LAKE ERIE 4, PEORIA 1
Rookie forward David Marshall scored his first AHL goal of the season and assisted on the game-winner as Lake Erie dropped Peoria by a 4-1 count on Saturday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Monsters earned a sweep of their two-game set against the Rivermen and moved to 5-1-0-0 in their last six games overall.
After a scoreless first period, Lake Erie took control with a pair of second-period tallies. Marshall lit the lamp at 7:30 and then picked up the lone assist on a goal by defenseman Brian Fahey at 18:51.
Brock Bradford extended the Monsters’ advantage to 3-0 at 12:51 of the third frame. After Chris Porter put Peoria on the board at 18:28, Matthew Ford sealed the Lake Erie victory with an empty-netter at 19:35.
Ford and Marshall each finished with a goal and a helper on the afternoon, and Monsters goaltender Tyler Weiman (4-3-0) earned the win with 39 saves in net.
LOWELL 3, SPRINGFIELD 2 (OT)
Tim Sestito scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season at 2:43 of overtime as Lowell took a 3-2 road win over Springfield at the MassMutual Center on Saturday afternoon.
Lowell goaltender Mike McKenna picked up the victory with 21 saves on 23 shots, helping the Devils snap a three-game winless skid (0-2-1-0).
Despite the shootout loss, Springfield extended its points streak to five games (2-0-2-1).
HARTFORD 7, PROVIDENCE 0
Amid a barrage of 47 shots on net, Hartford cruised to a 7-0 win over visiting Providence on Saturday at the XL Center.
Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti (2-2-4) and Corey Locke (1-3-4) each racked up a game-high four points for the Wolf Pack, who scored once in the first period, twice in the second, and four times in the third frame.
Hartford’s 7-0 shutout of the Bruins came just one night after the Wolf Pack were handed a 6-0 loss by Hershey. Providence is now winless in four straight contests (0-3-1-0).
HERSHEY 4, ALBANY 1
Hershey tallied from an early 1-0 deficit to capture a 4-1 win over visiting Albany on Saturday at the Giant Center.
Francois Bouchard racked up a goal and two assists for the Bears, giving the second-year pro seven points (2-5-7) in his last two games.
Bears goaltender Jason Bacashihua earned the win with 23 saves on 24 shots.
River Rats captain Pat Dwyer initially gave his club a 1-0 lead with an unassisted shorthanded tally at 12:25 of the opening period.
MANCHESTER 4, WORCESTER 1
Manchester rolled to its sixth straight win with a 4-1 triumph over visiting Worcester at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday.
The Monarchs improved to an Atlantic Division-best 9-2-0-0 (18 points).
Dean Strong scored his second goal in as many days for the Sharks.
BRIDGEPORT 3, PORTLAND 2
Bridgeport scored once in each period en route to a 3-2 road win over Portland on Saturday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Sound Tigers goaltender Nathan Lawson, an AHL All-Rookie Team member last season, earned the win with 27 saves on 29 shots. Lawson improved to 3-2-0 on the campaign.
TEXAS 4, CHICAGO 1
Texas scored three times in the first period and cruised to a 4-1 win over visiting Chicago at the Cedar Park Center.
Wolves forward Anthony Stewart snapped Krahn’s shutout bid at 5:58 of the third period.
MILWAUKEE 2, ROCKFORD 1
Cal O’Reilly snapped a 1-1 tie with a power play goal at 5:59 of the third period, and Milwaukee held on for a 2-1 road win over Rockford at the MetroCentre.
After a scoreless first period, the Admirals took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by defenseman Mark Matheson at 1:11 of the second frame.
Admirals rookie goaltender Chet Pickard, a first-round draft pick by parent-club Nashville in 2008, earned his first professional win in net with 24 saves on 25 shots.