BRIDGEPORT 3, WORCESTER 0
Bridgeport scored a goal in each period and netminder Mike Morrison made 41 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Sound Tigers blanked visiting Worcester by a 3-0 final on Wednesday at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Okposo and Jackman each tallied their fifth goal of the season, scoring in the first and second periods, respectively.
Smith’s sixth goal of the campaign came unassisted midway through the third stanza.
The 41 saves by Morrison (16-10-0) fell one short of a season high, bettered only by a 42-save effort on Nov. 3 at Hershey in a 4-1 win. All four of Morrison’s shutouts have come at home.
The Sharks fell to 0-2-0-0 on a four-game road swing through the East Division. Worcester also dropped under .500 overall (21-22-3-3) for the first time since Dec. 14, when it was 9-10-1-2.
HARTFORD 4, SPRINGFIELD 3
Four different skaters netted goals and Hartford hung on for a 4-3 victory over Springfield at the XL Center.
Hartford boasted a 4-1 lead after Anisimov’s goal 10:59 into the third, but Springfield’s Marc Pouliot lit the lamp twice late in the stanza to pull the Falcons within one score. Patrick Thoresen and Daniel Sparre assisted on both goals by Pouliot.
Colin McDonald scored earlier in the third period for Springfield, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Wolf Pack goaltender Al Montoya picked up the win with 19 saves. Hartford improved to 11-1-2-1 in its last 15 games.
BINGHAMTON 3, ALBANY 2 (SO)
Niko Dimitrakos scored the only shootout goal for either side, pushing visiting Binghamton to a 3-2 victory over Albany at the Times Union Center.
The win propelled the Senators into sole possession of fourth place in the East Division, one point ahead of the River Rats.
Albany goaltender Michael Leighton made 42 saves and took the tough-luck loss.
PROVIDENCE 6, MANCHESTER 4
Defenseman Matt Hendricks and rookie Aaron Slattengren tallied two goals apiece as Providence outlasted Manchester, 6-4, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Bruins goaltender Jordan Sigalet picked up the victory with 30 saves, helping Providence avoid a season-high third straight regulation loss.
Defenseman Troy Milam and center Gabe Gauthier each had a goal and an assist for Manchester, which remained three points behind Springfield for the Atlantic Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, NORFOLK 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored a goal in each period on its way to a 3-1 road victory over Norfolk at the Scope.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a 2004 Calder Cup finalist with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton who is currently on a conditioning stint from parent-club Pittsburgh, earned the victory with 30 saves.
Paul Szczechura notched the Admirals’ lone goal, giving him a goal in eight of 12 games since joining Norfolk’s lineup on Jan. 16.
TORONTO 5, HAMILTON 2
A three-goal third period lifted Toronto to a 5-2 victory over host Hamilton at the Copps Coliseum.
Toronto secured its third straight win and second in five days over the Bulldogs. The division rivals will meet again on Friday, also in Hamilton.
CHICAGO 6, HOUSTON 1
Chicago extended its winning streak to five games with a 6-1 victory over visiting Houston at the Allstate Arena.
Pavelec earned his 19th victory of the season (19-8-0), moving him into the league lead among rookie netminders in that category.
Defenseman Maxim Noreau lit the lamp for Houston, which finished 4-2-0-0 on a six-game road trip.
IOWA 4, MANITOBA 1
Four different players scored as Iowa posted a 4-1 win over host Manitoba at the MTS Centre, giving the Stars a split of their two-game set with the Moose.
Stars goaltender Tobias Stephan earned the win with 30 saves.
Manitoba received its lone goal from Jannik Hansen in the first period.