MANCHESTER 7, CHICAGO 4
Manchester’s Trevor Lewis notched a hat trick and added an assist as the Monarchs soared past Chicago by a 7-4 final on Saturday before a crowd of 6,108 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Lewis netted a goal in each period, and Matt Moulson added a goal and three assists for Manchester. Goaltender Daniel Taylor made 23 saves, improving to 2-0-0 in his AHL career.
Meckler finished with a game-high plus-3 rating for the Monarchs (10-11-2-1), who improved to 4-2-0-0 in their last six contests.
The Wolves took an early 1-0 lead on Joey Crabb’s third goal of the season at 3:22 of the opening period.
TORONTO 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (OT)
Derrick Walser’s goal at 1:20 of overtime lifted Toronto to a 2-1 victory over visiting Binghamton at Ricoh Coliseum.
Alexander Nikulin scored the lone goal for the Senators, who fell to 0-1-1-0 on their weekend swing through the North Division.
Binghamton will conclude the weekend at intra-state rival Rochester on Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD 5, LOWELL 2
Springfield jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 5-2 win over Lowell at the MassMutual Center.
Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers picked up the win with 32 saves, helping Springfield improve to 4-0-0-0 against the Devils this season.
MILWAUKEE 2, HAMILTON 1
A pair of first-period goals was all Milwaukee would need in taking a 2-1 road win over Hamilton at the Copps Coliseum.
Milwaukee goaltender Pekka Rinne earned the win with 23 saves on 24 shots.
PHILADELPHIA 3, HERSHEY 2
Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead by the 1:11 mark of the second period and held on for a 3-2 road win over division-rival Hershey in front of 8,200 fans at the Giant Center.
Brian Boucher picked up the win in net with 18 saves on 20 shots.
PORTLAND 5, PROVIDENCE 4
Portland took a 3-0 lead in the first period and held off league-leading Providence by a 5-4 final at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
HARTFORD 7, WORCESTER 1
Hartford scored four times on the power play and seven times in all on its way to a 7-1 pounding of host Worcester at the DCU Center.
Goaltender Al Montoya made 22 saves for the Wolf Pack, who have now earned a standings point in eight straight games overall (7-0-0-1) and improved to 4-0-0-0 against Worcester this season.
Craig Valette scored the Sharks’ lone goal. Worcester dropped to 0-3-0-2 in its last five games.
NORFOLK 5, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3
Adam Henrich tallied four points (1-3-4) as Norfolk defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a 5-3 count at the Norfolk Scope.
Goaltender Karri Ramo stopped 28 shots to pick up the win.
ROCKFORD 4, LAKE ERIE 3 (OT)
Prestin Ryan capped off a three-point night (1-2-3) with an unassisted goal at 1:20 of overtime, lifting Rockford over Lake Erie by a 4-3 final at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The IceHogs swept their two-game set against the Monsters, both by 4-3 finals. They won in a shootout on Friday night.
SYRACUSE 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Syracuse scored two goals just seven seconds apart in the first period and held on for a 2-1 road win over Grand Rapids before a crowd of 9,262 at the Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins’ Carl Corazzini pulled the home team within one at 16:44 of the third period, notching a power play marker for his 10th goal of the season. Grand Rapids was unable to get the equalizer, though.
Syracuse goaltender Tomas Popperle improved to 6-8-0 on the season with 34 saves.
QUAD CITY 4, PEORIA 3
Grant Stevenson tallied a goal and two assists to lead visiting Quad City past Peoria, 4-3, at the Carver Arena.
The offensive outburst made a winner of goaltender Matt Keetley, who made 27 saves on 30 shots.
IOWA 3, SAN ANTONIO 2 (OT)
James Neal’s power play goal at 4:13 of overtime vaulted Iowa to an improbable 3-2 road win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
The Stars were seconds away from losing in regulation, but Marty Sertich’s goal at 19:52 of the third period forced overtime.
HOUSTON 4, MANITOBA 3
Steve Kelly scored twice to lead visiting Houston past Manitoba, 4-3, before 8,800 fans at the MTS Centre. The Aeros swept their two-game weekend set with the Moose.
The Aeros extended their season-high winning streak to four games, pushing them to 12-10-1-1 on the season.