ROCKFORD 4, QUAD CITY 2
Rockford tallied four power play goals en route to a 4-2 victory over division-rival Quad City on Friday at the MetroCentre in the season opener for both teams.
After a scoreless first period, Kontiola put the IceHogs up 1-0 at 7:12 of the second. But Flames forward Kris Chucko tied the game late in the middle stanza and scored again to put Quad City on top at 7:25 of the third.
Kontiola made it 2-2 just 56 seconds later, and Pelletier’s game-winner came 2:15 after that.
Troy Brouwer sealed the victory for the IceHogs by scoring with 40 seconds left in regulation. The IceHogs finished 4-for-9 on the power play, and their penalty-killing unit held Quad City to a 1-for-11 showing.
BINGHAMTON 2, TORONTO 1 (SO)
Binghamton captain Denis Hamel tallied the decisive shootout goal to give the Senators a 2-1 road win over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum in the season opener for both teams.
Elliott made 33 saves on 34 shots through regulation and overtime in the winning effort. Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge finished with 30 saves.
PHILADELPHIA 2, BRIDGEPORT 1
Claude Giroux’s first goal of the year proved to be the game-winner as Philadelphia opened its season with a 2-1 win over visiting Bridgeport at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Giroux, drafted 22nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006, netted a power play goal just 42 seconds into the second period to put the Phantoms up 2-0 at the time.
Bridgeport newcomer Mike Iggulden responded just 18 seconds later to make it 2-1, and neither side scored the rest of the way.
HERSHEY 5, NORFOLK 3
Five different players netted goals as Hershey upended host Norfolk, 5-3, at the Scope Arena.
Bears goaltender Daren Machesney stopped 19 of 22 shots to help the Bears move to 2-0-0-0 on the young season.
SYRACUSE 4, ROCHESTER 3
Derek MacKenzie netted a goal and added an assist to lift Syracuse over host Rochester by a 4-3 count at the Blue Cross Arena in the front end of a home-and-home to open the season.
MacKenzie, who shared the Crunch team lead with 25 goals last season, netted his first of the 2008-09 campaign on the power play at 9:52 of the second period.
Filatov was drafted sixth overall by the parent Columbus Blue Jackets this past June.
Syracuse goaltender Dan LaCosta picked up the victory with 27 saves on 30 shots, helping the Crunch win their 16th consecutive regular-season win dating back to last season, one shy of the AHL record.
IOWA 5, PEORIA 3
The Iowa Chops fell behind 3-0 but rattled off five unanswered goals to take a 5-3 win over Peoria on Friday at the Wells Fargo Arena.
HAMILTON 3, MANITOBA 1
Hamilton opened a two-game, season-opening trip to Manitoba with a 3-1 win over the Moose on Friday before 8,178 fans at the MTS Centre.