WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, SYRACUSE 0
Nathan Smith and Kurtis McLean tallied two goals apiece and rookie goaltender John Curry picked up his first professional shutout as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blanked visiting Syracuse by a 4-0 final before 7,668 fans at the Wachovia Arena on Wednesday. The Penguins extended their season-high winning streak to five games.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored twice each in the first and second periods. McLean provided all the offense his club would need just 55 seconds into the game, and Smith made it 2-0 at 7:29.
Smith scored again at 8:34 of the second stanza, and McLean rounded out the game’s scoring less than two minutes later, at 10:21.
Both McLean and Smith netted their seventh and eighth goals of the campaign.
Curry made 20 saves in the shutout and improved his record to 4-3-1 on the season.
The Penguins and Crunch will complete a home-and-home in Syracuse on Thursday. The Crunch are 4-1-0-0 in their last five home contests, with the lone loss coming to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a 4-2 score on Nov. 30
LAKE ERIE 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1 (SO)
Lake Erie scored on three of its four shootout attempts to take a 2-1 win over visiting Grand Rapids at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Griffins’ Evan McGrath evened the score at 7:44 of the second, and neither team scored for the remainder of regulation and overtime.
Monsters goaltender Mike Wall picked up the win with 32 saves through the first 65 minutes and stops on three of four Grand Rapids shootout attempts.
ALBANY 3, BINGHAMTON 1
Albany scored a pair of power play goals just over two minutes apart in the first period and went on to a 3-1 win over host Binghamton at the Broome County Arena.
Binghamton received its lone goal on the power play from Greg Mauldin, who initially gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 2:43 of the opening period.
TORONTO 2, ROCHESTER 1
Kris Newbury’s goal at 1:08 of the second period turned out to be the game-winner as Toronto edged host Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.
The Marlies matched a season high with their fourth straight victory, a feat they previously accomplished from Oct. 6-20 and Nov. 3-16.
David Brine initially gave Rochester a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal late in the first period, but the Amerks’ losing streak still stretched to 10 games.
BRIDGEPORT 5, HERSHEY 4
Sean Bentivoglio netted the game-winner at 18:14 of the third period, his second goal of the night, as Bridgeport edged visiting Hershey by a 5-4 count at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Bridgeport goaltender Joey MacDonald earned the victory with 28 saves on 32 shots, helping his team move to 5-1-0-0 in its last six games.
IOWA 4, QUAD CITY 1
Iowa center Perttu Lindgren scored the first two goals of his North American pro career as the host Stars downed Quad City, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa goaltender Tobias Stephan stopped 39 of 40 shots in the win, including 31 of 32 over the second and third periods.
Quad City’s Grant Stevenson was the only one to beat Stephan, scoring at 7:44 of the second period.
ROCKFORD 4, PEORIA 3 (OT)
Kris Versteeg scored with just two seconds left in overtime to lift red-hot Rockford to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over host Peoria at the Carver Arena.
HOUSTON 2, SAN ANTONIO 0
Houston netted a pair of second period goals and went on to a 2-0 win over visiting San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
Houston goaltender Nolan Schaefer stopped all 26 shots he faced, picking up his third shutout of the campaign.
With the victory, the Aeros improved to 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games and won both games of a brief two-game homestand.