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Rivermen remain hot, keep gaining ground in West

The Peoria Rivermen scored four times in the second period and rolled to a 4-1 win over the Houston Aeros at Carver Arena on Sunday evening.

Chris Beckford-Tseu earned his 10th win of the year by stopping 29 of 30 shots from the Aeros. Peter Ferraro, Jon DiSalvatore and Jamie Rivers each tallied a goal and an assist for Peoria, which extended its winning streak to three games and remains unbeaten in regulation over the last seven contests (5-0-0-2).

Michal Birner rounded out the scoring for the Rivermen, who kick off a seven-game road trip later this week.

Bryan Lundbohm scored the lone goal for Houston, which is winless in its last seven games (0-6-0-1).

Sunday’s victory came a day after Peoria scored five times in the third period of a 6-1 win over the Aeros.


SPRINGFIELD 3, WORCESTER 2 (SO)
Daniel Corso played the hero for Springfield, scoring in the eighth round of a scoreless shootout to give the Falcons a 3-2 win over the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center.

Adam Henrich and P.J. Atherton provided goals in regulation for the Falcons, who ended an eight-game losing skid with the win. It was Springfield’s second victory in 19 games (2-15-1-1).

David Spina recorded a pair of assists while netminder Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots in regulation and all eight players he faced in the shootout.

Ashton Rome and Graham Mink scored for the Sharks, who were 0-1-0-2 during their three-game weekend homestand.


PORTLAND 5, NORFOLK 4 (OT)
Defenseman Brian Salcido scored the game-winner 2:51 into the overtime session as the Portland Pirates edged the visiting Norfolk Admirals, 5-4.

Drew Miller and Mike Hoffman each had a goal and an assist and Joe Motzko added two helpers on the night.

Former Admiral Sebastien Caron stopped 30 of 34 shots against his old team to improve to 9-7-3 on the season. Ryan Carter and Mark Hartigan also tallied for Portland.

Troy Brouwer scored two goals and an assist in a losing effort for the Admirals, who wrapped up their 10-game road trip with a 4-5-1-0 record.


HARTFORD 3, HERSHEY 2 (OT)
Hugh Jessiman tallied a pair of goals, but it was defenseman Martin Richter who scored big for the Wolf Pack, tallying with 2:10 to go in  overtime to give Hartford a 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center.

Al Montoya earned his 16th win in his last 19 decisions by stopping 21 shots for Hartford, which has won the first two games of its four-game road swing.

With the win, the Wolf Pack improve their record to 36-21-3-0 and at 76 points, move into second place in the Atlantic Division.

Alexandre Giroux and Chris Bourque each scored in the loss for Hershey.


ALBANY 2, BINGHAMTON 1
Keith Aucoin tallied a goal and an assist as the Albany River Rats defeated host Binghamton by the score of 2-1.

Aucoin now has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points in his last 25 games.

Tyler Weiman stopped 37 of 38 shots for his 18th win of the year for Albany, which is 4-2-1-0 in its last seven games — six of which have been decided by one goal.

Antti Laaksonen provided the other goal in the victory for the River Rats.

Cory Pecker scored the lone goal for the Senators, who have dropped seven in a row.


GRAND RAPIDS 3, ROCHESTER 1
The Grand Rapids Griffins ended their three-game winless streak with a 3-1 win over division rival Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.

Evan McGrath, Jonas Johansson and Derek Meech all tallied for the Griffins, who fired 39 shots on net in the contest.

Stefan Liv stopped 22 of 23 shots on the night for his first win since Feb. 23 for Grand Rapids.

David Brine scored the only goal for the Amerks in the loss.


CHICAGO 3, SAN ANTONIO 2
Cory Larose scored a pair of goals for the Chicago Wolves, who defeated the San Antonio Rampage by the score of 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak and reclaim first place in the West Division from idle Omaha.

Colin Stuart provided the other goal for Chicago and Michael Garnett made 24 saves to earn his 17th win of the year.

Alex Leavitt scored both goals in the loss for the Rampage.