Denis backstops ‘Dogs to fourth straight win

Friday’s Boxscores

Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis made a season-high 45 saves in a shutout performance against his former team as the Bulldogs took a 2-0 road win over Norfolk on Friday at the Scope.

Rookie David Desharnais and Steve Gainey netted goals for the Bulldogs, who matched a season high with their fourth consecutive victory. Hamilton won four in a row twice in the season’s first several weeks, most recently from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

Norfolk suffered its third consecutive loss, including two straight shutouts.

After a scoreless first period, Desharnais broke the deadlock with a power play goal at 16:20 of the second. Fellow rookies Brock Trotter and Ben Maxwell picked up assists on Desharnais’s 14th goal of the campaign.

Gainey provided an insurance marker at 7:08 of the third frame, with assists going to Dan Jancevski and Mathieu Carle.

Denis, who appeared in 32 games for Norfolk last season, earned his second shutout in a three-game span and his fifth of the season. Denis has been in net for all four games of Hamilton’s current winning streak.

The Bulldogs’ will put that streak on the line Saturday in Wilkes-Barre against a Penguins team that has a six-game winning streak of its own.

Albany emerged from a wild third period with a 5-4 victory over visiting Springfield on Friday at the Times Union Center, extending its season-high winning streak to five games. At 24-23-3-2, the Rats are over the .500 mark for the first time all season.

The River Rats took a 3-1 lead into the third frame only to see Springfield’s Ryan Stone and Cody Wild score to tie it up by the 11:39 mark.

But Bobby Hughes lit the lamp at 17:42 to regain the lead for Albany, and Mike Angelidis followed with an insurance marker just 1:03 later. The insurance proved to be necessary, as Rob Schremp scored for the Falcons in the closing seconds.

Dwight Helminen netted a pair of goals for the River Rats, and Brett Carson also scored. Jerome Samson and Michael Ryan each contributed two assists, and goaltender Justin Peters made 16 saves in the winning effort.

Springfield is now winless in nine straight games (0-8-1-0).

Bridgeport jumped to a 3-0 lead after two periods and cruised to a 4-1 win over visiting Philadelphia at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Kurtis McLean scored in a second straight game and added an assist for the Sound Tigers, who also received markers from Tomas Marcinko, Chris Lee, and Mark Wotton.

Goaltender Tobias Stephan made 21 saves on 22 shots and improved to 3-0-0 in a Sound Tigers uniform. Bridgeport, which defeated San Antonio on Wednesday, captured back-to-back wins for the first time since Dec. 21-26.

AHL All-Star defenseman Danny Syvret netted a power play goal for the Phantoms, who fell six points back of Binghamton for the East Division’s final playoff spot.

Binghamton took a 5-1 home win over suddenly struggling Hershey on Friday at the Broome County Arena.

After a scoreless opening period, the Senators lit the lamp three times in the second, receiving markers from Drew Fata, Marc Cavosie, and Greg Mauldin.

Josh Hennessy added a pair of goals in the third period, scoring both shorthanded and on the power play. Zack Smith and Mattias Karlsson each posted two assists on the night.

Senators goaltender Jeff Glass earned the victory with 30 saves on 31 shots, as Binghamton (28-17-5-3, 64 points) moved within four points of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for second place in the East Division.

Graham Mink extended his goal-scoring streak to five games (5-2-7) for the division-leading Bears, who have dropped three contests in a row for just the second time all season.

Defenseman Corey Potter netted two goals and added an assist as Hartford cruised past visiting Lake Erie by a 6-2 count at the XL Center on Friday. It marked Potter’s first two-goal game as a professional.

Artem Anisimov, Patrick Rissmiller, and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau each had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, and captain Greg Moore also scored.

Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti and Vladimir Denisov each had two assists in the win, helping the Wolf Pack to their highest goal output since Jan. 6 at Manitoba. Hartford hosts the Moose on Saturday.

Hartford rookie goaltender Matt Zaba secured the victory with 22 saves on 24 shots, improving to 4-1-0 in his last five decisions.

Tom Fritsche and Chris Durno netted goals for the Monsters, who have lost three straight games.

Felix Schutz’s successful penalty shot attempt in the second period proved to be the difference as Portland edged visiting Worcester by a 2-1 count at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Tom Cavanagh initially gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with a power play goal in the first period, his first goal since Nov. 29.

Mark Mancari’s 20th goal of the campaign tied it for the Pirates seven minutes into the middle frame, setting the stage for Schutz’s penalty shot goal. Neither side scored in the third period.

Pirates goaltender John DeCaro earned the victory with 25 saves on 26 shots.

Worcester has now lost three straight games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 8-14.

Kyle Turris netted two goals and added an assist in his AHL debut as San Antonio took a 5-1 road win over Providence before 7,023 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Turris, drafted third overall by Phoenix in 2007, was reassigned by the Coyotes earlier this week and also posted a game-high seven shots on Friday.

Kevin Porter, Simon Ferguson, and Alexander Nikulin added goals for the Rampage, and David Spina chipped in with four assists.

San Antonio goaltender Josh Tordjman made 25 saves to earn his 20th victory of the season (20-19-2).

Peter Schaefer netted the lone goal for the Bruins, whose four-game winning streak came to an end.

Manchester salvaged the final game of its season series with Manitoba, taking a 3-2 shootout win over the Moose on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

All of the scoring in regulation occurred in the third period. Jason Jaffray gave the Moose a 1-0 lead just 52 seconds into the stanza, but Marc-Andre Cliche and Vladimir Dravecky responded to put the Monarchs on top 2-1.

That lead held until Moose defenseman Maxime Fortunus netted the equalizer with just 1:02 to go in regulation time.

After a scoreless overtime, the Monarchs received shootout goals from Trevor Lewis, Justin Azevedo, and Dravecky. Goaltender Daniel Taylor made stopped three of four Manitoba tries after making 17 saves through the first 65 minutes.

Manchester improved to 4-1-0-0 in its last five games and pulled within five points of Worcester for the Atlantic Division’s final playoff spot.

Syracuse scored on three of its four shootout attempts to take a 2-1 win over visiting Grand Rapids at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

The Crunch’s Mike York, Maksim Mayorov, and Steve Kelly all beat Griffins goaltender Jimmy Howard in the shootout, while Syracuse netminder Sebastian Dahm stopped all three shots sent his way. Dahm made 40 saves through regulation and overtime.

Grand Rapids took an early lead when defenseman Logan Pyett scored just 3:55 into the game, and the 1-0 lead held through the second intermission.

AHL All-Star Derek MacKenzie tied it with an unassisted shorthanded goal for the Crunch 2:23 into the third period, his team-leading 16th marker of the campaign.

Grand Rapids is winless in four straight games (0-3-0-1) for the first time since Nov. 16-22.

Houston rallied for three goals in the third period to double up Iowa by a 4-2 count in the opener of the teams’ two-game set at Wells Fargo Arena.

Brandon Rogers, Marco Rosa, and Jesse Schultz all registered third-period tallies for the Aeros, Rosa’s eventual game-winner coming with 3:44 left in regulation.

Houston’s Benoit Pouliot and Iowa’s Drew Miller traded shorthanded markers in the opening period, and the Chops took a 2-1 lead with 1:07 to play in the stanza on a goal by Matt Caruana. Neither side scored in the middle frame.

Aeros goaltender Nolan Schaefer earned the victory with 25 saves on 27 shots, as Houston is now part of a three-way tie with Iowa and Chicago for third place in the West Division. All three squads have 57 points.

The teams will square off for a rematch on Saturday in Des Moines.

Joe Motzko’s goal in the fifth round of a shootout sent Chicago to a 3-2 road win over division-rival Milwaukee on Friday at the Bradley Center.

Joey Crabb and defenseman Brett Skinner also netted shootout goals for the Wolves, and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped three of five Milwaukee tries after making 23 saves through regulation and overtime.

The teams played a scoreless first and second period, but the Admirals broke the deadlock 10:05 into the third when Andreas Thuresson lit the lamp.

Chicago rebounded with two goals in less than four minutes, as Spencer Machacek and Jeff Hamilton did the honors. The Wolves appeared headed for a regulation win before Milwaukee’s Jed Ortmeyer netted the equalizer at the 19:07 mark.

Chicago (27-25-2-1, 57 points) is now deadlocked with Iowa and Houston for third place in the West Division race.

Kyle Greentree posted two more goals and three more points as Quad City doubled up visiting Rochester by a 4-2 count on Friday at the I Wireless Center.

Greentree leads the Flames with a career-high 27 goals, and his 49 points now eclipse his rookie-year total of 48 and pull him into a tie with Jamie Lundmark for the team lead in that category. He has netted a goal in three straight games (4-2-6) and a point in four straight (4-3-7).

Kris Chucko posted a goal and an assist for the Flames, and Adam Cracknell also found the back of the net.

Quad City rookie goaltender Leland Irving secured the victory with 24 saves on 26 shots, improving his season record to 11-11-1.

Karl Stewart and Shawn Matthias scored for the Americans, who lost for the first time on their current five-game road trip (2-1-0-0).

Peoria scored once in each period en route to a 3-1 road win over Rockford at the MetroCentre, avenging a 1-0 loss to the IceHogs at home on Wednesday.

Chris Conner, Justin Fletcher, and defenseman Jonas Junland netted goals for the Rivermen, with Junland’s marker going into an empty net in the game’s closing minutes.

Trent Whitfield assisted on all three tallies, and goaltender Manny Legace earned his first AHL victory of the season with 33 saves on 34 shots.

With the win, Peoria (26-24-1-1) sits three points back of a trio of teams currently occupying third place in the West Division race. The Rivermen host one of those teams, Chicago, at Carver Arena on Saturday.

Tim Brent netted the IceHogs’ lone goal of the night on the power play in the third period.