Jason Krog recorded his ninth multi-point night by scoring a pair of goals and three assists and was also a plus-5 in the Wolves’ 6-3 win at Omaha on Wednesday night.
Krog, who is averaging over two points per game, leads the league with 24 assists and 39 points in 18 games.
Ranking second in the league in scoring is Krog’s teammate Darren Haydar, who has 36 points (13g, 23a). Haydar registered four points on the night, recording a goal and three assists while also posting a plus-5.
Both Krog and Haydar have picked up points in all 18 Chicago games this season.
Rookie Brett Sterling rounded out the night by scoring a hat trick as the Wolves, 10-1-0-0 on the road this season, leapt over the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights for first place in the West Division.
WORCESTER 5, HARTFORD 4
Mathieu Darche recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the year scoring twice in the Sharks’ 5-4 win at Hartford.
Darche, who leads the league in goals, has 18 tallies in 17 games this season and has found the back of the net in all but three games in 2006-07.
The Wolf Pack would mount a comeback with a pair of goals from rookie Ryan Callahan, both assisted by Nigel Dawes and Daniel Girardi to close the gap to 4-3. Mike Iggulden recorded his second point of the night and gave Worcester a two-goal cushion before Callahan would go on to finish his second hat trick in 12 days with eight seconds left in the third period.
The matchup between the two saw seven of nine goals scored on special teams, with Worcester scoring two power-play goals and a shorthanded tally, while Hartford scored all four of its goals with the man advantage.
HERSHEY 3, LOWELL 2
Special-teams goals from Lawrence Nycholat, Jonas Johansson and Eric Fehr proved the difference in Hershey’s 3-2 win at home against Lowell.
Nycholat and Johansson scored on the power play while Fehr extended his 14-game scoring streak by tallying a shorthanded goal at 10:16 of the second period.
Maxime Daigneault stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Bears on the night.
IOWA 3, SYRACUSE 2
Marty Sertich recorded a goal and an assist while goaltender Tobias Stephan stopped 29 of 31 shots as Iowa defeated Syracuse at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.
Mark Hartigan registered both goals in the loss for the Crunch.
MILWAUKEE 4, ROCHESTER 3 (OT)
Karl Goehring made 44 saves and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank scored the game winner with 40 seconds left in the extra frame as the Admirals defeated Rochester 4-3 in overtime.
Brookbank also added an assist for Milwaukee to end the Amerks’ seven-game winning streak and nine-game home winning streak.
Rich Peverley tallied three points on the night, scoring a goal and two assists while posting a plus-3 for the Admirals
SPRINGFIELD 3, PORTLAND 2 (SO)
The Falcons’ fifth attempt in the shootout proved to be the difference as Daniel Corso’s goal sent Springfield to a 3-2 shootout win over Portland at the MassMutual Center.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 6, ALBANY 0
Micki DuPont had a goal and two assists and Jeff Deslauriers stopped all 17 shots he faced as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated the River Rats 6-0 at home.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton moves into second place in the East Division and combined with a Norfolk loss, is two points behind the Admirals for first place.
MANCHESTER 2, NORFOLK 1 (OT)
Jason LaBarbera stopped 38 shots and unassisted goals from Mike Hoffman and Noah Clarke were the difference as the Monarchs downed Norfolk 2-1 in overtime, ending the Admirals’ 10-game home winning streak.
Norfolk’s Brandon Bochenski snapped a scoreless tie on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:55 gone in the third period, and Hoffman tied it at the 11:22 mark.
Clarke got the winner with 1:34 left in overtime.
Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 25 shots between the pipes for the Admirals.