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OT thriller gives Pack fifth straight win

2007 All-Star Ryan Callahan netted his third hat trick of the season and tallied the game-winning goal in overtime as the Wolf Pack extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-3 win over the visiting Houston Aeros on Saturday.

Stephen Valiquette stopped 42 of 45 shots from Houston, to win his third-consecutive start and improve his record to 6-1-0 in January.

The Wolf Pack is 12-1-1-0 in their last 14 games and remain eight points back of division leader Manchester with a 27-17-3-0 record and 57 points.

Defenseman Bryce Lampman provided the other tally and added an assist for Hartford.

Danny Irmen, Joel Ward and Matt Foy all scored goals in the loss for Houston.


BRIDGEPORT 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
After falling behind 1-0 after the first period, The Sound Tigers rattled off four unanswered goals to defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-1 at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Jeff Tambellini had a goal and an assist on the night as teammate Eric Boguniecki recorded two assists for the Sound Tigers, who have won four of their last five games.

Wade Dubielewicz stopped 38 of 39 shots to improve his record to 14-4-4 heading into the All-Star break.

Tim Wallace scored the lone goal for the baby-Pens in the loss.


GRAND RAPIDS 6, TORONTO 3
Ryan Oulahen (1g, 2a) and Kip Miller (3a) combined for six points and a plus-6 rating on the night as Grand Rapids ended its four-game losing skid with a 6-3 win over the visiting Marlies.

Matt Hussey, Eric Himelfarb and Jamie Tardif all tallied a goal and an assist for the Griffins.

Stefan Liv made 30 saves on 33 Marlies shots for his first win in his last four starts.

Erik Westrum, who is representing the hometown Marlies in the 2007 AHL All-Star Classic, led Toronto with a pair of goals in the loss.


HAMILTON 3, MANITOBA 0
Jaroslav Halak collected his league-leading sixth shutout of the year by stopping all 30 shots from the visiting Moose in Hamilton’s 3-0 win over Manitoba.

Matt D’Agostini and Andrei Kostitsyn each scored a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs, who have won their last four games, outscoring opponents 13-4 during that stretch.

Defenseman Andre Benoit tallied a goal and teammate Mikhail Grabovski had two assists for Hamilton.


NORFOLK 4, HERSHEY 3
Three unanswered goals in the third period, including three on the power play, capped an Admirals come back as Norfolk defeated the Hershey Bears 4-3 in front of capacity crowd of 10,734 at the Giant Center.

2007 AHL All-Star Martin St. Pierre led Norfolk with a goal and an assist as Corey Crawford made 26 saves to help the Admirals extend their division and overall league-lead with a 33-10-4-1 record and 71 points heading in the All-Star break.

Carl Corazzini, Jonas Nordqvist and 2007 All-Star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien provided the other tallies in the win for Norfolk.

Chris Bourque led the Bears with two goals in the loss.


PROVIDENCE 5, WORCESTER 2
Petr Kalus scored a pair of goals to lead the P-Bruins to their fourth straight victory with a 5-2 win on the road against Atlantic Division rival Worcester.

Providence remains unbeaten in regulation since Jan. 7, going 9-0-0-1 in the last 10 games.

Nate Thompson, David Krejci and Ben Walter rounded out the scoring for Providence.

Netminder Jordan Sigalet started the game and did not allow a goal in the first two periods, stopping 18 shots, before Philippe Sauve surrendered a pair of goals to Worcester in the third period.

Mike Iggulden tallied both goals and was a plus-2 for the Sharks in the loss.


ROCHESTER 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (OT)
Michael Ryan single-handedly capped a Rochester comeback, scoring the equalizer with 45 seconds left in regulation and tallied the game-winning goal in overtime as the Amerks downed the B-Sens 4-3 on the road.

Adam Dennis needed only 23 saves to earn his 10th win on the year, while teammate Drew Stafford had a goal and an assist for Rochester who head into the All-Star break with a three-game winning streak.

Cory Pecker led the B-Sens in the loss with a goal and an assist.


CHICAGO 7, IOWA 3
Steve Martins led the Wolves to a 7-3 victory over Iowa, scoring a pair of goals an adding an assist as Chicago avenged its shootout loss to the Stars on Jan. 23.

Chicago remains unbeaten in regulation over its last six contests, going 4-0-0-2 during that stretch.

Alex Bourret scored two goals and Derek MacKenzie, Guillaume Desbiens and defensemen Troy Milam and Jon Awe all tallied two assists in the win for Chicago.

Fred Brathwaite earned his 14th win of the year, stopping 34 of 37 shots on night.

Junior Lessard, Joel Lundqvist and defenseman Mark Ardelan all scored for Iowa in the loss.


LOWELL 3, PORTLAND 2 (OT)
Barry Tallackson foiled the Portland comeback attempt by scoring with 42 seconds left in overtime to give the Lowell Devils a 3-2 win at home over the Pirates.

Chris Minard had a goal and an assist as All-Star defenseman Andy Greene provided the other goal for Lowell, who won its second straight game.

Frank Doyle stopped 21 of 23 shots in the contest to earn his 13th win of the season for the Devils.

After falling into a 2-0 hole late into the second period, Geoff Peters tallied a pair of goals for Portland, before falling to Lowell in the extra session.


PHILADELPHIA 2, SPRINGFIELD 1
Matt Ellison tallied the eventual game winner and added an assist as the Phantoms edged the Falcons by a score of 2-1 at the MassMutual Center.

Ellison has five points (1g, 4a) in his last two contests for Philly, who are winners of two-straight.

Michael Leighton stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn to improve his record to 2-0-0 in three appearances thus far with the Phantoms.

Defenseman Andy Delmore scored the lone goal for Springfield in the loss.


MILWAUKEE 3, PEORIA 2
A pair of goals from Rich Peverley proved too much for the visiting Rivermen, as the Admirals downed Peoria by a score of 3-2 at the Bradley Center.

Cal O’Reilly scored the other goal and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank added two assists on the night for Milwaukee, who is 2-1-0-1 in its last four games, all of which have been decided by one goal.

Pekka Rinne earned his first win of the year for the Admirals, stopping 32 of 34 shots on the night.

Mike Glumac and Konstantin Zakharov both scored for Peoria in the loss.


SYRACUSE 4, SAN ANTONIO 3
Defenseman Jamie Pushor tallied the game-winning goal for the Crunch midway through the third period as Syracuse downed the visiting Rampage by a score of 4-3.

Derrick Walser tallied a goal and an assist along with a plus-2 rating as Joakim Lindstrom and Ben Simon provided the other goals for the Crunch.

Rookie netminder Tomas Popperle stopped 27 of 30 shots to earn his 12th win of the year for Syracuse.

Jeff Taffe, Randall Gelech and defenseman Alexandre Rouleau all scored for San Antonio in the loss.


MANCHESTER 2, ALBANY 1
Marty Murray and Noah Clarke provided most of the scoring for the Monarchs, each recording a goal and an assist as Manchester defeated Albany at home by a score of 2-1.

Jason LaBarbera, who will be appearing in his second AHL All-Star Classic this weekend, stymied the visiting River Rats by stopping 39 of 40 shots for his sixth-consecutive win and 25th win of the season.

Manchester is currently riding a seven-game winning streak heading into All-Star weekend.

Ryan Bayda tallied the lone goal in the loss for Albany.