Aleksander Suglobov scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead Albany to a 6-2 win over Binghamton on opening night at the Pepsi Arena on Friday.
Zach Parise added a goal and an assist in his professional debut, and Ari Ahonen made 21 saves as Robbie Ftorek earned his 300th career victory as an AHL head coach.
Suglobov, who was selected to participate in the AHL All-Star Classic as a rookie in 2004 before missing much of the season due to injury, helped the River Rats race out to a 5-0 by the 5:17 mark of the second period. Ray Emery allowed four goals on 12 shots before being relieved by Billy Thompson in the Senators’ net.
Pascal Rheaume, Cam Janssen and Ivan Khomutov also scored for Albany.
Elsewhere on Friday night in the AHL:
In the first AHL game in Edmonton, the Road Runners sent 16,001 fans home happy as J.J. Hunter scored 90 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win over visiting Hamilton… Grand Rapids scored twice in the second period to erase a two-goal deficit, then converted on three of four attempts in a shootout to knock off Cleveland, 3-2, at a sold-out Van Andel Arena… Yanick Lehoux scored twice in a four-goal first period as Manchester rolled to a 5-2 win over Worcester before a capacity crowd at the Verizon Wireless Arena… Milwaukee celebrated its 2004 Calder Cup championship with a 4-2 win over Chicago at the Bradley Center; Darren Haydar and Timofei Shishkanov tallied a goal and an assist apiece… Jim Vandermeer‘s tiebreaking goal with 13:44 left in regulation lifted Norfolk past Hershey, 3-2… Adam Henrich netted his first two professional goals as Springfield defeated Providence, 4-3… The line of Lee Goren (3g, 1a), Jeff Heerema (4a) and Ryan Kesler (1g, 2a) led Manitoba in a 7-2 rout at Rochester… Lukas Krajicek and Kamil Kreps scored in the first period, providing San Antonio all the offense it would need in a 2-1 win over Houston… Brad Moran had a goal and an assist and Pascal Leclaire made 28 saves as Syracuse shut out St. John’s, 3-0… Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots as Cincinnati made it two in a row with a 4-3 win at Utah.