QUAD CITY 5, PEORIA 3
Quad City scored five times in the first two periods and cruised to a 5-3 win over visiting Peoria on Friday at the I Wireless Center. The Flames moved to 3-1-0-0 in its last four contests and ended Peoria’s three-game winning streak.
Peoria’s Charles Linglet found the back of the net for the first time this season in the third period, but the Rivermen would get no closer.
Flames goaltender Leland Irving earned his second consecutive victory with 21 saves on 24 shots.
GRAND RAPIDS 3, HARTFORD 2
Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl each posted a power play goal and an assist as Grand Rapids rallied past visiting Hartford by a 3-2 final before 7,179 fans at Van Andel Arena. It marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Helm tied it for Grand Rapids at 6:31 of the second period, and Kindl tallied the game-winner exactly 12 minutes into the third.
Griffins goaltender Jimmy Howard earned the victory with 20 saves on 22 shots.
PORTLAND 6, ALBANY 3
Rookie Nathan Gerbe tallied two goals and added an assist as Portland doubled up Albany by a 6-3 count in Lewiston, Maine.
Pirates goaltender Jhonas Enroth earned the win with 27 saves, helping Portland to its sixth consecutive victory.
BINGHAMTON 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
Binghamton scored twice in the third period to take a 4-2 win over visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Broome County Arena.
PROVIDENCE 8, WORCESTER 3
Providence tied an AHL season high with eight goals in an 8-3 win over visiting Worcester before 7,340 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Mikko Lehtonen and defenseman Matt Marquardt tallied a pair of goals apiece for the Bruins. Matt Lashoff had a game-high four points (1-3-4), and Providence also received markers from Johnny Boychuk, Vladimir Sobotka, and Martins Karsums in the victory.
HERSHEY 3, PHILADELPHIA 2
Chris Bourque tallied the game-winning goal on the power play 10:42 into the second period and added an assist as Hershey took a 3-2 road win over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Hershey goaltender Simeon Varlamov earned the victory with 22 saves on 24 shots.
HOUSTON 3, LAKE ERIE 1
Houston jumped to a 3-0 lead after two periods and held on for a 3-1 road win over Lake Erie before 7,061 fans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Tom Fritsche put the Monsters on the board 3:13 into the third period, but Lake Erie would get no closer.
Houston goaltender Barry Brust earned the victory with 29 saves on 30 shots in net. The Aeros wrapped up their five-game road trip at 2-3-0-0.
MANCHESTER 5, NORFOLK 4 (SO)
Manchester rallied for a pair of third-period goals and eventually prevailed in a shootout by a 5-4 count over visiting Norfolk at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
SPRINGFIELD 2, SYRACUSE 1 (SO)
Carl Corazzini netted Springfield’s lone regulation goal and the winning shootout marker as the Falcons took a 2-1 win over Syracuse at the MassMutual Center, snapping the Crunch’s three-game winning streak.
Viacheslav Trukhno also scored in the shootout for the Falcons, and goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped four of five Crunch attempts after making 42 saves through regulation and overtime, his second consecutive 40-plus save effort.
Springfield moved to 4-0-1-1 in its last six games overall.
CHICAGO 3, ROCHESTER 2 (SO)
Brett Sterling scored the only shootout goal for either side to give Chicago a 3-2 road victory over Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.
Sterling’s winning shootout marker came in the first round. Wolves goaltender Dan Turple stopped 32 shots through the first 65 minutes and then denied all five of Rochester’s shootout tries.
Chicago extended its winning streak to five games and moved to 10-2-1-1 overall on the campaign.
MANITOBA 2, TORONTO 1
Alexandre Bolduc’s first goal of the season came unassisted at 8:20 of the third period, breaking a 1-1 tie and sending Manitoba to a 2-1 win over visiting Toronto before 7,422 fans at the MTS Centre.
Moose goaltender Cory Schneider earned the victory with 31 saves on 32 shots, improving his season record to 8-1-0. Manitoba is now 11-1-0-0 in its last 12 games overall.
The teams will square off for a rematch in Winnipeg on Saturday night.