BRIDGEPORT 4, SPRINGFIELD 2
Rookie forward Kyle Okposo scored his first professional goal and added two assists to help Bridgeport double up visiting Springfield by a 4-2 final on Saturday at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Okposo, selected seventh overall in the 2006 draft by the New York Islanders, now has five points (1-4-5) in his first two games for the Sound Tigers.
Bridgeport goaltender Mike Morrison picked up the win, stopping 26 of 28 shots.
CHICAGO 5, TORONTO 4
Bryan Little tallied a game-high four points (1-3-4) to lead Chicago past visiting Toronto, 5-4, in a battle of division leaders before 9,118 fans at the Allstate Arena.
Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves as West-leading Chicago won its third straight game and ninth in its last 11 outings (9-2-0-0).
The North-leading Marlies have now lost three straight games for the first time this season.
ALBANY 4, WORCESTER 3
Nicolas Blanchard broke a 3-3 tie at the 14:29 mark of the third period to give Albany a 4-3 win over visiting Worcester at the Times Union Center.
It marked Albany’s first-ever win against the Sharks, as the River Rats dropped a pair of games to Worcester last season.
PORTLAND 4, PROVIDENCE 0
Goaltender Mike McKenna posted a 25-save shutout to lead Portland to a 4-0 home-ice win over Providence at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
It marked the second shutout-against in as many nights for the league-leading Bruins, who fell to Worcester, 3-0, on Friday. Providence is winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1) for the first time this season.
Rookie Bobby Ryan, the second overall pick in the 2005 draft, had a pair of goals for the Pirates.
HERSHEY 6, LAKE ERIE 4
Andrew Gordon netted a hat trick as Hershey outlasted visiting Lake Erie by a 6-4 final before 10,004 fans at the Giant Center.
Bears goaltender Daren Machesney picked up the win with 32 saves, as Hershey avoided losing consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 8-9.
PHILADELPHIA 2, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1 (SO)
Stefan Ruzicka’s goal in the sixth round of a shootout gave Philadelphia a 2-1 win over host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in front of 8,357 fans at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Ruzicka scored in the shootout’s first round in addition to his decisive tally, and teammate Kyle Greentree also converted an attempt.
Phantoms goaltender Brian Boucher secured the win with 32 saves, and he denied four of six tries in the shootout.
MANCHESTER 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (SO)
Manchester converted on three of five shootout attempts to take a 3-2 win over host Binghamton at the Broome County Arena.
Manchester goaltender Daniel Taylor made 26 saves for his first victory since Dec. 8.
HARTFORD 3, NORFOLK 2
Hartford built a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over host Norfolk and a sweep of the teams’ two-game weekend set at the Scope.
Norfolk was unable to get the equalizer, as Wolf Pack goaltender Al Montoya earned the win with 27 saves.
PEORIA 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1 (SO)
Jean-Guy Trudel, Nikolay Lemtyugov, and Micki DuPont scored shootout goals to lead visiting Peoria past Grand Rapids by a 2-1 final before 8,912 fans at Van Andel Arena.
The Rivermen took a 1-0 lead when Martin Kariya netted his seventh goal of the season at 12:16 of the first period.
Garrett Stafford tallied the equalizer for Grand Rapids on the power play at 16:00 of the second period, and neither team scored in the final stanza.
Peoria controlled the shootout and extended its season-high winning streak to five games.
Rivermen goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped 23 of 24 shots through the first 65 minutes and denied three of four in the shootout.
ROCHESTER 7, HAMILTON 3
Rochester ended a six-game losing skid with a 7-3 road win over Hamilton at the Copps Coliseum.
The seven-goal outburst was more than the Amerks had scored in their previous six games combined.
Americans goaltender Tyler Plante picked up the win with 26 saves on 29 shots.
Kyle Chipchura led the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist, his first AHL points of the season.
QUAD CITY 3, IOWA 2 (SO)
Quad City rallied for a pair of third-period goals and then scored twice in the shootout to take a 3-2 win over host Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena.
HOUSTON 4, MANITOBA 1
Houston scored three first-period goals and cruised to a 4-1 win over visiting Manitoba at the Toyota Center.
Goaltender Barry Brust made 39 saves, ending a personal six-game winless skid (0-4-2). His last win came on Nov. 23, a 4-1 decision over Milwaukee.
The Aeros secured their fourth straight victory and their second in three nights against the Moose.
Manitoba received its lone goal from Jason Jaffray in the second period.
ROCKFORD 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (SO)
Troy Brouwer tallied a regulation goal and scored in the shootout to lead Rockford past host Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.
But Brouwer scored at 11:26 of the final stanza, and Derek Nesbitt netted a goal with just 55 seconds left to force overtime.
Crawford made 36 saves on 38 shots through the first 65 minutes.