Mathieu Darche ended a month-long drought with a big night, helping Worcester to a 6-4 win over Manchester at the DCU Center on Friday night.
Darche, who had been stuck on 19 goals since Nov. 25, recorded a hat trick and added two assists for a five-point night, while linemate Graham Mink tallied five helpers as the Sharks ended a seven-game home losing streak.
Darche now ranks second in the AHL with 22 goals this season.
NORFOLK 6, HERSHEY 3
Martin St. Pierre scored twice and Brandon Bochenski recorded three assists as Norfolk doubled up Hershey, 6-3, handing the Bears just their fourth regulation loss of the season and vaulting the Admirals into first place in the East Division.
St. Pierre (6g, 5a) and Bochenski (3g, 10a) have combined for 24 points in five games since rejoining the Admirals from the parent Chicago Blackhawks last weekend. Norfolk has won all five contests, scoring 27 goals.
CHICAGO 7, HOUSTON 5
Former Aero Kyle Wanvig scored the go-ahead goal with 2:24 left in regulation and sent Chicago to a wild 7-5 win over Houston at the Toyota Center on Friday.
It was the second goal of the night for Wanvig, a member of the Aeros’ 2003 Calder Cup championship team, and came just four seconds after a minor penalty to Peter Olvecky had expired.
Darren Haydar tied an AHL record by tallying a point in his 31st consecutive game. Haydar’s league-leading 62nd point of the season was an assist on rookie Brett Sterling’s league-leading 30th goal of the year, a 5-on-3 power-play tally 7:50 into the game. Mike Richard of the Binghamton Whalers had a 31-game scoring streak during the 1987-88 season.
Roman Voloshenko led Houston with two goals and an assist.
PORTLAND 5, PROVIDENCE 3
Pierre Parenteau scored three goals and assisted on a fourth and Dov Grumet-Morris made 40 saves for his first career AHL win as Portland took over sole possession of the top spot in the Atlantic Division with a 5-3 win over Providence.
Parenteau’s hat trick, which included the game-winning goal with 10:09 left in regulation, was his second of the year. Both have come against the Bruins.
HARTFORD 2, SPRINGFIELD 1
Jed Ortmeyer scored with 1:11 left in regulation to give Hartford a 2-1 win over visiting Springfield.
For Ortmeyer, who also had an assist in the game, it was his first goal since being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism during the off-season.
Karri Ramo stopped 31 shots in the loss for the Falcons.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 6, BRIDGEPORT 1
Micki DuPont scored twice during a first-period outburst as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rolled to a 6-1 win over Bridgeport.
The Penguins scored four times in a span of 2:10, the fastest four goals in team history, including three power-play goals in 95 seconds.
PHILADELPHIA 4, BINGHAMTON 2
Pete Zingoni snapped a tie with 7:14 left and sent Philadelphia to a 4-2 win over Binghamton at the Wachovia Spectrum.
The game was scoreless until early in the third period, when the teams each scored twice in a span of three minutes and 21 seconds.
HAMILTON 2, ALBANY 1
Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves to improve on his league-leading totals, backstopping Hamilton to a 2-1 win over visiting Albany.
Halak lowered his goals-against average to 1.48 and upped his save percentage to .950 while earning his 10th win of the year.
TORONTO 5, ROCHESTER 3
Toronto scored three times early and held on for a 5-3 win over Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.
Colin Murphy, Brett Engelhardt and Jaime Sifers staked the Marlies to a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old. Engelhardt, Boyd Devereaux and Jeff Corey all finished with a goal and an assist for Toronto.
Drew Stafford moved into a share of the Amerks’ team lead with his 12th goal of the year.
IOWA 4, MILWAUKEE 1
Chris Conner and Janos Vas each picked up a goal and an assist as Iowa snapped Milwaukee’s nine-game points streak with a 4-1 win over the Admirals at Wells Fargo Arena.
Yared Hagos’s first goal of the season was the game-winner, snapping a 1-1 tie with 2:06 left in the second period.
Rich Peverley had the lone Milwaukee goal, his third shorthanded marker of the year.
GRAND RAPIDS 3, PEORIA 2
Ryan Keller and Matt Hussey scored in the third period as Grand Rapids snapped a four-game losing slide with a 3-2 win in Peoria.
Stefan Liv made 22 saves to end a personal 0-6-1 slide and pick up his first victory since his AHL debut on Oct. 7.