LAKE ERIE 2, SAN ANTONIO 1
Rookie David Jones scored twice and Mike Wall made 25 saves as Lake Erie took a 2-1 decision from San Antonio in front of 7,585 fans at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday night.
Jones ran his scoring streak to 10 games with his second two-goal effort of the season. He has seven goals and seven assists for the Monsters since New Year’s Day.
Jones tied the score with 1:19 left in the second period, then broke the deadlock with 5:56 left in the third. The game-winner was just Jones’s second even-strength goal of the season; he leads all AHL rookies with 12 power-play goals on the year.
Playing in just his second AHL game of the season, Mike Zigomanis scored the only goal for the Rampage. David LeNeveu stopped 26 shots in the loss, including a save on Brent Kelly’s penalty shot in the third period.
The win gives Lake Erie points in seven straight outings (4-0-2-1). San Antonio dropped to 4-1-1-0 through six games of its 14-game road trip.
HAMILTON 2, MANITOBA 1 (SO)
On the verge of their third consecutive shutout loss, Hamilton got a goal from Duncan Milroy with 52 seconds left in regulation and a 4-for-4 effort from goaltender Carey Price in the shootout as the Bulldogs stole a 2-1 win from Manitoba at the MTS Centre.
Milroy and Daniel Corso scored for Hamilton in the shootout as the ’Dogs moved to within one point of third-place Syracuse in the North Division.
QUAD CITY 4, HOUSTON 3 (SO)
Krys Kolanos capped a three-point night with the decisive goal in the shootout as Quad City took a 4-3 decision from Houston at Toyota Center on Friday.
Kolanos scored two goals and added an assist, and he now has 20 goals and 38 points in 33 games for the Flames.
Grant Stevenson, named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January earlier in the day, extended his scoring streak to 12 games (13g, 9a) with a goal and an assist for Quad City. 2008 AHL All-Star defenseman Adam Pardy recorded two assists.
Adrian Foster had a goal and an assist for the Aeros, who are winless in their last five games (0-3-1-1). Houston fell two points behind the sixth-place Flames in the West Division.
ALBANY 5, SYRACUSE 1
Brandon Nolan recorded a goal and three assists and Keith Aucoin matched an AHL season high with five helpers in Albany’s 5-1 win over visiting Syracuse.
The River Rats’ third straight win kept them in a tie for second place in the East Division.
Nolan now has points in 13 of his last 14 AHL games, notching 22 points (11g, 11a) in that span. Aucoin moved up to fifth in the league with 37 assists on the season.
Bryan Rodney added a goal and an assist for Albany while Jerome Samson, Jakub Petruzalek and former Crunch defenseman Mark Flood also scored. Michael Leighton registered 34 saves to improve to 16-15-2 on the year.
Alexandre Picard led Syracuse with a goal and an assist.
HARTFORD 6, SPRINGFIELD 2
Ryan Callahan and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau each scored twice and newly-appointed captain Andrew Hutchinson recorded three assists as Hartford rolled past Springfield, 6-2, at the XL Center.
Brodie Dupont had a goal and an assist and Thomas Pock also scored for the Wolf Pack, who are 8-1-2-0 in their last 11 games. Hartford has outscored its opponents 13-3 during its four-game winning streak.
Miika Wiikman made 20 saves to go to 13-4-1 on the year as the Pack moved into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division.
T.J. Kemp scored both goals for the Falcons, who have not won a road game in a building other than Lowell’s Tsongas Arena since Nov. 28. Springfield visits the Devils on Saturday.
MANCHESTER 4, PORTLAND 2
Vladimir Dravecky and Drew Bagnall each scored his first career AHL goal to lead Manchester to a 4-2 win at Portland.
With the victory, Manchester moved past Springfield and into fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Portland’s loss dropped them into third place, one point behind Hartford.
PHILADELPHIA 3, WORCESTER 2
Kyle Greentree scored twice and Brian Boucher made 26 saves as Philadelphia withstood a late flurry and edged Worcester, 3-2.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 5, BRIDGEPORT 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored four times in the second period en route to a 5-3 win over Bridgeport in the teams’ first meeting in more than three months.
Jeff Tambellini led the Sound Tigers with two goals and an assist. The 2008 AHL All-Star now has 22 goals and 15 assists in his last 23 games.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Bridgeport, which visits Hartford on Saturday.
NORFOLK 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (SO)
Paul Szczechura registered three points and Radek Smolenak scored once in regulation and once in the shootout to lead Norfolk to a 4-3 win at Binghamton.
Szczechura has a point in all seven games since joining the Admirals (5g, 5a) after going scoreless in his last 11 games with Iowa.
Kyle Wanvig scored in his return to the Norfolk lineup after an NHL stint with Tampa Bay, and Smolenak followed his third goal of the season with the clinching score in the fifth round of the shootout.
TORONTO 3, ROCHESTER 2 (OT)
Jeremy Williams scored 1:20 into overtime as Toronto escaped the Blue Cross Arena with a 3-2 win over Rochester.
The North-leading Marlies have points in seven straight games (6-0-1-0). The Americans fell to 2-21-2-2 since the start of December.
IOWA 3, GRAND RAPIDS 0
Tobias Stephan made 32 saves for his third shutout of the season, backstopping Iowa to a 3-0 win over Grand Rapids at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Griffins, who have been outscored 16-4 in those games. Jimmy Howard made 27 stops in defeat.
The teams meet again Saturday night.
ROCKFORD 2, PEORIA 1 (SO)
Petri Kontiola and Kris Versteeg scored in the shootout and Corey Crawford was outstanding in net as Rockford ended Peoria’s four-game winning streak with a 2-1 win over the Rivermen at Carver Arena.
Crawford stopped 38 shots in the game, including all 28 he faced over the first two periods, then went 4-for-5 in the shootout to earn his AHL-leading 24th victory of the year.
Chris Beckford-Tseu made 25 saves for Peoria.
Rockford’s lead atop the West Division is now four points over the second-place Rivermen and five over third-place Chicago.
MILWAUKEE 5, CHICAGO 4
Cal O’Reilly recorded three points, including the game-winning goal with 5:45 left in regulation, as Milwaukee eked out a 5-4 win over Chicago at the Bradley Center.
O’Reilly ran his scoring streak to five games (2g, 8a), while Matt Ellison, Josh Langfeld, Janne Niskala and Andreas Thuresson also scored for the Admirals. Cody Franson had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves in the win.
Milwaukee won its fourth straight at home, while the Wolves lost for just the third time in their last 10 road games.