ALBANY 4, TORONTO 1
Albany took a 3-1 lead after the first period and never looked back on its way to a 4-1 road victory over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday. Albany, at 20-15-0-2 on the season, moved to within three points of first-place Philadelphia in the East Division.
Jerome Samson was one of three River Rats skaters to notch a goal and two assists in the contest.
Samson started the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 5:41 of the opening period, his 13th marker of the season.
Albany goaltender Michael Leighton secured the victory with 23 saves on 24 shots. Toronto netminder Justin Pogge suffered his first regulation loss since Nov. 17, having gone 8-0-2 in 10 decisions since.
The loss also ended the Marlies’ winning streak at six games.
IOWA 3, PEORIA 2
A pair of second-period goals was the difference as Iowa downed host Peoria by a 3-2 final at the Carver Arena.
HARTFORD 5, MANCHESTER 2
Nigel Dawes scored two of Hartford’s five second-period goals as the Wolf Pack dropped host Manchester by a 5-2 score before 8,021 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Hartford goaltender Miika Wiikman turned aside 26 shots, improving to 7-1-0 on the campaign.
LOWELL 4, WORCESTER 3
Lowell scored three times on the power play and edged host Worcester, 4-3, at the DCU Center.
Devils goaltender Frank Doyle stopped 33 of 36 shots sent his way, helping his club extend its season-high winning streak to four games.
SYRACUSE 4, ROCHESTER 0
Tom Sestito notched two goals as Syracuse blanked host Rochester by a 4-0 count at the Blue Cross Arena.
A night after picking up his first AHL win of the season, Syracuse goaltender Craig Kowalski earned his first shutout, stopping all 19 shots he faced.
It marked the second time the Amerks were blanked in as many nights, and Rochester fell to 1-12-0-0 in its last 13 outings.