MANCHESTER 6, LAKE ERIE 2
Manchester allowed the game’s first two goals before scoring six unanswered en route to a 6-2 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Two-time AHL All-Star Teddy Purcell tallied two goals and added two assists for the Monarchs, who won their third straight game and moved to 5-1-0-0 in their last six outings.
Purcell cut the Monarchs’ deficit to 2-1 with a power play score before the opening frame was out, and captain Marty Murray tallied the equalizer just 10 seconds into the second, with Purcell picking up an assist. Murray now has a point in six of his last seven games (4-8-12).
Purcell’s second power play goal of the night at 1:44 gave Manchester the lead for good. Marc-Andre Cliche, Kevin Westgarth, and Richard Clune added third-period markers to account for the final margin.
With his four-point effort, Purcell extended his scoring streak to seven games (6-8-14).
Lake Erie has now lost four straight contests.
PROVIDENCE 6, PORTLAND 5 (SO)
Rookie Mikko Lehtonen tallied four points, including his first career hat trick, and added a shootout goal as Providence took a 6-5 road win over Portland on Saturday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Bruins moved three points up on Portland for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Lehtonen scored in the second round of the shootout, and Wacey Rabbit netted the deciding goal in the fourth round.
Pirates rookie Tim Kennedy posted four points (1-3-4) in regulation, Mathieu Darche had three points (1-2-3), while Marc-Andre Gragnani and Mark Mancari each posted a goal and a helper. Mancari tallied Portland’s lone shootout marker.
TORONTO 5, GRAND RAPIDS 4
Toronto jumped out to a 4-1 lead late in the second period and held on for a 5-4 win over visiting Grand Rapids on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. Red-hot Tim Stapleton scored twice for the Marlies, who won their third straight game and moved to 5-2-0-0 on their 11-game homestand.
Jeremy Williams, reassigned by the parent Maple Leafs on Friday, kicked off the scoring with his 12th AHL goal of the season 7:35 into the contest.
Toronto’s lead bulged to 4-1 on second-period markers from Stapleton and Jiri Tlusty, who finished with three points (1-2-3) in the contest. Abdelkader and defenseman Sergei Kolosov then lit the lamp just 57 seconds apart for Grand Rapids to again pull the Griffins within a goal.
Stapleton and Grand Rapids’ Garrett Stafford exchanged goals in the closing minutes of the second frame, and neither side scored in the third period.
Stapleton has racked up seven goals (7-0-7) over Toronto’s three-game winning streak and shows 10 goals (10-3-7) in his last six outings. He leads the Marlies overall with 16 goals and 49 points in 46 games.
Darren Haydar chipped in a pair of assists for the Griffins, extending his scoring streak to seven games (4-7-11). Grand Rapids is winless in a season-high five straight contests (0-4-0-1).
LOWELL 7, ALBANY 4
Lowell scored three straight goals in the third period to turn a 4-4 tie into a 7-4 road win over Albany on Saturday at the Times Union Center.
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond scored twice for the Devils, Rod Pelley and defenseman Anssi Salmela registered a goal and an assist apiece, and Jon DiSalvatore, Nicklas Bergfors, and rookie Matt Halischuk also lit the lamp.
Lowell improved to 3-0-0-1 in its last four games and moved within one point of Worcester for the Atlantic Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.
MANITOBA 4, HARTFORD 1
Jason Krog posted a goal and an assist as Manitoba took a 4-1 road win over Hartford on Saturday at the XL Center.
Moose goaltender Karl Goehring made 26 saves on 27 shots to pick up his first victory since Jan. 24.
Rookie Dale Weise netted the lone goal of the night for the Wolf Pack, who have dropped three of their last four games (1-3-0-0).
NORFOLK 5, HERSHEY 4
Norfolk recovered from a 3-0 deficit to post a 5-4 road win over Hershey on Saturday before 9,453 fans at the Giant Center.
Brandon Segal’s unassisted goal with 3:04 left in regulation proved to be the difference for the Admirals, who snapped a three-game losing skid.
Segal and Brandon Bochenski each had two goals on the night for Norfolk, and Radek Smolenak also lit the lamp. Zenon Konopka and Paul Szczechura posted two assists apiece, and goaltender Craig Kowalski earned the victory with 46 saves.
Keith Aucoin tallied two goals and an assist for the Bears, including his 500th career AHL point. Aucoin becomes the 74th player in league history to attain the milestone.
Hershey also received three points (1-2-3) from Alexandre Giroux but still suffered its season-high fourth straight loss.
PHILADELPHIA 4, BINGHAMTON 1
Boyd Kane netted the game-winning goal and added an assist as Philadelphia took a key 4-1 road win over Binghamton at the Broome County Arena.
Philadelphia goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin earned the win with 37 saves, helping the Phantoms move within four points of the Senators for the East Division’s final playoff spot.
Denis Hamel initially gave the Sens a 1-0 lead in the opening period.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, HAMILTON 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied four a pair of third-period goals to take a 3-2 win over visiting Hamilton before 8,078 fans at the Wachovia Arena.
The win was the Penguins’ seventh straight as a team and moved them within three points of Hershey for the East Division lead.
SYRACUSE 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (SO)
Syracuse posted its second 2-1 shootout win in as many nights, this time victimizing the visiting Springfield Falcons on Saturday before 5,859 fans at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Dahm made 27 saves on 28 shots through regulation and overtime to pick up his ninth win of the campaign (9-8-0).
Defenseman Cody Wild netted a regulation goal for the Falcons, who are winless in 10 straight games (0-8-1-1).
CHICAGO 4, PEORIA 1
Rookie Spencer Machacek recorded three points (1-2-3) as Chicago took a 4-1 road win over Peoria on Saturday at Carver Arena.
Jonathan Filewich netted the Rivermen’s lone goal in the losing effort.
HOUSTON 7, IOWA 6
Rookie Matt Beaudoin netted his first career hat trick as Houston took a 7-6 win over Iowa, earning a sweep of the teams’ two-game set at Wells Fargo Arena.
Houston concluded its six-game road trip on a three-game winning streak after going 0-2-0-1 in the first three games.
Ryan Dingle posted a goal and an assist for the Chops, and five other Iowa skaters netted goals in the loss.
QUAD CITY 7, SAN ANTONIO 3
Quad City matched an AHL season high for goals in a period by scoring six times in the second frame on Saturday en route to a 7-3 win over San Antonio at the I Wireless Center.
Carsen Germyn registered five points (1-4-5) for the Flames, all coming during the second period outburst. Kris Chucko scored twice, Cam Cunning registered three points (1-2-3), and Quad City also received scores from Matt Pelech, David Van der Gulik, and Warren Peters.
The seven goals marked a season high for the Flames, who also set a season high with their third consecutive victory.
ROCKFORD 4, ROCHESTER 3
Adam Hobson broke a 3-3 tie with 6:15 left in regulation to send Rockford to a 4-3 win over visiting Rochester on Saturday at the MetroCentre.
But the Americans battled back to a draw. Stefan Meyer cut the deficit to 3-1 in the middle frame, and Jordan Hendry and Michal Repik scored in the third to tie it. Repik’s goal came shorthanded 7:52 into the stanza.
That set the stage for Hobson’s goal, which made a winner of IceHogs goaltender Corey Crawford, who finished with 33 saves.