HERSHEY 6, PROVIDENCE 4
AHL All-Stars Alexandre Giroux and Chris Bourque each tallied two goals and an assist as Hershey took a 6-4 win over Providence on Sunday at the Giant Center in a match-up of the Eastern Conference’s two division leaders.
The Bears’ league-leading offense has now totaled 20 goals over a four-game points streak (2-0-1-1).
Hershey’s penalty-killing unit denied eight of Providence’s 10 power play chances, and goaltender Daren Machesney made 24 saves to earn his 17th win of the season (17-9-1).
Mikko Lehtonen, Zach Hamill, Johnny Boychuk, and captain Jeremy Reich all scored for the Bruins, who remained two points up on Hartford in the Atlantic Division. Providence continues its eight-game road swing on Wednesday in Toronto.
Attendance at the Giant Center on Sunday was 9,718.
CHICAGO 2, QUAD CITY 1
Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec continued his dazzling play of late, stopping 39 of 40 shots to help Chicago edge Quad City by a 2-1 count before 7,431 fans at Allstate Arena.
Pavelec, last week’s Reebok/AHL Player of the Week, has now posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .970 save percentage in his last six games (5-1-0).
The Flames’ Brett Sutter and the Wolves’ Matt Anderson exchanged shorthanded goals before Jordan LaVallee snapped the 1-1 deadlock with the eventual game-winner for the Wolves at 7:34 of the second period.
Chicago upped its winning streak to four games – its longest since early November – and moved into a second-place tie with Rockford in the West Division.
The Monarchs won for the 10th time in their last 15 games (10-4-0-1) and moved into a tie with Lowell for the Atlantic Division’s fourth and final postseason berth.
Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 18 saves in the win, allowing just one goal for the second time in as many days.
Geoff Paukovich scored shorthanded for the Falcons, who dropped to 3-13-2-1 in their last 19 contests.
PORTLAND 6, LOWELL 1
Portland scored three first-period goals and never looked back on its way to a 6-1 win over visiting Lowell at the Cumberland County Civic Center, moving the Pirates within two points of second-place Hartford in the Atlantic.
Defenseman Kenny MacAulay netted his first career AHL goal for the Pirates, Dylan Hunter scored for the first time since Dec. 28, and Portland also received markers from Felix Schutz, Colton Fretter, Aaron Slattengren, and Mathieu Darche.
Nicklas Bergfors lit the lamp for the Devils, who are now tied with Manchester for the division’s fourth and final playoff spot.
BRIDGEPORT 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2 (OT)
Defenseman Mark Wotton scored 51 seconds into overtime as Bridgeport rolled on with a 3-2 road win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday in the back end of a home and home.
Wotton’s goal was just his fourth of the season, two of which have now come in overtime.
Goaltender Nathan Lawson made 39 saves in net, helping Bridgeport move to 8-0-0-3 in its last 11 contests.
GRAND RAPIDS 5, TORONTO 4
Rookie Justin Abdelkader’s power play goal with 8:16 left in regulation snapped a 4-4 tie and sent Grand Rapids to a 5-4 road win over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum.
Grand Rapids established a 3-1 lead early in the second period before Toronto tallied a trio of power play goals to close the stanza with a 4-3 advantage. Defenseman Anton Stralman netted a pair and Andre Deveaux – who also scored in the first period – potted the other. Stralman now has six points (3-3-6) in his last two games for the Marlies.
ALBANY 4, NORFOLK 2
Albany doubled up Norfolk by a 4-2 count in its return to the Times Union Center on Sunday afternoon.
More than 4,000 fans attended the River Rats’ first game at the Times Union Center since their Feb. 19 bus accident, which forced the rescheduling of two home tilts last weekend.
HAMILTON 3, LAKE ERIE 1
A pair of streaks ended on Sunday as Hamilton upended Lake Erie by a 3-1 final at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The Bulldogs brought a halt to their three-game losing skid and scored as many goals as they had in those three losses combined. The Monsters, meanwhile, saw their franchise-record five-game winning streak come to an end.
Lake Erie initially took a 1-0 lead when Chris Durno scored just 55 seconds after the opening face-off, his 14th goal of the season.
Hamilton rookie goaltender Cedrick Desjardins made 40 saves to pick up his first win since Jan. 24.
MILWAUKEE 3, HOUSTON 2
Milwaukee rallied from a 2-0 deficit to come away with a 3-2 win over Houston before 10,316 fans at the Bradley Center.
Hugh Jessiman converted on a power play 3:20 into the third period, snapping a 2-2 tie and giving Milwaukee the victory. Nick Spaling and Patric Hornqvist tallied second-period markers for the Admirals, and Mike Santorelli chipped in two assists.
Admirals goaltender Mark Dekanich only had to make 10 saves in the winning effort, as his club held a whopping 38-12 advantage in shots.
ROCHESTER 3, BINGHAMTON 2
Jordan Henry’s shorthanded goal at 19:29 of the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock and sent Rochester to a 3-2 win over visiting Binghamton at the Blue Cross Arena.
Amerks goaltender Tyler Plante picked up the win with 27 saves, helping Rochester improve to 5-2-0-1 in its last eight contests.