SPRINGFIELD 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
Springfield jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods and goaltender Jeff Deslauriers made it stand up as the Falcons defeated Wilkes-Barre Scranton, 4-2, on Saturday at the MassMutual Center. Desluariers, who played 40 games in a Penguins uniform last season, stopped 41 of 43 shots and improved to 6-2-2 on the season with the victory.
Marc Pouliot, yet another Falcon who once played in Wilkes-Barre, contributed two assists in the victory.
Springfield has now won consecutive games and improved to 7-5-0-2 overall.
TORONTO 5, GRAND RAPIDS 4
Toronto allowed the game’s first goal, scored the next five, and then held on for a 5-4 road win over Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena.
CHICAGO 4, HAMILTON 3
Jesse Schultz and Andre Deveaux scored third-period goals to give Chicago a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Hamilton at Copps Coliseum.
Brett Sterling scored twice for the Wolves in the first period, giving the second-year pro and reigning AHL rookie of the year four goals in his last two games.
Schultz lit the lamp just 50 seconds into the third, and Deveaux provided the game-winner at 2:16. The Wolves (10-0-1-0) kept pace with Toronto as the only AHL teams yet to suffer a regulation loss.
HARTFORD 4, ALBANY 1
Hartford scored a pair of goals in the second period and added two more in the third on its way to a 4-1 victory over Albany at the Hartford Civic Center.
The River Rats initially got out to a 1-0 lead on the back of a first-period goal by Mike Angelidis.
Goaltender Chris Holt picked up the win for the Wolf Pack, who outshot Albany by a 32-16 margin.
PHILADELPHIA 2, BINGHAMTON 0
Binghamton suffered its third shutout in as many games, this one by a 2-0 final at the hands of Philadelphia at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Goaltender Scott Munroe stopped all 29 shots sent his way to garner his first shutout of the season.
The Senators have not found the back of the net since Matt Carkner scored at 13:37 of the third period in a 4-3 win over Syracuse on Nov. 3. Binghamton has been without a goal in 186 minutes and 23 seconds of hockey since that goal.
LOWELL 5, MANCHESTER 3
Lowell scored four times in the second period and withstood a third-period charge to defeat Manchester by a 5-3 final at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Devils goaltender Jordan Parise made 36 saves, helping Lowell move to 3-0-0-0 on the season against the Monarchs.
PORTLAND 4, PROVIDENCE 3 (OT)
Bobby Ryan’s power-play goal 1:25 into overtime lifted Portland to a 4-3 victory over Providence at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Providence’s Sean Curry forced the game to overtime with a game-tying goal at 16:37 of the third period. He also added an assist for a two-point night.
The Bruins finished their season-opening 10-game road trip in first place in the Atlantic Division at 8-1-1-0. They will play their home-opener this coming Wednesday against the same Pirates.
SYRACUSE 4, ROCHESTER 0
Goaltender Tomas Popperle earned a shutout with 22 saves and the Crunch received goals from four different skaters in a 4-0 victory over Rochester at the Onondaga War Memorial at Oncenter.
Philippe Dupuis got the scoring started on the power play at 2:52 of the second period.
The victory marked Popperle’s first shutout of the season and pushed the Syracuse netminder’s overall record to 5-6-0.
QUAD CITY 3, LAKE ERIE 2 (SO)
Visiting Quad City scored three times in the shootout to take a 3-2 win over Lake Erie at Quicken Loans Arena.
Flames goaltender Curtis McElhinney picked up the win with 25 saves on 27 shots.
PEORIA 5, ROCKFORD 4 (OT)
Nicholas Drazenovic’s goal at 1:32 of overtime completed Peoria’s comeback, as the Rivermen posted a 5-4 win over Rockford at Carver Arena.
Jeff Woywitka paced the Peoria offense during regulation with a pair of goals, and Trent Whitfield’s power play goal at 5:01 of the third period tied the contest at 4-4 and wound up pushing it to overtime.
The Rivermen’s Mike Glumac also lit the lamp, and eight different players earned one assist each in the victory.
IOWA 3, SAN ANTONIO 1
The Stars scored twice within nine seconds in the third period to defeat San Antonio by a 3-1 final at the Wells Fargo Arena.
San Antonio’s lone goal was scored by Bill Thomas, and it was an unassisted marker at 17:57 of the second period.
MANITOBA 4, MILWAUKEE 3
Manitoba scored three times in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit and come away with a 4-3 win over Milwaukee at the MTS Centre. The win allowed the Moose a split of the teams’ two-game set in Winnipeg.
Mike Keane scored the Moose’s first goal of the night, it coming at 17:33 of the second period.
Manitoba goaltender Drew MacIntyre secured the victory with 23 saves on 26 shots.
HOUSTON 5, WORCESTER 1
Houston broke a tight game open with four third-period goals on its way to a 5-1 win over Worcester at the Toyota Center.
After a scoreless first period, the Aeros got on the scoreboard first when Peter Olvecky netted his second goal in three nights at 6:42 of the second period, on the power play.
Worcester responded just 1:20 later with a power play goal of its own, as Mike Iggulden notched his team-leading eighth of the season.
Aeros goaltender Barry Brust made 33 saves on 34 shots in the winning effort, while the Sharks finished their two-game Texas tour at 1-1-0-0.