MANCHESTER 2, HERSHEY 1
Manchester scored once apiece in the first and second periods and then held on to hand Hershey its first loss of the season, a 2-1 decision before 10,223 fans at Giant Center on Sunday. Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 34 of 35 shots to pick up the victory, improving to 3-0-0 on the campaign.
Former second-round draft pick Oscar Moller extended the advantage to 2-0 when he tallied an unassisted marker at 13:57 of the middle frame, also his second of the year.
The Bears (3-1-0-0) poured on the pressure over the final two periods, outshooting Manchester by a combined margin of 27-12 after the Monarchs held a 16-8 edge in the first 20 minutes.
Hershey finally broke through on Bernier at 13:21 of the third, as Alexandre Giroux potted his third goal of the campaign. The reigning AHL MVP now has a point in each of Hershey’s first four games (3-4-7).
But the Monarchs held on for the win and improved to 3-1-0-0 with one contest to play on their season-opening five-game road swing. After a visit to Springfield on Friday, Manchester opens its home schedule against Portland on Saturday.
ROCKFORD 5, TORONTO 3
A four-goal second period lifted Rockford to a 5-3 road win over Toronto on Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum. Jake Dowell posted a goal and an assist in the second frame for the IceHogs, and Bryan Ewing’s first career AHL goal at the 11:57 mark stood up as the game-winner.
LOWELL 4, PORTLAND 0
Lowell scored three times in the second period and cruised to a 4-0 win over visiting Portland on Sunday at Tsongas Arena.
Lowell picked up its first win of the season (1-1-1-0), while the Pirates fell to 1-3-0-0 on the campaign.
HARTFORD 3, PROVIDENCE 2
Defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen tallied his first career AHL goal and added an assist to help Hartford edge host Providence by a 3-2 count on Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau followed up his hat trick on Saturday vs. Springfield with a second-period power play tally, and Dale Weise beat Bruins goaltender Matt Dalton on a penalty shot at 10:31 of the second frame for the eventual game-winner.
Hartford rookie goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 22 of 24 shots in net to improve to 2-1-0 in the early going.
The Bruins both began and ended the game’s scoring with power play goals. Defenseman Drew Fata converted just 3:45 into the contest, and second-year pro Brad Marchand netted his fifth goal of the young season with 1:05 to go in regulation.