So what do James Wright and Lou Jankowski have in common?
Yes, both were born in Saskatchewan, 59 years apart. Before the Jankowski family moved to Hamilton, the late Lou Jankowski, who passed away at age 78 two years ago, was born in Regina. Wright hails from Saskatoon.
They both won junior championships. Jankowski was 16 and with the Hamilton Aerovox when they became provincial junior B Sutherland Cup champions. Wright celebrated a Memorial Cup title with the 2006-07 Vancouver Giants.
Over the weekend the 22-year-old Wright joined Jankowski as the players who ended the longest shutout streaks in AHL history.
Fifty-five years ago, Jankowski played for the Buffalo Bisons and scored on Cleveland Barons goalie Johnny Bower on Dec. 7, 1957 to end Bower's record shutout string of 249 minutes and 51 second that spanned over five games.
Abbotsford Heat goalie Barry Brust broke Bower's record on Saturday, but had his incredible shutout streak ended at 268:17 when Wright of the San Antonio Rampage beat him on a rebound during a second-period power play.
Brust began his streak on Oct. 20 by blanking the Chicago Wolves over the last 51:41 of the game after surrendering a first-period goal from Zack Kassian. Brust then checked in with three consecutive shutouts before Wright's goal in a 3-2 shootout win for Abbotsford.
The 29-year-old Brust, who won a Calder Cup championship with the 2010-11 Binghamton Senators, has five wins in five starts this season for a remarkable 0.59 goals-against average and .978 save percentage. The native of Swan River, Man. has stopped 131 of 134 shots.
Pasquale near perfect
Eddie Pasquale doesn't have a lengthy shutout streak like Brust, but the St. John's IceCaps netminder enjoyed a strong week. The 22-year-old Winnipeg Jets prospect, who won 24 games for St. John's a year ago, stopped 123 of 126 shots in three games which the IceCaps picked up five out of a possible six points.
The impressive play from the Toronto native has improved his save percentage to .929, good for eighth in the league.
Oklahoma on a roll
The Oklahoma Barons finally are seeing the results expected of them with their skillful young foursome in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and rookie defenceman Justin Schultz. Since Hall joined the lineup 11 games ago, the Barons have gone 7-3-1 and have won their last five in a row.
Schultz continues to be the surprise leader in the AHL scoring race with 10 goals and 28 points. Eberle is closing on his teammate. He's second with 11 goals and 26 points.
Nugent-Hopkins is fifth in the scoring race with eight goals and 20 points. Hall already is 39th in the league with four goals and 15 points.
The Syracuse Crunch picked up two more road wins over the weekend to keep them a near perfect 9-0-1 away from home this season. The defending champions only have one road loss in regulation time - a 4-1 defeat to Connecticut on May 7 - in their last 32 road games.
Last season, when Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL affiliate was based in Norfolk, they went on a pro record 28-game win to streak and won the Calder Cup Trophy. They won their final 13 regular season road games, went 8-1 away from home in the post-season and now have gone 9-0-1 on the road to start this season.
Kane keeps on going
Sometime in the New Year, 34-year-old Boyd Kane will become the 13th player in AHL history to play in his 900th career AHL game. The native of Swift Current, Sask. played in his 881st and 882nd career games over the weekend.
The former Regina Pats forward has won three Calder Cups with the 2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms, 2005-06 and 2009-10 Bears.
If you throw in the 31 NHL games he played earlier in his career Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals as well as another 74 games in the ECHL and UHL, Kane also is closing in on a 1,000 career pro regular season contests. He's at 987.
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