River Rats’ offense explodes in 8-1 win over Norfolk

Friday’s Boxscores

Albany erupted for a season-high eight goals and cruised to an 8-1 victory over division-rival Norfolk on Friday at the Times Union Center.

Mike Angelidis scored twice and added an assist for the River Rats, while captain Pat Dwyer racked up a game-high four points (1-3-4) in the win. Albany captured its third straight victory and moved to 5-0-1-1 in its last seven games.

Jerome Samson, Stefan Chaput, Michael Ryan, Dwight Helminen, and Nick Dodge all added goals for the River Rats.

Jakub Petruzalek, Nicolas Blanchard, and Bryan Rodney each chipped in a pair of assists in the victory.

Albany entered the night averaging 2.38 goals per game through 21 outings, the third-lowest mark in the AHL. But the Rats scored three times in the first period, once in the second, and added four more in the third.

The eight goals were the most scored by an Albany club since an 8-6 win over Syracuse on March 28, 2007.

River Rats goaltender Daniel Manzato made 36 saves on 37 shots to earn the victory.

Mathieu Curadeau scored the Admirals’ lone goal in the losing effort, as Norfolk fell to 2-7-0-1 in its last 10 games.

Jeremy Williams scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season at 1:43 of overtime to give Toronto a 3-2 road win over Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena.

Jiri Tlusty and Kris Newbury tallied regulation goals for the Marlies. Newbury added a pair of assists on the night for a three-point effort.

Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge earned the victory with 22 saves on 24 shots, helping Toronto improve to 6-2-0-0 in its last eight games.

Darren Helm and Jamie Tardif netted goals for the Griffins, whose three-game winning streak came to an end.

Jesse Joensuu scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout as Bridgeport eked out a 6-5 road win over Binghamton at the Broome County Arena.

Trevor Smith, Mike Iggulden, and Ben Walter also scored in regulation for the Sound Tigers, who built a 5-3 lead by the 10:28 mark of the third period.

But Binghamton’s Drew Fata made it 5-4 at 15:46, and Ryan Shannon – recently reassigned by parent-club Ottawa – tied it on the power play at 19:34.

Smith and Kurtis McLean added shootout goals for Bridgeport, and goaltender Nathan Lawson made 46 saves through regulation and overtime before denying three of four in the shootout.

Philadelphia scored three goals in the game’s final 10:42 to take a 6-3 win over visiting Hartford at the Wachovia Spectrum.

With the game tied 3-3, the Phantoms received goals from Claude Giroux at 9:18 of the third period, John Laliberte at 11:51, and a penalty shot marker from Jonathan Matsumoto at 13:56.

Jared Ross scored twice for Philadelphia in the second period, and Boyd Kane also lit the lamp. Ross (2-1-3) and Giroux (1-2-3) each finished with three points on the night.

Philadelphia goaltender Scott Munroe stopped 38 of 41 shots to pick up the victory.

Artem Anisimov netted a pair of goals for the Wolf Pack, and Brodie Dupont also scored.

Lowell scored a goal in each period en route to a 3-1 road win over Providence before 6,698 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Alexander Vasyunov, Brad Mills, and Chad Wiseman all lit the lamp for the Devils. Wiseman, who also posted an assist, now has a goal in six straight games (6-4-10) to tie an AHL season high.

Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee stopped 29 of 30 shots in the winning effort, helping Lowell move to 7-1-0-0 in its last eight games.

Vladimir Sobotka netted the lone goal of the night for the Bruins, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Manchester jumped out to a 3-0 lead and withstood a late rally to emerge with a 3-2 win over visiting Worcester at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Brian Boyle, a member of the AHL’s All-Rookie Team last season, scored a shorthanded goal in his first appearance for the Monarchs in 2008-09. David Meckler and defenseman Alec Martinez added goals for Manchester.

Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Quick made 43 saves in the win, as Worcester held a 45-15 advantage in shots.

Steven Zalewski and Cory Larose netted third-period scores for the Sharks, who dropped their second straight game.

Springfield snapped a five-game losing skid with a 3-2 shootout win over Portland at the MassMutual Center.

Ryan Potulny, Viacheslav Trukhno, and Carl Corazzini all scored in the shootout for the Falcons, who moved back over .500 at 10-9-2-1.

Springfield’s Bryan Lerg and Derek Bekar exchanged regulation goals with Portland’s Nathan Gerbe and Marc-Andre Gragnani.

Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned the victory with 28 saves on 30 shots.

Drew Miller scored just 28 seconds into the game for Iowa, and the Chops went on to a 4-1 road win over Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.

Miller (1-1-2), Brian Salcido (0-2-2), and Adrian Veideman (0-2-2) posted two-point efforts for the Chops, while Troy Bodie, Ryan Donally, and T.J. Trevelyan added goals in the victory.

Chops goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur earned the victory with 34 saves on 35 shots, helping Iowa improve to 4-0-1-1 in its last six games.

Janis Sprukts netted the lone goal for the Americans, who are winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1).

Defenseman Jonas Junland netted a goal and two assists as Peoria edged struggling Chicago, 3-2, at Carver Arena to sweep a home-and-home set from its in-state rivals.

Julian Talbot and Josh Soares also scored for the Rivermen, with all three goals coming on the power play. Soares now has a goal in four straight games (4-2-6).

Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop made a season-high 42 saves on 44 shots to pick up the win and improve to 3-1-0 in his last four games.

Joe Motzko and Brett Sterling netted power play goals for the Wolves, who lost their third straight game and fell to 3-7-0-0 in their last 10 outings.

Defenseman David Schlemko tallied his first two career AHL goals to help San Antonio to a 3-2 win over visiting Manitoba at the AT&T Center.

His second of the night came on the power play 3:22 into the third period to break a 2-2 tie. David Spina and Jeff Hoggan also netted goals for the Rampage, and Joel Perrault contributed a pair of assists.

San Antonio, in last place in the AHL, won its second game in as many nights on the heels of a 17-game winless skid. It came at the expense of a Manitoba squad that sits atop the Western Conference standings at 17-5-0-0.

Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman earned the win with 19 saves on 22 shots.

Jason Krog and Michael Grabner posted a goal and an assist for the Moose, and Mark Cullen also lit the lamp.

Defenseman Jean-Claude Sawyer broke a 2-2 tie at 16:29 of the third period, and Rockford went on to a 3-2 road win over Quad City at the I Wireless Center.

The IceHogs initially jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a first-period goal from Mike Radja and the second-period tally by Dan Bertram, his first professional goal.

Quad City’s Kyle Greentree made it a 2-1 game on the power play late in the second period, and Adam Cracknell tallied the equalizer 9:23 into the third, setting the stage for Sawyer’s game-winner.

IceHogs goaltender Antti Niemi earned the victory with 25 saves on 27 shots.