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Lucky 7: Knights and McElhinney keep on streaking

2007 All-Star goaltender Curtis McElhinney extended his winning streak to seven games, making 22 saves in regulation and overtime, while stopping 3 of 6 players in the shootout as Omaha defeated Milwaukee at home by a score of 4-3.

David Moss tallied a pair of goals in the contest, giving the Omaha its seventh win in-a-row and record sixth-straight win at home.

Cal O’Reilly led the way for Milwaukee by scoring a goal and two assists as teammates Sheldon Brookbank and Ramzi Abid each recorded and goal and an assist in the loss.


ALBANY 4, SYRACUSE 2
After falling into an early 2-0 hole, the River Rats scored four unanswered goals, including two on the power play, to defeat Syracuse 4-2 at the Times Union Center.

Four different players tallied for Albany, including defenseman Jeff Finger, who also posted a plus-2 rating on the night.

Justin Peters stopped 30 of 32 shots from the Crunch to earn his second consecutive win and give Albany its third straight win at home.

Adam Pineault and Joe Motzko recorded goals for Syracuse in the loss.


WORCESTER 3, HOUSTON 2
In a back and forth contest, Tomas Plihal and the Sharks got the best of Houston as Worcester downed the Aeros by a score of 3-2 at the DCU Center.

Plihal tallied the game winner with less than three minutes left in regulation to give the Sharks their fourth win in the last five contests.

Dimitri Patzold made 22 saves to earn his third straight win as teammates Mike Iggulden and defenseman Brad Staubitz provided the other goals for Worcester.

Joel Ward and Matt Foy each scored in the loss for Houston.


MANCHESTER 4, SPRINGFIELD 2
Three goals in the second period proved to be the difference as the Monarchs defeated division rival Springfield 4-2 at Verizon Wireless Arena.

Jason LaBarbera stopped 26 of 28 shots for his fifth-straight win as Patrick O’Sullivan tallied a goal and an assist and had a plus-3 rating for Manchester, who is also winners of five straight.

Gabe Gauthier, Lauri Tukonen and defenseman Bryan Schmidt also scored for Manchester.

Marty Murray had a pair of assists on the night for Manchester. Murray has four points (2g, 2a) in his first three games for the Monarchs.

Daniel Corso led the Falcons in the loss, scoring a goal and an assist.


HERSHEY 6, PHILADELPHIA 1
Chad Wiseman scored a natural hat trick, registering the first three goals of the game, as the Hershey Bears defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms 6-1 at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Wiseman also added an assist as the Bears continued their recent dominance over Philly on the road, going 6-0-2-1 in their last nine visits.

Hershey netminder Davis Parley stopped 20 of 21 shots, earning the win in the first AHL start of his career.

Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and an assist and Jonas Johansson added two helpers on the night for Hershey, who has won its last two games, outscoring opponents 10-2. Frederik Cabana scored the lone goal in the loss for the Phantoms.


ROCHESTER 5, GRAND RAPIDS 4
The Amerks tallied four goals in the second period on their way to a 5-4 win over division rival Grand Rapids at Blue Cross Arena.

Michael Ryan and Marek Zagrapan each recorded a goal and two assists to lead Rochester to its first win over the Griffins since Oct. 25, 2006.

Craig Anderson made 44 saves in the game for the Americans, who have won seven of their last eight games and earned their 30th win of the season.

Josh Langfeld and Kip Miller each tallied a goal and an assist each and netminder Stefan Liv made 25 saves in the loss for Grand Rapids.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, MANITOBA 2
After winning six straight games, the Moose have dropped their last two games, falling to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-2 at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.

Jean-Francois Jacques provided a goal and an assist and Marc-Antoine Pouliot added three helpers for the baby-Pens, who have won their last four games at home.

Netminder Andrew Penner made 20 saves for Wilkes-Barre to improve his record to 16-3-1 on the year. Penner won his second straight start and has not lost since Nov. 29, earning nine consecutive wins during that stretch.

Brandon Reid and defenseman Prestin Ryan each tallied goals for Manitoba in the loss.


BRIDGEPORT 4, BINGHAMTON 1
Eric Boguniecki tallied a goal and an assist as Bridgeport scored three unanswered goals to defeat the visiting B-Sens by a score of 4-1.

Wade Dubielewicz, who was selected to the Canadian Team in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, stopped 30 of 31 shots on the night to earn his third straight win and improve his record to 13-3-4 on the year for the Sound Tigers.

Grant Potulny provided the lone goal for Binghamton and Kelly Guard made 31 saves in a losing effort.