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Great Eight: Moose extend winning streak

Down 1-0 late in the second period, the Manitoba Moose tallied four unanswered goals to extend their winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Four different players scored for Manitoba, led by Lee Goren with a goal and an assist in the win.

Wade Flaherty earned his fifth consecutive win for the Moose by stopping 31 of 32 shots, including all 15 in the final period.

With the win, the Moose improved their record to 30-16-7-4 and at 71 points, climbing to within two points of Rochester for the North Division lead.

J.J. Hunter, Nathan Smith and Brad Moran also scored for Manitoba, which has outscored its opponents 30-13 on its win streak and has not allowed more than two goals in any of the last seven contests.

Robbie Earl scored in the loss for Toronto.


GRAND RAPIDS 4, SYRACUSE 3 (SO)
Defenseman Kyle Quincey led Grand Rapids with a goal and an assist as the Grand Rapids Griffins came back to defeat the Syracuse Crunch, 4-3, in a shootout at Van Andel Arena.

Kip Miller and Evan McGrath tallied in the shootout to give Grand Rapids its sixth straight win at home. McGrath also scored in regulation, as did AHL All-Star defenseman Derek Meech. Quincey netted the tying goal with 3:36 left in regulation.

Stefan Liv stopped 33 of 36 shots in regulation and overtime and all four Syracuse players in the shootout to give the win to Grand Rapids.

Geoff Platt led the Crunch with a goal and two assists in the loss, their 10th straight at the hands of the Griffins.


HERSHEY 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2 (SO)
After losing a two-goal lead after two periods of play, the Hershey Bears salvaged the win over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by score of 3-2 in a shootout.

Tomas Fleischmann and Louis Robitaille each scored in regulation for Hershey while Mike Green and Alexandre Giroux provided goals in the shootout. It was the Bears’ second straight win over the Penguins after starting the season 1-3-0-1 against their in-state rival.

Maxime Daigneault made 38 saves and stopped all four skaters in the shootout to earn his first win since Jan. 14 and end Hershey’s two-game skid.

Defenseman Micki DuPont had a goal and an assist in a losing effort from the Penguins, who fell four points behind second-place Hershey in the East Division.


BINGHAMTON 3, MANCHESTER 2
Jeff Heerema scored a pair of goals as the Binghamton Senators used three consecutive tallies to edge the visiting Manchester Monarchs by a score of 3-2.

Josh Hennessy scored what proved to be the game winner when he was awarded a penalty shot 3:46 into the third period. He also added an assist on the night.

Jeff Glass stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn back-to-back wins for the first time since Dec. 9-10.

Marty Murray tallied both goals on the power play in the loss for the Monarchs.


LOWELL 3, WORCESTER 0
Scott Clemmensen was sharp in his debut for Lowell this season, stopping all 35 shots he faced as the Devils shut out the Worcester Sharks 3-0 at Tsongas Arena.

Clemmensen, who has seen just 150 minutes of action as Martin Brodeur’s back-up in New Jersey this season, was between the pipes for the first time since Dec. 14.

Aaron Voros tallied a pair of goals and Ryan Murphy added the other goal for Lowell, winners of three straight games.

With the win, the Devils improve to 26-22-5-2, and at 59 points, are in a tie with the Sharks for fourth place in the Atlantic Division.


PROVIDENCE 4, PORTLAND 0
Dennis Packard scored his first goal since Nov. 18, then added another one to lift the Providence Bruins to a 4-0 win over Portland at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Jordan Sigalet earned his second shutout of the year and fourth win in his last five starts by making 30 saves on the night for the P-Bruins, who had previously dropped its last two games.

Defensemen Sean Curry and Matt Lashoff provided the other tallies for Providence and fellow blueliner Nathan Dempsey recorded two assists.

The Bruins improved their record to 31-22-1-3 and 66 points to jump the Hartford Wolf Pack in the standings for second place in the Atlantic Division.


SAN ANTONIO 2, ROCHESTER 0
The Rampage put an end to their 16-game road trip by not allowing a single goal as they defeated the Rochester Americans, 2-0, at the Blue Cross Arena.

David LeNeveu captured his second shutout of the year by stopping all 29 shots from the Amerks.

Chris Ferraro and defenseman Bryan Helmer each scored for San Antonio, which finished its road trip with a 7-8-0-1 record.


NORFOLK 2, SPRINGFIELD 1
Corey Crawford stopped 34 of 35 shots to earn his 30th win of the season as the Norfolk Admirals handed the Springfield Falcons another one-goal loss, 2-1 at the MassMutual Center.

Defenseman Danny Richmond scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 2:59 of the second period on the power play.

The win evens the Admirals’ record at 2-2-0-0 thus far on their 10-game road trip.

David Bolland provided the other goal for Norfolk, which plays the remainder of its trip against Atlantic Division opponents, continuing in Hartford on Saturday night.

David Spina scored shorthanded for the Falcons, whose last eight losses have each been by a single goal.


PHILADELPHIA 4, BRIDGEPORT 1
Three straight goals to start the game helped the Philadelphia Phantoms to a 4-1 win over Bridgeport, ending the Sound Tigers’ team-record nine-game home winning streak.

Matt Davis had a pair of goals and added an assist along with a plus-3 rating, to help the Phantoms earn their third win the last four games.

Pete Zingoni and John Slaney provided the other goals for Philadelphia while Scott Munroe stopped 29 of 30 shots for his ninth win of the season.

Tomas Malec scored the lone goal for Bridgeport in the loss.


OMAHA 4, PEORIA 3 (SO)
Dustin Boyd played the hero for the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights by recording a pair of goals in regulation and scoring the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout to give Omaha a 4-3 win over Peoria at Carver Arena.

It was the Knights’ first win in their last 14 meetings with the Rivermen.

Curtis McElhinney earned the victory for Omaha by stopping 32 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime and five of six Rivermen in the shootout.

Defenseman Chris Lee added the other goal and Andrei Taratukhin recorded two assists for the Knights.

Trent Whitfield led the way for Peoria with a goal and an assist in the loss.