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Trudel scores four as Rivermen dump Stars, 8-3


Friday’s AHL Boxscores

PEORIA 8, IOWA 3
Peoria winger Jean-Guy Trudel tallied the AHL’s first four-goal game of the season as the Rivermen defeated host Iowa by an 8-3 final on Friday at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Trudel netted a pair of goals in the second period and added two more in the third stanza for the Rivermen, who moved to 6-1-1-0 in their last eight games. Peoria won for the first time in four tries against the Stars this season (1-1-0-2).

The Rivermen took an early 1-0 lead when Charles Linglet scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season (13-19-32) at 1:54 of the opening period.

Trudel made it 3-0 with a pair of goals early in the second stanza, and Hans Benson extended the lead with his third of the campaign at 10:09.

Trudel’s two third-period goals were bookended by markers from teammates Nikolay Lemtyugov and Whitfield, who capped off a four-point night of his own (1-3-4).

Peoria goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu turned aside 36 of 39 shots sent his way, improving his season record to 7-4-1, including 4-1-0 over his last five games.

Vojtech Polak paced the Stars with a goal and an assist, while Chris Lee and James Neal also scored.

With the loss, Iowa dropped to 1-5-0-1 in its last seven outings.


MANITOBA 3, LAKE ERIE 1
Manitoba rookie winger Michael Grabner, selected 14th overall by Vancouver in the 2006 draft, scored the game-winning goal at 6:44 of the third period as Manitoba rallied past host Lake Erie before 6,052 fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.

It marked Grabner’s eighth goal of the season (8-10-18), but his first game-winner. Six of his eight goals have come on the road, including two against the Monsters.

Lake Erie took a 1-0 lead into the final 20 minutes, as Chris Stewart tallied his team-leading 10th goal of the season (10-7-17) midway through the second period.

But Moose winger Mike Keane netted the equalizer just 46 seconds into the third, setting the stage for Grabner’s game-winner. Alexandre Bolduc added an empty-net marker in the closing minute.

Manitoba rookie goaltender Cory Schneider made 25 saves in the win, moving his overall record to 5-7-0 on the season. He is 3-2-0 in five games against the division-rival Monsters, including 2-1-0 on the road.

The Moose conclude a stretch of three road games in three nights with a tilt at Syracuse on Saturday.


PHILADELPHIA 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (SO)
Alexandre Picard scored the decisive goal in a shootout to lift host Philadelphia past Binghamton before a crowd of 8,262 at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Binghamton held 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals by Tomas Kudelka and Shawn Weller, who each scored for the first time this season. For Weller, it was his first goal as a professional.

But the Phantoms responded both times. Rookie defenseman Oskars Bartulis netted his first pro goal in the middle stanza and assisted on Jared Ross’ game-tying goal midway through the third.

Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher made 23 saves through regulation and overtime and denied four of five attempts in the shootout.

The Phantoms won for the sixth time in seven games (6-1-0-0).


HOUSTON 4, QUAD CITY 3 (SO)
Benoit Pouliot’s goal in the ninth round of a shootout lifted visiting Houston to a 4-3 victory over Quad City at the I Wireless Center.

Steve Kelly also scored in the shootout for the Aeros, who received regulation goals from Cal Clutterbuck, Serge Payer, and Maxim Noreau. Danny Irmen chipped in with two assists.

Houston goaltender Nolan Schaefer made 29 saves through the first 65 minutes and stopped eight of nine in the shootout.

The Aeros have now won four straight games and are 9-2-0-1 in their last 12 outings. Schaefer has been between the pipes for all nine of his club’s victories during this stretch.

David Van der Gulik netted a pair of goals for the Flames, and leading scorer Grant Stevenson sent the game to overtime with his 12th of the year (12-17-29) at 13:01 of the third period.


HERSHEY 4, NORFOLK 1
Hershey scored a pair of first period goals and added two more in the third on its way to a 4-1 victory over host Norfolk at the Scope in the front end of a home-and-home.

Malcolm MacMillan and Patrick McNeill each scored their first career AHL goals for the Bears, who also received tallies from defenseman Jamie Hunt and forward Scott Barney.

Hershey goaltender Daren Machesney, making his season-high third straight start, turned aside 30 shots in the victory.

Zbynek Hrdel scored shorthanded for the Admirals, who lost their fifth straight to Hershey and seventh straight overall.


PROVIDENCE 4, BRIDGEPORT 2
David Krejci tallied a goal and added two assists to lead Providence to a 4-2 win over host Bridgeport at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Krejci opened the game’s scoring with a shorthanded tally at 4:47 of the first period. Pascal Pelletier tallied two points (1-1-2) for the P-Bruins, while Jeff Hoggan and Brett Skinner also lit the lamp.

Pelletier now leads all AHL skaters with 20 goals on the season (20-19-39).

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 21 saves and improved to 11-3-0 on the campaign.

The Sound Tigers received both of their goals from leading scorer Jeff Tambellini (17-17-34). He has four goals in his last two games (4-2-6) and has scored in six of his last seven outings (10-3-13).


HARTFORD 3, SPRINGFIELD 2
Hartford took a 3-0 lead into the third period and held on for a 3-2 win over host Springfield at the MassMutual Center.

Wolf Pack winger Greg Moore tallied his team-leading 16th goal of the season (16-16-32) with his club shorthanded at 17:31 of the second period, and that proved to be the difference.

Hartford also received markers from Thomas Pock and Hugh Jessiman, and goaltender Al Montoya stopped 35 of 37 shots in net.

The Falcons attempted a third-period comeback, as Sebastien Bisaillon and Marc Pouliot each netted power play goals by the 3:53 mark. Each player assisted on the other’s goal.

However, Springfield could not get the equalizer and fell to 0-4-1-0 in its last five games.


ROCHESTER 4, HAMILTON 1
Marek Zagrapan’s two goals helped Rochester snap a franchise-record 10-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over visiting Hamilton at the Blue Cross Arena.

Zagrapan completed a three-point night with the lone assist on Peter Aston’s third-period goal. Marc-Andre Gragnani also scored for the Amerks, who were only able to dress 15 skaters for the contest.

Rochester rookie goaltender Tyler Plante picked up his first career AHL victory with 33 saves on 34 shots.

Hamilton’s lone goal came off the stick of Greg Stewart in the first period, which initially gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage.


CHICAGO 4, MILWAUKEE 3
Joel Kwiatkowski netted three power-play goals in a span of nine minutes during the second period, and Chicago held on for a 4-3 win over host Milwaukee before 6,504 fans at the Bradley Center.

Milwaukee’s Mike Santorelli and Rich Peverley gave the Admirals a 2-1 lead by the 1:59 mark of the middle stanza, with a Jordan LaVallee goal wedged in between for Chicago.

Kwiatkowski then scored man-advantage markers at 7:40, 10:12, and 16:40, giving the Wolves a 4-2 advantage.

Admirals winger Josh Langfeld brought his club within a goal at 4:11 of the third period, but it was the only goal that Wolves netminder Ondrej Pavelec would allow on 15 shots-against that period.

Pavelec finished with 28 saves in the game and upped his record to 8-3-0 on the campaign.