Clarke’s OT goal gives Monarchs eighth straight win

Noah Clarke played the hero for Manchester after the Monarchs allowed a goal with 19.5 seconds left in the third period to bring the contest into overtime.

Clarke netted the game winner in the final minute of in the extra session for a 4-3 win over their division rival, the Lowell Devils at Paul E. Tsongas Arena on Friday night.

Manchester extended its winning streak to eight games, including the last three which have been decided by one goal.

Tim Jackman scored two goals and teammates Marty Murray and T.J. Kemp each recorded a pair of assists. Kemp also managed a plus-3 rating on the night.

Fresh off of All-Star weekend, Jason LaBarbera made 35 saves to earn his seventh straight win and 26th of the year, improving his record to 26-14-1.

Chris Minard scored the equalizer and added an assist in the contest to earn the Devils a point in the standings.

Returning from injury and making his first start since Dec. 20, Hershey netminder Frederic Cassivi did not miss a beat, stopping 37 of 38 shots to give the Bears a 2-1 win at Hartford.

Cassivi held the Wolf Pack scoreless through the second and third period, ending Hartford’s five-game winning streak in the process.

After falling behind 1-0 heading into the second period, former Wolf Pack forward Alexandre Giroux, who recently scored a pair of goals in the 2007 AHL All-Star Game, put Hershey on the board, knotting the game at 1-1 entering the final frame.

Fellow All-Star Tomas Fleischmann netted the game winner for the Bears, who got back into the win column after two consecutive losses.

Craig Weller scored the lone goal for Hartford in the loss.

Grant Stevenson tallied a goal and a pair of assists and Tom Cavanagh recorded three helpers and a plus-3 rating as Worcester downed Bridgeport by a score of 6-2 at the DCU Center.

Dimitri Patzold stopped 27 of 29 shots to earn his fifth straight win and improve his record to 8-3-3 on the year.

Defensemen Garrett Stafford (1g, 1a) and Brennan Evans (2a) each had two points for the Sharks, who are 4-1-0-0 in their last five games.

Blake Comeau and Peter Ferraro scored in the loss for the Sound Tigers.

Four goals in the third period proved the difference as the B-Sens defeated the River Rats in an offensive dual by the score of 6-5 at the Times Union Center.

Andrew Ebbett scored two shorthanded goals in the third, including one on a penalty shot, and Cory Pecker had a goal and an assist as Binghamton ended a three game winless skid. Jeff Glass made 34 saves to earn his sixth win of the year.

Danny Bois, Josh Hennessy and Bobby Robins each scored and defenseman Neil Petruic added two assists for the Senators.

Eleven different players registered a point for Albany in the loss.

After allowing a goal in the first period, AHL All-Star netminder Jaroslav Halak shut the door on the Phantoms and led the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 2-1 shootout win at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Halak stopped 29 of 30 shots, including all 20 in the second and third periods and an overtime session, and five of six Phantoms in the shootout to give Hamilton its fifth straight win.

Duncan Milroy tallied a late third-period goal for the Bulldogs to force overtime.

All-Star defenseman Nolan Baumgartner tallied the lone goal for Philadelphia in the loss.

Kris Versteeg and Petr Kalus each scored a goal and added a helper along with a plus-4 rating as Providence won its fifth straight game with a 6-1 rout of division rival Portland at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Philippe Sauve made 23 saves to earn his eighth win of the season and improve the P-Bruins’ record to 10-0-0-1 in their last 11 games.

Jeff Hoggan and AHL All-Star defenseman Matt Lashoff also recorded a goal and an assist, while teammates Martins Karsums and Nathan Dempsey each had two assists on the night for Providence.

Brett Skinner provided the only tally on the night for the Pirates, who dropped their seventh straight game.

Dave Bolland had a goal and an assist to help Norfolk to a 6-3 win over division rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Corey Crawford stopped 31 of 34 shots in the contest to secure his league-leading 27th win of the year and give the Admirals their fourth straight win and 12th in a row at home.

Adam Burish and Colin Fraser, who also had a plus-3 rating, both had a goal and an assist for Norfolk, which is 11-2-0-0 in its last 13 games and leads the AHL with a 34-10-4-1 record and 73 points.

Defenseman Tom Gilbert led the Penguins in the loss with a goal and an assist.

Rookie goaltender Dan LaCosta stopped all 22 shots he faced to secure his second win for Syracuse and first AHL shutout as the Crunch routed the Falcons by a score of 5-0 at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.

Geoff Platt led the Crunch with two goals and an assist as Syracuse won its third straight game.

Derrick Walser had a goal and an assist and Alexandre Picard and Joakim Lindstrom each had two helpers for the Crunch, who have outscored their opponents 10-3 in the last three games.

Six different players provided goals for the Americans, who defeated the Marlies 6-1 at Blue Cross Arena for their fourth straight win.

Janis Sprukts led the Amerks with a goal and two assists and netminder Craig Anderson stopped 34 of 35 shots in the win for Rochester, which is 10-1-0-0 in its last 11 games and has averaged five goals per game in its last four.

Michael Ryan, Dylan Hunter and 2007 AHL All-Star Clarke MacArthur each had a goal and an assist for Rochester, which extended its lead in the North Division with a 33-12-1-0 record and 67 points.

Brad Leeb scored the lone goal for the Marlies in the loss.

2007 All-Star Game MVP Brett Sterling scored his 40th goal of the year and defenseman Brian Fahey tallied the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Wolves a 3-2 road win over Manitoba.

Cory Larose had a pair of assists and all-star defenseman Nathan Oystrick had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which has gone 5-0-0-2 in its last seven games.

Fred Brathwaite made 34 saves on the night to backstop the Wolves.

Alex Edler and Mike Brown each scored for Manitoba in the loss.

Rich Peverley scored 44 seconds into overtime after Nicolas Corbeil scored twice in the third period, leading the Milwaukee Admirals to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Aeros in the back end of a home-and-home at the Bradley Center.

Peverley also added an assist on the night while AHL All-Star defenseman Sheldon Brookbank added two helpers for the Admirals, who avenged a 3-2 shootout loss to the Aeros on Thursday.

Karl Goehring stopped 23 of 25 shots to improve his record to 18-11-4 on the year.

Ryan Hamilton and Benoit Pouliot each had a goal in the loss for Houston, which like Milwaukee, has had its last six games decided by one goal.

Andrei Taratukhin scored a pair of goals and added an assist and teammate David Van der Gulik recorded three assists as Omaha downed its division rival San Antonio at the Omaha Civic Auditorium by a score of 5-2.

Fresh off his performance in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, netminder Curtis McElhinney needed only 15 saves to earn his 20th win of the season for Omaha, which is 6-1-0-0 in its last seven contests.

Donald MacLean and Pascal Rheaume provided the only goals of the night for San Antonio in the loss.