Joey Crabb of Anchorage has played a ton of AHL games -- a combined 352 regular-season and Calder Cup matches -- and Sunday he tied two of his career bests on that circuit.
Crabb furnished the Hershey Bears a hat trick and four points in a 6-3 win at Portland -- the hat trick ties his career best, as does the four points. On one other occasion -- for Chicago in a game against Peoria on Feb. 4, 2009 -- Crabb likewise bagged a hat trick and four points.
Crabb, a right wing who played half a season with the ECHL's Alaska Aces and who is under contract to the NHL's Washington Capitals, for whom he played 26 games and scored two goals, this season for Hershey owns 6-5--11 and +4 totals in nine games.
Elsewhere on the pro scene, the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes have recalled former UAF goaltender Chad Johnson, who has gone 2-0-1 for them this season, with a 1.32 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. He has spent the majority of the season with AHL Portland -- and, hey, hockey is a small world -- is the guy who surrendered Crabb's hat trick Sunday.
Also, former UAF and Aces forward Dion Knelsen next season will head back to Sparta Sarpsborg of Norway, where he played in 2010-11. He spent this season with Asploven in the second level of Swedish hockey, going 10-9--19 in 35 games.
Also, former Aces defenseman Benn Olson has re-upped with the Coventry Blaze in the Great Britain-based EIHL. He led that circuit in penalty minutes this season with 392 in just 53 matches. The next most penalized player was docked a mere 266 minutes.