PROVIDENCE 3, WORCESTER 1
Wacey Rabbit netted a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, as Providence took a 3-1 road victory over Worcester on Friday at the DCU Center.
Rabbit scored an even strength goal in the opening period and provided a shorthanded insurance goal in the final stanza for the Bruins, who moved into first place overall in the AHL at 5-0-0-1 (11 points). Providence finished last season as the AHL’s regular-season points champion.
The Bruins were outshot 34-12 for the contest but still avenged a shootout loss at Worcester last weekend, which remains the only blemish on their record thus far.
Defenseman Derek Joslin tallied the Sharks’ lone goal on the power play in the second period.
HARTFORD 2, PHILADELPHIA 1
Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti posted a goal and an assist as Hartford edged visiting Philadelphia, 2-1, at the XL Center.
With the game tied 1-1, Sanguinetti scored at 5:43 of the third period to provide the winning margin. Hartford goaltender Miika Wiikman earned the win with 30 saves on 31 shots.
PORTLAND 4, BRIDGEPORT 3
Mark Mancari and Tyler Bouck tallied goals in the third period to help Portland rally past Bridgeport by a 4-3 final at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Bouck’s game-winner came with just 2:51 remaining in regulation.
MANCHESTER 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
Manchester took a 3-0 lead with 4:31 left in regulation but had to hold off a late Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rally to emerge with a 3-2 win over the Penguins at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
SPRINGFIELD 3, ALBANY 2
Springfield scored three times in the first period and held on for a 3-2 home-ice win over Albany at the MassMutual Center.
Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned the win between the pipes with 25 saves.
SYRACUSE 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (OT)
Jonathan Sigalet’s first goal in a Syracuse uniform came 4:04 into overtime to give the Crunch a 4-3 win over visiting Binghamton at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Crunch goaltender Dan LaCosta stopped 30 of 33 shots in the winning effort.
ROCHESTER 5, QUAD CITY 4
Drew Larman, Karl Stewart, and Kenndal McArdle all posted a goal and an assist as Rochester got into the victory column with a 5-4 home-ice decision over Quad City at the Blue Cross Arena.
Michael Duco and Shawn Matthias also lit the lamp for the Americans, who had begun the season with five straight regulation losses. It marked the first AHL head coaching win for Rochester bench boss Benoit Groulx.
MILWAUKEE 6, PEORIA 3
Six different skaters netted goals as Milwaukee doubled up visiting Peoria by a 6-3 count at the Bradley Center.
IOWA 4, LAKE ERIE 3
Drew Miller’s power play goal at 15:57 of the third period lifted Iowa to a 4-3 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa goaltender David LeNeveu made 22 saves to pick up the victory.
MANITOBA 3, HOUSTON 1
Manitoba handed Houston its first loss of the young campaign, a 3-1 home-ice decision before 6,614 fans at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
After a scoreless first period, Krys Kolanos put the Aeros on top 18:25 into the second with his fourth goal in three AHL games this season.
The Moose rallied in the third period, however, as Mark Cullen tallied the equalizer just 1:02 into the stanza. Mario Bliznak’s first professional goal gave Manitoba the lead at 9:06, and Michel Ouellet sealed the victory with an empty-net marker at 18:39.
Moose goaltender Cory Schneider made 17 saves in the winning effort, as Manitoba captured its third consecutive game after starting the year with two straight losses.
ROCKFORD 5, NORFOLK 4 (SO)
Tim Brent tallied both a regulation and shootout goal as Rockford outlasted visiting Norfolk by a 5-4 final at the MetroCentre.
Pelletier and Nathan Davis joined Brent with shootout goals for the IceHogs, and netminder Corey Crawford stopped three of four attempts by his former team after making 28 saves through regulation and overtime.