PHILADELPHIA 4, SYRACUSE 3 (SO)
Stefan Ruzicka tallied two goals and an assist in regulation, and 2008 AHL All-Star Alexandre Picard notched the decisive shootout goal to lead Philadelphia past visiting Syracuse by a 4-3 final on Tuesday at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Goaltender Brian Boucher made a season-high 43 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped four of five in the shootout for the Phantoms, who secured their third consecutive victory.
Both of Ruzicka’s regulation goals came on the power play, one each in the first and third periods. Picard assisted on both tallies.
MacKenzie also scored earlier in the game for the Crunch. The two-goal effort gave him 20 markers for the season.
The victory gave Philadelphia a split of their two-game season series with the Crunch, avenging a 5-3 loss in Syracuse on Jan. 16.
HOUSTON 7, PEORIA 1
Houston scored four goals in the second period and added three more in the third for a 7-1 road victory over Peoria at the Carver Arena.
The seven tallies marked a season high for Houston and came just two days after being blanked in a 1-0 loss at Toronto.
MANITOBA 6, IOWA 3
Brad Moran scored twice and added an assist as Manitoba doubled up visiting Iowa by a 6-3 count at the MTS Centre.