SYRACUSE 5, TORONTO 1
Craig MacDonald netted a pair of goals to lead Syracuse over Toronto by a 5-1 count on Friday before 5,588 fans at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
MacDonald tallied a power play goal in the first period and added an even strength marker in the third. Crunch goaltender Dan LaCosta made 43 saves in the win, his second 40-plus save performance of the season.
Syracuse took a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Mike York and MacDonald. York assisted on MacDonald’s tally to record a multiple-point effort.
After a scoreless middle stanza, captain Dan Smith extended the Crunch’s lead to 3-0 with his first goal of the season 1:46 into the third period.
LaCosta improved to 11-3-1 with the victory, and the 43 saves were his most since turning aside 44 shots in a 4-2 win over Chicago on Nov. 15.
HERSHEY 3, ALBANY 2 (OT)
Francois Bouchard scored 2:25 into overtime to give Hershey a 3-2 road win over Albany at the Times Union Center.
Bears goaltender Simeon Varlamov stopped 18 of 20 shots in the winning effort.
BRIDGEPORT 4, HARTFORD 1
Bridgeport erupted for four goals in the third period to take a 4-1 win over visiting Hartford at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Ben Walter made it a 1-1 game for the Sound Tigers 6:17 into the third stanza, and Trevor Smith’s power play goal at 11:30 put Bridgeport on top to stay. Mike Sillinger’s first AHL goal since the 1992-93 season came just 19 seconds later, and Tyler Haskins added a shorthanded marker at 15:54.
Sound Tigers goaltender Yann Danis earned the victory with 45 saves on 46 shots.
Artem Anisimov initially gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead in the opening period, and neither side scored in the second frame.
GRAND RAPIDS 3, CHICAGO 2
Defenseman Jakub Kindl posted a goal and an assist as Grand Rapids edged visiting Chicago by a 3-2 count in front of 7,361 fans at Van Andel Arena.
Kindl tallied a power play goal in the first period and picked up the primary assist on Aaron Gagnon’s game-winner in the third, which came shorthanded.
PHILADELPHIA 4, SPRINGFIELD 1
Four different players lit the lamp as Philadelphia took a 4-1 win over visiting Springfield at the Wachovia Center, home of the NHL’s Flyers.
Derek Bekar netted the Falcons’ lone goal on the night.
PROVIDENCE 5, WORCESTER 3
Providence rallied for three third-period goals en route to a 5-3 win over visiting Worcester at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to pick up the victory.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, NORFOLK 3
Connor James netted a pair of goals and Jeff Taffe scored the eventual game-winner as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 4-3 road win over Norfolk at the Scope.
James tallied a shorthanded goal in the second period and an even-strength marker in the third. Taffe’s eventual game-winner came 16:35 into the third, at the time giving the Penguins a 4-2 advantage.
MANCHESTER 3, PORTLAND 1
Trevor Lewis netted a pair of goals as Manchester rolled on with a 3-1 win over visiting Portland before 6,328 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Bud Holloway also lit the lamp for the Monarchs, who have won six straight games and moved to 9-6-0-3 on the season.
Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Quick earned the victory with 41 saves on 42 shots.
Captain Tyler Bouck netted the Pirates’ lone goal. Portland fell to 0-3-0-1 in its last four outings following an eight-game winning streak.
ROCHESTER 2, LAKE ERIE 1
Rochester scored twice in the second period and held on for a 2-1 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Blue Cross Arena.
Amerks goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped 27 of 28 shots in the winning effort.
Chris Mueller netted his first career AHL goal in the third period for the Monsters.
PEORIA 5, ROCKFORD 4 (SO)
Nikolay Lemtyugov scored twice in the shootout, including the decisive marker in the sixth round, as Peoria came away with a 5-4 win over visiting Rockford at Carver Arena.
QUAD CITY 6, SAN ANTONIO 4
Quad City scored five goals in the first period and cruised to a 6-4 win over visiting San Antonio at the I Wireless Center.
Six different members of the Flames netted goals in the victory. Jamie Lundmark and Dan Ryder each posted a goal and an assist, while Kyle Greentree, Aki Seitsonen, Matt Pelech, and David Van der Gulik all added a goal apiece.
Jeff Hoggan led the way with a pair of goals for the Rampage, who dropped their 16th consecutive game (0-15-0-1).
MANITOBA 4, IOWA 3 (SO)
Manitoba scored on three of its five shootout tries en route to its sixth straight win, a 4-3 decision over Iowa before 7,091 fans at the MTS Centre.
Playing in his first AHL game of the season, Mark Derlago scored both in regulation and the shootout for the Moose. Jason Krog and Jason Jaffray added shootout markers, and goaltender Karl Goehring stopped three of Iowa’s four tries after making 28 saves through regulation and overtime.
Josh Green netted the lone shootout marker for Iowa, which will return to the MTS Centre ice for a rematch with the Moose on Saturday night.
MILWAUKEE 2, HOUSTON 1 (OT)
Ryan Jones tallied an unassisted goal at 3:39 of overtime to give Milwaukee a 2-1 road win over Houston at the Toyota Center.
The teams engaged in a scoreless battle through the first two periods of play.
Mike Santorelli tied it for the Admirals at the 14:01 mark, setting the stage for Jones’ overtime heroics.
Admirals goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 27 of 28 shots in the winning effort, a victory which improved Milwaukee to 9-2-0-0 in its last 11 contests.