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Crunch keep scoring, defeat Pens for third straight win

The Syracuse Crunch rolled to their third straight win with a 5-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter on Saturday night.

Tomas Popperle earned his 18th win of the year by stopping 30 of 31 shots for Syracuse, which has scored a total 17 goals in its last three games.

Curtis Glencross led the way with two goals and an assist for the Crunch, while Joakim Lindstrom extended his scoring streak to five games (5g, 5a) with a goal and an assist.

Ryan Caldwell and Philippe Dupuis each recorded goals to round out the scoring on the night for the Crunch, who are 6-1-0-1 in their last eight games.

Ryan Stone scored the lone goal in a losing effort for the Penguins.


ALBANY 6, ROCHESTER 4
Dan DaSilva netted a pair of goals and Jakub Petruzalek added three assists during the first period as the Albany River Rats defeated the Rochester Americans by a score of 6-4 in front of 7,111 at the Times Union Center.

The win snaps the River Rats’ two-game skid and adds to the woes of the Amerks, who have lost three straight games and seven of the last eight contests.

Tyler Weiman made 27 saves, including a penalty shot awarded to Janis Sprukts in the second period, in the win for Albany.

Ryan Bayda recorded a goal and two assists and Pat Dwyer, Cody McLeod and Mark Flood rounded out the scoring for Albany.

Kamil Kreps scored two goals and defenseman Andrej Sekera recorded a plus-3 in a losing effort for the Amerks.


HAMILTON 1, TORONTO 0
Kyle Chipchura tallied the lone goal of the contest with 13 seconds left in the second period as the Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Toronto Marlies 1-0 at Ricoh Coliseum.

The teams meet again on Sunday afternoon on Rogers Sportsnet.

Philippe Sauve stopped all 31 shots he faced for his second shutout of the year and first since joining the Bulldogs, who are now three points ahead of third-place Rochester in the North Division.

Justin Pogge stopped 27 of 28 shots in a losing effort for the Marlies, who have now dropped their last four contests.


BRIDGEPORT 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
Eric Boguniecki recorded a goal and three assists as Bridgeport scored five times in the third period to get past the visiting Philadelphia Phantoms by the score of 5-4.

Steve Regier had a goal and a helper and Jamie Johnson, Frans Nielsen and Allan Rourke rounded out the scoring for the Sound Tigers, who snapped a six-game losing streak with the win.

Wade Dubielewicz stopped 29 of 33 shots to earn his 20th win of the year.

Captain John Slaney had three assists in a losing effort for Philadelphia, which falls eight points behind Bridgeport for fourth place in the East Division.


HARTFORD 3, LOWELL 2 (SO)
The Hartford Wolf Pack erased a 2-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Lowell Devils by a score of 3-2 in a shootout before 7,946 fans at the Hartford Civic Center.

With the win, and a loss by Providence, the Wolf Pack jump back into second place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 37-23-3-0 and 77 points.

Jarkko Immonen had a goal and an assist, and defenseman Marvin Degon scored for the second straight night as the Wolf Pack ended a two-game losing streak.

Al Montoya stopped 31 of 33 shots and four of five players in the shootout for Hartford, while Ryan Callahan and Dwight Helminen each scored in the shootout to earn the win.

Petr Vrana and Nicklas Bergfors scored in regulation for the Devils, who are now tied with Worcester for fourth place in the Atlantic.


WORCESTER 3, MANCHESTER 1
Thomas Greiss stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Worcester Sharks downed the visiting Manchester Monarchs 3-1 at the DCU Center.

Graham Mink and Tom Cavanagh each recorded a goal and an assist for the Sharks, whose win combined with a Lowell loss moves them into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division with 71 points and a record of 30-24-3-8.

Lukas Kaspar also tallied for Worcester in the win.

Matt Moulson recorded the only goal in loss for Manchester.


HERSHEY 3, PORTLAND 2
Kyle Wilson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 8:25 remaining in the third period as the Hershey Bears edged the Portland Pirates by a score of 3-2 before 6,683 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Wilson also added an assist and teammate Alexandre Giroux had two points as the Bears won for the second night in a row. Hershey has earned points in six straight (5-0-1-0).

Jeff Pietrasiak stopped 24 of 26 shots in the contest to earn his second win in just his third start for the Bears and in his AHL career.

Joe Motzko and Eric Weinrich each had a goal for Portland in a losing effort.

It was Hershey’s first visit to Maine since last spring’s epic Eastern Conference championship series with the Pirates.


SPRINGFIELD 3, PROVIDENCE 2
Norm Milley tallied a pair of goals as the Springfield Falcons defeated the Providence Bruins by the score of 3-2 at the MassMutual Center.

Karri Ramo earned the win by stopping 38 shots for Springfield, who won for the second time in the last three contests.

Former Bruin Eric Healey had a goal and an assist for the Falcons, while Bill LeClerc and David Krejci each scored in the loss for the P-Bruins.


NORFOLK 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (OT)
Pierre Parenteau scored his second goal of the night with 28 seconds gone in overtime as the Norfolk Admirals posted a 4-3 win over the Binghamton Senators.

Adam Burish and Troy Brouwer also tallied for the Admirals, who are unbeaten in regulation in the last six games, going 5-0-1-0. It was also Norfolk’s franchise-record 44th win of the season, and improved the Ads’ record to 30-3-2-0 on home ice.

Mike Brodeur improved his record to 3-1-0 by making 23 saves in the win.

Andrew Ebbett scored two of the B-Sens’ three goals in the loss.

Attendance at Scope was 6,411.


MILWAUKEE 6, CHICAGO 4
A four-goal third period proved to be the difference as the Milwaukee Admirals defeated the Chicago Wolves, 6-4, at before 12,829 fans at Allstate Arena.

Chris Durno netted a hat trick and Pat Leahy recorded four assists for Milwaukee, which rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit. Kim Staal added two goals and Bracken Kearns also tallied for the Admirals.

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to backstop Milwaukee to victory.

Niko Dimitrakos led the Wolves with a pair of goals in the loss, and Brett Sterling added his league-leading 45th goal of the season.


MANITOBA 3, IOWA 1
For the second straight night, the Manitoba Moose downed the visiting Iowa Stars, this time in a 3-1 victory in front of 9,684 fans at the MTS Centre.

Iowa had taken an eight-game road winning streak into its two-game set in Winnipeg.

Three different players netted goals for the Moose, including Lee Goren who led the way with a goal and an assist. With the win, Manitoba extended its winning streak to five in a row, having outscored opponents 19-5 in that span. The Moose have won 14 of their last 15 games and are 26-5-4-2 since Dec. 8.

Wade Flaherty held the Stars to one goal for the second straight game, stopping 21 of 22 shots for the Moose.

Greg Rallo scored the lone goal in a losing effort for Iowa.


OMAHA 6, GRAND RAPIDS 2
Shut out in their two pevious outings, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights scored four times in the second period and rolled to a 6-2 win over Grand Rapids before 6,658 fans at the Civic Auditorium.

Carsen Germyn netted two goals and added an assist and Brandon Prust also scored twice for Omaha, which is one point back of first-place Chicago in the West Division with two games in hand.

Curtis McElhinney earned his 27th win of the year with 18 saves for the Knights, while fellow AHL All-Star Dustin Boyd put up three points with a goal and two assists.

Ben Simon and Jamie Tardif scored in the loss for Grand Rapids.


HOUSTON 4, PEORIA 3 (SO)
Peter Olvecky played the hero for the Aeros, scoring a pair of goals in regulation and the decisive goal in the shootout as Houston ended its eight-game winless streak with a 4-3 win over the visiting Peoria Rivermen.

Dieter Kochan made 24 saves to earn his third win of the year for Houston, allowing only three goals to Peoria forward Mike Glumac. Glumac now has eight goals in his last six games.

Defenseman Curtis Murphy tallied the other goal in regulation for the Aeros, who open up a five-game road trip next week.

Attendance at the Toyota Center was 11,678. A total of 91,711 fans attended the 13 games on Saturday’s AHL schedule, an average of 7,054 per game.