Junior Lessard recorded four points, scoring two goals and two assists, to lead the Iowa Stars to a 6-2 win over the Houston Aeros before 10,384 fans at the Toyota Center on Friday night.
With the win, the Stars have clinched a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row.
Dan Ellis stopped 23 of 25 shots to earn his 30th win of the year for the Stars.
HERSHEY 6, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
The Hershey Bears claimed their first division title since 1994 and secured first place in the overall AHL standings with a 6-1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
The Bears scored five times in the first period en route to their 50th win of the year.
Kyle Wilson scored two goals, while Joey Tenute, Tomas Fleischmann, Dave Steckel and Scott Barney each recorded a goal and an assist for Hershey, which has outscored its opponents 22-5 during its four-game winning streak.
Frederic Cassivi stopped 34 of 35 shots to earn his 22nd win of the season for the Bears.
BINGHAMTON 5, ALBANY 4 (OT)
Kaspars Daugavins scored his second goal of the night 2:13 into overtime to give Binghamton a 5-4 win over Albany at the Times Union Center.
Despite the loss, the River Rats clinched a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2000.
Keith Aucoin had a goal for Albany, setting a franchise record with his 99th point of the season.
HARTFORD 3, BRIDGEPORT 0
Al Montoya posted his sixth shutout of the year by stopping all 20 shots to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-0 win over the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The loss by Bridgeport eliminates them from playoff contention.
Michael Mole stopped 33 of 35 shots in the loss for the Sound Tigers.
Hartford clinched second place in the Atlantic Division with the win, its ninth in a row over Bridgeport.
CHICAGO 4, MILWAUKEE 3 (SO)
In a back-and-forth contest it was the Chicago Wolves edging the Milwaukee Admirals in a shootout by a score of 4-3 at the Bradley Center.
Michael Garnett stopped 22 of 25 shots in regulation and overtime, and denied all four Milwaukee players in the shootout to earn his 23rd win of the year.
Sterling also ended the game with a shootout goal in the ffith round.
PEORIA 4, OMAHA 0
Jason Bacashihua stopped all 26 shots he saw from the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, as the Peoria Rivermen defeated Omaha by the score of 4-0 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
PROVIDENCE 4, WORCESTER 3
Nate DiCasmirro tallied the game-winning goal with 3:02 left to play as Providence defeated Worcester, 4-3.
The teams combined for four goals in 6:45 late in the third period, but the Bruins held on and now sit one point behind the third-place Sharks in the Atlantic Division.
LOWELL 2, PORTLAND 0
The Lowell Devils kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 win over the visiting Portland Pirates at the Tsongas Arena.
Jordan Parise earned his second shutout in his last five starts with 21 saves in the contest.
Gerald Coleman stopped 35 of 37 shots in the loss for Portland.
NORFOLK 6, PHILADELPHIA 3
Pierre Parenteau led the way with a goal and three assists as Norfolk doubled up Philadelphia by a score of 6-3 at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Corey Crawford stopped 37 of 40 shots from the Phantoms to earn his 37th win of the year.
HAMILTON 3, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Making his first professional start, Carey Price stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead Hamilton to a 3-1 win over visiting Grand Rapids in front of 10,510 fans at Copps Coliseum.
Price was the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson scored in the loss for the Griffins, who are just two points up on Peoria in the race for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
MANITOBA 3, TORONTO 2
Brad Moran tallied a goal and an assist to help the Moose edge the Toronto Marlies 3-2 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Drew MacIntyre earned his 24th win of the year with 18 saves.
Attendance in Winnipeg was 11,970.
ROCHESTER 3, SYRACUSE 2 (OT)
Janis Sprukts scored the game-winning goal in overtime to go with his two assists on the night as the Rochester Americans defeated the visiting Syracuse Crunch by a score of 3-2 before 8,674 fans at the Blue Cross Arena.
Craig Anderson’s 43-save performance helped the Amerks win their fourth straight home game, while earning his 22nd win of the year.
Curtis Glencross provided both goals in the loss for the Crunch.
MANCHESTER 7, SPRINGFIELD 0
Patrick O’Sullivan recorded a goal and three assists as the Manchester Monarchs routed the Springfield Falcons by a score of 7-0 at the MassMutual Center.
The Monarchs scored six of their seven goals on the power play, going 6-for-12 win the win.
In his first AHL start since Jan. 6, Yutaka Fukufuji stopped all 20 shots he faced to improve his record to a perfect 3-0-0 in 2006-07.