LAKE ERIE 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Lake Erie netminder Mike Wall stopped 49 of 50 shots and posted an assist to help the Monsters eke out a 2-1 road win over division-rival Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena.
Ryan Oulahen pulled the Griffins within one score at 14:20 of the third with a power play goal of his own.
Despite a 50-25 shots advantage for the game, including 16-4 in the third period, Grand Rapids could not get another one by Wall, who improved to 10-12-4 for the season.
MANITOBA 5, HERSHEY 0
Rookie goaltender Cory Schneider (pictured) made 33 saves for his second shutout in nine days and seventh straight win overall as Manitoba blanked Hershey, 5-0, on Saturday at the Giant Center.
Moran gave Manitoba a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, and the Moose then scored three times in the middle stanza. Brown lit the lamp at 1:48 and 5:31, and Moran did the honors at 14:10. Greg Classen picked up two assists in the period.
Moose captain Mike Keane added a third-period marker to account for the final margin.
It was more than enough for Schneider, who won his seventh straight start and moved to 12-3-1 since Dec. 15. Schneider has stopped 96 of 98 shots (.980) over his last four starts alone.
Hershey and Manitoba will square off for a rematch on Sunday.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2, ALBANY 0
Rookie goaltender John Curry pitched a 25-save shutout as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won its seventh straight game, a 2-0 road decision over Albany at the Times Union Center.
Penguins forward Dave Gove, who began the season with Albany, picked up an assist against his former teammates.
With the win, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton moved one point up on the River Rats for second place in the East Division. The Penguins sit just two points back of first-place Philadelphia.
TORONTO 4, HAMILTON 1
Bates Battaglia tallied the game-winning goal and added an assist as Toronto snapped a five-game winless skid (0-4-1-0) with a 4-1 win over Hamilton at Ricoh Coliseum.
Marlies goaltender Scott Clemmensen picked up the win with 25 saves on 26 shots.
The Bulldogs lost their sixth straight game.
BRIDGEPORT 4, PHILADELPHIA 2
Colton Fretter netted a pair of goals to lead Bridgeport over visiting Philadelphia by a 4-2 count at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Fretter scored the eventual game-winner on the power play 2:34 into the second period after also tallying a first-period marker. Jamie Fraser and Sean Bentivoglio rounded out the Sound Tigers’ offense.
SPRINGFIELD 4, WORCESTER 1
Springfield dealt Worcester’s playoff hopes a hit with a 4-1 win over the visiting Sharks at the MassMutual Center.
Dennis Packard scored the Sharks’ lone goal in the second period, which at the time made it a 2-1 game. But Springfield scored twice in the third to seal the victory.
Falcons goaltender Jeff Deslauriers earned the win with 28 saves on 29 shots. He improved to 23-19-5 on the season and helped Springfield reach the 30-win mark overall (30-26-5-5) for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.
With the loss, the Sharks fell eight points back of Springfield for the Atlantic Division’s final playoff spot.
MANCHESTER 3, HARTFORD 1
Manchester kept pace in the Atlantic Division playoff race with a 3-1 road win over Hartford at the XL Center.
The win allowed the Monarchs to remain three points behind Springfield for the division’s fourth and final postseason berth.
Manchester goaltender Daniel Taylor stopped 31 of 32 shots in his first start since Feb. 26.
Jordan Owens scored the Wolf Pack’s lone goal in the closing minute of the second period.
PROVIDENCE 6, SAN ANTONIO 2
A night after becoming the first team to clinch a playoff spot, Providence rolled on with a 6-2 win over visiting San Antonio in front of 7,615 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Bruins goaltender Jordan Sigalet earned the victory with 22 saves, helping Providence to its fourth consecutive win.
BINGHAMTON 4, ROCHESTER 3 (OT)
Greg Mauldin’s shorthanded goal 1:16 into overtime propelled Binghamton to its third straight win, a 4-3 decision over Rochester at the Broome County Arena.
Mauldin’s overtime winner was Binghamton’s 17th shorthanded goal of the season, which ranks second in the AHL behind Syracuse’s 18.
PORTLAND 5, NORFOLK 3
Tyler Bouck scored two goals and added an assist as Portland dropped Norfolk by a 5-3 count at the Scope.
The win earned the Pirates a split of their two-game set with the Admirals in Virginia. Norfolk posted a 4-3 victory on Friday.
PEORIA 5, CHICAGO 3
Trent Whitfield notched a pair of special-team goals to give Peoria a 5-3 win over red-hot Chicago in front of 10,366 fans at the Allstate Arena.
With the Rivermen holding a 4-3 lead, Whitfield scored on the power play at 15:36 of the second period. After Chicago’s Jason Krog made it 5-4 with just 43 seconds left in the period, Whitfield netted a shorthanded marker only 41 seconds into the third.
Goaltender Marek Schwarz stopped 38 of 41 shots in the Peoria net.
QUAD CITY 5, IOWA 2
Quad City scored four times in the third period to run away with a 5-2 win over host Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The Flames entered the third period with a 1-0 lead after Grant Stevenson scored on a penalty shot at 3:23 of the opening stanza.
Quad City goaltender Curtis McElhinney only had to make 16 saves in the win, as the Flames held a final shots advantage of 39-18.
With the win, which avenged a 4-1 loss to the Stars on Friday, Quad City jumped a point ahead of Iowa for seventh place in the West Division.
HOUSTON 3, ROCKFORD 2
Defenseman Brandon Rogers scored a pair of goals as Houston eked out a 3-2 win over visiting Rockford on Saturday at the Toyota Center.
Rogers scored at 4:09 of the first period and on the power play at 13:53 of the second, the latter turning out to be the game-winner.
Clayton Stoner also scored for Houston, and goaltender Barry Brust earned the win with 25 saves on 27 shots. The Aeros won for the eighth time in their last nine games, the one loss coming to Rockford on Thursday.