Saturday roundup: Wolves cruise past Heat
CHICAGO 7, ABBOTSFORD 1
A night after being shut out in a 1-0 shootout loss to Manitoba, Chicago erupted for seven scores en route to a 7-1 win over Abbotsford on Saturday at Allstate Arena.
The line of Spencer Machacek, Jason Krog, and Brett Sterling combined to post 12 points for the Wolves, who snapped a three-game winless skid and earned their second victory of the season.
Machacek registered two goals and two assists on the night, while Krog and Sterling each had a goal and three helpers.
Andrew Kozek, Tim Stapleton, and Joey Crabb registered single goals apiece, and defenseman Chris Chelios registered two assists for his first points of the season. Fellow blueliner Arturs Kulda was a game-high plus-6 on the night.
Wolves goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 30 saves on 31 shots in the win, which was Chicago’s first under new head coach Don Lever.
Heat forward Matt Pelech broke up MacIntyre’s shutout bid with 3:26 left to play in regulation, but Abbotsford fell to 1-3-0-0 in its last four outings.
ALBANY 3, ADIRONDACK 2
Rookie Zach Boychuk broke a 2-2 tie with six minutes to play in regulation, and Albany went on to post a 3-2 win over visiting Adirondack at the Times Union Center.
Boychuk, who was drafted 14th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008, now has two goals in as many nights in three for the season.
Jacob Micflikier scored in his River Rats season debut, and captain Pat Dwyer rounded out Albany’s offense. Jerome Samson chipped in a pair of assists in the victory.
River Rats goaltender Justin Peters stopped 31 of 33 shots in the winning effort.
Stefan Legein and Garrett Klotz registered goals for the Phantoms, whose four-game points streak (3-0-1-0) came to an end.
BRIDGEPORT 2, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1 (OT)
Greg Moore netted a power play goal 2:10 into overtime as Bridgeport rallied for a 2-1 win over visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The Sound Tigers trailed 1-0 for much of the night before Tony Romano scored his first professional goal 7:04 into the third period to tie it.
Jesse Joensuu and defenseman Mark Katic assisted on the overtime goal by Moore, which was his fourth tally of the campaign.
Bridgeport goaltender Scott Munroe secured the victory with 28 saves on 29 shots.
Mark Letestu initially gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 13:31 of the opening period.
GRAND RAPIDS 4, TORONTO 3 (SO)
Michael Nylander and Francis Pare notched shootout goals as Grand Rapids captured a 4-3 win over visiting Toronto on Saturday at Van Andel Arena.
Ex-Marlie Jeremy Williams, Patrick Rissmiller, and John Vigilante scored in regulation for the Griffins, who climbed out of a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead.
But the Marlies’ Andre Deveaux netted the equalizer with 5:37 to play in regulation, sending the tilt to overtime. Jiri Tlusty and Jeff Hamilton also found the back of the net for Toronto.
Griffins goaltender Thomas McCollum stopped 25 of 28 shots in net, helping his club to its second win in as many nights on the heels of a four-game losing skid.
HARTFORD 5, LOWELL 2
Hartford potted three unanswered goals to skate off with a 5-2 win over visiting Lowell at the XL Center on Saturday.
Michael Sauer’s power play goal late in the second period broke a 2-2 tie for the Wolf Pack. Dane Byers and Corey Potter added third-period tallies, the latter into an empty net.
Corey Locke and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau also lit the lamp for Hartford, which went a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play and is now 13-for-44 (29.5 percent) for the season.
Parenteau (1-2-3), Locke (1-1-2), Potter (1-1-2), and Ilkka Heikkinen (0-2-2) all finished with multiple points in the win, and goaltender Miika Wiikman stopped 34 of 36 shots in net.
Vladimir Zharkov notched both goals for the Devils, one of them on the power play.
BINGHAMTON 5, HERSHEY 2
Binghamton ended a six-game winless skid (0-4-2-0) with a 5-2 road triumph over Hershey on Saturday at the Giant Center.
Tomas Kudelka scored twice and was plus-4 on the night for the Senators, who also received goals from Kaspars Daugavins, Ryan Keller, and Zack Smith.
Senators goaltender Andy Chiodo relieved Mike Brodeur at the beginning of the second period and stopped all 25 shots he faced over 40 minutes of action.
Darren Reid and Oskar Osala scored for the Bears, who are 1-4-0-0 since a 3-0-0-0 start to the campaign.
MANCHESTER 3, PROVIDENCE 0
Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 31 saves for his first career AHL shutout as surging Manchester dropped Providence by a 3-0 count at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Monarchs are 4-0-0-0 thus far on a six-game homestand and have surrendered just one goal in the four games, including three shutouts.
Marc-Andre Cliche provided all the offense Manchester would need with a shorthanded goal in the closing minute of the second period. Bud Holloway provided insurance midway through the third, and Corey Elkins sealed the win with a late empty-net marker.
The Monarchs improved to 7-2-0-0 on the season for an Atlantic Division-leading 14 points.
WORCESTER 1, SPRINGFIELD 0 (OT)
Rookie forward Logan Couture scored at 3:49 of overtime to break a scoreless deadlock and give Worcester a 1-0 win over visiting Springfield at the DCU Center. Couture registered his third game-winning goal of the young season as the Sharks captured their second overtime triumph in as many days.
Couture’s goal, which was assisted by Jamie McGinn and Danny Groulx, came on the Sharks’ 47th shot of the night. Worcester held a 47-18 edge in the shots count.
Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock picked up his first professional shutout with 18 saves, helping Worcester to its third straight win and fifth in seven games to begin the season (5-1-0-1).
Falcons netminder Devan Dubnyk finished with 46 saves in the tough-luck loss, as Springfield remained winless on the road at 0-4-1-0.
PORTLAND 6, NORFOLK 5
Portland overcame a 3-1 first-period deficit to post a 6-5 road win over Norfolk on Saturday, earning a split of the teams’ two-game weekend set at the Scope.
Six different Pirates found the back of the net in the victory. Rookie Tyler Ennis netted the game-winner and posted an assist, tallying his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Mark Mancari and ex-Admiral Kyle Wanvig also had a goal and a helper, while Jeff Cowan, Kyle Rank, and Mike Kostka added scores for the Pirates.
Philip Gogulla chipped in two assists for Portland, and goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux made 21 saves for his first career AHL win. The Pirates snapped a three-game losing skid.
Justin Keller netted his first two goals of the year for the Admirals, who also received markers from Juraj Simek, Matt Lashoff, and Ryan Craig.
ROCHESTER 3, SYRACUSE 2 (OT)
Michal Repik scored 4:26 into overtime as Rochester rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 road win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
The Americans have now won six straight games, their longest streak since a six-game run from Jan. 6-19, 2007. Rochester is now 7-1-1-0 overall this year.
The Crunch grabbed a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Tim Miller and Maksim Mayorov, but the Amerks’ Jimmy Bonneau cut the deficit in half on the power play late in the stanza.
After a scoreless second period, Jamie Johnson tallied his first goal of the campaign for the equalizer at 12:53 of the third. Keaton Ellerby assisted on both Bonneau and Ellerby’s goals to finish with a multiple-point night.
Repik’s overtime winner was his team-leading sixth marker of the campaign, and Chris Taylor and defenseman Michael Caruso picked up assists on the play.
Amerks goaltender Alexander Salak earned the victory with 22 saves in net.
PEORIA 5, ROCKFORD 2
A three-goal third period lifted Peoria to a 5-2 win over visiting Rockford on Saturday at Carver Arena.
Chris Porter, rookie Lars Eller, and defenseman Jonas Junland registered third-period markers for the Rivermen, who improved to 3-0-0-1 against the IceHogs this season.
Porter scored in the first period and added an assist for a three-point night. Junland (1-2-3) also put up three points in the win, and Aaron Palushaj recorded a goal and a helper.
Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 22 of 24 shots in the winning effort.
Mark Cullen and Jack Skille scored for the IceHogs.
HOUSTON 3, SAN ANTONIO 2 (OT)
Houston climbed out of a 2-0 hole late in the third period and took a 3-2 overtime victory over host San Antonio at the AT&T Center on Saturday.
The Aeros trailed by a pair of goals before Danny Irmen and Robbie Earl scored just 26 seconds apart at 14:57 and 15:23, respectively, of the third period.
Irmen then potted an unassisted marker 3:40 into the extra session to give Houston the win, which snapped a brief two-game skid for the Aeros.
Houston goaltender Wade Dubielewicz stopped 28 of 30 shots to pick up his first victory of the season (1-2-0).
Kevin Porter and Jeff Hoggan notched goals for the Rampage, who had been 5-0-0-0 when scoring the game’s first goal. San Antonio has now dropped back-to-back tilts for the first time this season.
The teams will be back on the AT&T Center ice for a rematch on Sunday.
HAMILTON 2, TEXAS 1 (SO)
Hamilton continued its fast start to the season with a 2-1 shootout win over host Texas at the Cedar Park Center on Saturday.
Mathieu Darche scored in both regulation and the shootout for the Bulldogs, and Tom Pyatt registered the decisive shootout tally. Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford stopped 24 of 25 shots through regulation and overtime before denying four of Texas’s five shootout tries.
Stars defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy scored on his club’s first attempt before Sanford stopped the next four shooters. Fellow blueliner Garrett Stafford registered the Stars’ lone regulation goal.
Hamilton captured its third straight win and moved to 6-0-1-1 on the season, remaining the only AHL team yet to suffer a regulation loss.
MILWAUKEE 3, MANITOBA 2 (OT)
Ben Guite tallied a power play goal at 4:12 of overtime to lift Milwaukee to a 3-2 win over Manitoba in its home opener at the Bradley Center on Saturday.
Ben Eaves and Robert Dietrich picked up assists on the goal, which was Guite’s first of the campaign.
Mike Santorelli netted both of the Admirals’ regulation goals, giving him four goals in four games since being reassigned by parent-club Nashville.
Admirals goaltender Mark Dekanich made 25 saves in the win, as Milwaukee brought a halt to its three-game losing skid.
Brian Salcido and rookie Sergei Shirokov each netted a power play goal for the Moose in the losing effort. Manitoba finished 3-2-1-0 on a six-game road trip.