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Papineau leads Lowell to fourth straight win

Six different players tallied for the Lowell Devils in a 6-2 win over the Worcester Sharks at the Tsongas Arena on Sunday evening.

Justin Papineau, who has nine points (3g, 6a) in the last four games, provided a goal and two assists for Lowell, giving the Devils their fourth straight win.

Lowell began the game with three goals from Aaron Voros, Nicklas Bergfors and Grant Marshall, while the Sharks sparked a comeback with help from Mathieu Darche and Joe Pavelski who each had a goal and an assist to pull within one goal.

Chris Minard, David Clarkson and Papineau added third-period goals to put the game out of reach.

Lowell now has earned points in six straight games (5-0-1-0), while Worcester is winless in four (0-3-0-1).


CHICAGO 3, PEORIA 2 (SO)
Consecutive shootout goals from Jason Krog and Kevin Doell helped the Wolves win their third straight game and seventh of their last eight, defeating division rival Peoria 3-2 at Allstate Arena.

Brett Sterling provided both goals in regulation for Chicago while Jason Krog, who leads the league with 34 points, and teammate Darren Haydar, who ranks second in the league with 32 points, each recorded an assist to extend their scoring streaks to 17 games.

D.J. King and Konstantin Zakharov scored for the Rivermen, while center Ryan Ramsay had two assists.


PORTLAND 2, MANCHESTER 1
Garett Bembridge scored his second goal in as many nights while defenseman Aaron Rome recorded an assist and the eventual game-winner for Portland in a 2-1 win at home against division rival Manchester.

Mike Wall, who earned his first win since Oct. 22, stopped 22 of 23 shots in the Pirates’ win.

Noah Clarke added the Monarchs’ lone goal in the contest, while Jason LaBarbera stopped 33 shots in a losing effort. Clarke has four goals and five points in the last three games for Manchester.


PROVIDENCE 6, HERSHEY 3
Ben Walter ended his three-game scoreless streak with two goals and an assist as the Providence Bruins scored four unanswered goals in their 6-3 win at home over Hershey.

Kris Versteeg, Petr Kalus, David Krejci and defenseman Matt Lashoff each tallied a goal and an assist, while Jordan Sigalet stopped 26 in the Bruins win.

Dave Steckel had a goal and an assist and Chris Bourque also scored for the Bears, who are now winless in their last three games. Eric Fehr registered an assist to stretch his scoring streak to 13 games.


HARTFORD 4, HOUSTON 3
Dwight Helminen scored with 27 seconds left in the third period to give the Wolf Pack a 4-3 win at Houston.

Defenseman Dale Purinton scored two goals while Greg Moore added a goal and an assist for Hartford.

Stephen Valiquette came in on relief of Al Montoya after the first period and stopped 19 of 20 shots for the Wolf Pack.

Ben Thomson and Matt Foy each had a goal and an assist and Benoit Pouliot scored for Houston in the loss.