On a unique night of hockey in Iowa, the Peoria Rivermen earned four big points by wrapping up a 5-3 victory over the host Stars in the completion of a game suspended due to unsafe ice on Nov. 13, then earning a 4-3 shootout victory in the nightcap.
The wins moved Peoria into second place in the West Division with a record of 14-6-0-1. Iowa saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Picking up the suspended game at the start of the third period with a 4-3 lead, Peoria held on for victory despite being outshot 10-3 over the final 20 minutes. Jon DiSalvatore, who was playing in a tournament in Germany when the first two periods were played last month, iced the win with an empty-net goal.
In the regularly-scheduled game, the Stars scored three times in the third period, including a shorthanded marker from Mathias Tjarnqvist, to take a 3-2 lead, before Trent Whitfield tied the score with 5:59 left in regulation.
Mike Smith finished with 38 saves for Iowa, which was outshot 42-21 for the game. Reinhard Divis stopped all four Stars attempts in the shootout to nail down the win.
Elsewhere on Saturday:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied a single-season AHL record with its 13th straight road victory in 2005-06 and improved to 20-0-2-0 on the year, getting a Ryan Stone goal with 1:47 left in regulation to get past Norfolk, 3-2… Manchester ran its points streak to 13 games (10-0-1-2), but Jim Campbell‘s goal 49 seconds into overtime gave Springfield a 1-0 win over the Monarchs… Jiri Hudler scored with 20 seconds left in overtime to give Grand Rapids a 5-4 win over Milwaukee at a sold-out Van Andel Arena… Denis Hamel scored twice and Kelly Guard made 24 saves as Binghamton beat Albany, 2-1… Bridgeport earned its second straight shutout, as Wade Dubielewicz made 33 saves in a 3-0 win over Philadelphia… Steve Bancroft, Zenith Komarniski and Lynn Loyns all scored their first goal of the season in the third period to lead Omaha to a 6-4 win in Chicago… Joakim Lindstrom scored twice in regulation, including once on a penalty shot, and netted the deciding goal in the shootout as Syracuse nipped Hershey, 5-4… Chad Larose scored two shorthanded goals and Vitaly Kolesnik made 35 saves as Lowell got past Providence, 2-0… Maxime Ouellet made 23 saves in his Moose debut, helping Manitoba to a 2-1 win over Rochester… Thomas Pock scored 37 seconds into overtime to give Hartford a 5-4 win in Portland… John Pohl and Kris Newbury scored in the third period as Toronto beat Hamilton, 2-1.