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Penner paces Penguins to seventh straight win

Andrew Penner made 38 saves as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won its seventh straight game, 3-2 over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday night.

Tyler Kennedy and Stephen Dixon scored 40 seconds apart in the middle frame to give the Penguins (8-1-0-0) the offensive cushion they would need.

Ryan Stone also scored for the Pens, and Penner improved his mark to 4-1-0 with the victory. Penner, a native of nearby Scarborough, Ont., made 17 saves in the first period, 10 in the second and 11 more in the third.

Jeremy Williams and Brett Englehardt scored for the Marlies late in the second period, but Toronto could get no closer.

The Pens went 3-0-0 on their Canadian swing through Winnipeg and Toronto.


IOWA 5, CHICAGO 4 (OT)
Chris Conner scored 1:02 into overtime as Iowa stunned Chicago, 5-4, at Allstate Arena on Saturday.

The Stars were headed for their third straight loss until Marty Sertich scored with four seconds left in regulation.

Sertich finished the night with two assists and three points, while Mike Green, Junior Lessard and Dan Hacker had a goal and an assist apiece.

Darren Haydar and Jason Krog each tallied a goal and two assists for the Wolves, who fell to 1-4-0-0 on home ice this season.


OMAHA 2, MILWAUKEE 1
Omaha ran its winning streak to eight games with its fourth straight one-goal victory, a 2-1 decision in Milwaukee on Saturday.

Cam Cunning and Derek Couture scored for the Knights, and Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 shots.

Brandon Segal had the lone goal for the Admirals, who finished a light October schedule with a 2-3-0-0 record.


SAN ANTONIO 5, HAMILTON 3
Jeff Taffe’s second goal and third point of the night snapped a 3-3 tie with 14:03 remaining in regulation, propelling San Antonio to a 5-3 win over Hamilton at the AT&T Center.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Rampage.

Bill Thomas and Yanick Lehoux recorded a goal and an assist each and Philippe Sauve made 22 saves in the win.

The Rampage scored four goals on 10 chances with the man advantage.


HOUSTON 7, PEORIA 1
Matt Foy scored two goals and assisted on two others to pace Houston to a 7-1 rout of Peoria at the Toyota Center.

Danny Irmen also netted a pair and defenseman Ryan Stokes, Curtis Murphy and Clayton Stoner each added single markers.

Josh Harding was credited with 27 saves as the Aeros won their third in a row.

It was the teams’ first meeting since Houston swept the Rivermen in the opening round of the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs.


NORFOLK 3, HARTFORD 1
Craig MacDonald scored twice and Corey Crawford made 31 saves as Norfolk defeated Hartford, 3-1.

It was the sixth loss in seven games this season for the Wolf Pack, who have scored just 11 goals on the year.

Carl Corazzini had two assists and Brandon Bochenski also scored for the Admirals.

Norfolk has won the first six games on its seven-game homestand.


LOWELL 4, SPRINGFIELD 1
Ivan Khomutov recorded a goal and an assist as Lowell avenged Friday night’s loss with a 4-1 win over Springfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Devils, who surrendered a four-goal lead in Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Falcons, also got goals from Justin Papineau, Jason Ryznar and Mark Fraser.

Blair Jones scored the only Falcons goal, on assists from Eric Healey and Norm Milley. That trio had combined for 14 points in Friday’s win.

Frank Doyle made 17 saves for the win, as Lowell finished with a 38-18 edge in shots on goal.


GRAND RAPIDS 6, PHILADELPHIA 2
Krys Kolanos scored twice and Evan McGrath had three assists as Grand Rapids rolled past Philadelphia, 6-2.

The Griffins snapped a three-game losing streak; it was the fourth straight loss for the Phantoms, who return home to take on Hershey on Sunday night.

Matt Hussey and Matt Ellis had a goal and an assist each for Grand Rapids, and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves.


HERSHEY 5, ALBANY 0
Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals and Maxime Daigneault stopped 22 shots to lead Hershey to a 5-0 victory over Albany in front of 9,191 fans at the Giant Center.

Quintin Laing, Chad Wiseman and Eric Fehr also scored for the Bears (6-0-0-1), who have won 15 consecutive games against Albany dating to Apr. 7, 2004.

Daigneault stopped eight shots in the first period, eight shots in the second period and six more in the third en route to his first career AHL shutout.

Tyler Weiman finished with 34 saves for the River Rats, who have lost four straight games after winning three in a row.


WORCESTER 5, MANCHESTER 4
Scott Ferguson and Grant Stevenson scored third-period goals to lift Worcester to a 5-4 win over Manchester.

The see-saw game marked the Sharks’ fourth win in their last five outings.

Stevenson, who also had two assists on the night, scored the game-winner with 13:27 left in the game. Mathieu Darche scored his league-leading 11th goal of the season, and he, Ferguson and Garrett Stafford finished with a goal and an assist apiece.

The Monarchs got goals from Tim Jackman, Peter Harrold, Lauri Tukonen and Noah Clarke.


PROVIDENCE 7, PORTLAND 4
David Krejci scored twice and Petr Tenkrat and Martins Karsums had a goal and two assists each as Providence downed Portland, 7-4, at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Tyler Redenbach added three assists for the Bruins, who sent the Pirates to their second straight loss after a 6-0-0-1 start.

Portland’s Pierre Parenteau had a hat trick in the losing effort.


SYRACUSE 5, BINGHAMTON 1
Steven Goertzen scored twice and Geoff Platt had a goal and two assists as Syracuse defeated Binghamton, 5-1.

The Crunch were holding a 2-1 lead when they scored three consecutive power-play goals in less than three minutes midway through the third period.

Tomas Popperle made 27 saves, one night after shutting out division-leading Rochester.

After starting the season with six straight losses, Syracuse has outscored its opponents 10-1 in winning two in a row.