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Hartford wins third straight over Atlantic Division rivals

Ivan Baranka tallied the game-winning goal on the power play at 6:55 of the third period to give Hartford its third straight win as the Wolf Pack downed the Springfield Falcons by a score of 2-1 at home.

Ryan Callahan provided the other goal for Hartford as netminder Stephen Valiquette made 21 saves to earn his second win in as many nights.

The Wolf Pack have secured 21 of a possible 24 points in their last 12 games, going 10-1-1-0 in that span, and remain six points out of first place in the Atlantic Division.

Doug O’Brien scored the lone goal for the Falcons in the loss.


WORCESTER 3, LOWELL 2
Dimitri Patzold made 33 saves for the Sharks as Worcester defeated the Lowell Devils for the second time on the weekend, 3-2 at the Tsongas Arena.

Dan Spang recorded a pair of assists and teammates Riley Armstrong, Graham Mink and Josh Prudden all tallied for the Sharks, who are 4-1-0-1 in their last six contests.

Stephen Gionta and defenseman Andy Greene added goals in the loss for Lowell, which has dropped its last four games.


PROVIDENCE 3, PORTLAND 2
Petr Kalus scored what proved to be the game-winner in the third period to give Providence a 3-2 win over Portland, its second win in as many nights against the Pirates.

David Krejci registered two assists on the night, extending his scoring streak to eight games. Six of those eight games have featured multiple-point efforts.

Nate DiCasmirro and Kris Versteeg scored goals and Philippe Sauve made 21 saves for Providence, which is unbeaten in regulation in its last eight games (7-0-0-1).

Curtis Glencross and Drew Miller both tallied for the Pirates in the loss.


HERSHEY 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Dave Steckel led Hershey with a pair of goals and an assist as the Bears defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 4-1 at the Giant Center.

Chris Bourque and defenseman Jeff Schultz, who also posted a plus-3 rating, each scored a goal and added an assist as Hershey improved its record to 3-1-0-1 in the last five games.

Bears netminder Daren Machesney needed only 17 saves to earn his third win on the season and even his record to 3-3-1.

Kyle Brodziak netted the only goal on the night for the Penguins, who dropped their third straight road game.


NORFOLK 4, PHILADELPHIA 3 (OT)
2007 All-Star Dustin Byfuglien played the hero for Norfolk, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Admirals to 4-3 win in front of a crowd of 7,944 at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Patrick Lalime turned away 37 of 40 shots from the Phantoms to earn his second-straight victory for Norfolk.

Carl Corazzini, Dave Bolland and Adam Burish all tallied for the Admirals, who improved their record to a league-best 31-10-4-1 and 67 points.

Phantoms defenseman John Slaney did give the Phantoms crowd something to cheer about, registering an assist in the second period for his 500th point in his AHL career.

Stefan Ruzicka scored a pair of goals in the loss for Philadelphia.


TORONTO 4, CHICAGO 3 (SO)
Robbie Earl scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Marlies defeated Chicago by a score of 4-3 at Allstate Arena, defeating the Wolves for the second time on the week.

Kris Newbury tallied a goal and an assist for Toronto as netminder Jean-Francois Racine stopped 41 of 44 shots and three of five players in the shootout for his seventh win on the year.

Erik Westrum and Tyson Nash also provided regulation goals in the win for Toronto.

Derek MacKenzie had a goal and an assist and goaltender Fred Brathwaite made 46 saves in a losing effort for Chicago.


HOUSTON 6, MILWAUKEE 1
Defenseman Shawn Belle tallied a pair of goals to lead Houston in a 6-1 rout over the visiting Milwaukee Admirals.

Roman Voloshenko and Benoit Pouliot each recorded a goal and two assists on the night for the Aeros, who ended a three-game winless skid heading into the evenings match up.

Josh Harding turned away 26 shots for Houston, which scored the final six goals of the game.

Kelsey Wilson scored the lone goal for Milwaukee in the loss.


MANCHESTER 5, SAN ANTONIO 4 (SO)
Jason LaBarbera stopped 31 of 35 shots and the final five Rampage players in the shootout to give Manchester a 5-4 win at San Antonio.

Four different players registered goals in regulation, including Marty Murray, who also scored twice in the shootout.

Matt Ryan, who recorded a plus-2, also tallied for Manchester, which completed its four-game road trip with a perfect record.

Donald MacLean provided the scoring punch for the Rampage in the loss, recording his first hat trick of the season.