SAN ANTONIO 4, MANITOBA 0
San Antonio goaltender Justin Pogge made 24 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Rampage – playing their first home game in more than a month – collected a 4-0 win over Manitoba before 6,725 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday.
San Antonio, which recently completed a season-high 14-game road trip, had been one of only two AHL teams yet to record a shutout on the season.
Pogge (11-7-3) stopped 10 shots in the first period, six in the second, and eight in the third as the Rampage improved to 2-0-0-1 against the Moose this season, with a rematch set for Saturday night.
Kevin Porter and Mikkel Boedker staked the Rampage to a 2-0 first-period lead, and Kyle Turris and Gavin Morgan tacked on goals to seal the victory. David Spina contributed a pair of assists for San Antonio.
The Moose were shut out for the second time in their last three games and for the fourth time on the campaign.
After a scoreless first period, the Wolf Pack grabbed a 1-0 lead 7:36 into the second frame when Ryan Garlock notched his fourth goal of the year. But Springfield’s Ryan O’Marra evened it up in the third period with 8:30 remaining in regulation.
Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned the win with 32 saves, as his club snapped a four-game losing skid (0-3-0-1).
ALBANY 4, PORTLAND 2
Albany struck for a pair of goals in the third period and doubled up host Portland by a 4-2 count at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Albany goaltender Justin Peters earned the victory with 26 saves on 28 shots, improving his season record to 21-16-2.
Portland, which dropped a 3-1 decision in Worcester on Wednesday, has now lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 8-11.
ROCHESTER 5, GRAND RAPIDS 3
Five different Rochester skaters found the back of the net as the Americans collected a 5-3 win over visiting Grand Rapids at the Blue Cross Arena.
Gratchev’s marker at 2:32 of the third period proved to be the game-winner.
The Heat overcame deficits of 1-0 and 3-1 en route to securing their fourth straight win and eighth in their last nine contests (8-1-0-0).
Abbotsford trailed 3-1 midway through the game but tallied three goals in the second period to take a 4-3 advantage. Mikael Backlund, David Van der Gulik, and Brett Sutter notched goals for the Heat, after ex-Shark Riley Armstrong had scored in the first period.
Heat goaltender David Shantz stopped Worcester’s other six shootout attempts after making 33 saves through the first 65 minutes.
ADIRONDACK 3, NORFOLK 2
2010 AHL All-Star Jon Matsumoto’s 21st goal of the season proved to be the game-winner as Adirondack eked out a 3-2 win over visiting Norfolk at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Ward also scored for the Phantoms, while David Laliberte rounded out Adirondack’s scoring. Goaltender Johan Backlund earned the victory with 36 saves on 38 shots, helping the Phantoms end a three-game winless skid.
PROVIDENCE 6, BINGHAMTON 4
Providence netted a trio of goals in the second period and scored three more times in the third frame en route to a 6-4 road win over struggling Binghamton at the Broome County Arena.
Trent Whitfield and 2010 AHL All-Star Mikko Lehtonen also scored in the victory, former first-round draft pick Zach Hamill posted four assists and a plus-5 rating, and Jordan Knackstedt chipped in two helpers.
Goaltender Dany Sabourin earned the victory with 36 saves for the Bruins, who moved within two points of Bridgeport for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
SYRACUSE 3, LAKE ERIE 2
Syracuse forward Trevor Frischmon broke a 2-2 tie with 7:03 to play in regulation, and the Crunch went on to post a 3-2 road win over Lake Erie at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The Crunch moved within five points of Bridgeport for a playoff spot in the tightly packed Eastern Conference.
LOWELL 3, MANCHESTER 2
Lowell rallied for two goals in the first 1:14 of the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit and stun host Manchester by a 3-2 final on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Devils entered the third period down 2-2, but Stephen Gionta notched the equalizer only 35 seconds into the final frame. Ben Walter then gave the Devils a 3-2 lead 39 seconds later, and Lowell held on for the victory.
With the victory, Lowell moved within four points of the Monarchs for third place in the Atlantic Division race.
PEORIA 3, CHICAGO 2
Peoria cooled off high-flying Chicago with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the visiting Wolves on Friday before 5,328 fans at Carver Arena.
The Rivermen crawled out of a 2-0 second-period deficit and have collected back-to-back victories for the first time since defeating Grand Rapids and Rockford on Jan. 15-16.
Defenseman Jamie Hunt gave Chicago a 1-0 lead just 51 seconds after the opening face-off, and fellow rearguard Ivan Vishnevskiy extended the advantage to 2-0 on the power play at 14:11 of the second period.
But Rivermen forward Nicholas Drazenovic cut his team’s deficit in half with a power play strike of his won at 16:58 and then notched the equalizer unassisted 45 seconds into the third period.
Peoria goaltender Ben Bishop earned the win with 32 saves on 34 shots between the pipes.
Chicago’s eight-game winning streak and 14-game points streak (12-0-0-2) both came to an end. The Wolves suffered their first regulation loss since a 5-4 setback in Peoria on Jan. 23.
TEXAS 3, HOUSTON 2
Texas built a 3-0 lead by the game’s midpoint and held on for a 3-2 win over visiting Houston before 6,510 fans at the Cedar Park Center in the front end of a home-and-home set.
Houston cut its deficit to 3-2 by the end of the second period on goals by defenseman Jamie Fraser and forward Cody Almond, but the Aeros were unable to find the equalizer and fell to 1-5-0-0 in their last contests.
The Stars halted a three-game losing skid and moved one point up on Milwaukee for third place in the West Division race.
Houston, which will host Texas in a rematch on Saturday, is now seven points out of a playoff spot.