MANCHESTER 6, BINGHAMTON 5 (SO)
Manchester coughed up a 5-1 lead in the third period but rebounded to take a 6-5 shootout win over host Binghamton on Saturday. Justin Azevedo netted a regulation goal and the winning shootout tally for the Monarchs.
Rookie forward Corey Elkins registered two goals and an assist for the Monarchs, who also received regulation markers from Brandon Segal and Oscar Moller.
Defenseman Andrew Campbell chipped in two assists, helping Manchester build a 5-1 advantage by the 3:34 mark of the third period.
But the Senators climbed off the mat with four straight goals to tie it. Captain Denis Hamel began the rally with an unassisted tally at 10:59, Kaspars Daugavins scored at 12:08, Martin St. Pierre followed at 15:21, and defenseman Craig Schira netted the equalizer on the power play at 19:09.
Ryan Keller finished with a goal and two helpers for the Senators, and defenseman Erik Karlsson also picked up three points (0-3-3).
Moller scored in the first shootout round for Manchester, and after Hamel countered in the third round, Azevedo won it for the visitors with a fifth-round conversion.
Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 40 saves through the first 65 minutes before his 4-for-5 performance in the shootout.
LAKE ERIE 3, HOUSTON 1
Brian Willsie netted a goal and assisted on the game-winner as Lake Erie captured a 3-1 win over Houston at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Monsters snapped a five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1) and earned a split of their two-game weekend set with the Aeros.
Willsie opened the game’s scoring at 5:24 of the second period and then picked up a helper on a power play goal by Darren Haydar just 1:32 later.
Houston closed to within 2-1 on a power play score by defenseman Ryan Gunderson late in the middle frame, but Lake Erie’s Brian Fahey sealed the victory with a third-period empty-netter.
Monsters goaltender Tyler Weiman earned the victory with 19 saves in net.
ADIRONDACK 3, BRIDGEPORT 2 (SO)
Adirondack poured 52 shots on net and was rewarded with a 3-2 shootout win over visiting Bridgeport at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
David Laliberte and Stefan Legein netted regulation goals for the Phantoms, with Legein’s coming unassisted and shorthanded to tie the contest 4:32 into the third period.
Patrick Maroon registered the winning shootout goal in the seventh round, and Adirondack also got a fourth-round conversion off the stick of Krys Kolanos.
Greg Moore and Matt Martin scored in regulation for the Sound Tigers, and Trevor Smith lit the lamp in the first shootout round.
Adirondack goaltender Nic Riopel earned the win with 25 saves in net. Scott Munroe took the tough-luck loss for Bridgeport after finishing with 49 saves through the first 65 minutes.
ALBANY 2, NORFOLK 1 (OT)
Rookie Zach Boychuk scored 1:46 into overtime as Albany rallied for a 2-1 win over visiting Norfolk at the Times Union Center.
The game was scoreless through the first two periods and into the third before Radek Smolenak’s first goal of the season gave the Admirals a 1-0 lead at 4:46.
Norfolk seemed headed for a regulation victory, but River Rats captain Pat Dwyer tallied the equalizer with 1:55 to play in the third, sending the contest to overtime.
Dwyer then picked up an assist on Boychuk’s overtime winner, as did defenseman Jonathan Paiement.
Rats goaltender Justin Peters stopped 19 of 20 shots in the winning effort.
ROCHESTER 3, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Rochester handed Grand Rapids its first home defeat of the season on Saturday, taking a 3-1 decision at Van Andel Arena.
Jamie Johnson figured into all three goals for the Americans, scoring once and posting a pair of assists. Defenseman Matt Duffy had a goal and a helper, fellow rearguard Jordan Henry also scored, and Jeff Taffe chipped in two assists.
Amerks goaltender Alexander Salak bounced back from his first loss of the season on Thursday to stop 33 of 34 shots in the winning effort.
Defenseman Logan Pyett lit the lamp for the Griffins, who had been 8-0-0-0 at home and entered the night on a nine-game winning streak overall.
HAMILTON 5, SYRACUSE 1
Mike Glumac racked up two goals and an assist as Hamilton cruised to a 5-1 win over visiting Syracuse at Copps Coliseum on Saturday.
Ryan Russell also scored twice, and David Desharnais posted a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs, who reeled off five straight goals after falling behind 1-0.
Ben Maxwell (0-3-3), Sergei Kostitsyn (0-2-2), and Brock Trotter (0-2-2) all registered multiple assists for Hamilton, and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins earned the win with 22 saves.
Alexandre Picard netted the Crunch’s lone goal of the night.
LOWELL 5, PROVIDENCE 3
Lowell staked itself to a 3-0 lead after the first period and went on to post a 5-3 win over visiting Providence at Tsongas Arena.
Rookie Nathan Perkovich netted a pair of goals for the Devils, while Ben Walter and defenseman Olivier Magnan each posted a goal and a helper. Patrick Davis also scored in the victory, and defenseman Tyler Eckford registered three assists for his third consecutive three-point effort.
Vladimir Zharkov also posted multiple assists (0-2-2) for the Devils, who captured their fifth straight win and moved five games over .500 (10-5-3-0) for the season.
Lowell goaltender Mike McKenna earned the victory with 26 saves in net.
Mikko Lehtonen paced Providence with a goal and two assists, and Jamie Arniel and defenseman Jeff Penner each posted a goal and a helper.
The Bruins fell to 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 contests.
HERSHEY 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Hershey scored once in each period en route to a 3-1 win over visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before 10,044 fans at the Giant Center on Saturday.
Boyd Kane, Karl Alzner, and Kyle Wilson netted goals for the Bears, who extended their winning streak to four games and improved to 8-1-0-0 in their last nine contests.
Hershey goaltender Michal Neuvirth stopped 27 of 28 shots to pick up the win in net.
The Penguins received their lone goal off the stick of Jesse Boulerice midway through the third period.
HARTFORD 4, WORCESTER 0
Rookie goaltender Chad Johnson made 35 saves for his second shutout in as many nights as Hartford cruised to a 4-0 road win over Worcester at the DCU Center.
Johnson, who blanked Manchester on 26 shots Friday night, picked up his third whitewash overall and improved to 8-4-0 on the campaign.
Defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead 49 seconds into the third period, and Hartford padded its lead with third-period goals by Brodie Dupont (1-1-2), Ryan Garlock, and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti.
Corey Locke picked up two assists to give him a league-leading 24 points (9-15-24) on the season.
The Sharks dropped their fourth consecutive game and were shut out for the first time this season.
PEORIA 5, MILWAUKEE 4
Brendan Bell’s power play goal at 19:44 of the third period broke a 4-4 tie and sent Peoria to a 5-4 win over visiting Milwaukee at Carver Arena on Saturday.
Bell finished with a goal and two assists for the Rivermen, who previously held leads of 2-0, 3-1, and 4-3 on the night. Barry Tallackson, Brett Sonne, Yan Stastny, and Chris Porter also netted goals in the victory, and rookie Lars Eller chipped in two helpers.
The Rivermen went 3-for-4 on the power play, and goaltender Hannu Toivonen earned the win with 25 saves in net.
Cal O’Reilly paced Milwaukee with a goal and two helpers, and the Admirals also received tallies from Hugh Jessiman, Mark Matheson, and defenseman Teemu Laakso.
CHICAGO 4, TEXAS 3 (OT)
Brett Sterling lit the lamp 27 seconds into overtime, sending Chicago to a 4-3 road win over Texas before 6,863 fans at the Cedar Park Center.
The Wolves sent the contest to overtime when Tim Stapleton’s power play goal tied it up at 3-3 with 51 seconds to play in regulation.
Jason Krog and Spencer Machacek also scored for Chicago, and defenseman Chris Chelios chipped in two assists. Krog (1-2-3) and Sterling (1-2-3) each finished with a game-high three points.
Chicago goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 29 shots in net, helping his club improve to 6-2-0-0 in its last eight games and climb back to .500 overall at 7-7-0-1.
Warren Peters, Francis Wathier, and Greg Rallo all scored for the Stars, who still extended their points streak to 10 games (7-0-2-1).
ROCKFORD 6, ABBOTSFORD 3
Six different Rockford skaters found the back of the net as the IceHogs doubled up visiting Abbotsford by a 6-3 count at the MetroCentre.
Mark Cullen, Danny Bois, and defenseman Brian Connelly all finished with a goal and a helper for Rockford, while Nathan Davis, Akim Aliu, and Jack Skille also netted goals.
Fourteen IceHogs skaters earned at least a point on the night, and goaltender Joe Fallon earned the victory with 27 saves on 30 shots between the pipes.
Rookie defenseman John Negrin posted a goal and a helper for the Heat, who also received tallies from Mikael Backlund and David Van der Gulik. Jason Jaffray chipped in a pair of assists in the loss.
MANITOBA 2, TORONTO 1 (SO)
Captain Mike Keane and rookie Eric Walsky netted shootout goals to boost Manitoba past visiting Toronto by a 2-1 count before 9,171 fans at the MTS Centre.
The Moose earned a sweep of the teams’ two-game set in Winnipeg and captured back-to-back wins for the first time since defeating Abbotsford and Lake Erie from Oct. 14-16.
Rookies Tyler Bozak of the Marlies and Sergei Shirokov of the Moose traded regulation tallies. Jiri Tlusty converted Toronto’s first shootout try before Keane and Walsky responded in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.
Moose goaltender Cory Schneider made 20 saves through the first 65 minutes before turning aside four of five in the shootout.
The Marlies are now winless in three straight contests (0-2-0-1) on the heels of a three-game winning streak.