HERSHEY 7, PHILADELPHIA 3
Rookie forward Oskar Osala tallied his first professional hat trick and Hershey scored five unanswered goals in the third period to take a 7-3 win over visiting Philadelphia on Saturday before 9,031 fans at the Giant Center.
Osala netted the eventual game-winning goal at 8:58 of the third period for the Bears, who swept a home-and-home set from the Phantoms.
Chris Bourque tied it for the Bears on the power play 7:04 into the third, and Osala’s go-ahead goal came 1:54 later. Osala scored again at 11:03, and Keith Aucoin and Quintin Laing provided additional insurance in the second half of the stanza.
All told, Hershey went 4-for-8 on the power play, while Philadelphia finished 2-for-11.
Bears goaltender Simeon Varlamov earned the victory with 22 saves on 25 shots in net.
ROCKFORD 5, MILWAUKEE 2
Rockford broke a 2-2 tie by scoring three times in the third period on its way to a 5-2 road win over Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon at the Bradley Center. The victory ended the IceHogs’ six-game losing skid (0-5-0-1).
Radja’s game-winner came 2:28 into the third period. Skille followed on the power play at 6:29, and Kontiola provided additional insurance at the 17:52 mark.
IceHogs goaltender Corey Crawford earned the victory with 29 saves, snapping a personal three-game losing streak.
HAMILTON 4, ROCHESTER 3
Matt D’Agostini’s second goal of the night came on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:23 left in regulation to give Hamilton a 4-3 win over visiting Rochester at Copps Coliseum.
Bulldogs goaltender Marc Denis only had to make 14 saves in the winning effort.
ALBANY 3, LOWELL 2 (SO)
Albany scored on three of five shootout tries to take a 3-2 road win over Lowell at Tsongas Arena.
Dwight Helminen, Jakub Petruzalek, and Michael Ryan all scored in the shootout for the River Rats. Goaltender Justin Peters stopped three of five Lowell attempts after making 24 saves through regulation and overtime.
NORFOLK 2, MANCHESTER 1
Norfolk captain Zenon Konopka scored at 19:55 of the third period to give the Admirals a 2-1 road win over Manchester at Verizon Wireless Arena.
Norfolk goaltender Mike McKenna earned the victory with 19 saves on 20 shots, helping the Admirals extend their points streak to five games (4-0-0-1).
The Admirals continue their seven-game New England road swing on Sunday in Providence.
PORTLAND 5, PROVIDENCE 2
Mathieu Darche scored twice and added an assist as Portland rolled to its seventh straight win, a 5-2 decision over Providence at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Pirates are now 9-0-1-0 since a 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Oct. 19, which remains their only regulation loss of the campaign.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, BINGHAMTON 0
Adam Berkhoel made 27 saves for his third shutout of the season as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 3-0 win over visiting Binghamton before 6,862 fans at the Wachovia Arena.
Berkhoel, who entered this season with one career AHL shutout, upped his record to 5-2-1 in eight appearances.
SYRACUSE 4, CHICAGO 2
Derek MacKenzie scored the game-winning goal and added two assists as Syracuse doubled up Chicago, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial in a match-up of two of the Western Conference’s top teams.
Syracuse moved to 4-0-0-1 in its last five outings and 11-3-0-1 overall.
PEORIA 5, SAN ANTONIO 3
Trent Whitfield broke a 3-3 tie just 37 seconds into the third period and Peoria went on to a 5-3 win over visiting San Antonio at Carver Arena.
GRAND RAPIDS 3, QUAD CITY 1
Grand Rapids scored three times in the third period to rally for a 3-1 road win over Quad City at the I Wireless Center.
Grand Rapids goaltender Daniel Larsson earned the win with 30 saves on 31 shots, helping the Griffins to their third straight victory overall.
Warren Peters tallied his team-leading seventh goal of the season for Quad City in a losing effort.
MANITOBA 4, TORONTO 2
Jason Jaffray scored three unanswered goals for a hat trick as Manitoba took a 5-2 win over visiting Toronto before 8,800 fans at the MTS Centre, earning the Moose a sweep of their two-game set with the Marlies.
Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 35 shots in the winning effort, helping the Moose move to 11-1-0-0 in their last 12 contests.