NORFOLK 4, PORTLAND 2
Brandon Bochenski continued his torrid start to the season with two goals and an assist as Norfolk doubled up visiting Portland by a 4-2 count on Friday at the Scope. The two teams will square off again in southeastern Virginia on Saturday night.
Bochenski began the night’s scoring with a power play goal just 2:44 after the opening face-off, converting on a hooking call against ex-Admiral Kyle Wanvig. Bochenski then extended the lead to 2-0 just 3:04 later, and he now shows a goal in five of his last six contests (6-1-7) since being held scoreless in Norfolk’s seaon opener.
Neither team scored in the second period, as the Admirals (3-4-0-0) captured their second consecutive win for the first time this season. Norfolk goaltender Dustin Tokarski finished with 14 saves in the winning effort.
The Pirates dropped their third straight game and fell to 2-6-0-0 on the campaign.
ROCHESTER 2, ALBANY 1
Rochester continued its winning ways on Friday with a 2-1 road triumph over Albany at the Times Union Center.
The River Rats, who entered the night with AHL’s fifth-ranked average in goals per game (3.67), finally got on the board when Zach Boychuk netted a power play marker at 15:08 of the third period.
But Albany was unable to get the equalizer and has now dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.
Rochester goaltender Alexander Salak earned the victory with 32 saves on 33 shots in net, helping the Americans capture their fifth straight win and move to 6-1-1-0 overall.
GRAND RAPIDS 5, ABBOTSFORD 3
Grand Rapids began the home portion of its schedule with a 5-3 win over Abbotsford before 10,834 fans at Van Andel Arena on Friday.
After Abbotsford’s Jason Jaffray and Grand Rapids’ Mattias Ritola traded goals in the third period, the Griffins got the game-winner off the stick of Kris Newbury on the power play at 18:41 of the third frame.
Jan Mursak then added an empty-netter for Grand Rapids. Michael Nylander finished with three assists in the first game of his conditioning stint, Doug Janik had two helpers, and Griffins goaltender Daniel Larsson picked up the win with 26 saves in net.
WORCESTER 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Jamie McGinn’s third goal in as many AHL games this season came 1:58 into overtime and lifted Worcester to a 3-2 road win over Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Defenseman Danny Groulx initially gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season at 18:01 of the opening period.
But Jeff LoVecchio tallied an unassisted shorthanded marker for the Bruins 14:14 into the second frame to tie it, and then defenseman Andy Wozniewski gave Providence the lead with 28 seconds to play in the period.
The Sharks got the equalizer off the stick of ex-Bruin T.J. Trevelyan at 7:42 of the third period, setting the stage for McGinn’s game-winner in overtime, which was assisted by Groulx and Joe Callahan.
Worcester goaltender Alex Stalock earned the victory with 27 saves on 29 shots in net.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 6, HERSHEY 4
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton put a six-spot on the AHL’s stingiest defense thus far en route to a 6-4 win over visiting Hershey on Friday at the Wachovia Arena.
The Bears entered the game having surrendered just eight goals in six contests but suffered their third loss in four games since beginning with a three-game winning streak.
ADIRONDACK 3, HARTFORD 2
David Laliberte registered a goal and two assists as Adirondack handed visiting Hartford a 3-2 loss on Friday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
MANCHESTER 2, BRIDGEPORT 0
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier registered a 40-save shutout as Manchester dropped struggling Bridgeport by a 2-0 count at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Bernier picked up his second consecutive shutout, having blanked Portland on 29 shots on Oct. 17, and improved to 5-1-0 on the campaign.
The Sound Tigers have been shut out in their last two games and have lost four straight overall since a 4-0-0-0 start to the season.
LOWELL 4, SPRINGFIELD 3 (SO)
Vladimir Zharkov’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout lifted Lowell to a 4-3 road win over Springfield on Friday at the MassMutual Center.
Stephen Gionta, Eckford, and Alexander Vasyunov netted regulation goals to help Lowell erase a 2-0 first-period deficit. Goaltender Mike McKenna finished with 19 saves before stopping five of Springfield’s seven shootout tries.
SYRACUSE 4, BINGHAMTON 3
Tom Sestito’s power play goal at 4:36 of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and propelled Syracuse to a 4-3 win over visiting Binghamton at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
But the Senators battled back to tie it on goals by defenseman Derek Smith and forward Josh Hennessy, who scored at 9:36 of the middle period. Jesse Winchester, down on a conditioning assignment from parent-club Ottawa, also scored for Binghamton.
Sestito registered his first game-winning goal of the season and helped the Crunch extend their points streak to three games (2-0-0-1).
Syracuse goaltender Dan LaCosta stopped 42 of 45 shots in the winning effort.
HAMILTON 3, SAN ANTONIO 0
Hamilton remained unbeaten in regulation on the campaign with a 3-0 shutout of league-leading San Antonio on Friday at the AT&T Center.
Pyatt finished with a goal and an assist for Hamilton, and goaltender Curtis Sanford (3-1-1) made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the young season.
The Rampage, who were coming off consecutive seven-goal performances last weekend against Grand Rapids, lost in regulation for just the second time this season (6-2-1-0).
ROCKFORD 6, MILWAUKEE 1
Rockford jumped out to a 3-0 lead by early in the second period and cruised to a 6-1 win over visiting Milwaukee at the MetroCentre.
IceHogs goaltender Corey Crawford made 33 saves on 34 shots in the winning effort.
Mike Santorelli lit the lamp for the Admirals, who finished 2-3-0-1 on a season-opening six-game road swing. Milwaukee will finally open at home on Saturday against Manitoba.
TEXAS 5, LAKE ERIE 3
Texas staked itself to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 win over visiting Lake Erie on Friday at the Cedar Park Center.
The Stars avenged a 4-0 loss to the Monsters on Tuesday and improved to 5-2-0-1 on the young season.
Stars goaltender Brent Krahn stopped 30 of 33 shots in the winning effort.
Marty Sertich and Darren Haydar netted power play goals for the Monsters, and Chris Durno extended his goal-scoring streak to four games (5-1-6) with a shorthanded tally. Lake Erie finished 2-1-0-0 on its three-game swing through the Lone Star State.
MANITOBA 1, CHICAGO 0 (SO)
Matt Pettinger’s goal in the fifth round of a shootout lifted Manitoba to a 1-0 road win over Chicago on Friday at Allstate Arena.
Moose captain Mike Keane also scored in the shootout, helping Manitoba improve to 7-4-0-0 on the season.
Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider earned the shutout, stopping all 24 shots through regulation and overtime before denying four of Chicago’s five shootout tries.