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Brouwer helps IceHogs topple Bruins, 5-1


Saturday’s Boxscores

ROCKFORD 5, PROVIDENCE 1
Rockford jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period and a 5-0 advantage after two periods on its way to a 5-1 victory over league-leading Providence on Saturday before 6,051 fans at the MetroCentre.

Troy Brouwer netted a pair of power play goals for the IceHogs, giving him a league-high 19 man-advantage markers on the season.

Jack Skille and Derek Nesbitt each had a goal and an assist for the IceHogs, while Colin Fraser also lit the lamp. Three-time AHL All-Star Martin St. Pierre chipped in a pair of helpers in the winning effort.

IceHogs goaltender Mike Brodeur made 21 saves and improved to 2-1-0 in the AHL this season.

His shutout bid was denied with 14 seconds left in the game by Providence’s Martins Karsums.

The Bruins, whose four-game winning streak came to an end, continue their West Division road trip on Sunday at Chicago in a match-up of the AHL’s top two teams.


ALBANY 3, WORCESTER 2 (SO)
Albany rallied for a pair of third-period goals and went on to a 3-2 victory over visiting Worcester at the Times Union Center.

Trailing 2-0 entering the final periods, the River Rats received power play markers from Kiel McLeod at 7:17 and Marc Cavosie at 14:05. Both players notched their second goals in as many nights.

Cavosie also scored in the shootout, as did Jeff Hamilton and Jakub Petruzalek, whose eighth round conversion provided the difference.

River Rats goaltender Michael Leighton earned the win with 30 saves, helping Albany extend its season-high winning streak to six games.

T.J. Fox, a rookie out of nearby Union College, netted a goal in regulation and added a shootout marker for the Sharks. Worcester captain Graham Mink also scored in regulation.


BRIDGEPORT 3, BINGHAMTON 2
Clear Day acquisition Colton Fretter paid quick dividends for Bridgeport, scoring a pair of goals to help the Sound Tigers to a 3-2 victory over visiting Binghamton at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Steve Regier netted the eventual game-winner at 17:32 of the second period, and Bridgeport goaltender Joey MacDonald denied 31 of 33 shots in the win.

Trevor Smith picked up a pair of assists to extend his scoring streak to 10 games, and Matt Keith also contributed two helpers. The Sound Tigers moved to 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games.

Ilya Zubov and Niko Dimitrakos scored in the losing effort for the Senators.


HAMILTON 3, HERSHEY 2
Mathieu Biron’s goal at 9:18 lifted Hamilton over Hershey, 3-2, at Copps Coliseum in a rematch of the 2007 Calder Cup Finals.

The Bulldogs, who won the championship in five games over the Bears, jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Eric Manlow and Daniel Corso.

But the Bears pulled even by the end of the second period on power play goals by Andrew Gordon and Alexandre Giroux.

Biron’s decisive tally made a winner of Hamilton goaltender Yann Danis, who stopped 31 of 33 shots to help the Bulldogs move to 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 contests.


MANCHESTER 2, HARTFORD 1
Matt Moulson scored at 6:27 of the third period as Manchester eked out a 2-1 road victory over Hartford at the XL Center.

The teams exchanged first-period goals, with Brady Murray scoring for the Monarchs and Dane Byers for the Wolf Pack. Byers’ goal came on the power play.

Moulson’s 21st goal of the season was assisted by Paul Crosty and 2008 AHL All-Star Teddy Purcell.

Connecticut native Jonathan Quick stopped 37 of 38 shots in the winning effort for Manchester. David LeNeveu made 30 saves in his Wolf Pack debut.


SPRINGFIELD 4, PORTLAND 2
Four skaters lit the lamp as Springfield doubled up visiting Portland, 4-2, at the MassMutual Center.

Grant Potulny, Ben Simon, Stephen Werner, and Marc Pouliot all scored for the Falcons, who maintained a four-point lead over Manchester for the Atlantic Division’s final playoff spot.

Springfield goaltender Jeff Deslauriers made 28 saves in the victory, upping his season record to 21-17-5.

2008 AHL All-Star Bobby Ryan posted a goal and a helper for the Pirates, and Geoff Platt notched his second goal in as many nights.


IOWA 5, TORONTO 4 (SO)
James Neal tied the game with just 39 seconds left in regulation and netted the decisive shootout goal as Iowa rallied past Toronto by a 5-4 final at Ricoh Coliseum.

Iowa took a 3-2 lead into the third period on the back of goals by Marty Sertich, Toby Petersen, and Konstantin Pushkarev. Sertich and Petersen each tallied their 20th goals of the campaign.

But Toronto’s Colin Murphy and Bates Battaglia lit the lamp in the third period, giving the Marlies a 4-3 lead with less than six minutes to play.

Neal’s tying goal was his 11th tally of the season. His winner came in the seventh round of the shootout, after he had already scored in the third round.


LOWELL 5, NORFOLK 2
Five different skaters lit the lamp as Lowell rolled to a 5-2 win over visiting Norfolk at the Tsongas Arena.

Ivan Khomutov, Rosario Ruggeri, and Ryan (J.) Murphy paced the Devils with a goal and an assist apiece. Rod Pelley and 2008 AHL All-Star Petr Vrana also scored.

Devils goaltender Dave Caruso only had to make 16 saves in the win, as his club outshot the Admirals by a final count of 44-18.

Radek Smolenak and Karl Stewart scored for Norfolk, and goaltender Marc Denis made 39 saves in the losing effort.


PHILADELPHIA 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Ryan Potulny netted a pair of third-period goals to lead Philadelphia over host Wilkes-Barre Scranton by a 3-1 count at the Wachovia Arena.

Boyd Kane picked up the primary assist on both of Potulny’s markers, the second of which went into an empty net with 49 seconds left in regulation.

Phantoms defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick also scored, notching his first AHL goal since the 2005-06 season as a member of Rochester.

Philadelphia goaltender Scott Munroe made 28 saves in the victory, which improved the East-leading Phantoms to 7-1-1-1 in their last 10 contests.

Defenseman Alain Nasreddine scored for the Penguins, who fell to 1-4-0-0 in their last five games.


SYRACUSE 3, ROCHESTER 1
Joakim Lindstrom and Adam Pineault each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Syracuse to a 3-1 win over visiting Rochester at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

Clay Wilson also scored for the Crunch, and goaltender Karl Goehring made 26 saves between the pipes. Syracuse has picked up a point in 12 of its last 13 games (8-1-0-4).

Defenseman Martin Lojek lit the lamp for the Americans, who dropped their third straight contest.


MILWAUKEE 6, CHICAGO 4
Milwaukee exploded for four goals in the third period on its way to a 6-4 victory over host Chicago at the Allstate Arena.

Rich Peverley had a game-high four points (1-3-4) for the Admirals, while Janne Niskala and Antti Pihlstrom contributed a goal and an assist apiece.

Admirals goaltender Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the winning effort.

Matt Anderson scored his first AHL regular-season goal for the Wolves, who also received markers from Kevin Doell, Jason Krog, and Brett Sterling.

The loss ended Chicago’s points streak at 12 games (10-0-1-1).


PEORIA 2, LAKE ERIE 1
Peoria scored a pair of goals just 1:25 apart in the first period and held on for a 2-1 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Carver Arena.

Mike Glumac gave the Rivermen a 1-0 lead at 11:23 of the first period, and Trent Whitfield followed at 12:48. Both players notched their 15th goal of the season.

Defenseman Mitch Love put the Monsters on the board at 15:13 of the third period.

Peoria goaltender Marek Schwarz earned the victory with 26 saves, ending the Rivermen’s three-game losing streak.


QUAD CITY 3, MANITOBA 2 (SO)
Quad City converted on all three of its shootout attempts to pull out a 3-2 win over host Manitoba before 10,589 fans at the MTS Centre.

Grant Stevenson, Carsen Germyn, and Krys Kolanos all netted shootout goals for the Flames, who won their third straight and moved to 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 contests.

After a scoreless first period, Quad City took a 2-0 lead in the second stanza on the back of goals by Warren Peters and Krys Chucko.

Manitoba’s Jason Jaffray scored later in the middle stanza, and Alexandre Bolduc’s shorthanded goal at 15:08 of the third period tied the score.

Flames goaltender Curtis McElhinney earned the victory after stopping 33 of 35 shots through regulation and overtime, and denying three of four Manitoba shootout attempts.