A four-point night by Brad Boyes included his second career hat trick as Providence posted a 6-2 victory over Lowell at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night.
Boyes scored two power-play goals 2:34 apart during the Bruins’ four-goal first period, and capped his performance with an empty-net goal just 90 seconds left in the game. He added an assist in the second period to tie his AHL career high with four points.
Andy Hilbert scored twice for Providence and Pat Aufiero recorded three assists. Hannu Toivonen finished with 34 saves in net.
Ryan Bayda and Chuck Kobasew had a goal and an assist apiece for the Lock Monsters, who lost for the first time in four games this season. The Bruins improved to 2-1-0-1 on the season, and have now earned a point in 22 straight meetings with Lowell.
Elsewhere on Friday:
Former Moose goaltender Tyler Moss made 26 saves and Tony Salmelainen scored his fourth goal of the year as Edmonton spoiled Manitoba’s home opener with a 3-0 victory… Marcel Goc recorded two goals and an assist for Cleveland in a 5-2 win at Houston… Matt Hussey‘s shorthanded goal late in the second period held up as the difference as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton edged Norfolk, 3-2… Blake Sloan scored twice in the third period to lead Grand Rapids past San Antonio, 3-1… Boyd Gordon and Graham Mink scored in the third and Jared Aulin netted the winner in overtime as Portland defeated Springfield, 3-2… Patrick Sharp and Tony Voce scored power-play goals in the third period to lead Philadelphia to a 5-3 win over Hamilton at the Wachovia Center… Jason LaBarbera made 36 saves to backstop Hartford to a 2-1 win over Worcester… Denis Hamel scored the winning goal midway through the third as Binghamton slipped past Hershey, 3-2… Aleksander Suglobov scored two goals and assisted on another and Albany converted for four power-play goals in a 5-1 win over Bridgeport.