Eric Healey scored two goals and added an assist as Providence posted a 4-1 victory over Lowell at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night.
The victory allowed the Bruins to open up an eight-point cushion over the fifth-place Lock Monsters in the Atlantic Division standings.
Ben Walter and Jason MacDonald also scored for the Bruins, who also have four games in hand on Lowell.
Jordan Sigalet finished with 24 saves to earn the win.
Elsewhere on Friday:
Andy Chiodo made 31 saves to lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 3-1 win in Albany
Aaron Gavey‘s goal 2:49 into overtime gave Portland a 3-2 win over visiting Hershey, dropping the Bears two points off the lead in the East Division
Gerald Coleman ended a personal 0-13-2 streak by making 29 saves and helping Springfield to a 2-1 victory over Hartford… The Wolf Pack are now six points behind first-place Portland in the Atlantic
Jason Morgan recorded a goal and two assists as Norfolk returned home and posted a 4-2 win over Bridgeport
Twelve different Crunch players found the scoresheet to help Syracuse to a 5-2 win over visiting Rochester
Stefan Ruzicka tallied two goals and an assist as Philadelphia doubled up Toronto, 6-3
Maxim Lapierre scored in overtime and Jaroslav Halak finished with 32 saves as Hamilton beat Manitoba, 2-1
Petr Kanko‘s power-play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime gave Manchester a 3-2 win over Binghamton
Led by Darren Haydar with two goals and an assist, Milwuakee recorded a 6-3 victory over Cleveland