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Stewart’s hat trick helps Monsters stop red-hot Marlies


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LAKE ERIE 5, TORONTO 3
Rookie right wing Chris Stewart netted a hat trick and added an assist as Lake Erie handed Toronto (11-1-0-2) its first regulation loss, a 5-3 final on Saturday at the Quicken Loans Arena. Stewart, selected 18th overall by Colorado in the 2006 NHL Draft, scored a goal in every period and was plus-3 on the evening in the Monsters’ victory.

Ray Macias and T.J. Hensick also scored for Lake Erie (4-8-0-2), which has won consecutive games for the second time this season.

Goaltender Jason Bacashihua made 35 saves on 38 shots for the Monsters. He increased his season record to 3-4-0, including 2-1-0 since joining the Monsters on Nov. 8.

Jay Harrison and Alex Foster each posted a goal and an assist for the Toronto, and Robbie Earl also scored.

The Marlies concluded a seven-game road swing at 5-1-0-1, and they will get another crack at Lake Erie when the Monsters visit Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday.


ALBANY 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 0
Kevin Nastiuk made 26 saves to record his first AHL shutout as Albany defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a 4-0 final at the Times Union Center.

The River Rats received goals from four different skaters in the win – Dave Gove, Brandon Nolan, Jerome Samson, and Casey Borer.

Keith Aucoin contributed a pair of assists for Albany, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Penguins finished even on a four-game road swing at 2-2-0-0.


HERSHEY 6, BRIDGEPORT 3
Chris Bourque scored a pair of goals as Hershey doubled up Bridgeport, 6-3, at the Giant Center.

Ben Clymer, Quintin Laing, and Jay Beagle each added a goal and two assists for the Bears, and Josef Boumedienne also scored.

Goaltender Daren Machesney stopped 18 of 21 shots in the victory.

The Sound Tigers scored once in every period, with Blake Comeau, Steve Regier, and Shawn Bates doing the honors.


HAMILTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2
Hamilton jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods and held on for a 3-2 victory over Binghamton at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Defenseman Marvin Degon scored for the second straight night to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at 7:54 of the first period.

Hamilton received second-period goals from Mathieu Carle and Matt D’Agostini. For Carle, a second-round draft pick by Montreal in 2006, it was his first professional tally.

Binghamton’s Justin Mapletoft scored shorthanded just 36 seconds into the third period to make it 3-1, and Denis Hamel made it a one-goal with a power play marker at 6:05.

Hamilton goaltender Yann Danis made 27 saves to secure the win.


HARTFORD 3, LOWELL 2
Hartford rookie Artem Anisimov scored at 16:14 of the third period to lift the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over Lowell at the Tsongas Arena.

It marked Anisimov’s first goal since Oct. 13 and the first game-winning tally of his professional career.

The Wolf Pack staked themselves to a 2-0 lead on the back of goals by Hugh Jessiman and Greg Moore in the first and second periods, respectively.

Lowell’s Mike Pandolfo and Benoit Mondou tied the game with goals 1:25 apart in the third period, setting the stage for Anisimov’s game-winner.

Al Montoya made 17 saves in net for Hartford, which matched a season high with its third consecutive victory.


MANCHESTER 4, SPRINGFIELD 3 (OT)
Rookie defenseman Brian Boyle scored twice, including the overtime game-winner, as host Manchester survived a fierce Springfield comeback to defeat the Falcons, 4-3.

Boyle also started the game’s scoring with a power play marker at 11:15 of the first period. Fellow rookie and AHL leading scorer Teddy Purcell recorded one of his two assists on the goal.

The Monarchs’ Marc-Andre Cliché and Matt Ryan followed with goals to build a 3-0 lead after two periods.

In the third, the Falcons received goals from T.J. Kemp, Marc Pouliot, and Rob Schremp to even the score.

Springfield outshot the Monarchs 21-4 in the third stanza after Manchester outshot them by a 23-6 count in the first period.

Boyle scored 49 seconds into overtime for the Monarchs, who snapped a three-game losing skid.


PROVIDENCE 4, NORFOLK 3
T.J. Trevelyan’s third-period goal lifted Providence to its third straight win, a 4-3 final over Norfolk at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Bruins, who moved to 11-1-1-0 overall, also had goals scored by Pascal Pelletier, Chris Collins, and Jonathan Sigalet. David Krejci assisted on three of the four Providence goals.

The Admirals were led by Kyle Wanvig and Craig MacDonald, who tallied a goal and two assists each.

Mathieu Darche also scored for Norfolk and now has eight points (2-6-8) in three games since joining the club.


PORTLAND 5, WORCESTER 3
Portland scored twice in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and take a 5-3 win over Worcester at the DCU Center.

Bobby Ryan led the Pirates’ offensive attack with two goals and an assist. Jason King tallied the eventual game-winner on the power play at 15:20 of the third stanza, and Matt Keith added another man-advantage goal just over two minutes later to close the scoring.

Portland’s Geoff Platt also tallied three points (1-2-3) and now has four points (2-2-4) in two games since joining the Pirates from the Syracuse Crunch.

Dennis Packard, Ashton Rome, and Mike Iggulden scored for the Sharks, who dropped their second straight game.


ROCKFORD 2, SYRACUSE 1
Martin St. Pierre scored a power play goal at 10:23 of the third period to lift visiting Rockford over Syracuse, 2-1.

Petri Kontiola also scored for the IceHogs, his goal coming at 4:10 of the opening period and also on the power play.

St. Pierre assisted on that goal and now has a point in six straight games (4-10-14), including a goal in three straight (4-6-10).

Rockford goaltender Wade Flaherty made 35 saves on 36 shots, increasing his season record to 5-2-0.

Steven Goertzen scored the Crunch’s lone goal, which tied the game 1-1 at 7:00 of the third period.


CHICAGO 4, HOUSTON 0
Chicago scored four times on 19 shots to post a 4-0 victory over Houston at the Allstate Arena.

Goaltender Robert Gherson made 30 saves in posting the shutout for the Wolves, who at 13-0-1-0 are now the AHL’s only remaining team yet to lose in regulation.

Second-year pro Brett Sterling scored a goal and added an assist for Chicago, and Jason Krog followed up his two-goal performance a night earlier with another goal on Saturday.

Joey Crabb also scored for the Wolves, and Jesse Schultz provided two assists.

With the victory, Chicago moved to 5-0-0-0 on home ice this season.


SAN ANTONIO 4, PEORIA 2
San Antonio scored three times in the third period to post a 4-2 victory over Peoria at the Carver Arena.

The Rampage won despite being outshot by a final margin of 34-18, including 14-4 in the first period.

Joel Perrault, Jon DiSalvatore, and Chris Durno all scored in the final 20 minutes for the Rampage, and Cam Paddock scored in the second period.

Goaltender Josh Tordjman stopped 32 of 34 shots in the win.

The Rivermen got out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Nikolay Lemtyugov and Jeff Woywitka. Trent Whitfield assisted on both markers.


QUAD CITY 6, IOWA 0
Quad City scored a season-high six goals on its way to a 6-0 road blanking of Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Brett Sutter scored twice and added an assist for the Flames. Krys Kolanos, David Van der Gulik, Tomi Maki, and Derek Couture also tallied goals for the visitors.

Brandon Prust contributed three assists, and goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 27 saves to post his first shutout of the season.

McElhinney, who moved to 4-6-0 on the season, has won three of his last four starts (3-1-0).