WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 8, PHILADELPHIA 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicked off its five-game road swing with an 8-5 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Janne Pesonen registered a game-high and personal season-high five points (1-4-5) for the Penguins, who tallied four goals in the first period alone.
Mark Letestu recorded four points (1-3-4) for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Chris Minard put up a three-point effort (2-1-3). Nick Johnson also scored twice, while Paul Bissonnette and Jeff Taffe added goals in the win.
Pesonen’s effort gave him seven points (7-7-14) in his last eight games, and Letestu extended his scoring streak to five games (3-6-9), matching a season high.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had not scored eight goals in a regular-season game since an 8-1 win at Albany on Dec. 15, 2007.
SYRACUSE 3, TORONTO 1
Syracuse inched closer to Toronto for a playoff spot by posting a 3-1 win over the Marlies at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Goaltender Kevin Lalande stopped 32 of 33 shots to earn his first victory in a Syracuse uniform (1-1-0).
With the victory, the Crunch (31-28-4-2, 68 points) moved within three points of Toronto for fourth place and a potential playoff spot in the North Division. Both teams have played 65 games, and they have one head-to-head meeting left on the schedule.
Tim Stapleton notched his 20th goal of the season for the Marlies.
BINGHAMTON 5, WORCESTER 2
Binghamton parlayed a four-goal second period into a 5-2 road win over Worcester at the DCU Center.
Jarrett Konkle and Matt Pope each scored his first career AHL goal as part of the second-period onslaught, marking the second straight day that two members of the B-Sens scored their first AHL markers.
Senators goaltender Jeff Glass stopped 37 of 39 shots to pick up the win, which allowed Binghamton to open a 10-point lead on Philadelphia for the East Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.
SPRINGFIELD 3, HERSHEY 2 (SO)
Springfield snapped out of a six-game losing skid with a 3-2 shootout victory over host Hershey before 8,429 fans at the Giant Center.
Falcons forward Gilbert Brule scored regulation and the shootout, while Shane Willis and Charles Linglet added shootout markers for Springfield. Ryan Potulny added his team-leading 27th goal for the Falcons.
Springfield goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned the victory, stopping 32 of 34 shots through regulation and overtime before denying three of Hershey’s four shootout tries. Dubnyk won for the first time since Jan. 19 at Lowell.
ALBANY 5, NORFOLK 3
Albany erased a 2-0 deficit with a five-goal third period and took a 5-3 win over Norfolk at the Times Union Center.
MILWAUKEE 3, ROCKFORD 2
Milwaukee scored once in each period en route to a 3-2 road win over Rockford on Wednesday at the MetroCentre.
AHL All-Star Cal O’Reilly scored twice and added an assist for the Admirals. Patric Hornqvist assisted on both of those goals and then netted a third-period power play marker to extend his goal-scoring streak to eight games (8-1-9).
Admirals rookie goaltender Mark Dekanich earned the victory with a season-high 46 saves on 48 shots. With the win, Milwaukee improved its points streak to five games (4-0-0-1).
IOWA 2, CHICAGO 1
Ryan Dingle broke a 1-1 tie with 9:16 left in regulation and Iowa held on for a 2-1 road win over Chicago at Allstate Arena.
Chops goaltender David LeNeveu secured the victory with 23 saves on 24 shots, helping Iowa to just its second win in the last 14 games (2-7-2-3).
Rookie forward Riley Holzapfel netted the lone goal for the Wolves, who have lost four straight in regulation.