Nigel Dawes tallied a hat trick, scoring the Wolf Pack’s first three goals, and added an assist as Hartford defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a score of 5-2 at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Friday night.
Alex Bourret also recorded a four-point night, adding four assists as the Wolf Pack earned their fourth straight win overall and eighth straight over Bridgeport.
Chris Holt earned his second win in a Wolf Pack sweater this season by stopping 28 of 30 shots on the night.
MANCHESTER 5, ALBANY 1
Matt Moulson netted a hat trick and the Monarchs tallied the game’s first five goals as Manchester defeated the Albany River Rats by a score of 5-1 at the Times Union Center.
Jason LaBarbera stopped 35 of 36 shots in the contest to record his 35th win of the year, a new career high.
Gabe Gauthier registered assists on all three tallies by Moulson in the win for Manchester.
Cody McLeod scored the lone goal for the River Rats in the loss.
PORTLAND 3, LOWELL 1
The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on to defeat the Lowell Devils by a score of 3-1 at Paul E. Tsongas Arena.
David McKee stopped 36 of 37 shots to remain undefeated, improving his AHL record to 3-0-0 with Portland.
Mike Pandolfo scored the only goal in the loss for Lowell.
NORFOLK 5, PHILADELPHIA 1
Five different players scored for Norfolk, which tallied four goals in the second period to down the Philadelphia Phantoms 5-1 at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Corey Crawford earned his league-leading 36th win of the season by stopping 29 of 30 shots.
Pierre Parenteau added a second period goal to extend his scoring streak to 11 games with 18 points (5g, 13a) in that span.
Phantoms defenseman and captain John Slaney scored in the loss for Philadelphia.
PROVIDENCE 5, SPRINGFIELD 2
Ben Walter scored two goals and added an assist as the Providence Bruins defeated the visiting Springfield Falcons 5-2 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Bentivoglio has six points (2g, 4a) and has scored in five of his first eight games as a pro.
Hannu Toivonen needed just 15 saves on the night to earn the win and snap a three-game losing skid for the P-Bruins.
HERSHEY 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 0
Quintin Laing netted a goal and an assist as the Hershey Bears blanked the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-0 at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Frederic Cassivi stopped all 32 shots from the Pens to earn his fourth-straight win and third shutout of the season with Hershey.
Hershey remains one point behind Norfolk atop the East Division. The Penguins are now five points off the lead.
HAMILTON 4, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Ajay Baines tallied a goal and an assist as the Hamilton Bulldogs rolled to a 4-1 win over the visiting Grand Rapids Griffins.
Yann Danis made 25 saves on 26 shots from the Griffins to earn his 20th win of the year, improving his mark to 20-12-4.
Darryl Bootland scored the lone goal in the loss for Grand Rapids.
SYRACUSE 8, BINGHAMTON 4
Zenon Konopka netted a hat trick and Tomas Popperle made 34 saves as the Syracuse Crunch doubled up the visiting Binghamton Senators by the score of 8-4.
Popperle turned away 34 of 38 shots to earn his 24th victory of the year and sixth win in his last seven starts.
Curtis Glencross tallied a goal and two assists and teammates Darcy Verot, Ryan Keller and Philippe Dupuis each had a goal and an assist for the Crunch, who have scored a total of 14 goals in the last two games.
Jeff Heerema played a part in all four goals, recording a goal and three assists, in the loss for the B-Sens.
ROCHESTER 5, TORONTO 2
Michael Ryan scored two goals and two assists to help the Rochester Americans end a two-game skid and defeat the visiting Toronto Marlies 5-2 at Blue Cross Arena.
Making his first career AHL start, netminder David Shantz stopped 35 of 37 shots to earn the win for Rochester.
OMAHA 3, IOWA 1
The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights used the first three goals of the game to down the Iowa Stars at Wells Fargo Arena by the score of 3-1.
Paul Szczechura tallied in the loss for the Stars.
MILWAUKEE 5, CHICAGO 1
Five different players tallied as the Milwaukee Admirals scored four unanswered goals to upend the Chicago Wolves by the score of 5-1 at Allstate Arena.
Pekka Rinne earned his fourth win in his last five starts by making 35 saves on 36 shots from the Wolves.
Cal O’Reilly led the Admirals with a goal and an assist, and Brandon Segal, Chris Durno, Bracken Kearns and Nolan Yonkman all recorded goals for Milwaukee, which went 2-for-3 on the power play in the victory.
With the win, Milwaukee remains unbeaten in regulation in their last five games, going 5-0-0-1, and is just three points behind the first-place Wolves in the West Division.
Brett Sterling added to his goal-scoring lead by registering his 52nd mark of the year in a losing effort for Chicago.
HOUSTON 6, PEORIA 3
Dieter Kochan made a season-high 47 saves and Matt Foy tallied a pair of goals as the Houston Aeros doubled up the visiting Rivermen by a score of 6-3 at the Toyota Center.
Defenseman John Scott had three helpers as the Aeros snapped a two-game skid with the win.
Michal Birner led Peoria with a goal and an assist in the loss.