SPRINGFIELD 4, MANCHESTER 1
Springfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 30-second mark of the second period and cruised to a 4-1 road win over Manchester on Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Team captain Tim Sestito netted a pair of goals for the Falcons, while Viacheslav Trukhno and Stephane Goulet scored once apiece. Second-year goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 of 33 shots in the victory.
Trukhno and Sestito scored in the first period to make it a 2-0 Falcons lead entering intermission, and Sestito’s second marker of the afternoon came just 30 seconds into the middle stanza.
Monarchs winger Teddy Purcell tallied his team-leading third goal of the season at 8:08 to cut the home team’s deficit to 3-1, but Goulet restored the three-goal advantage at 10:17 of the third period.
The teams went a combined 0-for-11 on the power play, and Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 24 saves in a losing effort.
BRIDGEPORT 5, PHILADELPHIA 1
Bridgeport allowed the game’s first tally but then scored five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 win over visiting Philadelphia at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Nate Raduns gave the Phantoms the early 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal just 2:37 into the contest.
Bridgeport’s Trevor Smith tied it on the power play at 9:48 of the opening period, and the Sound Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission on goals by Sean Bentivoglio at 16:08 and Jesse Joensuu at 18:27.
PROVIDENCE 4, PORTLAND 1
Providence used a pair of power play goals on its way to a 4-1 road win over Portland at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
GRAND RAPIDS 7, TORONTO 3
Grand Rapids received goals from seven different skaters on its way to a 7-3 road win over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum.
Ville Leino, Francis Pare, Darren Haydar, and Mattias Ritola all tallied a goal and an assist for the Griffins. Jakub Kindl, Jamie Tardif, and Landon Wilson each tallied single goals in the win, and Logan Pyett chipped in a pair of assists.
Griffins goaltender Daniel Larsson earned the victory in net with 35 saves on 38 shots.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 5, HERSHEY 4
Chris Minard netted two goals and added an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held off Hershey by a 5-4 count in front of 9,907 fans at the Giant Center.
It marked the Bears’ first loss of the 2008-09 campaign (5-1-0-0).
Minard’s second goal of the game, at 16:47 of the third period, proved to be the game-winner. Conner James and Ryan Stone each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, while Jean-Philippe Cote also scored.
HOUSTON 4, SAN ANTONIO 3
Ryan Hamilton broke a 3-3 tie at 17:03 of the third period to give Houston a 4-3 road win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center and a sweep of the teams’ home-and-home weekend set. Houston remained perfect on the season at 4-0-0-0.
San Antonio’s Chad Kolarik tied it back up at 19:58 of the second, tallying his first regular-season professional goal. That set the stage for Hamilton’s game-winner.
Aeros goaltender Barry Brust earned the victory in net with 32 saves on 35 shots.