PORTLAND 4, NORFOLK 0
Four different players scored goals and rookie goaltender Jhonas Enroth earned his first career North American shutout as Portland took a 4-0 road win over Norfolk in the first of the teams’ two-game set at the Scope Arena.
Enroth stopped all 29 shots he faced in the victory, and Nathan Gerbe scored for a fourth straight game… Click inside for all of Friday’s recaps.
After a scoreless first period, the Pirates took a 3-0 lead on second-period goals by Tim Kennedy, Felix Schutz, and Gerbe, who has registered five goals over his last four outings and seven for the season.
Aaron Slattengren added a goal in the third period for Portland, which is now 3-0-1-0 in its last four games and 4-1-1-0 for the season.
The teams will meet for a rematch on Saturday night.
HERSHEY 4, ALBANY 3 (SO)
Ex-River Rat Keith Aucoin netted the winning shootout goal to give Hershey a 4-3 road win over Albany at the Times Union Center.
Overtime, and eventually the shootout, was forced as a result of a third-period comeback by Albany, punctuated by a power play score off the stick of Bobby Hughes with just 0.7 seconds left in regulation.
Aucoin, who was an AHL All-Star for Albany the past two seasons, scored in the shootout’s fifth round to give Hershey the victory. Alexandre Giroux netted a shootout marker and a regulation goal for the Bears, who also received regulation scores from Andrew Gordon and Oskar Osala.
Bears goaltender Bobby Goepfert earned the win, stopping four of five in the shootout after making 25 saves through regulation and overtime.
WORCESTER 4, HARTFORD 2
Worcester outshot Hartford by a 30-12 margin over second and third periods en route to a 4-2 road win over the Wolf Pack at the XL Center.
Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss made 20 saves in the victory, helping Worcester move to 2-0-0-0 against the Wolf Pack on the season. The Sharks lost all eight meetings with Hartford last year.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau netted both goals for the Wolf Pack, giving him five for the season.
BRIDGEPORT 4, BINGHAMTON 2
Tim Jackman netted a pair of goals to break a 2-2 tie and give Bridgeport a 4-2 win over Binghamton in the first of the teams’ two-game set at the Broome County Arena.
Jackman snapped the 2-2 deadlock with a power play goal at 19:49 of the second period and added an insurance goal just 1:40 into the third, also on the power play.
SPRINGFIELD 4, LOWELL 1
Springfield scored four unanswered goals on its way to a 4-1 home-ice win over Lowell at the MassMutual Center.
Vladimir Zharkov initially gave the Devils a 1-0 lead just 2:10 into the contest.
HAMILTON 3, LAKE ERIE 2
Ryan White broke a 2-2 tie with 10:37 left in the third period and Hamilton held on for a 3-2 win over visiting Lake Erie at Copps Coliseum.
That set the stage for White’s decisive tally in the third. Bulldogs goaltender Marc Denis earned the victory with 29 saves on 31 shots.
TORONTO 5, ROCHESTER 2
Toronto went 4-for-5 on the power play en route to a 5-2 road win over Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.
IOWA 2, CHICAGO 1
Bobby Ryan’s power play goal at 8:44 of the third period lifted Iowa to a 2-1 win over visiting Chicago at Wells Fargo Arena.
A member of the AHL’s All-Rookie Team last season, Ryan now shows three goals in his last two games for the Chops, who have won four of their last six games (4-2-0-0).
Chops goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur earned the win with 25 saves. The loss ended Chicago’s six-game points streak (5-0-0-1).
MILWAUKEE 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (OT)
Defenseman Robert Dietrich scored his first career AHL goal 2:59 into overtime to give Milwaukee a 3-2 win over Grand Rapids at the Bradley Center in the first of the teams’ home-and-home set this weekend.
Fellow Admirals blueliner Cody Franson, an AHL All-Rookie Team member last season, sent the game to overtime with his second goal of the year 14:12 into the third period.
PEORIA 4, QUAD CITY 2
Steve Regier netted his second consecutive two-goal game as Peoria doubled up Quad City by a 4-2 count at Carver Arena.
Regier now shows a team-high seven goals (7-4-11) on the season, including three separate two-goal efforts overall.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, SAN ANTONIO 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied from a 1-0 deficit to post a 3-1 road win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
After a scoreless first period, Brett MacLean gave the Rampage a 1-0 lead with his fourth goal of the season 6:36 into the middle stanza.
HOUSTON 4, PROVIDENCE 2
Jason Deitsch tallied a goal and two assists as Houston doubled up Providence by a 4-2 final at the Toyota Center.