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Holtet tallies late hat trick, lifts Stars over Rampage

Marius Holtet scored three goals in the final 9:34 of regulation, lifting Iowa to a 5-4 comeback win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center on Sunday evening.

The Rampage had scored three times earlier in the third period to take a 4-2 lead, but the Stars rallied to earn their second win over San Antonio on the weekend. The big win leaves Iowa one point behind fourth-place Peoria in the West Division playoff race.

After pulling Iowa to within a goal at the 10:26 mark, Holtet tied the score with 3:00 to play and put the Stars in front with 1:52 on the clock.

Paul Szczechura and Konstantin Pushkarev also tallied in the win for Iowa, Janos Vas and Francis Wathier each recorded a pair of assists and Dan Ellis made 16 saves to earn his 23rd win on the year.

Donald MacLean led the Rampage with two goals in a losing effort.


MANITOBA 4, PEORIA 0
Dov Grumet-Morris stopped all 28 shots he faced in his Manitoba debut to lead the Moose to a 4-0 win over Peoria at Carver Arena.

Jannik Hansen led the offense with a goal and two assists. Brandon Reid, J.J. Hunter and Nathan Smith also scored in the win, the Moose’s eighth in a row and 17th in their last 18 games.

Grumet-Morris has three shutouts on the season, one each with three different AHL teams (Portland, Hamilton, Manitoba)

With the win, Manitoba has opened up a six-point lead atop the North Division.


SYRACUSE 3, HAMILTON 2
Steven Goertzen and Ryan Keller scored third-period goals to lift Syracuse to a 3-2 win over Hamilton at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Tomas Popperle stopped 23 of 25 shots, including all 11 in the third period, to earn his 20th win of the year and give Syracuse its second consecutive victory.

Matt D’Agostini scored his fifth goal in the last two games for Hamilton.


LOWELL 2, HARTFORD 0
Jordan Parise stopped all 36 shots he faced for his first professional shutout as the Lowell Devils defeated the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack, 2-0, at the Tsongas Arena.

Chris Minard and Dan LaCouture scored in the third period for Lowell, which has gone 5-0-0-3 in its last eight games.

With the win, the Devils remain three points ahead of fifth-place Worcester in the Atlantic Division.

Chris Holt stopped 23 of 24 shots in his first start of the season for the Wolf Pack.


PROVIDENCE 5, MANCHESTER 0
Hannu Toivonen made 25 saves to earn his first shutout of the year as the Providence Bruins defeated the first-place Manchester Monarchs, 5-0, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Standout rookie David Krejci provided a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who had lost their previous four meetings with the Monarchs.

Nate Thompson, Pascal Pelletier, Marco Rosa and Nathan Dempsey rounded out the scoring for Providence.

Jason LaBarbera allowed five goals on 22 shots for Manchester, which has lost three in a row.


WORCESTER 3, PORTLAND 2
Tom Cavanagh scored twice and Mathieu Darche added a goal and an assist as Worcester rallied from two goals down to post a 3-2 win over the visiting Portland Pirates.

Thomas Greiss stopped 22 of 24 shots for his fourth win in his last five decisions for the Sharks.

Ryan Carter and Brian Salcido each scored in a losing effort for Portland.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, ALBANY 3
Defenseman Micki DuPont netted a pair of goals and added an assist to help the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeat the Albany River Rats by the score of 4-3 at the Times Union Center.

Nolan Schaefer stopped 25 of 28 shots to improve his record to 5-1-0 since joining the Penguins.

Tyler Spurgeon and Kurtis McLean each tallied a goal and an assist for the Pens, who put an end to Albany’s four-game win streak.

Matt Murley had a goal and an assist and Keith Aucoin had two assists for the River Rats, his fifth straight multiple-point game.


HERSHEY 6, BINGHAMTON 1
Kyle Wilson netted a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Hershey Bears to a 6-1 win over the visiting Binghamton Senators.

Frederic Cassivi earned his first win since returning from the Washington Capitals by stopping 22 of 23 shots in the contest. Joey Tenute recorded two assists and Matt Hendricks, Dave Steckel and Deryk Engelland each scored for Hershey.

The Bears improved their record to 41-14-6-6 and at 94 points, are two points behind Norfolk for the top spot in the East Division with two games in hand.

Matt Koalska scored the lone goal for the Senators, who have lost 12 of their last 14 games.


MILWAUKEE 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (OT)
Cal O’Reilly scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Milwaukee Admirals edged the visiting Grand Rapids Griffins by a score of 3-2 at the Bradley Center.

Ville Koistinen had a goal and an assist and Sheldon Brookbank recorded two helpers in the win as Milwaukee improved to 4-0-0-2 in its last six games.

Karl Goehring made 40 saves for his 20th win of the season and first since Feb. 2.

Kip Miller had both Griffins goals,


PHILADELPHIA 7, BRIDGEPORT 4
A four-goal second period proved to be the difference as the Philadelphia Phantoms defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a score of 7-4 at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Boyd Kane scored twice and Matt Ellison, Jared Ross and Jonathan Matsumoto each had a goal and an assist to help the Phantoms earn their third win in the last four contests.

Scott Munroe earned his third straight win by stopping 19 of 23 shots for Philadelphia. Mark Cullen had three assists and Darren Reid and Ryan Potulny each had a pair of helpers for the Phantoms.

Masi Marjamaki and Gregg Johnson each had a goal and an assist in the loss for the Sound Tigers, who are 3-8-0-1 in their last dozen games.


ROCHESTER 3, HOUSTON 1
The Rochester Americans got back in the win column with a 3-1 victory over the sliding Houston Aeros.

Mark Mancari led Rochester with a goal and an assist and Adam Dennis stopped 27 of 28 shots to help the Amerks to just their third win in 13 games (3-10-0-0).

Drew Larman and Janis Sprukts rounded out the Rochester scoring with a goal each.

Joey Tetarenko scored the lone goal for Houston and Dieter Kochan stopped 34 of 36 shots for the Aeros, who are winless in their last 15 road games (0-12-2-1).