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Aucoin leads River Rats to victory over Griffins

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.

Peter Tsimikalis also scored for the River Rats, who have won three straight games and four of their last five. Tyler Weiman stopped 34 shots to earn his sixth victory.

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.

Mark Cullen recorded four points (2g-2a) and left wing Tony Voce had three assists as Philadelphia scored six goals for the second straight night and stretched its winning streak to four games.

Binghamton center Andrew Ebbett kept his nine-game scoring streak alive recording a goal and an assist in the loss, while teammates Danny Bois and Josh Hennessy also scored for the Senators.


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.

A pair of four-goal periods sparked the Wolf Pack to their second win in their last three games as rookie Lauri Korpikoski registered three assists and Dwight Helminen had a pair of goals.

Randall Gelech, Oliver Latendresse and Jeff Taffe recorded the goals for the visiting Rampage.


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.

Defenseman Ryan Glenn recorded a goal and two assists for the Bruins and Martins Karsums had two points for Providence.


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.

Carl Corazzini also added two goals and tacked on an assist while David Bolland registered three assists for the Admirals who improve to 2-2-0-1 on their current six-game road trip.

Justin Papineau led the Devils with three assists and Chris Minard tallied two goals as Lowell has now played five straight one-goal games.

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.

Pirates’ defenseman Brett Skinner also scored two goals while goaltender Michael Leighton stopped 31 of 33 shots for Portland, which has outscored its opponents 10-2 in the last two games.

Jonathan Filewich and defenseman Tom Gilbert registered goals for the 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.

Center Gabe Gauthier and defenseman T.J. Kemp recorded a pair of assists each as the Monarchs ended their three-game winless streak.

Zdenek Blatny and Norm Milley each had a goal and assist for the Falcons.


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.

Four different players, Kris Chucko, Dustin Boyd, Eric Nystrom and David Van der Gulik, scored for Omaha as the Knights went to 2-1-0-0 on their four-game road trip.

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.

Brandon Reid, Jason Jaffray and Jannik Hansen scored for Manitoba while center Brad Moran had a pair of assists.


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.

Mikhail Grabovski scored the first goal on the game for Hamilton, while Andrei Kostitsyn, who has five points in his last three games, and Eric Manlow recorded an assist each.

Brad Leeb had the only Marlies goal and Justin Pogge stopped 35 of 37 shots in the loss.


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.

Ville Koistinen got the Admirals on the board to knot the game at 1-1 in the first period, while Sheldon Brookbank registered two assists and center Rich Peverly had one assist for Milwaukee.