MacArthur nets hat trick as Rochester wins fifth straight

Clarke MacArthur had his first multi-goal game of the season recording a hat trick and four points in the Americans’ 7-3 win at home against Chicago. The Americans, who are winners of five straight games, improved their record to a league best 12-1-0-0 and 24 points and now lead the North Division by nine points over second-place Grand Rapids.

Daniel Paille and Anthony Stewart each had two points (1g, 1a) while defenseman Mark Mancari recorded three assists in the contest, the Amerks’ seventh straight victory on home ice.

Jean-Marc Pelletier improved his record to a perfect 4-0-0, making 33 saves.

Brian Fahey, Jason Krog and Brett Sterling all scored for Chicago in the loss, which ended the Wolves’ road winning streak at eight games. Krog and Darren Haydar each extended their scoring streaks to 14 games.

Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist while eight different players registered a point as Bridgeport hung on for a 5-4 win at home against Worcester.

Three straight goals from Eric Boguniecki, Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen helped put the Sound Tigers ahead 4-1 with 6:34 left in the second period.

Rookie center Joe Pavelski stretched his scoring streak to 10 games by adding a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who forced the game into overtime with a goal from Craig Valette at 9:36 of the third frame.

Sergei Ogorodnikov scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give Bridgeport the victory.

Rookie goaltender Jordan Parise stopped 34 of 35 shots as Lowell rattled off four consecutive goals to beat the Wolf Pack, 4-1.

Nicklas Bergfors recorded a goal and an assist and was a plus-2, while Tomas Harant, David Clarkson and Jason Ryznar also tallied for the Devils.

Brandon Dubinsky scored the lone goal for Hartford.

Adam Burish’s first professional goal came at a good time as Norfolk defeated Manchester, 2-1, at Verizon Wireless Arena.

Burish gave Norfolk the victory at 2:55 of the extra frame as the Admirals won for the second straight night in overtime and completed their six-game road trip with a 3-2-0-1 record.

Corey Crawford made 25 saves for Norfolk while Barry Brust stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Monarchs.

Defenseman T.J. Kemp scored the only goal for Manchester and extended his scoring streak to four games.

Falcons rookie Justin Keller recorded his first multi-goal game and scored three points as visiting Springfield beat Portland, 4-2.

Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 28 shots for Springfield while Daniel Corso scored his first goal as a Falcon and added an assist since being traded by Philadelphia on Friday.

Zenon Konopka continued his hot streak registering a goal and an assist in the contest, giving him eight points (2g, 6a) in his last three games for the Pirates.

Martins Karsums capped a Providence comeback effort by scoring the game-tying goal at 11:44 of the third period forcing overtime. In the extra frame, Karsums netted his second goal of the night just 1:57 in and moved the Bruins into a first-place tie with Portland in the Atlantic Division.

Nate Thompson and Jeremy Reich added a goal and assist each for the Bruins while goaltender Brian Finley won his fourth straight AHL start.

Erik Christensen and Jonathan Filewich each had a goal and assist while center Ryan Stone registered two assists in the Penguins’ loss.