ALBANY 3, MANCHESTER 1
Albany netted a pair of first-period goals and never looked back en route to a 3-1 road win over Manchester on Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Samson opened the scoring at 14:05 of the first period, followed by a power play goal by Gove at 17:24.
After a scoreless second period, Petruzalek made it 3-0 with a man-advantage tally of his own at 2:52 of the third stanza.
River Rats goaltender John Grahame made 27 saves on 28 shots, picking up his first AHL victory since the 2000-01 season, when he was a member of Providence.
Manchester’s Brian Boyle broke up the shutout bid with his team-leading 17th goal of the season at 3:53 of the third period.
PORTLAND 5, BRIDGEPORT 3
Drew Miller notched his first career hat trick and chipped in an assist as Portland defeated host Bridgeport, 5-3, at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Miller, a second-year pro who has played 25 games for parent-club Anaheim this season, scored once in the first period and twice more in the third stanza.
The game was played hours after the teams’ NHL affiliates swapped forwards, with Matt Keith going from Portland to Bridgeport and Darryl Bootland heading in the opposite direction. Each player suited up against his old club on Wednesday, but neither found the scoresheet.
HERSHEY 2, NORFOLK 1
Chris Bourque and Scott Barney tallied goals as Hershey downed visiting Norfolk, 2-1, at the Giant Center.
Bourque notched his 11th of the season just 40 seconds after the opening faceoff to give the Bears the early lead.
Norfolk defenseman Mario Scalzo scored the equalizer for the Admirals at 11:33, but Barney netted the eventual game-winner at 12:44 of the middle stanza.
Bears goaltender Daren Machesney stopped 29 of 30 shots to pick up the win.
PHILADELPHIA 4, LOWELL 2
Darroll Powe recorded three points (1-2-3) to lead Philadelphia past Lowell by a 4-2 final at the Tsongas Arena.
Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher made 31 saves in net, helping his team win its fourth straight game.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, LAKE ERIE 1
Jonathan Filewich factored into every goal, scoring once and adding two helpers as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton downed visiting Lake Erie by a 3-1 count at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won for the 10th time in its last 11 games (10-1-0-0) and maintained its one-point lead over Hershey and Albany for second place in the East Division.
Matt Hussey netted Lake Erie’s lone goal.
HAMILTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT)
Matt D’Agostini scored 1:11 into overtime to lift Hamilton over visiting Binghamton by a 3-2 final at Copps Coliseum.
Bulldogs goaltender Carey Price, the MVP of the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs as Hamilton captured the Calder Cup, made 22 saves to pick up the win in his first AHL action of the season.
QUAD CITY 5, GRAND RAPIDS 4 (SO)
Three of four Quad City skaters scored in the shootout as the Flames edged visiting Grand Rapids, 5-4, at the I Wireless Center.
Flames winger Brandon Prust sent the game to overtime with a goal at 18:16 of the third period, erasing what had been a 4-3 Grand Rapids advantage.
Quad City goaltender Matt Keetley picked up the win, stopping 24 of 28 through the first 65 minutes and denying three of four in the shootout.
CHICAGO 6, IOWA 4
Six different skaters netted goals as Chicago outlasted visiting Iowa by a 6-4 final at the Allstate Arena.
The Wolves reached six goals for the second straight game, and they have been held to under four goals just once in their last 10 contests.
Chicago goaltender Ondrej Pavelec picked up the win with 28 saves on 32 shots.