MANCHESTER 5, BRIDGEPORT 1
Manchester rookie defenseman Brian Boyle scored three power play goals to help the Monarchs to a 5-1 road victory over Bridgeport on Saturday at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The hat trick gave Boyle four goals in his last two games, and he has now registered a point in four straight contests (4-3-7) and seven of his last eight (5-6-11).
The first-year pro out of Boston College leads all AHL defensemen with 13 goals and ranks third with 28 points in 30 games this season.
Boyle scored a man-advantage goal in each period for the Monarchs, who finished 3-for-4 on the power play in the game.
Starting his fourth straight game in net, goaltender Erik Ersberg stopped 35 of 36 shots, improving his season record to 7-5-0.
Drew Fata scored for the Sound Tigers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
LOWELL 3, PROVIDENCE 1
Lowell snapped a season-high eight game winless skid (0-6-1-1) with a 3-1 win over Providence at the Tsongas Arena.
It also marked the Devils’ first win in six tries this season against the league-leading Bruins, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Providence leading scorer Pascal Pelletier scored the visitors’ lone goal on the night.
SYRACUSE 4, HARTFORD 3
Joakim Lindstrom tallied two goals and added an assist as Syracuse defeated host Hartford by a 4-3 final at the XL Center.
Lindstrom’s power play goal at 4:49 of the third period proved to be the difference, helping the Crunch move to 5-2-0-0 in their last seven games.
Thomas Pock led the Wolf Pack with a pair of goals.
HERSHEY 4, NORFOLK 1
Kyle Wilson scored twice to lead Hershey past visiting Norfolk by a 4-1 final in front of 8,094 fans at the Giant Center.
The Admirals received their lone goal from Adam Henrich, who scored for the second straight night.
Norfolk goaltender Jonathan Boutin made 35 saves in net, but his club still dropped its season-high fifth straight game.
BINGHAMTON 3, ROCHESTER 1
Josh Hennessy’s power play goal at 14:12 of the third period led Binghamton to a 3-1 win over visiting Rochester at the Broome County Arena.
Hennessy added a pair of assists in the game, giving him four points over his last two games (2-2-4).
Binghamton goaltender Brian Elliott secured the win with 31 saves on 32 shots.
Stefan Meyer scored for the Americans, who lost their ninth consecutive game.
WORCESTER 4, PORTLAND 3 (OT)
Defenseman Dan Spang scored at 2:40 of overtime to lift Worcester to a 4-3 road win over Portland and a split of the teams’ two-game set in Maine.
It marked Worcester’s first win at the Cumberland County Civic Center since their inaugural visit on Oct. 6, 2006, a 4-3 shootout victory. The Sharks had gone 0-5-1-1 in the building since.
CHICAGO 4, GRAND RAPIDS 3 (OT)
Second-year pro Brett Sterling scored his league-leading 18th goal of the season (18-9-27) at 4:39 of overtime to give Chicago a 4-3 win over host Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena.
Chicago goaltender Ondrej Pavelec picked up the victory, making 27 saves on 30 shots.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, ALBANY 3
Kurtis McLean broke a 3-3 tie at 13:46 of the third period to lift Wilkes-Barre/Scranton past visiting Albany by a 4-3 count at the Wachovia Arena.
Goaltender David Brown made 24 saves, helping the Penguins to their season-high fourth straight victory.
Yannick Tifu tallied a goal and two assists for the River Rats, the first points of his AHL career.
QUAD CITY 2, IOWA 1
Brett Sutter scored midway through the third period and Quad City held on for a 2-1 win over Iowa at the I Wireless Center.
The Stars initially took a 1-0 lead when Toby Petersen tallied his team-leading 14th goal of the season (14-17-31) on the power play midway through the second period.
Warren Peters tied it for Quad City with a man-advantage goal of his own later that period, setting the stage for Sutter’s game winner in the third.
Flames goaltender Kevin Lalande made 30 saves and picked up the win in his first decision since Nov. 2.
ROCKFORD 4, MILWAUKEE 2
Rockford scored twice in the first period and added two more in the third to take a 4-2 win over visiting Milwaukee at the MetroCentre. The IceHogs moved to 9-0-0-4 in their last 13 games.
Kris Versteeg led the IceHogs with a goal and two assists. He now has a goal in three straight games (3-3-6) and a point in 12 of his last 13 contests (7-10-17).
Cal O’Reilly and Matt Ellison netted goals for the Admirals, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
PEORIA 3, LAKE ERIE 2 (SO)
Peoria erased a two-goal deficit in regulation and scored on all three of its shootout attempts to take a 3-2 road win over Lake Erie at the Quicken Loans Arena.
HOUSTON 2, SPRINGFIELD 0
Petr Kalus tallied a pair goals and Nolan Schaefer pitched a 21-save shutout as Houston downed Springfield, 2-0, at the Toyota Center.
The Aeros, playing their first home game since Dec. 1, snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-0-1) and avenged a 4-3 shootout loss to the Falcons in Massachusetts on Dec. 14.
The Falcons went 0-2-0-0 in their first-ever visit to Texas and dropped to 0-3-1-0 in their last four games overall.
MANITOBA 3, HAMILTON 2 (OT)
Defenseman Nathan McIver scored at 4:37 of overtime to give Manitoba a 3-2 win over Hamilton in front of 7,333 fans at the MTS Centre.
The win gave the Moose a split of their two-game set with Bulldogs, and they finished a six-game homestand at 2-3-0-1.
Manitoba goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 30 saves on 32 shots in the victory.