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Bulldogs win fifth straight, continue climb in North

The Bulldogs continued their winning ways behind defensemen Dan Jancevski and Andre Benoit, who each tallied a goal and an assist to give Hamilton a 5-2 win over the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center on Sunday evening.

Hamilton has now won its last five games and has scored an average of 5.8 goals per game in that span.

Yann Danis stopped 30 of 32 shots in the contest and equaled his high from last season by earning his 17th win of the year.

Hamilton remains unbeaten in regulation in its last 12 games, going 10-0-1-1.

Corey Locke had two assists as teammates Mikhail Grabovski, Michael Lambert and Jonathan Ferland all tallied in the win for Hamilton.

Joey Tenute provided both goals in a losing effort for Hershey.


BRIDGEPORT 1, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 0
Defenseman Mark Wotton scored at 3:26 of the first period – and that was it, as the Sound Tigers edged the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1-0 at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Netminder Billy Thompson earned his third straight win and first shutout of the year with 25 saves to give Bridgeport its eighth-straight win at home.

Andrew Penner stopped 25 of 26 shots in a losing effort for the baby-Pens.


PORTLAND 4, WORCESTER 1
After falling behind 1-0 in the second period, the Pirates rattled off four consecutive goals to hand the visiting Sharks a 4-1 loss.

Matt Keith and Mark Hartigan led the Pirates with a goal and an assist each, as four different players provided goals for Portland, who remain unbeaten in regulation in its last five games, going 3-0-0-2.

Sebastien Caron backstopped the Pirates by making 26 saves to earn his third win since joining Portland on Dec. 29.

Drew Miller and Tim Brent also provided tallies for the Pirates.

Mike Iggulden scored the lone goal in the loss for Worcester.


HARTFORD 4, PROVIDENCE 1
A pair of goals from Ryan Callahan and a 26-save performance by netminder Alex Westlund thrust the Wolf Pack into second place in the Atlantic Division as Hartford defeated the Providence Bruins 4-1 in front of 9,196 fans at the Dunkin Donuts center.

Making his first start of the year, Westlund earned the win by stopping 26 of 27 shots and goals from Nigel Dawes, who also had an assist, and defenseman Marvin Degon gave Hartford its second win in as many days over the P-Bruins.

Hartford improved its record to 31-20-3-0 and 65 points, one point ahead of Providence in the Atlantic.

David Krejci got back on the scoring track, by tallying the lone goal in the loss for the P-Bruins.


LOWELL 3, SPRINGFIELD 2 (OT)
Stephen Gionta added to Springfield’s woes, scoring 1:22 into overtime to give Lowell a 3-2 win over the Falcons at the MassMutual Center, handing them their fourth-straight one-goal loss.

Lowell on the other hand, won its second-straight 3-2 game with goals from Ryan (J.) MurphyJ.and Chris Minard.

Jordan Parise backstopped the Devils to another win, making 22 saves to move Lowell into a tie for fifth place in the Atlantic Division with Portland.

Daniel Corso and David Spina each scored in a losing effort for the Falcons.


TORONTO 4, MANCHESTER 2
Tyson Nash scored two goals and Colin Murphy added a pair of assists as the Marlies doubled up the Monarchs 4-2 and took the tail end of a two-game set at Ricoh Coliseum against Manchester.

Justin Pogge earned his 10th win of the season by stopping 22 of 24 shots for Toronto.

Brett Engelhardt and Ben Ondrus provided the other tallies for the Marlies, who have won three of its last four games at home.

Defensemen Eric Werner and Peter Harrold both scored for Manchester in the loss.


PEORIA 7, GRAND RAPIDS 3
Five different Rivermen tallied a goal and an assist and Trent Whitfield added three helpers to give Peoria a 7-3 win at home over Grand Rapids.

Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped 24 of 27 shots in the contest to earn his sixth win in his last seven starts.

Jon DiSalvatore, Mike Glumac and Cam Keith had a goal and an assist each for the forwards, while Jamie Rivers and Tomas Mojzis led the Peoria defense with a tally and helper.

Kip Miller, Brendan Brooks and Jeff Campbell each scored in the loss for the Griffins.


MILWAUKEE 3, SAN ANTONIO 1
Defenseman Kevin Klein scored what proved to be the game winner as the Admirals edged the visiting Rampage by a score of 2-1 at Bradley Arena.

Milwaukee improved its record to 6-1-1-0 at home in its last eight games and 4-1-0-2 against the Rampage thus far in 2006-07.

Bracken Kearns had an assist and added an empty net goal for Milwaukee, who plays four of its next five games at home.

Brandon Segal scored the other goal for the Admirals as netminder Pekka Rinne stopped 40 of 41 shots to earn his fourth win this season with Milwaukee.

Jakub Koreis scored the lone goal for the Rampage.


NORFOLK 5, PHILADELPHIA 2
After a scoreless first period, the Norfolk Admirals netted four straight goals in an eventual 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Pierre Parenteau led the Admirals with a goal and three assists and teammates Troy Brouwer (1g, 2a) and David Bolland (3a) each had three points for Norfolk, who got its first win three-games into a nine-game road trip.

Jonas Nordqvist tallied a pair of goals, while Corey Crawford stopped 35 of 37 shots from the Phantoms to earn his first win since Feb. 3.

Pete Zingoni scored and teammate Darren Reid tallied a goal on a penalty shot in the third period in the loss for Philly, who inducted former team captain and head coach John Stevens into their hall of fame.


MANITOBA 3, ROCHESTER 0
Wade Flaherty earned his fourth straight win and stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first shutout of the year as Manitoba defeated the Rochester Americans 3-0 at Blue Cross Arena.

Jesse Schultz had a pair of goals and Jason Jaffray scored for the Moose, who ran their winning streak to seven games.

With the win over division leader Rochester, Manitoba improved its record to 29-16-7-4 and 69 points, just one point behind second-place Hamilton in the North Division.


CHICAGO 8, HOUSTON 0
Steve Martins recorded a goal and three assists, along with a plus-4 rating, and teammate Colin Stuart had a pair of goals as the Wolves routed the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center by a score of 8-0.

Brad Schell and Derek MacKenzie had a goal and an assist as Cory Larose and Braydon Coburn, who also posted a plus-4, registered two assists for Chicago, who avenged a 4-1 loss to the Aeros the night before.

Michael Garnett needed just 20 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and his first since opening night (Oct. 7).

Andre Deveaux, Darren Haydar and Nathan Oystrick rounded out the scoring for the Wolves, who are 4-1-1-1 in its last seven contests.