BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 1
Goaltender Jeff Glass turned in his second straight strong start, stopping 38 of 39 shots as Binghamton took a 3-1 road win over Portland on Tuesday night.
McGregor gave the B-Sens a 1-0 lead at 14:34 of the opening period, and Taormina made it 2-0 4:14 into the middle stanza.
After Portland’s Derek Whitmore closed the gap to 2-1 late in the second frame, Hamel netted a power play goal – his 23rd tally of the season – 3:14 into the third period.
Glass, who was coming off a 42-save performance on Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, has now stopped 80 of 82 shots in winning in his last two games.
Binghamton opened an eight-point lead on Philadelphia for the East Division’s final playoff spot, though the Phantoms have played three fewer games.
BRIDGEPORT 2, LOWELL 1
Bridgeport climbed into sole possession of first place in the East Division with a 2-1 road win over Lowell on Tuesday at Tsongas Arena.
Jon Sim netted his fifth goal in four games since joining the Sound Tigers, and Junior Lessard broke a 1-1 tie with just 2:20 left in regulation. Sound Tigers goaltender Peter Mannino earned the victory with 30 saves on 31 shots.
Bridgeport is now 40-18-3-5 for the season, and its 88 points are two better than Hershey atop the division. The Bears, however, have played two fewer games.
Defenseman Rosario Ruggeri netted the lone goal for the Devils, who are now winless in five straight games (0-4-0-1).
HOUSTON 3, QUAD CITY 1
Houston scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 win over visiting Quad City in the front end of a two-game set at the Toyota Center.
The Aeros increased their lead to three points over idle Rockford for second place in the West Division race.
Just reassigned from Calgary, David Van der Gulik netted the lone goal for the Flames, whose three-game winning streak came to an end.