The Norfolk Admirals moved a step closer to the East Division and overall league lead by defeating the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears by a score of 3-1 at Norfolk Scope on Friday night.
Admirals netminder Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26 shots for his league-leading 21st win of the year and improving his record to 21-8-1.
Joey Tenute extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, scoring the lone goal in the Hershey loss.
Norfolk, now 18-1-2-0 on home ice this season, trails Hershey by two points in both the East Division and overall AHL standings.
BRIDGEPORT 7, ALBANY 4
Peter Ferraro and Eric Boguniecki each registered a pair of goals and an assist as the Sound Tigers defeated the River Rats 7-4 at the Times Union Center.
MANCHESTER 3, HARTFORD 2 (OT)
Jason LaBarbera made a season-high 59 saves and Lauri Tukonen scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Monarchs a 3-2 win at Hartford.
Gabe Gauthier recorded a goal and an assist for Manchester, which has won five straight games and sits six points ahead of the rest of the Atlantic Division.
LaBarbera made 29 of his 59 saves in the third period, when Hartford owned a 30-3 edge in shots.
TORONTO 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (SO)
Colin Murphy tallied a goal and two assists for Toronto as the Marlies defeated Binghamton in a shootout by a score of 4-3. The win avenged Toronto’s shootout loss to the B-Sens on New Year’s Eve.
Murphy scored the game-tying goal with 9.5 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. It was the second game in a row at the Broome County Arena in which Murphy scored in the final minute to force OT.
Kelly Guard kept it a close game for the Senators, stopping 54 of 57 shots on the night.
Justin Pogge made 24 saves and stopped four of five players in the shootout for Toronto.
PHILADELPHIA 5, LOWELL 3
Darren Reid netted a hat trick and Martin Houle made 31 saves as the Phantoms defeated the Lowell Devils by a score of 5-3 at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Reid has five goals and eight points in 15 games since joining the Phantoms on Nov. 10.
WORCESTER 2, PROVIDENCE 1
Mathieu Darche recorded the eventual game-winner and had an assist on the night as the Sharks downed the Providence Bruins 2-1 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Thomas Greiss made 25 saves on 26 shots from the P-Bruins for his fifth straight win and improved his record to 7-4-0.
GRAND RAPIDS 6, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 5
In a back-and-forth contest, Jeff Campbell netted a pair of goals and an assist and Matt Ellis recorded a season-high four assists as the Griffins out dueled the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6-5 at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
The Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play and Patrick Thoresen registered a goal and two assists in his first game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which has dropped two of its last three games at home.
The Griffins scored five times on 12 shots against Pens goalie Andrew Penner, who was coming off a 6-0-0 December.
CHICAGO 5, OMAHA 1
Defenseman Nathan Oystrick recorded a pair of goals and an assist for Chicago, which won its sixth straight game on the road by defeating the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights 5-1 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
Fred Brathwaite stopped 18 of 19 shots on the night to improve his record to 12-3-2 on the year.
Rookie Aki Seitsonen scored his first AHL goal in the loss for Omaha.
IOWA 2, HAMILTON 0
Iowa goaltender Steve Silverthorn made his AHL debut a good one, shutting out the Hamilton Bulldogs by a score of 2-0 at Copps Coliseum.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss for Hamilton.
MANITOBA 3, ROCHESTER 2
Mike Keane, Jason Jaffray and Jannik Hansen all scored as the Moose won their third straight game and second in a row against Rochester, 3-2.
With the win, Manitoba ties the Americans for first place in the North Division.
Drew MacIntyre stopped 40 of 42 shots for the Moose, who have earned points in nine straight games (5-0-2-2).
SPRINGFIELD 4, PORTLAND 3
Springfield moved into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division with a 4-3 win at home over the Pirates.
Petteri Wirtanen netted two goals in the loss for the Pirates.