SYRACUSE 7, HAMILTON 1
Zenon Konopka and Derek MacKenzie finished with three points apiece, and Duvie Westcott had a game-high four (1-3-4) as Syracuse ended the regular season with a 7-1 win over Hamilton at the Onondaga County War Memorial on Sunday.
The Crunch won their 15th straight game and finished one point up on Manitoba for second place in the North Division. As a result, Syracuse will open the playoffs at home against the Moose on Friday.
Konopka netted a pair of goals and added an assist for Syracuse, while MacKenzie posted a goal and two helpers.
Syracuse did not lose a game in regulation after Feb. 18, finishing the season on a 20-0-0-3 run.
Jonathan Ferland netted the lone goal for the Bulldogs, who did not make the playoffs one year after winning the Calder Cup.
HOUSTON 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (SO)
Houston scored on three of its four shootout tries and took a 3-2 win over visiting Milwaukee in front of 9,739 fans at the Toyota Center.
Aeros goaltender Nolan Schaefer stopped three of four Milwaukee shootout attempts after making 16 saves through regulation and overtime.
Houston has a date with Rockford in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, while Milwaukee will square off with Chicago.
QUAD CITY 4, SAN ANTONIO 3
Quad City rallied for a pair of third-period goals to conclude its season with a 4-3 road win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio will cross over to the North Division for the Calder Cup Playoffs and has a first-round match-up with division champion Toronto.
ROCKFORD 5, IOWA 3
Rockford parlayed three second-period goals into a 5-3 victory over visiting Iowa on Sunday at the MetroCentre. The victory ensured the IceHogs of second place in the West Division and a first-round playoff date with Houston.
IceHogs goaltender Corey Crawford made 23 saves in the winning record and finished the regular season with a record of 29-19-5.
CHICAGO 5, PEORIA 3
Darren Haydar broke a 3-3 tie with 1:56 to go in regulation and Chicago went on to a 5-3 win over visiting Peoria in front of 9,531 fans at the Allstate Arena.
The Wolves clinched first place overall in the Western Conference with the win and will have home-ice advantage through the first three playoff rounds.
Jason Krog netted a pair of goals for Chicago, the second of which went into an empty net and clinched the league’s goal-scoring title. Krog finished with 39 goals and also led the league with 112 points while playing in all 80 games.
MANITOBA 4, TORONTO 3
Brad Moran had a goal and an assist as Manitoba ended the regular season with a 4-3 road win over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum.
Manitoba opens the playoffs at Syracuse on Friday, while Toronto kicks off its postseason play at home against San Antonio on Wednesday.
HARTFORD 3, BRIDGEPORT 2
Defenseman Michael Sauer broke a 2-2 tie at 3:30 of the third period and Hartford held on for a 3-2 road win over Bridgeport and a sweep of the teams’ home-and-home set.
Wolf Pack goaltender Miika Wiikman stopped 33 of 35 shots in the winning effort and finished the regular season at 21-8-3.
Hartford opens the Calder Cup Playoffs at home against Portland on Wednesday.
LOWELL 4, PROVIDENCE 1
Jason Ryznar posted two goals and an assist as Lowell ended its season with a 4-1 road win over Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Bruins captain Nate Thompson netted his team’s lone goal with only 42 seconds left in regulation.
Providence, which finished first overall in the AHL at 55-18-3-4, will begin the Calder Cup Playoffs at home on Wednesday against Manchester.
WORCESTER 4, SPRINGFIELD 2
Tom Cavanagh netted a pair of goals as Worcester doubled up Springfield by a 4-2 count at the DCU Center in the season finale for both teams.
Sharks goaltender Taylor Dakers picked up the victory with 21 saves, and he was between the pipes for all three of Worcester’s wins this weekend.
HERSHEY 6, BINGHAMTON 5 (OT)
Andrew Joudrey netted the game-winner at 2:02 of overtime, and five other Hershey skaters notched goals in a 6-5 win over visiting Binghamton in front of 8,025 fans at the Giant Center.
The Bears’ Francois Bouchard opened the game’s scoring with his first professional goal, and Kyle Wilson, Louis Robitaille, Ryan Flinn, and Alexandre Giroux also found the back of the net for Hershey.
Binghamton will miss the playoffs, while Hershey opens the first round at home on Wednesday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
PHILADELPHIA 3, ALBANY 2
Denis Gauthier broke a 2-2 tie at 9:23 of the third period to give Philadelphia a 3-2 win over Albany before 9,657 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Jonathan Matsumoto and Michael Ratchuk netted first-period goals for the Phantoms, both on the power play, giving them a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Ratchuk’s goal was the first of his professional career.
Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe (18-8-2) picked up the victory with 28 saves on 30 shots.
The two teams will square off in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, beginning on Wednesday in Albany.
ROCHESTER 6, LAKE ERIE 5
Rochester exploded for five goals in the second period and held on for a 6-5 win over Lake Erie at the Blue Cross Arena in the season finale for both teams.
Amerks goaltender Tyler Plante made 23 saves in the winning effort.