MILWAUKEE 5, GRAND RAPIDS 4
Milwaukee erupted for five goals in the first period and held on for a 5-4 road win over Grand Rapids on Saturday at Van Andel Arena and a sweep of the teams’ home-and-home set.
Nick Spaling netted a pair of goals for the Admirals as part of the first-period barrage, while Cal O’Reilly (pictured) posted a goal and two assists in the stanza.
The five goals marked a league-high for any first period this season and tied the previous high for goals in any period. Hamilton scored five times in the third period of a 6-3 win over Norfolk on Oct. 18.
Admirals goaltender Drew MacIntyre earned the win with 34 saves.
Landon Wilson paced the Griffins’ offense with a pair of goals. Grand Rapids became the last AHL team to suffer a regulation loss this season (4-1-2-1).
PROVIDENCE 5, SAN ANTONIO 1
Providence captain Jeremy Reich netted a hat trick to lead the Bruins to a 5-1 road win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 30 of 31 shots in the winning effort, helping Providence salvage the final tilt of its three-game West Division road trip.
Garth Murray scored for the Rampage, who fell to 2-7-0-0 on the campaign.
HARTFORD 3, ALBANY 1
Hartford jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and cruised to a 3-1 home-ice win over Albany at the XL Center.
Wolf Pack goaltender Matt Zaba earned his first career AHL victory with 25 saves on 26 shots. Hartford moved to 4-1-0-0 on its seven-game homestand, which concludes with a pair of games next weekend.
SPRINGFIELD 3, LOWELL 2
Ryan Potulny netted a pair of goals to help Springfield edge Lowell, 3-2, at Tsongas Arena.
Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned the win with 24 saves on 26 shots.
BRIDGEPORT 6, BINGHAMTON 5
Defenseman Jack Hillen’s second goal of the night broke a 5-5 tie at 19:50 of the third period and sent Bridgeport to a 6-5 road win over Binghamton at the Broome County Arena.
The Sound Tigers swept the teams’ two-game weekend set and moved to 6-1-0-0 in their last seven games overall.
Bridgeport goaltender Peter Mannino emerged with the victory, finishing with 25 saves.
WORCESTER 4, MANCHESTER 1
Four different players netted goals and netminder Thomas Greiss stopped 23 of 24 shots as Worcester took a 4-1 win over visiting Manchester at the DCU Center.
Worcester won for the second time in as many nights and moved to 4-2-0-0 since dropping its first two games.
Denny Johnston netted his first career AHL goal for the Monarchs in a losing effort.
PORTLAND 5, NORFOLK 3
Mark Mancari, Tim Kennedy, and ex-Admiral Mathieu Darche all tallied a goal and two assists as Portland outlasted Norfolk by a 5-3 count at the Scope to sweep the teams’ two-game weekend series.
Darche, who was named Rbk/AHL Player of the Week after posting 10 points in a brief four-game stint with Norfolk last season, netted the game-winning goal against his former team at 6:51 of the third period, breaking a 3-3 deadlock.
HAMILTON 5, ROCHESTER 3
Five different players netted goals as Hamilton took a 5-3 road win over struggling Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.
Bulldogs goaltender Cedrick Desjardins made 39 saves to earn his first victory of the season.
The Americans have now lost four straight games and are 1-9-0-0 for the season.
CHICAGO 3, IOWA 1
Riley Holzapfel and Grant Stevenson each tallied a goal and an assist as Chicago upended Iowa by a 3-1 count at the Wells Fargo Arena, earning a split of the teams’ two-game weekend set.
Ondrej Pavelec, who had been 5-3-1 with a 1.54 GAA while playing all of Chicago’s first nine games, was recalled by parent-club Atlanta earlier Saturday.
The Chops received their lone goal from Andrew Ebbett.
MANITOBA 3, QUAD CITY 1
Manitoba scored three unanswered goals after allowing the game’s first tally en route to a 3-1 road win over Quad City at the I Wireless Center.
Moose goaltender Karl Goehring stopped 38 of 39 shots in the winning effort.
Defenseman Brett Palin netted the Flames’ lone goal.
SYRACUSE 3, ROCKFORD 2
Jonathan Sigalet’s second goal of the night broke a 2-2 tie with 1:09 left in regulation and propelled red-hot Syracuse to a 3-2 road win over Rockford at the MetroCentre.
Sigalet also scored a shorthanded goal earlier in the third period to tie the game, and he assisted on a first-period goal by Tom Sestito.
Crunch goaltender Steve Mason made 22 saves in the victory, which was Syracuse’s fourth in a row and seventh in eight games overall (7-1-0-0).