ROCHESTER 4, PROVIDENCE 3
Rochester scored four straight goals after digging an early 2-0 deficit and eventually dropped host Providence by a 4-3 final on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Amerks improved to 10-4-0-1 in their last 15 games.
Janis Sprukts had a hand in all four goals for the Americans, scoring once and adding three assists. AHL All-Star Rory Fitzpatrick, Kenndal McArdle, and Drew Larman all posted a goal and an assist for Rochester, which went 2-0-0-0 on their two-game trip to New England.
AHL All-Star goaltender Mike Brodeur picked up the win with 30 saves on 33 shots in the Amerks’ net.
Jordan Knackstedt and Wacey Rabbit scored 37 seconds apart in the first period to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead, and Jeremy Reich added a third-period marker. Each team scored a pair of power play goals.
Providence has now dropped three straight home games after winning its previous five.
HERSHEY 3, WORCESTER 2 (SO)
Hershey rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period and eventually took a 3-2 win over visiting Worcester on Sunday before 8,112 fans at the Giant Center.
Rookies Steven Zalweski and Jamie McGinn scored power play goals in the first period for the Sharks, who were coming off a pair of wins in Norfolk to begin the weekend.
After a scoreless second, Bears defenseman Sami Lepisto netted a power play tally of his own at 3:48, and then Alexandre Giroux entered the AHL record books with yet another man-advantage score at 13:33 to tie it.
It marked the 15th straight game in which Giroux scored a goal, breaking a 22-year-old league record of 14 games set by Moncton Golden Flames forward Brett Hull in the 1986-87 season.
The teams played a scoreless overtime, and Hershey’s Kyle Wilson tallied the only shootout goal for either side in the opening round. Bears goaltender Michal Neuvirth stopped all five Worcester attempts after making 22 saves through regulation and overtime.
SAN ANTONIO 2, PEORIA 0
Goaltender Josh Tordjman made a season-high 47 saves for his fourth shutout of the season to lead San Antonio to a 2-0 win over visiting Peoria on Sunday at the AT&T Center.
Tordjman turned aside 16 shots in both the first and third periods, with a 15-save second frame sandwiched in between, and moved to an even 15-15-1 on the campaign.
The victory avenged San Antonio’s 2-1 loss to the Rivermen on Friday.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, BRIDGEPORT 0
Second-year goaltender John Curry made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 3-0 road win over Bridgeport on Sunday at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Curry’s shutout helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton salvage the final leg of a three-game road weekend, as the Pens had lost in Binghamton and Albany the last two nights.
The Sound Tigers’ lead over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for second place in the East Division was trimmed to one point.
QUAD CITY 5, MILWAUKEE 2
Quad City jumped to a 3-0 lead and ended Milwaukee’s 11-game home points streak (10-0-0-1) with a 5-2 win over the Admirals on Sunday at the Bradley Center.
David Van der Gulik netted a pair of goals and Brett Sutter posted a game-high three points (1-2-3) for the Flames. Carsen Germyn (1-1-2) and AHL All-Star defenseman Brett Palin rounded out the Quad City offense.
Flames rookie goaltender Leland Irving secured the victory with 18 saves, improving his season record to 9-8-1.
HOUSTON 2, LAKE ERIE 1
Jason Ryznar’s goal with 2:59 left in regulation broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Houston over visiting Lake Erie by a 2-1 final on Sunday at the Toyota Center.
Aeros goaltender Nolan Schaefer only had to make 12 saves to earn the win, as his club held a 29-13 edge in shots on goal.
PHILADELPHIA 3, ALBANY 1
Philadelphia scored three times in the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 win over visiting Albany in front of 6,348 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Andreas Nodl tied it at 5:56 of the final frame, and Jonathan Matsumoto tallied the eventual game-winner at the 12:37 mark. Jared Ross, who assisted on Nodl’s goal, added an empty-net marker in the closing minute.
Danny Briere posted an assist and now shows five points (1-4-5) in three games with the Phantoms on a conditioning assignment.
Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe stopped 28 of 29 shots in the victory, which was Philadelphia’s fourth in a row.
AHL All-Star Michael Ryan netted the River Rats’ lone goal at 9:29 of the opening period.