HERSHEY 7, SYRACUSE 1
Alexandre Giroux registered two goals and an assist as Hershey rolled to a 7-1 win over Syracuse on Saturday before 8,178 fans in its home opener at the Giant Center.
Gordon and Mink scored in the first period to give the Bears a 2-0 lead, but Crunch veteran Mike York tallied a power play goal at 17:36 to make it 2-1.
Bears goaltender Daren Machesney earned the victory with 28 saves on 29 shots.
The defeat ended Syracuse’s 18-game regular-season winning streak, which set a new AHL record, and the team’s 23-0-0-3 run in regular-season play. The Crunch last lost in regulation during the regular year on Feb. 18, 2008, a 5-0 defeat to Lake Erie.
GRAND RAPIDS 4, LAKE ERIE 3 (SO)
Grand Rapids rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and eventually prevailed in a shootout over host Lake Erie, 4-3, in a Saturday afternoon matinee at the Quicken Loans Arena.
After a scoreless first period, the Monsters took a 1-0 lead at 4:33 of the second when Brian Willsie scored an unassisted shorthanded goal. Lake Erie’s Chris Stewart made it 2-0 with a power play marker at 13:46.
Wilson’s power play goal at 3:08 cut it to 3-2, and Darren Haydar’s first goal in a Griffins uniform tied the score at 7:34.
Howard stopped 25 of 28 shots in regulation and overtime prior to his 4-for-5 showing in the shootout. The Monsters’ Jason Bacashihua made 38 saves in the losing effort.
BRIDGEPORT 3, ALBANY 1
Mike Iggulden tallied three goals in the third period as Bridgeport erased a 1-0 deficit and posted a 3-1 win over Albany in its home opener at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Harrison Reed gave Albany a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 6:58 of the first period, and that lead held up through the rest of the first and all of the second.
Iggulden tallied the equalizer for Bridgeport at 2:26 of the final stanza, gave the Sound Tigers the lead at 9:17, and completed the hat trick with an empty-net, power play goal at 19:17.
Bridgeport goaltender Yann Danis earned the victory with 21 saves on 22 shots.
HAMILTON 6, NORFOLK 3
Hamilton exploded for five goals in the third period en route to a 6-3 win over Norfolk at Copps Coliseum in the teams’ first-ever meeting.
Bulldogs goaltender Marc Denis made 39 saves as he and the Bulldogs remained perfect on the campaign (4-0-0-0), marking the first time in franchise history that Hamilton has started a season with four straight wins.
PORTLAND 3, SPRINGFIELD 2
Nathan Gerbe tallied his first two professional goals, including the game-winner, as Portland edged Springfield by a 3-2 final at the MassMutual Center.
Both goals came on the power play for Gerbe, a 2008 Hobey Baker Award finalist and NCAA champion with Boston College. His marker at 9:36 of the third period proved to be the decisive goal.
TORONTO 4, HARTFORD 1
Kris Newbury had two goals and an assist to lead Toronto over visiting Hartford by a 4-1 count at Ricoh Coliseum.
Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge earned the win with 29 saves on 30 shots.
Mike Ouellette netted the Wolf Pack’s lone goal, as Hartford fell to 1-3-0-0 on the season.
BINGHAMTON 3, PHILADELPHIA 1
Rookie Zack Smith broke a 1-1 tie at 6:13 in the third period, and Binghamton went on to a 3-1 road win over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Brendan Bell scored his first goal in a Senators uniform at 15:35 to seal the victory, which upped Binghamton’s record to 3-0-0-1 on the young campaign.
Senators goaltender Jeff Glass earned the win in his first action of the season with 24 saves on 25 shots.
WORCESTER 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Ryan Vesce’s first goal in a Worcester Sharks uniform came at 4:40 of overtime and gave the Sharks a 3-2 win over Providence before a sellout crowd of 6,814 in their home opener at the DCU Center.
Vesce’s overtime marker gave Worcester its first win of the season (1-2-0-0). Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss picked up the win with 18 saves on 19 shots.
LOWELL 2, MANCHESTER 1
Boosted by a 41-19 advantage in shots, Lowell edged host Manchester by a 2-1 final before 8,432 fans in the Monarchs’ home opener at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Quick took the tough-luck loss with 39 saves on 41 shots.
CHICAGO 3, PEORIA 2
Matt Anderson broke a 2-2 tie at 13:03 of the third period, and Chicago held on for a 3-2 win over Peoria before a crowd of 11,988 in its home opener at the Allstate Arena.
Prior to the game, the Wolves raised a banner in honor of their 2008 Calder Cup championship.
Julian Talbot tied it for Peoria on the power play 7:09 into the third, setting the stage for Anderson’s game-winner.
Wolves goaltender Ondrej Pavelec earned the win in net with 29 saves on 31 shots.
IOWA 4, QUAD CITY 1
Four different players netted goals to give Iowa a 4-1 win over visiting Quad City at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa goaltender David LeNeveu stopped 17 of 18 shots in the winning effort.
Kris Chucko netted the Flames’ lone goal on the power play in the second period.
MANITOBA 4, ROCHESTER 1
A three-goal second period lifted Manitoba to a 4-1 win over Rochester and a sweep of the teams’ two-game weekend set at the MTS Centre.
Moose goaltender Cory Schneider earned the win with 20 saves in net.
ROCKFORD 4, MILWAUKEE 3
Rockford’s Petri Kontiola tied the game at 19:44 of the third period and added a goal in the shootout as the IceHogs spoiled Milwaukee’s home opener with a 4-3 win at the Bradley Center.
HOUSTON 8, SAN ANTONIO 6
Corey Locke tallied two goals and added two assists as Houston outlasted San Antonio by an 8-6 final at the Toyota Center.
Locke broke a 6-6 tie with a power play goal at 18:12 of the third period and sealed the victory with an empty-net marker at 19:35.