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Rivermen edge Knights, gaining ground in West

The Peoria Rivermen tallied three unanswered goals in the third period to hand the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights a 5-4 defeat on Saturday night.

Trent Whitfield recorded a goal and three assists and Michal Birner scored the winner with 4:03 left to play as the Rivermen rallied and improved to 9-0-0-0 all-time at the Civic Auditorium.

Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped 27 shots to improve his record to 11-7-3. Kevin Croxton had a goal and an assist and Jon DiSalvatore had three helpers for Peoria, which ended its seven-game road trip with back-to-back wins.

Carsen Germyn had two goals in the loss for Omaha.


MILWAUKEE 5, CHICAGO 4
Brandon Segal scored a pair of goals and defenseman Ville Koistinen had two assists and was a plus-3 as the Milwaukee Admirals edged the Chicago Wolves 5-4 at Allstate Arena.

Pekka Rinne stopped 30 shots on the night to earn his 10th win of the year.

With the victory, the Admirals remain unbeaten in regulation in the last five games (3-0-0-2) and have won three straight from the Wolves.

Jason Guerriero, Kim Staal and Sheldon Brookbank rounded out the scoring for Milwaukee.

Jason Krog and Darren Haydar each had a goal and an assist for Chicago.


MANITOBA 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2
Jason Jaffray tallied two goals and added an assist as the Manitoba Moose made it seven straight games with a win by defeating Grand Rapids 3-2 at Van Andel Arena.

Lee Goren also provided three points on the night with a goal and two helpers as the Moose edged the Griffins for the second time in as many nights, winning for the 16th time in their last 17 outings.

Former Griffin Drew MacIntyre stopped 24 of 26 shots to earn his fourth straight win and 20th of the year for the Moose.

Kip Miller led Grand Rapids with a goal and an assist in a losing effort.


HERSHEY 5, PHILADELPHIA 2
Jakub Klepis netted two goals and added an assist to go along with his plus-3 rating as the Hershey Bears defeated the visiting Philadelphia Phantoms, 5-2.

Maxime Daigneault made 18 saves to earn the win and improve his record to 19-6-0 for Hershey.

Joey Tenute, Matt Hendricks and Quintin Laing also potted goals for the Bears, who kicked off a five-game homestand with the win.

Triston Grant and Ryan Potulny each had a goal in the loss for the Phantoms.


TORONTO 4, ROCHESTER 1
Justin Pogge made 31 saves on 32 shots to earn his second win in as many nights and lead the Toronto Marlies to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Rochester Americans.

Martin Sagat had a pair of goals and Brett Engelhardt had a goal and an assist for Toronto, which has won three of its last four games.

The Marlies broke a 1-1 tie heading into the second period with a goal from defenseman Dominic D’Amour, the first of three unanswered goals to hand Rochester its second straight loss.

Stefan Meyer scored the lone goal for the Amerks.


BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 2
Kevin Saurette tallied his first two career AHL goals to help the Binghamton Senators defeat the visiting Portland Pirates by the score of 5-2 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Kelly Guard stopped all 26 shots before leaving the game for precautionary reasons after the second period. Jeff Glass made 13 saves in relief.

Andrew Ebbett scored his eighth goal in five games and his 20th of the year in the victory, the B-Sens’ first at home since Feb. 21.

Mark Hartigan and Petteri Wirtanen each scored in the loss for Portland.


SPRINGFIELD 5, HARTFORD 2
Eric Healey scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Springfield Falcons defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by the score of 5-2 at the MassMutual Center.

David Spina also scored two goals and former Wolf Pack defenseman Joe Rullier recorded three assists for the Falcons. Jonathan Boutin earned his first win since Jan. 20 by stopping 29 of 31 shots.

Stephen Baby also scored and Nick Kuiper had two assists and a plus-3 in the win as Springfield scored more than three goals in a game for the first time since another 5-2 win over the Wolf Pack back on Feb. 10.

Alex Bourret and Darin Olver each scored in a losing effort for Hartford. Olver, a second-round draft pick by the New York Rangers in 2004, was making his professional debut after completing his senior season at Northern Michigan University.


NORFOLK 6, BRIDGEPORT 3
David Bolland scored two goals and added an assist as the Norfolk Admirals doubled up the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a score of 6-3.

Troy Brouwer also recorded a three-point night (1g, 2a) and Pierre Parenteau had a goal and an assist for the Admirals, who avenged Friday’s 5-3 loss to Bridgeport.

Norfolk peppered the Sound Tigers with 50 shots on the night, including 26 in the first period alone.

Corey Crawford made 21 saves on the night to earn his league-leading 34th win of the year. Carl Corazzini and Reed Low provided the other goals for Norfolk, which has won four of its last five outings.

Ken Magowan, Frans Nielsen and Cam McCaffrey each tallied in the loss for the Sound Tigers.


SYRACUSE 4, HOUSTON 1
Curtis Glencross had a goal and two assists and Zenon Konopka had a goal and a helper as the Syracuse Crunch downed the visiting Houston Aeros by a score of 4-1.

Tomas Popperle stopped 21 of 22 shots to win his fourth game in his last five starts and improve his record to 19-16-3.

Tomas Kloucek and Jeffrey Szwez each tallied for Syracuse, which ended a three-game skid with the win.

Jason Morgan scored the lone goal in a losing effort from the Aeros, who are winless in their last 14 road games (0-11-2-1).