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Bulldogs close in on North Division lead

Yann Danis recorded his third straight win by stopping 29 of 31 shots as the Bulldogs downed division rival Rochester by a 3-2 score on Tuesday night, moving to within one point of the North Division lead behind the Amerks.

Duncan Milroy, Ajay Baines and Corey Locke tallied for Hamilton, which has secured points in its last seven contests, going 6-0-1-0, and has not lost back-to-back games since Oct. 27-28. The Bulldogs are 18-4-1-1 since losing six of their first eight games of the year.

After falling behind in the contest 3-0, the Amerks scored twice in the third frame with goals from Stefan Meyer and defenseman Mike Funk. Goaltender Craig Anderson made 20 saves in a losing effort.


PEORIA 4, GRAND RAPIDS 3
Trent Whitfield had a goal and two assists as Peoria defeated Grand Rapids by a score of 4-3 in an all-power-play affair at Van Andel Arena.

The Rivermen scored all four goals on the power play, going 4-for-9 on the night, while the Griffins tallied each of their goals on the man advantage as well, going 3-for-9.

Marek Schwarz stopped 19 of 22 shots while Mike Glumac and Peter Sejna each had a goal and an assist for the Rivermen.

Kip Miller, who was recently named a playing captain in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, tallied a pair of goals while defenseman Jonathan Ericsson recorded three assists for Grand Rapids, which has lost five of its last six.


CHICAGO 5, MILWAUKEE 4 (OT)
Kevin Doell, who has four goals in his last six games, played the hero for Chicago by scoring the game-winning goal with 1:14 left in overtime to give the Wolves their fourth straight win, a 5-4 victory at Milwaukee.

Rookie Brett Sterling extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games by recording his league-leading 32nd goal, and Darren Haydar continued his record-breaking streak by recording three helpers on the night, giving him points in 33 consecutive games.

Cory Larose also remained hot, recording three assists on the night for Chicago, which scored four of its five goals on the power play.

Ramzi Abid registered four assists and Rich Peverley scored a pair of goals in the loss for the Admirals.


HARTFORD 2, WORCESTER 0
Al Montoya posted his first shutout of the year, stopping all 20 shots faced from Worcester, as the Wolf Pack downed the Sharks by a score of 2-0 at the DCU Center.

Brandon Dubinsky scored a goal and registered an assist for Hartford, which is 5-1-0-0 in its last six games on the road. Rookie Dane Byers also added a goal for the Wolf Pack.

Nolan Schaefer made 28 saves in a losing effort.


BINGHAMTON 4, SYRACUSE 2
Four consecutive goals in the second period for Binghamton proved to be the difference as the B-Sens defeated Syracuse at home by a score of 4-2.

Josh Hennessy had two goals and Tomas Malec had a pair of assists for the Senators while netminder Kelly Guard stopped 34 of 36 shots in the contest to help Binghamton snap a four-game losing streak.

Derrick Walser and Alexandre Picard each had a power-play goal in the Crunch loss.


HOUSTON 3, SAN ANTONIO 2 (SO)
Josh Harding had 22 saves and stopped four of five players in the shootout to give Houston a 3-2 win at home over in-state rival San Antonio.

Jeff Taffe helped secure a point for the Rampage by scoring the game-tying goal with two seconds left to play in regulation.

Matt Foy and defenseman Ryan Stokes got the Aeros out to an early 2-0 lead. San Antonio’s Pascal Rheaume, who had two points on the night, tallied the first goal for the Rampage to close within one at 7:39 of the second period.

Josh Tordjman made 31 saves in the loss for the Rampage, whose last four games have all been decided by one goal.


IOWA 5, OMAHA 2
Scoring five unanswered goals, including four in the third period, the Iowa Stars downed the Knights by a score of 5-2 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Joel Lundqvist, who leads the team with 13 goals and 30 points, scored a pair of goals while Dan Ellis made 18 saves on the night to give the Stars their third straight victory.

Marius Holtet, Scott May and defenseman Marty Wilford also scored for Iowa.

Warren Peters and Carsen Germyn, who has points in five of his last seven tilts, registered goals for Omaha in the loss.


PHILADELPHIA 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Niko Dimitrakos broke a 1-1 tie at 12:10 in the third period while also adding an assist and an empty-net goal as the Phantoms ended the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ four-game winning streak and handed them their first regulation loss in the month of December.

Phantoms captain John Slaney recorded three helpers on the night while Scott Munroe stopped 27 of 28 shots for Philadelphia, who have won three of its last four games.

Kyle Brodziak scored the lone goal for the Penguins.


HERSHEY 6, BRIDGEPORT 3
The Bears scored three unanswered goals in the second and third period, including two from Kyle Wilson, in a 6-3 win on the road against Bridgeport.

Hershey has won three of its last four games and has scored an average of five goals per game in that span, moving atop the East Division lead with a 21-4-3-4 record and 49 points.

Alexandre Giroux and Quintin Laing each had a goal and an assist for the Bears and netminder Maxime Daigneault stopped 28 of 31 shots for his fourth win in his last five starts.

Defenseman Drew Fata had a goal and an assist in the loss for the Sound Tigers.