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Ottawa returns Hennessy and Payer to Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Ottawa Senators today reassigned centers Serge Payer and Josh Hennessy to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

The 27-year-old Payer received his first emergency call-up of the season on Dec. 8. In four games with the Senators he recorded no points, two shots on goal and averaged 6:30 of ice time.

The 21-year-old Hennessy received his first emergency call-up of the season on Dec. 12, making his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings. In two games with the Senators, Hennessy recorded one shot on goal and averaged 6:33 of ice time.

The Senators take the ice tonight, as they host the Norfolk Admirals at 7:05 p.m. Good seats are still available. Fans can purchase tickets at the following locations: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.), Binghamton Senators executive office, third floor of the Arena (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on game days until the end of the second period.), The Official Site of the Binghamton Senators : or by calling (607) 722-SENS.

Catch all the action LIVE on Q107 FM (106.7 or 104.5), via webcast or B2 Networks streaming video cast at The Official Site of the Binghamton Senators :.
 

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Greene helps Devils defeat Bruins, 4-2

Providence, MA - Andy Greene scored the first two goals of his professional career to help lead the Lowell Devils (14-11-2-1) to a 4-2 victory over the Providence Bruins (14-9-1-2) at the Dunkin Donuts Center Friday night. The win puts the Devils temporarily in a first place tie with Providence and the Portland ! Pirates, who were still in action against the Manchester Monarchs by game's end.

Providence jumped out to the 1-0 lead by scoring the only goal of the opening period. T.J. Trevelyn made it 1-0 at 13:37 with his fourth of the season. Philippe Sauve got the start in net for the Bruins, and faced nine Devils shots in the first. Sauve's father, Bob, played two seasons from 1987-89 with the New Jersey Devils. Meanwhile Frank Doyle stopped 10 of 11 first period Bruins shots.

The game changed dramatically in the second period with nine penalties, including a fight between the Devils David Clarkson and Jeremy Reich of the Bruins. Lowell lit the lamp three times to take control of the game. Grant Marshall tied it at 9:14. Just 1:15 later, rookie defenseman Andy Greene gave the Devils the lead with his first career goal. Less than four minutes later Greene added his second of the night, beating Sauve to the glove side and making it 3-1 Devils after 40 minutes of play.

Providence pulled within one in the third period, as Boston College product Chris Collins recorded his first career goal at 10:33 to make it 3-2. Doyle fought off a lopsided attack by the Bruins in the third, as the Devils were outshot 16-3. Lowell put Providence on a pair of third period power plays as well, but killed them off. The Bruins pulled Sauve at the end to push for the equalizer, but Ryan Murphy pocketed t! he empty netter to seal the win.

The Devils play tomorrow night on the road against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and return home to host the Providence Bruins on Sunday, December 17th at 4:05 p.m. One lucky fan that night will win a trip for two to see the New Jersey Devils host the Boston Bruins in April, including an overnight stay in New Jersey at the Courtyard Marriott and round-trip limo service, courtesy of Corporate Coach & Limousine. Only fans participating in that night's Teddy Bear Toss, during the first intermission of that game, will be eligible to win. For more information, please contact the Lowell ! Devils office at (978) 458-PUCK. After each Sunday home game there will be a free public skate on the Tsongas Arena ice, free for everyone in attendance, courtesy of Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union. A limited number of skates are available at no charge, or fans may bring their own to the game.

All Devils games, home and away, can be heard on WCAP 980AM with the Voice of the Devils, Ryan Johnston, or online through B2 Networks on The Official Website of the Lowell Devils. For more information or to reserve your seats for this game, call the Devils office at (978) 458-PUCK.
 

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Monarchs Announce November Investing In Our Youth Winners

MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have donated $1,000 scholarships to Derry Village Elementary School in Derry for their "Kids Get Movin'" program and to Memorial School in Bedford to purchase a new eMac computer with iLife software, as part of their Investing In Our Youth grant program, the team announced on Monday.

Through the program, the Monarchs Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Monarchs, is able to award two different $1,000 scholarships each month. One of the scholarships goes to a deserving youth sports team. The other scholarship goes to a deserving school organization.

The Monarchs are currently taking applications for the program. Athletic and educational organizations are encouraged to apply. For an Investing In Our Youth grant application, visit -= Manchester Monarchs Hockey =- Home Page and click on "In The Community" or contact Cheryl Abbott, the Monarchs Vice President of Public Affairs at (603) 626-7825, extension 6102.

The Derry Village Elementary School will use the grant to cover the cost of new equipment for their "Kids Get Movin'" program which provides after school activities to students ages six-to-12 at no charge. They would like to start a track team, as well as purchase basketballs, baseballs and other equipment so that they can offer activities that all of the children can participate in.

Memorial School will purchase an eMac computer, complete with iLife software, to expand their Digital Storytelling program. Fifth grade students will be able to use this program to create digital stories using their own writing, original music and artwork.

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 Sign Poirier To Tryout

MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have signed goaltender Jason Poirier to a professional tryout agreement, Monarchs Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced today.

Poirier, 39, played under Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris at Clarkson University during the 1988-89 season collecting a record of 7-5-1 with a goals-against-average of 3.50. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound native of Berlin, New Hampshire, played two games with the New Haven Blackhawks of the AHL during the 1989-90 season.

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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Fukufuji Heads For Los Angeles

MANCHESTER, NH - The Los Angeles Kings, the parent club of the Manchester Monarchs, have recalled (emergency basis) goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji from the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Fukufuji, 24, has not appeared in a Monarchs game this season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of Tokyo, Japan, was recalled by Manchester from the Reading Royals, the Kings/Monarchs ECHL affiliate, on November 30. He has a 3-3-0 record, a 3.19 goals-against-average and a .898 save-percentage in 10 appearances with the Royals this season.

Originally selected by the Kings in the eighth-round (238th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Fukufuji is just the second player born in Japan to ever be drafted (defenseman Hiroyuki Miura was drafted by Montreal in the 11th-round, 260th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft). Fukufuji, who will wear jersey No. 33, has not appeared in an NHL game (no player born in Japan has played a game in the NHL).

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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Phantoms Sign Collins

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren announced today that the Phantoms have signed center Sean Collins to a professional tryout. Collins arrived in Philadelphia earlier this evening and joined the Phantoms in time for tonight's game against the Hershey Bears.

Collins, 23, is a 5-9, 180-pound native of Reading, MA. He has spent the 2006-07 season to this point with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers, where he has served as the team captain. In 23 games, Collins has 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points, which ranks him first on the Nailers and second in the league in scoring.

Collins also spent most of the 2005-06 season with Wheeling, but played eight games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins under current Phantoms assistant coach Joe Mullen. In 62 games as a rookie for the Nailers, Collins accrued 27 goals and 48 assists for 76 points.

Prior to turning pro, Collins played four years at the University of New Hampshire. He was a ninth-round selection (289th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
 

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Goaltender Recalled by NHL's Dallas Stars

DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars Director of Hockey Operations Scott White announced today that the National Hockey League's (NHL) Dallas Stars have recalled Goaltender Dan Ellis from their American Hockey League affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa. In turn, Iowa signed Goaltender Jeff Reynaert to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Drafted by Dallas with the 60th overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Ellis has appeared in 15 games for the Iowa Stars this season, accumulating a record of 7-7-0 with a .871 Save Percentage and a 3.85 Goals Against Average.

In 34 games for the Iowa Stars during the 2005-06 season, he posted a record of 16-13-1. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he was 12th in the AHL with a .912 save percentage and was ranked 18th with a 2.78 Goals Against Average. The 26-year old registered a five-game winning streak from December 10th-23rd, 2005, allowing just eight goals in that span. Credited with Iowa's first franchise win, Dan was also named the 2004 ECHL Playoff Most Valuable Player with a record of 13-3 and a 1.86 GAA as a member of the Stars ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Reynaert joins the Stars from the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the United Hockey League (UHL) and will be in uniform for Friday's game in Peoria. The Sterling Heights, Michigan-native was 5-9-0 in 16 games with a .905 Save Percentage and a 3.53 Goals Against Average.

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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Center Rejoins Iowa After Playing Against Twin Brother

DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars Director of Hockey Operations Scott White announced this afternoon that the National Hockey League's (NHL) Dallas Stars have loaned Center Joel Lundqvist to 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 Lundqvist is currently leading the team with 22 points, including a team-high 14 assists: 25(8/14/22). He has five multiple point games. 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.

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, appearing in four games during his initial recall. Recalled again yesterday, Lundqvist, along with his identical twin brother Henrik skated their way into National Hockey League history last night. Joel, playing center for Dallas and Henrik, playing goal for the New York Rangers, became just the third set of twins in the 90-year history of the NHL to play on opposite teams in the same game. Joel had just under six minutes of ice time and no shots, while Henrik had a 43-save performance in New York's 5-2 win.

The Sutter twins, Ron and Rich, played on the same team several times during their careers, but they also faced each other 17 times as well. Last night's game marked the first time since March 14th, 1994 when Rich, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Ron, playing for the Quebec Nordiques, had twin brothers play against one-another. The first set of twins to play against each other were the Sundstrom twins, Patrik and Peter. Patrik and Peter faced each other 18 times during their careers, with the last game happening in December, 1988.

Twins Peter and Chris Ferraro have faced each other several time during their AHL careers, but never in the NHL. Both of the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, play for the Vancouver Canucks.

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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Dallas Goaltender Assigned for Conditioning

Dallas Goaltender Assigned for Conditioning
12/15/06 - American Hockey League (AHL) Iowa Stars

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DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars Director of Hockey Operations Scott White announced this evening that the National Hockey League's (NHL) Dallas Stars have assigned Goaltender Mike Smith to their American Hockey League affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa for a conditioning assignment.

A 2001 draft pick by the Dallas Stars, Smith has played in eight games for the NHL's Dallas Stars this season. The 24-year-old backstop has posted a 5-3-0 record with a 2.27 Goals Against Average and a .903 Save Percentage. He made his NHL debut on October 21st and became the first netminder in franchise history to post a shutout in his first game.

Named the AHL Goaltender of the Month for March 2006, he finished the 2005-06 Regular Season with a record of 25-19-6 in 50 appearances. The Kingston, Ontario native finished fourth in the AHL with a 2.50 GAA, while placing seventh with a .917 Save Percentage. He led all AHL goaltenders with six assists, including a three-assist performance on March 3rd, 2006 in Peoria. His second assist came on the game-winning goal. That achievement tied an AHL record with three assists in a single game by a goaltender. He joined three other AHL goalies, most recently Martin Brodeur of the NHL's New Jersey Devils. Brodeur, then of the Utica Devils (AHL), accomplished the feat on January 23rd, 1993 at the New York-based Adirondack Red Wings (AHL).

In 2002-03 with the Lexington ECHL franchise, he became the sixth goalie in ECHL history to score a goal. He also had a 21-save shutout during that October 26th game vs. the Dayton Bombers.

Smith will wear number 41 with Iowa.

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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River Rats radio broadcasts to move to larger FM signal

ALBANY, NY - The Albany River Rats today announced that their radio broadcasts on ESPN Radio "The Team" can be heard on the FM dial at 104.5, beginning with their game Wednesday, December 20 against the Hershey Bears at 7 p.m. at Pepsi Arena.

ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team joins the already powerful and highly rated family of Regent Communications with sister stations County 107.7 WGNA FM, Q103 - Where Rock Lives (WQBK/QQBJ) and Buzz 105.7.

ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team is a Class A station with an erp of 5 Kilowatts. The tower is located in Clifton Park and the city of license is Mechanicville.

The River Rats game Saturday, December 16 against the Providence Bruins at 7:05 p.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center can be heard on ESPN Radio 1300 The Team.
 

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Aucoin recalled by Carolina

ALBANY, NY - The Albany River Rats today announced that center Keith Aucoin has been recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes. Aucoin will fill left wing Andrew Ladd's spot on the Hurricanes roster. Ladd underwent an emergency appendectomy Thursday in Raleigh, NC.

Aucoin has appeared in 20 games with the River Rats this season, leading the American Hockey League club in points (28), goals (10), assists (18), power play goals (four) and game-winning goals (three). The 28-year-old Waltham, Mass., native is currently tied for 10th in the AHL in points and tied for seventh in assists.

This marks Aucoin's second recall to Carolina this season. He played in one game during his initial recall in October, and has one assist in eight career NHL games.

The River Rats will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they take on the Providence Bruins Saturday, December 16 at 7:05 p.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
 

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Admirals Send Young to Stockton

Milwaukee, WI-The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that the team has reassigned defenseman Bryan Young to the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. Young has two penalty minutes in 16 games this season for the Admirals.

The Admirals are back in action tonight when they travel to Grand Rapids to battle the Griffins at 6:00 pm ET at the Van Andel Arena. Milwaukee will then head to Chicago for a 7:00 pm game with the Wolves on Saturday night before returning to the Bradley Center for a 5:00 pm game versus the Griffins on Sunday afternoon. At Sunday's game all seats in the 400-level have been discounted to just $2 and all the proceeds from those tickets will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. In addition, $2 from every lower bowl ticket will also be donated to Boys and Girls Clubs.

The first 10,000 fans will receive a 2007 calendar, courtesy of We Energies and the team will also have the US Cellular Teddy Bear Toss where fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear and throw it onto the ice when the team scores their first goal or during the first intermission. All the teddy bears will be collected and donated to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
 

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Amerks host Hamilton

Game Notes: Tonight, the Rochester Americans will resume their five-game homestand with a rematch of last Saturday's showdown against their North Division rivals, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The 7:35 p.m. contest will be broadcast live on Hot Talk 1280-AM WHTK, whtk.com and B2 Networks. The game will also be the first sporting event broadcast live on the new Time Warner Sports Network - Channel 26.

Toys for Tots: At both games this week, the Amerks will continue their Toys for Tots Toy Drive. Fans that bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game will receive one free $16.00 ticket.

Head-to-Head: The season series is tied 1-1 between the two teams. The Amerks defeated the Bulldogs 6-3 last Saturday at The Blue Cross Arena in the second meeting between the two teams this season. In the first meeting, Hamilton trounced Rochester, 6-0, on November 25th. The Amerks are 51-39-8 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Amerks Notes: Rochester (19-5-1-0) is currently in first place in the North Division and is tied with the Chicago Wolves with the most points in the Western Conference. Forward Daniel Paille is currently on a six-game point streak (2+7). Paille has three goals and 12 assists in 16 games this season. Forward Clarke McArthur is riding a three-game point streak (1+3). MacArthur leads the Amerks with 27 points (10+17) in 24 games this season. He had two assists last Saturday in the Amerks' 6-3 win over Hamilton. Defenseman Andrej Sekera returns to the Amerks line-up tonight after spending a brief stint on recall with the Buffalo Sabres. In his last two games with the Amerks, Sekera has registered a total of three assists. He has five assists, but no goals this season. Forward Dylan Hunter is fifth among league rookies with a plus-10. Hunter has three assists in his last two games, and two goals and six assists in 17 games this season.

Hamilton Notes: The Bulldogs (15-10-0-1, 31 points) enter the game tied for second place in the North Division. The 'Dogs are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games. After tonight's game, Hamilton travels to play the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday. The Bulldogs will feature defenseman Mathieu Biron in his first game since being traded from San Jose earlier today. The 6-6, 230-pound blue liner is fourth among AHL defensemen with 18 points and third with 15 assists in 24 games.

Next Game: The Amerks will continue their homestand Saturday night with a 7:35 p.m. game against the Binghamton Senators at The Blue Cross Arena. The game will be broadcast live on Hot Talk 1280-AM WHTK, whtk.com and B2 Networks. The contest will also be televised tape delayed on TWSN.
 

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Ottawa suspends Michal Barinka

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Ottawa Senators today suspended defenseman Michal Barinka as he left the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Barinka has returned to his native Czech Republic for family reasons. His fiance's mother has fallen ill.

The Senators suspended Barinka in order to retain his rights, and the club will lift the suspension if he joins a team in the Czech Republic.

The 22-year-old was acquired in a three-way trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 10, 2006. Chicago's second-round pick in the 2003 draft, Barinka has played in 34 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, recording two assists and 26 penalty minutes. In 17 games with Binghamton this season, Barinka has recorded two assists and 22 penalty minutes.

Binghamton's next game is on Friday, Dec. 15, when they host the Norfolk Admirals at 7:05 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at the following locations: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.), Binghamton Senators executive office, third floor of the Arena (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on game days until the end of the second period.), The Official Site of the Binghamton Senators : or by calling (607) 722-SENS.

Catch all the action LIVE on Q107 FM (106.7 or 104.5), via webcast or B2 Networks streaming video cast at The Official Site of the Binghamton Senators :.
 

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Aeros to honor C-USA champs Saturday; Teddy Bear Toss, too

HOUSTON, Texas - An exciting Saturday night at Toyota Center just got busier, as the Aeros announced Friday that they will honor University of Houston senior quarterback Kevin Kolb and senior linebacker Wade Koehl at the game. Kolb, C-USA's Offensive Player of the Year, and Koehl will participate in a pre-game puck drop. The pair helped lead the Cougars to the Conference-USA championship and a berth in the December 29 Liberty Bowl. The C-USA championship trophy will also be on hand.

Call the Aeros office at 713.974.PUCK to get information on tickets for the game, and Aeros Stuffer Packages which can be used for tickets to Saturday's game and make great holiday presents. You can also buy tickets online 24/7.

Gametime is 7:35 p.m. versus Manitoba. The first 3,000 fans will receive an Aeros stocking. It's also the Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a new stuffed animal to throw on the ice after the Aeros' first goal. The items will be donated to KHOU's Spirit of Texas Toy Drive, benefiting The Salvation Army.

Saturday also concludes the Aeros Charities Toy Drive, which will furnish the Aeros Power Playroom at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital . The room opens next week. Please refer to this list of toys to find out which staff-approved toys are still needed by Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital . Those donating will receive a voucher for two tickets to the April 13 game.

Also, for the last three December home games, get $20 center ice tickets (normally $30) and $15 corner tickets (usually $22). That's for Friday, Dec. 22, Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 30. Do you have extra family and friends in town? This is a great chance to see American Hockey League action at a great price. This offer is only good through the Aeros office, so call 713.974.PUCK today!
 

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Monarchs Picked Off By Pirates

PORTLAND, ME - Center Tim Brent scored a goal and collected two assists as the Portland Pirates topped the Manchester Monarchs, 3-1, in front of 6,064 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday night.

Manchester (12-9-5-1) is tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 30 points. Portland (15-8-1-2) remains in first place in the Atlantic Division with 33 points.

Right wing Konstantin Pushkarev collected his third tally of the season at 8:09 of the second period to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. Right wing Tim Jackman picked up the lone assist on the goal as he sent the puck to the net and Pushkarev, on the left doorstep, jammed it past Pirates netminder Nathan Marsters.

The Pirates evened the game at 1-1 with at power play goal off the stick of right wing Pierre Parenteau at 13:19 of the middle frame. Cycling the puck and looking for the perfect shot, Brent slid it over to left wing Bjorn Melin who fed it over to Parenteau at the left point. Parenteau sent the puck sailing under Monarchs goaltender Jason LaBarbera's right arm and into the back of the net.

Brent scored a shorthanded goal 54-seconds into the third period to give Portland the 2-1 lead. Forward Drew Miller stole the puck from the Monarchs defense and sent the puck sliding through the crease in front of LaBarbera. Brent was skating by the left side of the crease and nudged the puck past LaBarbera's toes and over the goal line for his 10th mark of the season.

Forward Ryan Carter doubled the Pirates lead with his sixth goal of the season at 15:18 of the final period. Miller dug the puck out of the right corner deep in the Monarchs zone and fed a pass to Carter streaking between the hash marks. Carter snapped a one-timer past LaBarbera for a 3-1 lead. Brent collected his third point of the night with an assist on the goal.

LaBarbera took the loss stopping 17 shots. Marsters earned the win with 24 saves.

Manchester went 0-for-2 on the power play. Portland went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Monarchs face the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center on Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 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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Reunited Scoring Line Paces Admirals in Thriller

BINGHAMTON, NY - The reunion of Troy Brouwer, Martin St. Pierre and Brandon Bochenski paid dividends for the Norfolk Admirals (17-6-4-1) on Friday night, as the trio combined for ten points in a 7-5 victory over the Binghamton Senators (9-16-1-2) at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

The addition of leading scorers Martin St. Pierre and Brandon Bochenski to the Norfolk lineup after their recent call-up to the Chicago Blackhawks produced quick results for the Admirals. Just over a minute into the game, Bochenski broke up a Binghamton breakout in the Senators' zone, leading to a turnover. St. Pierre broke in on Senators' goalie Jeff Glass two-on-one with Troy Brouwer. St. Pierre's initial shot was kicked out by Glass to Brouwer, who sent a shot from the deep slot past the netminder's left leg at 1:13.

The Admirals also welcomed Dustin Byfuglien back to the lineup and the scoresheet on the power play midway through the opening period. The defenseman, who was in his first game following an injury, sent a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past a screened Glass 14:24 into the first period.

The Senators cut the Norfolk lead in half under a minute later. Ryan Vesce sent a shot wide of net that caromed off the end boards and back in front to Jeff Heerema. Binghamton's leading scorer put the puck past an unsuspecting Sebastien Caron for a power play tally at 15:15.

Serge Payer tied the game for the Senators 4:09 into the second period. He entered the Norfolk zone with speed on the right wing and deked a high shot before sending a low wrister through Caron's leg pads from the right faceoff dot.

It took just 1:12 for the Admirals to reclaim the lead on a power play. Brouwer sent the puck from the right half wall to a streaking St. Pierre in the slot. Norfolk's leader in assists took the shot himself this time, causing the goalie's water bottle to fly off top of the net as he dented the twine at 5:21.

Another Brouwer feed led to the Admirals fourth goal of the evening. He sent a cross-crease pass from the bottom of the left circle to Jonas Nordqvist at the opposite post. Nordqvist tapped the puck over the goal line for a power play tally at 14:59.

Norfolk stretched their lead to three with their third power play goal of the contest. Bochenski's shot from the left edge of the right faceoff circle went wide and ricocheted off the dasher boards behind the net to St. Pierre closing in on the left side of the slot. St. Pierre sent a shot from a sharp angle that deflected off Glass' stick and into the net at 18:13.

Just 1:24 into the third period, Cory Pecker tallied a power play marker by banking a shot from the bottom of the left circle off the inside of Caron's left pad and into the net.

The Admirals netted their sixth goal of the match with a strong keep-in play by Matt Keith and Jordan Hendry. After preventing the Senators from sending the puck out of the attacking zone twice, Keith got the puck to Craig MacDonald along the right half wall. The Admirals' captain walked in on new netminder Kelly Guard and deked a forehand shot before sliding a backhander around the sprawling goalkeeper at 4:02.

The goal would prove pivotal in the outcome of the game, as the Senators mounted a comeback charge shortly after MacDonald's goal. Binghamton closed to within two goals nearly three minutes later when Josh Hennessy one-timed an Andrew Ebbett offering past Caron at 6:59 for a power play goal.

Andy Hedlund made it 6-5 when his slap shot from the point on a five-on-three power play found the back of the net at 9:26.

However, the Admirals were able to stave off the Binghamton comeback efforts for the remainder of the final frame. Carl Corazzini cemented the victory with an empty-net goal at 19:48.

Caron (34 shots, 29 saves) picked up the win. Guard (10 shots, 9 saves) played the third period and was saddled with the loss. Glass (29 shots, 24 saves) played 40 minutes and did not receive a decision.

The Admirals were 3-7 on the power play. Binghamton was 4-9.

Norfolk travels to Springfield tomorrow for a 7:05 p.m. contest with the Falcons.

Three Stars:

1. Troy Brouwer - NOR

2. Martin St. Pierre - NOR

3. Jeff Heerema - BNG
 

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Sharks stab Wolf Pack in overtime

HARTFORD, CT - Garrett Stafford's first game-winning goal of the season gathered two-points in the Atlantic Division standings for the Sharks as they upended Hartford 5-4 in overtime. The Sharks scored three consecutive power play goals to come-from-behind on the Wolf Pack and improve to 12-10-1-4 on the year, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.

An entertaining first period of play included a combined four goals as the Sharks and Wolf Pack skated to a 2-2 tie through the opening twenty minutes of action. Ryan Callahan extended his franchise record goal-scoring streak to eight games for the Wolf Pack with an even strength tally just 1:30 into the contest. The Sharks responded with Tom Cavanagh slamming home a rebound for his fifth goal of the season and third against the Wolf Pack this year. Mike Iggulden, returning from a six game injury absence, assisted on the goal along with Lukas Kaspar. Worcester then earned their first lead of the night as Riley Armstrong converted a give-and-go with Grant Stevenson for Armstrong's 11th goal of the year and a 2-1 lead. Hartford Head Coach Jim Schoenfeld then pulled Steve Valiquette from the goal and replaced him with former first round draft pick Al Montoya. The goaltending swap lit a spark in the Hartford lineup as they scored a power play goal moments later to tie the game at 2-2. Nigel Dawes, converting an in-close set up from Lauri Korpikoski scored his first of the season.

Outscored in the second period 2-1, the Sharks trailed 4-3 after forty minutes of action. Nigel Dawes recorded his second goal of the game to re-establish the Hartford lead at 3-2. The even strength goal at 5:04 of the stanza was assisted by Greg Moore and David Liffiton. Dane Byers then jammed home a goal mouth scramble on the power play to extend the Hartford lead to 4-2, their largest of the night. The Sharks found some life late in the stanza on a power play goal from Tomas Plihal. Plihal, scoring his third of the year, was on the receiving end of a beautiful pass play set up from Lukas Kaspar and Grant Stevenson.

Grant Stevenson's power play strike at the 8:32 mark of the third period was the only tally of the final period and forced overtime. Patrick Traverse and Garrett Stafford set up Stevenson for his sixth goal of the year and his third point of the night.

Sustained pressure in the overtime session forced a hooking penalty against the Wolf Pack setting up the Sharks game-winning goal on the US Army Power Play. Garrett Stafford powered home a wrist shot from inside the Hartford blue line on assists from Mathieu Darche and Dan Spang. The Sharks, finishing the night with three consecutive power play goals, finished the night three-for-six on the man-advantage and earned a crucial two-points in the Atlantic Division standings.

Tomorrow night the Sharks host Manchester on "Charter Night" with SpongeBob SquarePants at the DCU Center. The first 3,000 fans at the game on Saturday will receive a team photo with a post-game autograph session with the team. The game will also be broadcast live on NewsTalk 580-WTAG and through the on-line broadband broadcaster for the AHL, B2 Networks. Fans can watch the game via B2 Networks at the team's official web site, Home Page - Worcester Sharks - AHL. Tickets for the game are on sale now at the DCU Center Box Office.
 

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Milwaukee Doubles Up Griffins, 6-3

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Milwaukee Admirals continued a remarkable run of success on Friday, taking a 6-3 decision over the Grand Rapids Griffins for their sixth straight victory at Van Andel Arena. They became just the third opponent to ever post six consecutive wins on the Griffins' ice, tying the IHL's Detroit Vipers and closing within one of the Chicago Wolves, who set the mark at seven during the 2004 calendar year.

The Griffins (12-12-2-2), who've been out-scored by a 28-10 margin during the Admirals' streak, will continue their stretch of four games in five nights on Saturday, in an 8 p.m. road start against the Peoria Rivermen.

Looking to rebound from their 2-1 shootout loss to the Griffins on Wednesday, the Admirals (11-11-2-2) jumped on top during the game's first power play with 5:05 left in the opening period. From below the goal line, Ramzi Amid sent a pass into the left circle to Mikko Lehtonen, who slapped the puck inside the left post past Jimmy Howard. A wild scramble around the Milwaukee net produced the equalizer for the Griffins at 18:18. A flurry of Grand Rapids shots were blocked by Admirals defensemen or denied by goalie Karl Goehring before Ryan Keller finally capitalized.

Milwaukee reclaimed its lead at the 7:53 mark of the second period. Seconds after the Griffins had successfully killed a penalty, a turnover in the right corner ended up in the back of their net, with John Vigilante accepting the gift and quickly scoring from the bottom of the circle. Another giveaway allowed the Admirals to build a 3-1 cushion, as Pat Leahy intercepted a lazy clearing attempt and traded passes with Cal O'Reilly before tapping a trickler under Howard at 12:10.

Continued breakdowns resulted in a pair of Milwaukee goals exactly one minute apart, as Brandon Segal banked a shot off Howard from the left goal line at 16:24, and Rich Peverley followed up with a tap-in for the Admirals' fourth goal in 9:31.

Stefan Liv entered the Grand Rapids crease in relief to begin the third period, and the Griffins got one back at 4:21 on a beautiful sharp-angle shot by Josh Langfeld that somehow weaved through Goehring. Langfeld then helped Grand Rapids creep within 5-3 at the 10:03 mark, setting up a Keller one-timer that gave the rookie his first two-goal game in the AHL. The Griffins continued applying the pressure, building a 15-1 advantage in shots for the period at one point, but Milwaukee put the game away when Ville Koistinen finished off a 2-on-1 with a blast past Liv from the right circle at 15:46.

Howard stopped 15 shots in suffering just his second regulation loss in his last nine decisions (6-2-1), while Liv made one save in 17:49 of work. Goehring earned the win with a 24-of-27 effort.
 

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Bears bounce Phantoms

PHILADELPHIA - Maxime Daigneault stopped 37 shots, including a third-period breakaway, and the Hershey Bears scored a shorthanded goal, an even-strength goal and an empty-netter in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phantoms before 7,176 at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Things started out well for the Phantoms, with Tony Voce securing the game's first goal just 1:54 into the contest. Mark Cullen scooped the puck out in front, where Voce was waiting to fire it home.

That lead stood until the second period, but was erased when Dave Steckel nudged a puck that just barely slid past Martin Houle and over the goal line at 4:34.

Hershey was operating on a power play 1:22 into the final period when Alexandre Giroux picked up the game-winner. Giroux was alone on the right side post when he took a pass from Joey Tenute from the left side and buried it to make the score 2-1. Then, with 30 seconds remaining and the Phantoms up 6-on-4 with a power play and an empty net, Fleischmann cleared the puck off the boards and watched it slide nearly 150 feet directly into the empty Phantoms goal.

Houle earned third star honors despite taking the loss with 27 saves on 29 of Hershey's 30 shots. Philadelphia fired 38 shots at Daigneault, its highest single-game total since Nov. 11, but Daigneault turned aside 37 of them to earn the win.

The Phantoms head to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to visit the Penguins tomorrow night in a 7:00 start. Philadelphia returns home on Sunday, December 17 to host the Toronto Marlies in a 5:05 start at the Wachovia Spectrum. The first 4,000 fans 14 and under will receive a free set of Phantoms trading cards courtesy of Pepsi. Individual tickets for all Phantoms games, including $8 tickets for children 14 and under anywhere in the building, are on sale now at phantomshockey.com or by calling 800-298-4200.
 
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