GRAND RAPIDS 5, MANITOBA 1
Grand Rapids recovered from a 1-0 deficit to score five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 win over Manitoba on Friday before 10,834 fans at Van Andel Arena.
Rookie Cory Emmerton scored twice and Garrett Stafford had three points (1-2-3) for the Griffins, who finished 2-0-0-0 against the Moose this season. Grand Rapids is now four points back of Manitoba for first place in the North Division.
Griffins rookie Justin Abdelkader tied it with a shorthanded goal at 5:06 of the second, and Emmerton’s power play goal at 13:40 put Grand Rapids on top to stay. Emmerton, who was drafted in the second round (41st overall) by parent-club Detroit in 2006, entered with three goals in 49 games this season.
Evan McGrath and Emmerton added second-period goals to complete a four-goal stanza for Grand Rapids, and Stafford scored the lone third-period marker for either side on the power play at 9:52.
The loss stopped Manitoba’s road points streak at 14 games (12-0-0-2), one short of the AHL record. The Moose travel for a match-up with West Division-leading Milwaukee on Saturday at the Bradley Center.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, SYRACUSE 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored once in each period en route to a 3-1 road win over Syracuse on Friday at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
The Penguins extended their winning streak to nine games, matching a franchise record attained three times previously, including twice last season.
Syracuse’s Nikita Filatov and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Mark Letestu exchanged power play goals in the first period, and the Pens’ Luca Caputi netted another power play marker 13:50 into the second to put his team on top to stay.
Connor James added an insurance goal at 12:39 of the third after assisting on the Penguins’ first two markers.
Penguins goaltender John Curry extended his personal winning streak to 11 games by making 27 saves on 28 shots.
PHILADELPHIA 7, PORTLAND 2
Rookie forward Patrick Maroon registered his second hat trick of the season to lead Philadelphia over Portland by a 7-2 count on Friday before 7,208 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum.
With the win, the Phantoms moved four points back of Binghamton for the East Division’s fourth and final playoff berth.
HARTFORD 5, LOWELL 2
Hartford jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods and cruised to a 5-2 road win over Lowell on Friday at Tsongas Arena.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau netted his 24th and 25th goals of the campaign for the Wolf Pack. Artem Anisimov tallied his 24th of the campaign and added two, and Patrick Rissmiller potted the eventual game-winner.
Rookie goaltender Matt Zaba made 36 saves for the Wolf Pack, who defeated Lowell for the first time in five tries this season (1-3-0-1).
HAMILTON 4, TORONTO 3
Hamilton rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit to post a 4-3 road win over Toronto on Friday at Ricoh Coliseum.
Hamilton defenseman Ryan O’Byrne cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second period, and fellow blueliner J.T. Wyman netted the equalizer 5:11 into the third frame. That set the stage for Desharnais to tally the game-winner with 7:12 to go in regulation.
Bulldogs goaltender Marc Denis earned the win with 36 saves. With the victory, Hamilton improved to 6-1-0-0 in its last seven contests.
PROVIDENCE 5, MANCHESTER 2
A four-goal first period sent Providence on its way to a 5-2 win over visiting Manchester on Friday before 8,707 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
AHL All-Star defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored twice as part of the four-goal onslaught, while Jordan Knackstedt and Peter Schaefer added tallies. Monarchs captain Marty Murray scored his team’s lone goal of the opening frame.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask earned the victory with 22 saves in net, helping Providence to its first victory over Manchester in five tries this season (1-2-1-1).
The Monarchs saw their four-game winning streak come to an end but remain three points back of Lowell and Worcester for the Atlantic Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.
NORFOLK 5, BINGHAMTON 2
Justin Keller and Brandon Segal each netted a pair of goals to lead Norfolk to a 5-2 win over visiting Binghamton in the opener of a two-game set at the Scope.
Segal’s effort extended his goal-scoring streak to five games (8-0-8), and he now leads the team with 21 goals for the season (21-18-39).
Admirals goaltender Riku Helenius picked up the victory with 34 saves on 36 shots.
WORCESTER 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (OT)
Riley Armstrong scored 4:16 into overtime as Worcester ended a lengthy road stretch with a 2-1 win over Springfield on Friday at the MassMutual Center.
Goaltender Thomas Greiss stopped 29 of 30 shots in net for the Sharks, who wrapped up a seven-game road swing at 2-5-0-0 and moved into a tie with Lowell for the final Atlantic Division playoff spot.
Worcester, which has played 13 of its last 15 games on the road, returns to the DCU Center to host first-place Providence on Sunday.
ROCHESTER 3, HERSHEY 2
Rochester scored twice in a 48-second span late in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win over longtime rival Hershey before 6,129 fans at the Blue Cross Arena.
Meyer also scored in the opening period for the Americans, and AHL All-Star goaltender Mike Brodeur earned the victory with 27 saves on 29 shots.
Hershey is now just 1-5-0-0 in its last six contests, and its lead atop the East Division is down to just one point over red-hot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
LAKE ERIE 3, ROCKFORD 1
Per Ledin and T.J. Galiardi scored just eight seconds apart in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and send Lake Erie to a 3-1 road win over Rockford on Friday at the MetroCentre.
Monsters goaltender Jason Bacashihua earned the victory with 19 saves on 20 shots. Lake Erie moved to 3-5-0-0 on its nine-game road swing, which concludes on Saturday in Grand Rapids.
The IceHogs initially took a 1-0 lead when Evan Brophey scored at 15:58 of the first period.
QUAD CITY 5, SAN ANTONIO 4 (SO)
Quad City rallied from a 4-2 third-period deficit and eventually posted a 5-4 shootout win over visiting San Antonio on Friday at the I Wireless Center.
David Van der Gulik and John Armstrong also potted regulation scores for the Flames, who extended their franchise-record winning streak to six games and climbed back to the .500 mark overall at 23-23-5-5.
MILWAUKEE 1, CHICAGO 0
Rookie goaltender Mark Dekanich made 27 saves for his first career AHL shutout as Milwaukee edged host Chicago by a 1-0 count on Friday before 7,124 fans at Allstate Arena.
Despite scoring just one goal for a third consecutive game, the Admirals halted their winless skid at three contests (0-1-1-1).
The Wolves suffered their first shutout since Nov. 30, also a 1-0 final in a game against Grand Rapids.