NORFOLK 4, MANCHESTER 2
Norfolk scored four unanswered goals after allowing the game’s first two tallies and doubled up Manchester by a 4-2 count on Saturday, giving the Admirals a sweep of the teams’ two-game set at the Scope.
AHL All-Star forward Steve Downie netted a pair of goals and added an assist for the Admirals, who moved to 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games.
Downie netted a shorthanded goal at 4:20 of the second to make it 2-1 and then tied it on the power play at 11:40.
BRIDGEPORT 2, HARTFORD 1
A pair of second-period goals lifted Bridgeport to a 2-1 home-ice win over intra-state rival Hartford on Saturday before 5,791 fans at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Artem Anisimov brought the Wolf Pack within 2-1 with a goal 10:02 into the third, but Hartford could not get the equalizer.
Sound Tigers goaltender Nathan Lawson earned the victory with 33 saves on 34 shots.
GRAND RAPIDS 4, PHILADELPHIA 0
Grand Rapids held a 48-27 advantage in shots and took a 4-0 win over Philadelphia before 6,740 fans at Van Andel Arena on Saturday, earning a split of the teams’ two-game set.
Griffins All-Star goaltender Daniel Larsson made 27 saves for his league-leading fifth shutout of the season. It was Grand Rapids’ seventh blanking as a team, three shy of a franchise record.
The Phantoms are now 1-3-0-0 on their five-game road trip, which concludes on Sunday at Lake Erie.
ALBANY 6, HERSHEY 4
Albany rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third-period, scoring four unanswered goals to take a 6-4 road win over league-leading Hershey before 8,321 fans at the Giant Center.
The Bears then scored four straight to move up by a 4-2 count by the 6:05 mark of the third period. Alexandre Giroux scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to 10 games (15-6-21), while Kyle Wilson and Mathieu Perrault added tallies.
Michael Ryan brought the Rats within 4-3 just 11 seconds after Giroux’s second goal, and Jerome Samson tallied the equalizer at 13:02. Nick Dodge’s power play goal put Albany on top to stay, and Ryan added an empty netter with a minute to play.
Albany goaltender Daniel Manzato picked up the win with 19 saves in net.
PORTLAND 5, SPRINGFIELD 2
Portland staked itself to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 5-2 win over Springfield in the opener of the teams’ two-game set at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
BINGHAMTON 4, ROCHESTER 2
Binghamton captain Denis Hamel had a hand in all four goals, scoring twice and adding two assists as the Senators doubled up visiting Rochester by a 4-2 count at the Broome County Arena.
Binghamton goaltender Jeff Glass stopped 23 of 25 shots in the winning effort.
SYRACUSE 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3
Steve Kelly scored twice in regulation and added two shootout goals – including the decisive marker – as Syracuse edged Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a 4-3 final in front of 7,270 fans at the Wachovia Arena.
The teams traded goals throughout regulation, with the Penguins squandering leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2.
Kelly sent the game to overtime by scoring with 5.3 seconds left in regulation, and his winning shootout marker came in the sixth round.
Derek MacKenzie also had a shootout goal for the Crunch, and Andrey Plekhanov had the team’s other regulation marker. Goaltender Sebastian Dahm stopped four of six in the shootout after making 31 saves through the first 65 minutes.
WORCESTER 2, LOWELL 1
Brett Westgarth’s first goal of the season came with 1:36 left in regulation and lifted Worcester to a 2-1 win over visiting Lowell on Saturday at the DCU Center.
Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss earned the victory with 21 saves on 22 shots, helping Worcester wrap up its seven-game homestand at 5-2-0-0.
HAMILTON 4, LAKE ERIE 3
Hamilton scored a pair of third-period goals to rally past host Lake Erie by a 4-3 count before 6,207 fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Bulldogs goaltender Loic Lacasse made 31 saves in the win, which was Hamilton’s third straight and sixth in its last seven games (6-1-0-0).
PEORIA 3, CHICAGO 2
Peoria took a 3-0 lead into the third period and held on for a 3-2 road win over Chicago on Saturday in front of 7,312 fans at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves attempted a third-period comeback, receiving scores from Jeff Hamilton (7:46) and Steve Martins (10:10). But they could not find the equalizer and saw their winless skid reach six games (0-5-1-0).
Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop earned the win with 23 saves, helping Peoria into sole possession of fourth place in the tight West Division race.
MILWAUKEE 3, SAN ANTONIO 1
Kelsey Wilson scored a pair of goals – including the game-winner – as Milwaukee took a 3-1 road decision over San Antonio before 7,001 fans at the AT&T Center.
The victory earned the Admirals a split of the teams’ two-game set this weekend and extended their points streak to 11 games (8-0-2-1).
Captain Jeff Hoggan scored a goal for the seventh time in eight games for the Rampage, whose three-game winning streak came to an end.
MANITOBA 2, IOWA 1 (SO)
Manitoba secured a sweep of its two-game visit to Iowa this weekend with a 2-1 shootout win over the Chops on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Alexandre Bolduc tied it for the Moose with a power play marker 15:29 into the second, and neither side scored in the third.
Schneider made 23 saves through regulation and overtime and won his 13th consecutive decision for the Moose.
QUAD CITY 3, HOUSTON 1
Warren Peters broke a 1-1 deadlock with 3:59 to play in regulation, and Quad City went on to post a 3-1 win over visiting Houston at the I Wireless Center.
Brett Sutter, who opened the game’s scoring in the first period, tallied an empty-net goal in the closing minute to seal the Flames’ victory.
Peters finished with thee points (1-2-3) on the night, and Flames rookie goaltender Leland Irving picked up the win with 19 saves.
Matt Beaudoin scored his first career AHL goal for the Aeros, who are winless in six straight games (0-4-0-2) heading into their road trip finale on Sunday at Chicago.
ROCKFORD 1, TORONTO 0
Evan Brophey’s goal at 5:20 of the first period held up as the only score of the night as Rockford took a 1-0 win over visiting Toronto on Saturday at the MetroCentre.
IceHogs goaltender Corey Crawford earned his first shutout of the season and improved his record to 12-5-2 by stopping all 24 shots sent his way.
Rockford is now on a six-game points streak (5-0-0-1) and owns sole possession of second place in the West Division at 21-14-0-4 (46 points) overall.