PROVIDENCE 3, ALBANY 1
Pascal Pelletier netted his team-leading 18th and 19th goals of the season and Matt Hendricks added a late empty-netter as Providence defeated host Albany by a 3-1 score on Thursday at the Times Union Center.
Pelletier finished with four goals in two games against the River Rats, helping the Bruins sweep their two-game season series.
The River Rats initially took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jakub Petruzalek at 5:46 of the opening period.
It marked Petruzalek’s second goal in his last three games after not scoring in any of his first 31 games this season.
Pelletier tallied a power play goal with just two seconds left in the first period, evening the score at 1-1.
After a scoreless second period, Pelletier scored the eventual game-winner at 4:16 of the third period. David Krejci assisted on both of Pelletier’s goals.
Providence goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of 24 shots and improved to 10-3-0 on the campaign. The league-leading Bruins (25-5-2-0) avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season.
CHICAGO 4, ROCKFORD 3 (OT)
Brett Sterling scored his league-leading third overtime goal of the season to give host Chicago a 4-3 win over Rockford before 8,131 fans at the Allstate Arena, in a game that featured the West Division’s top two teams.
The game-winner came on the power play 4:06 into the extra session. Reigning Rbk/AHL player of the week Jason Krog picked up the primary assist to cap a three-point night (1-2-3).
Krog now has a seven-game scoring streak (4-13-17) and leads the league with 43 points through 30 games this season (13-30-43).
Rockford defenseman Danny Richmond scored his first goal of the season at 16:10 of the third period, which tied the game at 3-3 and sent it to overtime.
Despite the overtime loss, the IceHogs extended their unbeaten-in-regulation streak to 15 games (10-0-1-4). They have not lost in regulation since dropping an 8-3 decision at Chicago on Nov. 24.
PORTLAND 3, MANCHESTER 2 (OT)
Geoff Platt scored his second goal of the night at 3:51 of overtime, and the power play goal lifted Portland to a 3-2 road win over Manchester before 6,769 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Platt also opened the scoring with a man-advantage marker in the second period. He now leads the Pirates with 14 goals on the season (14-15-29).
LOWELL 4, WORCESTER 3 (OT)
Nicklas Bergfors scored 20 seconds into overtime to propel Lowell past Worcester, 4-3, at the Tsongas Arena.
The goal was Bergfors’ third of the season and allowed Lowell to claim its first two-game winning streak since Oct. 24-26.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, SYRACUSE 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored one in each period on its way to a 3-1 win over host Syracuse at the War Memorial at Oncenter.
The Crunch took a 1-0 first-period lead on Alexandre Picard’s second goal of the season.
PHILADELPHIA 6, NORFOLK 3
Steve Downie netted a pair of goals and two other skaters notched multiple points as Philadelphia downed host Norfolk by a 6-3 final at the Scope.
HAMILTON 3, MANITOBA 1
Three players scored their first goal of the season to help host Hamilton to a 3-1 win over Manitoba at the Copps Coliseum.
Bulldogs goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 of 33 shots in net as his club finished 2-0-1-0 in a stretch of three straight games against the Moose.
Mike Keane scored the lone goal for Manitoba just 56 seconds into the second period.
TORONTO 2, GRAND RAPIDS 0
Toronto goaltender Justin Pogge made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Marlies blanked visiting Grand Rapids, 2-0, at Ricoh Coliseum.
The Marlies won their fifth straight game, setting a new season high, and improved to 2-1-0-0 on the season against Grand Rapids.
SAN ANTONIO 5, MILWAUKEE 3
Five different players scored goals and San Antonio held on for a 5-3 road win over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.
San Antonio goaltender David LeNeveu made 27 saves and improved to 4-1-0 in his last five starts.