GRAND RAPIDS 6, ROCKFORD 5 (SO)
Grand Rapids got out to a 5-2 lead after the first period and eventually took a 6-5 shootout win over visiting Rockford in a wild game on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena.
Ville Leino, who was one of five Griffins to score in the opening period, finished with a goal and an assist in regulation and a pair of successful tries in the shootout.
Aaron Gagnon regained the Griffins’ lead just eight seconds after Pelletier’s goal, and Logan Pyatt and Leino followed with tallies to make it 5-2 after 20 minutes.
Rockford’s Rob Klinkhammer scored the only goal of the middle frame. Jake Dowell brought the IceHogs within 5-4 with an unassisted shorthanded tally at 7:08 of the third, and Pete MacArthur tied it with 1:20 left in regulation.
Evan McGrath also scored in the shootout for the Griffins, and Leino’s second score ended it in the sixth round. Grand Rapids goaltender Daniel Larsson stopped 36 shots in regulation and denied four of six shootout attempts.
BRIDGEPORT 4, HOUSTON 3 (SO)
Bridgeport coughed up a late 3-0 lead but recovered to post a 4-3 shootout win over visiting Houston at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
But for the second time in an 11-day span, the Aeros rallied for three goals in the final three minutes of regulation to send a game to overtime.
After a scoreless overtime, 2009 AHL All-Stars Andrew MacDonald and Mike Iggulden scored in the shootout for Bridgeport, and goaltender Yann Danis stopped all four Houston tries. Danis made 27 saves through regulation and overtime.
IOWA 3, PEORIA 1
All of the game’s goals were scored in the third period as Iowa took a 3-1 road win over Peoria on Wednesday at Carver Arena.
The win pushed the Chops (20-13-2-2) two points up on the Rivermen (20-17-1-1) for second place in the West Division race. Peoria dropped into a three-way tie for third with Rockford and Houston.
Jeff Cowan scored the Rivermen’s lone goal.
LOWELL 3, PORTLAND 2
Lowell rallied for a pair of third-period goals and took a 3-2 win over visiting Portland at Tsongas Arena on Wednesday.
MANCHESTER 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Trevor Lewis lit the lamp 3:13 into overtime to lift Manchester over visiting Providence by a 3-2 count at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Gabe Gauthier netted a pair of power play goals in regulation for the Monarchs, and Lewis assisted on both of those markers to finish with three points on the night.
Manchester goaltender Jeff Zatkoff earned the victory with 29 saves between the pipes.
SYRACUSE 2, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Syracuse scored a pair of power play goals in the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 road win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Wachovia Arena.
The Crunch have now won two consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 15-16, which also included a victory over the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre.
HERSHEY 3, NORFOLK 2
Hershey scored a pair of goals in the latter half of the third period to rally past host Norfolk by a 3-2 count at the Scope.
SAN ANTONIO 5, CHICAGO 3
Rookie Chad Kolarik registered three points (1-2-3) to lead San Antonio to a 5-3 road win over Chicago on Wednesday at Allstate Arena.
Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman stopped 25 of 28 shots in the winning effort.
MANITOBA 3, HARTFORD 2 (OT)
Defenseman Nolan Baumgartner scored with 1.7 seconds left in overtime to give Manitoba a 3-2 win over Hartford and a split of the teams’ two-game set at the MTS Centre.
Moose goaltender Cory Schneider earned the victory with 33 saves, improving to 11-0-0 in his last 11 AHL decisions.