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Clarkson scores four as Devils down Phantoms

David Clarkson scored four goals and assisted on another as Lowell defeated Philadelphia by a score of 5-3 at the Tsongas Arena on Friday night.

Clarkson’s first two goals of the game gave the Devils a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. After the Phantoms tied the score, Clarkson capped the hat trick to put Lowell back in front.

Philadelphia tied it again, but Clarkson set up Ryan Murphy‘s goal with 59 seconds left in regulation, then capped his five-point night with an empty-net insurance marker.

Murphy finished with a goal and two assists, Patrick Davis and Tomas Harant recorded two assists each  and Frank Doyle made 22 saves for the win.

Matt Ellis, Stefan Ruzicka and John Slaney scored for Philadelphia in the loss.


HERSHEY 1, BINGHAMTON 0 (SO)
Regulation and overtime were not enough to settle this division game as Hershey eventually defeated Binghamton on the road by a score of 1-0 in a shootout.

Both Maxime Daigneault, who stopped all 30 shots in regulation, and Kelly Guard each recorded shutouts, however Daigneault was a perfect 4-for-4 in the shootout to give the Bears the edge.

Guard stopped all 39 shots he faced on the night in the loss for the B-Sens.

Eric Fehr and Kyle Wilson provided the shootout goals for Hershey in the win, which kept the Bears tied for first place in the East Division.


OMAHA 4, GRAND RAPIDS 0
Curtis McElhinney and the Knights stopped Grand Rapids dead in its tracks with a 4-0 win at Van Andel Arena, ending the Griffins’ six-game winning streak.

McElhinney, who was recently named to the Canadian team for the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto, stopped all 39 shots to backstop Omaha to its fourth win in the last five games on the road. It was his fourth shutout of the season.

Brandon Prust scored a pair of goals and added an assist and defenseman Tim Hambly recorded a pair of helpers in the win for the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.


SAN ANTONIO 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (SO)
Jeff Taffe’s goal in the fifth round of a shootout proved to be the difference as the Rampage downed the Admirals at the AT&T Center and avenged a 4-2 loss to Milwaukee from Thursday.

Taffe also recorded a goal in regulation and Joel Perrault tallied the other goal for San Antonio, which has won four of its last five home games.

David LeNeveu made 33 saves and stopped four of five shooters on the night for his first win in his last four starts for the Rampage.

Brandon Segal and Rich Peverley registered both goals in the loss for Milwaukee, which is 2-1-0-2 in its last five games on the road.


HOUSTON 3, IOWA 1
After falling to an early 1-0 hole, the Aeros took command of the game and scored three unanswered goals on Iowa to defeat the Stars 3-1 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Peter Olvecky and Mattias Weinhandl, who has three goals and five points in his last two games, each had a goal and an assist for Houston, which has won four of its last five games on the road.

Josh Harding made 43 saves on 44 shots from the Stars to secure his 16th win on the year.

Scott May scored the lone goal in the loss for Iowa.


NORFOLK 3, ALBANY 2
AHL All-Star selections Troy Brouwer and Martin St. Pierre combined for five points on the night as the Admirals defeated Albany by a score of 3-2.

Brouwer had a goal and two assists and St. Pierre tallied a goal and a helper for Norfolk, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the second period and held off a River Rats comeback attempt in the third period.

Admirals netminder Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots on the night to earn his league-leading 23rd win.

Ryan Bayda tallied a goal and Keith Aucoin, who was also selected to play in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, recorded a goal and an assist for Albany.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1, CHICAGO 0
Kyle Brodziak’s goal at 18:39 in the first period was the only marker on the night as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Chicago Wolves by a score of 1-0 at Allstate Arena.

Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers recorded his second shutout of the year by stopping all 29 shots faced for the Penguins, who held Chicago scoreless for the first time in 2006-07.

Fred Brathwaite stopped 28 of 29 shots in the loss for Chicago.


MANITOBA 3, HAMILTON 0
Manitoba continues to dominate its Canadian rival Hamilton, as the Moose shut out the Bulldogs 3-0 at the MTS Centre on Friday.

The Moose are 4-0-0-2 in their last six meetings with the Bulldogs, and 7-0-2-2 in their last 11 games overall.

Jesse Schultz, Brad Moran and Jason Jaffray all tallied for Manitoba, which has won five straight games and remains tied for the North Division lead with Rochester.

Drew MacIntyre won his third straight start and earned his second shutout of the year by making 19 saves.


PEORIA 4, TORONTO 2
The Rivermen scored the first three goals on the night, which proved to be enough in their 4-2 win over the visiting Marlies at Carver Arena.

Jon DiSalvatore, Michal Birner, Cam Keith and Konstantin Zakharov all recorded goals, while Charles Linglet had two assists on the night for Peoria, which won its third straight game at home.

Curtis Sanford stopped 23 of 25 shots for his first win during his rehab assignment from the parent St. Louis Blues.

John Mitchell and Erik Westrum, who is representing the hometown Marlies in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, both tallied for Toronto in the loss.


PROVIDENCE 3, SPRINGFIELD 2
Goals from T.J. Trevelyan, Bobby Allen and David Krejci, who also added an assist, contributed to a 3-2 win for Providence in a key divisional match up against the Springfield Falcons.

Jordan Sigalet stopped 20 shots on the night for Providence, which improved its record to an even 18-18-1-2 and 39 points, just four points out from second place in the Atlantic.

David Spina had a goal and an assist and Eric Healey had two helpers for Springfield, which lost its second game in a row to the P-Bruins.


MANCHESTER 2, PORTLAND 1
Matt Ryan and recently named 2007 AHL All-Star Patrick O’Sullivan recorded goals on the night as the Monarchs downed their division rival Portland Pirates by a score of 2-1.

Also named to the All-Star Classic, netminder Jason LaBarbera made 27 saves on the night for Manchester.

Colby Genoway recorded a goal and Mike Wall made 30 saves in the loss for Portland


ROCHESTER 3, SYRACUSE 2 (SO)
Clarke MacArthur had a goal and an assist and added a shootout goal as the Rochester Americans defeated Syracuse by a score of 3-2 at the Blue Cross Arena.

Craig Anderson stopped 33 of 35 shots and Mark Mancari recorded the other goal for Rochester, which played its first game home since returning from a five-game road trip.

Chosen to represent the Crunch in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, Filip Novak registered a goal and an assist in the loss for Syracuse, which is 2-0-0-2 in its last four games.