In a key East Division matchup with playoff implications the Albany River Rats downed Bridgeport by a score of 4-1 at the Times Union Center on Wednesday night.
With the win, Albany moves into the fourth and final playoff position in the East with a record of 31-28-3-2 and 67 points, one point ahead of the Sound Tigers.
Keith Aucoin extended his scoring streak to six games, and made it three straight multi-point contests, by recording a goal and two assists for the River Rats. Aucoin ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring with 76 points in just 50 games.
Tyler Weiman backstopped the Rats to victory by making 34 saves on 35 shots.
GRAND RAPIDS 4, IOWA 1
Ben Simon and Ryan Oulahen each had a shorthanded goal plus an assist as the Grand Rapids Griffins handed the Iowa Stars their third straight loss with a 4-1 decision at Van Andel Arena.
Jimmy Howard stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn his 18th win with Grand Rapids, which is 9-1-0-0 in its last 10 games at home.
Shane Endicott scored the lone goal for Iowa in the loss.
LOWELL 3, SPRINGFIELD 1
After falling behind 1-0 heading into the second period, the Lowell Devils tallied three unanswered goals to defeat the Springfield Falcons, 3-1, at the Tsongas Arena.
With the win, Lowell remains unbeaten in regulation in its last six games, going 4-0-0-2 during that stretch. The Devils opened up a four-point lead over fifth-place Worcester in the Atlantic Division.
Norm Milley scored in a losing effort for the Falcons.
PROVIDENCE 2, WORCESTER 1
Two goals in the second period proved to be enough as the Providence Bruins edged the visiting Worcester Sharks by a score of 2-1.
Hannu Toivonen stopped 18 of 19 shots for Providence to even his record to 7-7-0 on the year.
Mathieu Darche scored the lone goal for Worcester in the loss.
ROCHESTER 5, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
The Rochester Americans snapped their four-game winless skid, using a four-goal second period to defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 5-2 at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Adam Dennis stopped 27 of 29 shots to earn his first win since Jan. 27, ending a personal seven-game losing streak.
Ryan Stone led the Penguins with a goal and an assist in the loss.
BINGHAMTON 7, TORONTO 4
The Binghamton Senators ended their 10-game losing streak with an offensive surge, defeating the Toronto Marlies, 7-4, at Ricoh Coliseum.
CHICAGO 4, PEORIA 3
Brett Sterling capped his third hat trick of the season with 51 seconds left in regulation, giving Chicago a 4-3 win over Peoria at Allstate Arena.
Sterling now has 49 goals on the season, and is one shy of becoming the fifth rookie in AHL history to net 50. He is also tied for second in the league with 82 points.
Darren Haydar assisted on all three of Sterling’s goals, increasing his league-leading totals to 67 assists and 99 points in 60 games.
Fred Brathwaite stopped 21 of 24 shots for the Wolves to earn his 20th win on the year.
Defenseman Andy Delmore registered the other goal for Chicago, which defeated Peoria for the seventh time in eight tries this season.
OMAHA 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (SO)
Andrei Taratukhin played the hero for Omaha, recording a goal midway through the third period and scoring the game-winner in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights to a 3-2 win at Milwaukee.
Curtis McElhinney made 35 saves on 37 shots and stopped 10 of 11 players in the shootout to give Omaha its sixth consecutive win on the road.
Brandon Prust also tallied for Omaha, which remains three points behind first-place Chicago in the West Division.
Kim Staal scored both regulation goals for the Admirals, including the equalizer with 2:43 left in the third period.