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Bears stick it to Amerks

Mike Souza scored three goals, Eric Perrin dished out four assists and Tom Lawson made 32 saves as Hershey posted a big 6-1 win over Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena on Friday night.

The loss brought a resounding end to the Americans’ 23-game home points streak (20-0-1-2), and allowed the Bears to keep their playoff hopes alive. Hershey trails Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by eight points for fourth place in the East Division.

Souza scored once in each period for the Bears, and Jeff Ulmer added a goal and two asists. Josh Olson and Mathieu Darche also scored.

Thomas Vanek had the lone Rochester goal on a second-period penalty shot.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Mark Hartigan scored two goals and assisted on another as Syracuse posted a 4-3 win over Cleveland… Jason Ward had two goals and an assist in Hamilton’s 7-3 win at Edmonton… Hannu Toivonen made 27 saves as Providence beat Worcester, 4-1… Colin Forbes scored twice and Chuck Kobasew and Dustin Johner had a goal and two assists apiece as Lowell downed Albany, 5-3… Tony Voce and Josh Gratton had a goal and an assist each for Philadelphia in a 5-1 win over Springfield… Michael Garnett made 35 saves in Chicago’s 4-1 win over Utah… Shane Endicott and Tomas Surovy scored early and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held on for a 2-1 win over Bridgeport… Milwaukee held off a late Cincinnati rally to earn a 4-3 victory over the Mighty Ducks… Mathieu Garon stopped 23 shots for his eighth shutout of the season, leading Manchester over Portland, 3-0… Joey MacDonald made 47 saves for Grand Rapids in a 3-2 shootout win over Houston.