Senators down Lowell to get in win column

Former Lock Monsters forward Jeff Heerema scored twice to spark the Binghamton Senators to a 3-2 victory in Lowell on Sunday evening.

It was the first win of the season for the defending East Division champions after an 0-5-1-0 start.

Heerema, the third-leading scorer in Lowell franchise history with 102 points in 112 games in a Lock Monsters uniform, netted his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the first period to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead.

Steve Martins also scored for the Senators, and Denis Hamel recorded three assists.

Craig Adams scored both goals for Lowell, which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Kelly Guard made 35 saves to earn his first career AHL win in net for Binghamton.

Peoria rode its stifling defensive play into first place in the West Division on Sunday, registering a 4-0 win over visiting Houston.

The Rivermen have outscored their opponents 19-1 on their current four-game winning streak, including back-to-back shutouts by Jason Bacashihua. Bacashihua made 21 saves on Sunday to extend his scoreless streak to 133:15.

Peter Sejna (2g, 1a) and Mike Glumac (1g, 2a) led the offense for Peoria, which improved to 8-2-0-0 on the season.

Seamus Kotyk made 36 saves on the night for the Aeros, including 20 in the first period when Houston was outshot 21-2.

Returning to the site of their most recent Calder Cup triumph, the Hershey Bears scored the final three goals and posted a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum.

The Bears defeated the Bulldogs in five games to win the Calder Cup in 1997.

Graham Mink scored a pair of goals for Hershey and Tomas Fleischmann and Boyd Kane also scored. Hershey went 3-for-6 on the power play.

Corey Locke and J.F. Jacques scored for Hamilton.

Rookie Jeff Tambellini recorded a goal and two assists and regulation, then scored the only goal in the shootout as Manchester earned a 4-3 victory over visiting Hartford.

Both the Monarchs (4-0-0-1) and Wolf Pack (3-0-0-1) have now earned a point in five straight games.

Jeff Giuliano tied the game at 3-3 early in the third period with his third goal of the season. Connor James also scored for the Monarchs, and Barry Brust made 39 saves before stopping all five Hartford attempts in the shootout.

Petr Prucha, Craig Weller and Nigel Dawes scored for the Wolf Pack.

Ryan Vesce scored his first AHL goal with 4:10 left in regulation to give Springfield a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

The Phantoms lost all four stops on their five-day New England road trip by a combined score of 17-6.

Ryan Craig had a goal and two assists for the Falcons, who had allowed 15 goals in their previous two contests.

Gerald Coleman made 24 saves for Springfield, while ex-Falcon Jamie Storr stopped just 16 of 19 shots for the Phantoms.