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Wed. roundup: Norfolk starts trip with win

Wednesday’s AHL Boxscores

NORFOLK 6, ALBANY 3
Paul Szczechura scored one of Norfolk’s four first-period goals as the Admirals built a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes en route to a 6-3 win over Albany on Wednesday at the Times Union Center in the opener of a five-game road swing.

Szczechura, James Wright, Matt Fornataro, and Johan Harju all registered a goal and an assist for the Admirals, while Blair Jones and Stefano Giliati also found the back of the net.

Defensemen Mathieu Roy and Ty Wishart each chipped in two assists in the winning effort, and Norfolk goaltender Cedrick Desjardins (4-2-1) turned aside 22 of 25 shots between the pipes.

Norfolk collected just its second win in its last six games (2-2-1-1) but moved to 7-3-1-1 (16 points) on the season, good for second place in the East Division standings.

Matt Anderson scored twice and Nick Palmieri once for the Devils, who have lost three straight games and surrendered six goals in each of those three setbacks.

PORTLAND 4, SPRINGFIELD 2
Linemates Mark Mancari and Luke Adam each registered a goal and an assist as Portland doubled up host Springfield by a 4-2 count on Wednesday at the MassMutual Center.

Adam now leads the AHL with 11 goals on the season and continues to set the pace among league rookies with 19 points in 14 contests thus far.

Rookie Jacob Lagace notched his first professional goal for the Pirates, and second-round pro Travis Turnbull rounded out Portland’s offense.

Goaltender David Leggio (7-1-0) picked up the win with 30 saves on 32 shots for Portland, which improved its Atlantic Division-best record to 11-3-1-0 (23 points).

Falcons forward Ben Guite, playing in his 500th career AHL game, notched his first goal of the season in the loss. Tom Sestito also scored for Springfield, which saw its four-game points streak (3-0-0-1) come to an end.

LAKE ERIE 5, HAMILTON 1
Lake Erie surrendered the game’s first goal but then scored each of the next five en route to a 5-1 win over visiting Hamilton on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Ben Walter paced the Monsters offense with two goals and an assist, and Greg Mauldin also recorded three points with a goal and two helpers. Mauldin leads Lake Erie with 12 points (5-7-12) in 14 games, but this marked his first multiple-point effort of the season.

Monsters rookie Luke Walker bagged his first professional goal when he struck on the power play just 43 seconds into the third period. Defenseman Ray Macias also scored in the victory.

Brandon Rogers chipped in two assists for Lake Erie, and goaltender Jason Bacashihua (4-3-2) turned aside 27 of 28 shots sent his way.

The Monsters extended their points streak to five games (3-0-1-1) and moved above .500 for the first time this season at 6-5-1-2 (15 points) overall.

Bulldogs forward David Desharnais scored early in the second period to run his season-opening scoring streak to 12 consecutive games (5-11-16), the longest active streak in the AHL.

Hamilton suffered just its second regulation loss in 12 contests this year (7-2-1-2).

MILWAUKEE 1, GRAND RAPIDS 0 (SO)
Mark Santorelli and Jamie Lundmark converted in the shootout and Mark Dekanich stayed hot with 35 saves and a 4-for-5 shootout performance as Milwaukee captured a 1-0 road win over Grand Rapids on Wednesday afternoon at Van Andel Arena.

It marked the first AHL game of the season which went to a shootout following a scoreless regulation and overtime. Dekanich and Grand Rapids counterpart Thomas McCollum (23 saves) each received credit for a shutout for their efforts.

Lundmark improved to a perfect 3-for-3 in shootout attempts on the season, and Santorelli has buried two of his three tries.

Milwaukee extended its winning streak to a season-high three games and improved to 2-2 in shootouts on the campaign.

Dekanich, who improved to 7-1-1 on the season, has been between the pipes for all three games of the Admirals’ current winning streak and shows a 0.95 goals-against average and .967 save percentage over that span.

The Griffins earned a point for the 10th time in 13 games this season (7-3-0-3) but fell to 1-3 in shootouts.

ROCHESTER 6, BINGHAMTON 4
Six different Rochester players found the back of the net in a 6-4 road win over intra-state rival Binghamton at the Broome County Arena on Wednesday.

Michal Repik, Chris Clackson, and defenseman Clay Wilson led the charge with a goal and an assist apiece on the night. Repik extended his points streak to eight games (3-10-13) and continues to lead the AHL in scoring with 21 points (4-17-21) in 15 games overall.

Kenndal McArdle, Aaron Bendickson, and Ryan Del Monte also scored for the Americans, with Bendickson’s marker at 4:38 of the third period standing up as the game-winner.

Bill Thomas (0-3-3) and defenseman Colby Robak (0-2-2) each chipped in multiple assists for Rochester, and rookie goaltender Jacob Markstrom turned aside 24 shots in net.

The Senators grabbed a 3-1 first-period lead but were unable to maintain it. Red-hot rookie Bobby Butler tallied his team-leading 10th goal of the season, and he was joined in the goal-scoring column by Jim O’Brien, Andre Benoit, and Erik Condra.

ROCHESTER 6, BINGHAMTON 4
Six different Rochester players found the back of the net in a 6-4 road win over intra-state rival Binghamton at the Broome County Arena on Wednesday.

Michal Repik, Chris Clackson, and defenseman Clay Wilson led the charge with a goal and an assist apiece on the night. Repik extended his points streak to eight games (3-10-13) and continues to lead the AHL in scoring with 21 points (4-17-21) in 15 games overall.

Kenndal McArdle, Aaron Bendickson, and Ryan Del Monte also scored for the Americans, with Bendickson’s marker at 4:38 of the third period standing up as the game-winner.

Bill Thomas (0-3-3) and defenseman Colby Robak (0-2-2) each chipped in multiple assists for Rochester, and rookie goaltender Jacob Markstrom turned aside 24 shots in net.

The Senators grabbed a 3-1 first-period lead but were unable to maintain it. Red-hot rookie Bobby Butler tallied his team-leading 10th goal of the season, and he was joined in the goal-scoring column by Jim O’Brien, Andre Benoit, and Erik Condra.

TEXAS 3, CHICAGO 2
Francis Wathier’s power play goal broke a 2-2 tie with just 4:25 left in regulation, and Texas held on for a much-needed 3-2 win over visiting Chicago on Wednesday at the Cedar Park Center.

The Stars, who are now off until hosting the Wolves again on Nov. 16, snapped a four-game losing skid and moved back above .500 at 7-6-0-0.

Wathier’s fifth goal of the season – and second of the night – was assisted by Maxime Fortunus and Raymond Sawada.

Wolves rookie forward Angelo Esposito, a first-round draft pick in 2007, scored his first professional goal shorthanded midway through the second period to make it a 1-1 game. But Wathier tied it up on the power play just 32 seconds later.

The Stars’ Greg Rallo and the Wolves’ Fredrik Pettersson traded early third-period markers before Wathier notched his game-winner.

Texas goaltender Brent Krahn (5-4-0) stopped 20 of 22 shots in net, while Chicago rookie Edward Pasquale took the loss with 27 saves.