AHL Read This: Norfolk Outdoor Hockey, Comets lose Stuart, Wild Fighting, Amerks Woes, Stars sign Dowling

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.

Comets lose Stuart for weekend, maybe longer

By JOHN PITARRESI

UTICA – The Utica Comets have another big three-game weekend coming up in their frantic stretch drive for the American Hockey League playoffs.

They’ll have to get through it without team captain Colin Stuart.

Comets coach Travis Green said Tuesday that Stuart, injured early in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Milwaukee Admirals, will miss Friday and Saturday home games with the Abbotsford Heat and Sunday’s game with the Iowa Wild at the Utica Memorial Auditorium at the very least.

“He’s going to be out for a while,” Green said, adding that is possible Stuart might miss the rest of the season.

The Comets have won seven of their last nine games. They are 28-27-3-4 for 65 points with 12 games remaining, and are five points out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, currently occupied by Rochester. They also trail Oklahoma City and Charlotte, although they have a game in hand on all three teams. Read More…

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Outdoor hockey at Harbor Park? Maybe someday

Norfolk Outdoor Hockey

Could the Norfolk Admirals play an outdoor game? It may be in works, it’s at least been talked about.
(Photo by Bob Howard)

By David Hall | PilotOnline.com

The NHL has done it 12 times since 2008, and it’s starting to become more commonplace in minor league hockey.

Norfolk has a baseball stadium and a professional hockey team, so it was worth asking: Could there someday be outdoor pro hockey at Harbor Park?

“We’ve kicked it around,” said Joe Gregory, the GM of both the Norfolk Admirals and the Norfolk Tides. Read More…

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AHL: Wild are going down fighting late in season

Written by Tommy Birch

After spending the night hitting their opponents, the Iowa Wild may have finally hit rock bottom.

Iowa suffered its fifth straight loss, had four players ejected, and continued its stumble to the end of the season during a fight-filled 7-0 defeat to Charlotte before 4,675 fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday night.

“I cannot imagine that as far as the frustrations go, that this wouldn’t be the bottom,” Iowa coach Kurt Kleinendorst said.

Things didn’t seem like they could get any worse for the Wild, who entered the night at the bottom of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference standings. Read More…

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Rochester Amerks’ woes keep mounting

Kevin Oklobzija, ROC

Apparently a seven-game losing streak that left them teetering on the edge of being a non-playoff team wasn’t enough to provide the Rochester Americans with a sense of urgency on Wednesday night.

No, instead of dynamic play from the first puck drop, they needed to play two embarrassing periods and dig a 3-0 hole before realizing that maybe the time had come for drastic measures.

Like playing hockey.

And by then it was far too late. After allowing the Amerks just six shots in the first 40 minutes, the Milwaukee Admirals overcame the little third-period speed bump called Amerks desperation, maintained control and defeated Rochester 3-1. Read More…

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Dallas Signs Justin Dowling to a Two-Year Contract

Texas Stars Hockey.com

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has signed center Justin Dowling to a two-year contract commencing for the 2014-15 season. Texas also announced that the club has signed left wing Derek Hulak to a professional tryout contract.

Dowling, 23, is in his third full professional hockey season and his second with Texas. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward has posted a career-high 39 points (9 goals, 30 assists) in 66 games with Texas this season, as well as a +12 plus-minus rating and 138 shots on goal. Last season during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, the native of Cochrane, Alberta finished tied for second on the Texas Stars with four points in nine games (1 goal, 3 assists).

Dowling went undrafted and was initially signed by the Texas Stars to an AHL contract on Jan. 7, 2013. In 194 career pro games, including 134 in the AHL, he has 145 points (46 goals, 99 assists) and 38 penalty minutes. Read More…

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First Generation To Design & Build Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL Website & Announce Marketing Partnership

From Digital Journal.com

First Generation is proud to announce a long-term marketing and services partnership with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. First Generation will design and develop the Phantoms’ American Hockey League (AHL) website for the start of the 2014-15 hockey season. Along with the website, FG will be the exclusive sponsor of the “Phantoms Penalty Kill” when the Phantoms take the ice this fall at the brand new PPL Center in Allentown, as well as several other marketing initiatives.

“We see this as something much more than a marketing opportunity and a showcase for our design and production expertise,” said Bill Carmody, CEO of First Generation. “This is an investment in Allentown and the entire Lehigh Valley region. We view the Phantoms and the PPL Center as the center of a rebirth for investment, prestige, and financial growth for many years to come. We’ve been proud to call Allentown our home for almost three decades, and we are overjoyed to share in the vision that the Phantoms have for the PPL Center and the Lehigh Valley.” Read More…

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Five important stats: Binghamton Senators dominant in overtime period

by mweinste | Press Connects.com

Binghamton Senators coach Luke Richardson has mentioned in the past about liking his team’s chances in 4-on-4 situations, and the numbers show he has reason to.

With Saturday’s 6-5 overtime victory over Norfolk, the B-Sens have played nine games this season that ended in overtime. Binghamton has won eight of them, at least two more overtime victories than any other team in the American Hockey League.

The secret to their success?

Speed. Not only do the B-Sens have plenty of playmakers, they have a lot of speed up front that can cause problems for opposing defensemen because off all the room on the ice. Read More…

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