HARTFORD 6, NORFOLK 2
Hartford converted on four of six power plays and cruised to a 6-2 win over visiting Norfolk on Friday at the XL Center.
Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson notched a game-high five points (1-4-5) for the Wolf Pack and now has 14 points in his last seven contests (6-8-14). Hartford, which sits second in the Atlantic Division, is 16-3-2-2 over its last 23 games.
Lauri Korpikoski netted a pair of goals for the Wolf Pack, giving the second-year North American pro five goals in his last three contests (5-0-5).
Wolf Pack goaltender Miika Wiikman secured the victory with 16 saves. Hartford held a final shots advantage of 41-18.
Blair Jones and Rob Klinkhammer lit the lamp for Norfolk. Admirals goaltender Marc Denis picked up the lone assist on Jones’ goal after giving the second-year pro a strong outlet pass on the right wing.
BINGHAMTON 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)
Josh Hennessy tied the game with 1:44 left in regulation and added a shootout marker to lift Binghamton over host Philadelphia, 3-2, before 9,755 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Sens goaltender Brian Elliott made 36 saves through regulation and overtime, and denied six of seven Phantoms in the shootout.
PORTLAND 6, LOWELL 3
Portland scored three times in the third period to pull away with a 6-3 victory over visiting Lowell at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Portland netminder Mike McKenna stopped 23 of 26 shots in the victory.
BRIDGEPORT 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
Rookie Trevor Smith broke a 2-2 tie with 3:01 left in regulation, giving Bridgeport a critical 3-2 victory over host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Wachovia Arena.
Smith now has a nine-game scoring streak (6-5-11) for the Sound Tigers, who pulled within three points of the Penguins for the East Division’s final playoff spot.
IOWA 6, HAMILTON 0
Six different skaters lit the lamp, and goaltender Tobias Stephan made 23 saves for his AHL-leading sixth shutout of the season as Iowa cooled off Hamilton with a 6-0 road victory at Copps Coliseum.
Stephan improved his season record to an even 21-21-2. Four of his six shutouts were recorded in the month of February.
The loss ended Hamilton’s points streak at eight games (7-0-1-0).
ALBANY 4, SPRINGFIELD 3
Pat Dwyer’s shorthanded goal at 6:09 of the third period lifted Albany to a 4-3 victory over host Springfield at the MassMutual Center.
But the River Rats scored three times in the third period to take a 3-2 advantage. Kiel McLeod and Marc Cavosie each tallied their first AHL goals since the 2005-06 season, when both were with Philadelphia, and Jamie Johnson also scored.
Springfield’s Stephane Goulet tied it with a power play goal early in the third, setting the stage for Dwyer’s game-winner.
River Rats goaltender Justin Peters made 28 saves in the victory, which was Albany’s season-high fifth in a row.
SYRACUSE 2, TORONTO 1 (OT)
Duvie Westcott’s first AHL goal since the 2002-03 campaign came at 3:58 of overtime and sent Syracuse to a 3-2 victory over visiting Toronto at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Goehring earned the victory with 32 saves on 33 shots.
PROVIDENCE 3, MILWAUKEE 1
Providence netted a goal in each period on its way to a 3-1 victory over host Milwaukee at the Bradley Center in the first of a five-game swing through the West Division.
Rask finished with 13 saves on the night, helping the league-leading Bruins to their fourth consecutive victory.
GRAND RAPIDS 4, PEORIA 2
In his first game back following an NHL stint with Detroit, defenseman Kyle Quincey notched the eventual game-winner as Grand Rapids doubled up host Peoria, 4-2, at the Carver Arena.
Quincey scored at 5:12 of the third period to give the Griffins a 3-1 advantage. After Peoria’s Trent Whitfield netted a power play goal at 15:12 to make it a one-score game, Griffins center Mark Cullen sealed the victory with an empty-netter in the closing seconds.
Julian Talbot netted the Rivermen’s other goal. Peoria finished 1-9-0-1 for the month of February.
SAN ANTONIO 3, CHICAGO 2 (SO)
Mike Zigomanis netted both San Antonio goals in regulation, and the Rampage went on to a 3-2 shootout win over visiting Chicago at the AT&T Center.
The teams alternated goals through regulation. Chicago’s Colin Stuart started the scoring with an unassisted, shorthanded goal 5:44 into the contest, but Zigomanis tied it at 6:23 of the second.
Wolves goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 40 saves in the losing effort.
WORCESTER 2, MANCHESTER 1
Tom Cavanagh’s goal at 3:35 of the third period proved to be the difference as Worcester eked out a 2-1 victory over visiting Manchester before 7,048 fans at the DCU Center.
Derek Joslin also scored for the Sharks, and J.D. Forrest assisted on both goals. Worcester moved within five points of Manchester for fifth place in the Atlantic Division and nine back of Springfield for fourth.
Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss earned the victory with 28 saves on 29 shots.
The Monarchs initially took a 1-0 lead at 10:59 of the second period on defenseman Jeff Likens’ first goal of the season, a power play marker.
LAKE ERIE 7, ROCKFORD 4
Brent Kelly notched a hat trick and Wyatt Smith tallied a game-high four points (2-2-4) as visiting Lake Erie rolled over Rockford by a 7-4 count at the MetroCentre.
Rookie T.J. Hensick posted a goal and an assist for the Monsters in his second game back after a month-long stint in the NHL with Colorado.
Eric Healey also scored for the Monsters, and Brad Richardson contributed three assists in the victory. Monsters goaltender Mike Wall earned the win with 25 saves, helping Lake Erie snap a three-game losing streak.