ALBANY 8, NORFOLK 1
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.
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.
TORONTO 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (OT)
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.
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.
BRIDGEPORT 6, BINGHAMTON 5 (SO)
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.
PHILADELPHIA 6, HARTFORD 3
Philadelphia scored three goals in the game’s final 10:42 to take a 6-3 win over visiting Hartford at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Philadelphia goaltender Scott Munroe stopped 38 of 41 shots to pick up the victory.
LOWELL 3, PROVIDENCE 1
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.
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 3, WORCESTER 2
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.
SPRINGFIELD 3, PORTLAND 2 (SO)
Springfield snapped a five-game losing skid with a 3-2 shootout win over Portland at the MassMutual Center.
Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned the victory with 28 saves on 30 shots.
IOWA 4, ROCHESTER 1
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.
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).
PEORIA 3, CHICAGO 2
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.
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.
SAN ANTONIO 3, MANITOBA 2
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.
ROCKFORD 3, QUAD CITY 2
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.
IceHogs goaltender Antti Niemi earned the victory with 25 saves on 27 shots.