LOWELL 5, MANCHESTER 1
Lowell netted four unanswered goals on its way to a 5-1 victory over visiting Manchester on Saturday afternoon at the Tsongas Arena. Nicklas Bergfors scored twice for the Devils, and Ivan Khomutov posted a game-high three points (1-2-3).
Lowell defeated Manchester for the second time in as many days and moved to 6-1-0-0 against the Monarchs this season.
Bergfors tallied goals in the first and third periods, the latter coming on the power play. The two-goal effort came after he went eight straight games without collecting a point.
Gabe Gauthier netted a power play goal for the Monarchs, who are winless in five straight games (0-4-0-1).
HARTFORD 6, PORTLAND 3
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau tallied two goals and an assist as Hartford rolled on with a 6-3 victory over visiting Portland at the XL Center.
The Wolf Pack have now won five straight games, totaling 26 goals over that span (26-13). The Pack moved to 9-0-0-1 in their last 10 games and 13-1-2-1 in their last 17.
Hartford goaltender Al Montoya picked up the victory with 20 saves, helping the Wolf Pack move within four points of Providence for the Atlantic Division lead.
SPRINGFIELD 2, PROVIDENCE 1
Springfield netted a pair of first-period goals and goaltender Devan Dubnyk made it stand up for a 2-1 victory over visiting Providence at the MassMutual Center.
Dubnyk made 28 saves in the win, including 14 in the third period alone. The victory snapped Springfield’s brief two-game skid.
The league-leading Bruins fell to 1-4-0-0 over their past five games.
ALBANY 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 (OT)
Jerome Samson converted a two-on-one at 2:13 of overtime to lift Albany over Philadelphia by a 3-2 final at the Times Union Center.
Samson also scored in the second period for the River Rats, and Jamie Johnson netted a third-period marker.
Philadelphia was down 2-1 in the closing minute, but Stefan Ruzicka notched a power play goal with just 20.3 seconds left, forcing overtime.
Triston Grant also scored for the Phantoms, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Albany goaltender Michael Leighton earned the victory with 35 saves on 37 shots.
HERSHEY 6, BINGHAMTON 5 (OT)
Kyle Wilson’s second goal and fourth point of the game at 3:48 of overtime lifted Hershey to a 6-5 road win over Binghamton in a back-and-forth game at the Broome County Arena.
But the Senators staged a fierce third-period rally, highlighted by a pair of goals from Greg Mauldin, the latter of which tied the game with just 28 seconds left in regulation.
Hershey defenseman Josef Boumedienne posted an assist, extending his scoring streak to 13 games.
BRIDGEPORT 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 0
Mike Morrison made 40 saves for his second straight shutout as Bridgeport blanked visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a 4-0 count at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Morrison, who made 41 saves in a 3-0 win over Worcester on Wednesday, improved to 3-0-0 since suffering a 5-3 loss in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 1
Bridgeport extended its winning streak to three games and moved within two points of Albany and Binghamton, who are tied for the East Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.
The Penguins suffered their second shutout in as many nights, having been blanked by Philadelphia on Saturday.
NORFOLK 4, WORCESTER 2
Norm Milley tallied a goal and two assists, and Norfolk survived a 50-shot attack by Worcester on its way to a 4-2 victory over the Sharks at the Scope Arena.
Admirals goaltender Marc Denis stopped 48 of those 50 shots, including all 26 over the final two periods.
Rookie Devin Setoguchi tallied both of the Sharks’ markers, scoring on the power play and shorthanded just 50 seconds apart in the first period.
Norfolk swept its two-game set with Worcester, leaving the Sharks 0-4-0-0 on a four-game road swing against East Division foes.
HAMILTON 4, LAKE ERIE 3 (SO)
Hamilton rallied for a pair of third-period goals and went 4-for-4 in the shootout to take a 4-3 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Copps Coliseum.
TORONTO 5, MANITOBA 3
Toronto tallied five unanswered goals after allowing the game’s first three in a 5-3 victory over host Manitoba before a crowd of 15,003 fans at the MTS Centre.
The rally made a winner of Toronto goaltender Scott Clemmensen, who only had to stop 15 shots. The Moose were held to seven shots over the final 40 minutes, including just one in the entire second period.
MILWAUKEE 6, GRAND RAPIDS 4
Milwaukee built a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes and held on for a 6-4 victory over host Grand Rapids before a sellout crowd of 10,834 at the Van Andel Arena.
Milwaukee forward Kevin Ulanski potted his first career AHL goal in the closing second of the first-period onslaught.
Jason Guerriero gave the Admirals an insurance goal at 10:50 of the third period.
SYRACUSE 3, ROCHESTER 2 (OT)
Defenseman Marc Methot scored at 2:25 of overtime to lift Syracuse over visiting Rochester, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial. The Crunch moved to 4-0-0-2 in their last six games and pulled within a point of Manitoba for second place in the North Division.
MacKenzie now has a goal in three straight games (4-2-6) and five of his last six (6-3-9).
CHICAGO 4, ROCKFORD 1
Bryan Little and Brett Sterling tallied a goal and assist apiece as Chicago won its seventh straight, 4-1 over host Rockford before 6,616 fans at the MetroCentre.
Defensemen Joel Kwiatkowski and Brian Fahey also scored for the Wolves, who matched a season high with the seven consecutive victories and moved seven points up on the IceHogs for the West Division’s top spot.
Chicago goaltender Ondrej Pavelec earned the win with 33 saves on 34 shots, marking the sixth straight start in which he allowed two goals or fewer.
Bryan Bickell netted Rockford’s lone goal on the power play in the second period. The IceHogs fell to 0-5-1-1 in their last seven games.
SAN ANTONIO 4, QUAD CITY 2
Behind three power play goals and an empty-netter, San Antonio doubled up host Quad City by a 4-2 count at the I Wireless Center.
Quad City was unable to get the equalizer, though, and San Antonio’s Bill Thomas scored into an empty net with a second left.
Rampage goaltender David LeNeveu picked up the victory with 35 saves.
The teams will square off for a rematch on Sunday.