Raymond’s hat trick paces Moose to fifth straight victory

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Mason Raymond (pictured) netted a hat trick and added two assists as Manitoba defeated Rochester by a 5-3 final on Wednesday at the Blue Cross Arena. Raymond scored one goal in the first period and notched two more in the second for the Moose, who have won five straight games and remain one point back of Toronto for first place in the North Division.

The victory also extended Manitoba’s winning streak against the Americans dating back to last season to eight consecutive games, including all four match-ups of the current campaign.

Raymond’s hat trick made him the first Manitoba skater to record a multiple-goal game this season.

Colby Genoway and Greg Classen also scored for the Moose, and goaltender Drew MacIntyre improved to 7-1-0 in his last eight starts with 22 saves in net.

Rochester’s Anthony Stewart had a goal and an assist in the game, as did Rob Globke. The Americans made the game closer in the third period, as Globke and Stefan Meyer both scored.

Globke now has a point in five of his last six outings (3-4-6), and Meyer has three goals in two games (3-1-4) since rejoining the club from the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

Springfield scored three times in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and take a 4-1 victory over Manchester at the MassMutual Center.

Ben Simon, Patrick Thoresen, and Fredrik Johansson all scored in the third for the Falcons, with all three coming by the 5:35 mark of the period.

Thoresen also tallied Springfield’s first goal, which came just 41 seconds into the second period.

Springfield won despite being outshot 34-20, including 18-4 in the second period. Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers made 33 saves for the Falcons, who have picked up a standings point in seven straight games (5-0-1-1).

Matt Ryan scored the Monarchs’ lone goal, which came unassisted at 15:39 of the second period.

Providence netted a goal in each period and edged past Hartford by a 3-2 final at the Hartford Civic Center. The win allowed the Bruins (12-2-1-0) to maintain first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Bruins received goals from David Krejci, Byron Bitz, and Jeff Hoggan in the first, second, and third periods, respectively.

Matt Hendricks posted two assists and was plus-2 on the night, and goaltender Mike Brown made 26 saves in net.

Pascal Pelletier and Vladimir Sobotka were both held off the scoresheet for Providence, ending their respective point-scoring streaks at nine and eight games.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau notched both of the Wolf Pack’s goals, extending his own point-scoring streak to five games (3-4-7).

In a game where all the scoring occurred in the second period, Hershey posted a 2-1 victory over Bridgeport at the Giant Center.

Chris Bourque and Joe Motzko scored for the Bears, who won their fourth straight game and moved into a tie for third place in the East Division.

Goaltender Frederic Cassivi stopped 38 of 39 shots to extend his personal winning streak to a season-high three games.

The Sound Tigers’ lone goal was scored by Jeff Tambellini, which at the time gave Bridgeport a 1-0 advantage at 6:40 of the second period. Tambellini now has a point in four consecutive outings (2-4-6).

Hamilton erupted for six goals on its way to a 6-3 road victory over Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena.

Jonathan Ferland paced the Bulldogs’ offense with a pair of goals, while Ryan O’Byrne, Corey Locke, Marvin Degon, and Cory Urquhart also scored.

Degon’s tally gave him a three-game goal-scoring streak for the first time as a professional. He had a two-game streak last March 9-10 as a member of Hartford.

Grand Rapids received goals from Carl Corazzini, Jakub Kindl, and Darren Helm in the losing effort. They lost despite holding a 45-24 advantage in shots.

The Griffins have now lost seven straight home games to begin the season (0-7-0-0) and are winless in nine straight overall (0-8-1-0), both of which tie franchise records set in the 2004-05 season.

Gerald Coleman made 31 saves in a shutout performance as Portland blanked Lowell by a 3-0 final at the Tsongas Arena.

Andrew Ebbett scored all the offense the Pirates would need on the power play at 15:09 of the second period. He was assisted by Brian Salcido and Geoff Platt.

Platt now has a point in each of his first four games as a member of the Pirates (3-4-7).

Tyler Bouck and Salcido added goals in the game’s final minute, with Salcido’s going into an empty net.

Portland has now won three straight road contests after going without a victory in its first five this season (0-3-1-1).

After being held without a goal in two straight games and one period of a third, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton unloaded with four in the second period on Wednesday and never looked back on its way to a 6-0 victory over Worcester at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.

Six different Penguins lit the lamp, led by two-point (1-1-2) performances by Tim Brent, Connor James, and Kurtis McLean.

Chris Minard contributed a pair of assists, and defenseman Alex Goligoski added one helper and was plus-4 on the night.

Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin earned the shutout, stopping all 28 shots sent his way.

Norfolk exploded for an AHL season-high five first-period goals on its way to a 7-3 victory over Philadelphia at the Norfolk Scope.

Blair Jones led the Admirals with two goals and an assist, all of which came as part of Norfolk’s first-period attack.

The Admirals also received first-period goals from Kyle Wanvig, Jeff Campbell, and Craig MacDonald, who added a pair of helpers in the game. Wanvig’s goal came via a penalty shot, and he has now lit the lamp in six straight games (7-4-11).

Goaltender Jonathan Boutin earned the victory with 28 saves.

Steve Downie, Jared Ross, and Alexandre Picard scored for the Phantoms, who have lost two of their last three games (1-2-0-0).

Toronto scored a pair of goals late in the second period and held on for a 2-1 win over Lake Erie at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies improved to 6-1-0-1 at home with the victory.

The first period and a half was scoreless before Jeremy Williams gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 9:15 of the second period.

Only one penalty was called in the entire game – a hooking minor on Toronto’s Jay Harrison at 18:34 of the second – but the game’s final two goals would be scored on the resulting five-on-four situation.

Ben Ondrus extended the Marlies’ lead with a shorthanded tally at 18:49 of the period. Just 36 seconds later, with Harrison still in the penalty box, Lake Erie’s Chris Stewart netted a power play goal to cut the deficit in half.

The Monsters would fail to get the equalizer, though, as Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge finished with 16 saves in the winning effort.

Jason Krog tallied the eventual game-winner at 2:22 of the second period as Chicago defeated Peoria, 2-1, at the Allstate Arena.

Krog picked up the primary assist on the Wolves’ first goal, scored by Jesse Schultz at 7:16 of the opening period. In turn, Schultz assisted on Krog’s marker in the second.

In between, the Rivermen’s Charles Linglet made it a 1-1 game with his second goal of the season at 1:38 of the middle stanza.

Chicago goaltender Robert Gherson secured the victory with 29 saves on 30 shots.

Quad City scored a pair of power play goals in the second period to rally for a 3-1 win over Iowa at the I Wireless Center.

Grant Stevenson scored his third goal in the last two nights at 6:43 of the second period, and David Van der Gulik followed at 9:24

Van der Gulik added an empty-netter in the closing minute for the Flames, who are 6-1-0-0 in their last seven games and have climbed back to the .500 mark overall at 8-8-1-2.

Goaltender Brent Krahn picked up the win with 34 saves on 35 shots.

The Stars’ lone goal was scored by Marty Sertich, which came on the power play and initially gave Iowa a 1-0 lead at 11:46 of the first period.