MILWAUKEE 2, IOWA 1 (OT)
Milwaukee continued its surge atop the AHL’s West Division on Tuesday, capturing a 2-1 overtime decision over visiting Iowa at the Bradley Center for its fifth straight victory.
Defenseman Alexander Sulzer assisted on the Admirals’ first tally of the night and then sent the crowd home happy by scoring his seventh goal of the season at 4:04 of the extra session.
A scoreless third period set the stage for Sulzer’s heroics in the closing minute of overtime.
Goaltender Mark Dekanich made 22 saves to pick up the win in net for the division-leading Admirals, who are 12-2-0-0 in their last 14 outings.
LAKE ERIE 6, HOUSTON 2
Lake Erie scored four goals in a 3:45 span and then added an empty-netter to surge past host Houston by a 6-2 count at the Toyota Center.
Philippe Dupuis began Lake Erie’s offensive eruption with an unassisted shorthanded marker at 11:17. Randy Rowe netted his first AHL goal of the season at 11:56, and he was followed by McCutcheon (13:18) and Bryan Marshall (15:02). Nathan Smith scored into an empty net at 18:04.
Monsters goaltender Tyler Weiman picked up the win with 27 saves on 29 shots.
LOWELL 1, ALBANY 0
Lowell defenseman Anssi Salmela scored at 6:18 of the third period, and it proved to be the game’s only goal as the Devils took a 1-0 road win over Albany at the Times Union Center.
The Devils won despite the fact that Albany held a 36-23 advantage in shots, including a 20-8 edge in the third period alone.
Rookie goaltender Jeff Frazee earned his second shutout for Lowell, stopping all 36 shots sent his way.
The River Rats were blanked for the league-leading eighth time this season.
BINGHAMTON 5, SYRACUSE 2
Binghamton scored four unanswered goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 road win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Defenseman Tomas Kudelka scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist for the Senators, who also received a goal and an assist for Peter Regin and single markers from Greg Mauldin and Denis Hamel.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 6, PHILADELPHIA 4
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won its fifth straight game and moved within a point of second place in the East Division by capturing a 6-4 decision over visiting Philadelphia at the Wachovia Arena.
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy paced the Penguins with two goals and a helper. Bill Thomas (1-1-2), Luca Caputi (0-2-2), Jeff Taffe (0-2-2) each had two points, while Chris Minard, Janne Pesonen, and Aaron Boogaard added single goals in the win.
Minard’s marker extended his franchise-record goal-scoring streak to seven games (10-1-11). Penguins goaltender John Curry earned the victory with 29 saves.
HAMILTON 4, TORONTO 0
Marc Denis made 21 saves for his third shutout of the season to pace Hamilton over Toronto by a 4-0 count at Copps Coliseum.
Hamilton captured its second straight win after a brief two-game losing skid and ended the Marlies’ three-game winning streak.
GRAND RAPIDS 3, PEORIA 1
Grand Rapids moved into sole possession of first place in the North Division with a 3-1 road win over Peoria at Carver Arena.
Rookie goaltender Daniel Larsson made a season-high 40 saves to secure the victory, as Grand Rapids allowed just one or fewer goals for the fourth time in its last five games.
Defenseman Jonas Junland had the lone goal for the Rivermen, who are now winless in a season-high three straight games (0-2-0-1).
QUAD CITY 3, ROCKFORD 1
Kris Chucko and Jamie Lundmark each posted a goal and an assist to lead Quad City over visiting Rockford by a 3-1 count at the I Wireless Center.
Defenseman Ryan Wilson also scored for the Flames, who netted one goal in each of the three periods.
Quad City goaltender Leland Irving stopped 32 of 33 shots in the victory, which pushed his season record above .500 at 6-6-0.
Jack Skille netted a goal for the IceHogs, who have lost three straight contests.
CHICAGO 6, MANITOBA 2
Chicago ended a brief two-game winless skid and kept Manitoba sliding with a 6-2 road win over the Moose before 7,581 fans at the MTS Centre in the opener of the teams’ two-game set.
Motzko now has a goal in five straight games (5-2-7).