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Pominville, Taylor pace Amerks’ big win

Jason Pominville scored five times and Chris Taylor added six assists to lead the Rochester Americans to an 8-4 win over the Cleveland Barons at the Blue Cross Arena on Friday night.

Both performances tied franchise records for the 50-year-old Amerks. Dave Hynes (Jan. 17, 1975) and Donald Audette (Oct. 29, 1989) had previously scored five goals in one game for Rochester, while Rudy Migay (Feb. 6, 1959), Ed Litzenberger (Jan. 24, 1965) and Geordie Robertson (Dec. 26, 1983) recorded six-assist games.

Derek Roy added a goal and four assists, picking up a point on each of the Amerks’ five power-play goals on the night. Rochester went 5-for-6.

Kamil Kreps scored two goals for Rochester, which has scored 27 goals in five games this season.

Pominville’s five-goal game was the first in the AHL since Kyle Wellwood‘s effort for St. John’s on Oct. 30, 2004, also against Cleveland.

Taylor is the first AHL player with six assists in one game since Jonathan Girard for Providence on Jan. 12, 2001. The last six-point night in the AHL was by Peter Ferraro with Portland on Jan. 25, 2003.

Rookies Josh Hennessy and Steve Bernier recorded a goal and an assist apiece for the Barons, who finished with a 41-27 edge in shots on goal.

HOUSTON 7, GRAND RAPIDS 3
Rookie Roman Voloshenko scored four goals — his second hat trick of the season — as Houston posted a 7-3 win over Grand Rapids in a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

The Aeros won their fifth game in a row while the Griffins suffered their second loss of the season, both to Houston.

Peter Olvecky scored twice and Clayton Stoner and Curtis Murphy recorded three assists for the Aeros.

Houston went 4-for-8 on the power play and scored seven times on 24 shots against two-time Stanley Cup champion Chris Osgood. Josh Harding made 28 saves for Houston.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Colby Armstrong scored twice and Matt Hussey recorded three points (1g, 2a) as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton moved to 5-0-0-0 with a 4-1 win over Syracuse… Cory Locke and J.F. Jacques picked up a goal and an assist each to lift Hamilton to a 5-3 win over Toronto… Jason Jaspers scored twice and Jim Campbell got the winner in overtime as Springfield downed Hartford, 4-3… Rejean Beauchemin made 42 saves, then stopped all five shootout attempts as Philadelphia knocked off Norfolk, 3-2… Patrick Traverse scored on two of his shootout attempts, including the winning score in the 11th round, as Iowa edged Milwaukee, 3-2… Tomas Fleischmann‘s goal with 5:30 left in regulation gave Hershey a 4-3 win in Binghamton… Jeff Giuliano scored for Manchester with 50 seconds left in the third period to tie the score, but San Antonio pulled out a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting Monarchs… Mike Glumac scored twice and Curtis Sanford made 16 saves as Peoria blanked Manitoba, 4-0.