Through the span, Roman had one goal and 12 points and now has 21 assists in his last 16 games. His 24 assists are 14th in the WHL. Roman has three goals and 27 points in 31 games. Roman was the Chiefs first round Import Selection this summer and is eighth overall in rookie scoring in the WHL.

TOKARSKI'S TOTALS....Dustin Tokarski made 25 saves in his first career shutout, a 6-0 win over the Portland Winter Hawks on December 9th. Tokarski is now 7-4-1-0 on the season with a .905 save percentage and 2.93 GAA. The 17-year-old is 2-0 in shootouts with five stops in six opportunities. Tokarski made 19 saves and allowed just one goal in a 2-1 shootout win on October 6th versus the Everett Silvertips. Tokarski stopped two shots in the shootout for his first career victory in his first career start.

AN ARMY OF ONE...Goaltender Kevin Armstrong is 7-2-0-1 in his last 10 appearances.

RYAN'S RECORD...Derek Ryan has 10 goals and nine assists in his last 18 games, including a pair of two goal games, November 17th in a 4-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes and November 22nd in a 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver. The 20-year-old scored the game winner versus Portland on November 1st in the Spokane Arena.

HAW, HAW...Twenty-year-old defenseman Evan Haw is +3 in his last four games. Haw leads the Chiefs with 68 pentaly minutes.

HAVE MERCER...Nineteen-year-old defenseman Dan Mercer had a career high three assists on December 9th in a 6-0 win over the Portland Winter Hawks. Mercer has 0-5-5 and is +2 in his last four games.

BRICK IN THE WAHL...Mitch Wahl has two goals and five points in his last four games and three goals and 13 points in his last 10 games. Wahl was the Chiefs first round selection, fourth overall, in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft. His first career three point night came on November 10th in a 6-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels with three helpers. Wahl is the third highest scoring 16-year-old in the WHL.

OH, BLACKWATER...Judd Blackwater has two goals and nine points in his last seven games and has the longest point scoring streak for the Chiefs with five games. Blackwater recorded a career high four points with two goals and two assists in a 6-0 win over the Portland Winter Hawks on December 9th. Blackwater now has 15 assists in his last 15 games. Blackwater recorded his first career two goal game on October 10th in a 6-4 win over the Portland Winter Hawks.

PROJECT POWER PLAY...The Chiefs have moved up to sixth in the WHL in power play percentage with 44 goals in 224 chances (19.6%). Spokane has scored power play goals in seven straight and in 16 of their last 17 games. In 10 of those, they have tallied multiple power play goals. This season, Avista will donate $25 to Project Share for each power play goal they score this season. To this point, Avista has raised $1,100 for Project Share.
 
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