On a night when they honored their most familiar face, the Grand Rapids Griffins snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Wolves at Van Andel Arena.
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson scored his first two career AHL goals and Josh Langfeld recorded three assists for Grand Rapids, which retired the number 24 of long-time Griffin Travis Richards during the second intermission.
Matt Hussey, Danny Syvret, Darryl Bootland and Scott Barney also scored for the Griffins, who ended the Wolves’ four-game winning streak and handed Chicago just its second road loss of the year (10-2-0-0).
Playing without league scoring leader Jason Krog, who was recalled by the parent Atlanta Thrashers earlier in the day, the Wolves fell behind 5-1 before getting back in the game with three third-period goals. Cory Larose, Colin Stuart, Kyle Wanvig and Kevin Doell scored for Chicago, and Darren Haydar recorded an assist to extend his scoring streak to 19 games.
SPRINGFIELD 4, WORCESTER 1
Defenseman John Adams had a goal and two assists to lead Springfield to a 4-1 win in Worcester on Friday night.
Karri Ramo made 31 saves for his fifth straight win and eighth in his last nine decisions (8-1-0).
Tom Cavanagh scored for the Sharks, who are 1-4-0-1 in their last six games.
PHILADELPHIA 4, ALBANY 2
Ryan Potulny scored twice and Don Morrison had three assists as Philadelphia doubled up Albany, 4-2, at the Wachovia Spectrum.
PORTLAND 2, LOWELL 1
Michael Leighton made 36 saves as Portland opened up a three-point lead atop the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 win in Lowell.
Chris Minard had the goal for the Devils, his sixth in his last eight games.
HARTFORD 3, PROVIDENCE 2
Jarkko Immonen’s tie-breaking goal 1:13 into the third period lifted Hartford to a 3-2 win in Providence.
Immonen’s game-winner, his second goal of the night, gave him four goals in four games after going scoreless in his first 13 outings of the season.
Kris Versteeg scored both Bruins goals.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, NORFOLK 2
Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal with 4:42 left in regulation to propel Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-2 win over Norfolk on Friday night.
With the win, the Penguins tied the Admirals for first place in the East Division, two points ahead of idle Hershey.
TORONTO 2, SYRACUSE 1
Brett Engelhardt scored twice as Toronto snapped a six-game winless skid with a 2-1 win in Syracuse.
The teams meet again at Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday.
Jean-Francois Racine made 31 saves for the Marlies, who won despite being held to fewer than three goals for the eighth time in nine games.
ROCHESTER 5, IOWA 2
Rostislav Olesz notched a goal and two assists as Rochester got back in the win column with a 5-2 win over Iowa. The Americans improved their league-leading record to 15-1-1-0 with the victory.
BINGHAMTON 1, BRIDGEPORT 0
Jeff Glass made 34 saves for his first career AHL shutout and his first win of the year, backstopping Binghamton to a 1-0 win over host Bridgeport.
Josh Hennessy’s shorthanded goal 5:08 into the game proved to be the game’s only offense.
Former Senator Billy Thompson made 31 saves in the loss for the Sound Tigers.
HOUSTON 5, SAN ANTONIO 3
Matt Foy scored three third-period goals to lead Houston past San Antonio, 5-3, at the Toyota Center.
The Aeros snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory, while the Rampage dropped to 1-8-0-0 on the road this season.
MANITOBA 6, MILWAUKEE 4
Manitoba scored five unanswered goals to rally past Milwaukee, 6-4, at the MTS Centre.
Brad Moran had two goals and an assist, Jason Jaffray recorded three assists and Drew MacIntyre (10 saves) was perfect in relief as the Moose erased a 4-1 deficit at the first intermission and earned their third straight win.
Pat Leahy had a goal and an assist for the Admirals.
PEORIA 2, OMAHA 1
Trent Whitfield’s goal with 7:27 left in regulation gave Peoria a 2-1 win over Omaha on Friday night.
Adam Pardy scored his first career AHL goal for the Knights.