Each Monday, NHL.com will take a look back at the weekend that was in the American Hockey League with an emphasis on the young stars and top prospects that are continuing their development. Here are some of the highlights from the past few days in the AHL:
The AHL season is now three weekends old, and one trend worth monitoring is that a number of teams are scoring a lot of goals. Three teams (Charlotte, Portland and Rochester) are averaging at least four goals per game, and four more teams (Connecticut, Houston, Manchester and Norfolk) are all one goal shy of being at four per contest.
Norfolk, which blitzed the league en route to the title last sason, led the AHL at 3.59 goals per game last season, and Hershey was second at 3.21.
Charlotte and Manchester had dominant weekends and are atop their respective divisions. The Checkers scored 14 times in sweeping three games on the road, including back-to-back shutouts in Peoria. The Monarchs won both of their games in convincing fashion and lead the AHL in goal differential at plus-12 through six games.