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Penguins pound Pack, 5-0

Colby Armstrong had three points and Sebastien Caron made 26 as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton easily handled Hartford on Wednesday night, 5-0, ending the Wolf Pack’s 13-game points streak.

Hartford hadn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 20.

The Penguins scored their five goals on just 19 shots against Al Montoya, whose personal seven-game winning streak came to a halt.

Wilkes-Barre is 5-2-0-0 since the Dec. 15 coaching change, outscoring the opposition by a 23-6 margin. Their last two foes — conference heavyweights Hartford and Hershey — have been pounded by a combined 13-1 score.

Armstrong had a goal and two assists and Maxime Talbot scored twice for the Penguins.

Caron’s shutout was his second in his last three starts. He owns a 1.01 goals-against average in five games since joining Wilkes-Barre earlier this month.

PHILADELPHIA 3, NORFOLK 1
John Slaney tied the AHL’s career scoring record for a defenseman with a third-period power-play goal, propelling Philadelphia to a 3-1 win in Norfolk.

Slaney’s goal, which broke a 1-1 tie, was the 453rd point of his AHL career, tying Steve Kraftcheck‘s 42-year-old AHL record.

David Printz and Stefan Ruzicka also scored for the Phantoms, and Martin Houle made 26 saves.

HERSHEY 4, ALBANY 2
Louis Robitaille had a goal and an assist to lead Hershey to a 4-2 win over Albany before a capacity crowd of 10,576 fans at the Giant Center.

Chris Terreri, who retired in 2001 to become Albany’s assistant coach, saw his first game action in nearly five years, getting the start in net in place of Frank Doyle, who played both Monday and Tuesday.

Terreri played capably and admirably, making 27 saves in the first and third periods. Doyle played the middle frame, making stopping five shots.

BRIDGEPORT 4, SPRINGFIELD 0
Wade Dubielewicz made 36 saves as Bridgeport posted a 4-0 win over Springfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

It was the second complete-game shutout of the season for the former AHL rookie of the year.

Bruno Gervais scored his 10th goal of the season, tied for the league lead among defensemen.

GRAND RAPIDS 5, OMAHA 4
Eric Manlow and Tomas Kopecky recorded a goal and an assist each as Grand Rapids escaped with a 5-4 win over visiting Omaha.

The Griffins owned a 40-18 edge in shots for the game, and needed every one of Jimmy Howard‘s 14 saves to pull out their fifth win in a row.

Jiri Hudler dished out three assists for Grand Rapids.

LOWELL 4, PROVIDENCE 2
Stephen Peat had a goal and an assist in his Lowell debut to lead the Lock Monsters to a 4-2 win over visiting Providence, ending a seven-game winless skid.

Peat, acquired earlier in the day by parent Carolina in a deal that sent Colin Forbes to the Washington organization, broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal 50 seconds into the third period.

Tyler Weiman made 26 saves to earn the win in his AHL debut.

PORTLAND 5, MANCHESTER 2
Corey Perry recorded two goals and an assist as Portland opened up a four-point lead atop the Atlantic Division with a 5-2 win in Manchester.

Perry has hit the scoresheet in each of his 15 games with the Pirates, the longest scoring streak in the AHL this season. Perry has 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points on the year.

Pierre Parenteau scored the winning goal 5:51 into the third period.

SYRACUSE 4, BINGHAMTON 3
Ben Simon‘s goal with 12:09 left in regulation held up as the difference in Syracuse’s 4-3 win over visiting Binghamton.

The loss snapped the Senators’ three-game win streak, while the Crunch closed to within four points of second-place Manitoba in the North Division.

Steven Goertzen had a goal and an assist for Syracuse.

HOUSTON 3, IOWA 2
Houston’s big three of Erik Westrum, Kirby Law and Patrick O’Sullivan each scored a goal and Josh Harding made 27 saves as the Aeros edged Iowa, 3-2.

It was the sixth straight win for Houston, while the Stars saw their own six-game winning streak come to an end.

Law, who leads the AHL with 21 goals, was playing in his 500th career AHL game.