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Falcons win fourth straight, climb to second in Atlantic

Jonathan Boutin stopped 36 of 37 shots from the Sound Tigers and Daniel Corso scored the eventual game winner as the Falcons defeated Bridgeport 3-1 at home on Saturday and moved into a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Norm Milley registered a pair of assists while defensemen Andy Delmore and Doug O’Brien provided the other tallies for Springfield, who are winners of four straight games and have not allowed more than one goal in each of the last three games.

Steve Regier scored the only goal of the night for Bridgeport, who has now dropped six of its last seven games.

Mike Angelidis made his first AHL goal a big one, scoring the eventual game-winner in the River Rats’ 2-1 home win over Binghamton.

Center Ben Guite registered two assists in the win, giving him five assists in the last three games. Guite has recorded points in 11 of 12 games in December.

Tyler Weiman continues to be hot for Albany, stopping 32 of 33 shots for his fifth straight win.

Ryan Vesce scored lone goal for Binghamton in the loss.

Clarke MacArthur registered two goals and two assists as Rochester defeated Chicago, 5-3, in front of a crowd of 9,905 fans at Allstate Arena.

It was Chicago’s first loss in regulation since Dec. 9.

MacArthur has recorded points in his last nine games, tallying 18 points (5g, 13a) in that span, while teammate Janis Sprukts had a goal and two assists in the contest extending his scoring streak to seven games, including five straight games with multiple points.

Netminder Craig Anderson made 36 saves on the night for the Amerks, who kicked off a five-game road trip with their second straight 5-3 win.

Darren Haydar waited until nine seconds left in the game to extend his scoring streak to 36 games, by registering an assist on Jared Ross’ short-handed goal for Chicago.

Stefan Liv recorded his first shutout of the year, stopping all 24 shots faced as Grand Rapids defeated Hamilton 2-0 at Van Andel Arena.

Kip Miller registered a goal and an assist while teammate Matt Ellis recorded the other goal for Grand Rapids, ending a four-game winless skid at home, dating back to Dec. 2.

Yann Danis stopped 29 of 31 shots in a losing effort for the Bulldogs.

After falling to a 2-0 deficit in the first period, the Monarchs scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Wolf Pack by a score of 5-2 at the Hartford Civic Center.

Five different players registered goals for Manchester including Noah Clarke, who snapped a 15-game drought with his franchise-record 72nd goal as a Monarch. Netminder Yutaka Fukufuji earned his first AHL win of the year stopping 21 of 23 shots.

Nigel Dawes and Marvin Degon recorded both goals on the power play for Hartford in a losing effort.

The Bears scored four unanswered goals in the third period to defeat division rival Norfolk by a score of 7-4 at home on Saturday.

Joey Tenute and Chad Wiseman each registered a pair of goals on the night while Alexandre Giroux scored two goals and added an assist for a three-point night and posting a plus-4 rating for Hershey, who are winners of five straight games.

Rookie netminder Jeff Pietrasiak made 45 saves on the night for the win in his AHL debut.

Brandon Bochenski recorded a hat trick while teammate Martin St. Pierre had three assists in the loss for Norfolk.

Chris Beckford-Tseu recorded his first American Hockey League shutout, stopping all 19 shots from Omaha as Peoria defeated the Knights by a score of 4-0 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Jon DiSalvatore recorded the first two goals of the game while Roman Polak and Charles Linglet provided the other tallies for Peoria, which won its second straight game on the road.

Trent Whitfield and Peter Sejna also recorded a pair of assists in the win for the Rivermen.

Thomas Greiss recorded a season-high 45 saves while stopping all four Portland players in a shootout in Worcester’s 3-2 win at home over the Pirates.

Mathieu Darche kicked off the Sharks’ night by scoring his 23rd goal of the year at 1:12 of the third period, while teammate Mike Iggulden scored just over a minute later to put Worcester ahead 2-1.

Clay Wilson and Matt Keith, whose goal forced overtime, each recorded a goal and an assist on the night for Portland, who dropped its third-straight one-goal game.

Darche and Iggulden also recorded the goals in the shootout to give Worcester its first win in three games.

Iowa scored the first three goals of the night which proved to be enough as the Stars downed the visiting Admirals by a score of 3-2.

Marty Sertich registered a goal and an assist for Iowa while netminder Dan Ellis stopped 19 of 21 shots on the night to give the Stars their fifth straight win.

Francis Wathier and Joel Lundqvist, who has six goals and eight points in his last five games, also provided tallies for Iowa on the night.

Ramzi Abid extended his scoring streak to eight games while Rich Peverley added the other tally in the loss for Milwaukee.

Falling to a 1-0 deficit after the first period, the Devils scored three goals in the second and third period to give Lowell a 3-2 road win over the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Chris Minard tallied a pair of goals and defenseman Andy Greene had two helpers in the contest while netminder Frank Doyle, who also registered an assist, stopped 27 of 28 shots for Lowell, which is 4-2-0-0 in its last six road games.

Tony Voce registered the lone goal while goaltender Martin Houle stopped 26 shots in a losing effort for Philadelphia.

Alexei Mikhnov and defenseman Noah Welch each recorded a goal and two assists in the Penguins’ 5-4 win at home over Providence.

In a back-and-forth contest, Tim Wallace, Rob Schremp and Kurtis McLean, who also had an assist, recorded goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Netminder Andrew Penner won his sixth consecutive game stopping 28 of 32 shots on the night and improving his record to 6-0-0 in the month of December.

Ben Walter and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and an assist while defenseman Jonathan Sigalet registered four assists on the night in the loss for the P-Bruins.

Mark Hartigan helped Syracuse kick off its six-game road trip by recording a pair of goals in the Crunch’s 5-4 overtime win at Manitoba.

Rookie netminder Dan LaCosta recorded his first AHL victory by stopping 28 of 32 shots on the night while rookie defenseman Jekabs Redlihs scored his first professional goal for Syracuse.

Ben Simon and Adam Pineault also tallied for the Crunch and Joe Motzko, who leads the team with 34 points (11g, 23a), registered three assists on the night.

Five players recorded multiple points in the loss for Manitoba as Lee Goren scored a pair of goals and Brad Moran and defenseman Yannick Tremblay each added three assists for the Moose, who has had five of the last six games decided past regulation play.

After a four-game winless skid the Rampage have won two in a row, defeating the Aeros for the second straight night by a score of 6-4 at the Toyota Center.

Five players registered multiple points for San Antonio as Yanick Lehoux led the way with a goal and two assists and a plus-3 rating while Tyler Redenbach, Bill Thomas, Jeff Taffe and Donald MacLean each had a goal and an assist on the night.

Josh Tordjman backstopped the Rampage in the win, stopping 27 of 31 shots from the Aeros, who mounted a third-period comeback to get to within one goal with just over two minutes left in regulation.

Aeros defenseman Curtis Murphy tallied a goal and two assists while Matt Foy had a pair of goals in the loss for Houston.