TORONTO 4, PHILADELPHIA 2
Ben Ondrus notched two goals and teammate Kris Newbury tallied a goal and an assist as Toronto downed Philadelphia, 4-2, in a battle of first place teams on Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum. The North-leading Marlies (14-4-0-3) snapped a brief two-game winless skid, while the East-leading Phantoms (16-6-1-0) dropped to 2-4-0-0 in their last six outings.
Toronto scored the only goal of the first period, as Newbury notched his seventh of the season at 2:36, with David Ling picking up the lone assist.
The Marlies outshot Philadelphia 9-0 in the first period, the first time in Phantoms history that they were held without a shot in a period. Toronto finished with a final advantage of 29-17.
Ondrus notched a shorthanded goal at 16:10 of the second period to make it 2-0. Alex Foster earned the assist.
After Derrick Walser made it 3-0 Toronto with a power play goal 6:31 into the third period, the Phantoms attempted a comeback.
Boyd Kane netted a power play marker at 13:28 to make it a 3-1 game. At 16:14, Jared Ross was awarded a penalty shot and converted against Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge, inching Philly to within a goal.
Philadelphia tried for the equalizer with netminder Scott Munroe on the bench, but Ondrus scored into the empty net at 19:14 to seal the victory.
Pogge picked up the win in net with 15 saves, improving his season record to 6-1-3.
HARTFORD 5, PORTLAND 3
Dane Byers scored at 16:35 of the third period to lift Hartford to a 5-3 win over Portland at the Hartford Civic Center.
The game remained tied until Byers’ game-winner, and former Pirate Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
The Wolf Pack have now won a season-high five games and are 11-2-0-0 in their last 13 contests.
LOWELL 6, MANCHESTER 3
Lowell scored three times in the third period and ran away with a 6-3 win over visiting Manchester at the Tsongas Arena.
Stephen Gionta tallied a hat trick for the Devils, scoring once in the second period and twice more in the third.
Lowell’s Noah Clarke, who spent the first four seasons of his pro career with Manchester, tallied a goal and an assist and now has three goals (3-1-4) in four games against his former club this season.
Devils goaltender Frank Doyle stopped 34 of 37 shots to snap a personal five-game winless skid (0-4-1).
PROVIDENCE 5, ALBANY 3
Three goals in the first period helped Providence to a 5-3 win over Albany at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The P-Bruins swept a three-game weekend, all at home, and took over the AHL lead with 36 points on the season (17-3-2-0).
Goaltender Andy Franck made 19 saves and has now won his first two career AHL starts for Providence. The P-Bruins held a 43-22 shots advantage in the game.
HERSHEY 6, NORFOLK 4
Hershey netted four third-period goals to seal a 6-4 victory over visiting Norfolk at the Giant Center.
Goaltender Frederic Cassivi picked up the victory with 27 saves on 31 shots.
Adam Henrich scored twice for the Admirals, who have allowed 25 goals during their current four-game winless skid (0-3-1-0). Kyle Wanvig and Karl Stewart had a goal and an assist each in the losing effort.
SYRACUSE 5, LAKE ERIE 2
Derek MacKenzie’s three points (2-1-3) helped visiting Syracuse to a 5-2 win over Lake Erie at the Quicken Loans Arena.
MacKenzie scored once each in the first and second periods, with the latter goal coming via a penalty shot.
Syracuse goaltender Adam Munro secured the win with 17 saves.
GRAND RAPIDS 1, MILWAUKEE 0
Randall Gelech’s goal at 17:57 of the third period snapped a scoreless standoff and vaulted Grand Rapids to a 1-0 victory over host Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.
The Griffins finished 1-1-1-0 on a weekend that saw them play road games on three straight nights in San Antonio, Houston, and Milwaukee.
Griffins goaltender Jimmy Howard earned the club’s first shutout of the season, stopping all 22 shots he faced.