WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, SYRACUSE 0
Adam Berkhoel made 33 saves for his fourth shutout in nine appearances this season – and his third in a row – as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blanked Syracuse by a 3-0 final at the Wachovia Arena.
Berkhoel (6-2-0) blanked Lowell on Nov. 7 and Binghamton on Nov. 15, and he has now stopped all 86 shots sent his way over his last three appearances.
The Crunch suffered their first shutout of the season and saw their six-game points streak (5-0-0-1) come to an end.
TORONTO 5, ROCHESTER 2
Five different players registered multiple points as Toronto cruised to a 5-2 road win over Rochester on Wednesday night at the Blue Cross Arena.
Kris Newbury posted a game-high three points (1-2-3) for the Marlies, while Jeremy Williams tallied a pair of goals. With the victory, Toronto snapped its five-game losing skid (0-4-0-1) and improved to 5-7-0-2 overall.
Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge earned the win with 26 saves on 28 shots, snapping a personal four-game losing skid.
PORTLAND 4, HARTFORD 2
A trio of power play goals in the second period lifted Portland to a 4-2 road win over Hartford at the XL Center.
Pirates goaltender Adam Dennis made 34 saves in the win, which was Portland’s eighth in a row.
CHICAGO 5, LAKE ERIE 4
Chicago took a 5-1 lead and had to hold off a furious late rally to emerge with a 5-4 road win over Lake Erie at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Monsters originally took a 1-0 lead when Brian Willsie scored his eighth goal of the season at 4:33 of the first period. The goal came on the power play.
Chicago goaltender Dan Turple held on for the victory, finishing with 22 saves. The Wolves have now allowed four goals in consecutive games after not surrendering more than three in any of their first 14 contests.
WORCESTER 4, NORFOLK 3
Worcester scored a pair of third period goals to take a 4-3 win over visiting Norfolk at the DCU Center.
With the game tied 2-2, the Sharks received third-period markers from Cory Larose at 4:10 and Andrew Desjardins at 9:55. The Admirals drew closer on a Jamie Heward goal at 19:13, but they could not tie it.
MANCHESTER 4, HAMILTON 2
Teddy Purcell and Matt Moulson each posted a goal and an assist as Manchester doubled up Hamilton, 4-2, at Copps Coliseum in the opener of a five-game road trip.
Manchester goaltender Jonathan Bernier earned the victory with 26 saves.