ROCKFORD 5, PROVIDENCE 1
Rockford jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period and a 5-0 advantage after two periods on its way to a 5-1 victory over league-leading Providence on Saturday before 6,051 fans at the MetroCentre.
Troy Brouwer netted a pair of power play goals for the IceHogs, giving him a league-high 19 man-advantage markers on the season.
Jack Skille and Derek Nesbitt each had a goal and an assist for the IceHogs, while Colin Fraser also lit the lamp. Three-time AHL All-Star Martin St. Pierre chipped in a pair of helpers in the winning effort.
IceHogs goaltender Mike Brodeur made 21 saves and improved to 2-1-0 in the AHL this season.
His shutout bid was denied with 14 seconds left in the game by Providence’s Martins Karsums.
The Bruins, whose four-game winning streak came to an end, continue their West Division road trip on Sunday at Chicago in a match-up of the AHL’s top two teams.
ALBANY 3, WORCESTER 2 (SO)
Albany rallied for a pair of third-period goals and went on to a 3-2 victory over visiting Worcester at the Times Union Center.
River Rats goaltender Michael Leighton earned the win with 30 saves, helping Albany extend its season-high winning streak to six games.
BRIDGEPORT 3, BINGHAMTON 2
Clear Day acquisition Colton Fretter paid quick dividends for Bridgeport, scoring a pair of goals to help the Sound Tigers to a 3-2 victory over visiting Binghamton at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
HAMILTON 3, HERSHEY 2
Mathieu Biron’s goal at 9:18 lifted Hamilton over Hershey, 3-2, at Copps Coliseum in a rematch of the 2007 Calder Cup Finals.
Biron’s decisive tally made a winner of Hamilton goaltender Yann Danis, who stopped 31 of 33 shots to help the Bulldogs move to 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 contests.
MANCHESTER 2, HARTFORD 1
Matt Moulson scored at 6:27 of the third period as Manchester eked out a 2-1 road victory over Hartford at the XL Center.
SPRINGFIELD 4, PORTLAND 2
Four skaters lit the lamp as Springfield doubled up visiting Portland, 4-2, at the MassMutual Center.
Springfield goaltender Jeff Deslauriers made 28 saves in the victory, upping his season record to 21-17-5.
IOWA 5, TORONTO 4 (SO)
James Neal tied the game with just 39 seconds left in regulation and netted the decisive shootout goal as Iowa rallied past Toronto by a 5-4 final at Ricoh Coliseum.
Neal’s tying goal was his 11th tally of the season. His winner came in the seventh round of the shootout, after he had already scored in the third round.
LOWELL 5, NORFOLK 2
Five different skaters lit the lamp as Lowell rolled to a 5-2 win over visiting Norfolk at the Tsongas Arena.
Devils goaltender Dave Caruso only had to make 16 saves in the win, as his club outshot the Admirals by a final count of 44-18.
PHILADELPHIA 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Ryan Potulny netted a pair of third-period goals to lead Philadelphia over host Wilkes-Barre Scranton by a 3-1 count at the Wachovia Arena.
Boyd Kane picked up the primary assist on both of Potulny’s markers, the second of which went into an empty net with 49 seconds left in regulation.
Phantoms defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick also scored, notching his first AHL goal since the 2005-06 season as a member of Rochester.
Philadelphia goaltender Scott Munroe made 28 saves in the victory, which improved the East-leading Phantoms to 7-1-1-1 in their last 10 contests.
Defenseman Alain Nasreddine scored for the Penguins, who fell to 1-4-0-0 in their last five games.
SYRACUSE 3, ROCHESTER 1
Joakim Lindstrom and Adam Pineault each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Syracuse to a 3-1 win over visiting Rochester at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Defenseman Martin Lojek lit the lamp for the Americans, who dropped their third straight contest.
MILWAUKEE 6, CHICAGO 4
Milwaukee exploded for four goals in the third period on its way to a 6-4 victory over host Chicago at the Allstate Arena.
Admirals goaltender Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the winning effort.
The loss ended Chicago’s points streak at 12 games (10-0-1-1).
PEORIA 2, LAKE ERIE 1
Peoria scored a pair of goals just 1:25 apart in the first period and held on for a 2-1 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Carver Arena.
Defenseman Mitch Love put the Monsters on the board at 15:13 of the third period.
Peoria goaltender Marek Schwarz earned the victory with 26 saves, ending the Rivermen’s three-game losing streak.
QUAD CITY 3, MANITOBA 2 (SO)
Quad City converted on all three of its shootout attempts to pull out a 3-2 win over host Manitoba before 10,589 fans at the MTS Centre.
After a scoreless first period, Quad City took a 2-0 lead in the second stanza on the back of goals by Warren Peters and Krys Chucko.
Flames goaltender Curtis McElhinney earned the victory after stopping 33 of 35 shots through regulation and overtime, and denying three of four Manitoba shootout attempts.