Milwaukee received goals from Jason Guerriero, Andreas Thuresson, Alexander Sulzer, and Antti Pihlstrom (pictured) and secured a 4-2 win over Iowa on Friday at the Bradley Center. After they both have Saturday off, the teams will square off for a rematch on Sunday in Des Moines.
The 2-1-1-0 Admirals scored once in the first period, twice in the second, and once in the final stanza.
Sulzer’s goal came shorthanded at 11:44 of the second, and it turned out to be the game-winner.
Rich Peverley posted a multiple-point night with a pair of assists, and Sulzer also added an assist to finish with two points.
Pekka Rinne earned the win in net for Milwaukee with 24 saves.
ALBANY 5, MANCHESTER 2
Ryan Bayda scored just 32 seconds into the game and the host River Rats never looked back in a 5-2 win over Manchester at the Times Union Center.
Gabe Gauthier posted a goal and a helper for Manchester and now has points in each of his first five games of the season (3-6-9).
Kevin Nastiuk made 27 saves on 29 shots to pick up the victory in his first start of the season for Albany.
PEORIA 3, QUAD CITY 2 (SO)
Jean-Guy Trudel was the only successful shooter for either side in the shootout, pushing Peoria to a 3-2 win over Quad City at Carver Arena.
Hambly now has goals in two straight games (2-1-3).
Toivonen secured the win in goal, making 25 saves prior to his perfect 5-for-5 in the shootout.
HOUSTON 6, SAN ANTONIO 5 (SO)
San Antonio received a hat trick from Joel Perrault and a two-goal effort by Joey Tenute, but it wasn’t enough as visiting Houston took a 6-5 final in a shootout.
The Aeros received regulation goals from five different skaters, and center Serge Payer (1-1-2) was the only member of Houston with a multiple-point showing.
After falling behind 3-0, the Rampage tied it at 3-3 by the 7:59 mark of the second period on Perrault’s first two goals and one by Tenute.
The team’s exchanged the next two goals before Houston’s Erik Reitz put the visitors on top by a 5-4 count at 6:19 of the third stanza.
Perrault would secure his hat trick in style, though, as he scored on the power play with one second remaining in regulation to tie the score.
However, the Aeros’ Ryan Hamilton converted the team’s fifth shootout attempt, the only member of either team to be successful.
NORFOLK 5, BINGHAMTON 1
Kyle Wanvig notched a goal and two assists, and Justin Taylor added two points (1-1-2) to lead Norfolk to a 5-1 victory over Binghamton in their home opener at Scope Arena.
Karl Stewart added a shorthanded tally for the Admirals, who improved their record to 2-3-0-0.
Cody Bass scored the Senators’ lone goal on the evening.
Norfolk’s Ryan Munce picked up the win in goal with 17 saves on 18 shots.
The two teams will return to the same ice for a rematch on Saturday evening.
BRIDGEPORT 4, HERSHEY 2
Ben Walter tallied a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, to send Bridgeport over Hershey by a 4-2 final.
After Hershey took the early lead in the first period on a goal by Jamie Hunt, Walter tied the score with a goal 3:19 into the second.
Following a power play goal by Blake Comeau that made it 2-1, Walter extended the advantage with a marker at 7:20.
That would be the game-winner, as the Bears’ Kyle Wilson closed the visitors within a goal at 18:39 of the second, but they would get no closer and dropped to 0-3-0-0 on the campaign.
Jeff Tambellini closed the scoring for the Sound Tigers at 13:53 of the third period.
CHICAGO 5, ROCKFORD 4 (OT)
Chicago’s Jason Krog scored with 25 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the host Wolves to a 5-4 victory over Rockford at the Allstate Arena.
Martins and LaVallee then scored for the Wolves, all of this coming before the second intermission.
The game remained knotted at 4-4 until Krog ended it late in overtime.
SYRACUSE 2, HAMILTON 1
Joakim Lindstrom scored the game-winner on the power play 3:28 into the third period as Syracuse defeated Hamilton, 2-1.
The Crunch also opened the scoring, as Darcy Campbell found the back of the net at 9:32 of the first period.
The lead was very short-lived, though, as Hamilton’s Janne Lahti evened the tilt once again just 11 seconds later at 9:43, setting the state for Lindstrom’s decisive tally.
Tomas Popperle earned the win for Syracuse with 23 saves on 24 shots.
The Bulldogs’ Yann Danis made 18 saves in the losing effort.
MANITOBA 6, ROCHESTER 5 (SO)
Jozef Balej and Colby Genoway scored in the shootout to lift Manitoba to a 6-5 win over Rochester at Blue Cross Arena.
It marked Manitoba’s third win over the Amerks in four days and their seventh straight in the series dating back to last season. This was the first in the streak to go beyond regulation.
In addition to his shootout goal, Balej sent the game to overtime with a goal at 13:19 of the third to tie the game, and he also added an assist for a multiple-point night.
The Moose’s Jason Jaffray posted a goal and two assists for the second straight game.
Rookie goaltender Cory Schneider earned his first professional victory in goal for Manitoba, making 27 saves on 32 shots through overtime.
Schneider surrendered a goal on the Americans’ first shootout attempt but then stopped the next four to secure the win.