Another night, another shootout.
Petr Kanko‘s goal with 31 seconds left in regulation capped a two-goal comeback, and Adam Hauser stopped four of five attempts in the shootout as Manchester skated out of the Pepsi Arena with a 3-2 win over Albany in an Atlantic Division battle on Tuesday night.
The Monarchs hit the quarter-pole of the 2005-06 season with a record of 14-3-0-3. Thirteen of their first 20 games have gone to overtime, and Manchester has won six of its nine shootout contests.
Noah Clarke scored once in the third period and once in the shootout for the Monarchs.
Hauser settled in after allowing first-period goals to Ivan Khomutov and Aleksander Suglobov and finished with 35 saves.
Manchester, currently on an 11-game points streak (9-0-0-2), is a combined 33-4-0-3 in the first 20-game segments of the last two seasons. The Monarchs turned a 20-1-0-0 start to the 2004-05 campaign into their first division championship.
MANITOBA 7, HAMILTON 2
Alexandre Burrows scored two of Manitoba’s four power-play goals on the night as the Moose trampled Hamilton, 7-2, at the MTS Centre.
Josh Green added a goal and two assists, Kevin Bieksa recorded three assists and Mike Brown scored shorthanded as the Moose claimed their fourth win in a row.
Manitoba outshot Hamilton by a 28-18 margin for the game. Wade Flaherty earned his ninth victory of the season with a 16-save effort.
Yann Danis suffered his first AHL loss of the season, allowing five goals on 18 shots in two periods of work.
IOWA 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2
Janos Vas netted his first AHL goal early in the third period and Iowa held on for a 3-2 win over Grand Rapids at the Wells Fargo Arena.
It was the third straight win for the Stars and just the fourth regulation loss of the season for the Griffins.
Toby Petersen and Jamie Johnson also scored for Iowa, and Vojtech Polak recorded two assists.
Donald MacLean recorded a goal and an assist for Grand Rapids, which saw its lead atop the North Division shrink to one point over Manitoba.