The North Division champion Bulldogs (51-16-3-7, 112 points), who used a four-goal second period to pull away with the victory, set a new franchise record for points in a season, eclipsing the 110 points attained by the 2002-03 squad which reached the Calder Cup Finals.
Hamilton and Manitoba, who are on track to square off in the opening round of the playoffs, will conclude their regular-season series on Tuesday night at Copps Coliseum.
PROVIDENCE 3, PORTLAND 2 (OT)
Providence stayed alive in the playoff hunt with a 3-2 overtime win over host Portland on Sunday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Kirk MacDonald tallied the game-winner 2:10 into overtime for the Bruins, who still must win their three remaining games and hope for help in order to reach the postseason for the 11th consecutive year.
Bruins forward Zach Hamill scored the game-tying goal unassisted with just 47 seconds left in regulation, sending the contest to overtime.
Derek Whitmore and Cody McCormick lit the lamp for the Pirates, who extended their points streak to 11 games (8-0-2-1) and closed to within one point of Worcester for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Portland has not lost in regulation since a 6-2 setback to Binghamton on Mar. 13.
HERSHEY 3, NORFOLK 2
Hershey built a 3-0 lead by early in the third period and then had to hold on for a 3-2 win over visiting Norfolk on Sunday before 9,017 fans at the Giant Center.
Mathieu Perreault gave the Bears a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the contest, and Cody Eakin made it 2-0 midway through the second period. Alexandre Giroux then extended Hershey’s advantage to 3-0 at 4:45 of the third frame, registering his league-leading 46th goal of the season.
With the loss, Norfolk remains two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and three points back of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for third place in the East Division.
Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby earned the win with 23 saves in net for the Bears, who finished the home portion of their schedule at a remarkable 34-4-0-2.