WORCESTER 3, PROVIDENCE 0
Making just his fourth AHL start of the season, Worcester goaltender Dimitri Patzold posted a 25-save shutout as the Sharks defeated Providence, 3-0, on Friday before 8,601 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Worcester improved to 3-1-0-1 against the league-leading Bruins (29-6-2-1), and the second-year Sharks secured their first shutout in franchise history.
Setoguchi’s goal was the first of his AHL career.
Patzold, who has spent most of this season in the NHL with San Jose, shut down the league’s second-ranked offense, as Providence entered the contest averaging 3.78 goals per game.
The 24-year-old Patzold went 10-8-3 for Worcester in 2006-07, and he upped his AHL mark to 2-1-1 for the current campaign.
It marked the Bruins’ first shutout-against of the season and extended their brief winless streak to two games (0-1-0-1), both against Worcester.
Providence has yet to have a winless skid of more than two games this season.
The Sharks improved to 4-1-0-0 in their last five games and 9-3-2-0 in their last 14 contests.
Jordan Sigalet returned to the Bruins lineup for the first time since Nov. 16, when he collapsed during a game due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Sigalet stopped all 18 shots he faced in 36:05 of relief work on Friday.
SPRINGFIELD 3, LOWELL 2 (SO)
Jean-Francois Jacques scored an unassisted goal with just 2:58 left in regulation to send the game to overtime, and Springfield went on to defeat Lowell 3-2 in a shootout.
The Falcons went 3-for-3 in the extra session, while goaltender Jeff Deslauriers denied all three of Lowell’s tries.
Rookie Trevor Kell scored for the Devils and now has a point in each of his first five career AHL games (2-4-6).
Olli Malmivaara also lit the lamp for Lowell.
BINGHAMTON 3, BRIDGEPORT 2
Greg Mauldin notched his second goal of the night at 15:21 of the third period to give Binghamton a 3-2 win over visiting Bridgeport at the Broome County Arena.
Mauldin also scored 59 seconds into the final stanza to snap a 1-1 tie, but Bridgeport’s Ben Walter tied it again with a power play marker at 11:31.
The teams traded second-period goals, as Walter scored for the Sound Tigers and Ilya Zubov for the Senators.
Rookie Kyle Okposo, the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, picked up a pair of assists for the Sound Tigers in his professional debut.
Binghamton goaltender Jeff Glass earned the win with 36 saves on 38 shots.
PORTLAND 6, ALBANY 5
Portland built a 6-3 lead by the midway point of the third period and held on for a 6-5 win over visiting Albany at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Portland goaltender Mike McKenna picked up the win with 30 saves.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, HERSHEY 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied for three goals in the third period and took a 3-1 win over visiting Hershey before 8,162 fans at the Wachovia Arena. The Penguins won for the 11th time in their last 12 games (11-1-0-0).
Hershey took the 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Chris Bourque at 1:52 of the second period.
Bears goaltender Brent Johnson looked to be on his way to victory in his first AHL start since the 2003-04 campaign, denying all 26 shots he faced through the first 40 minutes.
Penguins rookie netminder John Curry made 15 saves to pick up his seventh straight win.
HARTFORD 4, NORFOLK 2
Hartford scored three times in the game’s first 10 minutes and cruised to a 4-2 road win over Norfolk at the Scope.
Dane Byers led the Wolf Pack with a goal and two assists on the night. Corey Potter and Andrew Hutchinson also scored in the first period, and Ryan Callahan – Hartford’s leading goal-scorer in 2006-07 – netted a third-period goal in his first contest for the Wolf Pack this season.
Hartford goaltender Al Montoya made 29 saves, helping his club end a season-high three-game slide (0-2-1-0).
MANCHESTER 3, ROCHESTER 2
Matt Moulson netted a pair of goals to lead Manchester to a 3-2 win over host Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.
The Americans have now lost six straight games and 16 of their last 17 (1-16-0-0).
HAMILTON 5, SYRACUSE 2
Hamilton scored three goals in a 2:11 span in the first period on its way to a 5-2 win over visiting Syracuse at Copps Coliseum.
Hamilton goaltender Carey Price made 29 saves on 31 shots and moved to 2-0-0 in two AHL starts this season.
LAKE ERIE 5, PHILADELPHIA 1
Brad Richardson tallied a game-high three points (1-2-3) as Lake Erie downed host Philadelphia before 6,765 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman made 31 saves as the Monsters swept their two-game season series with the East-leading Phantoms.
Stefan Ruzicka scored for Philadelphia, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.
PEORIA 6, GRAND RAPIDS 4
Peoria netted four goals in third period to storm past host Grand Rapids by a 6-4 final at the Van Andel Arena.
Drazenovic also scored in the opening period for the Rivermen, who won a season-high fourth contest as they started a seven-game road swing.
HOUSTON 3, SAN ANTONIO 1
Maxim Noreau, Danny Irmen, and Joel Ward notched goals as visiting Houston downed intra-state rival San Antonio by a 3-1 count at the AT&T Center.
Noreau opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 6:27 of the second period, but the Rampage tied it just under three minutes later on Chris Durno’s 10th of the year.
Irmen tallied the eventual-game winner unassisted at 15:59, and Ward added a goal in the game’s closing minute.
Aeros goaltender Nolan Schaefer stopped 31 of 32 shots to pick up the win, his and Houston’s third in a row.
CHICAGO 6, QUAD CITY 2
Chicago scored twice in each period on its way to a 6-2 win over host Quad City at the I Wireless Center.
Wolves goaltender Ondrej Pavelec picked up the win with 33 saves.
IOWA 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (OT)
Iowa defenseman Bryce Lampman scored at 2:36 of overtime to give the host Stars a 3-2 win over Milwaukee in the opener of a five-game homestand at the Wells Fargo Arena.
But Admirals winger Josh Langfeld scored his second of the night at 17:29 of the third period, sending the game to overtime and earning Milwaukee a standings point.
Iowa goaltender Tobias Stephan earned the win with 26 saves on 28 shots.
ROCKFORD 3, TORONTO 1
Rockford scored three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 win over Toronto at the MetroCentre.
IceHogs forward Petri Kontiola netted a pair of power play goals less than four minutes apart in the second period, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.
Bates Battaglia lit the lamp for Toronto, which has dropped the first two of a seven-game swing through the West Division.
The Marlies will square off with division-leading Chicago on Saturday evening.