SYRACUSE 6, ROCHESTER 1
Syracuse erupted for four goals in the first period and cruised to a 6-1 home-ice win over Rochester on Saturday before 6,142 fans at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Six different members of the Crunch scored on the night, and Mike York chipped in three assists as the Crunch matched an AHL record with their 17th consecutive regular-season victory.
The Amerks took a quick 1-0 lead when Karl Stewart scored just 4:46 into the contest, but the Crunch responded in earnest.
The Crunch moved to 2-0-0-0 this season, and the team won its final 15 regular season games in the 2007-08 campaign.
Syracuse’s 17-game regular-season winning streak matches a streak originally set by the Philadelphia Phantoms from Oct. 22 – Nov. 27, 2004.
BRIDGEPORT 4, ALBANY 2
Trevor Smith tallied a pair of goals to lead Bridgeport to a 4-2 road win over Albany on Saturday at the Times Union Center.
SPRINGFIELD 4, HARTFORD 3
Springfield fell behind 3-0 after the first period but regrouped and rallied for a 4-3 season-opening road victory over arch-rival Hartford before 9,530 fans at the XL Center.
Potulny then tallied his second of the night at 10:20 of the third period, and that goal held up as the game-winner.
Springfield goaltender Devan Dubnyk picked up the win with 34 saves.
LOWELL 6, WORCESTER 4
Rookie winger Matt Halischuk tallied the AHL’s first four-goal game of the season and also posted an assist to lead Lowell over visiting Worcester by a 6-4 count on Saturday at the Tsongas Arena.
Halischuk, a fourth-round draft pick by New Jersey in 2007, scored once in the first period, twice in the second, and once more in the third to help Lowell improve to 1-0-0-1 on the campaign.
Devils goaltender Scott Clemmensen earned the victory with 39 saves on 43 shots.
PORTLAND 6, MANCHESTER 3
2008 AHL All-Star Mark Mancari netted a hat trick and added a pair of assists for a five-point night as Portland doubled up Manchester by a 6-3 count on Saturday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Pirates goaltender Adam Dennis stopped 28 of 31 shots in the winning effort.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, PHILADELPHIA 3
Chris Minard’s two-goal and three-point performance propelled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-3 win over intra-state rival Philadelphia on Saturday before 7,476 fans at the Wachovia Arena.
Minard tallied a power play goal at 13:19 of the second period, and his even-strength marker at 4:20 of the third stanza turned out to be the game-winner.
HERSHEY 4, NORFOLK 3 (SO)
Hershey converted on three of its four shootout chances and remained perfect on the young season with a 4-3 road win over Norfolk at Scope Arena.
LAKE ERIE 4, GRAND RAPIDS 3 (OT)
Brian Willsie netted the game-winning goal unassisted at 1:18 of overtime to give Lake Erie a 4-3 win over visiting Grand Rapids on Saturday before 10,868 fans on opening night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Willsie, who has 334 career NHL games on his resume, also added an assist for a multiple-point night.
IOWA 4, PEORIA 3 (OT)
Joakim Lindstrom scored 3:08 into overtime to lift Iowa to a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Peoria at Carver Arena.
Chops goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur earned the victory with 18 saves on 21 shots.
MILWAUKEE 3, SAN ANTONIO 1
Milwaukee opened its season with a 3-1 road win over San Antonio on Saturday at the AT&T Center.
QUAD CITY 3, ROCKFORD 1
Rookie winger Adam Cracknell scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to give Quad City a 3-1 victory over Rockford in its home opener at the I Wireless Center on Saturday.
Quad City’s Hugo Charpentier and Rockford’s Michael Blunden exchanged goals in the second period, making it a 1-1 game entering the third.
Cracknell broke the deadlock at the 12:25 mark, and Warren Peters sealed the Flames’ victory with an empty-net goal at 19:23.
HAMILTON 5, MANITOBA 3
Hamilton received goals from five different skaters on Saturday en route to a 5-3 road win over Manitoba at the MTS Centre, and a sweep of the teams’ two-game opening-weekend set.
Bulldogs goaltender Marc Denis stopped 34 of 37 shots on the night, helping Hamilton improve to 2-0-0-0 on the young season.
HOUSTON 2, CHICAGO 1 (OT)
Newcomer Krys Kolanos scored 2:37 into overtime to give host Houston a 2-1 win over defending Calder Cup champion Chicago before 7,380 fans at the Toyota Center.
Houston goaltender Nolan Schaefer earned the victory with 27 saves on 28 shots.