WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2
2008 AHL All-Star Alex Goligoski tallied the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton edged host Binghamton by a 3-2 final on Monday at the Broome County Arena.
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves and and moved to 2-1-0 on a conditioning assignment from parent-club Pittsburgh.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 3-0 lead by 9:06 of the second period. Jon D’Aversa netted a first-period goal, while Dave Gove and Goligoski scored in the middle stanza. D’Aversa and Goligoski both garnered power play markers.
But Fleury closed the door after that, withstanding a 14-4 Binghamton shots advantage in the final period and 35-23 for the game.
The Penguins (30-20-0-3) moved into a second-place tie with Hershey in the East Division.
MANCHESTER 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (OT)
Troy Milam scored once in the third period and again at 1:48 of overtime to lift visiting Manchester to a 2-1 win over Springfield in an afternoon affair at the MassMutual Center.
Milam’s second goal of the game and 10th of the season came on a delayed penalty call against the Falcons. Matt Moulson picked up the primary assist on both Monarchs goals.
Manchester goaltender Daniel Taylor earned the victory with 35 saves on 36 shots.
Falcons defenseman Theo Peckham scored at 15:40 of the third period, tying the game and sending it to the extra session.
With the overtime win, the Monarchs closed to within three points of Springfield for the Atlantic Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.
PHILADELPHIA 2, ALBANY 0
Philadelphia goaltender Scott Munroe made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Phantoms defeated visiting Albany, 2-0, at the Wachovia Spectrum.
After a scoreless first period, Phantoms rookie Jonathan Matsumoto netted a power play goal at 15:49 of the second, his 16th goal of the season.
Frederik Cabana provided insurance 1:24 into the third period for Philadelphia, which improved to 5-0-1-0 in its last six contests.
The Phantoms posted their second shutout in the last three games, as Brian Boucher turned in a 23-save performance in a 1-0 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday.
LAKE ERIE 5, SYRACUSE 0
Wyatt Smith tallied three points (2-1-3) and goaltender Mike Wall earned a 32-save shutout as Lake Erie took a 5-0 victory over host Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
The Monsters held a 1-0 lead for most of the contest after Smith scored just 2:01 after the opening face-off, but Lake Erie padded the lead with four third-period goals.
Wall improved to 7-10-4 for the season and notched his first shutout. He had to make 18 saves in the third period alone.