Keith Aucoin scored the tiebreaking shorthanded goal midway through the third period and assisted on a first-period goal by Shane Willis in the Albany River Rats’ 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at Van Andel Arena.
Aucoin gave Albany the lead with 6:56 left in the third when he backhanded a shot from the slot past Griffins goaltender Jimmy Howard. The River Rats’ captain extended his scoring streak to seven games, including multiple-point performances in five of his last six.
Kip Miller had a goal and an assist for the Griffins, who lost their fourth in a row.
The River Rats complete a four-game road trip Wednesday at Binghamton.
PHILADELPHIA 6, BINGHAMTON 3
A five-goal second period led by Pete Zingoni’s hat trick proved to be the difference in the Phantoms’ 6-3 win at Binghamton.
Rookie netminder Scott Munroe stopped 35 shots for the Phantoms while earning his second win as a pro.
HARTFORD 9, SAN ANTONIO 3
Rookie Ryan Callahan notched a hat trick and defenseman Daniel Girardi registered five assists as the Wolf Pack defeat San Antonio 9-3 at home.
WORCESTER 6, PROVIDENCE 3
Craig Valette and rookie Joe Pavelski each tallied a pair of goals for the Sharks in their 6-3 win at home over Providence.
Grant Stevenson (1g-2a) and defenseman Justin Kurtz (3a) each posted three-point nights while Nolan Schaefer made 22 saves for Worcester, which posted its second victory in as many nights and scoring a total of 11 goals.
NORFOLK 5, LOWELL 4 (OT)
Troy Brouwer scored the first and last goal of the game as the Norfolk Admirals scored three unanswered goals and earned a 5-4 victory in overtime at Lowell.
Corey Crawford made 54 saves on the night for the Admirals.
PORTLAND 6, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
Colby Genoway scored a goal and two assists and Zenon Konopka tallied three assists in Portland’s 6-2 win at home over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
MANCHESTER 4, SPRINGFIELD 2
Four first-period goals, including two by rookie Matt Moulson, proved to be enough as Manchester defeated Springfield, 4-2.
OMAHA 4, SYRACUSE 2
Scoring three unanswered goals, the Knights move into first place in the West Division with a 4-2 win at Syracuse.
Ben Simon registered both goals for the Crunch.
HERSHEY 7, MANITOBA 3
Manitoba native and Hershey forward Eric Fehr extended his point streak to 10 games, scoring two goals in the Bears’ 7-3 win at the MTS Centre.
Eight different players registered a point for Hershey, including Dave Steckel (2a) and Jonas Johansson (1g, 1a) as the Bears win for the second straight night against the Moose and take over first place in the Eastern Conference.
HAMILTON 2, TORONTO 1
Hamilton scored both of its goals on the power play as Duncan Milroy recorded an assist and the eventual game winner in the Bulldogs’ 2-1 win at Toronto.
Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves and stopped all 23 shots from the Marlies in the third period. Halak improved his record to 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and .978 save percentage in November.
MILWAUKEE 2, PEORIA 1 (OT)
Ramzi Abid netted the game winner 23 seconds into overtime as the Admirals defeated Peoria 2-1 at home.
Mike Glumac netted his fourth goal of the year to put the Rivermen ahead just 34 seconds into the opening frame.