SPRINGFIELD 6, PORTLAND 2
Springfield tallied six unanswered goals – including a five-score outburst in the third period alone – to claim a 6-2 win over visiting Portland on Friday at the MassMutual Center.
Maksim Mayorov notched an unassisted goal and an assist for the Falcons, who collected their first home victory of the season and improved to 4-3-0-0 overall.
Six different Falcons found the back of the net in the victory. Michael Blunden also finished with a goal and a helper, while Tomas Kubalik, Chris Francis, Tom Sestito, and Tyler Murovich rounded out the offense.
Kubalik recorded his first professional goal, and Sestito’s marker gave him a team-leading eight points (4-4-8) in the early going.
Thirteen different Springfield skaters contributed at least a point, and goaltender David LeNeveu stopped 25 of 27 shots in net.
MILWAUKEE 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2
Linus Klasen tallied his team-leading fifth goal of the season at 5:04 of the third period to snap a 2-2 deadlock, and Milwaukee held on for a 3-2 road win over Grand Rapids on Friday at Van Andel Arena.
The Admirals snapped a three-game winless skid (0-1-1-1) since collecting a 6-2 win over Abbotsford in their season opener on Oct. 9. Since then, all four of their games have been decided by a 3-2 final.
Jamie Lundmark and Andreas Thuresson also scored for Milwaukee, which overcame an early 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 edge into the third period. Jan Mursak’s shorthanded goal tied it for Grand Rapids just 3:08 in, but Klasen notched his game-winner 1:56 later.
Klasen (1-1-2) and rookie Blake Geoffrian (0-2-2) each had multiple points for the Admirals, and goaltender Mark Dekanich preserved the win with 24 saves in net.
Cory Emmerton netted a power play goal for the Griffins, who dropped to 0-1-0-1 on home ice in the early going.
BINGHAMTON 1, HARTFORD 0
Erik Condra snapped a scoreless tie with 3:10 to go in regulation, lifting Binghamton to a 1-0 road win over Hartford at the XL Center on Friday.
Jim O’Brien earned the lone assist on Condra’s second goal of the season and first that was not into an empty net.
Barry Brust turned in his second straight stellar performance in the Senators’ net, turning aside 28 shots to record his 10th career AHL shutout and first in a Binghamton uniform.
Since surrendering seven goals to Norfolk on 39 shots in his season debut on Oct. 9, Brust has stopped 86 of 89 shots (.966), which includes victories in his last two outings.
The Wolf Pack dropped to 3-3-0-1 on the season, including a 1-3-0-0 mark on home ice.
MANCHESTER 6, BRIDGEPORT 3
Rookie Brandon Kozun recorded his second two-goal game of the season, and Manchester went on to double up visiting Bridgeport by a 6-3 count on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
King has now registered a goal in five of six games to begin the season (5-1-6), and his five markers are tied with Kozun (5-1-6) for the team lead.
Defensemen Alec Martinez (0-3-3) and Viatcheslav Voynov (0-2-2) joined forward Corey Elkins (0-2-2) in posting multiple assists in the victory, and Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff stopped 28 of 31 shots between the pipes.
Manchester improved to 3-2-0-1 on the young season, which includes a 2-0-0-0 mark against Bridgeport.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, HERSHEY 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued its perfect start to the 2010-11 season with a 3-2 win over arch-rival Hershey on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Penguins improved to 5-0-0-0 on the season with the victory, including a pair of home-ice wins over the two-time defending Calder Cup champion Bears thus far.
Joe Vitale netted his third and fourth goals of the season for Wilkes-Barre, and Robert Bortuzzo’s first goal of the year, scored on the power play late in the second period, proved to be the game-winner.
Vitale now has four goals in five games this year after totaling six goals (6-26-32) in 74 games as a rookie for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10.
SYRACUSE 3, NORFOLK 1
Syracuse went 3-for-6 on the power play and handed Norfolk its first loss of the season, a 3-1 final on Friday at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Rookie Nicolas Deschamps netted a pair of goals for the Crunch, and former first-round draft pick Luca Sbisa also scored in the victory. Entering the night, Syracuse had registered just one power play goal on 21 opportunities (4.8 percent) through its first four contests.
Crunch defenseman Brett Festerling assisted on both goals, and netminder Timo Pielmeier earned the victory by stopping 37 of 38 shots between the pipes, helping his club move to 2-2-0-1 on the young season.
Marc-Antoine Pouliot notched the lone goal for the Admirals, who had started the year 4-0-0-0 prior to this setback.
CHARLOTTE 5, ADIRONDACK 1
Charlotte, which had totaled just seven goals during a four-game losing skid, put a five-spot on the board and halted the streak with a convincing 5-1 road win over Adirondack on Friday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Matsumoto joined the Carolina Hurricanes organization this season after spending his first three pro seasons with the Phantoms, including an AHL All-Star appearance in 2010.
Nick Dodge, Jacob Micflikier, and Jiri Tlusty also scored in the victory, while Jerome Samson and Oskar Osala each chipped in two assists. Charlotte goaltender Mike Murphy turned aside 31 of 32 shots in the winning effort.
Rookie Eric Wellwood recorded Adirondack’s lone goal, scoring for the third time in his last four games (3-1-4).
ABBOTSFORD 4, ROCKFORD 1
Abbotsford fell into an early 1-0 hole but then scored four straight goals to claim a 4-1 road win over Rockford on Friday at the MetroCentre.
The IceHogs, who beat the Heat twice in British Columbia last weekend, struck first in this one when defenseman Wade Brookbank tallied his first goal of the season at 6:35 of the first period.
Rockford took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but it was all Heat from that point on. Rookies Mitch Wahl and Lance Bouma both tallied their first goal of 2009-10 in the second period, and Cam Cunning and Greg Nemisz added third-period markers to pad the lead.
These two teams will conclude their four-game season series on Feb. 5 in Rockford.
SAN ANTONIO 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 1
Newcomer Tim Stapleton staked San Antonio to a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-period goals, and the Rampage never looked back en route to a 4-1 road win over Oklahoma City on Friday at the Cox Convention Center.
Stapleton, a 30-goal scorer for AHL Chicago last season who had gone without a goal in his first six games for the Rampage, scored at 3:03 and 6:06 of the opening period.
Alexandre Picard made it a 3-0 game for San Antonio early in the second frame, and after Liam Reddox put the Barons on the board late in the period, Matt Pope tacked on a third-period marker to account for the final score.
San Antonio goaltender Al Montoya, a former sixth-overall draft pick, turned aside 25 of 26 shots to earn his first victory since Oct. 18, 2009.
The Rampage extended their winning streak to three games and moved to 4-2-1-0 on the young season.
MANITOBA 4, HAMILTON 3 (SO)
Manitoba converted three of its four shootout attempts and collected its second 4-3 shootout win over Hamilton in as many nights on Friday before 7,870 fans at the MTS Centre.
Perrault put Manitoba on top 1-0 early in the second period, but the Bulldogs then scored the next three goals to grab a 3-1 advantage. Defenseman Yannick Weber netted a power play goal only 39 seconds after Perrault’s marker, and then David Desharnais and rookie Gabriel Dumont scored 36 seconds apart later in the period.
Hodgson brought the Moose within 3-2 before intermission with a power play goal, and Marco Rosa’s unassisted goal pulled Manitoba even with 5:30 to play in regulation.
Moose goaltender Tyler Weiman turned aside all three of Hamilton’s shootout tries after stopping 27 of 30 shots through the first 65 minutes.
TEXAS 3, LAKE ERIE 2
Francis Wathier broke a 2-2 tie with 41 seconds left in regulation as Texas rallied for a thrilling 3-2 win over visiting Lake Erie on Friday at the Cedar Park Center.
The game was scoreless through more than 47 minutes of action until Mark Olver put Lake Erie on top 1-0 at 7:13 of the third period. Rookie Sean Backman tied it up for Texas at 12:18, but the deadlock lasted only 40 seconds before Greg Mauldin restored the Monsters’ one-goal edge.
Stars forward Colton Sceviour was awarded a penalty shot at the 16:19 mark, and the second-year pro buried his first goal of the season behind Monsters goaltender Jason Bacashihua to make it a 2-2 game.
Lake Erie is now winless in five straight games (0-4-0-1) since beginning the season with back-to-back wins over Syracuse. The Monsters wrap up a seven-game road swing on Sunday in Houston.
PEORIA 1, HOUSTON 0 (OT)
Adam Cracknell’s goal at 2:25 of overtime snapped a scoreless deadlock and sent surging Peoria to a 1-0 road win over Houston before 7,640 fans at the Toyota Center on Friday.
The Rivermen, who entered the game ranked second in the AHL with an average of 4.33 goals scored per game, won this one with their defense. Goaltender Ben Bishop (5-1-0) made 36 saves for his first shutout of the year, lowering his goals-against average to 2.00.
Cracknell’s overtime winner was assisted by Dave Spina and Darryl Boyle, and it lifted Peoria to its sixth straight victory since a 4-3 season-opening loss to Manitoba on Oct. 8.
The Rivermen continue their seven-game road trip on Saturday at Texas before moving on to San Antonio on Sunday.
Houston, which fell to 2-2-1-0 on the year, has totaled six goals in four games since opening up with a 6-1 win at Oklahoma City on Oct. 9.