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Sound Tigers edge Bears, keep pace in playoff race

The Sound Tigers again put five goals on the board, this time with help from Eric Boguniecki, who netted a hat trick and added an assist in Bridgeport’s 5-4 win over the visiting Hershey Bears.

Jeff Tambellini tallied a goal and two assists and Gregg Johnson also scored for the Sound Tigers, who open up a five-game road trip later this week.

Billy Thompson stopped 31 of 35 shots to earn his first win since Feb. 18.

Boguniecki has now scored in six straight games and tallied in 13 of his last 15 contests with the Sound Tigers.

Alexandre Giroux led the Bears with two goals, his 37th and 38th of the year, in a losing effort.

The victory keeps Bridgeport one point ahead of Albany in the race for fourth place in the East Division. Hershey remains five points behind first-place Norfolk.


CHICAGO 4, PEORIA 2
Brett Sterling netted his league-leading 46th goal of the season to help Chicago double up the Peoria Rivermen, 4-2, before 10,121 fans at Allstate Arena.

Fred Brathwaite won for the 19th time this season by making 31 saves on 33 shots.

Niko Dimitrakos, Colin Stuart and Joey Crabb rounded out the scoring for Chicago, which will host the Rivermen again on Wednesday.

Mike Glumac and Yan Stastny each recorded a goal and an assist in the loss for Peoria.


HARTFORD 5, SPRINGFIELD 0
Al Montoya needed just 14 saves to earn this 20th win and fourth shutout of the year, backstopping Hartford to a 5-0 win over the Springfield Falcons at the Hartford Civic Center.

Jarkko Immonen scored two goals and added an assist for his fourth multi-point game in his last six contests, while Ryan Callahan also netted a pair of goals for the Wolf Pack, who finished with a 36-14 edge in shots.

Nigel Dawes also tallied for Hartford, which opened up a three-point lead over third-place Providence in the Atlantic Division.


TORONTO 2, HAMILTON 1 (OT)
Colin Murphy scored 3:23 into overtime as the Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 at Ricoh Coliseum.

With the win, Toronto avenged a 1-0 loss to Hamilton the previous night.

Justin Pogge stopped 39 of 40 shots and Tyson Nash also scored for the Marlies, who ended a four-game winless skid.

Jonathan Ferland scored the lone goal for Hamilton in the loss.


PHILADELPHIA 2, PORTLAND 1 (SO)
Scott Munroe stopped 41 of 42 shots and all four Pirates in a shootout to even his record to give the Philadelphia Phantoms a 2-1 win over Portland at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Boyd Kane scored in regulation for Philadelphia and Mark Cullen and Matt Ellison tallied in the shootout to give the Phantoms a win to cap their three-game weekend trip through New England.

Joe Motzko scored for the Pirates in a losing effort.


LOWELL 5, PROVIDENCE 2
Former Bruin Dan LaCouture recorded four points (2g, 2a) for the Devils as Lowell defeated the Providence Bruins by a score of 5-2 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Tuomas Pihlman, David Clarkson and Olivier Magnan rounded out the scoring for Lowell, which improved to 3-0-0-2 in its last five games.

Frank Doyle backstopped the Devils in the win by making 34 saves on 36 shots.

Ben Walter and David Krejci each scored in the loss for the Bruins. Krejci now has points in six straight games (6g, 3a) and 20 of his last 21 (17g, 15a) for Providence.


ALBANY 5, SYRACUSE 2
After falling behind 2-0 heading into the second period, the Albany River Rats tallied five unanswered goals to defeat the visiting Syracuse Crunch 5-2 at the Times Union Center.

Five different players scored for Albany, including Keith Aucoin, who had a goal and an assist. Matt Murley and Kyle Cumiskey added two helpers each to give the Rats their second straight win at home.

Tyler Weiman made 28 saves in the contest as the River Rats kept pace in the East Division for the fourth and final playoff berth with Bridgeport, which remains one point ahead of Albany in the standings.

Defensemen Derrick Walser and Ryan Caldwell each scored in the loss for the Crunch.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, ROCHESTER 1
Rob Schremp tallied a goal and an assist and three other Penguins provided goals as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton downed the Rochester Americans, 4-1, at Blue Cross Arena.

Nolan Schaefer stopped 21 of 22 shots to help the Penguins even their record to 2-2-0-0 as they closed out their road trip.

Kurtis McLean, Matt Carkner and Robert Nilsson all scored for Wilkes-Barre, which earned its 40th win of the year.

Janis Sprukts tallied the lone goal in the loss for the Amerks.