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D’Agostini propels Bulldogs with four goals

Matt D’Agostini scored four goals, including the game-winner on a power play with 17.2 seconds left in overtime, to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-4 win over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night.

Francis Lemieux added a goal and two assists and Corey Locke recorded three assists for Hamilton, which remains four points out of first place in the North Division.

Yann Danis made 38 saves for the Bulldogs to earn his 18th win of the year and hand the Crunch their third straight loss.

Joakim Lindstrom scored his 18th goal of the season for Syracuse.


MANITOBA 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (SO)
Jesse Schultz netted a goal in the eighth round of a shootout to lift the Manitoba Moose to their sixth straight win, a 3-2 victory over Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena.

Brad Moran tallied a goal and an assist in regulation and Yannick Tremblay also potted a goal as North Division-leading Manitoba earned its 15th victory in its last 16 games.

Former Griffins goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 22 of 24 shots in regulation and seven of eight attempts in the shootout to improve to 16-3-0 in his last 19 decisions.

Tony Voce led Grand Rapids in the loss with a goal and an assist.


PEORIA 1, MILWAUKEE 0 (SO)
Marek Schwarz made 21 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped five of six Admirals in a shootout to give Peoria a 1-0 win over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

Michal Birner and Mike Glumac each tallied in the shootout to help the Rivermen snap their five-game winless streak.

Pekka Rinne, 4-1-2 in his last seven decisions, stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season for Milwaukee.


CHICAGO 5, OMAHA 4
Brett Sterling scored his 50th goal and Darren Haydar topped the 100-point mark, but it was fellow 2007 AHL All-Star Nathan Oystrick who played the role of hero, scoring 17 seconds into overtime to give the Chicago Wolves a 5-4 win over Omaha at the Civic Auditorium.

Sterling, who also had two assists on the night, became the fifth rookie in American Hockey League history to score 50 goals in a season. Haydar finished with two goals and an assist, giving him a league-best 102 points (34g, 68a).

Michael Garnett made 24 saves in the contest to improve his record to 18-12-1 and increase Chicago’s lead over Omaha atop the West Division to four points. Jordan LaVallee also scored and Jason Krog and Cory Larose each added a pair of assists for the Wolves.

Rookie Dustin Boyd had a goal and an assist and Andrei Taratukhin recorded three assists in the loss for Omaha.


IOWA 3, SAN ANTONIO 2 (SO)
Mark Ardelan scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Iowa Stars a 3-2 win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center.

Dan Ellis stopped 22 of 24 shots and all five players in the shootout to improve his record to 22-18-1. Shane Endicott and Janos Vas both scored in regulation to help the Stars end their three-game losing skid.

Donald MacLean and Ryan Garlock had the goals for the Rampage.


WORCESTER 7, HERSHEY 6 (SO)
Former Bears Mathieu Darche and Graham Mink each tallied two goals and an assist for Worcester and Mike Iggulden scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Sharks posted a wild 7-6 win over visiting Hershey.

Thomas Greiss stopped 22 of 24 shots in relief of Dimitri Patzold, and thwarted all five Bears in the shootout to give the Sharks their third win in the last four contests. Worcester is now three points out of fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Matt Hendricks (2g, 2a) and Kyle Wilson (1g, 3a) each tallied four points for the Bears, who closed to within four points of first-place Norfolk in the East Division.

The teams combined for seven goals in the first period and five more in the third.


ALBANY 3, BINGHAMTON 2
Matt Murley scored what proved to be the game-winning goal 3:18 into the third period, giving the Albany River Rats a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Arena.

Murley also added an assist and teammate Keith Aucoin notched a goal and assist to extend his scoring streak to seven games (5g, 8a) and give the Rats their fourth consecutive victory.

Tyler Weiman stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn his 22nd win of the year for Albany, which remains one point ahead of fifth-place Bridgeport in the East.

Andrew Ebbett and Ryan Vesce both scored for the B-Sens, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games.


PORTLAND 4, LOWELL 3 (SO)
Sebastien Caron made 27 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped three of four players in the shootout to lift the Portland Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Lowell Devils at the Tsongas Arena.

Geoff Peters, Matt Keith and Mark Hartigan all tallied in regulation for Portland, who went 2-for-3 on the power play in the win. The Pirates improved to 8-3-1-4 in their last 16 games.

Chris Minard had a goal and an assist and Mike Mottau registered a pair of assists in the loss for Lowell.


PHILADELPHIA 3, ROCHESTER 0
Ryan Potulny scored a pair of goals and Scott Munroe stopped all 25 shots to earn his first professional shutout, leading the Philadelphia Phantoms to a 3-0 win over the visiting Rochester Americans at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Matt Ellison rounded out the scoring on the night and Mark Cullen added two assists to help the Phantoms earn their second consecutive win at home.

Philadelphia remains nine points behind Albany in the race for fourth place in the East Division.


BRIDGEPORT 5, NORFOLK 3
Eric Boguniecki scored with two minutes left in the third period, snapping a tie and sending Bridgeport to a 5-3 win in Norfolk.

Boguniecki’s three-point night gives him 17 points in his last eight games.

Jeff Tambellini scored a pair of goals and Frans Nielsen added a goal and two assists as the Sound Tigers handed the Admirals just their fourth regulation loss on home ice all season (30-4-2-0).

Billy Thompson stopped 31 of 34 shots to earn his ninth win of the season and Gregg Johnson added a goal and an assist to round out the scoring for the Sound Tigers.

Defenseman Jordan Hendry scored two goals for Norfolk, but his double-minor penalty with 3:09 left in the third set the stage for Bridgeport’s late heroics.


HARTFORD 3, PROVIDENCE 2
Jarkko Immonen scored a goal and an assist and Nigel Dawes scored the game-winner early in the third period as the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack edged the Providence Bruins by a score of 3-2.

With the win, Hartford opened up a three-point lead over second-place Providence in the Atlantic Division, and closed to within four points of division-leading Manchester.

Al Montoya stopped 27 shots for his third straight win and 21st victory of the year for Hartford. Defenseman Corey Potter also tallied his first AHL goal in the win.

Marco Rosa tallied a goal and an assist in a losing effort for the P-Bruins.


TORONTO 4, HOUSTON 3
Tyson Nash and Chris Harrington both tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Toronto Marlies past the visiting Houston Aeros by the score of 4-3 at Ricoh Coliseum.

Justin Pogge stopped 22 of 25 shots to earn the win for Toronto, which evened their record to 2-2-0-0 on its five-game homestand.

John Mitchell and Jaime Sifers rounded out the scoring for the Marlies, while Aleksander Suglobov registered three assists in the win.

Benoit Pouliot led the Aeros with a goal and an assist in the loss.


MANCHESTER at SPRINGFIELD, ppd.
The game between the Springfield Falcons and the Manchester Monarchs, scheduled to be played at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., was postponed due to inclement weather.

It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 25, at 4:05 p.m. ET, and the Falcons announced that tickets dated March 16 can be used for the game on March 25.