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Callahan, Weller lead Wolf Pack past Pirates

Ryan Callahan and Craig Weller each scored twice to lead Hartford to a 4-3 win over Portland on Wednesday night.

It was the first non-shootout win of the season for the Wolf Pack, who had dropped six of their first seven games overall.

Callahan’s two goals both came on the power play, the second one breaking a 3-3 tie with 2:05 gone in the third period. Weller scored a shorthanded goal in the first period and an even-strength marker in the final minute of the second. Dwight

Helminen and Lauri Korpikoski each had two assists for Hartford, and Steve Valiquette made 31 saves.

Curtis Glencross, Pierre Parenteau and Stanislav Chistov scored for the Pirates, who have lost three in a row for the first time since January.


HAMILTON 1, ALBANY 0
Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves for his fourth career AHL shutout, backstopping Hamilton to a 1-0 win in Albany.

Ajay Baines scored the game’s only goal 8:29 into the first period. Mathieu Aubin and Kyle Chipchura garnered the assists.

It was the first road win of the season for the Bulldogs.

The River Rats lost for the fifth straight game, and were shut out for the fourth time on the young season. Justin Peters made 37 saves in defeat.


NORFOLK 3, BRIDGEPORT 1
Troy Brouwer scored the go-ahead goal with 5:03 remaining in the third period, lifting Norfolk to a 3-1 win over Bridgeport and putting the wraps on a perfect seven-game homestand.

The Admirals won all seven games by a combined score of 33-12. They now hit the road for six straight, beginning Friday night in Portland.

Corey Crawford made 22 saves to improve to 5-0-0, Brandon Bochenski scored his sixth power-play goal of the season and Chris Durno added an empty-netter for Norfolk.

Sergei Ogorodnikov had the lone tally for the Sound Tigers, his first pro goal. Billy Thompson stopped 28 shots for the visitors.


CHICAGO 4, HOUSTON 2
Chicago dominated the final two periods, scoring four times and improving to 5-0-0-0 on the road with a 4-2 win at Houston on Wednesday night.

Mark Popovic, Jordan LaVallee, Jared Ross and Derek MacKenzie scored for the Wolves, who outshot the Aeros by a 33-10 margin after the first intermission.

Jason Krog and Darren Haydar assisted on Popovic’s goal, each extending his scoring streak to 10 games.

Wyatt Smith and Danny Irmen scored for Houston, and Roman Voloshenko registered two assists.